Category: Jurisdiction

Banks to hand over offshore tax files

The Trudeau government has won a round in its battle against offshore tax cheats. Two banks have agreed to give the federal revenue minister information from the accounts of a Caribbean financial institution to help the government crack down on Canadian tax evaders. The Federal Court of Canada has approved...

G20 ministers urge tighter tax rules for multinationals

The world’s major economies need to deepen cooperation on tax collection as companies seek to minimise the amount they pay to governments, finance ministers said Saturday. The issue has become controversial in many countries, with multinational firms from Google to Starbucks facing accusations of not contributing appropriately to the economies...

Panama agrees to sign tax treaty

Panama has agreed to sign a multilateral tax treaty, which the Indian agencies believe will help them expedite investigations into the “Panama papers” recently made public by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on Monday announced that Panama formally communicated to the...

Panama To Join Automatic Tax Info Exchange Deal

Panama announced on July 15, 2016, that it intends to sign the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters. Pascal Saint-Amans, Director of the OECD’s Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, said: “We very much welcome Panama’s request to join the Convention. Signing and ratifying the Convention will...

Germany Adopts Law On CbC Reporting And Tax Rulings

The German Federal Cabinet has adopted a bill to implement key aspects of the OECD’s base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) recommendations and the European Union’s administrative cooperation directive. The Act Concerning the Implementation of Changes to the EU Administrative Cooperation Directive and of Additional Measures against Base Erosion and...

Minister Of Finance Visits Kyoto, Japan – OECD BEPS Process And Tax Agreement United Arab Emirates

As part of the aim to sustainably meet the highest international standards in the tax field, the Minister of Finance Dr. Jose Jardim has joined the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting agenda of the OECD. In this context, the section with regard to the Common Reporting Standards concerning the automatic...

How to get ready for BEPS tax reporting rule changes

Multinational companies are making strides in preparing for radically changed cross-border tax and transfer-pricing reporting rules as compliance deadlines near, research by Thomson Reuters suggests, but uneasiness remains amongst tax executives about their readiness. The new rules will require multinational enterprises with annual revenues of €750 million ($830 million) or...

Corporate tax avoidance: New rules adopted

On 12 July 2016, the Council adopted new rules addressing some of the practices most commonly used by large companies to reduce their tax liability. The directive is part of a January 2016 package of Commission proposals to strengthen rules against corporate tax avoidance. The package builds on 2015 OECD...

‘Tax avoidance’ masters revealed: EXCLUSIVE

The “Big Four” global accounting firms – PwC, Deloitte, KPMG and Ernst & Young – are the masterminds of multinational tax avoidance and the architects of tax schemes which cost governments and their taxpayers an estimated $US1 trillion a year, according to an Australian taxation expert. The controversial new claims...

EU anti-tax avoidance directive: Measures to be introduced aimed at curbing abuse

The European Union’s Anti-Avoidance Directive, which has to be put into national legislation by 2019,is aimed at plugging loop-holes in tax systems which allow large corporations to legally avoid paying tax. While Malta has been criticised for offering competitive tax rates, despite the openness and uniformity of such competitive rates,...

Feds Sue Facebook Over Ireland Asset Sale That Cut IRS Tax Bill

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) said Facebook Inc. may have understated the value of intellectual property it transferred to Ireland by “billions of dollars,” unfairly cutting its tax bill in the process, according to court papers. The U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit on Wednesday in federal court in...

Ghana losing tax revenue to extractive sector over lack of data

The absence of adequate data on the operations of businesses in the extractive sector continues to impede the GRA’s ability to fully implement Ghana’s transfer pricing policy. According to the Deputy Commissioner in charge of Policy Programs at the GRA, Edward Gyamerah, the issue makes it difficult to fully assess...

Dominican Rep, Nauru Sign OECD Tax Convention

The Dominican Republic and Nauru signed the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters on June 28, 2016. The two countries are the 97th and 98th jurisdictions to sign the Convention. Nauru, a tiny island nation in Micronesia, has already deposited its instrument of ratification to bring the...

Brexit – The UK and International Tax Consequences

The political, economic and constitutional fallout of the UK’s referendum decision to leave the European Union (Brexit) will continue for some time. In addition to considering some of the possible domestic UK tax implications of Brexit, this OnPoint also considers some of the potential tax implications from the perspective of...

India, Cyprus finalise DTAA; capital gains to be taxed at source country

India and Cyprus have reached an in-principle agreement on all pending issues on Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement, including taxation of capital gains, which once implemented would help remove the island-nation from a non-cooperative jurisdiction for income tax purposes. An official level meeting between India and Cyprus in New Delhi last...

Nations discuss corporate tax avoidance at OECD meeting in Kyoto

Representatives of more than 80 countries and jurisdictions met in Kyoto on Thursday for a two-day conference aimed at going after corporate tax avoidance in the first-ever effort of its kind to include developed and developing countries. The meeting of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Committee on Fiscal...

IRS inversion rules face blowback

A regulatory effort by the Obama administration to crack down on tax deals is facing backlash from business groups and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. While the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rules were intended to combat inversions — transactions in which a U.S. company combines with a foreign...

EU agrees on tax avoidance measures aimed at multinationals

European Union member states have struck a deal on new rules designed to eliminate the most common corporate tax avoidance practices. The measures in the Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive target the main forms of tax avoidance practiced by large multinationals and builds on global standards developed by the Organisation for Economic...

Taiwan-Italy Tax Treaty Takes Effect from 1 January 2016

With an aim to avoiding double taxation, improving the investment environment for Taiwan, and increasing the attractiveness of foreign investment into Taiwan, the Ministry of Finance in recent years has focused on entering into tax treaties with other jurisdictions. Following tax treaties signed with Italy and Austria, Taiwan entered into...

Bulgaria adopts controversial amendments to the “Offshore Companies Act”

On 15 June 2016 the Bulgarian Parliament adopted long discussed amendments to the so called “Act on Economic and Financial Relations with Companies Registered in Jurisdictions with Preferential Tax Treatment, their Related Parties and Actual Owners” (the “Offshore Companies Act”, or the “Act”). The Act was adopted in 2014 and...

Death and Taxes: IRS Begins Procuring Offshore Client Accounts, Records from UBS

In what could be a significant development moving forward, UBS has provided the IRS with tax records and offshore accounts. UBS Group AG has come to an understanding with the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS), following a disagreement over client accounts in Singapore that had alleged tax evasion. The latest...

Tax conundrum for Indian-focused offshore private equity funds

Foreign private equity investors typically set up offshore pooling vehicles for routing investments into India, which offer them twin advantages of ease of administration and single window compliance with the Indian regulatory regime. Setting up such pooling vehicles in a tax favourable jurisdiction ensures that the interposition of the pooling...

Brexit Risks Losing Corporate Tax Break Worth Billions in U.K.

British multinational companies face new withholding taxes that may cost hundreds of billions of euros a year if U.K. voters decide to leave the European Union, international tax specialists say. A so-called Brexit “would have a major impact” on British corporations that have subsidiaries in the EU, said Daniel Gutmann,...

The Implementation of Automatic Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes Moves a Further Step Forwards in Singapore

On 9 May 2016, Singapore passed the Income Tax (Amendment No. 2) Act 2016 (Amendment Act). This is a first step towards the implementation of the Common Reporting Standards (CRS) developed by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) into Singapore law. The legislation sets up the legal framework...

Singapore to join BEPS framework on tax reporting

Singapore is to join the international base erosion profit shifting (BEPS) project as a ‘BEPS associate’ and will adopt the minimum standards under the plan including country-by-country reporting. International tax Tax Corporate tax Tax Disputes and Investigations Asia Pacific South east Asia BEPS refers to the shifting of profits of...

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...

Australia to gain from Singapore joining OECD fight against multinational tax avoidance

Multinationals suspected of routing Australian profits via Singapore will be outed to tax authorities, with the low-tax nation this week signing up to the global plan to fight tax evasion. Companies including big miners BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto as well as technology giants Apple and Google, have admitted using...

Deals Canada signed to catch tax cheats allow billions in taxes to escape

Montreal-based clothing maker Gildan earned $396 million in profit last year, but paid just over $6 million in cash taxes — a rate of about two per cent. Drug maker Valeant, based in nearby Laval, Que., booked $1.1 billion in profit in 2014 but paid only $110 million in tax....

Singapore joins tax framework led by OECD and G20

Under the new tax framework, Singapore will implement minimum standards aimed at preventing “aggressive tax planning” by multinationals. Locally headquartered multinationals will soon have to file reports broken down by country as well as income and taxes to the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS). In a statement on Thursday...

Exchange of data critical to addressing tax issues – GRA

Tax authorities and African governments have been urged to adopt effective information exchange systems based on proper implementation of international standards of transparency. This is necessary because exchange of information among member countries ensure that corporate bodies and individual taxpayers would have no safe haven to hide their income and...

Netherlands And Switzerland Clarify DTA Fund Treatment

The Netherlands and Switzerland have signed an agreement clarifying the tax treatment of certain collective investment vehicles (CIVs) in each jurisdiction under their bilateral double tax avoidance agreement. The Competent Authority Agreement was signed on June 8, 2016, and deals with the application of the 2010 Dutch-Swiss double tax treaty...

EU Parliament calls for crackdown on corporate tax avoidance Proposal based on OECD action plan

Members of the EU Parliament have welcomed an EU Commission proposal for an anti-tax avoidance directive but demanded tougher rules on foreign income and stricter limits on deductions of interest payments. They also called for more transparency for trust funds and foundations, common rules for “patent box” tax reductions on...

Cyprus agrees to amend tax treaty ahead of GAAR with caveat

Ahead of India’s rolling out of anti-tax avoidance regulations, Cyprus has shown eagerness to amend the bilateral tax treaty allowing New Delhi to tax capital gains. In turn, has pitched to be taken off the blacklist or being considered a “notified jurisdiction” for not sharing tax information, which implies increased...

The OECD/G20 BEPS recommendations: boosting U.S. tax reform

Most American policymakers believe the U.S. corporate tax system needs reforming – and the facts back up their view The United States’ 39 percent combined statutory corporate tax rate is the highest among the largest 50 economies. The American tax and accounting system has trapped over $2 trillion of deferred...

India-Mauritius tax treaty: An end and a new beginning

Recent news of India and Mauritius signing a Protocol to amend their 33 year old tax treaty caused seismic changes in the tax world. Though not completely unanticipated, the change is significant for foreign investors to go back to the drawing board and reassess their structures. The tax treaty between...

Corporates stress about reputational risk over non compliance with FATCA and CRS

Over half of senior executives from multinational financial firms are concerned that non-compliance with the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and Common Reporting Standard (CRS) mandates could affect their reputations, a Thomson Reuters survey has found ‘The results of the survey demonstrate that institutions’ greatest concerns regarding FATCA and...

Brazil, Jamaica and Uruguay expand their capacity to fight international tax avoidance and evasion

Jamaica and Uruguay today signed the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters and Brazil deposited its instrument of ratification of the Convention on the occasion of the launch of the OECD’s Latin American and Caribbean Regional Programme and the OECD Ministerial Council Meeting. Jamaica and Uruguay became...

India Signs OECD Country-by-Country Reporting Agreement

In an ongoing effort to increase transparency by multinational enterprises (MNEs), India joined Canada, Iceland, Israel, New Zealand and the People’s Republic of China in becoming the 39thsignatory to the OECD ‘s Multilateral Competent Authority agreement for the automatic exchange of Country-by-Country reports (CbC MCAA). The Country-by-Country Reporting Agreement was...

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...

ICC urges consideration of broader trade implications of tax policies in response to BEPS recommendations

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) recognizes the efforts of an increasing number of tax authorities to revise their tax policies in response to the international guidelines outlined in the G20 mandated Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Base Erosion Profit Shifting (BEPS) project. ICC urges national governments to...

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...

EU finance ministers fail to agree on anti tax avoidance directive

The EU’s Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) has been unable to reach agreement on the European Commission’s proposed anti tax avoidance directive. The issue has therefore been postponed until the next ECOFIN meeting in June. The European Commission announced its proposed anti-tax avoidance directive (ATAD) in January. The proposed...

International Conference for Accountants and Lawyers Highlights Fundamental Changes to Taxation of Companies Involved in Cross Border Business

The recent EMEA Conference of Alliott Group, one of the world’s most established international associations of independent accounting and law firms, brought together tax professionals from 28 countries across the world to discuss Base Erosion & Profit Shifting (BEPS), a project led by the OECD and G20 whose Action Plan...

Ireland delays EU corporate tax deal

Ireland has helped delay an EU deal on corporate tax-dodging over fears it could harm the economy. Finance Minister Michael Noonan told his EU counterparts in Brussels he would not sign up to the deal because it affects Ireland’s sovereign right to set tax rates. “We want to make sure...