Category: A-E

Antoine Deltour — The LuxLeaks Whistleblower

Luxembourg’s long-hidden role as a secret tax haven in the very heart of the European Union has been shattered by one man who happened to be in the right place at the right time to do what he thought was the right thing. Antoine Deltour brought to light how the… – Continue reading

Grant Thornton manpower may touch 10,000 by 2020: Vishesh Chandiok

MUMBAI: When Grant Thornton recently appointed India leader Vishesh Chandiok on its global governance board, it reflected the country’s growing importance as a market for the London-headquartered professional services firm. At 41, Chandiok may be the youngest member of the board ever but points out that he doesn’t lack for… – Continue reading

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Tax haven hypocrisy

A BALANCING ACT in London, folly and redemption in America’s District of Columbia and sheer hypocrisy in Brussels. And in every case, Barbados and many of its Caribbean neighbours were placed in the negative international spotlight at a time when some of the world’s major financial centres are casting about… – Continue reading

IRS investigated thousands of financial crimes in 2015

IRS Criminal Investigation » Agency initiated 3,853 investigations nationally and is nabbing criminals from tax cheats to terrorists despite budget cuts, chief says. Utahn Gerrit Timmerman III claimed his corporation — “The Office of the First Presiding Patriarch (Overseer) and his/her successors, a corporation sole over/for an unincorporated scriptural society,… – Continue reading

Yuan Crunch Spurs Banks to Hoard Abroad as China Curbs Outflows

Chinese banks from Hong Kong to London are selling a record amount of yuan-denominated certificates of deposit as China takes steps to curb outflows of the currency. Sales jumped to an unprecedented 66.1 billion yuan ($10.2 billion) this month, data compiled by Bloomberg show. That comes after Hong Kong’s pool… – Continue reading

From Choppergate to Lara Bingle, spending is the taxing issue

It was Kerry Packer who famously told the nation’s politicians “if anybody in this country doesn’t minimise their tax they want their head read” because “as a government I can tell you you’re not spending it that well that we should be paying extra”. The words have gone down in… – Continue reading

Report :Julius Baer Seeks Deal With US To Settle American Offshore Accounts Case

Swiss private banking group Julius Baer Group Ltd. (JBAXY.PK,JBARF.PK) may have to pay more than it anticipated to settle a case with the U.S. Justice Department over American offshore accounts, according to media report quoting people familiar with the matter. The report indicated that the U.S. prosecutors could ask Julius… – Continue reading

Netflix is latest multi-million-pound global company that does not pay UK corporation tax despite generating £200m of revenue in Britain

Netflix the online movie rental service did not pay any UK corporation tax last year, despite generating an income of £200million in Britain. The world’s biggest internet movie streaming service has five million subscribers in the UK alone and has proved a hit by offering U.S. shows like House of… – Continue reading

Tim Cook calls notion of Apple avoiding US taxes ‘political crap’

Apple CEO says the company pays ‘every tax dollar we owe’ amid debate in the US over corporations avoiding tax by using offshore units Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook has dismissed as “total political crap” the notion that the technology giant was avoiding taxes. Cook’s remarks, made on CBS’ 60… – Continue reading

Foreign-invested footwear manufacturers show their power

Footwear is one of the industries with high export turnover. However, the profitable industry is being controlled by companies from South Korea and Taiwan. According to the Vietnam Leather & Footwear Association (Lefaso), with 800 enterprises and 1 million workers, FIEs account for one-fourth of total number of footwear makers,… – Continue reading

Swiss Banker to Royalty to Pay $45.4 Million to End U.S. Tax Probe

Edmond de Rothschild (Suisse) SA agreed to pay $45.4 million to avoid prosecution for helping U.S. clients evade taxes, admitting it aided them in moving cash and using sham offshore entities to hide money from the Internal Revenue Service. Rothschild is the 68th Swiss bank to reach an accord with… – Continue reading

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Case law Chevron appeal to the Full Federal Court Chevron Australia Holdings Pty Ltd has appealed the decision of the Federal Court in Chevron Australia Holdings Pty Ltd v Commissioner of Taxation (No 4) [2015] FCA 1092 to the Full Federal Court. For details of the Federal Court decision, please… – Continue reading

US Justice Department Announces Joint Resolution With Two Banks Under Swiss Bank

The Department of Justice announced today that Edmond de Rothschild (Suisse) SA and Edmond de Rothschild (Lugano) SA (collectively EdR Switzerland) reached a joint resolution under the department’s Swiss Bank Program. EdR Switzerland will pay a penalty of more than $45 million. The Swiss Bank Program, which was announced on… – Continue reading

Australia lays bare corporate tax details

The Australian Government’s efforts to improve tax collections are more urgent amid falling revenue from weak commodity prices, the Wall Street Journal reports Malcolm Turnbull’s government took the rare step of making public the tax affairs of scores of multinationals, highlighting that many big names—including Apple Inc. and Volkswagen AG… – Continue reading

UPDATE 1-Australia unmasks 600 firms which paid no tax on big profits in 2014

SYDNEY, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Australia on Thursday identified 600 companies which it said paid no tax last financial year, including Halliburton Co and Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc, as part of a campaign to challenge “overly aggressive” tax arrangements. The Australian Taxation Office published the income and tax rates of… – Continue reading

Swiss bank hid assets for Jews, then tax evaders

Dreyfus Sons & Co. has operated for two centuries as a private Swiss bank, catering to Jewish clients who wanted to hide assets from the Nazis during the 1930s and World War II. More recently, it helped U.S. clients hide assets from the Internal Revenue Service by concealing their true… – Continue reading

Australian tax office names names in multinational avoidance row

Australian tax authorities on Thursday took the unprecedented step of publishing the records of hundreds of companies, including Google Inc (GOOGL.O) and Apple Inc APPL.O, which show they paid little or no tax on their in-country earnings. Of more than 1,500 largely foreign-owned companies which reported total earnings over A$100… – Continue reading

EC Extends Investigation Into Apple Tax Deal

The European Commission has extended its investigation into a tax ruling provided by the Irish Government to Apple. The Commission has asked the Irish authorities for additional information on the case. Irish media reports that the Government does not anticipate a decision until 2016. In late November, Finance Minister Michael… – Continue reading

‘Pfizer tie-up ‘opportunity’ for Ireland says IDA boss

The $160bn (€146.5bn) merger of US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer with Dublin-based Allergan is an “opportunity” for Ireland, according to IDA chief executive Martin Shanahan. Last month Pfizer, the world’s largest pharmaceutical company, announced plans to merge with Botox manufacturer Allergan in a deal that will create the world’s biggest drug… – Continue reading

LUXEMBOURG’S LUXLEAKS DEAL

Journal: The EU’s ongoing investigation into Luxembourg’s tax agreements with multinational corporations is threatening to leave a black mark on the Grand Duchy at the end of its six-month European presidency. Luxembourg’s finance ministry could face legal action from the European Commission, as the EU authority continues its probe into… – Continue reading

Australia shuts down investment schemes run by fund linked to 1MDB

The Australian Federal Court has ordered five investment schemes managed by Avestra Asset Management to shut down, The Australian reported today, following the fund’s link to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) controversy. It was reported that the judge made the decision after going through a report from liquidators, who unearthed… – Continue reading

Profitability or integrity? Why not both?

Growth and profitability have been at the crux of the corporate agenda and defined the way businesses function. Companies have nevertheless encountered challenges while trying to achieve these goals, which have inevitably required them to sometimes ‘work around the way of the land’. For instance, it is a common concern… – Continue reading

Swiss banks pay $130M to avoid US tax evasion charges

Three Swiss banks, including a unit of France’s Crédit Agricole SA, will pay a total of more than $130 million to the U.S. Justice Department to avoid possible prosecution for helping Americans evade taxes, the department said on Tuesday. The Zurich-based unit of Crédit Agricole will pay $99.2 million, the… – Continue reading

Foreign Banks Pay To Avoid Tax Evasion Charges As More Americans Disclose Offshore Accounts

Lately, the IRS is warning offshore account holders to disclose before it’s too late. Under FATCA, banks everywhere want to know if you are compliant with the IRS. And the cost of compliance for many people is growing. The IRS updated its list of foreign banks where accounts trigger a… – Continue reading

China ready to moderate sharp offshore yuan falls: sources

[BEIJING] China’s central bank is on guard against a sudden attack on the yuan in offshore markets, and is ready to intervene if the gap between offshore and onshore exchange rates becomes destabilising, sources involved in policy discussions say. Though the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) wants to avoid a… – Continue reading

Icahn Says Stop Corporate Inversions By Giving Tax Break

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn has a strong opinion on almost every subject, especially politics. He’s also quite happy to share that opinion with anyone who will listen to or read what he has to say. Icahn’s comments this week on how to stop future tax-motivated corporate inversions such as the… – Continue reading

Piper Jaffray Sees Renewed Monsanto (MON) Bid for Syngenta (SYT) Near Start of 2016

DuPont and Dow are now officially combining and Piper Jaffray analyst, Brett Wong, thinks further consolidation is coming with Monsanto (NYSE: MON) likely to renew the pursuit of Syngenta (NYSE: SYT) towards the beginning of the year. Piper thinks a renewed bid for Syngenta would be viewed negatively by investors… – Continue reading

ATO to unveil large business hit list, clamps down on Singapore hubs

Hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue could be up for grabs as the Tax Office announces reviews of multinationals using offshore hubs in Singapore to minimise their tax. The ATO has issued a warning to multinationals to come forward immediately to discuss their overseas hub arrangements, if they have… – Continue reading

BEPS also applies to medium-sized businesses

Stricter Tax and documentation requirements for foreign transactions “Amazon, Facebook, Google and Starbucks pay little taxes …” or “Luxembourg attracts international corporations” – headlines like these have 62 states and the OECD called into action. The result was “base erosion and profit shifting” BEPS shortly. Even the German SME sector… – Continue reading

Ireland regains its swagger in the tax arena

Something unusual is happening with the Irish corporation tax in 2015 — so unusual that Ireland’s top tax man felt obliged to write to the parliament to explain what is going on. But the explanation left a lot to be desired. According to government data, Ireland received 57.7 percent more… – Continue reading

EU probe of Apple’s Irish tax deal extended to 2016

A European Union investigation into whether Apple’s bespoke tax arrangement with the Irish government amounts to illegal state aid has been delayed again, as officials in Brussels continue to gather more information. “We do not expect any decision until after the new year,” a spokesperson for the European Commission told… – Continue reading

Coca-Cola Fights $9.4 Billion Transfer Pricing Adjustment

Dec. 14 — The Coca-Cola Co. filed a petition in U.S. Tax Court challenging a proposed $9.4 billion income adjustment related to the company’s transfer pricing for tax years 2007-09 (Coca-Cola Co. v. Commissioner, T.C., petition filed, 12/14/15). If the adjustment is sustained, the company could face a tax bill… – Continue reading

Ryanair pilot supplier reported to be at centre of tax evasion probe

British police and German investigators searched Brookfield Aviation International headquarters The Times of London reports this morning that a company that supplies Ryanair with pilots is at the centre of an international investigation for tax evasion. It is understood both British police and German investigators have searched the headquarters of… – Continue reading

Company which owns Queen’s jeweller Mappin & Webb ‘has paid no corporation tax for five years despite £66million profits’

The company that owns the Queen‘s jeweller Mappin & Webb has paid no corporation tax for five years – despite profits of £66million. The allegations made against Mappin & Webb owners Aurum Holdings came as the conduct of firms holding royal warrants was scrutinised amid revelations about their tax arrangements…. – Continue reading

Canada: Canadian Tax Amnesty – Time May Be Running Out For Canadians With Swiss Bank Accounts To File A Voluntary Disclosure With CRA

Swiss Banks Sending Letters to Canadian Account Holders For resident Canadian taxpayers that hold Swiss bank accounts which have not been reported to the Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”), the window to come clean with Revenue Canada by filing a Voluntary Disclosure, and thereby avoid financial penalties and the possibility of… – Continue reading

‘The best has yet to come in financial services sector’

Outgoing Deloitte Malta chairman and senior partner Andrew Manduca speaks to Anthony Manduca about the future of the financial services sector in Malta, his 36 years in the profession and the need for more accountants. Andrew Manduca is very confident about the future of Malta as a leading international financial… – Continue reading

How Microsoft moves profits offshore to cut its tax bill

Cash doesn’t flow directly from buyers’ pockets to Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Wash. Instead, the company operates through three regional sales units, centered in Ireland, Singapore and Puerto Rico. These groups control the rights to profit from Microsoft products around the world. By conducting sales from places with small populations… – Continue reading

Globalisation and regulation driving industry growth

The asset servicing industry is likely to see a growth spurt driven by globalisation and regulatory change, according to an Ernst & Young (EY) report, reports the Asset Servicing Times. The report outlined six key drivers of growth: asset growth and breadth; globalisation; regulation; new products; platform extension and consolidation;… – Continue reading

US Justice Department Announces Two Banks Reach Resolutions Under Swiss Bank Program

The Department of Justice announced today that Cornèr Banca SA (Cornèr) and Bank Coop AG (Bank Coop) reached resolutions under the department’s Swiss Bank Program. The Swiss Bank Program, which was announced on Aug. 29, 2013, provides a path for Swiss banks to resolve potential criminal liabilities in the United… – Continue reading

Does ‘BEPS’ address developing country issues?

In 2013, the 39th G8 summit in Lough Erne committed to reform the international tax system. The G8 Lough Erne Declaration stated that such reforms would benefit developing countries. The G20 declaration in St Petersburg 2013 also stated specifically that “Developing countries should be able to reap the benefits of… – Continue reading

Barclays opens new offshore branch

Barclays has launched its new offshore banking proposition at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and regulated by the Dubai Financial Services Authority. Commenting on the launch, Andrew Mortimer, managing director and UAE Country Manager, said: “We have further developed Barclays’ International Banking proposition to provide our clients with a… – Continue reading

RBS pays €23.8m to settle tax evasion inquiry into Coutts’ Swiss operation

Settlement with German prosecutors, which involves immunity for any current for former staff, is latest embarrassment for bailed-out bank Royal Bank of Scotland is paying €23.8m (£17.3m) to German prosecutors to settle an investigation into tax evasion by part of Coutts, best known for being banker to the Queen. The… – Continue reading

‘OECD’s tax haven plan is based on what India believes in’

MUMBAI: India has been an active participant in the Base Erosion and Profit Sharing (BEPS) action plan, the final package of which was rolled out by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in October. The action points, set down by the OECD, aim at closing loopholes that enable… – Continue reading

Orica profits hit after losing battle with Australian Tax Office

Explosives maker Orica will take a $36 million hit to its bottom line after the Federal Court found it had avoided tax by using “round robin” financing arrangement it put in place a decade ago to boost its profit and ward off takeover bids. BusinessDay revealed Orica’s battle with the… – Continue reading

Abandoned Yahoo Spinoff a Sign That Tax Is Fading as a Deal Driver

Yahoo has reportedly abandoned its plan to spin off its stake in Alibaba. Yahoo’s proposed spinoff had been driven by tax concerns. In a world without taxes, Yahoo could have simply sold its Alibaba shares and distributed the proceeds to shareholders. Yahoo will now concentrate on other strategic options, including… – Continue reading

EU adopts new transparency rules

The EU Council has adopted a new transparency directive aimed at preventing corporate tax avoidance The directive, which was proposed by the European Commission (EC), is aimed at improving transparency on tax rulings given by member states to companies about how their taxes are calculated. Under the new directive, member… – Continue reading