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International updates - October 2015


The latest international updates from our correspondents around the world.

Albania: New tax incentives for operating in free zones in Albania

Australia: Multinational entity (MNE) anti-avoidance Bill introduced

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Corporate Income Tax Bill under review

Brazil: Provisional Measure 685/2015 extended for another 60-day period

Canada: Filing deadline approaching for Canadian foreign affiliate dumping rules

Chile: Withholding tax, treaties and provision of PE certificates

Cyprus: Ship management companies in Cyprus: An option worth considering

Germany: Retroactive changes to RETT rules to apply from 2009

India: Applicability of MAT to foreign investors

Ireland: Irish Revenue Commissioners issue guidance on the VAT treatment of portfolio management services in wake of Deutsche Bank

Luxembourg: Luxembourg amends participation exemption regime

FYR Macedonia: FYR Macedonia extends application of preferential VAT rate to first sale of residential buildings

Malta: Amendment to the highly qualified persons rules

Middle East: PE formation in KSA: Operating across borders

New Zealand: New Zealand proposes new GST rules for supplies of cross-border services

Poland: Amendments made to Polish property tax regime

Serbia: Amendments to the Serbian Excise Duties Act

South Korea: Proposed tax law amendments in 2015

Spain: Spain takes the lead as tax changes reflect economic upturn

Switzerland: Spontaneous exchange of tax rulings

Turkey: Transfer pricing of intra-group services with a special focus on recharacterisation as know-how

US Inbound: IRS international practice units

More from across our site

The state secretary told the French press that the country continues to oppose pillar two’s global minimum tax rate following an Ecofin meeting last week.
This week the Biden administration has run into opposition over a proposal for a federal gas tax holiday, while the European Parliament has approved a plan for an EU carbon border mechanism.
Businesses need to improve on data management to ensure tax departments become much more integrated, according to Microsoft’s chief digital officer at a KPMG event.
Businesses must ensure any alternative benchmark rate is included in their TP studies and approved by tax authorities, as Libor for the US ends in exactly a year.
Tax directors warn that a lack of adequate planning for VAT rule changes could leave businesses exposed to regulatory errors and costly fines.
Tax professionals have urged suppliers of goods from Great Britain to Northern Ireland to pause any plans to restructure their supply chains following the NI Protocol Bill.
Tax leaders say communication with peers is important for risk management, especially on how to approach regional authorities.
Advances in compliance tools in international markets and the digitalisation of global tax administrations are increasing in-house demand for technologists.
The US fast-food company has agreed to pay €1.25 billion to settle the French investigation into its transfer pricing arrangements over allegations of tax evasion.
HM Revenue and Customs said the UK pillar two legislation will be delayed until at least December 2023, while ITR reported on a secret Netflix settlement and an IMF study on VAT cuts.
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