Category: Digital Services

Digital firms with ‘big presence’ in India will have to pay taxes here

Finance Ministry’s move under BEPS treaty will impact Google, Facebook, Amazon MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 5 Digital players such as Google, Facebook and mobile application services providers must pay taxes in India on income generated from Indian consumers even if the companies’ infrastructure is physically located abroad. According to a new proposal...

Facebook, Google Under Scrutiny for Tax in Israel

Israel is assessing Alphabet Inc. subsidiary Google and Facebook Inc. on their operations in the country, Tax Authority Director General Moshe Asher told the Knesset parliament Jan. 8. “The internet giants and other companies right now are undergoing a very significant assessment procedure which in the end will yield from...

Singapore Urged To Enhance Tax Offering

Ernst and Young Solutions LLP, Singapore, has released its wish list for the Singapore Budget 2018, calling for reforms to sharpen the territory’s competitiveness. The firm said that Singapore should maintain its 17 percent corporate income tax (CIT) rate, which is one of the lowest in the world, but recommended...

India Turns Attention to Bitcoin Exchanges to Investigate Tax Evasion

On December 13, 2017, the Indian income-tax department reportedly conducted surveys at bitcoin exchanges across the country to assess the risk of individuals who may have evaded taxes. Surveying Indian Exchanges Typically such surveys are conducted by the department without prior warning and include relatively extensive scrutiny of the assessee’s...

UK To Continue Pushing For Effective MNE Tax Rules

On November 22, the UK Government published for stakeholders’ comments a position paper setting out its views on the challenges posed by the digital economy for the corporate tax system and its preferred solutions. The paper, which was published alongside the 2017 Autumn Budget, states that “the Government believes in...

Paradise Papers reveal unethical tax avoidance by tech companies

Under President Trump’s political and economic climate, stocks and the economy have been soaring. Trump constantly aims for three percent GDP growth as a result of cutting corporate income and individual income taxes, which aims to encourage spending across different family incomes. However, these corporations the tax cuts favor have...

PANA committee calls for increased focus on virtual currencies, new technologies such as FinTech

The European Parliament’s PANA Committee has approved draft recommendations calling for increased scrutiny and regulation of emerging technologies, including virtual currencies and FinTech. The committee also approved a report delving into the findings of an 18-month probe into breaches of EU law in relation to money laundering, tax avoidance and...

EU finance ministers discuss plans for new taxation of digital firms

European Union plans for a new taxation system for digital companies, such as Skype and Amazon, both of which have European headquarters in Luxembourg, were discussed on Tuesday by EU finance ministers. A report from the European Commission in September said the effective average tax rate for a traditional international...

Taxmen set their sights on digital economy

KUALA LUMPUR: The taxmen of the Inland Revenue Board (IRB) and Royal Malaysian Customs Department have set their sights on the digital economy. Treasury secretary-general Tan Sri Dr Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah pointed out last week that some foreign-owned digital economy players like Google, Uber and Facebook are currently not...

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...