Category: Accounts and Audit

Canada To Ramp Up Efforts Against Tax Evasion

The Canadian Government has said that it will review its tax ruling process and voluntary disclosures program as part of its response to recommendations made last year by a parliamentary committee. In October 2016, the Standing Committee on Finance released its report on the Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA’s) efforts to...

Kenya Enacts Tax-Avoidance Law to Deal With Transfer Pricing

Kenya enacted a new law targeting units of foreign companies that escape remitting most of their domestic taxes by allocating income to tax havens while attributing expenses to the East African nation, a practice known as transfer pricing. The Tax Procedures Act gives the Kenya Revenue Authority powers to investigate...

Budget 2016 may introduce BEPS to make tax evasion difficult for MNCs

MUMBAI: In what could lead to an increase in domestic tax liabilities of many Indian conglomerates and multinationals, the government is set to introduce a framework for Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS), a global agreement to check tax avoidance by multinationals, in the upcoming Budget. Industry sources expect the...

Tax Office pushes for biggest corporations to audit themselves

The Australian Tax Office is pushing ahead with a controversial plan to allow the country’s biggest corporations to audit themselves through their own private auditors, despite mounting public anger over corporate tax avoidance. An ATO spokesman said 56 public companies with a turnover of between $100 million and $5 billion...

Billions of rands leave SA under the radar

South Africa has lost out on billions in tax revenue in the past decade as large corporations, wealthy individuals and criminal syndicates slipped nearly R1-trillion out of the country. A Washington DC research and advocacy group, Global Financial Integrity, believes South Africa suffered “illicit financial flows” totalling more than $122-billion...

A Guide to India’s Transfer Pricing Law and Practice – Part 1

India enacted transfer pricing rules in 2001, which require companies to conclude international transactions with associated enterprises at an arm’s length. The legislation is primarily targeted at large business groups who engage in base erosion and profit shifting to avoid paying corporate income tax in India. This article is the...

Internal Revenue Service Getting Tough on Production of Evidence From Current and Former Microsoft Executives In Connection With Its Transfer Pricing Audit

In recent court filings made in various federal district courts in Washington and California, the Internal Revenue Service is seeking to enforce testimonial summonses issued to current or former Microsoft employees, including former CEO Steven A. Ballmer. The summons had been issued earlier this fall. Microsoft’s outside tax counsel responded...

IRS demands Ballmer, other Microsoft leaders testify in corporate tax audit

The Internal Revenue Service has sued former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and a slate of other former and current executives, seeking to compel them to testify in a long-running investigation into how the company’s sales through subsidiaries affected its taxable income. The Internal Revenue Service has sued former Microsoft Chief...

Looking back at pensions, platforms and regulation in 2014

Bravura Solutions reflects on a year of reform and looks forward to 2015. The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement last week didn’t deliver anything as revolutionary as the reforms announced in his March budget, but there were a few early Christmas crackers around ISA rules. After a monumental year, let’s look at...

Germany’s increasingly tough TP audit environment presents challenges for taxpayers

Transfer pricing has been an area of high importance for years. We are seeing that multinational companies operating in Germany are being increasingly examined by tax auditors. The level of transfer pricing expertise of the tax auditors is also increasing. Therefore, the transfer pricing environment in Germany is getting more...

Policy of inaction on multinational tax

Heading into the G20 in Brisbane last month, Treasurer Joe Hockey thundered that multinational companies who avoided paying tax were akin to “thieves” whose actions rendered it harder for governments to tackle poverty. Sadly however the government’s actions have failed to match its rhetoric. This week’s crafty back-down on Section...

Luxembourg tax whistleblower says he acted out of conviction

Former PricewaterhouseCoopers auditor charged with theft and violating trade secrets in wake of LuxLeaks scandal speaks out A 28-year-old former PricewaterhouseCoopers auditor charged with theft and violating trade secrets in Luxembourg in the wake of the LuxLeaks tax avoidance scandal has revealed his identity and claimed he acted out of...

Multistate Tax Commission Gauges State Interest in Funding Transfer Pricing Expertise and Expands Audit Program

At its Fall Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee on December 11-12, the MTC’s Executive Committee voted to formally contact states to solidify whether there is sufficient financial commitment to fund any potential MTC transfer pricing program. The MTC also formally announced that Iowa, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island will join the MTC...

Joe Hockey announces profit-shifting tax audit of 10 multinationals

The Australian Tax Office is auditing 10 multinational corporations and the government will consider introducing new laws aimed at targeting tax avoidance, Joe Hockey has said. The treasurer said on Tuesday the ATO was “embedded in the offices” of multinationals operating in Australia to closely scrutinise whether those companies were...

United States: Why Has The IRS Outsourced Microsoft’s Transfer Pricing Audit To A Private Law Firm?

Perhaps it was just a matter of time until the Internal Revenue Service decided to “outsource” its tax audit and litigation function to a private entity, i.e., a law firm. As reported in the December 8th issue of Tax Notes, the Service has hired the law firm of Quinn Emanuel...

Officials use IT to catch tax dodgers

Please credit and share this article with others using this link:http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/telecom/448032/officials-use-it-to-catch-tax-dodgers. View our policies at http://goo.gl/9HgTd and http://goo.gl/ou6Ip. © Post Publishing PCL. All rights reserved. The Revenue Department has adopted an IT system to track taxpayers with irregularities in their tax payments as part of its effort to increase collection...

British Virgin Islands: Record Keeping Obligations For BVI Companies, Partnerships, Trusts And Other Organisations

BVI Business Companies A1. What is the law on keeping and retaining records? Section 98 of the BVI Business Companies Act 2004 (BCA) has always provided that a BVI business company must keep records that: are sufficient to show and explain the company’s transactions; and will, at any time, enable...

Russia enacts anti-offshore tax legislation

MOSCOW, Nov. 25 (Xinhua) — Russian entrepreneurs must report to tax authorities about their ownership of shares in the off- shore jurisdictions, according to the law signed by President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday. The new law introduces an amendment to the Russian Tax Code that will force Russian owners of...

Tax man mulls new transfer pricing law

THE South African Revenue Service (SARS) is investigating possible changes to the law to make it easier for it to audit transfer pricing by multinational companies to ensure that they pay their rightful tax dues to the government. The need to maximise tax revenue has become particularly acute in the...

The UK emerges as a competitive holding company regime

UK and multinational enterprises are starting to consider (re)organising themselves under a UK holding company for their global operations, rather than using other traditional onshore holding company jurisdictions. This new trend is the result of a number of factors, which have moved the UK from an outside choice as an...

Nigeria: Still On the Taxation of Foreign Companies Operating in Nigeria

IN July 2014, the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) sent letters to some tax consultants requesting their non-resident clients operating in Nigeria to file complete tax returns effective from 2014 tax year. In practice, non-resident companies file their tax returns on the deemed profit basis. Following an initial period of...

Tax agency to help cut tax risks at foreign firms

The National Tax Service (NTS) said Thursday that it will help foreign companies in Korea reduce potential tax uncertainty regarding their cross-border transactions with parent firms. From 2015, the NTS will allow foreign firms that earn less than 50 billion won ($46 million) a year in sales to focus on...

hong kong loans offshore banking taiwan China Offshore investment statutory> accounts and audit

Nov 5 (Reuters) – The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) has launched an onsite examination into Hong Kong-based Taiwanese banks’ loan exposure to mainland Chinese companies, banking sources said on Tuesday. The HKMA, which is responsible for maintaining Hong Kong’s monetary and banking stability, stepped up its supervision of Hong...

Big 4 Audit Firms Play Big Role in Offshore Murk

For more than a decade, tax gurus at PricewaterhouseCoopers helped Caterpillar Inc., the U.S. heavy equipment maker, move profits produced by its lucrative spare-parts business from the U.S. to a tiny subsidiary in Switzerland. Little changed except the bookkeeping. Parts were still shipped from suppliers to a warehouse in Morton,...

Australian Greens want Facebook audited over tax loophole

Christine Milne says Australian Securities and Investments Commission should target ‘smaller enterprise’ exemption Facebook Australia has not lodged annual accounts since 2009 because it says it is a smaller enterprise and exempt from having to file. Photograph: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images The Greens are calling on the Australian financial services watchdog...

Upcoming Nationwide Transfer Pricing Investigation Against Outbound Service Fee And Royalty Payments

On 29 July 2014, the China State Administration of Taxation (SAT) released an internal notice to the China tax authorities at the provincial levels, in the name of “Notice on Antiavoidance Investigation against Large Amount Outbound Payments” (Circular Shui Zong Ban Fa [2014] No. 146, Notice 146), urging a nationwide...

Twitter accounts point to UK sales heading offshore

Twitter is funnelling much of the revenue it generates in Britain through an offshore sales structure, newly published annual accounts suggested today. Twitter UK has filed abbreviated 2013 accounts for a small company under Companies House rules, which are usually applicable to a business with an annual turnover of less...

UBS Clients Lead Canada Surge in Admitting Hidden Income

Clients of UBS AG (UBSN), Switzerland’s largest bank, have led a five-fold surge in the number of Canadian residents reporting hidden offshore income over the past eight years. Almost 6,000 taxpayers came forward in the past 12 months as part of the Canada Revenue Agency’s voluntary disclosure program to report...

Hong Kong Signs on to New OECD Global Tax Standards

HONG KONG – The government of Hong Kong has recently announced that it will support the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) new global standards on the automatic exchange of information for the purpose of enhancing tax transparency and combating cross-border tax evasion. Earlier this year, the OECD released...

CFTC Concerned Over Big Banks Transferring Trading Operations Offshore

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is wary of banks invoking guarantees on foreign swap deals, and is taking steps to scrutinize such activity. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is wary of US banks shifting their trading activities offshore and has urged other regulators to scrutinize banks involved in...

Accounts Certification and E-Filing

Section 3 and 4 of the Companies (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2013 commenced on Monday 10th March 2014. This Act removes the requirement for accounts documents filed with the CRO to include handwritten signatures of Directors, Auditors etc and instead requires that the signatures appear in TYPED form on each document. Where accounts...