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  • December 2016

    The Brockman brief: Tax policy: The time to speak is now

    December 15, 2016

    Many interested parties are voicing their opinions on the evolving international tax policies that have emerged since the OECD’s BEPS Project was launched, but the voice of corporations is missing from the discussions. Keith Brockman highlights the need for reasoned opinions that go beyond casual conversations.

  • Turning tax policy into reality – Global tax transparency goes live

    December 15, 2016

    Tax transparency is a cornerstone of the global tax agenda and it is now at a critical moment as the universal policy consensus moves to global implementation. Achim Pross, Philip Kerfs, Paul Hondius of the OECD and Radhanath Housden of the Global Forum take stock of the progress made so far on offshore tax evasion, country-by-country reporting (CbCR) and the exchange of information on tax rulings and provide insights into the steps ahead.

  • Australia: Australia proposes several legislative changes

    December 15, 2016

  • Has Australia rushed the diverted profits tax?

    December 07, 2016

    Businesses are concerned that the Australian government’s long-awaited diverted profits tax (DPT) draft legislation has been rushed to ensure it is effective from July 1 2017 and say it fails to answer many questions on its application.

  • Last chance to register: Free global transfer pricing webinar on managing BEPS Action 13

    December 05, 2016

    Only a few days remain to join a panel of transfer pricing experts on December 8, as they share invaluable insights and takeaways on how to manage the challenges arising from BEPS Action 13.

  • November 2016

    Four foreign companies avoided Australian tax, High Court rules

    November 18, 2016

    Four foreign companies will have to pay back millions in avoided taxes after losing a dispute over their tax residency statuses in the Australian High Court.

  • Foreign sellers to be subject to Australian GST on low-value imports

    November 16, 2016

    Creating a greater compliance burden for businesses, Australia has released plans to extend its 10% GST rate to low-value goods purchased from foreign sellers and electronic distribution platforms (EDPs).

  • Australia to amend non-resident withholding tax regime

    November 03, 2016

    Non-resident taxpayers could be subject to a revised withholding tax regime on all their Australian-sourced income under proposals unveiled by the Treasury.

  • World Tax guide to the best tax advisers launched

    November 03, 2016

    World Tax 2017, International Tax Review's guide to the leading tax advisory practices around the world, including law and accountancy firms, is live and free to view now.

  • Modernising MAP – BEPS Action 14 to improve dispute resolution

    November 02, 2016

    Following approval by all members of the BEPS inclusive framework, the OECD has publicly released the substance and process for the peer review of BEPS Action 14.

  • October 2016

    Investors and BEPS: A precarious balance

    October 26, 2016

    The OECD BEPS Actions will result in a higher effective tax rate (ETR) and cash tax liability for most multinationals, whereas investors will continue to strive for lower ETRs and cash tax liabilities in the companies they consider for investment. Keith Brockman looks at where the balance should be in this equation, and who should be the master negotiator.

  • E-commerce: The global shift in taxation

    October 26, 2016

    Distance-selling regimes that impose a sales tax on digital goods and services are spreading across the globe. Joe Stanley-Smith looks at how these changes are being shepherded by the OECD.

  • Build, buy or outsource: Withholding tax reclamation

    October 26, 2016

    Some investors and advisers still believe that the global withholding tax reclamation process is so complex and labour-intensive that it outweighs the advantages, but this is simply not true. Bill Salva, global business development manager at Goal Group looks at the options for reclaiming withholding tax.

  • Australia: Australia increases focus on MNE tax avoidance and BEPS initiatives

    October 26, 2016

    Recent announcements by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), including statements by two senior ATO officers, confirm the significant focus on multinational tax avoidance and BEPS-related initiatives by the ATO and more broadly by the Australian government.

  • Build, buy or outsource: Managing withholding tax reclamation

    October 19, 2016

    Some investors and advisers still believe that the global withholding tax reclamation process is so complex and labour-intensive that it outweighs the advantages, but this is simply not true. Bill Salva, global business development manager at Goal Group looks at the options for reclaiming withholding tax.

  • Public audit scorecards: Why not?

    October 03, 2016

    With tax authorities being granted more and more company data as transparency measures start to hit, Keith Brockman looks at how companies could scrutinise them.

  • Australia: An overview of recent tax developments in Australia

    October 03, 2016

  • September 2016

    Taiwan to introduce VAT for online retailers

    September 29, 2016

    Taiwan is to become the latest country to levy VAT on online foreign retailers, following similar OECD-inspired laws introduced by the EU and countries including Japan, Russia, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.

  • Troubled waters – global transparency and controversy in uncertain times

    September 27, 2016

    David Swenson, global leader of PwC's tax controversy and dispute resolution network, looks at how the OECD's BEPS project is changing the tax controversy and disputes landscape and the potential pitfalls that may emerge as certain jurisdictions do not commit to the multilateral initiatives.

  • VIDEO: Ireland votes on Apple tax appeal

    September 07, 2016

    While Apple was unveiling the iPhone 7 in California, thousands of miles away Ireland’s parliament was locked in a bitter debate over a European Commission order to collect $14.5 billion in back taxes from the tech giant. The debate was fiery but the vote results were decisive.

  • UK stuns with support for Bill requiring public country-by-country reporting

    September 06, 2016

    In a surprising volte face, Britain is considering becoming the first country in the world to force companies to publicly reveal how much tax they pay and where they earn the money. The about-face comes after the UK defeated a similar amendment amidst Brexit fears.

  • US pushes for Apple tax ruling to be on G20 agenda in China

    September 02, 2016

    The US wants corporate tax avoidance on the agenda at the G20 summit in China following a European Commission ruling that orders Ireland to collect $14.5 billion in back taxes from Apple.

  • August 2016

    MNEs sign Australian transparency code to ward off accusations

    August 25, 2016

    BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, BP and Cochlear are among the big businesses that have signed up to Australia’s Voluntary Tax Transparency Code (the Code) to disclose more tax information in an effort to fend off accusations of tax avoidance.

  • Uber tax: US, Australia, and Taiwan chase new app taxes

    August 24, 2016

    Tax authorities from the US to Australia and Taiwan are circling digital service providers Uber, Airbnb and other cash-rich app disrupters in a crusade to impose higher taxes and find cutting-edge ways to subsidise the old economy.

  • Asia Pacific nations slashing corporate taxes in competitive war

    August 24, 2016

    Indonesia may have started Asia’s ‘race to the bottom’ on corporate tax as it looks to match Singapore and stop companies from keeping assets offshore. Others are announcing cuts to stay in the race.

  • BEPS and tax illiteracy: did it just happen?

    August 23, 2016

    Efforts to tackle base erosion and profit shifting has led to wider interpretations of tax terminology. Keith Brockman considers the loss of tax literacy in the post-BEPS era.

  • Pokémon GO could get caught in a tax bubble

    August 23, 2016

    Mobile app sensation Pokémon GO has once again raised the debate on taxing digital services and in-app purchases. Joe Stanley-Smith and Amelia Schwanke compile a veritable Poké-montage of the best tax insights into the wildly popular app and the tax rules surrounding the growing market.

  • Tax technology: A brave new world

    August 23, 2016

    Tax authorities worldwide are increasingly relying on digital technologies to gather and analyse tax data, and implement intelligent systems that provide real-time tax collections and assessments. Moreover, tax data sharing among tax authorities, which will become an automated process from 2017, will help tax authorities complete more audits and investigations, creating a world where there will be nowhere to hide from the tax man. Amelia Schwanke investigates how authorities and taxpayers are adjusting to digital tools and systems and what the future holds.

  • Australia: The aftermath of Australia’s federal election

    August 23, 2016

  • Brexit survey: Are multinationals ready?

    August 10, 2016

    Brexit could cost the UK as much as £70 billion ($91 billion) a year if Britain walks away from membership in the EU single market, according to the latest estimates. So how are companies preparing? Take the ITR and KPMG survey and we'll provide a summary of respondents' answers.

  • July 2016

    Pokémon GO could get caught in tax bubble

    July 27, 2016

    Mobile app sensation Pokémon GO has once again raised the debate on taxing digital services and in-app purchases.

  • OECD to name and shame uncooperative jurisdictions

    July 25, 2016

    The OECD will unveil its tax blacklist in 2017, but loopholes in the criteria could allow the US, Germany and Switzerland escape sanctions.

  • Clayton Utz in Sydney gains new partner

    July 25, 2016

    Peter Feros, a leading income tax lawyer, has joined Clayton Utz in Sydney as a partner.

  • Survey: Brexit readiness barometer

    July 19, 2016

    Brexit has bolstered uncertainty in the tax system and while the UK’s relationship with the EU is evolving, understanding and planning for your business’s next steps during this ambiguity is vital.

  • Australian federal election: What it means for tax

    July 13, 2016

    Malcolm Turnbull has won the Australian federal election to remain as Prime Minister, but the lack of a strong majority is likely to give way to political uncertainty around planned corporate tax measures.

  • Board accountability: A new era

    July 12, 2016

    Efforts to improve tax transparency in the post-BEPS environment have shifted the tax accountability of corporations to their boards of directors. Keith Brockman considers the implications of these changes.

  • June 2016

    Brexit: Britain, the EU and the most worrying tax implications

    June 16, 2016

    If the UK votes to leave the European Union (EU) on June 23 multinationals face an urgent problem: how to cope with uncertainty in the tax system.

  • The ITR Global Transfer Pricing Forum Europe, June 29 & 30 in Berlin

    June 09, 2016

    A rush of international taxation followed BEPS but did it bring clarity?

  • May 2016

    Tax talent: Developing a great team

    May 26, 2016

    While it may be difficult to change some of the individuals in your team, Keith Brockman believes it is possible to develop their skills in areas essential to future success, such as negotiation and leadership.

  • Asia Tax Forum 2016 - the full story

    May 26, 2016

    It was difficult to escape the overhang of BEPS at International Tax Review's Asia Tax Forum in Singapore this year.

  • Asia Tax Awards 2016

    May 26, 2016

    The official with ultimate responsibility for the introduction of goods and services tax (GST) in Malaysia won the award for Asia Tax Commissioner of the Year at International Tax Review’s Asia Tax Awards in Singapore on May 5.

  • Tax haven or …Tax hell?

    May 26, 2016

    The Panama Papers intensified pressure on David Cameron in the lead-up to London's anti-corruption conference. Oxfam released a letter – signed by more than 300 economists – hoping to put pressure on the Prime Minister to start eradicating tax havens.

  • Australia: Australian Budget increases heat on cross-border taxpayers and transactions

    May 26, 2016

  • Australia uses Budget to introduce UK-style diverted profits tax

    May 05, 2016

    Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison has used the Budget to target MNEs, aiming to collect an extra AUS$3.9 billion ($2.9 billion) by 2020.

  • Malaysian customs chief wins top prize at Asia Tax Awards

    May 05, 2016

    The official with ultimate responsibility for the introduction of goods and services tax (GST) in Malaysia has won the award for Asia Tax Commissioner of the Year at International Tax Review's Asia Tax Awards in Singapore tonight.

  • April 2016

    Tax authorities adapt to rise of e-commerce

    April 29, 2016

    As tax authorities around the world start to examine how e-commence sales affect their revenue from indirect tax it is important for taxpayers to know what measures are being enforced.

  • Tax function of tomorrow: Automation and digitisation

    April 27, 2016

    Picking up on where we left off in the last installment, this issue of the Brockman Brief digs deeper into the tax function of tomorrow. Not only does an effective tax function depend on building the right skill-set, it must also include developing and making use of integrated technology and forming best practices.

  • Making plans: How tax planning is changing

    April 27, 2016

  • Post-Panama reflections: Black, white and grey lists

    April 27, 2016

    Poonam Khaira Sidhu, commissioner of income tax and joint secretary at the Indian Revenue Service – who holds a Michigan LLM in international taxation with a master’s in economics – reflects on tax competition, inequality, BEPS, information exchange and black, white and grey lists in the wake of the ‘Panama Papers’ leak.

  • Australia: Australian BEPS update pre-election

    April 27, 2016

  • March 2016

    The Brockman brief: The (post-BEPS) tax function of tomorrow

    March 30, 2016

    The evolution of international taxation, driven by the OECD’s BEPS Actions, is eliciting new ways of thinking about the effective management of an internal tax function.

  • Q&A: Rosen Group: Talking tax in turbulent times for the oil sector

    March 30, 2016

    Carolina Graterol, global head of tax and transfer pricing at Rosen Group, discusses boardroom expectations and the evolving role of tax across the company’s other functions.

  • FATCA and CRS: The end of an era

    March 30, 2016

    Sofia Stavridi, a Queen Mary University of London graduate now working in investment management tax services at a Big 4 firm in the UK, provides a refresher on FATCA and CRS, tracking the latest trends in global exchange of information, exploring the latest tax authority tools in this area and identifying what taxpayers can do.

  • Australia: Capital gains tax withholding

    March 30, 2016

  • Asia Tax Awards shortlists announced

    March 29, 2016

    The nominations for the Asia Tax Awards, which recognise excellence in tax advice to businesses in the region, are unveiled today.

  • Norton Rose Fulbright takes on new partner

    March 14, 2016

    Ellen Thomas has been taken on as partner by Norton Rose Fulbright in Sydney, Australia.

  • The tax transactional survey 2016

    March 09, 2016

    International Tax Review analyses global M&A trends from the past year and highlights the leading firms for tax transactional advice by jurisdiction.

  • Hall & Wilcox expands corporate tax team

    March 07, 2016

    Hall & Wilcox in Australia has expanded its tax team with the appointment of Marina Raulings as partner and Amanda Leong as senior associate.

  • Australian Senate passes CRS legislation

    March 02, 2016

    On February 29, the Australian Parliament passed the Bill that will implement the Common Reporting Standard (CRS) for the automatic exchange of financial account information.

  • Taxation on e-commerce: International implementation

    March 01, 2016

    The international adoption of tax on digital services has made for differing legislations across jurisdictions, but a common trend is the move from supplier-based to destination-based taxation.

  • February 2016

    Australian Treasury appoints Minter Ellison partner as Board of Taxation CEO

    February 26, 2016

    Treasury says appointment reflects Board's growing importance in development of long-term tax policy in Australia.

  • Australia’s crackdown on multinationals

    February 23, 2016

    In a recent Senate Estimates hearing Chris Jordan, the Australian commissioner of taxation, targeted six multinationals that have been avoiding tax, as part of the Australian Taxation Office’s (ATO) initiative to enforce tax transparency.

  • Tax Accounting Leaders Guide 2016 – nominations now open

    February 02, 2016

    Who are the leading tax accounting and compliance advisers around the world? Make your nominations now.

  • The Cunningham column: Asian Budgets to focus on national over international tax

    February 01, 2016

    The Budget season is about to start in Asia. Ralph Cunningham believes finance ministers are likely to prioritise local or regional concerns rather than get involved in any deep discussions about base erosion and profit shifting.

  • The Brockman brief: Audit and risk transparency: Why it matters

    February 01, 2016

    ‘Transparency’ is the latest term of art that has emerged from the OECD’s Action Plan with respect to its base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) initiatives. But the obvious question that has consciously been ignored in the public domain is: where are the matching transparencies regarding determination of tax risks and identification of substantive issues by tax authorities upon commencement and conduct of an audit?

  • Why international tax treaty networks are an Animal Farm

    February 01, 2016

    Fred Lo, vice president and global head of tax at Yanfeng Global Automotive Interiors, a joint venture between the automotive interiors businesses of Johnson Controls and Shanghai Motors, analyses recent tax treaty trends, focusing on mismatches in treaty terms and why some countries are more equal than others.

  • Australia: ‘Significant global entities’ in Australia contending with new anti-avoidance laws

    February 01, 2016

  • January 2016

    TREATY ANALYSIS: Australia-Germany ink post-BEPS double tax agreement

    January 15, 2016

    On November 13 2015 the Australian and German finance ministers, Mathias Cormann and Wolfgang Schauble, signed a new double tax agreement in Berlin. The agreement represents the first post-BEPS treaty agreed between two major economies.

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