Category: EU

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Governments that offer multi-national firms sweetheart tax deals should not be allowed to benefit if the European Union orders them to claw back the aid, according to a new report by the European Parliament’s special committee on tax rulings. Instead, the proceeds should be “returned to the member states which...

Lux Leaks panel banks on voter rage : New draft report calls on national governments to ‘eliminate mismatches’ in policy.

Anticipating a tough legislative fight, the European Parliament’s special committee investigating tax shelters plans to play its trump card: citizen outrage. The committee’s co-rapporteur Michael Theurer, a German MEP from the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, told POLITICO’s German podcast that he expected “objections, difficulties and political resistance”...

Cyprus Introduces Notional Interest Deduction Regime on ‘New Equity’

On 9th July 2015, the Cyprus House of Representatives voted in favour of the introduction of a Notional Interest Deduction regime, aimed at encouraging investment into corporate structures, and thus reducing excessive debt financing. Such changes, aimed to further improve Cyprus’ growth prospects, will align the Republic’s system with that...

Global Tax Transparency: FATCA, CRS, European FATCA

Understanding FATCA and having a comprehensive FATCA compliance program is essential for financial firms to limit non-compliance risk and meet obligations with relevant IGA’s. The US has made inroads on the Exchange of Information front and tax havens like Switzerland have declared a willingness to meet or even exceed OECD...

Cayman Islands: Improving the Cayman Product: FATCA and the Adoption of Third Party Rights

Over the past year, a number of legislative measures have been adopted to ensure that the Cayman Islands remains the leading jurisdiction of choice for structured finance and capital markets transactions and for secured lending transactions generally. This article focuses on two recent key legislative developments. The first is the...

Cayman Islands: Improving the Cayman Product: FATCA and the Adoption of Third Party Rights

Over the past year, a number of legislative measures have been adopted to ensure that the Cayman Islands remains the leading jurisdiction of choice for structured finance and capital markets transactions and for secured lending transactions generally. This article focuses on two recent key legislative developments. The first is the...

Cyprus: Cyprus’s New Package Of Tax Incentives And Technical Amendments

Introduction The Cyprus Government has announced a number of proposed tax incentives aimed at encouraging economic activity and attracting inward direct investment. It has also submitted a number of draft laws to the House of Representatives to implement the new provisions of the EU Parent-Subsidiary Directive, to simplify the tax...

The $100 Billion Deal Is Still Out There for Pharma

Why stop at $221 billion? Drug companies are entering another round of dealmaking, after plowing past the global record. Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.’s $40.5 billion agreement Monday to purchase Allergan Plc’s generic-medicines business puts the mechanism in place to trigger more takeovers. For starters, the remaining Allergan company — with...

Cyprus: Cyprus Funds

Introduction The regulatory framework in Cyprus is all-encompassing but still attractive to investment funds for varied investor requirements. An investment fund may be set up in Cyprus either as an Alternative Investment Fund (“AIF”), or as an Undertaking for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities (“UCITS”). Cyprus administers all internationally recognized...

The Netherlands: Recent Financial, Regulatory and Legislative Developments

With the focus of 2014 being international tax competition, 2015 shows signs of continuing this trend. The European Commission (COM) and European Parliament (EP) are starting to debate and extensively investigate Member States’ tax ruling policies, partly as a result of the LuxLeaks revelations and partly in relation to the...

EDF hit with £1bn tax bill

EDF is now an global player in providing electricity, relying on France’s 58 nuclear reactors, as well as developing new plants, notably the controversial Hinkley Point project in Britain. The European Commission’s investigation found the energy company, which is the main electricity provider in France, benefited from tax breaks that...

U.S. Tax Avoidance Trumps Greek Tax Evasion

Blatant corporate and personal tax evasion contributed to Greece’s debt crisis, but it’s dwarfed by the tax avoidance of U.S. multinationals operating in countries like Australia. There’s a popular misconception that Greece’s debt crisis was self-inflicted. ‘The Greeks are a bunch of tax evaders! They should never have been allowed...

Dictators and Billionaires Demand Creation of UN Tax Agency

As globalist forces and the international institutions they control openly prepare to plunder humanity’s wealth, Third World dictators and tax-funded “civil society” groups have stepped up their demands for a United Nations tax authority — supposedly to ensure that they all get their “fair share” of the loot from Western...

EU orders France to recover state aid from EDF

BRUSSELS–European Union regulators ordered France to recover 1.37 billion euros ($1.5 billion) in state funds from Electricite de France SA (EDF.FR) after concluding the French electricity supplier had benefited from illegal tax breaks. The decision, which follows an annulment of a similar 2003 decision by the EU’s top court, comes...

Call for greater transparency in London property

In a published report, anti-corruption organisation highlights complex structures through which swaths of UK property are owned Global Witness has called for greater transparency around the ownership of UK properties after reviewing alleged links between a former Kazakh secret police chief accused of money laundering and a London property portfolio...

European Parliament mulls lobby ban for big companies

The European Parliament’s special tax committee is seeking to punish multinationals for refusing to send representatives to a hearing in June by revoking lobbyist passes and preventing access to senior European Commission officials. AB InBev, AmazonEU, Barclays Group, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Google, HSBC Bank, Ikea, McDonalds and The Coca-Cola Company...

News Analysis: Long way to go for harmonized corporate tax policies within EU

THE HAUGE, July 20 (Xinhua) — The Dutch-German agreement to enhance the exchange of information on tax rulings was “an important step” towards greater transparency, but there is still a long way to go before reaching common ground on harmonized corporate tax policies within the European Union (EU), according to...

Global Reform of Tax Systems to Hit Insurance Industry: London’s IUA

A sweeping global reform of tax systems is under way and will have profound implications for the insurance industry, the London-based International Underwriting Association has warned. Responding to public concerns about tax evasion, the G20 major economies have ordered a major shift towards greater cooperation between tax authorities. This work...

UK Budget – double edged sword for IoM

The UK is going ‘head to head’ with the Isle of Man and other jurisdictions with the reforms announced in last week’s summer budget, iomtoday reports. That’s the verdict of Treasury Minister Eddie Teare, who says that changes to the UK’s corporation tax, inheritance tax and reformed non-domicile rules will...

Rich countries rejected an international plan to let the UN help fight tax evasion

At a global summit that addressed how illicit financial flows interfere with reducing poverty, wealthy nations rejected a plan to expand the UN’s power to fight global tax evasion. The plan, promoted by developing economies and transparency groups, was the subject of the meeting between delegations of UN members from...

Editorial: Europe’s Black List And FATCA

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) had every right to be outraged – as was expressed by its leaders at their recent summit in Barbados – over the decision by the European Union (EU) to name and shame eight of its members for supposedly failing to cooperate against the use of their...

Critical Factors in Handling Italian Transfer Pricing Controversies

In response to the economic downturn and the growing need for tax revenues, the Italian Tax Authorities (ITA), like authorities in many other jurisdictions, have more aggressively targeted multinationals and their tax planning strategies in recent years, resulting in more domestic and international tax controversies. Transfer pricing (TP) issues account...

Exclusive: Guernsey chief minister defends island’s tax credibility

Guernsey chief minister Jonathan Le Tocq has defended the island’s position as an “international leader” in tax cooperation after it was placed on the European Commission’s tax haven blacklist last month. Speaking exclusively to International Adviser, Le Tocq described the list of the 30 most un-cooperative tax jurisdictions as “arbritary”...

Worldwide: Privacy: What’s Left?

A seismic change in the international private wealth arena is under way. Over 90 jurisdictions have committed to automatically exchange comprehensive financial information on an annual basis under the OECD’s Common Reporting Standard (CRS). The CRS will start in 2016 in over 55 jurisdictions. This article comments on the CRS...

Ireland’s sweetheart tax deals under threat as EU investigates

European Commission to issue decisions on four test cases, including Apple in Ireland, Until a few months ago, the medieval town of Athenry in County Galway owed its fame mainly to a song. Irish rugby and football fans often burst into stirring renditions of “The Fields of Athenry”, a ballad...

Lisbon treaty: Technical briefing with NDR

Portugal is an increasingly desirable destination, thanks to its tax-friendly stance. Portugal may not be top of everyone’s list in terms of tax-friendliness, particularly given the recent backdrop of the recession and bail-out, but it does have a history of running successful tax-friendly programmes, for example the Madeira and Azores...