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EU finance ministers fail to agree on anti tax avoidance directive

The EU’s Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) has been unable to reach agreement on the European Commission’s proposed anti tax avoidance directive. The issue has therefore been postponed until the next ECOFIN meeting in June. The European Commission announced its proposed anti-tax avoidance directive (ATAD) in January. The proposed...

UAE signs double taxation deal with Kosovo

The UAE government has signed key agreements on avoidance of double taxation and protection and promotion of investment with the Republic of Kosovo. The signing ceremony took place in the capital Pristina during an official visit of the UAE delegation headed by Younis Haji Al Khoori, the undersecretary of Ministry...

International Conference for Accountants and Lawyers Highlights Fundamental Changes to Taxation of Companies Involved in Cross Border Business

The recent EMEA Conference of Alliott Group, one of the world’s most established international associations of independent accounting and law firms, brought together tax professionals from 28 countries across the world to discuss Base Erosion & Profit Shifting (BEPS), a project led by the OECD and G20 whose Action Plan...

Value Chain and Your Business: How do BEPS, transfer pricing and the new union customs code interact?

OECD BEPS guidance, outlining new standards for tax transparency and transfer pricing documentation, and the new union customs code, containing important changes to customs valuations, call for immediate action. Recent developments At the doorstep of a new era of tax transparency driven by the OECD BEPS project, the new Union...

Panama snubbed SA on data exchange request

PANAMA, widely recognised as one of the world’s tax havens, declined a request by the South African government to enter into a bilateral arrangement for the exchange of information. However, the refusal was made before the huge leak of information about the offshore holdings of wealthy individuals and entities disclosed...

Ireland delays EU corporate tax deal

Ireland has helped delay an EU deal on corporate tax-dodging over fears it could harm the economy. Finance Minister Michael Noonan told his EU counterparts in Brussels he would not sign up to the deal because it affects Ireland’s sovereign right to set tax rates. “We want to make sure...

EU adopts country-by-country reporting directive

The European Council has adopted a directive on the reporting by multinational companies of tax-related information and exchange of that information between member states, which transposes the OECD’s recommendation on country-by-country reporting (CBCR) into EU law Companies with a total consolidated group revenue of at least €750m (£570m) will be...

Will new tax treaty with Mauritius turn India into a fund management hub?

The new tax treaty between India and Mauritius may achieve what last year’s budget tried to do, albeit unsuccessfully—encourage offshore fund managers to relocate to India, in the process making the country a fund management hub, much like London, Dubai or Singapore. With the new agreement restoring parity between domestic...

Visible change in tax administration, but still a long way to go

The Delhi HC has delivered path-breaking and bold verdicts, quashing proceedings initiated by CBDT and CBEC administrative guidance for assessments and subsequent denial of benefits. A question tax professionals are often asked is: Has the government done enough to address the situation on tax? Several negative catchphrases had peppered headlines...

Expert group to guide FIIs on capital gains tax, GAAR rules

The finance ministry expert panel is expected to pre-empt any potential confusion, assuage foreign investors facing twin changes in the tax regime New Delhi: The finance ministry is setting up an expert group to work out the modalities of implementing changes in the tax regime stemming from the withdrawal of...

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