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  • August 2019

    What to expect at the IFA 2019 Congress

    August 09, 2019

    International Tax Review speaks to IFA President Murray Clayson about the prospects for “radical change” on digital tax and why the London Congress will focus on BEPS Action 4 and the challenges facing investment funds.

  • July 2019

    G7 leaders push ahead with global minimum tax

    July 19, 2019

    The finance ministers of the G7 countries have agreed that a global minimum tax should be introduced to ensure companies like Facebook and Amazon pay ‘their fair share of tax’.

  • Global minimum taxation: A matter of time

    July 10, 2019

    Minimum tax red flags have appeared in recent legislation as countries and organisations race to address perceived inequities within the international tax regime.

  • Tax heads encourage more companies to use ICAP

    July 10, 2019

    Tax leaders from Barilla, Repsol and Shell have encouraged their contemporaries to sign up for the International Compliance Assurance Programme (ICAP), before the window to get involved closes later this month.

  • Case study: Shell’s participation in ICAP

    July 10, 2019

    Danny Houben, project lead for Shell’s ICAP team, talks to International Tax Review about how his company got ready to participate in the OECD’s International Compliance Assurance Programme (ICAP).

  • Case study: Repsol’s participation in ICAP

    July 10, 2019

    Rocío Bermúdez, tax global practices & transfer pricing senior manager at Repsol, spoke to ITR about her company’s participation in the first pilot of the International Compliance Assurance Programme.

  • The negative aspects of ICAP

    July 10, 2019

    While feedback on the International Compliance Assurance Programme (ICAP) has been overwhelmingly positive, unsurprisingly, the first pilot did encounter some teething problems.

  • OECD won’t rush ICAP expansion despite scheme’s popularity

    July 10, 2019

    The OECD’s Achim Pross says his ultimate aim is to expand the International Compliance Assurance Programme (ICAP), but companies may be disappointed to learn that it could be a relatively slow process.

  • Tax transformation: What companies need to know

    July 10, 2019

    In a wide-ranging interview, ITR speaks to Terri LaRae, partner and leader of the global operations transformation tax team at Deloitte, about the factors driving tax transformation and how tax departments can get the best out of it.

  • How concerned should companies be about data they send to tax authorities becoming public?

    July 10, 2019

    It’s interesting that the subject of data submitted to the tax authorities becoming public, either through a data leak or public country-by-country reporting (CbCR), is clearly still a significant concern among tax directors.

  • May 2019

    South-East Asian countries get increasingly aggressive

    May 30, 2019

    The tax authorities of Indonesia, South Korea, Vietnam, the Philippines and Thailand are causing numerous problems for taxpayers as they get increasingly aggressive in their audits and focus more on transfer pricing, but companies can strategically determine which battles to fight.

  • Exercising judgement as the head of tax

    May 28, 2019

    Heads of tax are called upon to make decisions continually, ranging from routine choices to the less frequent, but materially significant. Making decisions involves a combination of exercising judgement and drawing on structured processes to reduce risk writes Sandy Markwick, head of the Tax Director Network at Winmark.

  • April 2019

    ERP systems preferred over tax engines to determine tax payments

    April 15, 2019

    Tax directors explain why they prefer ERP system customisations over tax engines to help them automatically determine their tax liabilities despite both options having their fair share of problems.

  • Media companies support digital taxation proposals

    April 05, 2019

    Media-related businesses are united in their desire to ‘level the playing field’ on taxing traditional and digital companies, but they do not all agree on the best way forward.

  • The world’s best tax transactional firms 2019

    April 03, 2019

    International Tax Review presents key trends and developments in the tax transactional market and ranks the best firms to help companies navigate the post-BEPS environment that poses challenges in restructuring and mergers and acquisitions.

  • Survey: Untangling CFC rules and regimes

    April 01, 2019

    Companies have to navigate a web of differing rules targeting controlled foreign corporations (CFCs) and their shareholders, but the process is far from easy when the distinctions in each country’s rules risk unexpected audits or an unreasonably high tax burden.

  • March 2019

    Stepping up: Companies get into the stride of post-BEPS tax transactions

    March 21, 2019

    After a buoyant start to 2018, M&A activity tailed off in the final quarter of the year. Despite this, for transactional tax, many large companies are restructuring as they adjust to the US Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, post-BEPS rules such as the EU Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive, and to the new reality of the digital economy.

  • Government and customers – the driving force of digitisation

    March 21, 2019

    Kim Hau, senior proposition manager for ONESOURCE Indirect Tax at Thomson Reuters, explains why corporate indirect tax teams must shift their approach from ‘surviving’ the compliance cycle to a more proactive and considered way of working.

  • France to push G7 countries for a global minimum corporate tax

    March 21, 2019

    France plans to make significant progress with members of the G7 group of countries to reach an agreement on a minimum corporate tax rate, after the OECD has presented its work on taxing the digital economy to the G20 in June.

  • MNEs accept higher tax burden is inevitable at OECD digital tax consultation

    March 14, 2019

    Corporate tax heads at the OECD digital tax consultation in Paris admitted that they would need to bow to political pressure and accept potentially painful reforms.

  • ITR Asia Tax Awards 2019 shortlist announced

    March 11, 2019

    The nominations for the ITR Asia Tax Awards have been announced.

  • February 2019

    Japan to make internal reorganisations easier with tax break

    February 22, 2019

    The Japanese government has announced changes which will give companies more flexibility in tax structuring, lessening the sizeable tax burden on downstream mergers and making triangular reorganisations easier.

  • Submit now for World Tax and World TP 2020

    February 11, 2019

    We are pleased to announce the official launch of World Tax and World TP 2020.

  • How important is tax competition to India?

    February 04, 2019

    India can be resilient against the competitive tax policies of neighbouring countries and the US, but tax experts at International Tax Review’s India Tax Forum want the country to amend corporate tax rates and expand the base to maintain this.

  • Investor pressure drives corporate tax policy development

    February 01, 2019

    Investors are giving serious consideration to their targets’ corporate tax policies before agreeing on the deal, but there are a number of companies that still have no such policy in place.

  • Withers hires senior tax counsel in Japan

    February 01, 2019

    Kenichi Takashima joins Withers while also continuing his role as the Japanese representative of the OECD’s Business and Industry Advisory Committee.

  • January 2019

    Financial institutions adapt to tax transparency

    January 28, 2019

    Tax transparency initiatives such as the CRS, AEOI and FATCA, and the upcoming mandatory disclosure rules, are having a profound impact on the operations and IT infrastructure of financial institutions (FIs) worldwide. Ronald Frey, chief product officer of the RegTech product unit within BearingPoint, discusses how these are creating trends towards data alignment and centralisation, and are changing the role of FIs and wealth managers in cross-border tax reporting.

  • The battle for resources: Making the case for tax departments

    January 28, 2019

    The rate of change in the tax regulatory environment in recent years has been rapid, arguably more so than at any other time in recent history. Heads of tax are competing with colleagues in other functions for a share of finite budgets. The challenge is to show value for money, writes Sandy Markwick, head of the Tax Director Network at Winmark.

  • Not another tax department transformation

    January 28, 2019

    One of the principal subjects of discussion and analysis in tax in recent months is digitalisation. I am not only talking about the OECD, EU and unilateral proposals to address the taxation of the digital, or digitalised, economy, but also the potential of digital innovations to change business, tax administration and tax department processes.

  • What the G20 should know about international cryptocurrency tax policy

    January 07, 2019

    International cryptocurrency tax policy can achieve trust if it is done correctly, writes Michael Minihan, partner at BX3 Capital.

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