Category: Luxembourg

Jaresko: Ukraine, Cyprus agree to revise taxation agreement

Ukraine and Cyprus have agreed to review bilateral agreements on taxation to prevent the withdrawal of capital to offshore zones, Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko wrote on Facebook. “After very lengthy negotiations, we’ve finally taken an important step in the fight against capital withdrawal to offshore zones: we have with the… – Continue reading

Luxembourg maintains triple AAA

(CS) Fitch Ratings has kept its AAA rating of Luxembourg with a stable outlook unchanged, leaving the Grand Duchy one of only nine countries worldwide to hold the top rating by the three leading agencies. Luxembourg has also been rated AAA with a stable outlook by Standard & Poor’s and… – Continue reading

OECD establishes roadmap for membership with Lithuania

10/07/2015 – The OECD set out a clear path for Lithuania’s accession to the Organisation, reinforcing the OECD’s commitment to further extend its global membership. On 8 July 2015 the 34 OECD Members adopted the Roadmap for the Accession of Lithuania to the OECD Convention setting out the terms, conditions… – Continue reading

Multinationals must publish tax payments, MEPs say

MEPs have backed rules that would require multinationals to report their tax payments on a country-by-country basis. Deputies in Strasbourg voted by a 556 votes to 67 margin on Wednesday (8 July) to approve plans to re-write the EU’s eight-year old Shareholders’ Rights Directive that would require listed companies to… – Continue reading

Possible legislation restricting interest deductions in Finland for tax purposes

Industrial & Manufacturing groups which have operations in Finland, should review their funding arrangements to ensure they remain tax effective following a recent case in Finland which may now be put on a statutory footing. The Finish tax authorities treated a hybrid instrument as equity and the related interest expense… – Continue reading

BIBA: Time to talk tax havens

ARBADOS’ CONTROVERSIAL BLACKLISTING by a group of European Union (EU) countries is “hypocritical” and “grossly discriminatory”, says outgoing Barbados International Business Association (BIBA) president Connie Smith. But Smith also thinks the time is right for “engaging in bilateral discussions which could hopefully conclude in double taxation agreements and bilateral investment… – Continue reading

Business Monday: BIBA official: See blacklist as an opportunity

“THE decision by a group of European Union (EU) Member States to blacklist Barbados as being non-cooperative and further claim that Barbados and 29 other countries, mostly small islands, do not meet its standards of transparency, exchange of information and fair tax competition, is hypocritical and on the face of… – Continue reading

EU Cracks Down on Tax Dodges by Multinationals From Disney to Coke

Luxembourg, home of European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, is the EU’s richest country and a notorious tax haven for multinationals including Disney, Pepsi, Coca-Cola and Office Depot — among more than 300 firms who allegedly shifted profits to Luxembourg through sweetheart tax deals uncovered in last year’s ‘LuxLeaks scandal. The… – Continue reading

Tax treaty with Mauritius blocks outflow

A new treaty makes it more difficult for companies to take advantage of tax loopholes to avoid their financial obligations. Globally, initiatives are afoot to close tax loopholes and South Africa is one of the frontrunners – its new treaty with Mauritius removes the allure for tax-shy corporates doing business… – Continue reading

Making ‘steady progress’ towards OECD compliance: Seychelles responds to EU ‘tax haven’ listing

(Seychelles News Agency) – Seychelles’ Finance Minister says his ministry remains committed and on track towards complying with the widely-recognised Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)’s regulations on the sharing of tax information. “Seychelles is making considerable and steady progress in achieving the OECD standard in relation to the… – Continue reading

Cantillon: Dublin incinerator funding from Luxembourg a burning issue

DUBAI: This week the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) published their 2015 National Strategic Assessment. The Assessment presents a comprehensive picture of the threat to the UK from serious and organised crime, and helps to inform the work of the NCA and their international partners, including in the UAE. Some… – Continue reading

Amazon’s UK business paid just £11.9m in tax last year

Online retailer’s Luxembourg unit took £5.3bn sales from British internet shoppers, a rise of 14%, but Limited recorded profit of just £34.4m Amazon’s booming UK business paid just £11.9m of tax last year, while the online retailer’s Luxembourg unit took £5.3bn of sales from British internet shoppers without being… – Continue reading

The Tangled Web of Walmart and its Subsidiaries

A recent report by Americans For Tax Fairness looks at how Walmart, the world’s largest corporation, uses a vast network of subsidiaries and branches in overseas tax havens with two purposes: 1.) to minimize taxes owed on its foreign operations. 2.) most importantly, to avoid United States taxes on those… – Continue reading

U.S. Treasury attempts to influence OECD’s BEPS initiative via proposed changes to U.S. model treaty

The United States has been criticized on more than one occasion for failing to be a meaningful participant in the OECD’s multi-pronged initiative to address base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS). Some commentators have even gone so far as to accuse the United States of actively working against the BEPS… – Continue reading

Switzerland faces competition from Asian IFCs

Switzerland remained the leading offshore asset booking centre in 2014, but with the rising new wealth generation in the Asia-Pacific region and its proximity to booking centres such as Hong Kong and Singapore, the country is expected to face increasing competition, reports Gulf News. Switzerland booked US$2.4 trillion (Dh8.8 trillion)… – Continue reading

Bahamas ‘unfairly dumped on’ with EU blacklisting

The Bahamas was yesterday “dumped on” through its inclusion on another so-called financial services ‘blacklist’, although an ex-Attorney General and others suggested the development should be taken “with a big grain of salt”, reports the Bahamas Tribune. John Delaney told Tribune Business that the European Union’s (EU) decision to ‘blacklist’… – Continue reading

FATCA – Which Countries Are In And Out

FATCA – Which Countries Are In And Out The controversial US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) law is set to start from July 1, 2014, so with less than 21 days to go, here’s a look at which countries are in and who is outside of the tax network…. – Continue reading

European Union Blacklists Panama as Tax Haven

The European Commission has added Panama to its blacklist of countries designated as tax havens over a lack of support for anti-tax fraud and evasion efforts. The European Union’s executive Commission unveiled the list in the introduction to its action plan to fight tax fraud. The blacklist consists of 30… – Continue reading

European business groups withdraw support for EU common corporate tax

Business lobby group BusinessEurope has withdrawn its previous support for a proposed European common consolidated corporate tax base (CCCTB) due to changes that make it mandatory for multinational companies. UK business lobby group the Institute of Directors has described the CCCTB as “unhelpful political populism”. “European business fully shares the… – Continue reading

Caribbean states urged to object to EU tax-haven blacklisting

Critics of an EU tax-haven blacklist say the organisation is playing dice with small states’ reputations, while ignoring European tax avoidance hubs BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, June 19, 2015 (AMG) — Doubts have been cast over the methodology and motives behind the naming of fourteen Caribbean countries among a list of thirty… – Continue reading

Cayman on new EU blacklist

Government appeared to brush off the latest blacklisting of the Cayman Islands when it released a short statement on Wednesday at around 5pm following revelations by the EU that the jurisdiction had been cited as facilitating tax evasion, reports the Cayman News Service. “It is unfortunate that the EU black… – Continue reading

EU Seeks Transaction Tax as 11 States Meet in Bid to Choose Path

The 11 European nations seeking a financial-transactions tax will meet Thursday in Luxembourg in a bid to decide how to design the measure, according to European Union officials. Participating states are wrangling over which trades to tax and who should collect revenue, according to planning documents obtained by Bloomberg News…. – Continue reading

Proposed U.S. Model Treaty Provisions May Dramatically Alter International Tax Landscape

The U.S. Model Income Tax Treaty (the U.S. Model Treaty) generally represents the United States’ opening position in treaty negotiations. As a result, when changes to the treaty are proposed, international tax practitioners should be aware of the potential impact those changes can have on their existing inbound U.S. structures…. – Continue reading

Bermuda named on EU tax haven list

The European Union: Labelled Bermuda as a tax haven Bermuda has been named by the European Union as a country that is not doing enough to crack down on tax avoidance. The Island was one of 30 countries on the list published by the EU’s executive Commission today. “These tax… – Continue reading

EU releases tax haven blacklist

The European Union has published its first list of international tax havens as part of a crackdown on multinational companies trying to avoid paying tax in the 28-nation bloc. The list of 30 territories includes Hong Kong and Brunei in Asia, Monaco, Andorra and Guernsey in Europe, and a series… – Continue reading

Hypocrisy of EU Tax Avoidance Plan Exposed

The European Commission is set to adopt an Action Plan to tackle corporate tax avoidance and promote growth-friendly taxation in the Single Market despite an uphill battle against global giants such as Apple and Starbucks, as well as some hypocritical member states. The European Commission’s plans unveiled Wednesday include a… – Continue reading

Wal-Mart Has $76 Billion in Overseas Tax Havens, Report Says

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. owns more than $76 billion of assets through a web of units in offshore tax havens around the world, though you wouldn’t know it from reading the giant retailer’s annual report. A new study has found Wal-Mart has at least 78 offshore subsidiaries and branches, more than… – Continue reading

HSBC, JPMorgan may move parts of businesses to Luxembourg – The Times

HSBC Holdings Plc and JPMorgan Chase & Co are in talks to relocate parts of their businesses to Luxembourg from the UK as they weigh the possibility of a British exit from the European Union, the Times reported. JPMorgan is close to setting up a bank based in Luxembourg to… – Continue reading

Brussels to announce measures against corporations’ ‘sweetheart’ tax deals

Politically incendiary proposals will set sights on multinationals’ tax planning with EU states and 30 worst offending havens could be officially blacklisted Officials in Brussels will on Wednesday announce a series of measures designed to stamp out the toxic culture of secret, sweetheart tax deals for multinationals which prevails in… – Continue reading

TAXE – a fundamental shift in ruling practice?

The LuxLeaks financial scandal, which entailed disclosure by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists of tax rulings, galvanized public opinion and gave rise to the creation of TAXE, the European Parliament’s special committee on tax rulings. This article explains why TAXE was created and shares with you highlights from the… – Continue reading

Ireland, Luxembourg tax deals should be used in Australia says advisory board

Australia should consider adopting tax structures like those used in Ireland and Luxembourg in order to attract greater foreign investment, the government’s tax advisory body has recommended. On Thursday night, Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg released several reports by the Board of Tax, which advises the government on how to reform… – Continue reading

Kenny defends Irish tax regime as Apple probe nears completion

A European probe into the Irish taxes paid by technology giant Apple, as well as multi-nationals in Luxembourg and the Netherlands, is close to finishing. The news came as Taoiseach Enda Kenny issues a robust defence of Ireland’s corporate tax regime, which has been under international pressure in recent years… – Continue reading

Luxleaks committee to be extended until October

The special committee leading the European Parliament’s inquiry into tax rulings has upped the pressure on businesses and European governments. The inquiry will be extended until October. EurActiv France reports. Belgium, the Netherlands, Ireland, Luxembourg and Switzerland have one thing in common. These five countries have all received an investigative… – Continue reading

MPs rage at the ‘spineless’ Caffe Nero cowards: £1.2billion in sales but company hasn’t paid corporation tax since 2007

Activists pressured Caffe Nero into banning milk from badger cull areas Now Coservative MPs have hit out against the coffee chain’s tax affairs Ian Liddell-Grainger said store ‘doesn’t give a stuff’ about British farmers Jacob Rees-Mogg branded bosses ‘spineless’ saying they must lift ban Furious MPs have branded Caffe Nero… – Continue reading

Luxembourg key to EU debate on multinational tax systems

A “very interesting political situation” can be expected in the autumn when a number of different strands of the ongoing European, and global, debate on what to do about aggressive tax planning by multinationals, come together, one of the players involved said during a recent visit to Dublin, reports Irish… – Continue reading

Common tax base proposed for EU by Brussels

Brussels competition arm investigating Ireland for use of ‘comfort letters’ to companies The European Commission is to propose a mandatory common corporate tax base next month as part of a wide-ranging clampdown on corporate tax avoidance. Under a discussion document to be looked at by EU commissioners in Brussels today,… – Continue reading

Amazon begins to book revenues in separate countries in what expert says is response to regulatory pressure

E-commerce giant Amazon has begun booking revenue in individual European companies, a move that tax expert Heather Self of Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind, said is probably influenced by upcoming regulatory changes.26 May 2015 “As of 1 May, Amazon EU Sarl is recording retail sales made to customers… – Continue reading


While marketplace competition is desirable, competition among governments is not always desirable Is more competition always better? Most conventional economists would say yes. And, in the marketplace, that nugget of economists’ wisdom usually holds true. Every student of first-year economics is taught that competition is good for consumers, as it… – Continue reading