Category: Base Erosion & Profit Shifting

Multinational tax avoidance risks losing citizens’ trust, says Joe Hockey

Multinational tax avoidance risks losing citizens’ trust, says Joe Hockey G20 working on ‘important reforms which will significantly improve the integrity of the tax system’, Australian treasurer says The Australian treasurer, Joe Hockey, has warned that citizens will lose trust in the legitimacy of their governments if multinationals are allowed… – Continue reading

Brisbane G20 2014: tax deal aims for even playing field

Y20 head on youth unemployment mission Countries may have to battle for revenue from digital companies once the global plan to stop tax avoidance succeeds, says the OECD’s head of tax Pascal Saint-Amans, but at least they now have something to fight for. In an exclusive interview with Fairfax Media… – Continue reading

Ukraine and Russia take center stage as leaders gather for G20

(Reuters) – A showdown between Western leaders and Russian President Vladimir Putin is likely at the G20 summit in Australia starting on Saturday, following fresh reports of Russian troops pouring into eastern Ukraine. Ukraine has accused Russia of sending soldiers and weapons to help separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine launch… – Continue reading

OECD sees competition heating up once tax havens shut down

Brisbane (Australia) (AFP) – The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development on Friday forecast competition heating up among countries wanting to attract revenue from big digital companies like Apple and Google, even as a row rages over Luxembourg’s arrangements with multinationals. Closing corporate tax loopholes and endorsing a common reporting… – Continue reading

Tax avoidance: three things G20 governments can do

The ability of multinational companies to shift profits into low-tax jurisdictions is undermining governments’ ability to raise revenue. But the cross-border policy solutions are complex. Curbing international tax avoidance has become a focus of G20 discussion this week, after last week’s revelation that major companies including Ikea, AMP and Pepsi… – Continue reading

Developing countries to play greater role in OECD/G20 efforts to curb corporate tax avoidance

12/11/2014 – The OECD released today its new Strategy for Deepening Developing Country Engagement in the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Project, which will strengthen their involvement in the decision-making processes and bring them to the heart of the technical work. The BEPS Project aims to create a coherent… – Continue reading

Minter Ellison tax partner Bill Thompson says BEPS will be key focus at G20 Summit

According to Bill Thompson, tax partner at Minter Ellison, Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) — the base erosion referred to as the tax base and its implications for future tax structures — will be a key focus at the G20 Summit in Brisbane, with possible rapid changes to the… – Continue reading

UK proposes ending its patent box scheme after agreement with Germany

The UK has agreed to put forward a proposal to  close its patent box tax break, which allows income from the commercial exploitation of intellectual property (IP) to be taxed at 10%, in a concession to German concerns about artificial shifting of profits between European countries.12 Nov 2014 Intellectual Property… – Continue reading

George Osborne waters down flagship controversial tax break

Patent boxes allow firms to pay much lower taxes on profits from patented inventions, but critics say it gives UK too much of a fiscal advantage George Osborne’s move removes one of the potential flash points between the UK and Germany before this week’s G20 summit in Brisbane. Photograph: Pa… – Continue reading

Apple to Fiat EU Tax Cases Should Be Finished Ahead of New Ones

The European Union should complete its four tax probes before it can “decide what to do next,” EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said. “Maybe in the beginning of the second quarter of next year we will have results on at least some of those open cases,” Vestager told reporters after… – Continue reading

Automatic exchange of tax info, balanced growth on G-20 agenda

Prime Minister Narendra Modi would attend the G-20 summit later this week where world leaders would come together for discussing issues including automatic exchange of tax information, taxation of large companies operating digitally, and a comprehensive strategy for strong, sustainable and balanced growth. Official sources said that the leaders will… – Continue reading

OECD – Transfer pricing and BEPS Action 10 discussion draft

ovember 10: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) last week published a discussion draft on Action 10 (Proposed Modifications to Chapter VII of the Transfer Pricing Guidelines Relating to Low Value-Adding Intra-Group Services) as an additional deliverable under the OECD’s base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) action plan…. – Continue reading

Luxembourg’s laxity needs to be addressed in context of major reform of international tax avoidance schemes

Those who live in glass houses do well not to throw stones, and Ireland’s predilection for such tax schemes as the “double Irish” probably makes it the last place to cast aspersions at Luxembourg’s creative approach to assisting what is now euphemistically called “tax planning”, once “tax avoidance”. Having sensibly… – Continue reading

OECD’s Action Plan On ‘Base Eroding’ Payments

On November 3, 2014, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published its discussion draft on the proposed modifications to Chapter VII of the OECD Transfer Pricing Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and Tax Administrations. These proposed modifications have been developed in connection with Action Point 10 of the Action… – Continue reading

I-T officials strive to get rid of ‘tax terrorists’ tag

Vivek Prasad, chief commissioner of Income-Tax – III, Mumbai said they were striving to rid themselves of the unwarranted epithet of ‘tax terrorists,’ and said with regards to tax morality, base erosion, profit shifting and GAAR (general anti-avoidance rules) they were on a learning curve and are evolving beyond the… – Continue reading

Nations may come together to stop abuse of tax pacts

NEW DELHI: India’s attempts to amend tax treaties with countries such as Mauritius may have drawn a blank so far, but its efforts are about to get a huge boost with several nations getting together to ramp up work on a global convention to plug treaty abuse. “Multilateral convention will… – Continue reading

G20 leaders in the mood to act on tax avoidance after Luxembourg leaks

Ahead of next weekend’s G20 summit, the release of leaked documents showing Luxembourg’s facilitation of industrial scale tax avoidance by multinational corporations could not have been better timed. A cache of documents obtained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, and released on Thursday, found hundreds of companies – including… – Continue reading

Luxembourg leaks: G20 alone can’t stamp out tax avoidance

The hollowing out of tax collected for public purposes by rich and poor nations is not confined to technology and mining companies, according to a major leak of secret tax agreements covering more than 340 companies around the world. The documents, published by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, include… – Continue reading

Global base erosion rules likely to be finalised by end 2015NEW DELHI:

The global base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) rules, aimed at collecting a fair share of taxes from multinationals operating in different tax jurisdictions, are likely to be finalised by December 2015, a senior finance ministry official today said. “Work on BEPS is moving very fast. If things go on… – Continue reading

Tax Office goes hard in pursuit of tax lost to ‘aggressive planning’

Tax Commissioner Chris Jordan has rapidly abandoned several agreements with multinationals aimed at giving companies certainty about the tax they are required to pay in Australia in future years, after deeming they had misled and engaged in “aggressive tax planning”. Taxpayers can enter into a deal to lock in the… – Continue reading

Medical supplies group used Irish firm in tax deal

Covidien transferred right to $6.9bn loan to new entity Multinational medical supplies group, Covidien, transferred the right to loans totalling $6.9 billion from Luxembourg to a new Irish company as part of an elaborate inter-group tax planning arrangement agreed with the Luxembourg tax authorities in 2009. Under the deal, the… – Continue reading


From 1970 to 2011, US$2 trillion from Latin America and the Caribbean have been funneled to offshore tax havens. It’s money that moves behind the scenes, in illicit financial flows (IFF). These transnational transfers come from three sources of illegal funds: corruption (bribery), money laundering (contraband, trafficking of drugs, weapons,… – Continue reading

G20 committed to global response to deal with cross border tax evasion: India

New Delhi: As it attempts to unearth black money stashed abroad, India today said the Grouping of 20 major economies(G20) of which it is a member is committed to a global response to deal with cross border tax avoidance and evasion. Tax evasion will be a key issue at G20’s… – Continue reading

Dutch tax regime similar to Luxembourg’s, auditors find

BRUSSELS – Dividend, interest and royalty payments that companies let pass through the Netherlands to avoid taxation have increased substantially in the past decade, the Netherlands Court of Audit has found. In a report published on Thursday (6 November), the court writes that tax laws and treaties that originally were… – Continue reading

Singapore: Changing Expectations on Transfer Pricing Documentation

Ernst & Young Solutions LLP, Singapore* It has been eight years since the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) first released its Circular on Transfer Pricing Guidelines. During that time, there have been significant changes in the international tax landscape. In Singapore, we have seen supplementary guidance from the IRAS… – Continue reading

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,… – Continue reading

OECD: “permanent establishment” definition should be changed to prevent profit shifting by companies

Tax treaty rules on ‘permanent establishment’ should be changed in order to ensure companies are taxed in the jurisdiction where their economic activity takes place, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has said.05 Nov 2014 Corporate tax Tax Tax Disputes and Investigations TMT Advanced Manufacturing & Technology Services… – Continue reading

ICC warns enhanced tax dispute resolution mechanism needed to prevent exacerbating double taxation

ICC has expressed concern that the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Action Plan on combating Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (“BEPS”), mandated by the G20, may inadvertently incur severe collateral damage on compliant taxpaying companies of all sizes as a result of well-meaning measures undertaken unilaterally by states… – Continue reading

What will define success at the Brisbane G20 Summit?

It is important that the Brisbane G20 Summit on Nov. 15–16 is a success. In an increasingly integrated global economy, effective forums for economic cooperation are needed. The 2008 global financial crisis was the catalyst for the G20 becoming a leaders’-level forum. The Washington, London, and Pittsburgh summits helped save… – Continue reading

OECD – Low value-adding intra-group services (BEPS Action 10)

November 3: The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development today released a discussion draft of the proposed modifications to Chapter VII of the OECD Transfer Pricing Guidelines relating to low value-adding intra-group services. Action 10 of the OECD’s action plan on base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) directs the OECD… – Continue reading

Developing nations lose $100bn in tax revenue each year – will G20 reforms help?

Global tax reform is on the agenda at the G20 in Brisbane to prevent aggressive tax avoidance, but developing countries are being excluded from decision-making Tax avoidance and evasion will be at the top of the agenda at the G20 Leaders’ Summit this month, when the leaders of many of… – Continue reading

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Transfer pricing inflicting heavy losses

HA NOI (VNS) — Appropriate policies and enhanced management capacity are critical in the fight against transfer pricing to ensure a healthy business investment environment in Viet Nam, said experts on Wednesday. They were participating in an online discussion on the Government’s e-portal. Transfer pricing is causing losses to the… – Continue reading

Bruton To Promote Irish Corporate Tax Changes In US

Ireland’s Enterprise Minister Richard Bruton is undertaking his first investment mission since the Government announced major changes to the corporate tax regime as part of Budget 2015. Bruton is visiting the East Coast of the US as part of a program of engagement by the Government with multinational companies on… – Continue reading

HMRC investigators home in on massive Square Mile tax avoidance scheme

European prosecutors and tax authorities are intensifying an investigation into a huge tax avoidance trading scheme costing European countries hundreds of millions of euros. The investigation centres on complex stock trades that major banks allegedly use to earn tax rebates. The practice was revealed by the Bureau three years ago…. – Continue reading

NZ to join global crackdown on tax evasion

Revenue Minister Todd McClay today announced New Zealand’s timetable for participation in a global automatic exchange of information aimed at cracking down on tax evasion. G20 leaders announced the initiative in September 2013 – and in May 2014, New Zealand, along with all OECD countries, joined in the general declaration… – Continue reading

Countries and Companies Join OECD BEPS Train

The OECD’s Action Plan on BEPS was published in July 2013 to reform the international tax system. The Action Plan identified 15 Actions to address BEPS. Seven of the 15 Action Plan items are now moving out of the station. I. Introduction On September 16, 2014 the OECD, together with… – Continue reading

New Report On BEPS Project Impact For Life Sciences Companies

Multinational life sciences companies should review their organizational structures and perform scenario planning to assess the likely impacts of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD’s) Action Plan on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS), says a new report from KPMG. “The Post Base Erosion and Profit Shifting World”… – Continue reading

Bloomberg BNA and Tax Analysts Interview Elan Keller on OECD Forum Tax Chiefs’ Pledge for Greater Cross-Border Cooperation

NEW YORK, Oct. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Bloomberg BNA’s International Tax Monitor and Tax Analysts interviewed Caplin & Drysdale’s Elan P. Keller concerning a pledge made at the 2014 OECD Forum on Tax Administration (FTA) by tax chiefs from 38 countries to invest in resources to implement a new standard… – Continue reading

Tax justice group exposes corporate tax dodgers

Green Left Weekly and ActionAid will be co-sponsoring a Political Economy Society seminar at Sydney University on October 29 to discuss the case for greater international efforts to combat corporate tax avoidance before the G20 summit. Large corporations systematically avoid paying the statutory level of company tax — a low… – Continue reading