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  • December 2015

    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

    Global powers top new financial secrecy ranking

    November 09, 2015

    Major world powers rank highly in the latest edition of the Tax Justice Network's Financial Secrecy Index. The NGO acknowledges progress made in improving transparency since its last index, but says there remains a way to go.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • European Court of Justice exempts bitcoin trading from VAT

    October 22, 2015

    The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that bitcoin trading services should be exempted from VAT entirely, effectively classifying the cryptocurrency as money.

  • 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.

  • August 2015

    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.

  • 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.

  • Hong Kong: Hong Kong moves towards a favourable Treasury regime

    July 10, 2015

  • June 2015

    Saint-Amans and Bhatia hit out at EU non-cooperative list

    June 24, 2015

    The OECD, and the Global Forum on Tax Transparency and Exchange of Information, which it organises, have moved to assert their preeminence as the international bodies that discuss and decide on transparency and exchange of information standards.

  • Ogier launches new tax team

    June 03, 2015

    Ogier, the offshore law firm, says it has launched a cross-jurisdictional tax team because of demand from their corporate clients, their advisers and trustees.

  • May 2015

    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.

  • Lam leaves Goldman Sachs after more than a decade

    May 07, 2015

    Jocelyn Lam is finishing up this week at Goldman Sachs before joining KPMG on July 1.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • February 2015

    Battle of the Budgets: Tax incentives feature in Hong Kong & Singapore plans for 2015/16

    February 27, 2015

    The two highly competitive Asian financial hubs have announced their Budget plans for the 2015-16 fiscal year. Though frequently compared based on their size and attractiveness to global businesses, Hong Kong and Singapore’s respective Budgets conveyed disparate views on how best to attract foreign investment and stoke home-grown innovation through tax incentives.

  • Pieter de Ridder joins Mayer Brown JSM in Singapore

    February 25, 2015

  • Walkers hires Jonathan Sheehan for Dublin office

    February 25, 2015

    Jonathan Sheehan has joined Walkers Ireland as a partner and head of the tax group in Dublin.

  • 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.

  • Cheers! Celebrate the world's top transactional firms

    February 24, 2015

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

  • FATCA reporting starts on March 31 for Model 2 IGAs and some Hong Kong institutions are not ready

    February 17, 2015

    Reports that the US Internal Revenue Service suspects Asian jurisdictions including Hong Kong and Singapore of making tax evasion easier has caused concern in the market, especially amid allegations that banks around the world have been helping clients evade tax. This concern has been heightened because under the terms of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), Hong Kong financial institutions are due to begin reporting to the IRS from March 31.

  • 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.

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