Category: OECD

Nigeria: The FIRS Has Published Regulations On Common Reporting Standard

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has issued the Income Tax (Common Reporting Standard) Regulations, 2019 (CRS Regulations). This follows Nigeria's signing of the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters (MAC) and the Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement (MCAA) on the Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information, signed by Nigeria on 17 August 2017. ... - Continue reading

Tax avoidance drives nearly 40% of global FDI: IMF

Nearly 40% of worldwide foreign direct investment (FDI), amounting to $15trn, “passes through empty corporate shells” with “no real business activities”, a study by the IMF and the University of Copenhagen reveals. According to the report, ten economies including Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, BVI, Switzerland, Singapore, Ireland, the Cayman… – Continue reading

Saint Amans provides update on digital tax reform effort

The preliminary results of an impact assessment reveal that proposals advanced in an OECD-led effort to update the global rules for taxing digital businesses would not create large changes to countries’ existing taxing rights, Pascal Saint-Amans, OECD Director of the Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, said September 11. ... - Continue reading

Switzerland: Italian Tax Authorities Request Information From Switzerland On UBS Bank Customers

In the past ten years, Switzerland has undertaken significant efforts to combat international tax fraud and tax evasion and to fight for the strict observance of foreign tax laws. In order to do so, a number of tax laws were enacted, allowing Switzerland to comply with international standards issued by the OECD (acting on behalf of the G20). In this respect, Switzerland ratified the Multilateral Convention on Administrative Assistance originally issued by the CoE and the OECD in 1988 and amended in 2011 ("OECD MC"), and it renegotiated numerous Double Taxation Conventions ("DTC"), amongst them also the DTC with Italy, in order to comply with the international standard introduced by the OECD MC in the version of July 2010. ... - Continue reading

OECD sees progress in 116 nations’ implementation of country-by-country reporting

The OECD said its initiative to have minimum standards on the collection and exchange of country-by-country (CbC) reports on large multinational businesses has reached 116 jurisdictions and has shown major progress in the delivery of international tax transparency. The OECD’s second annual peer review report on the base erosion and… – Continue reading

Canada: Canada Ratifies The Multilateral Instrument

On June 7, 2017, Canada along with numerous other jurisdictions signed the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (“OECD”) Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (the “MLI” or “multilateral instrument”). The multilateral instrument is the culmination of work undertaken as part of the OECD/G20 BEPS Project to equip governments with domestic and international instruments to address tax avoidance.   ... - Continue reading

Canada, Switzerland ratify instrument to tackle tax avoidance

Canada and Switzerland on August 8 deposited with the OECD their instruments of ratification for the Multilateral Convention to implement tax treaty-related measures to prevent base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS MLI). The BEPS MLI, negotiated by over 100 countries and jurisdictions, updates the existing network of tax treaties and… – Continue reading

OECD’s minimum tax to apply by jurisdiction

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development is going to propose a global minimum tax that would apply country by country before the next meeting of G‑20 finance ministers and central bankers set for 17 Oct. in Washington, DC. G7 leaders announced at their Biarritz summit meeting this week a… – Continue reading

Transfer pricing: DGIT starts analysing potential cases of MNCs

The Directorate General of International Taxes of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has started analysing a few potential multinational companies’ cases of transfer pricing where companies are directly involved in shifting their profits outside the country without payment of any taxes. In this regard, Directorate General of International Taxes… – Continue reading

Govt launches crackdown on benami assets

ISLAMABAD: The government has kicked off a far-reaching crackdown against benami assets directing the departments concerned at the federal level and the provincial governments to track benami properties, harvesting the Benami Act, 2019 in the national and global contexts. Prime Minister Imran Khan chaired a meeting on August 20 on… – Continue reading

Luxembourg: Luxembourg Starts The Implementation Of ATAD 2

On 8 August, the draft law (the "draft law") implementing the EU Directive 2017/952 of 29 May 2017 ("ATAD 2") amending Directive (EU) 2016/1164 laying down rules against tax avoidance practices that directly affect the functioning of the internal market (the so-called Anti-Tax-Avoidance-Directive, "ATAD") was presented to Parliament. ... - Continue reading

CBI Dominica: Leading with Transparency

19 August 2019, Since 1993, Dominica has been at the forefront of the citizenship by investment (CBI) industry, setting high standards in due diligence, processing times, and most recently, transparency. Indeed, this month the nation liaised with prominent international professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to release a report clarifying the… – Continue reading

High Court confirms ATO can use information from data leaks

Today the High Court confirmed that the ATO may use information obtained from data leaks, even if leaked from a law firm. Second Commissioner Jeremy Hirschhorn said today’s decision in Glencore International v. Commissioner of Taxation means the ATO can continue to use the ‘Paradise Papers’ and other similar data… – Continue reading

Worldwide: OECD Public Consultation Document And Public Commentary On The Tax Challenges Of Digitalisation

In February and March of 2019, the OECD organized a public consultation process, releasing a consultation document on February 13, 2019, inviting public comments up until March 6, 2019, and holding a conference where industry experts presented key issues on March 13 and 14, 2019. ... - Continue reading

New Zealand-Swiss tax agreement tightens net on avoidance

WELLINGTON, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) — Opportunities to dodge tax are shrinking with the completion of a new tax agreement between New Zealand and Switzerland, New Zealand’s Revenue Minister Stuart Nash said on Thursday. Nash and Swiss Ambassador to New Zealand David Vogelsanger signed documents to update the Double Tax Agreement… – Continue reading

The latest APA and MAP figures in Europe: what are the implications for multinational group taxpayers?

Statistics published earlier this week by the European Commission on member state advance pricing agreement (APA) and mutual agreement procedure (MAP) programs suggest that the OECD/G20 base erosion profit shifting (BEPS) project has increased the scope for differences of opinion between tax authorities of different countries. ... - Continue reading

Tax laws of 12 low-tax countries including BVI, Bermuda, Cayman don’t harm other countries, 131-country group concludes

An OECD-led 131-country coalition, known as the “Inclusive Framework on BEPS,” has approved an assessment which concludes that 12 low or zero-tax countries do not have “harmful” tax regimes, the OECD today announced. ... - Continue reading

Setting Up a Hong Kong Holding Company for Your Chinese Business

Many companies looking at the Chinese market choose to establish a holding company or special purpose vehicle (SPV) to hold their Chinese investments. This typically provides flexibility and an added layer of protection to their corporate structure. Foreign investors have commonly chosen Hong Kong to set up a holding company… – Continue reading