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  • October 2017

    ECJ clarifies VAT treatment of hire purchase contracts in Mercedes case

    October 12, 2017

    Businesses could find VAT accounting easier after the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that hire purchase-like contracts, which include an option to buy, should be treated as a supply of goods, rather than services, if exercising this option is the lessee’s obvious choice.

  • EU VAT gap falls ahead of VAT reform to tackle fraud

    October 05, 2017

    The EU hopes that its plan to reform the VAT system, which includes changes to the digital single market, will make it more resilient to the massive level of fraud currently prevalent within its borders.

  • World Tax showcases the world’s top tax firms

    October 02, 2017

    International Tax Review and TP Week are proud to present World Tax 2018 and World Transfer Pricing 2018, the comprehensive guides to the leading tax advisory practices, including law and accountancy firms, around the world. Joe Stanley-Smith, World Tax editor, introduces the guides.

  • September 2017

    EU to redesign tax net to catch online giants

    September 27, 2017

    The European Commission (EC) will set out a “strong and ambitious” vision on how to tax the digital economy in early 2018, targeting companies such as Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Apple.

  • ITR showcases the best women in tax in its latest guide

    September 25, 2017

    The third edition of the Women in Tax Leaders guide has been released, with several new countries and more than 150 new names included this year.

  • Will EU member states bring in a turnover tax on digital multinationals?

    September 20, 2017

    Ten EU member states agreed that large digital multinational such as Google, Amazon, Apple and Facebook will have to pay their ‘fair share of tax’. However, a lack of consensus around the core proposal for an equalisation tax remains.

  • ECOFIN to consider virtual PE rules to tax digital MNEs

    September 13, 2017

    Multinational technology giants like Google, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft and Facebook could face higher tax bills under EU plans to introduce virtual permanent establishment rules. However, such rules could be difficult for governments to administer.

  • August 2017

    The world’s best tax controversy leaders revealed

    August 29, 2017

    The seventh edition of the Tax Controversy Leaders guide has been released, with more than 300 new names and seven additional countries this year.

  • Tax risk pendulum: Collaboration vs. uncertainty

    August 23, 2017

    Tax risk is a modern ‘term of art’ perception; this risk can be viewed as a pendulum. Keith Brockman looks at the advantages of corporate collaboration and threats of uncertainty and public distrust.

  • Tax havens: An unnecessary evil?

    August 23, 2017

    The finance ministers of some of the world’s most notorious tax havens believe their countries’ policies are fair, robust and meet international standards. Anjana Haines cuts through the PR to see what role these jurisdictions play in an era of BEPS measures and increasing transparency.

  • EU holding company structure in treaty shopping cases

    August 23, 2017

    The tax status and characterisation of passive holding companies has gained renewed interest with Article 7 of the OECD’s Multilateral Instrument (MLI) containing some reference to these entities. Mauro Manca of Giovannelli e Associati looks at how these structures can still work if there are sound organisational reasons in the MNE structure.

  • France takes on digital corporations with EU tax harmonisation plans

    August 23, 2017

    The tax payments of Airbnb, Google, Facebook and Amazon have prompted the French finance minister to push, together with Germany, for the EU harmonisation of corporate tax rates. But will this solve the ‘paying a fair share’ argument, or does the problem lie with domestic PE rules?

  • July 2017

    EU case to set precedent on VAT treatment of rebates for parties outside the distribution chain

    July 27, 2017

    The ECJ will soon rule on a case involving global pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim that will set a VAT precedent for the pharmaceutical sector. Jan Sanders, indirect tax manager at RELX, discusses the impact of a ruling on this long-debated matter concerning the VAT treatment of supplies outside a distribution chain.

  • Roschier hires Ossi Haapaniemi

    July 13, 2017

    Roschier has appointed Ossi Haapaniemi as a partner to its tax and structuring team in Helsinki, Finland.

  • European Tax Awards 2017: Winners announced

    July 11, 2017

    Over 30 different firms and individuals won recognition for their unique achievements at this year’s European Tax Awards 2017 held at The Savoy, London.

  • The economics behind EU tax investigations: The way forward

    July 11, 2017

    The European Commission has made some surprising decisions in recent years about how tax rulings between multinationals and EU member states constitute state aid. In the second of this two-part series of articles, Carina Lange, senior consultant at CEG Global in the Netherlands, discusses how multinationals can maintain legal certainty and assess the risks associated with tax rulings.

  • Tax director 2.0

    July 11, 2017

    Tax work is being transformed by technology, and the role of the tax director is changing with it. Joe Stanley-Smith looks at the new tools on offer to businesses, the skills needed to use them properly, and why companies need to jump on the bandwagon sooner rather than later.

  • June 2017

    The world’s best indirect tax leaders revealed

    June 29, 2017

    The sixth edition of the Indirect Tax Leaders guide has been released, with more than 200 new indirect tax leaders recognised around the world.

  • Final week to submit nominations for the Women in Tax Leaders guide

    June 26, 2017

    There are only a few days left to nominate the leading women in the tax advisory world for the third edition of the Women in Tax Leaders guide. The submission period closes on June 30.

  • Alder & Sound promotes Suvi Vänskä to partner

    June 22, 2017

    Suvi Vänskä has been named a partner at Alder & Sound after a year at the firm.

  • European Commission to crack down on ‘supply side’ of tax avoidance

    June 20, 2017

    Leaked documents reportedly reveal the Commission is seeking to tighten its regulation of what activists term the ‘supply side’ of tax avoidance – the banks, law and accountancy firms that devise aggressive schemes.

  • Who benefits from carbon tax increases?

    June 08, 2017

    A recent report calls for a global effort to save the planet by introducing high carbon taxes, but will tough tax measures work and who will gain from them?

  • MLI to create long-term uncertainty in tax planning

    June 07, 2017

    The signing ceremony of the OECD multilateral instrument (MLI) is a big step towards implementing tax treaty-related BEPS recommendations, but the potential for governments to ‘cherry-pick’ treaty amendments risks long-term problems.

  • May 2017

    EU adopts directive to tackle hybrid mismatches

    May 31, 2017

    The European Union (EU) Council has adopted rules to prevent multinationals using hybrid mismatch arrangements to avoid taxation, but the measures risk conflicts with national laws and could give rise to disputes.

  • OECD releases peer review criteria for BEPS Action 6

    May 31, 2017

    Governments have six months to prepare before peer reviews begin on how they meet the minimum standards of the BEPS project, including Action 6 on treaty shopping. But tax authorities could face some difficulties in meeting their targets.

  • The Brockman brief: Double taxation: Does it matter?

    May 30, 2017

    There is one topic that is seemingly silent by tax administrations, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), parliamentarians and international tax bodies: double taxation. Keith Brockman reviews the state of play and what can be done to help multinationals.

  • Talking to the OECD: Tech disruption in tax administration

    May 30, 2017

    Peter Green, head of the Forum on Tax Administration (FTA) Secretariat at the OECD shares his views with the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) and International Tax Review on how technology is changing the status quo for many industries and tax administrations with the constant emergence of new technologies and rising taxpayer expectations.

  • Transforming tax – under pressure

    May 30, 2017

    Tax departments are feeling the heat. A tsunami of changes is causing them to rethink their purpose and review how they operate. Mark Body, director, tax transformation (financial services) at KPMG in the UK, considers how corporate tax leaders are adapting to the changes, and what the future is likely to hold for them and their teams.

  • Using blockchain for transparent beneficial ownership registers

    May 30, 2017

    The OECD and the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) are considering how to improve implementation of the international standards on transparency, including on the availability of beneficial ownership information and its international exchange. Julia de Jong, Alexander Meyer, and Jeffrey Owens of the Global Tax Policy Centre at the Institute of Austrian and International Tax Law within the Vienna University of Economics and Business explore how blockchain technology could be used to achieve this goal.

  • The economics behind EU tax probes: What it means for you

    May 30, 2017

    Understanding competition economics can help multinationals and national authorities restore and maintain the legal certainty of tax rulings. In the first of a two-part series of articles, Carina Lange, senior consultant at CEG Global in the Netherlands, explains the approach the Commission is taking to assess whether tax rulings or systems distort competition and how it fits into the general economic assessment of state aid cases.

  • EU finance ministers agree on MAP for double taxation disputes

    May 23, 2017

    Businesses operating in the EU could see their litigation and compliance costs fall considerably after the EU Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) agreed on a new system for resolving double taxation disputes within the 27-member bloc.

  • Corporate tax compliance burdens are rising despite lower tax rates and more incentives

    May 17, 2017

    Governments worldwide are seeking alternative means to attract businesses as global tax reforms and weak economic growth drive tax rates down, but the tax changes are anything but positive for businesses.

  • Last chance to submit for World Tax and Transfer Pricing 2018

    May 15, 2017

    The submission period for World Tax and World Transfer Pricing 2018 has ended. Firms interested in making submissions should contact their country's researcher immediately if they have missed the deadline.

  • April 2017

    CbCR nears: Reputational risk perceptions

    April 26, 2017

    Country-by-country reporting (CbCR) deadlines are approaching and MNEs are carefully preparing the information and diligence behind the numbers. CbCR brings us to the next phase and Keith Brockman asks how reputational risk will be questioned by the public (if disclosed) and defended or ignored by MNEs and tax administrations.

  • Indirect Tax Forum: Highlights

    April 26, 2017

    On March 30, International Tax Review hosted its Indirect Tax Forum at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Düsseldorf, Germany, in association with WTS. The day was a great success, with open dialogue from in-house tax professionals, tax advisers and campaigners. Here, conference host Joe Stanley-Smith presents some of the highlights from the day.

  • Planning it safe: Less risk and more substance

    April 26, 2017

    Tax planning is adapting to reflect a more transparent and technological world, bringing with it a change in attitudes and new challenges for taxpayers. The decisions made now should not be underestimated as they could have unexpected consequences later.

  • CRS allows taxpayers to avoid detection as loopholes remain

    April 26, 2017

    Financial institutions are busy filing their first reports to tax authorities to comply with the common reporting standard (CRS), but loopholes in the global measure mean some taxpayers can remain undetected. Amelia Schwanke highlights the gaps appearing and the jurisdictions enabling them.

  • Proposed new tax regime targets real estate in Sweden

    April 26, 2017

    Sweden plans to introduce new rules on the taxation of commercial real estate that may complicate tax credits for foreign taxpayers and potentially result in double taxation. Richard Hedin Thyr, tax partner, and Hussein Abdali, tax adviser, at Skeppsbron Skatt, Taxand Sweden, analyse what these proposals could mean.

  • March 2017

    World Tax and World Transfer Pricing submissions open

    March 29, 2017

    The research period for World Tax and World Transfer Pricing 2018 has now begun. Firms interested in making submissions can download the relevant forms from this page.

  • Brexit: Knowing the unknowns for taxation

    March 23, 2017

    Dealing with the known unknowns is all any business can seek to do in the uncertain environment, whether it stems from the US or the UK. Cormac Kelleher, international tax partner at Mazars in Dublin discusses the plethora of unknowns and how companies can navigate through it all.

  • Bridging the digital gap: How tax fits into cryptocurrencies and blockchain development

    March 23, 2017

    The world is on the cusp of a major tax revolution as cryptocurrencies and online distributed ledger technologies, such as blockchain, push financial systems from the physical world to online. Amelia Schwanke speaks to the experts in a roundtable discussion about the tax implications and usage of digital currencies and blockchain.

  • Technology solutions in a post-BEPS world

    March 23, 2017

    There has been a complete paradigm shift in global taxation with the rise in audit risks caused by new global initiatives like the OECD’s BEPS Project. JD Choi, CEO at Tax Technologies, explores the technology solutions that should be administered to mitigate these audit risks in a post-BEPS world.

  • Webinar: Transfer pricing issues for MNEs investing in Africa

    March 13, 2017

    Recent studies show that the African continent is attracting a growing amount of investments from foreign multinational enterprises. BonelliErede and International Tax Review will provide an overview of the main transfer pricing issues to consider for structuring investments into selected countries.

  • ECJ stands firm on e-books standard VAT rate

    March 10, 2017

    The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has reiterated its stance on the controversial issue of taxing e-books in a decision against Poland.

  • New Director for Indirect Taxation and Tax Administration at the European Commission

    March 09, 2017

    The European Commission has decided to appoint Maria Teresa Fabregas Fernandez as its Director for Indirect Taxation and Tax Administration. She takes over the role from Donato Raponi on March 16.

  • February 2017

    The Brockman brief: Tax haven blacklist: Talk of the town

    February 28, 2017

    As EU member states determine the criteria for what constitutes a tax haven, while at the same time lowering their tax rates, the debate over tax havens is growing. Keith Brockman considers the parameters of the ideas of ‘transparency’ and ‘tax haven blacklist’.

  • GE/PwC deal advances trend to outsource tax functions

    February 28, 2017

    With corporations meeting the demands of rapidly changing regulations, increased audits, and new tax technology functions, some are overwhelmed with how much tax is influencing their business strategy – leading to a number of outsourcing arrangements. Amelia Schwanke explores whether General Electric (GE) and PwC’s recent agreement has ignited a new trend for outsourcing a business’s tax function

  • Inside M&A: Welcome to the Tax Transactional Survey 2017

    February 28, 2017

    International Tax Review’s flagship tax transactional feature looks at the global M&A market during 2016, explores the tax trends in major deals that may continue into 2017, and provides a breakdown of the leading firms in transactional advice across multiple jurisdictions.

  • Nominations open for Tax Controversy Leaders guide

    February 27, 2017

    The research period for the seventh edition of International Tax Review’s Tax Controversy Leaders guide has begun.

  • Nominations open for Indirect Tax Leaders guide

    February 13, 2017

    The research period for the sixth edition of International Tax Review's Indirect Tax Leaders guide has begun.

  • Transatlantic tax tensions grow over business poaching

    February 08, 2017

    EU leaders are queuing up to criticise the US and UK over plans to slash corporation tax, while US President Donald Trump makes provocative comments on the European project. The growing conflict means corporate CEOs are left scratching their heads on tax planning and whether to shift manufacturing, IP and profit into the US.

  • EU Advocate General: UK and Gibraltar ‘one entity’ for tax issues

    February 01, 2017

    Companies could continue to face a double tax charge after an Opinion from a European Court of Justice (ECJ) advocate general said that the UK and Gibraltar should be treated as a single entity for tax purposes in the high-profile Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Commission case.

  • January 2017

    European Tax Awards 2017: Final week for submissions

    January 30, 2017

    Companies and firms have one week left to enter for the European Tax Awards 2017.

  • Final days to vote for the top tax transactional and tax planning firms

    January 26, 2017

    Two forthcoming issues of International Tax Review will include surveys of the leading tax transactional (March) and tax planning firms (May) around the world. This is your opportunity to vote.

  • The Brockman brief: Leadership attributes: developing relationships

    January 25, 2017

    Tax professionals from all areas of the tax sphere need to move outside their comforts zone to grasp the opportunities available and boost skills. Keith Brockman highlights the need for internal and external networking that could offer previously unknown possibilities.

  • M&A considerations for 2017: Don’t let tax derail the deal

    January 25, 2017

    Tax considerations will never make a deal, but they certainly can break a deal. Laurence Field, a senior tax and corporate business partner at national audit, tax and advisory firm Crowe Clark Whitehill, reflects on the M&A tax landscape that evolved through 2016 and looks ahead to assess what businesses need to know if they are planning to get a transaction over the line in 2017.

  • General VAT reverse charge: The view from Central Europe

    January 17, 2017

    Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia are seen as the key supporters of the European Commission’s generalised reverse charge mechanism (GRCM), but not all industries or multinationals in these countries will benefit from it.

  • No more secret tax rulings in the EU?

    January 10, 2017

    The European Union’s new transparency rules for tax rulings have entered into force, but will it really be the end of secret or controversial tax rulings?

  • Hannes Snellman expands tax team

    January 09, 2017

    VAT Specialist Petri Saukko has joined Hannes Snellman in Helsinki as the firm expands its tax team, which focuses on tax advice in major transactions and complex tax disputes.

  • EU to take ‘nuclear option’ on VAT fraud and allow reverse charge systems

    January 06, 2017

    The European Commission (EC) plans to take drastic action to tackle the €50 billion ($53 billion) in annual EU cross-border VAT fraud by allowing member states to deviate from the VAT Directive.

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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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Panama Papers: German authorities carry out first raids in connection with tax leaks https://t.co/LgalVGGw0x via @dwnews

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RT @ScoopOnTaxes: @Skynet This will not end well for humanity. https://t.co/jsxVwDoDc5

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Goverments will one day soon look at how to tax robots https://t.co/3ghYzRmw8x

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