Category: Tax Planning

Canada: COVID-19 Just Made Transfer Pricing More Difficult

The COVID-19 pandemic has made the lives of hundreds of millions of people around the world uncertain, wreaking havoc on all aspects of our daily lives. Governments and taxing authorities are grappling with not only how to keep the broader macroeconomy viable over the short run, but also how to bring the economy back to fiscal balance in the medium and longer term. In an article published by the Gowling WLG Transfer Pricing & Competent Authority Group entitled "CRA Audit Activity: The Calm before the Storm?", it was hypothesized that the Canada Revenue Agency ("CRA") would likely step up audit activity, after the COVID-19 episode is finally behind us, to reign in government deficits. ... - Continue reading

Cyprus: European Mandatory Disclosure Regime (EU MDR) – A New Reality For Cypriot Intermediaries, Another Burden On Cypriot Taxpayers?

Mandatory disclosure rules are not something new for European Member States ("EU MS"). In fact, with the United Kingdom leading the race (from 2004), Ireland (in 2008) and then Portugal (in 2011) were the first -and only- EU MS to introduce mandatory disclosure rules in their local legislation. ... - Continue reading

Enhanced transfer pricing regime amidst the pandemic

Globally, the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic is requiring governments to design and implement strategies to cope with the deepening impact of the virus. They are introducing measures to cushion the blow from the economic downturn, such as drawing from reserves and intensifying tax collection efforts. As entire countries and… – Continue reading

Canada: Don’t Let Your Dream Vacation Home Become A Tax Nightmare

Renting your foreign property may require you to disclose information to the Canada Revenue Agency (the "CRA"). A Foreign Income Verification Statement is required to be filed with the CRA where the adjusted cost base of the property exceeds CDN $100,000.  ... - Continue reading

EU to launch tax observatory

The EU’s awareness of the relevance of tax policy is clear. On 6 July, the European Commission called for proposals for the creation of an EU tax observatory. This follows the adoption of the Commission Decision on the financing of the preparatory action EU Tax Observatory – Capacity building to support Union policy making in the area of taxation and the adoption of the annual work programme for 2020 on 16 June. ... - Continue reading