Category: Europe

Cyprus: Tax Evasion Or Tax Avoidance: A Predicate Offence Under Cyprus Anti-Money Laundering Laws?

Money laundering offences usually consist of conduct which seeks to conceal the criminal origin of wealth. When it was first introduced into the legal order in the 1980s, the principal objective of anti-money laundering legislation was to combat the introduction of the proceeds of drug dealing into the legitimate economy...

Labour plans £26billion ‘Robin Hood’ tax raid on the City in a bid to finance its manifesto and ‘restore fairness to the system’

John McDonnell said levy would bring in up to £26billion over next parliament Move likely to face criticism it will undermine competitiveness in financial sector Labour vowed to carry out ‘biggest crackdown in UK’s history’ on tax avoidance Labour is pledging to impose a ‘Robin Hood Tax’ on financial transactions,...

Row Ignites After Germany Slams ‘Tax Haven’ Malta

Norbert Walter-Borjans has been busy turning himself into the public scourge of German tax cheats and foreign tax havens. Having already riled Switzerland by buying CDs with stolen bank account data – and then accusing the Alpine state of spying on his tax offices – North Rhine-Westphalia’s finance minister criticized...

CRS guidelines coming this month

Guidance on new financial reporting standards are to be published on the Ministry of Finance website later this month, the Alternative Investment Management Association said yesterday. The news came in an update on Aima Bermuda’s knowledge networking session on common reporting standards held last month. A spokesman for Aima said...

Data leak reveals details of 70,000 offshore firms in Malta, German state minister claims

Malta denies claims A data leak has revealed information about 70,000 offshore companies in Malta, a German state minister claimed this morning. North Rhine-Westphalia finance minister Norbert Walter-Borjans said the data also included information about several German corporations and up to 2,000 German taxpayers. Tax authorities in the city of...

Malta Pushes to Ease EU Cross-Border Interest, Withholding Tax

European Union presidency holder Malta has launched a new attempt to salvage pending EU legislation designed to eliminate withholding taxes for cross-border interest and royalty payments in the EU single market. One of the key hurdles the Interest and Royalties Directive has faced in the Council of Economic and Financial...

Cyprus and Luxembourg object to a proposed EU common corporate tax base directive

Cyprus and Luxembourg, two of the EU`s financial centres, on Monday cautioned against the implementation of the proposed Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base (CCTB) in the European Union. “Cyprus believes that we should be very cautious and very careful when it comes to corporate taxation,” Cypriot Finance Minister Harris Georgiades...

UK: The UK Company: A New Alternative For International Investors?

This article is the first of a series of articles that looks at tax aspects of the UK company which make it an attractive international business company, or “IBC”. This generic label, and its acronym, are normally associated with the BVI company, and its international competitors. An essential feature of...

UK Legislates For Broader Automatic Tax Information Exchange

HM Revenue and Customs has updated the International Tax Compliance Regulations to include provisions on new automatic tax information exchange agreements and to clarify how non-compliance penalties will apply. The amendment clarifies due diligence and reporting requirements for financial institutions, to ensure the UK complies with international tax reporting standards,...

Countries Looking To Tax Incentives To Stay Competitive: Survey

Governments are expanding their use of tax incentives to maintain their country’s international appeal to businesses, alongside the adoption of anti-base erosion and profit shifting measures, according to a survey from EY. EY’s survey of tax policy professionals in 50 countries found that, “While the long-term trend for countries to...

License barrier as of January 2018: Limited tax deductibility for cross license order royalty payments to foreign related parties

Germany will introduce “license barrier rules” as of January 2018. The new rules will limit the tax deductibility of license fees or royalty payments to foreign related parties that benefit from preferential regimes (“Patent Box”, “IP-Box”, “License Box”) which are incompatible with the “OECD nexus approach” (“unqualified preferential regimes”) (sec....

Lawyers as “Gate Keepers” – The European Parliament Examines the Roles of Attorneys in Tax Evasion and Laundering Schemes

Starting on April 27, and finishing on May 2, the European Parliament (EP)’s Committee of Inquiry into Money Laundering, Tax Avoidance and Tax Evasion (PANA) is holding two meetings to present several related studies which address the impact of, and the fight against, tax evasion and money laundering, particularly in...

ECJ Rules In Austria’s Favor In Tax Dispute With Germany

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled in favor of Austria in its dispute with Germany relating to the taxation of interest from profit-participation certificates received by an Austrian bank from a German bank. The case involved the interpretation and application of Article 11 of the 2000 double tax...

Trump’s tax plan could have rich New Yorkers fleeing for Florida

President Trump has signed three executive orders to spark reviews of tax and financial regulations so taxes on businesses and individuals can be cut. The approach would be different from Trump’s earlier plan, which was criticized as an approach that would mostly benefit higher earners. Michael Zezas, a strategist at...

Newcastle United and West Ham raided in HMRC tax fraud investigation

Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley released after HMRC investigation Offices at St James’ Park and club training ground raided by tax authorities The offices of Newcastle United and West Ham United were raided on Wednesday morning and Chelsea confirmed they were asked to provide information as part of a wide-ranging...

Early adoption of tax common reporting standard problematic

Many of the data submissions made by early adopters over the next two months under the new common reporting standard (CRS) are likely to be rejected and returned for correction and resubmission, adding to compliance costs, according to predictions from Sovos, a global tax compliance solution provider The UK is...

Survey: Citizens in G-20 countries favor gov’t cooperation over tax competition

The overwhelming majority of people in G-20 countries believe that cooperation between governments on tax policy is more important than competition to increase national tax revenue. According to a survey by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, the preference for cooperation over competition is strongest in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, France,...

Bahamas Under Rising Tax Exchange Pressure

The Bahamas is under growing pressure to bow to international demands that it automatically exchange tax information on a ‘multilateral’ basis, with the European Union (EU) and its members refusing to accept this nation’s preferred approach. #Well-placed Tribune Business sources, both inside the Bahamas and internationally, have confirmed that the...

Trust Companies, Banks Should Be Main Haven Targets: EU Report

New measures targeting trust companies and banks in their role of helping to create offshore companies, such as the more than 200,000 exposed in the year-old Panama Papers, should be the priority for EU legislators in their efforts to crack down on the use of tax haven intermediaries, according to...

UAE inks multilateral tax co-operation convention

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has signed an international tax agreement – Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters(MAC), which is now seen as the ‘gold standard’ for co-operation in tax administration. With this move, UAE has become the 109th jurisdiction to join the most powerful multilateral treaty...

Ukraine Ratifies Tax Treaty With Malta

On April 13, 2017, the Ukrainian Parliament ratified its tax treaty with Malta, which provides for lower withholding tax rates on dividends, interest, and royalties. Under the deal, the withholding tax rate for dividends would be capped at 15 percent. A special rate of five percent would apply to dividends...

Draft Bulgarian tax law reflects EU legislation on mandatory automatic exchange of tax information

At the end of March 2017, the Ministry of Finance called for public discussion on a draft bill (the “Bill”) amending the Bulgarian Tax and Social Insurance Procedural Code (the “Code”). The Bill seeks to improve administrative cooperation in the Bulgarian tax sector. The first set of amendments relates to...

Germany Provides Update On 10-Point Tax Evasion Plan

The German Ministry of Finance has published a progress report on its 10-point plan to combat tax evasion, which was first announced in the wake of last year’s Panama Papers leak. The plan, launched on April 12, 2016, outlines the measures that Germany wants to put in place at domestic...

Sweden Considers New Reporting Obligation for Tax Advisers

A parliamentary commission will consider the introduction of a new legal obligation for tax advisers to disclose information about advice on tax mitigation to the Swedish Tax Agency, Skatteverket. Under the proposed rules, tax attorneys would be required to provide details of which clients have received advice on tax reduction...