The German tax authorities have overcome a major obstacle on their path to digitisation thanks to the successful launch of their taxonomy project for electronic standardisation of all German book/tax differences. This realignment also represents huge opportunities for companies.
Following the agreement of the European Council on the Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive (ATAD) on July 12 2016, EU member states now are required to implement certain anti-tax avoidance provisions into their domestic laws by December 31 2018 and have them apply as from January 1 2019 (except for the exit tax rules), write Alexander Linn and Thorsten Braun of Deloitte.
On June 1 2016, the German Ministry of Finance published proposals for change of the German tax laws to implement certain BEPS-related aspects. Claus Jochimsen and Christoph Imschweiler of DLA Piper explore the implications.
Maik Heggmair and Tobias Faltlhauser of WTS summarise the new transfer pricing (TP) documentation rules to be implemented in Germany and provide an example of new TP risk assessment possibilities based on new country-by-country reporting (CbCR), which may become relevant for MNEs in the near future.