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  • August 2017

    Trump calls on Congress to address ‘crushing tax burden’

    August 31, 2017

    US President Donald Trump has warned Congress not to disappoint him as they prepare to debate his tax reform plans that he believes offer a “once in a generation” opportunity for change. But the proposals face big hurdles.

  • Vietnam’s tax reforms spell headaches for business

    August 31, 2017

    Vietnam plans to hike its VAT rate for the first time since the tax was introduced, bring in thin capitalisation rules and introduce a sugar tax. The changes will require a number of actions by businesses and some may also suffer long-term consequences.

  • Ukraine adapts registration of VAT vouchers to tackle fraud

    August 31, 2017

    A new mechanism of monitoring the registration of VAT vouchers has been launched in Ukraine to counteract VAT fraud by suspending the registration of risky VAT vouchers.

  • 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.

  • China pushing ahead with VAT reforms

    August 25, 2017

    The State Council is accelerating plans to optimise and integrate the various VAT rules into a single piece of legislation to foster economic development and reduce burdens on businesses. However, could a consolidated VAT law achieve certainty for businesses?

  • Switzerland accused of spying on German tax authorities

    August 25, 2017

    According to German media, members of the Swiss intelligence agency are being investigated for spying on the German tax authorities. One whistle-blower is not in the least bit surprised, International Tax Review has learned.

  • Australia left behind as MNEs chase competitive tax regimes

    August 24, 2017

    Facebook and Microsoft have been forced to change their operating structures in Australia to avoid being caught by tough tax avoidance laws, but could simply amending tax rates and incentivising R&D investment change corporate behaviours voluntarily?

  • 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.

  • UK Criminal Finance Act imposes corporate tax evasion controls

    August 23, 2017

    All companies operating in the UK and abroad could be liable to criminal penalties if they or their associates are found to be facilitating tax evasion. Dominic Stuttaford, head of tax at Norton Rose Fulbright for the EMEA region, highlights the impact of the new Criminal Finance Act and what companies need to being doing now to ensure compliance.

  • How Spanish SII is impacting companies: Duracell case study

    August 23, 2017

    Spain has introduced groundbreaking requirements for companies to file transactional data in near real-time. Joe Stanley-Smith examines the case study of global battery company Duracell to explore how companies are dealing with the extra workload from the Suministro Inmediato de Información (SII) legislation, one month on from its implementation on July 1 2017.

  • Bringing tax accounting into the 21st century

    August 23, 2017

    Richard Murphy, professor of practice in international political economy at City, University of London, argues that we do not need multinational tax returns to be made public, but better accounting is vital.

  • Meet the young tax professionals of the year

    August 23, 2017

    Since 2010, the Young Tax Professional of the Year competition has been open to young students around the world. Joe Stanley-Smith caught up with the first and second prize winners, Karl Frenzel and Tetiana Polonska, to hear their views on the competition, university education today and how it feels to graduate into such a rapidly changing tax market.

  • 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.

  • TaxCOOP: A vision for inclusivity in global tax governance

    August 23, 2017

    The four founders of TaxCOOP, Brigitte Alepin, Allison Christians, Lyne Latulippe, and Louise Otis introduce their forum for developing good tax policy.

  • Q&A: Gig economy taxation – Is it all about to change?

    August 23, 2017

    The tax regimes governing the gig economy, combined with the rules on self-employed individuals, have led to the success of companies such as Uber and Deliveroo. However, the Taylor Review on modern working practices has suggested radical changes that could change it all and stop other sectors adopting similar practices. Anjana Haines talks to the report’s author, Matthew Taylor, to discuss his recommendations and what they could mean for the future of the gig economy.

  • 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.

  • Avinash Persaud: The banker who designed FTT to tame City

    August 23, 2017

    Former managing director of State Street Bank and leading financial expert Avinash Persaud tells Salman Shaheen why he has designed a financial transaction tax (FTT) for Britain’s opposition Labour Party to help rein in the City of London.

  • Luxembourg: New BEPS-compliant IP regime to open up opportunities

    August 23, 2017

    Luxembourg has released draft legislation on its intellectual property (IP) box regime that could offer more benefits to companies’ R&D activities.

  • New Zealand’s BEPS proposals go beyond OECD’s recommendations

    August 23, 2017

    With a general election looming, the New Zealand government has unveiled a raft of measures intended to counter base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) that, in some respects, go further than any of the OECD’s BEPS recommendations. Brendan Brown and Tim Stewart of Russell McVeagh in New Zealand explain the recent announcements, which include measures to address permanent establishment avoidance, significant changes to the transfer pricing and thin capitalisation rules, measures to address hybrid mismatch arrangements, and various measures (going beyond the OECD’s BEPS recommendations) to increase Inland Revenue’s enforcement powers.

  • Brazil looks to introduce VAT to ease compliance for corporates

    August 23, 2017

    Brazil is seeking to become the latest major economy to introduce a national VAT system to end the torturous system of multiple state taxes that is causing headaches for companies.

  • 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?

  • Sports Direct emerges victorious over HMRC in VAT ruling

    August 21, 2017

    Sports Direct has won an appeal ruling against the UK tax authorities in a VAT case concerning de-coupling. Adam Peacock of Baker McKenzie looks at why the company won and what this decision means.

  • Salman Shaheen discusses tax and philanthropy on TalkRADIO

    August 21, 2017

    Salman Shaheen, managing editor of International Tax Review, speaks to TalkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer about whether the taxes paid by big multinationals matter when their founders are donating vast sums to charity.

  • Will tax avoidance schemes come to an end?

    August 18, 2017

    Following Chevron’s settlement with the Australian Tax Office (ATO) over its transfer pricing dispute, are governments and the OECD-led global initiatives now taking the appropriate actions to tackle tax avoidance once and for all?

  • Diageo falls victim to France’s tougher tax stance

    August 16, 2017

    A tax battle with Google is clearly not enough for the French tax authority. Now it is engaging British drinks giant Diageo as it tries to shut down the tax advantages of multinationals.

  • eBay slaps businesses trading in UK with VAT

    August 09, 2017

    Since August 1, eBay has been charging VAT on its fees to businesses trading in the UK in a move to crack down on avoidance schemes. But do the measures go far enough?

  • Boost for HMRC after first GAAR ruling

    August 09, 2017

    Companies using employee benefits trusts to reward their employees need to review their structures after the first ruling from the UK’s GAAR panel went in favour of HMRC and reinforced the Supreme Court’s decision in the Glasgow Rangers case.

  • Latvian tax reform raises concerns with businesses

    August 09, 2017

    Latvia aims to increase its overall competitiveness and boost its economy by introducing corporate tax on distributed profits, in order to encourage reinvestment of the earnings retained in companies, but companies remain sceptical.

  • Q&A: Swiss whistle-blower Rudolf Elmer poised to leak explosive new information on tax evaders

    August 08, 2017

    Salman Shaheen speaks to Rudolf Elmer, the whistle-blower who has been fighting a long court battle after revealing on WikiLeaks the activities of his former employer, Swiss bank Julius Bär, in the Cayman Islands.

  • Q&A: Maltese Finance Minister Edward Scicluna surveys a changing EU tax landscape

    August 07, 2017

    Malta’s Finance Minister Edward Scicluna talks to Anjana Haines about the country’s achievements and his hopes for the future, EU taxation and international tax initiatives.

  • US Tax Court determines IRS abused its discretion in cancelling two APAs with Eaton

    August 07, 2017

    Eaton, a diversified power management company and global technology leader in electrical systems, won a landmark transfer pricing case against the US Internal Revenue Service. Mike Patton and Mumi Hemrajani of DLA Piper US discuss the implications of this first occasion when a taxpayer has judicially challenged an APA revocation or cancellation.

  • How Spanish SII is impacting companies: Duracell case study

    August 03, 2017

    Spain has introduced groundbreaking requirements for companies to file transactional data in near real-time. ITR examines the case study of global battery company Duracell to explore how companies are dealing with the extra workload from the Suministro Inmediato de Información (SII) legislation, one month on from its implementation on July 1 2017.

  • OPINION: Business should get behind carbon taxes before the world burns

    August 03, 2017

    Disturbing reports on climate change show why the world must support carbon taxes, but they can also bring benefits for businesses, writes Salman Shaheen.

  • Mexican tax reform proposed by leading business organisation

    August 02, 2017

    One of Mexico’s leading business organisations has today released its proposals for tax reform. It is pushing the government to adopts its proposals as part of the annual budget statement due by September 8.

  • EU tells Belgium and France to abolish tax exemptions for ports

    August 02, 2017

    The European Commission (EC) has made the next move in a long-running state aid dispute over corporate tax exemptions for ports, by telling France and Belgium to abolish the exemptions in order to align their tax regimes with EU law.

  • Businesses relieved as US scraps border adjustment tax proposal

    August 01, 2017

    The US government has decided to set aside controversial proposals for a border adjustment tax (BAT) in order to push ahead with tax reform and get a bill through Congress by the end of the year, but is this the end of the BAT and how will the government fund the revenue gap?

  • Belgium ‘compensates’ MNEs as it revises tax rules

    August 01, 2017

    Belgium is reinforcing the so-called ‘race to the bottom’ on corporate tax rates with its latest decision to lower the headline rate, but multinationals could face bigger problems as they lose beneficial tax deductions.

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