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  • December 2014

    European Commission to seek information on tax rulings from all member states

    December 17, 2014

    The European Commission has expanded its state aid inquiry into tax rulings to cover all 28 EU member states.

  • Anti-abuse clause added to EU Parent-Subsidiary Directive

    December 16, 2014

    The Council of the European Union has approved an amendment to the EU Parent-Subsidiary Directive in a clampdown on aggressive corporate tax avoidance.

  • OECD tax revenues approaching pre-crisis levels

    December 11, 2014

    Tax burdens in the OECD rose 0.4 percentage points in 2013 to an average of 34.1% of GDP, following rises of 0.3 percentage points in both 2012 and 2011.

  • FTT delayed again as countries fail to reach agreement

    December 09, 2014

    The European financial transaction tax (FTT) is unlikely to be implemented by January 1 2016 as planned.

  • November 2014

    EC’s Raponi speaks about future of EU VAT mini one-stop shop

    November 21, 2014

    Donato Raponi, head of the European Commission’s VAT Unit, has spoken about the potential for the scope of the EU’s VAT mini one-stop shop (MOSS), which will be rolled out from January 1 2015, to be expanded further.

  • Significance of Skandia VAT case hinges on interpretation - and translation - of key paragraph

    November 07, 2014

    The significance of the Skandia ruling for taxpayers across Europe depends on domestic VAT grouping rules, and interpretation of the ruling should be taken from the original Swedish verdict.

  • October 2014

    International Tax Review at 25: What has changed in a quarter of a century

    October 30, 2014

    Tax has changed dramatically since the first issue of International Tax Review came out in November 1989. Using a selection of articles – one from each year – Ralph Cunningham and Matthew Gilleard assess how many of those changes have been reflected in the publication over the past 25 years.

  • Netherlands tops table of best VAT collectors as EU VAT gap grows to €177 billion

    October 29, 2014

    The Netherlands has again ranked at the top of the European Commission’s annual study into the VAT gap – the difference between expected VAT revenue and actual revenue collected – meaning its compliance and enforcement measures are the most efficient in the region, but the EU VAT gap grew to €177 billion.

  • September 2014

    World's leading tax controversy advisers unveiled

    September 05, 2014

    The fourth edition of International Tax Review's Tax Controversy Leaders guide is out now. Find out who the top-rated disputes specialists are in your jurisdiction.

  • August 2014

    World Tax Authority: Taking harmonisation to the next level

    August 29, 2014

    Recent attempts at tax harmonisation have struggled to take off. In Europe enhanced cooperation measures are being invoked because of the inability to find consensus. But what fate awaits the notion of a World Tax Authority (WTA)? Would it take tax harmonisation to the next level or, like the Europe-wide language of Esperanto, is this attempt at harmonisation doomed to fail? Matthew Gilleard analyses what has motivated discussion of such a concept and looks at the barriers to implementation.

  • Going the extra mile - when finance and IT suddenly awoke

    August 29, 2014

    In the July/August issue, Frank Schoeneborn, head of group operational transfer pricing in the finance and accounting division at Merck Group, took a retrapolative look at the country-by-country reporting standard five years into its implementation. In part two, he looks at how different functions within a multinational company are interacting with the tax team to manage reporting obligations.

  • Environmental fiscal reform: Windows of opportunity

    August 29, 2014

    Constanze Adolf, of Green Budget Europe, looks at environmental fiscal reform (EFR) in a post-crisis context, assessing the prospects for EFR to raise government revenue and promote the polluter-pays principle.

  • The IMF and international tax

    August 29, 2014

    David Spencer, of the Law Offices of David Spencer in New York, analyses the recent work of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and assesses its growing influence in the area of international taxation.

  • Is it time to scrap the FTT?

    August 28, 2014

    With financial institutions struggling to deal with an abundance of new regulation, a new report urges the new EU Commission and Parliament to focus on growth, rather than implementing a badly designed tax that could spell disaster for the European economy.

  • July 2014

    OECD answers your questions about the global automatic exchange standard

    July 24, 2014

    EXCLUSIVE: On Monday July 21 the OECD released the full version of the Standard for Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information in Tax Matters, which requires financial institutions to report detailed financial account information to their governments, which then exchange such information automatically with other jurisdictions on an annual basis. The Standard developed by OECD in response to a mandate by the G20 was first presented to and endorsed by the G20 Finance Ministers in February 2014.

  • Automatic exchange of information gets closer with OECD's publication of global standard

    July 21, 2014

    The OECD today unveiled the full version of the new global standard for automatic exchange of information between jurisdictions, which will be presented to the meeting of G20 finance ministers in Cairns, Australia on September 20 and 21.

  • Have your say on ITR's development

    July 14, 2014

    The new www.internationaltaxreview.com website went live in late May. Take the opportunity to influence how it develops by completing our survey.

  • Semeta extols EU efforts on tax compliance and promises more

    July 10, 2014

    Algirdas Semeta has said European taxpayers should see big improvements in compliance in the coming years.

  • BEPS and the digital economy: Why is it so taxing to tax?

    July 01, 2014

    Devising appropriate rules for the taxation of the digital economy is one of the most awkward challenges governments have set for themselves in the BEPS project, especially when defining the digital economy is an issue in itself. Aaran Fronda looks at the possible outcomes of the discussion.

  • In search of harmony: Finding a consensus on hybrid mismatches

    July 01, 2014

    Mismatches create opportunities. This is true in any scenario, whether it is the opportunity for a fleet-footed and nimble winger to gain an advantage by exposing the bulky, flat-footed front-row rugby forward who has temporarily become his opposite man, or whether it is in the (equally ruck-filled) field of tax planning. Matthew Gilleard looks at where the OECD is drawing the line when it comes to activity that takes advantage of tax law mismatches in an intended or acceptable manner, and that which is not.

  • European Tax Awards 2014

    July 01, 2014

    The winners of the European Tax Awards 2014 were announced at a dinner in London on May 21.

  • June 2014

    Indirect Tax Leaders 2014 now available

    June 23, 2014

    The third edition of International Tax Review's Indirect Tax Leaders' Guide, is all about identifying the leading professionals in this field, which is only increasing in importance. Between its covers, you will find the names, and biographies in many cases, of the world's leading indirect tax practitioners, which were collected after an independent research process. It should give taxpayers confidence that if they decide to hire any of these individuals, they will be getting the best in the field.

  • Financial Services Focus 2014 now available

    June 17, 2014

    Ahead of the launch of International Tax Review's Financial Services Tax website, the annual publication on Capital Markets tax developments has been repositioned to offer a greater breadth of topical coverage for financial services taxpayers and their advisers.

  • May 2014

    In it together: How the FTT could galvanise Europe

    May 27, 2014

    To say that the European financial transaction tax (FTT) has been controversial would be an understatement. From its inception in September 2011, the EU proposal has been met with vitriol from some in the financial sector, who argue that the tax will pilfer pensions and wreak havoc on the European economy, while others have championed it as the solution to the eurozone crisis, labelling it the ‘Robin Hood Tax’. It also has the added advantage of appeasing a politically disillusioned electorate by promising to land a decisive blow to bankers, who in the public’s view caused the mess in the first place. Aaran Fronda dissects this divisive tax.

  • Avoiding the snares of international tax structures

    May 27, 2014

    International business expansions can substantially increase the bottom line, but this outcome is largely dependent on establishing an efficient structure that helps to ensure financial success. Lee Sheehan, head of tax at Radius, looks at the importance of a clear strategy when setting up tax structures for specific business locations, and points out some of the landmines to avoid along the way.

  • European Tax Awards' winners unveiled

    May 22, 2014

    The winners of the European Tax Awards 2014 were announced at a dinner in London on May 21.

  • World Tax 2016 and World Transfer Pricing 2016: Research opens in May 2015

    May 21, 2014

    The research will start for the 2016 editions of World Tax and World Transfer Pricing in May 2015. Please watch this website closely for further information.

  • US updates FATCA list of intergovernmental agreements

    May 02, 2014

    The number of jurisdictions considered to have an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) in place with the US for the implementation of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) has passed 50.

  • April 2014

    According to plan? The world of tax planning is changing, but not as fast as everyone would like

    April 30, 2014

    The world of tax planning is like one big global tug o’ war being played between multinational companies and their advisers, tax authorities, supranational bodies and non-governmental organisations. Everyone has an interest in changing the international tax system. But with everyone pulling in different directions, the pace of change is frustrating for most.

  • Tax lawyer to chair Loyens' executive board

    April 24, 2014

  • Investment funds could be in the money after European court ruling against Poland

    April 11, 2014

    A European Court of Justice decision in favour of a US investment fund could cost EU member states billions of euros in withholding tax reclaims.

  • Nominations announced for European Tax Awards 2014

    April 10, 2014

    Deloitte and EY lead the race for International Tax Review’s 10th annual European Tax Awards, which will be presented at a dinner in London on May 21.

  • Clarity behind US move to add 22 jurisdictions to FATCA list

    April 04, 2014

    It is not a global information reporting network yet, but the US Treasury and Internal Revenue Service’s announcement this week that increases the number of intergovernmental agreements for the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) from 26 to 48 in one go brings that idea much closer.

  • March 2014

    Operational TP: When tax function meets finance function

    March 28, 2014

    Frank Schoeneborn, head of global operational transfer pricing in the finance and accounting division at Merck Group with headquarters in Germany, looks at the practical problems in the implementation of operational transfer prices, illustrating the new tax risks stemming from these problems and showing how holistic management can be the solution.

  • Advocate General believes Dutch fiscal unity rules breach EU's freedom of establishment

    March 03, 2014

    The Netherlands and other EU member states could be forced into changing their tax legislation if the European Court of Justice (ECJ) confirms an Advocate General's view in cases relating to whether Dutch companies can freely establish fiscal unities with members of the same group.

  • February 2014

    Big fish: The world's leading transactional firms revealed

    February 26, 2014

    International Tax Review analyses the global M&A trends over the last year and highlights the leading firms in the field.

  • UK Supreme Court dismisses all appeals in Marks & Spencer tax dispute

    February 21, 2014

    The Supreme Court judgement clearly defined the rules and method of calculation for UK claims for cross-border loss relief in Europe.

  • Belgium steps up fight against serious tax fraud

    February 14, 2014

    Gertjan Verachtert looks at Belgium’s recent approaches to tackling serious tax fraud.

  • OECD standard makes progress towards automatic exchange of information

    February 13, 2014

    Global automatic exchange of financial account information got a step closer today after the OECD published its Common Reporting Standard.

  • OECD seeks increased tax transparency from multinationals

    February 06, 2014

    The OECD has released a discussion draft outlining its proposals on information that multinationals may be required to disclose to tax authorities about their global operations.

  • January 2014

    The dark side of transparency

    January 28, 2014

    Tax transparency is lauded as an unequivocal good. But is it really this clear-cut? Matthew Gilleard explores the negatives as he ventures into the dark side of transparency.

  • Special features - February 2014

    January 28, 2014

    Read this month's special features on Canada and Tax compliance.

  • Getting value from advisers: An in-house perspective

    January 28, 2014

    Patrick Connolly is an experienced senior in-house tax adviser who has spent the past 10 years in in-house regional tax roles covering Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Asia/Pacific regions as well as head office tax responsibilities. He shares his views on getting the most value from the client/adviser relationship. Paul Dunne, national managing tax partner for KPMG New Zealand and the tax lead on a number of multinational clients, provides his response and comments.

  • Tax, development and the new Millennium Development Goals

    January 28, 2014

    Seth Terkper, Ghana’s minister of finance, and Hafiz Choudhury, senior adviser, International Tax and Investment Centre, discuss the challenges for developing countries in creating tax systems that raise enough revenue to fund development and also encourage investment.

  • European Tax Awards 2014: submissions period now open

    January 20, 2014

    Companies and firms can now enter for the European Tax Awards 2014. Entry information is available in hyperlinks throughout this story.

  • Study confirms EU businesses’ claim that double taxation remains a key problem

    January 16, 2014

    A report from BUSINESSEUROPE reinforces the business community’s claims that double taxation outside of the area of transfer pricing remains a significant problem. At the October meeting of the European Commission’s Platform for Tax Good Governance, EU member states had claimed the issue was no longer relevant.

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Big Soda scores victory as Chicago-area tax repealed - could this be the beginning of the end of the sugar tax trend?https://t.co/PNuafWHy9K

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Ebay and Netflix pay total UK tax of less than £1.9m - How long until HMRC investigate their TP practices? https://t.co/VPPsT3aGMZ via @FT

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