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  • December 2015

    The Cunningham column: China gets ready to lead tax world in 2016

    December 15, 2015

    China will be at the forefront of BEPS implementation in 2016, as president of the G20. Ralph Cunningham says it is a big opportunity for a non-OECD member to shape the international tax system.

  • The Brockman brief: BEPS implementation: A holiday wish

    December 15, 2015

    Drafters of the new base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) actions and precision watchmakers share a common wish; that their immeasurable efforts devoted to refining and juxtaposing complex parts result in an instrument that is respected and trusted around the world.

  • BEPS Special

    December 15, 2015

    Matthew Gilleard introduces this exclusive, comprehensive insight into the work of the OECD in the area of countering tax base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS). Within these covers you will find out about the key messages delivered under each of the OECD’s 15 Actions, direct from the individuals responsible for putting each aspect of the project together.

  • Intercompany charges below EBIT: A double-edged sword

    December 15, 2015

    Luis Abrantes, tax director and head of transfer pricing at Carlsberg Group, draws on practical experiences to unpick the intricacies of intercompany charges.

  • 2016 Look-Ahead: BEPS implementation to dominate international tax landscape

    December 15, 2015

    With the final deadlines for the OECD’s BEPS Project falling at the end of this year, 2016 was always going to be a year dominated by questions about implementation. While BEPS-related activity is not the only issue on the horizon, that alone will ensure multinationals are kept busy over the next 12 months. Joe Stanley-Smith and Matthew Gilleard look through the peephole to analyse taxpayer hopes, fears and expectations for the year ahead.

  • China - Looking Ahead (5th edition) now available

    December 09, 2015

    The 5th edition of China - Looking Ahead, published in association with KPMG, is now available online.

  • November 2015

    China: Export services to be exempt from VAT

    November 17, 2015

    The Chinese Ministry of Finance (MOF) and the State Administration of Taxation (SAT) have jointly released a new Bill, Circular Caishui Notice 118, which covers the application of the zero VAT policy to services.

  • October 2015

    Mind your own business: The importance of knowing what we really do

    October 29, 2015

    Steven Ouwerkerk, global head of tax at APM Terminals, argues that to deal with the corporate challenges of operating in an increasingly borderless world, multinationals must learn to operate in a department-less manner, sharing experiences across functions and understanding issues from a variety of perspectives. He also brings a new meaning to the phrase ‘mind your own business’.

  • The Brockman brief: Tax transparency: Is it a one-way street?

    October 29, 2015

    The envisaged ideals of ‘tax transparency’ are being proposed, and legislated, by tax administrations worldwide. This month’s Brockman brief focuses on the fact that mutual and reciprocal tax transparency with multinational entities (MNEs) remains somewhat elusive. It is now time to briefly assess some of these initiatives to fairly gauge the mutuality of such initiatives.

  • The Cunningham Column: Every little helps in international tax reform

    October 29, 2015

    To start his new monthly column, Ralph Cunningham, the Hong Kong-based managing editor of International Tax Review, argues that capacity building will be critical to BEPS implementation in the Asia-Pacific region if piecemeal, unilateral measures are to be avoided.

  • BEPS implementation: The role of a multilateral instrument

    October 27, 2015

    Jeffrey Owens, director of the Global Tax Policy Centre at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU) Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law (IAITL) and former OECD tax chief, and Nathalie Bravo, research associate at the IAITL, explore the role of a multilateral tax instrument in implementing BEPS Project measures, and analyse the treaty issues and technical challenges to be overcome.

  • Eight out of ten businesses still using spreadsheets for VAT compliance

    October 14, 2015

    More than 80% of businesses are still using spreadsheets to manage their VAT compliance in at least one jurisdiction in which they operate, despite tax authorities around the world investing in better tools.

  • September 2015

    The Brockman brief: Performance review: The OECD’s reputation

    September 29, 2015

    The curtain is drawing to a close on the final OECD BEPS recommendations, while the OECD actors and supporting staff anxiously await reaction from the audience. This month’s Brockman brief runs the rule over the OECD’s BEPS work to date and looks ahead to see how developments are likely to impact the organisation’s reputation as the ‘go-to’ body for international tax matters.

  • Talking tax and telecoms with Telefônica in Brazil

    September 29, 2015

    Vasco Gruber Franco, head of tax for the Telefônica group in Brazil, talks to Matthew Gilleard about tax transparency, troublesome laws, and technological trials and tribulations.

  • China

    September 03, 2015

  • Chinese VAT roll-out still confusing taxpayers; IMF weighs in with recommendations

    September 03, 2015

    China’s nationwide VAT roll-out is making slow but steady progress, though many companies are still struggling to get to grips with the new tax.

  • August 2015

    China and Taiwan agree tax treaty

    August 27, 2015

    China and Taiwan have agreed a double tax treaty after talks between the Taipei-based Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) and Beijing-headquartered Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS).

  • China: How can taxpayers deal with the stock market crash?

    August 26, 2015

    China’s economic problems came to a head early this week, with the benchmark Shanghai Composite index losing more than 15% of its value on Monday and Tuesday.

  • Issues the economist forgets? TP policy – a banking perspective

    August 21, 2015

    After spending 15 years in-house, Ben Henton last month joined BDO as a transfer pricing director. He returns to the UK from Asia after four years working at HSBC and DBS Bank in Hong Kong and Singapore. Here, he addresses operational risk challenges in transfer pricing (TP) from an in-house perspective, going beyond technical TP legislation and guidelines.

  • China: Standardisation of the administration on cost sharing agreements

    August 21, 2015

  • July 2015

    The Brockman brief: Illusory transparency: A symptom of BEPS complexity

    July 10, 2015

    The inception of the OECD’s base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) action plans was accompanied by new demands for fiscal transparency, ignoring omnipresent thorns of complexity.

  • Vicious and virtuous circles: Planning for change with Schroders’ group tax head

    July 10, 2015

    Joe Stanley-Smith talks to Sue Cooper, group head of tax at global asset management company Schroders, about inter-departmental cooperation, planning for change and the difference between vicious and virtuous circles.

  • Why tax treaties matter in Iraq’s evolving taxation landscape

    July 10, 2015

    Imtiaz Ahmad of PetroChina argues the development of a tax treaty network would help the Iraqi government convince investors to support the revival of the economy.

  • China: Implementation guidance issued for Announcement 7 indirect transfers

    July 10, 2015

  • China approves multilateral convention on tax assistance

    July 02, 2015

    China's legislature has ratified an international agreement on tax cooperation.

  • June 2015

    China reduces tax on imported consumer products

    June 04, 2015

    China has reduced import taxes on popular consumer products in a bid to boost domestic consumption. The rate cut took effect from June 1 2015.

  • May 2015

    Businesses report difficulties in obtaining APAs with China

    May 28, 2015

    Though China has had an advance pricing agreement (APA) programme for nearly a decade, some businesses report that obtaining APAs in China is challenging due to a lack of manpower at the State Administration of Taxation’s (SAT) transfer pricing team.

  • The Brockman brief: UK diverted profits tax: The extrapolation effect

    May 27, 2015

    The UK's diverted profits tax (DPT) was developed, and enacted, quickly in the weeks leading to the general election. The legislation was a two-pronged attack: on transactions having insufficient economic substance and the avoidance of permanent establishment (PE). The legislation went into effect April 1 2015 and there have been hints that other countries are looking at similar moves; but exactly what tax doctrines will other countries adopt to achieve similar objectives?

  • BEPS: Improving data, economic analysis and measurement

    May 27, 2015

    It is stating the obvious to say that current international efforts to tackle base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) have attracted a great deal of global attention. Since the OECD and G20 countries, working together on an equal footing, adopted a 15-point action plan to address BEPS in September 2013, the focus on this issue has steadily grown. David Bradbury, head of the tax policy and statistics division at the OECD Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, and the man overseeing this aspect of the project, provides exclusive insight into an action point that has not always received as much attention as other items in the Action Plan.

  • Shifting the balance: Asia’s move to indirect tax

    May 27, 2015

    With China poised to complete its VAT roll-out in the second half of this year and India hoping to introduce GST in 2016, the next few years will see 2.5 billion people paying consumption tax more efficiently than ever before on the goods and services they are buying at an ever increasing rate. Meredith McBride tracks the shift from direct to indirect taxation in Asia.

  • Substance-over-form in China's GAAR

    May 27, 2015

    Scott Heidecke and Flora Luo of Nexia International member firm Nexia TS (Shanghai) discuss China's latest attempts to implement countrywide standard practices for application of the general anti-avoidance rules, while bringing clarity to foreign entities which are affected.

  • April 2015

    The Brockman brief: Timing symmetry is shattered: CbCR and TP documentation

    April 28, 2015

    May’s instalment of his column sees Keith Brockman, global tax director at Mars, lecturer and author of the Strategizing Multinational Tax Risks blog, look at the problems that may arise for taxpayers given the timing differences applicable for different documentation and reporting requirements, and what options are available for reconciling these.

  • Tax planners' task tougher than ever

    April 28, 2015

    Failing to plan is planning to fail. We are all familiar with the phrase. But practising what one preaches in this regard has never been more important for corporate taxpayers.

  • Mirror, mirror on the wall, please show the purpose to all

    April 28, 2015

    Rishi Joshi, associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, analyses recent controversy and litigation on the issue of indirect share transfers.

  • China: Fourth protocol to the China – Hong Kong tax treaty

    April 28, 2015

  • Support for Hong Kong leasing and asset management industries from updated China – Hong Kong tax treaty

    April 14, 2015

    On April 1 2015 the governments of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (Hong Kong SAR) signed the fourth protocol (the Protocol) to the China - Hong Kong double tax avoidance arrangement (DTA) of 2008.

  • World Tax and World Transfer Pricing 2016: The research period is now open

    April 02, 2015

    Don't miss out on your chance to be included in International Tax Review's directories of the leading tax and transfer pricing firms around the world.

  • March 2015

    Hong Kong offers tax exemption to entice private equity

    March 30, 2015

    In an effort to place itself at the centre of venture capital and private equity investment in Asia, the Hong Kong government introduced a Bill in its Legislative Council on March 25 to extend an exemption from the territory’s 16.5% profits tax to include offshore private equity funds, which is already extended to other types of offshore funds.

  • Transfer Pricing Focus 2015 now available

    March 27, 2015

    Taxpayers and leading advisers provide insights on BEPS and transfer pricing from Latin and North America to China.

  • The Brockman brief : TP risk determination: Transparency and mutuality

    March 25, 2015

    This month, Keith Brockman, global tax director at Mars, lecturer and author of the Strategizing Multinational Tax Risks blog, runs the rule over issues of transfer pricing risk determination, focusing on transparency and the benefits of increased levels of authority reciprocity.

  • Global oil price plunge shakes up the way governments do taxes

    March 25, 2015

    If political instability, leadership changes, and tightened tax laws weren't strenuous enough, plummeting oil prices in the latter half of 2014 left many governments and corporations exasperated, questioning how low prices could conceivably go. Meredith McBride analyses how authorities around the world have responded with sectoral tax changes.

  • Practical considerations for Chinese withholding tax on cross-border service transactions

    March 25, 2015

    The potential Chinese tax implications of the provision of cross-border services into China are as numerous as they are confusing. Scott Heidecke and Flora Luo of Nexia International member firm Nexia TS (Shanghai) discuss some of the practical considerations.

  • China: New Chinese indirect offshore disposal rules issued

    March 25, 2015

  • M&A Focus 2015 now available

    March 24, 2015

    Leading advisers update you on the latest M&A tax developments.

  • Beijing Tax Bureau to levy 10% tax on QFII investors, with no deductions for losses

    March 16, 2015

    Inward investors have expressed concern about proposals that China will levy a 10% capital gains tax on profits earned by foreign investors, with no opportunity to deduct for losses. While some tax advisers welcomed the clarity, some funds may struggle to pay the higher-than-expected tax bills on gains earned over five years between 2009 and 2014.

  • China's National People's Congress debates introducing law-based taxation

    March 10, 2015

    During national legislative meetings on Sunday March 8, a draft revision of China’s Legislation Law was submitted, mandating that all taxes be imposed through legislation, which taxpayers say would provide greater consistency and transparency. The existing system allows China’s cabinet, the State Council, to collect taxes based on ‘regulations’ and ‘provisional rules’.

  • February 2015

    The Brockman brief: Interest: Double taxation equality is fading

    February 24, 2015

    In the first of his regular monthly updates, Keith Brockman, global tax director at Mars, lecturer and author of the Strategizing Multinational Tax Risks blog, looks at why countries are enacting unilateral legislation to limit interest deductibility, the shift in focus from eliminating double taxation to eliminating non-taxation, and why, as a result, double taxation via interest limitations is here to stay.

  • The digital economy: Indirect tax and e-services

    February 24, 2015

    Abi Briggs and Jon Tilson of Deloitte analyse recent developments regarding indirect taxation of the digital economy, taking into account OECD discussions and unilateral actions being proposed.

  • China: New regulations to encourage corporate restructuring and investment with non-monetary assets

    February 24, 2015

  • TRIBUTE – the permanent tax treaty arbitration tribunal

    February 20, 2015

    International Tax Review’s Joe Stanley-Smith speaks exclusively to Hans Mooij, the architect of TRIBUTE – an organisation looking to shake up the world of tax arbitration.

  • Sigh of relief for Big 4 in China as US SEC agrees to remove ban

    February 12, 2015

    The SEC in the US has sanctioned the Chinese branches of the Big 4 accounting firms for failure to disclose documents related to an investigation of potential fraud. The units had been suspended from auditing US-traded firms for six months. However, this latest SEC action removes the ban but imposes a fine of $500,000 each.

  • Foreign companies could be caught in China's new indirect transfer rules

    February 11, 2015

    In a strong indication of its growing commitment to enforcing tax compliance, China’s State Administration of Taxation released updated indirect transfer rules to replace Notice 698. Tax professionals say the more stringent tax rules, which include safe harbour regulations, withholding tax obligations of the buyer, and clarifications of reasonable commercial purpose, are both welcome and concerning.

  • OECD will update G20 finance ministers on BEPS project implementation next week

    February 06, 2015

    G20 finance ministers will hear about the OECD's three-pronged approach to implementation of the BEPS Action Plan at their meeting in Istanbul on Monday and Tuesday of next week (February 9 and 10).

  • VAT has saved Chinese taxpayers $30.7 billion, but gaps remain in implementation

    February 06, 2015

    China’s State Administration of Taxation (SAT) has released the latest figures on its value-added tax (VAT), reporting that 95% of businesses included in the regime saw their VAT bill fall in 2014.

  • January 2015

    BEPS – Preventing treaty abuse: A practical perspective

    January 27, 2015

    Keith Brockman, global tax director at Mars and author of the International Tax Best Practices blog, analyses BEPS Action 6 on preventing treaty abuse, calling for more balance in seeking to avoid double taxation and double non-taxation, and more guidance on the interplay between domestic law and treaty interaction.

  • Mariano Giralt: Global custodian and acronym-buster

    January 27, 2015

    The landscape of international taxation is changing. The OECD’s BEPS project is likely to rewrite the rules governing international taxation in a way that has not been seen since the League of Nations shaped existing rules in the 1920s. A key component of this is taxation of the financial sector. Various sector-specific tax laws have been proposed. This is providing those in the sector with plenty to think about. One such figure is Mariano Giralt, Managing Director, Tax Services, at BNY Mellon. He talks to Matthew Gilleard about some of the key tax developments impacting financial services.

  • In taxpayers' sights: What to look out for in 2015

    January 27, 2015

    With multilateral projects due for final delivery, and many of 2014’s key themes lingering on, 2015 comes with a lot of unfinished business.

  • Full plate for taxpayers seeking certainty in 2015

    January 27, 2015

    With multilateral projects reaching their climax in 2015, the year ahead is sure to be filled with moments that define the future direction of international taxation. Matthew Gilleard highlights some of the major trends taxpayers should be looking out for in 2015.

  • Indirect tax: Innovation, energy, and e-commerce

    January 27, 2015

    As global communications become more efficient, developing countries are fast-tracking their progress to becoming global economies – with VAT and excise tax reforms a crucial part of that process. Meredith McBride speaks with indirect tax leaders to pinpoint the issues that will have taxpayers and their advisers scratching their heads in 2015.

  • Moving goalposts mean taxpayers must stay on toes

    January 27, 2015

    Joe Stanley-Smith analyses how new attitudes and initiatives from tax authorities in key jurisdictions will influence the national and international tax dispute landscape in 2015.

  • China: New guidance on Chinese GAAR

    January 27, 2015

  • China delays extending tax benefits of free trade zones

    January 21, 2015

    Only some industries will profit from tax incentives in China's three new free trade zones

  • Oil price slump sees China shift tax burden from companies to consumers

    January 13, 2015

    As an oil-importing economy, China has come out on top during the global plummet in crude oil prices. To lessen the burden on its own oil producers, Beijing increased the windfall tax threshold, and moderately increased taxes on consumers at the pump on January 12 for the third time in two months.

  • Knadjian among new year tax promotions at Hogan Lovells

    January 06, 2015

    Bruno Knadjian, who works in Hogan Lovells's Parisian office, has been promoted to partner as part of a worldwide wave of promotions by the firm for the new year.

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