Category: Sweden

Swedbank hires EY to conduct forensics into money laundering

Swedbank, one of the largest banks in Sweden, has hired professionals services firm EY to investigate the bank’s possible involvement in large scale money laundering. According to media reports in Sweden, over the period of nearly ten years the bank facilitated approximately $5.8 billion worth of suspicious transactions. The transactions… – Continue reading

Is this the end of the road for the EU’s digital services tax?

Ireland, Sweden, Denmark and Germany block digital services tax plan in Brussels. The spectre of a 3pc digital services tax (DST) levied by the EU against multinationals has been vanquished for now after Ireland, Sweden, Denmark and Germany joined forces in what is being heralded as a coup for diplomacy…. – Continue reading

Sweden takes measures to tackle tax evasion, financial crimes

STOCKHOLM, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) — The Swedish government has proposed three new measurements to tackle aggressive tax planning, evasion and financial crimes, the Government Offices of Sweden said Tuesday. The proposals include increased international automatic information exchange, new possibilities for the Swedish Tax Agency to prevent financial crimes and tighter… – Continue reading

Seychelles Needs To Redouble BEPS Efforts: UN Expert

The Seychelles has been told to deploy more resources to implement recommendations from the OECD on base erosion and profit shifting. Ingela Willfors, a United Nations tax expert from the Swedish Ministry of Finance, held discussions on implementation with the Seychelles’ Minister of Finance, Trade, and Economic Planning and in… – Continue reading

Sweden Clarifies CbC Reporting Threshold Rules

The Swedish tax authority (Skatteverket), has published guidance on companies’ country-by-country reporting obligations with respect to short and extended tax years, and company divestments and restructurings. Under Sweden’s Tax Procedures Act, a group is not obligated to submit a CbC report if, according to its consolidated accounts, it has a… – Continue reading

Swedish retirees are flocking to Portugal to avoid taxes – but they could soon end up like their Danish and Finnish peers

In recent years, Portugal has become a popular low-tax haven for Swedish retirees. Since 2009, almost 2300 Swedes, most of them senior citizens, have swapped dark winters for the Mediterranean sun, and moved to Portugal either part- or full-time. Doing so, they have been able to avoid paying taxes to… – Continue reading

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… – Continue reading

BEPS from an IP perspective, Part 2

Part 2: Transfer Pricing documentation requirements From 1 April 2017, BEPS action 13 guidelines on transfer pricing (TP) documentation will be effective in Sweden. Action 13 is an effort to make MNEs global financial situation more transparent. It is a three-tiered based approach including a master file, local files and… – Continue reading

OECD Recommends Swedish Property Tax Reform

The OECD has recommended that Sweden rebalance its property tax system. In its latest Economic Survey for the country, the OECD said that Sweden’s favorable tax treatment of owner-occupied housing is regressive, benefiting relatively high-income households most and contributing to the high demand for housing. It said it also encourages… – Continue reading

German, Swedish Banks Back Tougher Beneficial Owner Rules

German banks support stricter beneficial ownership rules for companies and trusts, while the leading Scandinavian bank backed an offshore corporate economic substance test to help comply with EU laws against money laundering and tax evasion. Testifying before the European Parliament’s Panama Papers investigative committee, the Association of German Banks told… – Continue reading

Swedish Bank Merger Rules Aim to Limit Risk of Tax Imbalance

A plan by Nordea Bank AB to merge with subsidiaries in Denmark, Finland and Norway has prompted Sweden to revise its laws to minimize the risk of a tax imbalance when a foreign company’s shares and other financial instruments are merged with those of domestic company. Effective Jan. 1, the… – Continue reading

Finland allowed to tax pensioners in Portugal

Following pressure from the Finnish government and public opinion in the Scandinavian country, Helsinki has announced a deal which will allow it to come after expat pensioners, who are residing in Portugal, for income tax payments from which they were previously exempt. Other EU states have also expressed their aversion… – Continue reading

Armenia eliminates double taxation of property and income with Serbia and Slovakia

The Armenian Parliament has ratified today two agreements to avoid double taxation and prevent tax evasion with respect to taxes on property and income with Serbia and Slovakia. According to Deputy Minister of Finance Armen Hayrapetyan, the document on the mutual avoidance of double taxation on property and income with… – Continue reading

Ireland braced for new EU corporate tax plan

A new EU corporate tax proposal could fundamentally change how multinationals pay their tax bills in Ireland. It comes at a sensitive time for the State, following so closely after the commission ruled phone giant Apple tapped illegal tax breaks worth around €13bn. In proposals to be unveiled tomorrow, the… – Continue reading

Nordea blocks 68 accounts in Panama Papers investigation

Nordea has blocked 68 accounts for further analysis after finding suspicious signs in an internal investigation of the bank’s handling of the Panama Papers leaks. The bank announced some of the findings of the probe into whether it adhered to internal rules and external regulations regarding offshore structures at the… – Continue reading

After Mauritius, now government wants to amend Dutch tax treaty; asks Netherlands to resume talks

India has asked the Netherlands to resume negotiations on amending their bilateral tax treaty as the government extends its efforts to plug loopholes in such accords to curb misuse. The Dutch tax treaty , which allows exemption from capital gains and a lower rate of tax on dividends, has led… – Continue reading

Beyond FATCA, Costa Rica Adopts “GATCA” Tax Reporting Measures

The unpopular Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) of the United States has set off a rash of similar legislation around the world, and Costa Rica has been eager to adopt these international asset reporting treaties, which many taxpayers consider overreaching and in violation of financial privacy. The Costa Rica… – Continue reading

Sweden Issues Tax Avoidance Action Plan

Sweden will appoint an inquiry to study whether tax advisers should be required to inform the Swedish Tax Agency about tax planning schemes as part of an action plan to combat tax avoidance, which also urges companies to maintain their own tax policies at board level. According to the Government,… – Continue reading

David Cameron’s finances touched a nerve – tax openness is the answer

Nearly half of people say the Prime Minister’s handling of his finances was ‘morally repugnant’, according to our opinion poll, and they support public tax returns for all As the fallout from the fallout from the Panama Papers leak begins to settle, the Prime Minister is left contemplating the damage… – Continue reading

The rich people who pay no tax

Only the little people pay taxes. For a small, select cohort of rich Australians, the famous quote of New York property billionaire Leona Helmsley rings not as an outrage but as an inspiration. In the most recent documents released by the Australian Tax Office, there were 55 people who had… – Continue reading

Zambia signing its way out of tax revenues-ActionAid Zambia

A new report from ActionAid titled ‘Mistreated’ released this week has revealed that Zambia has 13 restrictive tax treaties that dramatically restrict the government’s power to tax global companies doing business on our soil and therefore unfairly limit our country’s potential to collect tax revenue. The report also found that… – Continue reading

Getting to the crux of Ncell buyout deal

CAN NEPAL IMPOSE CAPITAL GAINS TAX ON NCELL BUYOUT DEAL? This question has been making rounds ever since TeliaSonera, the largest shareholder in Nepali telecom operator, Ncell, announced its decision to sell 60.4 per cent of its stake in the telecom company to Malaysian giant, Axiata, for $1.03 billion. Divergent… – Continue reading

Ikea avoiding tax liability, report claims

EU countries may have lost out on more than €1 billion in tax revenues between 2009 and 2014 due to aggressive tax strategies by furniture giantIkea, a new report has claimed. The report, commissioned by the Green/EFA group in the European Parliament into the tax affairs of the private company,… – Continue reading

Azerbaijan, Sweden eliminate double taxation

A Convention between the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Government of the Kingdom of Sweden for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income was signed on Wednesday. The Convention was signed by Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov… – Continue reading

Tanzania: Managing Tax Risks – Double Tax Treaties and Implications

Can tax treaty provisions override domestic law?In our last article we defined double taxation as an exposure to tax more than once on the same profit or income. We also highlighted the two types of double taxation i.e. economic double taxation and juridical double taxation and also noted that a… – Continue reading

31 nations sign agreement on exchange of country-by-country transfer pricing reports

In an effort to provide their tax administrations with more tools to combat corporate tax avoidance through transfer pricing, officials from 31 countries today signed an agreement setting out the parameters for automatic exchange of country-by-country reports on large multinational corporations. The agreement — the Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement on… – Continue reading

S. Korea, Macau to sign tax information exchange agreement

Macau’s Financial Services Bureau (DSF) has confirmed to Business Daily that the local authority is to sign a Tax Information Exchange Agreement (TIEA) with South Korea, which would add to the existing 15 jurisdictions that have already signed this agreement with the territory. According to the Bureau, its South Korean… – Continue reading

Tanzania: Managing Tax Risks – Double Tax Treaties and Implications to Undertakings of Multinationals

The term double taxation refers to an exposure to tax more than once on the same profit or income. There are two types of double taxation i.e. economic double taxation and juridical double taxation. Economic double taxation is broad and occurs in a situation where an amount of income is… – Continue reading

BOTSWANA, African tax haven?

About Botswana Botswana, a former British colony in Southern Africa, is one of the most prominent countries in Africa. The country has a strong economy,uses one of the most advanced banking systems in the continent, and maintains a stable tradition of representative democracy. After becoming independent in 1966, Botswana developed… – Continue reading

Multinational moves could prompt major losses in corporate tax

Action on tax avoidance could see €600m go from the pharma sector, says report International moves on multinational tax could threaten Ireland, with a potential annual loss of corporate tax revenue of €600 million or more from the pharma sector alone, according to a new report from Chartered Accountants Ireland…. – Continue reading

IP BOX: Italian and European Legal Framework

On 22 December 2014, the Italian Parliament approved the Budget for 2015.40 Among other measures, the Law introduces the possibility of an exemption from corporate income tax (IRES, generally levied at 27,5%) and local tax (IRAP, generally levied at 3,9%) on income derived from qualifying intangible assets (such as patents,… – Continue reading

Sweden: “Hybrid rule” implications for dividend income, withholding tax

Changes to the tax law in Sweden reflect additions of anti-avoidance provisions to the EU Parent/Subsidiary Directive and are intended to bring Swedish tax law into compliance with the directive. The new anti-avoidance provisions will be effective 1 January 2016—which is also the timeframe for EU implementation of the directive’s… – Continue reading

Destination ‘filthy rich’: Where the wealthy go to get even richer

WELCOME to Switzerland. A mountainous country where nothing comes cheap but many of the world’s filthy rich come to grow their fortunes. The ongoing relationship between the wealthy and Switzerland looks set to only strengthen as the super rich get richer, according to a report released on Friday. That’s despite… – Continue reading

Kenya and South Africa tax deal takes effect in January

The Kenya-South Africa double taxation agreement comes into force from January 1. An announcement in the November 19, South African government gazette says the agreement applies for taxes withheld at source. “A resident of Kenya will not be taxed on any South African business profits, unless it carries on business… – Continue reading

DDM Holding AG: Swiss withholding tax applies in respect of interest payments to holders of the DDM Senior Secured Notes

Following a ruling by the Swiss Federal Tax Administration, payments of interest under the DDM Treasury SEK 300 million Senior Secured Notes with ISIN SE0005280831 (the “Notes”) are subject to Swiss withholding tax since the refinancing executed in June 2015. On 23 June 2015 certain amendments to the documentation in… – Continue reading

Yle programme: Finnish corporations cold-shoulder EU anti-tax planning efforts

Finnish companies continue to take advantage of legal tax planning to shelter their profits from taxation. According to Yle’s Ajankohtainen kakkonen current affairs programme, state-owned firms are among those that have been dragging their feet on reporting income from their foreign subsidiaries. The European Union is making an effort to… – Continue reading

UAE concludes its visits to Scandinavian countries by signing an agreement on exchange of information for tax purposes with Sweden

The UAE delegation, which was headed by HE Obaid Humaid Al Tayer, Minister of State for Financial Affairs, has concluded its official visits to the Scandinavian countries. These visits aimed at strengthening the country’s network of agreements on exchange of information for tax purposes, reviewing the financial practices adopted by… – Continue reading

Kenya: ‘Kenya Losing Billions to Tax Havens’

The government has been accused of opening a loophole that allows super rich individuals and multinational companies to avoid taxes. The Tax Justice Network (TJN), a lobby group, has sued the government over agreements, which it says are robbing Kenya of the ability to raise revenues domestically, driving the country… – Continue reading

Tax panel compels companies to testify

HSBC, Google, Facebook are among firms that will now appear after threat from MEPs on access to Parliament. Several multinational companies have now dropped their opposition to appearing before a special European Parliament panel investigating allegations of tax avoidance in Europe. HSBC said Tuesday it would participate in a hearing… – Continue reading

The Latest South African Tax Proposals are Far-reaching

There was a time when, from a tax perspective, South Africa’s “mini budget” used to be a non-event. The main emphasis was on the annual budget speech delivered in February each year when they announced tax policy proposals. However, over the past few years there has been an increasing tax… – Continue reading

Just how dirty is offshore money?

David Cameron threw the proverbial cat among the pigeons in July when, with a steely glare at the UK property industry, he warned that the UK must not become “a safe haven for corrupt money from around the world” and that “there is no place for dirty money in Britain”…. – Continue reading

Unpacking the Budget

“If we do not achieve growth, revenue will not increase. If revenue does not increase, expenditure cannot be expanded.” It is with this statement that the Minister of Finance set the tone of the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) which he presented on Wednesday against a fiscal backdrop of… – Continue reading

NBR to sign deal with Bhutan to avoid double taxation

Bangladesh is set to sign an agreement with Bhutan to avoid double taxation to boost investments, trade and facilitate information exchange between the two Saarc nations, the National Board of Revenue said in a statement. A team led by NBR Chairman Md Nojibur Rahman is now in Thimpu to take… – Continue reading

NORWAY: BUDGET 2016; MORE ABOUT PROPOSED TAX REFORM

The Norwegian conservative government on 7 October 2015 published both the proposed state budget for 2016 and a “white paper” containing proposals for tax reform. The proposed tax reform in the white paper is a follow-up action from a report on tax reform, presented by the Tax Commission in late… – Continue reading

OECD: countries commit to minimum standards on international tax dispute resolution

Countries should commit to minimum standards on the resolution of international tax disputes, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said in a report published as part of its base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) project.06 Oct 2015 The standards would include a commitment to “seek to resolve” cases… – Continue reading

Internal Revenue Service Begins Reciprocal Automatic Exchange of Tax Information Under FATCA IGAs

On October 2, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service announced that it had achieved a key milestone in implementation of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), a critical anti-tax evasion law passed by Congress in 2010 but not fully implemented until July 2014. The milestone announced by the IRS was… – Continue reading

It’s Here; The Automatic Exchange of Information Under FATCA Began September 30th

The IRS has announced that as of September 30, 2015 it will implement the automatic exchange of tax information as set forth in the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, (FATCA). The IRS Commissioner in announcing the implementation of the automatic exchange of information stated: “This information exchange is part of… – Continue reading

Orders on tax information exchange agreements with Nordic jurisdictions and protocol on avoidance of double taxation arrangement with the Mainland gazetted

Hong Kong (HKSAR) – Six orders for implementing the tax information exchange agreements (TIEAs) with six Nordic jurisdictions (i.e. Denmark, the Faroes, Greenland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden), and an order for implementing the Fourth Protocol to the Comprehensive Arrangement for the Avoidance of Double Taxation with the Mainland (the Arrangement)… – Continue reading