Category: Base Erosion & Profit Shifting

Australian Committee On Tax Avoidance Issues Interim Report

The Australian Senate inquiry into tax avoidance has released its interim report, which makes 17 recommendations, including the introduction of a mandatory tax reporting code. The Senate Inquiry into Corporate Tax Avoidance was referred to the Economics References Committee in October 2014. The first hearing was conducted in April 2015,… – Continue reading

US: Explanation of competent authority revenue procedure

The IRS on 12 August 2015 released Rev. Proc. 2015-40 with respect to requesting competent authority (CA) assistance, and it is generally effective for CA requests filed on or after 30 October 2015. Rev. Proc. 2015-40 updates and supersedes Rev. Proc. 2006-54. The IRS concurrently released Rev. Proc. 2015-41 as… – Continue reading

Is FATCA chasing a leprechaun and his pot of gold?

FATCA was enacted into law by section 501(a) of the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employments (HIRE) Act 2010 as a revenue offset to help pay for the continuation of unemployment benefits for workers laid off during the 2008-2010 financial crisis. In July 2008, the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations… – Continue reading

The fight of the EU against tax avoidance: More powers for Brussels

In its Resolution of March 25, 2015, on the Annual Tax Report (2014/2114(INI)), the European Parliament renewed its commitment to combating tax havens and tax avoidance. To be sure, most aspects of the resolution have been discussed before. Bundling these aspects into one comprehensive package, however, provides an intriguing snapshot… – Continue reading

No Plans To Harmonize EU CIT Rates, Says Moscovici

Tax Commissioner Pierre Moscovici has confirmed that the European Commission has no plans, formal or informal, to harmonize corporation tax rates across the European Union. In a written question to the Commission, Jonathan Arnott, a UK Member of the European Parliament, asked the Commission to confirm its latest position on… – Continue reading

Private equity braced for global tax changes

The private equity industry has long been known for its ability to take advantage of tax rules. But international changes are set to have an impact on their businesses. After a string of multinationals such as Apple, Google and Starbucks came under fire for paying minimal tax on their British… – Continue reading

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… – Continue reading

The tax planner’s tightrope: morality and politics now in play

Introduction In 1934 distinguished US jurist Judge Learned Hand famously opined that “one may so arrange his affairs so that his taxes shall be as low as possible; he is not bound to choose that pattern which will best pay the Treasury; there is not even a patriotic duty to… – Continue reading

The Rules: Forcing companies to disclose tax strategy risks confidentiality issues

A “legislative requirement” for large businesses to publish their tax strategy could create commercial confidentiality risks IN an age where large corporates continue to engage in tax avoidance or aggressive tax planning, compelling businesses to disclose their tax strategies is, at heart, a good idea. There is a risk, however,… – Continue reading

Additional tax take from businesses falls as HMRC focuses on ‘mid-tier businesses’, says expert

The latest estimate of the tax potentially underpaid by the UK’s biggest businesses suggests that “the era of billion-pound tax settlements might be over” with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) increasingly focusing on mid-tier firms, an expert has said. Heather Self of Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind Out-Law.com, was… – Continue reading

Business Leaders Doubt Global Agreement On BEPS

Only 23 percent of business leaders feel that recommendations from the OECD on base erosion and profit shifting will be successfully implemented, according to the findings of a new survey by Grant Thornton. Three quarters of business leaders would pay more taxes in exchange for greater clarity from authorities on… – Continue reading

Businesses seek cross-border tax clarity, but would they really pay more?

Would businesses really be willing to pay more tax if they had more certainty on what is acceptable for cross-border tax planning? According to a recent Grant Thornton International Business Report, three quarters of business leaders would in fact be ready to pony up more taxes in exchange for greater… – Continue reading

TaxTalk Today- 7th August : PwC Australia

Australian Taxation Office New or updated materials on ATO website, including: Reminder: Taxable payments annual report due 28 August Remission of penalties: information about remission of penalties following a tax dispute In focus: Procurement hubs of Australian multinational enterprises: the ATO is reviewing arrangements involving offshore entities that are being used… – Continue reading

OECD likely to recommend fixed ratio cap on interest tax deductibility, says expert

The Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) is likely to recommend that restrictions on interest deductibility should mainly involve a cap calculated as a percentage of EBITDA, an expert has said.07 Aug 2015 Corporate tax Tax International tax Energy Infrastructure However Heather Self of Pinsent Masons, the law firm… – Continue reading

Business leaders renew appeal for clarity on ‘acceptable’ tax planning

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Three quarters of business leaders would pay more taxes in exchange for greater clarity from authorities on what is acceptable, according to the Grant Thornton International Business Report (IBR), a global survey of 2,580 businesses in 35 economies. And while few expect a global agreement any time soon, the… – Continue reading

74% of Businesses Are Asking for Greater Clarity from Authorities for Cross-Border Tax Planning

MONTRÉAL, Aug. 5, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ – Three quarters of business leaders would pay more taxes in exchange for greater clarity from authorities on what is acceptable for tax planning, according to the Grant Thornton International Business Report (IBR), a global survey of 2,580 businesses in 35 economies. And while… – Continue reading

Business execs divided on US tax reform prospects

Business executives are giving mixed predictions on when and if tax reform will finally happen in Washington, in a new survey, reports Accountancy Today. The latest Business Tax Reform Barometer survey from the Tax Council and Ernst & Young polled approximately 1,000 business executives, tax directors, government relations representatives and… – Continue reading

Treasury proposes five major changes to the U.S. Model tax treaty

On May 20, 2015, the U.S. Treasury Department (“Treasury”) released five sets of proposed revisions to the U.S. Model Income Tax Convention (“Model Treaty”) for public comment. The Model Treaty was last updated in 2006. The purpose of the proposed revisions is to ensure that the United States maintains the… – Continue reading

Country-by-Country Reporting in the EU: Spain Adopts Regulations and the European Parliament Votes for Public Disclosure

On 11 July 2015 a new Corporate Income Tax Regulation (CITR) was approved in Spain, introducing, amongst other things, amendments to the Spanish transfer pricing reporting requirements. The new requirements largely reflect the recommendations made by the OECD with respect to Action 13 of the OECD Base Erosion and Profit… – Continue reading

Australian Taxation Office issues new Practice Statement on Advance Pricing Arrangements

The tax and in particular the transfer pricing arrangements of multinationals is currently under the spotlight both internationally, through the OECD/G20 BEPS project, and domestically in Australia, by way of the Senate inquiry into corporate tax avoidance. This has resulted in new legal measures being adopted (such as the DPT… – Continue reading

The OECD BEPS Project, part III: the impact of BEPS in the United States

This article is the third in our current three part series discussing various impacts of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD’s) efforts to address the perceived global tax problem of base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS). The first article provided an overview of the key aspects of the… – Continue reading

International tax update- August 2015

United Kingdom Budget The Chancellor of the Exchequer delivered his Summer Budget to the United Kingdom (UK) Parliament on 8 July 2015. A number of personal, corporate and indirect tax-related measures were announced in the Budget including a reduced corporate tax rate; introduction of a bank corporation tax surcharge; a… – Continue reading

United States: Tax Policy Update – July 29, 2015

First it was three years, now it’s three months. The Senate’s attempt to pass a multiyear highway bill ran off the road this week after House Republicans announced they will adjourn one day early for the month-long August recess. The House’s early departure forced the Senate to acquiesce to a… – Continue reading

Thursday’s papers: Portugese tax dodge, boat export surge, Åland plans, apartment rent ris

Finland’s print media carries a mixed bag of headlines this Thursday, from former business bosses moving to tax-soft Portugal to studio apartment rents rising fast outside Helsinki. Neutral zone Åland is also under scrutiny, and the boat industry, at least, is doing well. Top tabloid Iltalehti splashes its front page… – Continue reading

MEPs urge tougher stand on corporation tax

Multinationals should pay a withholding tax before moving their profits out of EU countries to ensure they are being taxed somewhere, according to a draft report from the European Parliament. The report, seen by the Irish Examiner, deals with the fallout from the Lux Leaks and follows the European Commission’s… – Continue reading

PKF suggestions for 2016 Budget

These proposals can be implemented individually or as part of other reforms that may be in the pipeline PKF wishes to contribute its part towards the next budget implementation and for this purpose it has researched new areas which in its opinion warrant attention by the government during the public… – Continue reading

UK: BEPS and tax structuring – how does it affect the shipping industry?

There has been much recent focus on tax structures employed by multi-national corporations. This has led to an initiative, spearheaded by the OECD, to combat “base erosion and profit shifting”, or BEPS. The shipping industry is likely to be affected both directly and indirectly by the BEPS initiative – directly,… – Continue reading

OECD To Discuss BEPS Progress In October

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD’s) Parliamentary Group on Tax is meeting for the fourth time to discuss the implementation of the base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) project. The meeting will take place in Paris on October 19, 2015. The timing has been carefully chosen to fall… – Continue reading

Brazilian taxpayers now required to disclose tax planning structures

The July 21 edition of the Brazilian Official Gazette contained provisional measure 685 (PM 685), which creates an obligation on taxpayers to formally report to tax authorities certain transactions that result in tax benefits. The requirement is supposedly in line with the OECD’s base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) project… – Continue reading

Tax noose tightening for global firms

Globalisation has brought many benefits in terms of cross?border trade, efficiency, competition and the free movement of goods and labour. But it has also allowed multinational corporations (MNCs) much greater freedom to reconfigure the location of manufacturing, operations, sales and corporate services in ways which channel reported profits ? and… – Continue reading

South Africa: Country-By-Country Reporting In South Africa

On 8 June 2015, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (“OECD”) released a Country-by-Country Reporting Implementation Package developed under the OECD’s base erosion and profit shifting (“BEPS”) Action Plan 13: Re-examine Transfer Pricing Documentation. BEPS was identified as a risk to tax revenues, tax sovereignty and the tax fairness… – Continue reading

Canada: Interest Deductibility In Canada: What’s The Fuss?

This article deals with the manner in which Canada has complicated, and rendered controversial, what in most other countries is straightforward — the deductibility of business related interest expense. The reasons to write about it are threefold: the almost-concurrent issuance of the Canada Revenue Agency’s administrative views on the matter… – Continue reading

The Netherlands: Recent Financial, Regulatory and Legislative Developments

With the focus of 2014 being international tax competition, 2015 shows signs of continuing this trend. The European Commission (COM) and European Parliament (EP) are starting to debate and extensively investigate Member States’ tax ruling policies, partly as a result of the LuxLeaks revelations and partly in relation to the… – Continue reading

Brazil implements disclosure mechanism in the context of BEPS Action Plan 12

Following the trends of countries such as Spain and Mexico, among others, Brazil has begun to amend and introduce new legislation to reflect BEPS recommendations in its internal legislation. Provisional Measure (PM) 685 was issued this month, determining a disclosure procedure as a result of BEPS Action Plan 12 (Mandatory… – Continue reading

EY: MENA governments considering new tax measures to meet budget expenditures

The evolving tax landscape in the MENA region was discussed at the EY MENA Tax Conference held recently in London. The conference was attended by EY Tax specialists and senior finance and tax executives from major European companies with investments in the MENA region. Sherif El-Kilany, MENA Tax Leader, EY,… – Continue reading

Guernsey: fund domicile

Guernsey’s growth shows no sign of abating Guernsey’s reputation as a major fund domicile continues to grow. Figures from Guernsey Finance testify to this with funds under management and administration in Guernsey standing at £218.7 billion at December 2014. These funds cover multiple asset classes and types including closed-ended and… – Continue reading

Guernsey meets the global tax challenges

The implementation of stricter taxation scrutiny globally shows no sign of abating. Nonetheless, Guernsey is well-placed to meet many of these challenges, and indeed thrive in this new world order. Guernsey has repeatedly demonstrated an ability to comply with international obligations and adapt to challenges and changing circumstances and the… – Continue reading

The intersection of US tax treaty policy, tax reform and BEPS

Introduction US tax treaty policy can be affected by pressures for tax reform from within the United States and by major developments in international taxation from without. Talk of US tax reform has been widespread for years, although it is sometimes hard to gauge how much of the talk is… – Continue reading

Khalifa ratifies UAE agreements

ABU DHABI: President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has issued a number of federal decrees with respect to ratifying agreements between the UAE and a number of friendly countries and transferring, appointing and promoting a group of diplomatic corps members. The decrees have been published in the… – Continue reading

How the digital economy will impact your specific industry

The digital economy is an increasing concern for taxpayers, especially in light of impending BEPS guidance, but how it will impact different industries will vary. The fundamental principle behind the digital economy, in terms of transfer pricing, is its reliance on intangible assets and the difficulties when deciding which jurisdiction… – Continue reading

Dictators and Billionaires Demand Creation of UN Tax Agency

As globalist forces and the international institutions they control openly prepare to plunder humanity’s wealth, Third World dictators and tax-funded “civil society” groups have stepped up their demands for a United Nations tax authority — supposedly to ensure that they all get their “fair share” of the loot from Western… – Continue reading

Supply chain planning in the post-BEPS era: five questions for MNEs

As governments around the world establish austerity measures to compensate for decreases in tax receipts, a new catch phrase has emerged: double non-taxation. Double non-taxation is the phrase used by governments to denote untaxed or lightly taxed profits that result from effective, legal tax planning techniques. These techniques include application… – Continue reading

Cyprus: The Cyprus Intellectual Property Rights ‘Box’ – A Limited Time Opportunity

In May 2012, Cyprus introduced a package of incentives and tax exemptions relating to investment in intellectual property rights, commonly known as an “IP box.” Intellectual property projects are particularly susceptible to cross-border planning by reason of the mobility of intellectual property rights, which do not consist of physical assets… – Continue reading