Category: Digital Services

Australia Legislates For Low Value Import GST Reforms

The Australian Government has introduced legislation to extend the goods and services tax (GST) to low value imports from July 1, 2017. The legislation, introduced on February 16, requires overseas vendors, electronic distribution platforms, and goods forwarders with an Australian turnover of AUD75,000 (USD57,528) or more to register for, collect,...

Customs mulls amending GST Act to tax foreign online service suppliers

KUALA LUMPUR: The Royal Malaysian Customs Department is considering amendments to the Goods and Services Tax Act (GST Act) to start taxing foreign online service suppliers, said deputy director-general Datuk Subromaniam Tholasy. “E-commerce is pretty much catered for, except business-to-consumer (B2C) for example, downloads from overseas, how do we tax...

Apple, Netflix, MS and IBM may have to pay `google tax’

The `Google tax’ could soon ensnare the likes of IBM, Microsoft, Amazon Web Services, Apple and Netflix, which provide online services in India. Cloud computing companies and content providers with customers in the country may be needed to pay equalisation levy on their revenue from the next financial year as...

ABA Pushes IRS On Taxation Of Cloud Transactions

The Section of Taxation of the American Bar Association (ABA) has written to the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) saying that there is a pressing need for guidance from tax authorities due to the rapid growth of the cloud industry. The ABA noted that, although the Organisation for Economic Co-operation...

‘Unavoidable’ Netflix Tax enters Parliament

Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison says overseas companies selling digital products to Australians will not be able to avoid paying the GST. The so-called Netflix Tax that would see overseas-based businesses selling digital products to Australians collect 10 percent GST has entered the House of Representatives. Introduced by Treasurer Scott Morrison,...

Developed countries erode BEPS Action Plan on Digital Economy

IT is ironic that what was almost at the centre of the BEPS project has ended up in not having a concrete agreement and with a vague promise of some review by the year 2020. One may recall that it was the big digital companies and their tax affairs that...

Does ‘BEPS’ address developing country issues?

In 2013, the 39th G8 summit in Lough Erne committed to reform the international tax system. The G8 Lough Erne Declaration stated that such reforms would benefit developing countries. The G20 declaration in St Petersburg 2013 also stated specifically that “Developing countries should be able to reap the benefits of...

Germany: tax court prevents tax office from exchanging information with E6 countries in relation to digital economy

On September 7, 2015, the local tax court of Cologne (the “Court”) issued an injunction against the German Federal Central Tax Office (“FCTO”) to prevent the FCTO from conducting a coordinated exchange of information with the E6 countries Canada, Great Britain, France, Australia and Japan, which aimed at gathering intelligence...

Tax Execs Expect Major Tax Changes from OECD BEPS Project

Senior tax executives are preparing for changes in the tax landscape as a result of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s base erosion and profit shifting project. A new survey by Ernst & Young, presented Thursday at its 34th Annual International Tax Conference, found 88 percent of tax directors...

Govt amends ‘Netflix’ tax bill for GST on digital goods

Multinationals selling more than $75k into Australia asked to comply. The Australian government has released its revised exposure draft of legislation that would see GST added to all locally-bought digital products and services sold by overseas vendors by July 2017. In May this year former Treasurer Joe Hockey revealed plans...

Italy’s Renzi faces uphill struggle over Google Tax plan

Under pressure to find resources for his promises of sweeping tax cuts, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is hoping to raise billions of euros by forcing multinational Internet firms to pay taxes on profits generated in Italy. Treasury Undersecretary Enrico Zanetti said a so-called “Google Tax” could yield up to...

New “digital tax” in Italy for e-commerce and web operators!

Some Italian parliament members published a proposal for a new law that may dramatically change the scenario for e-commerce and web operators doing business in Italy. The proposal (called by some commentators as “Digital” or “Web Tax”) is substantially a combination of domestic rules affecting the taxation of the digital...

Survey: Business leaders would pay more tax for greater clarity

Three-quarters of global business leaders would accept higher taxes in exchange for greater clarity on acceptable tax planning, the Grant Thornton International Business Report has found. The survey of 2,580 businesses in 35 countries noted a significant increase from the last time the question was asked – last year –...

International tax update- September 2015

New Zealand: GST and the digital economy The New Zealand Government has released a Discussion Document regarding the proposal to impose goods and services tax (GST) on online purchases of goods and services from offshore suppliers by New Zealand resident consumers. The publication Taxing by the megabyte: New Zealand’s GST...

OECD Releases Its Annual Tax Administration Report

On August 11, 2015, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released its annual report addressing global tax administration. The OECD’s stated mission is to “promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.” The OECD describes its annual report as follows: Tax...

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...

OECD BEPS rules to curb multinational profit shifting ready in November

The OECD plans to have international agreement on new tax rules developed as part of its project to tackle aggressive tax avoidance by multinationals through the Base Erosion and Profiting Shifting (BEPS) project by the next G20 summit in November, with implementation completed before 2020 ‘at the latest’ Pascal Saint-Amans,...

Estonian e-residents get their own portal

On May 13th 2015, the portal for applying for Estonian e-residency was launched at e-resident.gov.ee, which allows to send an application from anywhere in the world to join the Estonian digital identity program, Estonian Ministry of Economy announced, Äripäev.ee/LETA reports. Estonia is the first country to offer e-residency — a...

Global news briefs from the Economist

Global business The European Union outlined its strategy to create a digital single market. The thrust of the proposals include establishing standard rules for buying goods online, pruning cross-border regulations on telecoms and reducing the tax burden on businesses. But the plan also calls for a “comprehensive assessment” of whether...

G20 tax symposium on BEPS set for Istanbul

Turkey is to host a G20 international tax symposium next month to discuss developments to address Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) and the exchange of information between tax administrations The event, organised by Turkish Ministry of Finance, also aims to ensure that developing and low-income countries benefit from the...

The outlook for BEPS in 2015

National tax laws are struggling to keep pace with the rise of the digital economy and the progress of multinational companies. These factors leave gaps that are susceptible to misuse and lead to cases of double non-taxation, which undermine the integrity and fairness of tax systems around the world. The...

OECD launches tax avoidance mandatory disclosure plan

AS PART of its Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) project, the OECD has launched a public consultation on Action 12 – the mandatory disclosure of tax avoidance strategies by multinational companies. The 83-page draft document provides examples of various disclosure regimes in place in member countries, setting out recommendations...