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Why Hong Kong’s Court of Appeal left holders of trading investments smiling, insight into the future of US tax litigation from the ex-IRS chief counsel, and what the European Commission thinks about VAT on eBooks were just three articles that appeared on ITR Premium last week.

COMPLIANCE MANAGEMENT

Carbon tax is deductible, Australian Accounting Standards Board tells companies
Australia’s accounting standards setters have given taxpayers some cheer this week saying the country’s new carbon tax, which took effect on July 1, is a deductible expense for income tax purposes.


CORPORATE TAX

Report assesses competitiveness of UK tax system
The Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation (CBT) has assessed how close the UK government has come to achieving its stated ambition to “create the most competitive corporate tax regime in the G20”, highlighting that there is still work to be done.

OECD latest to urge lower US corporate tax rate
The OECD has recommended that the US should reduce its corporate tax rate, joining the voices of many tax directors, advisers, politicians and industry groups who have already stated the case for reform.


INDIRECT TAX

European Commission to assist 10 member states adopt FTT
EU finance ministers last week failed to unanimously agree on adopting a financial transactions tax (FTT), but 10 member states are set to push ahead with the support of the European Commission.

Commission warns France and Luxembourg over VAT on eBooks
The European Commission has launched infringement procedures against France and Luxembourg for reducing their VAT rates on eBooks, which it argues is distorting competition for other member states.


TAX DISPUTES

Court of Appeal decision brings Nice Cheer for Hong Kong taxpayers
Holders of trading investments in Hong Kong will be buoyed by a Court of Appeal decision that provides that unrealised gains from such investments are not taxable until realised, while unrealised losses can continue to be treated as tax deductible.

Former IRS chief counsel tells taxpayers what to expect in tax litigation
Donald Korb, now of Sullivan & Cromwell, spent almost five years as chief counsel for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from 2004 to2008. He is best known for developing the litigation strategy that led to the US government’s success in tackling tax shelter cases.

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