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International updates - May 2014

The latest international updates from our correspondents around the world.

Albania: VAT Reimbursement Procedure Directive

Australia: Australian offshore voluntary disclosure initiative 2014

Brazil: Attorney general of the National Treasury issues opinion so as to apply treaty provisions regarding the payment of service fees

Bulgaria: Bulgarian National Revenue Agency’s official position on reinvoicing of expenses

Canada: Canada’s 2014 budget eliminates tax benefits of immigration trusts

China: New foreign exchange policies on supporting the development of China (Shanghai) pilot free trade zone

Cyprus: Timeframes for registration of Cyprus international trusts

EU: Political agreement on new EU rules on PPLs/hybrid loans

Germany: Restrictive application of the German trust model

Hong Kong: TIEA signed with US

India: Indian government proposes revised version of Indian Tax Laws

Italy: New exchange of information rules implemented in Italy

FYR Macedonia: FYR Macedonia ratifies double tax treaty with Bosnia & Herzegovina

Malta: Malta’s recent efforts towards effective exchange of information

Mexico: Limitation on income tax deductions affecting international transactions

Montenegro: Witholding tax on dividends and its methodology

New Zealand: New Zealand’s Inland Revenue finalises interpretation statement on tax residence

Serbia: Determining the income tax for non-profit organisations in Serbia

South Africa: Tax dispute resolution

Spain: Government prepares sweeping tax reform

Switzerland: Revised guidance on the taxation of Swiss principal companies

Ukraine: Ukraine enacts a package of anti-crisis tax changes

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