Category: Parent-Subsidiary Directive

Malta Pushes to Ease EU Cross-Border Interest, Withholding Tax

European Union presidency holder Malta has launched a new attempt to salvage pending EU legislation designed to eliminate withholding taxes for cross-border interest and royalty payments in the EU single market. One of the key hurdles the Interest and Royalties Directive has faced in the Council of Economic and Financial...

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...

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 Netherlands implements OECD BEPS Country-by-Country Reporting as well as the amendments to the EU Parent-Subsidiary Directive

As from 1 January 2016, new rules have become effective in the Netherlands that require multinational enterprises (“MNEs“) to comply with new transfer pricing documentation requirements, including the obligation to prepare a Country-by-Country Report (“CbC Report“), a Master File and a Local File. These rules essentially implement Action 13 of...

Luxembourg: Year-end provisions enacted, affecting corporate and individual taxpayers

The Luxembourg Parliament in December 2015 approved tax measures affecting both corporate and individual taxpayers. These provisions generally are effective beginning 2016, with a few measures applying retroactively as from 2015. Among the measures in the tax legislation are the following provisions: Transposition of amendments to the EU Parent-Subsidiary Directive...

Dutch tax treatment of Brazilian ‘interest on equity’ payments as of 2016

On 15 September 2015, the Dutch government released its budget for 2016, containing the Tax Plan 2016, which includes certain amendments to Dutch tax law. One of the proposed amendments was the inclusion of an anti-hybrid rule in the Dutch participation exemption regime (“PER”). On 22 December 2015, the amendments...

Luxembourg – Main New 2016 Tax Measures At A Glance

IP regime  To comply with the OECD’s BEPS reports and more specifically its action plan n° 5 regarding harmful tax practices, the Luxembourg intellectual property (“IP“) regime under article 50bis of the Luxembourg income tax law (“ITL“) will be repealed as from 1 July 2016. As such, the Luxembourg 80%...

France: French Tax Update – Amending Finance Bill For 2015 And Noteworthy Q4 Case Law

The present French Tax Update contains (i) an overview of the main provisions proposed by the draft amending finance bill for 2015 (loi de finances rectificative pour 2015, 2015 Draft Amending Finance Bill), (ii) an update of the parliamentary amendments adopted in respect of the draft finance bill for 2016...

EU Ministers Agree Initial EU BEPS Response

The European Union’s Economic and Financial Affairs Council agreed a work plan in response to the OECD’s base erosion and profit shifting recommendations at its meeting on December 8. Following the meeting, ECOFIN – comprised of finance and economy ministers from all member states – released a list of agreed...

NETHERLANDS: ADVANCE TAX RULINGS; CHANGES POSSIBLE BEFORE APRIL 2016

A Ministry of Finance decree published on 11 November 2015 provides follow-up guidance concerning advanced tax rulings issued by the Dutch tax administration. BACKGROUND Adopted in July 2014, an amendment to the EU Parent-Subsidiary Directive addresses mismatches resulting from hybrid financing, and involves the inclusion of an anti-hybrid provision. Under...

The Netherlands: Decree published approving an adjustment period for certain Advance Tax Rulings that will lose their validity because of a law change implementing the changes in the Parent Subsidiary Directive

On November 11, 2015 in the Dutch Staatscourant a Decree from the Dutch State Secretary for Finance containing an approval regarding an adjustment period for Advance Tax Rulings (ATRs) that will expire as a consequence of the entry into force of the Wet implementatie wijzigingen Moeder-dochterrichtlijn 2015 (Law implementing the...

Dutch Tax Bill 2016: what will change?

The Dutch government presented its Tax Bill 2016 on 15 September 2016. Three elements of this bill could specifically affect multinationals, international investors and investment funds with Dutch headquarters or group companies: The anti-avoidance rules in respect of non-resident taxation of foreign corporate shareholders and the dividend withholding tax treatment...

UK: The Use Of UK Holding Companies In International Group Structures

The location of a holding company is a significant consideration in any international corporate structure. Choice of jurisdiction for a group holding company (‘Holdco’) is relevant both from the point of view of tax optimisation (maximising withholding tax free dividend, interest and royalty flow up through the group and minimising...

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...

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...

The Netherlands – Budget 2016

On September 15, the Dutch government released its Budget 2016, containing the Tax Plan 2016 which includes certain amendments to Dutch tax law. The government will discuss the plans the coming weeks in parliament. Further to these discussions, some elements of the Tax Plan 2016 may change. Most proposals will...

Malta – the optimum choice for private equity

Malta provides an outstanding opportunity for private equity and venture capital managers. It has a flexible LP structure, an extensive network of double tax treaties, a favourable local tax regime and experienced service providers who can provide a cost-effective solution,” comments Felicity Cole (pictured), Head of the Funds Department at...

France: Dividend Withholding Tax Exemption And Specific Anti-Abuse Provision

In a recent decision (CAA Versailles, July 8, 2015, n°13VE01079), the Versailles Administrative Court of Appeals (CAA) provided an interesting illustration of the operation of the specific anti-abuse provision (i.e., different from the general abuse of law theory) attached to the dividend withholding tax exemption provided, in accordance with the...

Use of Estonia in U.S. International Tax Planning

According to recent estimates, Estonia, which is situated halfway between Stockholm and St. Petersburg, currently has more than 350 start-up technology companies – one for every 3,700 citizens – and the government expects this number to reach 1,000 by the year 2020. This makes Estonia the number one start-up technology...

Britain and the EU: potential tax implications of the UK leaving the EU

In short… The current balance of competences between the EU and the UK on tax is quite intricate, with a tension between member states’ desire to determine their own tax systems and the EU-led aim of a level playing field. The EU most obviously influences member states’ indirect taxation (particularly...

Luxembourg proposes new corporate tax measures for 2015 and 2016

Luxembourg has proposed major corporate tax changes which would bring the Grand Duchy into line with recent updates to the Parent-Subsidiary Directive. The Luxembourg government released Bill 6847 (the Bill) on August 5 2015, which includes proposed tax measures for corporations and follows several recent announcements from Finance Minister Pierre...

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...

Estimating the illicit funds in global tax havens

The total “development finance” loss – counting both revenues and reinvested earnings – is estimated in the range of $250 to $300 billion. This prevents developing countries from stopping the outflow of money, which thus bleeds them of essential resources The financial crisis of 2008 had an interesting collateral benefit...

Combatting corporate tax avoidance: Commission presents Tax Transparency

1.GENERAL QUESTIONS 1.1 Why is the Commission presenting a Tax Transparency Package? The Commission has made the fight against tax evasion and corporate tax avoidance a political priority, with a view to creating a socially and economically more efficient Single Market. While much has been done to advance this agenda...

EU finance ministers agree on measures against tax avoidance

RUSSELS, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) — European Union (EU) finance ministers Tuesday agreed on two taxation measures towards combating corporate tax avoidance and aggressive tax planning. According to a statement, finance ministers have given their political backing to the anti-abuse clause of the Parent Subsidiary Directive and to the mandatory exchange...

EU Agrees Twin Tax-Avoidance Measures

BRUSSELS–European Union finance ministers struck two separate deals on Tuesday aimed at cracking down on tax avoidance by multinationals, an issue that is high on Europe’s political agenda as a lackluster economic recovery fails to replenish crisis-hit state coffers. At a meeting in Brussels, finance ministers agreed to update a...

European Commission – Statement Commissioner Moscovici welcomes Council agreement on measures against tax avoidance and unfair tax competition

The European Commission welcomes two breakthrough agreements reached by the Council today towards combating corporate tax avoidance and aggressive tax planning. The Council has given its political backing to the anti-abuse clause of the Parent Subsidiary Directive and to the mandatory exchange of information between EU tax authorities. “I applaud...

France – Tax proposals in pending legislation

Passage by the French assembly on 18 November 2014 of a draft Finance Bill for 2015 (which now will be presented to the Senate) Introduction by the French government on 12 November 2014 of a second draft amended Finance Bill for 2014 In general, the draft Finance Bill for 2015...

Benelux-China legal update

Recent months saw various important developments that are relevant to Sino-European trade and investment. These include (i) changes to the EU Parent-Subsidiary Directive, (ii) the entry into force of the double tax treaty between Luxembourg and Taiwan, and (iii) proposed changes to China’s Foreign Investment Catalogue and the Governmental Verifications...