Category: Philippines

Tax amnesty plan faces hurdles – Credit Suisse

MANILA, Philippines – Investment bank Credit Suisse said an effective tax amnesty program would face hurdles in the Philippines due to the country’s strict banking secrecy law. In its Asian daily report titled “Philippines: Credible threat still lacking,” Credit Suisse economist Michael Wan said the planned program announced by Finance...

PH eyes tax treaties with Asean peers

The Philippines is eyeing to seal tax treaties with all nine other Asean member-states, according to the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR). The country already has effective double taxation agreements (DTAs) with Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, BIR Assistant Commissioner Marissa O. Cabreros noted in a presentation at last...

With 42% increase in trade, India-NZ agree to amend Double Taxation Agreement

India and New Zealand also vowed to press for successful negotiations of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). India and New Zealand decided to amend the bilateral tax treaty and expressed commitment to work towards a comprehensive free trade agreement with a view to boost economic ties on Wednesday. The...

Treaty issues on permanent establishments

Recent developments in the global business environment which are characterized by intense competition and rapid growth of multinational enterprises have led to new business models and structuring of business operations in order to meet the increasing demands of expansion on a global scale. Agency arrangements, as a way for enterprises...

New double tax treaty will help French businesses operating in Singapore, says expert

A new double tax treaty between France and Singapore will be of particular help to French companies operating in Singapore, especially in the construction industry, an expert has said. Franck Lagorce, an expert in French tax at Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind Out-law.com was commenting following an announcement from...

Philippines Gets Tougher On Tax Evasion

The Philippines Department of Finance has tabled before the Congress a slew of amendments aimed at further strengthening the country’s anti-money laundering and bank secrecy laws. The amendments to Anti-Money Laundering Act 2001 (AMLA) are aimed at improving the Anti Money Laundering Council’s (AMLC’s) ability to safeguard the financial system...

BEPS Action Plan 3: Designing effective controlled foreign company rules

A “controlled foreign company” (CFC) is, as the name implies, a foreign company or subsidiary owned by a parent company which is situated in a country different from the parent company’s country of residence. The tax laws of many countries, including the Philippines, do not tax the CFC’s parent company...

BIR’s five-year plan outlines tax administration improvements

THE BUREAU of Internal Revenue (BIR) has released the details of its strategic plan reaching well into the next government, by which it intends to effect improvements in tax administration. BIR Commissioner Kim S. Jacinto-Henares on Feb. 15 issued Revenue Memorandum Order No. 6-2016 detailing the bureau’s Strategic Plan 2016-2020....

Treaties and treats

In the heyday of strict implementation of tax laws, it is a welcome relief to some taxpayers that a tax treaty relief application (TTRA) is after all, what it is supposed to be, a relief. To begin with, tax treaties are entered into by countries to reconcile their respective fiscal...

The Asia Tax Awards are back: Enter now for 2016

The revived Asia Tax Awards will feature categories for companies, firms and individuals. The Asia Tax Awards are back! More than five years after they last took place in November 2010, the Asia Tax Awards will be held once again on Thursday May 5 2016, following the Asia Tax Forum,...

‘Philippines should demand Thailand’s compliance with WTO cigarette ruling’

The Philippines should compel Thailand to abide by the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) ruling on the cigarette-tax case, after Bangkok slapped tax-evasion charges against Philip Morris Thailand (PMT), a legal expert said over the weekend. Lawyer Anthony Abad, who was part of the Philip Morris Philippines legal team that won...

Philippines, Germany Update Tax Treaty

Germany and Philippines have completed the necessary domestic ratification procedures to bring their new double tax agreement into force. The two nations exchanged instruments of ratification on December 20 to replace their existing treaty, which was concluded in 1983. Negotiations on the upgraded treaty were concluded on July 20, 2012,...

Transfer pricing law in Thailand and the BEPS initiative

Initiated by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in 2013 and endorsed by the G-20, the OECD’s “Action Plan to Address Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS)” includes 15 key areas to encourage more transparency, better reporting and more cooperation between countries in which multinational companies operate. On October...

Senate approves tax treaties with Turkey, Italy & Germany

The Senate concurred, after hearing, the ratification of tax treaties between the Philippines and the governments of Italy, Germany and Turkey that will prevent double taxation. Sen. Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara said the approval on third and final reading of Senate resolutions 1540, 1541, 1542 on the double taxation avoidance...

GLOBAL TAXPAYERS CAN EXPECT TO PAY MORE TAX IN THE YEARS AHEAD

Global taxpayers can expect to pay more tax in the years ahead. Many governments worldwide continue to update their tax legislation and expand their tax systems to repay debt and pay for increased social welfare, even as the memory of the last global financial crisis lingers. These are the conclusions...

Italy: Transactions with tax havens governed by proportionality (and reason) | International Tax Review

ITR Correspondent Italy has updated its rules governing transactions with parties located in tax havens. Following a legislative process which began in 2013, the Italian Government on September 14 2015 enacted a decree addressing a wide array of international tax matters, including one of the most controversial Italian tax rules...

A Delicate Balance: Tax Competition Versus Cooperation

Tax administrators want to maximise the amount of revenue collected without stifling the county’s competitiveness as a business destination. How should ASEAN countries navigate changing international conditions to meet this goal? By Rebecca Tan – As Benjamin Franklin once famously said, “In this world, nothing can be said to be...

Park calls for careful adjustment of monetary policy

President Park Geun-hye called Monday for a careful adjustment of monetary policies of advanced countries amid lingering worries over a potential Fed rate hike. Last month, the U.S. Federal Reserve kept interest rates at near zero due to global headwinds but suggested that it could raise rates by the end...

Still Broken: major new report on global corporate tax cheating

“In 2013 the OECD, supported by the G20, promised to bring an end to international corporate tax avoidance which costs countries around the world billions in tax revenues each year. However, with the recently announced actions against corporate tax dodging, G20 and OECD countries have failed to live up to...

G20 among biggest losers in large-scale tax abuse – but poor countries relatively hardest hit

Headline: G20 among biggest losers in large-scale tax abuse – but poor countries relatively hardest hit G20 countries are the biggest losers when US multinationals avoid paying taxes where they do business. This is the main finding of a new report on the global tax system, ‘Still Broken,’ released by...

Firms told to prepare for FATCA implementation

THE BUREAU of Internal Revenue (BIR) has advised Philippine financial institutions to start preparing for the implementation of a United States law requiring the reporting of bank accounts held by American taxpayers locally. In an advisory, the BIR said the start of reporting will not yet take place at the...

REFILE-Swiss law aims to return foreign funds stashed by erstwhile leaders

Aug 24 (Reuters) – Switzerland expects to adopt a new law by the end of the year that will speed restitution of illicit funds stashed in the Alpine country, where thousands of ‘politically exposed persons’ are believed to hold bank accounts, a top Swiss official said on Monday. Swiss authorities...

Endemic tax evasion costing governments at least $200 billion a year

DEVELOPED countries throughout the world are stepping up efforts to curb base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS), a scheme used by multinational companies to avoid paying taxes estimated as high as $200 billion globally, especially when doing business across different jurisdictions. At the 2015 Asia Pacific Tax Symposium hosted last...

French tax updates – recently published noteworthy publications

The present French Tax Update will focus on an overview of several noteworthy French tax court decisions issued during the past few months, in particular in relation with double tax treaty conditions to benefit from a tax credit, abuse of law challenges, increased amortization rates, and priority preliminary ruling requests...

Countries and Companies Square Off Over International Tax

An OECD initiative on tax evasion is causing ripples around the world While a host of topics — from the necessity and the proposed scope of corporate tax reform, to corporate rate reduction and corporate inversions — are of major concern to those engaged in international tax, the overriding issue...

Italy Amends Country ‘Black Lists

On April 1, Italy’s Minister of the Economy and Finance, Pier Carlo Padoan, signed two decrees that modify Italy’s “black lists,” and announced on the same day that Italy and the Vatican had signed their previously agreed tax information exchange agreement (TIEA). The two decrees follow the guidelines laid down...

BEPS Action Plan 5: Countering harmful tax practices

IN LAST WEEK’S column we talked about the OECD’s BEPS Action Plan on Hybrid Mismatch Arrangements. This week’s column focuses on the OECD’s Action Plan on Harmful Tax Practices (HTP). As the world economy continues the process of globalization and technological advances, tax authorities from various jurisdictions are inevitably faced...

IRS Targets Banks In FATCA Crackdown

The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has posted tax investigators to foreign embassies to lead a Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) crackdown on suspected tax evasion. The Asia Pacific financial centres of Hong and Singapore are two of the main targets, according to industry experts. The move follows claims...

London: ‘a global haven for criminal financial activity’

London is a global haven for criminal financial activity – with billions of pounds laundered through British banks each day, according to the head of the UK’s National Crime Agency. “Many hundreds of billions of pounds of criminal money is almost certainly laundered through UK banks and their subsidiaries each...

Neutralizing the effects of Hybrid Mismatch Arrangements

IN THIS second installment of the series on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) 2014 deliverables, we will discuss the recommendations of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on how to neutralize the effects of Hybrid Mismatch Arrangements. A Hybrid Mismatch Arrangement refers to an arrangement whereby companies,...