Category: OECD

Global Tech Firms Brace for Tax Rules Which Could Create New Disputes

PARIS–Global tech firms such as Amazon.com Inc. are already preparing for new tax rules that could force them to pay corporate taxes in more countries where they operate, but are also girding for what some say will be more fights with–and between–national tax authorities. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and...

A Tax Revolution in the Making in EU

Europe’s stiff-neckedness is difficult to cure. To come to an agreement for supranational treatment of a certain issue there needs to be a large cataclysm or at least a large scandal. In the case of taxation policy the problem begins to gain urgent and most importantly European status after the...

Revealed: how AstraZeneca avoids paying UK corporation tax

Pharmaceuticals group defends use of legal avoidance scheme, after paying no UK corporation tax over two years despite global profits of £3bn AstraZeneca, one of Britain’s largest businesses, is using a multimillion-pound tax avoidance scheme in the Netherlands, set up months after the UK relaxed its tax laws for multinationals...

OECD Beps: Biggest corporate tax reform plan since 1920s

On Monday (5 Oct) the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) will present its final Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (Beps) project corporate tax reform proposals and on Tuesday the Ecofin council of EU finance ministers, is expected to agree on the exchange of tax rulings between member...

Taxation of undistributed profits of foreign companies controlled by Indian MNCs’, an evident outcome?

By: Jayesh Sanghvi, Partner & National Leader – International Tax Services, EY India Multinational groups can create non-resident affiliates in low tax jurisdictions to which income is shifted, wholly or partly for tax reasons rather than for non-tax business reasons. Such overseas profits are not subjected to tax in the...

Osborne to net billions as huge global crackdown on multinational tax avoidance begins

The world’s richest nations will launch a huge crackdown on multinational tax avoidance on Monday as part of the biggest shake-up of international tax rules for decades. The move could lead to a multi- billion pound gain for Chancellor George Osborne and higher tax bills for a raft of blue-chip...

Caribbean countries under attack

Once again, Commonwealth Caribbean countries are under attack as “tax havens”, even though they are nothing of the sort. This time it is not only the usual countries which have been listed. Trinidad and Tobago has been included, and we can bet that Jamaica and Guyana will be added unless...

Corporate tax regime to face renewed scrutiny

EU member states to reveal information on tax rulings offered to companies Ireland’s corporate tax regime is to come under renewed scrutiny next week as EU finance ministers sign off on a proposal obliging member states to reveal information on tax rulings offered to companies. EU finance ministers meeting in...

Bermuda: Impact Of The Organisation For Economic Co-Operation And Development’s Common Reporting Standards On Cayman Islands Entities

On 16 June 2015, the Department of International Tax Cooperation of the Cayman Islands (the “DITC”) announced that it would be implementing the CRS into domestic law. The draft Tax Information Authority (International Tax Compliance) (Common Reporting Standard) Regulations, 2015 are currently under review and it is expected that these...

New tax landscape imposes burdens on corporate entities –PwC report

A new report by global consulting outfit, Price¬waterhouseCoopers (PwC), released on Monday has indicated that expanding com¬pliance burden, more audits and the potential for increased and double taxation remain key hurdles facing companies due to the rapidly evolving global tax landscape. The report’s findings showed that the demand for greater...

Ambassador Newry protests Bahamas’ tax haven status in DC

WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 30, 2015 –His Excellency Dr. Eugene Newry, Bahamas Ambassador to the United States, has written a letter to Municipal Officials of the District of Columbia and Federal Congressional Officials protesting “in the strongest terms” The Bahamas’ designation as a “tax haven” by D.C. authorities in the District...

Hammer of BEPS on Harmful Tax Practices in disregard of transparency and substance

By: Pinakin D Desai, Partner – Tax & Regulatory services, EY India The term Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) refers to tax avoidance strategies which, by exploiting gaps and mismatches in tax rules, shift profits of Multinational Enterprise (‘MNE’) Groups to low or no tax locations where there is...

OECD eyes rules to curb tax avoidance

The Yomiuri Shimbun The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development will establish a comprehensive package of international rules to clamp down on tax saving tactics by multinational companies, The Yomiuri Shimbun learned Tuesday. The pillar of the package is to halt tax-saving practices like unrealistic lending and borrowing as well...

Bill n° 6847 – amendment to the participation exemption regime in Luxembourg

On 5 August 2015, the Luxembourg government presented a bill implementing Council Directives 2014/86/UE and 2015/121/UE amending Council Directive 2011/96/UE of 30 November 2011 on the common taxation applicable in the case of parent companies and subsidiaries of different Member States (the Parent-Subsidiary Directive). In accordance with Directive 2014/86/UE, the...

BEPS recommendation: Lower thresholds for permanent establishments may impact MNEs going global

At the request of the G20, OECD published its Action Plan on addressing ‘base erosion and profit shifting’ (BEPS) in July 2013, wherein it identified 15 actions on BEPS for future work, intending to carry out fundamental changes to the international tax standards. Amongst other, Action 7 deals with ‘preventing...

Steps to avert treaty abuse makes treaty access more taxing!

Tax treaties serve to reduce or eliminate double taxation which, if unrelieved, would be a significant barrier to cross-border trade and investment. At the same time, there was need felt to protect against granting of treaty benefits in inappropriate circumstances. In this background, the work of the OECD and G20...

New SwissLeaks analysis reveals how tax haven secrecy harms developing countries

30 September 2015 -New, detailed examination of the SwissLeaks files by Christian Aid working with the US-based Financial Transparency Coalition (FTC) graphically reveals the harm tax haven secrecy does to the economies of developing countries. The SwissLeaks scandal involves thousands of secret accounts at HSBC’s Swiss subsidiary HSBC Private Bank...

Luxembourg bill of law introduces EU anti-hybrid and anti-abuse rules and horizontal fiscal unity

In light of the global Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) initiative and the European developments against tax evasion and aggressive tax planning, two European Directives were adopted in July 2014 and January 20151 by the European Council, amending the Parent-Subsidiary Directive (2011/96/EU). These two Directives, in a nutshell, aim...

US$7.6tn hidden in tax havens – almost half annual US GDP

Gabriel Zucman, one of 3 French economists who in recent times have published extensive research on wealth and equality, in a book, ‘The Hidden Wealth of Nations: The Scourge of Tax Havens,’ published this month, estimates that 8% of the world’s financial wealth — some US$7.6tn — is hidden in...

OECD says Ireland to benefit post-BEPS

The OECD has said that its base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) project will create policy challenges for Ireland, but the nation should emerge well placed to attract foreign direct investment, reports Tax News. The report states: “Given the strong presence of intellectual property-intensive information technology and pharmaceutical companies in...

Crunchtime for OECD global tax-avoidance push

Efforts to amend details of new rules on corporate profits raise questions, reports the Wall Street Journal. Nearly 50 governments are set to agree this fall to a new set of rules to clamp down on tax avoidance among multinational corporations. Their chance of success, however, is unclear. If the...

Op-Ed: Anti-corruption march must tackle illicit financial flows

If the anti-corruption march goes ahead on Wednesday, it will be remiss if it doesn’t address one of the key issues of 2015: illicit financial flows. Institutions around the world are committing to combatting these and Unite Against Corruption needs to push the government to take action locally while lobbying...

SMU-TA CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE IN TAXATION INAUGURATES ITS FIRST CONFERENCE

Since its inception in August 2014, the SMU-TA Centre for Excellence in Taxation has worked tirelessly with industry practitioners, international academics and various key stakeholders to produce its first set of research works. On September 17, the Centre successfully presented its inaugural conference titled “A New Equilibrium in Tax Competition...

Country-by-country reporting implementation: not so simple after all!

The Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Action Plan adopted by the OECD and G20 countries in 2013 recognised that enhancing transparency for tax administrations by providing them with adequate information to assess high-level transfer pricing and other BEPS-related risks is a crucial aspect for tackling the BEPS problem. Against...

Canada: CBSA Issues Revised Customs Guidance On Related Party Transactions And Value For Duty: New Opportunities And Obligations

On September 17, 2015, the Canadian Border Services Agency (“CBSA“) released a revised D-Memorandum D13-4-5, “Transaction Value Method for Related Persons” (the “Memorandum“), addressing the impact of income tax transfer pricing on the value for duty to be declared on goods imported into Canada. This new guidance will have a...

Emergence of a new order in tax policies

India must align domestic laws with international treaties A recent ruling of the Punjab & Haryana High Court (HC) in the Serco BPO case has once again underlined the need for consistency between tax policies and the jurisprudence that evolves around it, thus, leaving little to interpretational hazards. The HC,...

Tax treaty access, a challenge going forward? – Impact of BEPS Action 6 on collective investment vehicles

In 2013, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released a series of proposed tax measures for eliminating corporate tax structures that shift profits to foreign jurisdictions. This corporate tax practice is commonly referred to as base erosion and profit shifting or BEPS. Towards this, the OECD and G20...

The Common Reporting Standard: Automatic Information Exchange Goes Global

Automatic exchange of information for tax law enforcement purposes started first in Europe with the EU Savings Tax Directive, went international with the US Foreign Accounts Tax Compliance Act, and, from 2017, will go global with the recently-agreed Common Reporting Standard, the subject of this feature. Introduction To The Common...

TODAY, SHANGHAI; NEXT UP, TORONTO

Bloomberg BNA’s first transfer pricing conference in Asia—the latest offering in our Global Transfer Pricing Conference series with Baker & McKenzie—could not have been better timed. The day the conference opened, Sept. 17, China issued a revised draft circular on transfer pricing that completely changed the game for multinational companies...

Common Rules (Not Rates) Should Be The Answer To Tax Competition In The EU

Tax avoidance is a key problem for European countries, with the EU taking several steps to try and limit the ability of businesses to shift their profits to low-tax jurisdictions. Peter Dietsch writes on the nature of the problem and what can be done to tackle it. He argues that...

Trategic resets under the new MAP and APA revenue procedures

The IRS recently replaced Rev. Proc. 2006-54 for requesting assistance under the Mutual Agreement Procedure (“MAP”) article of U.S. tax treaties, and Rev. Proc. 2006-9 for requesting Advance Pricing Agreements (“APAs”). The new Rev. Procs. (2015-40 and 2015-41, respectively) largely track draft procedures issued in 2013 (Notices 2013-78 and 2013-79),...

4th FATCA and Global Tax Compliance Forum

NEW YORK, NY–(Marketwired – September 23, 2015) – With the global implementation of FATCA and anticipation of the Common Reporting Standard (CRS), legal and compliance professionals within the banking industry have never seen such a regulatory overload and focus on ensuring proper compliance processes. As these multi-national regulations become implemented...