Category: Research and Development (R&D)

Intellectual property taxation in post BEPS era

On 5th October 2015, the OECD released its final reports setting out the action plan on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) project, thus concluding the two year project which started at the behest of G20 countries in 2013. The reports are aimed at suggesting the measures to reform the...

The Rules: Patent Box changes will create increased red tape for UK businesses

Changes to patent box rukes will mean that businesses must now track and trace all of their research and development (R&D) expenditure AFTER the recent government consultation on the UK’s Patent Box scheme, businesses will find it a challenge to comply with the proposed new rules. The changes will mean...

Gear up for modifications in tax legal guidelines, treaties

The international community led by the had initiated the (BEPS) project a few years ago with the aim of ensuring that profits are taxed where economic activities are performed and where value is created. Governments, and social groups have been voicing their concern over the past decade that multinational enterprises...

Switzerland: Tax News: Corporate Tax Reform III Approved By Swiss Council Of States

On 14 December 2015, the Swiss Council of States discussed the legislative draft of the Corporate Tax Reform III and in principle approved the reform package. In deviation from the revised draft legislation issued by the Swiss Federal Council on 5 June 2015, the Council of States voted against the...

IP BOX: Italian and European Legal Framework

On 22 December 2014, the Italian Parliament approved the Budget for 2015.40 Among other measures, the Law introduces the possibility of an exemption from corporate income tax (IRES, generally levied at 27,5%) and local tax (IRAP, generally levied at 3,9%) on income derived from qualifying intangible assets (such as patents,...

UK releases Finance Bill clauses and consultation documents

Executive summary On 9 December 2015, the UK released draft clauses for Finance Bill 2016 as well as consultation documents. The key items released include: A new requirement for large businesses to publish their tax strategies as they relate to or affect UK taxation. This sits alongside new ‘special measures’...

___uk to modify patent box in line with oecd recommendations__

Its approach includes a new “nexus principle”, as agreed by the multinational Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). This is designed to ensure that the benefits of the UK tax regime are only available where the research and development (R&D) expenditure required to develop that innovation also took place...

The Changing Landscape for IP Regimes Around the World

Patent Boxes, Innovation Boxes, Intangible Property Boxes, Knowledge Development Boxes (IP Regimes) – countries may use different names, but all of these regimes are designed to allow a preferential rate of tax to be applied to income generated from intangible property (IP). There are a number of these regimes in...

Pfizer and Allergan chiefs say merger is good for America

Employees at Allergan have been told a proposed merger with Pfizer is about changing healthcare – not skirting tax law. Allergan’s global chief executive Brent Saunders has written directly to the company’s employees – including around 1,000 in Ireland, telling them the controversial deal is not just about tax savings....

CBDT signs 11 more unilateral advance pricing agreements

NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 27: The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has entered into 11 more unilateral advance pricing agreements (APAs). These APAs were signed with Indian subsidiaries of foreign companies operating in various segments of the economy like investment advisory services, engineering design services, marine products, contract Research & Development,...

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS ON BEPS

The Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee’s Subcommittee on Tax Policy today both announced hearings relating to the OECD’s base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) project. Both hearings are scheduled for Tuesday, December 1, 2015. SENATE FINANCE HEARING According to today’s release, the Senate Finance Committee’s...

Time for US to lead on international tax policy

In recent days, the new Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) signaled a priority for international tax reform in 2016. And if the newest recommendations from the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) are any indication of what’s ahead on the global tax scene for American businesses, it...

Corporate Coalition Pushes For US Patent Box

American Innovation Matters (AIM), a coalition of companies that includes Cisco, Boeing, Intel, Oracle and Facebook, has released a statement pushing for the introduction of a US patent box, or an “innovation box” as it is known in the United States. The statement looks at the endorsement on November 16...

After Outcry, Ireland Adjusts Its Corporate Tax Draw

CORK, Ireland — As lord mayor of this quiet seaside city in southern Ireland, Chris O’Leary seems to have a situation most other local politicians can only dream about. Blue-chip international companies like Apple, Dell and IBM have all set up shop in and around this city, filling newly built...

Opening Bell: Ireland told not to rely on low taxes to grow, NAMA’s dispute with Dunnes, Draghi’s statement on Ireland

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) chief economist has warned that Ireland cannot rely on low corporation taxes to fuel growth. “Ireland is going to have to seek real investment based on comparative advantages other than tax,” Prof Catherine Mann told a conference hosted by the Irish Department...

Low taxes alone not enough for growth, says OECD

Chief economist says clampdown on tax avoidance will be ‘negative for Ireland’ Ireland will have to sell itself as more than just a low-tax destination in the new era of global tax transparency, OECD chief economist Catherine Mann has said. She said moves to better align taxable profits with real...

Knowledge Development Box – to encourage more innovation

Since Minister Noonan announced in October 2014 that Ireland would introduce a “best-in-class” Knowledge Development Box (“KDB” ), there has been a lot of speculation about ‘how low would he go’. Budget 2016 announced that the rate of tax which will apply for income qualifying under the new KDB will...

How U.S. multinationals are responding to a post-‘Double Irish’ world

One year after the announced closing off of the Double Irish tax arrangement, U.S. multinationals once again turned their attention to Dublin as Ireland announced details of the Knowledge Development Box, or KDB. This new component to its corporate tax regime will allow companies to pay a reduced corporate tax...

Ireland’s Finance Bill 2015 – key changes for international companies and financial institutions

Following the recent Irish budget statement (the “Budget”), the Finance Bill 2015 (the “Bill”) has been published and it implements the changes announced by the Irish Minister for Finance (the “Minister”). The Bill includes additional detail on: the new knowledge development box (“KDB”); and Ireland’s implementation of country by country...

Ireland cuts tax for IP profits

Ireland has announced a new 6.25 per cent corporate tax rate for intellectual property research Ireland’s 12.5 per cent corporate tax rate is already one of the lowest in Europe, Economia reports. Now, companies investing in research and development (R&D) will be able to avail of the even lower rate...

Ireland: Finance Bill shows signs of scrutiny of corporate tax regime

The key corporate tax measures in the Finance Bill show clear signs of the international scrutiny now surrounding multinational tax. The main new measure, the knowledge development box offering a lower tax rate on profits earned as a result of research and development, has been strictly drawn up to comply...

Shell companies’ patents to come under domestic tax net on adoption of BEPS

MUMBAI: Technologies that are developed in India but their patents registered in tax havens may come under the domestic tax net from the next financial year, when the country is expected to adopt a new world standard aimed at preventing abuse of double taxation avoidance agreements. Many multinational and local...

Ireland reveals Budget and international tax strategy

Ireland’s budget statement for 2016 (Budget) was delivered by the Minister for Finance last week. The Budget’s primary focus was on personal tax matters, which is somewhat unsurprising given the general election early next year. However, the Budget also contained two key announcements on Ireland’s corporation tax system.  In line...

Ireland: International Aspects Of Ireland’s Budget: 6.25% Knowledge Development Box And Country-By-Country Reporting

Following last week’s publication of the various OECD/G20 reports on the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (“BEPS”) project, the Irish Budget delivered on 13 October 2015 contains the first Government initiative on implementing some of the recommendations. Key features are the introduction of the first of its kind knowledge development...

Could Medtronic Move R&D To Ireland For Tax Purposes?

With Medtronic being one of Ireland’s largest employers, analysts say there is a new incentive for the medical device maker to prioritize its Dublin headquarters for R&D. In the eyes of developed nations, Ireland has become notorious for baiting multinational firms to its land with the offer of friendly tax...

Report: AstraZeneca funnels billions into Dutch tax-avoidance scheme

AstraZeneca ($AZN) is not the first company to employ questionable tax-planning strategies, and it certainly won’t be the last. But the U.K.-based drugmaker is the latest poster child for tax avoidance. As The Guardian reports, AstraZeneca funneled billions of dollars into the Netherlands to get out of paying corporate taxes...

UK: BEPS IMPLICATIONS FOR UK TAXPAYERS; COUNTRY-BY-COUNTRY REPORTING, PATENT BOX

The UK government released draft regulations for country-by-country (CbC) reporting, to implement Action 13 of the OECD’s base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) project. The draft UK regulations broadly reflect the OECD reports, released 5 October 2015, and specifically make reference to the model legislation. Key points of the CbC...

Canada: International Tax Reform 2015-BEPS Final Reports

On October 5, 2015, the OECD released its final reports relating to the OECD/G20 base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) project (the Final Reports). The BEPS project began in 2013 and has received unprecedented attention from governments and the private sector. The Final Reports outline the OECD’s recommendations and the...

U.S. Tax Reform update: amid looming budget showdown, drafting of U.S. International Tax Reform Legislation continues

With the August recess now well in the rearview mirror, Congress is already deep into grappling with the imminent expiration of the U.S. Government’s funding authority on September 30. Amid the debates over the “Continuing Resolution” and related funding issues, the Iran deal, and other high-profile issues, the work on...

Dutch Tax Plan 2016

Speed read On 15 September 2015 the Dutch government published its Tax Plan 2016. In this e-alert we discuss the legislative proposals in the Tax Plan which are of interest for companies. 1 INTRODUCTION Today, the Dutch Ministry of Finance published its Tax Plan 2016. In fact, the government sent...

Netherlands Confirms CbC Reporting From 2016

Through Wetsvoorstel Overige Fiscale Maatregelen 2016, released on September 15, the Netherlands has confirmed the introduction of a new country-by-country (CbC) reporting obligation for multinational corporations. These regulations provide for the implementation of the recommendations of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on transfer pricing documentation under Action...

The Advantages of Enacting a Patent Box Regime

Many countries have enacted a patent box regime in order to spur innovation and create domestic manufacturing jobs. Simply stated, a patent box regime provides a lower tax rate on income from the exploitation of patented goods than for other income. Among the countries that have patent box regimes are...

Managing the transfer pricing of intangibles in the oil and gas sector

Intangible assets in the oil and gas industry have become incredibly valuable. Taxpayers need to understand how to manage compliance to mitigate their transfer pricing risks What do recent Western economic sanctions against Russia; the US’ growing energy independence; and ultra-deepwater oil and gas (O&G) discoveries off the coast of...

Taxing multinationals: Patently problematic

Proposals for consistent global rules on company tax cause worries all round CLARITY or chaos? Supporters of the Base Erosion and Profit-Shifting (BEPS) project, being worked on by the OECD, argue that it will bind multinationals to a consistent set of global tax rules, providing them with less licence than...

Switzerland: Innovation tax breaks “key to attracting companies”

Industry lobby groups are calling on lawmakers to bolster business innovation as they debate corporate tax reforms aimed at retaining Switzerland’s status as a location for multinationals, reports Swiss Info. Parliament is currently looking at a government recommendation to replace Switzerland’s current, and controversial, cantonal corporate tax system – that...

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...

United Kingdom: Overview of Tax Regime

The UK Government’s goal is to make the UK the best place in the world to locate an international business; it has one of the most open economies globally, a highly skilled workforce, access to capital markets, a first-class infrastructure, and a highly competitive corporate tax system. UK tax policy...