Category: Korea

Corporate tax hike contradicts global trend

The government’s plan to impose more levies on large companies will undermine their competitiveness amid a rising global trend of tax reductions and further distort the country’s taxation structure, analysts say. A draft tax code revision unveiled early this month proposes raising the corporate tax rate for businesses with taxable...

Hong Kong and Korea sign agreement on automatic exchange of financial account information in tax matters

Hong Kong (HKSAR) – Hong Kong has signed an agreement with Korea with a view to commencing the automatic exchange of financial account information in tax matters (AEOI) in 2019, a Government spokesman said today (January 24). “Since the signing of the first two agreements for AEOI with Japan and...

(LEAD) Trump could spur global corporate tax cut competition: think tank

SEOUL, Nov. 17 (Yonhap) — U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s pledge for a huge corporate tax cut could spur moves to reduce taxes on businesses and the rich across the world, a Seoul-based think tank said Thursday. During the campaign, the real estate mogul-turned-politician vowed to lower the business tax rate...

Australian Practitioners Urge Zero Withholding for Pooled Funds

Practitioners in the managed funds industry are calling for a zero-rate for withholding tax in Australia amid the government’s proposals for new tax concessions to boost it, saying the proposed measures don’t go far enough. The government released a consultation paper Nov. 3 on non-resident withholding taxes for pooled funds—or...

India-Korea DTAA notified, capital gains to be taxed at source

India has notified the revised double tax avoidance agreement with South Korea under which capital gains tax will be levied at the source with effect from April 1, 2017. The existing Double Taxation Avoidance Convention, which has been in vogue for three decades, provides for residence-based taxation of capital gains...

Assessing the Hong Kong – Russia Double Taxation Agreement: Another Step Towards Amplifying China’s Eurasian Connection

Assessing the Hong Kong – Russia Double Taxation Agreement: Another Step Towards Amplifying China’s Eurasian Connection   The long-awaited Comprehensive Double Taxation Agreement (CDTA) between Hong Kong and Russia entered into force on July 29, 2016. The agreement will take effect on April 1, 2017 in Hong Kong and January...

Five More Countries Agree To Exchange CbC Reports

A further five countries have signed the OECD’s Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement for the automatic exchange of country-by-country (CbC) reports, bringing the total number of signatories to 44. The Agreement allows all signatories to bilaterally and automatically exchange CbC reports with each other, as contemplated by base erosion and profit...

Canada willingly makes tax deals with tax havens

The seeds of Canadian corporations hiding billions of dollars in offshore tax havens were sown more than 40 years ago, after the Canadian government pursued a series of tax treaties with tiny Caribbean and European nations. The 92 tax treaties now signed with countries such as Barbados, Jamaica and Malta...

Global Tax Update – June 2016

Asia Pacific The January – March edition of tax highlights for the Asia Pacific region highlights industry developments from Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia and Singapore including: Australia’s new tax system for Managed Investment Trusts The final stage of China’s B2V reform to be rolled out from...

Troubling Implications of the BEPS Project: Interest Deductibility

On October 5, 2015, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) issued final tax policy recommendations stemming from its Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) project. The reports, endorsed by the G20 Finance Ministers on October 8 and by the G20 leaders at their November 15-16 summit, consist primarily...

Ethiopia’s parliament ratifies double taxation avoidance with four countries

Ethiopia’s House of People’s Representatives (National Parliament) in its regular meeting on Friday ratified a bill to avoid double taxation with Saudi Arabia, Portugal, and Democratic People’s Republic of Korea based on the agreement the nation earlier signed with those countries. The elimination of double taxation helps to increase investment...

Closing tax havens will create fairer global society: U.S. economist

UNITED NATIONS, March 30 (Xinhua) — Stopping abuse of tax havens and promoting global tax cooperation will help create a fairer global society, Jeffrey Sachs, U.S. economist and UN special adviser on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) told reporters here Wednesday. Sachs made the statement at a press conference here...

Automatic exchange of financial account information

The Government recently introduced into the Legislative Council a bill to provide a legal framework for the implementation of automatic exchange of financial account information in tax matters (“AEOI”). This would have significant implications both for financial institutions and, in a cosmopolitan city like Hong Kong, for many of their...

Secret accounts overseas urged to be reported

Those who have been hiding their income or wealth overseas had better think again, as Korea will soon be exchanging financial information with multiple countries, including tax havens. They are advised to voluntarily report it to the government before the end of March to be given a grace period, said...

Why tax technology is critical in 2016

2015 has officially come to an end. Amidst the ending celebrations, packing away of decorations, and last spoonful of dessert, many of us are putting together our work plans and resolutions for 2016. And looking back at last years’ list, there remains one capitalised, un-crossed-off item: BEPS Perhaps your organisation...

Seoul preparing to levy ‘Google tax’

x The government plans to exchange financial information on multinational firms doing business here with members of the OECD and G20 countries in order to make them pay appropriate taxes to countries where profits are generated, officials said Thursday. The Ministry of Strategy and Finance said that it will follow...

Taxman is on the prowl for cheaters overseas

An unnamed Korean, according to the National Tax Service (NTS), was living a luxurious life with properties and investments inherited from his father. This inherited fortune, which included stocks overseas, high-end residences as well as diverse financial assets, was not only unreported to the Korean tax agency but was managed...

2016 CHALLENGES FOR COMPANIES OPERATING IN JERSEY

Last year Jersey cemented its position as a leading centre for companies looking to list – as reflected in the rise in volume and value of Jersey companies listed on exchanges around the world. Here are some challenges that lie ahead in this jurisdiction over the next 12 months. In...

China winning offshore yuan battle, but may be losing the war

HONG KONG: In the space of about five years, the offshore market in Chinese yuan has gone from the poster child of Beijing’s financial market liberalisation to a battleground to regain control of the currency, spooking investors and raising questions about the future of the market. While investor appetite for...

Korea: Master file and local file; “full” transfer pricing reporting

Rules requiring master file and local file reporting—“full” transfer pricing reporting—are advancing in Korea. 5 January 2016 Korea’s parliament on 2 December 2015 approved legislation (released as draft legislation by the Ministry of Strategy and Finance of Korea in August 2015) to implement the OECD’s base erosion and profit shifting...

Double taxation avoidance

India and Korea on December 9 agreed to suspend collection of taxes during the pendency of Mutual Agreement Procedure (MAP). This MoU will relieve the burden of double taxation for the taxpayer in both the countries. Two days later, India and Japan signed a protocol for amending the existing convention,...

India and South Korea sign taxation treaty MoU

NEW DELHI: India and Korea have inked a new memorandum of understanding on suspension of collection of taxes during pendency of mutual agreement procedure. This MoU will relieve the burden of double taxation for taxpayers in both the countries during the pendency of MAP proceedings. MAP or Mutual Agreement Procedure...

Corporate tax revenues falling- OECD

Corporate tax revenues have been falling across OECD countries since the global economic crisis, putting greater pressure on individual taxpayers to ensure that governments meet financing requirements, according to new data from the OECD’s annual Revenue Statistics publication. Average revenues from corporate incomes and gains fell from 3.6% to 2.8%...

Microsoft, Oracle under pressure over taxes

Government officials say multinational technology giants are reluctant to pay anything The Korean affiliates of Microsoft (MS) and Oracle are under increasing pressure to pay taxes here, with government officials saying the two multinational technology giants were reluctant to pay anything, although they generated huge a lot of money from...

South Korea Joins 94 Countries Enacting ‘Google Tax’

Google is said to have evaded paying an estimated $1.3 billion earned from selling apps in Korea based on the argument that their server is based in Ireland. The so called ‘Google Tax’, also known as the Base Erosion & Profit Shifting (BEPS) regulation, has been adopted this week by...

Anatomy of transfer pricing

Currently 15,980 foreign companies are operating in Korea. While hiring workers and producing goods and services, foreign investors encounter numerous difficulties and experience a variety of grievances. One particular grievance brought to our attention is that they suffer from a discrepancy between the value of imported goods assessed by the...

Belgium seeks more Korean investment

Biz-friendly tax regime is one of incentives Belgium, a global hub for international government institutions, wants to attract more Korean investment with its business-friendly tax regime. At the “Belgium: Gateway to Europe” seminar at the Koreana Hotel on Oct. 27, the event host, the Embassy of Belgium, invited Bart Adams,...

HOUSING A TAX DODGE IN RICHMOND AND VANCOUVER

Some might be surprised to learn that certain areas of Richmond and Vancouver, despite being thoroughly decorated with mcmansions, monster homes, and incessantly rising land prices, are actually inhabited by low income residents that make up a surprising per cent of the population. Conservative Party leader Stephen Harper, during a...

The Embassy of Latvia in Korea is now open

The Embassy of the Republic of Latvia has begun operations in Seoul, the capital of the Republic of Korea. The Embassy will be promoting political and economic dialogue between Latvia and Korea especially in support of Latvian businesses and cooperation with potential Korean investors, thereby facilitating access to third country...

Individuals, firms asked to report overseas assets

The government asked companies and individuals to report their hidden overseas assets voluntarily during a grace period ending in March next year, a move to expand the tax base and strengthen taxation transparency. Those who voluntarily come clean on their hidden overseas assets will be exempted from punishment during the...