Category: Double Tax Treaty

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… – Continue reading

New double tax treaty will help French businesses operating in Singapore, says expert

A new double tax treaty between France and Singapore will be of particular help to French companies operating in Singapore, especially in the construction industry, an expert has said. Franck Lagorce, an expert in French tax at Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind Out-law.com was commenting following an announcement from… – Continue reading

Working group to examine issues on Mauritius DTAA

NEW DELHI: The government has constituted a working group to examine the “consequential issues” arising out of the changes in India’s tax treaty with Mauritius.The India-Mauritius Double Taxation Avoidance Convention was amended last month to introduce a levy to prevent investors from using the island nation as a shelter to… – Continue reading

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… – Continue reading

Italy: New international tax ruling in Italy

Multinational companies doing business in Italy, Italian companies doing business abroad and non-resident companies which intend to invest in Italy may use the new international tax ruling procedure to reach an advanced agreement with the Italian Tax Authorities regarding the taxation of income derived from cross-border transactions. Recently, Legislative Decree… – Continue reading

India-Mauritius Tax Treaty Renegotiated

On 10 May 2016, the Government of India issued a press release1 stating that India and Mauritius have signed a protocol (New Protocol) amending the double tax avoidance treaty between the two countries (the Treaty). Based on the press release and the New Protocol, following are the key changes to… – Continue reading

UK Finance Bill 2016 – Royalty Witholding Tax

Domestic UK law imposes a 20% royalty withholding tax on limited types of payment and on specific categories of intellectual property. This year’s Finance Bill expands the scope of intellectual property royalties that are subject to UK royalty withholding tax. UK businesses should review their intellectual property licensing agreements to… – Continue reading

Irish Revenue Explains Estonia DTC Royalty Tax Changes

The Irish Revenue has issued a brief explaining how the implementation of a most favored nation clause in Ireland’s tax treaty with Estonia will affect the tax treatment of royalties. Ireland’s Double Tax Convention (DTC) with Estonia became effective in 1999. It contains a provision whereby the tax treatment of… – Continue reading

UAE – Jersey trade relations: from a tax haven to taxonomy

As with any offshore financial centre, secrecy has been synonymous with the Channel Islands of Jersey. But the reason for the strong relations between the self-governing British dependency and the United Arab Emirates – still not known to many – is not confidentiality alone. It has not been so long… – Continue reading

Tax Notes: Protocol Amending RP – New Zealand Tax Treaty

THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) recently issued Revenue Memorandum Circular (RMC) No. 32-2016 setting the amendments in the provisions of the Philippines-New Zealand tax treaty, which was originally entered into on Oct. 2, 2008. The Protocol includes the following changes: 1. The rate for dividends was changed to a… – Continue reading

The problem of secretive tax havens

Panama is a tax haven, but Mauritius is one with which India has a comprehensive double tax treaty. This complicates matters more. In popular Indian imagination, a tax haven is generally associated with Switzerland and its numbered bank accounts. But tax havens are numerous, have grown in importance, and are… – Continue reading

New qualifying private placement exemption from UK withholding tax on interest: good news

The Finance Act 2015 introduced certain gateway conditions for the new exemption from UK withholding tax on interest payments for “qualifying private placements.” The Qualifying Private Placement Regulations 2015 setting out the detailed conditions for relief have now been made. While January 1, 2016 was appointed as the effective date,… – Continue reading

Budget 2016: Royalty payments – Enhanced withholding tax rights

As part of the Government’s crackdown on profit shifting by multinationals from the UK to low or no-tax jurisdictions, the Chancellor has announced in Budget 2016 a package of enhanced withholding tax measures which are designed to ensure that companies are not able to use intragroup royalty payments for avoidance…. – Continue reading

Important changes and developments in German double tax treaties

1. New double tax treaty between Germany and the Netherlands: tax authorities now bear burden of proof regarding tax- evading or tax-avoiding arrangements A new Double Tax Treaty (DTT) has been in place between Germany and the Netherlands since 01 January 2016. Art. 23 of the DTT introduces an important… – Continue reading

Tanzania: Information Exchange With Tax Bodies

Double tax treaties enable competent authorities of the treaty partners to exchange important tax information necessary for implementing the treaty or the domestic laws on taxes of every kind and description imposed. For instance, exchanges of information may be made regarding tax avoidance by companies of the contracting states.Nevertheless information… – Continue reading

French Tax Update – Recent Case Law and Other Noteworthy Publications

The present French Tax Update will focus on an overview of several noteworthy publications, including decisions issued during the past few months by the French Administrative Supreme Court (Conseil d’Etat) and French Constitutional Court (Conseil Constitutionnel), as well as the European Commission decision in respect of the Belgian Excess Profit… – Continue reading

Tanzania: Managing Tax Risks – Double Tax Treaties and Implications

Can tax treaty provisions override domestic law?In our last article we defined double taxation as an exposure to tax more than once on the same profit or income. We also highlighted the two types of double taxation i.e. economic double taxation and juridical double taxation and also noted that a… – Continue reading

How to take your UK pension pot overseas-and not be hit by a big tax bill

Once the thrill of deciding to retire overseas has subsided, you normally start to think of all the things you need to do before you go. Picking the right removal firm, a lawyer to help you buy a new home are a couple, but the tax & financial implications of… – Continue reading

Redomiciliation of foreign companies

The redomiciliation of companies (ie, movement of a company incorporated in one jurisdiction to another, retaining its legal character) is not recognised under Chilean law. This means that in order to move to Chile, a foreign company must establish a branch or create a subsidiary there. It cannot move its… – Continue reading

Tanzania: Managing Tax Risks – Double Tax Treaties and Implications to Undertakings of Multinationals

The term double taxation refers to an exposure to tax more than once on the same profit or income. There are two types of double taxation i.e. economic double taxation and juridical double taxation. Economic double taxation is broad and occurs in a situation where an amount of income is… – Continue reading

Nigeria signs double tax treaty with United Arab Emirates

As part of the ongoing visit by President Muhammadu Buhari to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), both countries today signed six agreements on Trade, Finance and Judicial Matters; Avoidance of Double Taxation; Trade Promotion and Protection; Judicial Agreements on Extradition, Transfer of Sentenced Persons; Mutual Legal Assistance on Criminal Matters;… – Continue reading

Start-up investment in India to get capital gains tax exemption

PM Narendra Modi also announces a Rs.10,000 crore fund to provide support to innovation driven enterprises New Delhi:In an effort to give a fillip to the start-up ecosystem in the country, the government on Saturday announced its intention to exempt capital gains tax on investments in start-ups and a Rs.10,000… – Continue reading

UK Tax Treaties With Croatia, Bulgaria In Force

The UK tax authority, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), has announced that new double tax avoidance treaties with Bulgaria and Croatia have entered into force. The 2015 UK-Bulgaria double tax agreement was signed on March 26, 2015, and replaces the former 1987 treaty. It generally limits the withholding tax rate… – Continue reading

New Australia/Germany Double Tax Treaty shows Australia’s policy response to BEPS

On 13 November 2015 the Treasurer and Minister of Finance jointly announced that a new double tax treaty had been negotiated with Germany, replacing the 1972 agreement. The new treaty has not yet been formally adopted as part of Australian law, as a change to the International Tax Agreements Act… – Continue reading

Cyprus: Taxation – Amendments On The Double Tax Treaty Between The Republic Of Cyprus And Ukraine

Representatives of the Cyprus and the Ukrainian governments have signed, in Kiev, on Friday, 11 December 2015, a protocol amending their Double Tax Avoidance Treaty. The protocol is based on the Model Tax Convention for the Avoidance of Double Taxation OECD. The changes need to be ratified by both the… – Continue reading

New dividend withholding tax of 1.69 per cent for foreign shareholders

Non-Belgian shareholders with a participation in a Belgian company with an acquisition value of at least €2.5m (but not reaching the 10 per cent participation threshold under the Parent–Subsidiary Directive) are now entitled to the Belgian participation exemption regime. In C-384/11 (Tate & Lyle Investments), the European Court of Justice… – Continue reading

Tax Alert – recent Belgian tax developments

Here’s our overview of recent Belgian tax developments, including the main new Belgian tax measures adopted by the laws of 18 and 26 December 2015. Speculation tax A ‘speculation tax’ of 33 per cent is introduced on capital gains realised by Belgian resident and non-resident individuals within six months from… – Continue reading

Mexican Tax Reforms for 2016

On Nov. 18, 2015, reforms to the Mexican Income Tax Law (MITL), Tax Code, Excise Tax and Federal Income Law for 2016 (collectively, the Tax Reform) were published in the Federal Gazette. The Tax Reform reestablishes measures to promote savings and increase incentives for doing business in Mexico, some of… – Continue reading

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%… – Continue reading

Russian business shifts upmarket

It has been a tough year for Russian businesses. The latest monthly forecast of the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) predicts a contraction in Russian real GDP of 3.8% in 2015 and another 0.5% in 2016. “Structural weaknesses will keep trend GDP growth below 2% a year in the medium term,”… – Continue reading

Malta: The Tax Challenges Of The Digital Economy – Article 3

Main principles of Direct Taxation – Double Tax Treaties In our third article in a series of articles on the tax challenges of the digital economy, we shall be providing you hereunder with a brief overview of the principles of direct taxation, with a focus primarily on the taxation of… – Continue reading

Cyprus: Double Tax Treaty Between Cyprus And Swiss Confederation

On 15th October 2015, the Double Tax Treaty between the Republic of Cyprus and Swiss Confederation had entered into force (the “Treaty“). The said Treaty is based on the OECD Model Convention on the Avoidance of Double Taxation on Income and on Capital. Under the Treaty, there is no withholding… – Continue reading

Cyprus: Income tax treaty with Switzerland, effective 2016

An income tax treaty between Cyprus and Switzerland has entered into force, and will be effective 1 January 2016. 10 December 2015 The Cyprus-Switzerland income tax treaty does not include a limitation on benefits (LOB) clause. Withholding tax provisions The treaty includes the following withholding tax provisions: Dividend payments subject… – Continue reading

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… – Continue reading

Changes of PRC tax rules on offshore indirect transfers: Circular 698

The Circular of the State Administration of Taxation on Strengthening the Administration of Corporate Income Tax on Incomes of Equity Transfers of Non-Resident Enterprises (“Circular 698”) was issued in 2009 to regulate tax treatment of indirect transfers of equity interest in a domestic Chinese company by non-residents. Circular 698 empowered… – Continue reading

Changes of PRC tax rules on offshore indirect transfers: Circular 698

The Circular of the State Administration of Taxation on Strengthening the Administration of Corporate Income Tax on Incomes of Equity Transfers of Non-Resident Enterprises (“Circular 698”) was issued in 2009 to regulate tax treatment of indirect transfers of equity interest in a domestic Chinese company by non-residents. Circular 698 empowered… – Continue reading

Malta: The Tax Challenges Of The Digital Economy – Article 2

Main principles of direct taxation – Domestic Tax Rules In our second article in a series of articles on the tax challenges of the digital economy, we shall be providing you hereunder with a brief overview of the principles of direct taxation, with a focus primarily on the taxation of… – Continue reading

France-Luxembourg tax treaty change cannot come into force until 2017

France and Luxembourg failed to ratify a protocol changing the France-Luxembourg double tax treaty by 30 November, which means that a change which will affect real estate structures cannot come into force until 1 January 2017, at the earliest, for companies whose fiscal year is based on a calendar year…. – Continue reading

Bulgarian Offshore Companies Act amendment seeks to ease restrictions

A newly introduced amendment to the Bulgarian Offshore Companies Act (the “Act”) will bring significant changes to investment opportunities for offshore companies. If the Bulgarian Parliament adopts the amendment within the next month, the amended Act is expected to enter into force in the beginning of 2016. The proposed amendments… – Continue reading

Profit shifting crackdown: captives in the crosshairs

A new international framework is targeting tax avoidance—and it has implications for captive insurers. Jenny Coletta of Ernst & Young explains In recent years, tax authorities around the world have been increasingly scrutinising captive insurance arrangements, focusing on questions relating to commercial purpose, pricing and substance. In what is likely… – Continue reading

Russian withholding tax reclaim process

In a previous article we have discussed that you might be entitled to reclaim withholding tax on your foreign investments in Russia (including ADRs, GDRs). For transactions where the ultimate beneficial owner is not declared prior to the payment of income, local Russian custodians apply 30% withholding tax on dividends1… – Continue reading

The Changing Face of Luxembourg Finance

“Luxembourg is famous for two things: its steel industry and its rose cultivation industry”. This quote from an Italian guidebook of the 1930s was uttered by Luxembourg’s Finance Minister Pierre Gramegna at the annual conference of the Luxembourg Directors’ Association on 17 June 2015[1]. The economic outlook of the tiny… – Continue reading

East Africa: New Rules Will Ensure Profits Are Tied to Economic Activities

What is the whole point of the 15 actions in the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) code? How will they curb tax dodging and make taxation of multinationals more transparent? Historically, the interaction of different tax policies lead to instances where taxes paid are not commensurate to economic value… – Continue reading

The Amendment to the France-Luxembourg tax treaty will still not be applicable in 2016!

The new provisions of the 4th Amendment to the France/Luxembourg double tax treaty on profits deriving from sale of real estate assets signed on September 5, 2014 will not be applicable in 2016. Currently, the right to tax the capital gains realized by a Luxembourg company upon the transfer of… – Continue reading

LUXEMBOURG: STATUS OF RATIFICATION OF PROTOCOL WITH FRANCE

A pending Protocol, that would amend the income tax treaty between Luxembourg and France, may not be effective until 2017. RATIFICATION PENDING The Luxembourg Parliament passed a bill to ratify the fourth Protocol to the income tax treaty (1958) between Luxembourg and France. However, it currently appears that the ratification… – Continue reading