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  • Semeta’s legacy: The Commissioner’s greatest achievements

    Algirdas Semeta, European Commissioner for Taxation, Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud, has proven himself to be an ambitious reformer over the past four years. As Semeta approaches the end of his term, Salman Shaheen speaks to him about his greatest achievements, and what he wants to do before he leaves Brussels.


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  • Teamwork central to Telefônica’s tax compliance in Brazil

    Vasco Gruber Franco is head of tax for the Telefônica group in Brazil. He previously worked on the advisory side at Arthur Andersen, and has held other in-house roles at DuPont and Philip Morris. Here, he talks to Matthew Gilleard about heading up a tax department in Brazil.

  • Europe’s plan for FTT fails to convince

    Andrew Thomson of Sullivan & Cromwell believes the Robin Hood Tax Campaign's justification for an EU financial transaction tax, published in the February issue, is flawed.

  • Tax technology a key component of globalisation planning

    The need for holistic, end-to-end solutions to assist global tax teams in managing the entire life cycle of reporting, compliance, audits and planning across all tax types around the world has never been more critical, believe Chris Walsh and Bernadette Pinamont of Vertex.

  • The global harmonisation of exchange of information

    Corporate tax reporting in an era of exchange of information is still uncertain, but, as Samantha Merle, Sumeet Hemkar and Katrina Dautrich-Reynolds, of Taxand explain, taxpayers can still take steps to prepare for the introduction of new regulations.

  • Operational TP: When tax function meets finance function

    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.

  • India: Profit attribution to permanent establishments

    Sanjay Sanghvi and Ashish Mehta of Khaitan & Co. analyse recent tax rulings dealing with the attribution of profits to permanent establishments, looking at what multinationals can do to avoid becoming embroiled in similar disputes in the future.

  • Indian transfer pricing changes take time to benefit taxpayers

    Transfer pricing reforms, such as the introduction of safe harbour rules, have not reduced litigation or cut the compliance burden in India. And the government’s approach to the BEPS project could increase reporting requirements, explain Rajendra Nayak and Shweta Pai of EY.

  • Implications for maquiladoras of the 2014 Mexican tax reform

    Ricardo León-Santacruz and Fernando Lujan of Sánchez-DeVanny Eseverri explain how the Mexican 2014 tax reform limits tax incentives and imposes new administrative burdens on the maquiladora sector, which is made up of wholly owned companies that process or assemble imported materials and parts into finished products for sale to the country of origin or other parts of the world.


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April 2014

Semeta’s legacy: The Commissioner’s greatest achievements

Algirdas Semeta, European Commissioner for Taxation, Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud, has proven himself to be an ambitious reformer over the past four years. As Semeta approaches the end of his term, Salman Shaheen speaks to him about his greatest achievements, and what he wants to do before he leaves Brussels.


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