Category: Withholding tax rules

Swiss Taxpayer Wins US Tax Treaty Refund Dispute

The United States District Court for the District of Columbia on January 31 ruled in favor of Starr International Company in a case concerning an erroneous refund paid to the taxpayer, which the IRS sought to reclaim. In 2011, the IRS erroneously issued a USD21m refund to Starr International Company,...

New tax regime for Ukrainian loan participation notes issued on international capital markets

January 2017 – On 21 December 2016, Ukraine’s parliament adopted the Law “On Amendments to the Tax Code of Ukraine Concerning Improvement of the Investment Climate in Ukraine” No. 1797-19. With effect from 1 January 2017, the legislation introduces new rules for the taxation of interest payable by Ukrainian economic...

Panama Papers: India eyes tax information exchange deal by June

If the tax deal is not signed, India can opt to label Panama as ‘non-cooperative’ and levy a higher tax on it Mumbai: The government is continuing its efforts to retrieve money stashed away illegally in foreign banks, including those in Panama, even as it hunts black money evaders at...

UK Finance Bill 2016 – Royalty Witholding Tax

Domestic UK law imposes a 20% royalty withholding tax on limited types of payment and on specific categories of intellectual property. This year’s Finance Bill expands the scope of intellectual property royalties that are subject to UK royalty withholding tax. UK businesses should review their intellectual property licensing agreements to...

International tax update- April 2016

United Kingdom Budget The United Kingdom (UK) Budget: was handed down on 16 March 2016. Some of the key measures announced include: a reduction in the corporation tax rate to 17 per cent by 2020 (previously due to fall to 18 per cent) more details on the implementation of Base...

Budget 2016: Royalty payments – Enhanced withholding tax rights

As part of the Government’s crackdown on profit shifting by multinationals from the UK to low or no-tax jurisdictions, the Chancellor has announced in Budget 2016 a package of enhanced withholding tax measures which are designed to ensure that companies are not able to use intragroup royalty payments for avoidance....

Automatic exchange of financial account information

The Government recently introduced into the Legislative Council a bill to provide a legal framework for the implementation of automatic exchange of financial account information in tax matters (“AEOI”). This would have significant implications both for financial institutions and, in a cosmopolitan city like Hong Kong, for many of their...

Paying no interest on a related-party loan

The 2016 Singapore Transfer Pricing Guidelines on related-party loans The Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore published the 3rd edition of its Transfer Pricing Guidelines on the second working day of the New Year. In this new edition, the IRAS’ expectations concerning related-party loans have been slightly elaborated. The guidelines now...

Why Is Monaco A Haven For Tax Defaulters?

If Swiss banking secrecy laws gave Switzerland the world banking capital status, Monaco’s residence policy gives its realtors a thriving business. What is common between the Canadian Raonic who lost in the Australian Open semifinals and the Serbian Djokovic who won it? Well, they are both residents of Monaco, and...

The Asia Tax Awards are back: Enter now for 2016

The revived Asia Tax Awards will feature categories for companies, firms and individuals. The Asia Tax Awards are back! More than five years after they last took place in November 2010, the Asia Tax Awards will be held once again on Thursday May 5 2016, following the Asia Tax Forum,...

Can new guidelines get Nigerians into tax net?

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) which is now saddled with the onerous task of getting alternative sources of revenue for the federal government has since adopted a stick and carrot approach to bringing tax payers into the tax net. Assistant Editor, Nduka Chiejina looks at the issues contained in...

Ghana To Review Tax Expenditures

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has welcomed the Ghanaian Government’s fiscal consolidation efforts, including its various revenue-raising initiatives. The Government is seeking to implement an adjustment of two percent of gross domestic product (GDP). This would bring the country’s deficit to about 5.3 percent of GDP in 2016. Over the...

The Netherlands implements OECD BEPS Country-by-Country Reporting as well as the amendments to the EU Parent-Subsidiary Directive

As from 1 January 2016, new rules have become effective in the Netherlands that require multinational enterprises (“MNEs“) to comply with new transfer pricing documentation requirements, including the obligation to prepare a Country-by-Country Report (“CbC Report“), a Master File and a Local File. These rules essentially implement Action 13 of...

Russian Agreement Advances Hong Kong’s DTA Priorities

Hong Kong’s newly signed double tax deal with Russia is said to support the territory’s ongoing efforts to expand its tax treaty network with jurisdictions along “the Belt and Road.” The Belt and Road, or the Silk Road Economic Belt, is a Chinese Government economic development project, which is primarily...

Exclusive: EU plans faster investment tax refunds from 2017 – document

European Union countries will have to introduce rules from 2017 to speed up tax refunds on cross-border investments, part of a drive to improve the working of financial markets and lift economic growth, according to an EU document seen by Reuters. The executive European Commission wants to simplify “withholding tax”...

British Virgin Islands: Adoption Of The OECD Common Reporting Standard In The British Virgin Islands

On 1st January 2016, an amendment to the Mutual Legal Assistance (Tax Matters) Act, 2003 came into force which implements the Organisation for Economic Co-Operating and Development (OECD) Common Reporting Standard for the exchange of tax information (CRS) in the British Virgin Islands (BVI). Globally this means that participating jurisdictions...

COAI submits Budget recommendations to government

The Cellular Operators’ Association of India (COAI) has submitted a budget recommendations to the government which include suggestions on central value added tax (CENVAT) Credit, deductibility of spectrum fees paid and tax withholding on distributors margin on sale of SIM cards and prepaid vouchers among many others. The recommendations said...

UK Tax Treaties With Croatia, Bulgaria In Force

The UK tax authority, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), has announced that new double tax avoidance treaties with Bulgaria and Croatia have entered into force. The 2015 UK-Bulgaria double tax agreement was signed on March 26, 2015, and replaces the former 1987 treaty. It generally limits the withholding tax rate...

Cyprus: Taxation – Amendments On The Double Tax Treaty Between The Republic Of Cyprus And Ukraine

Representatives of the Cyprus and the Ukrainian governments have signed, in Kiev, on Friday, 11 December 2015, a protocol amending their Double Tax Avoidance Treaty. The protocol is based on the Model Tax Convention for the Avoidance of Double Taxation OECD. The changes need to be ratified by both the...

New dividend withholding tax of 1.69 per cent for foreign shareholders

Non-Belgian shareholders with a participation in a Belgian company with an acquisition value of at least €2.5m (but not reaching the 10 per cent participation threshold under the Parent–Subsidiary Directive) are now entitled to the Belgian participation exemption regime. In C-384/11 (Tate & Lyle Investments), the European Court of Justice...

Luxembourg: Year-end provisions enacted, affecting corporate and individual taxpayers

The Luxembourg Parliament in December 2015 approved tax measures affecting both corporate and individual taxpayers. These provisions generally are effective beginning 2016, with a few measures applying retroactively as from 2015. Among the measures in the tax legislation are the following provisions: Transposition of amendments to the EU Parent-Subsidiary Directive...

New Luxembourg-Singapore agreement for the avoidance of double taxation which will stimulate trade and investment flows between both jurisdictions enters into force

On 28 December 2015, the revised Luxembourg-Singapore Agreement for the Avoidance of Double Taxation (the New Treaty) entered into force. The New Treaty (1) allows Luxembourg investment vehicles to invoke benefits under the New Treaty, (2) reduces the withholding tax rates for dividends, interest and royalties, (3) increases thresholds to...

France: French Tax Update – Amending Finance Bill For 2015 And Noteworthy Q4 Case Law

The present French Tax Update contains (i) an overview of the main provisions proposed by the draft amending finance bill for 2015 (loi de finances rectificative pour 2015, 2015 Draft Amending Finance Bill), (ii) an update of the parliamentary amendments adopted in respect of the draft finance bill for 2016...

Tax amendments – 2015

INTRODUCTION The Taxation Laws Amendment Act, 2015 and the Tax Administration Laws Amendment Act, 2015 have both now been passed by Parliament, but await signature by the President. Once again, and now for the second year running, the number and scope of the changes to the various fiscal Acts (mainly...

Russian withholding tax reclaim process

In a previous article we have discussed that you might be entitled to reclaim withholding tax on your foreign investments in Russia (including ADRs, GDRs). For transactions where the ultimate beneficial owner is not declared prior to the payment of income, local Russian custodians apply 30% withholding tax on dividends1...

Switzerland – Argentina: Tax Treaty Enters into Force

The new Income and Capital Tax Treaty between Switzerland and Argentina entered into force on 27 November 2015. The new treaty generally applies from 1 January 2015 for withholding taxes and from 1 January 2016 for other taxes and article 25 (Exchange of information). The new agreement will replace the...

Taxation of dividends payable by a South African company to a Cypriot shareholder

SARS may now impose a dividends tax on dividends paid by a South African company to a Cypriot shareholder as provided for in the Protocol to the current agreement for the avoidance of double taxation between South Africa and Cyprus. In terms of the current agreement for the avoidance of...

DDM Holding AG: Swiss withholding tax applies in respect of interest payments to holders of the DDM Senior Secured Notes

Following a ruling by the Swiss Federal Tax Administration, payments of interest under the DDM Treasury SEK 300 million Senior Secured Notes with ISIN SE0005280831 (the “Notes”) are subject to Swiss withholding tax since the refinancing executed in June 2015. On 23 June 2015 certain amendments to the documentation in...

Advance payments by non-residents disposing of immovable property

Introduction Withholding obligation Proposed amendment Comment Introduction The 2015 Taxation Laws Amendment Bill proposes an amendment to Section 35A of the Income Tax Act (58/1962), dealing with withholding percentages from payments due to non-resident sellers of immovable property situated in South Africa. The proposed amendment raises interesting questions regarding compliance...

Canada: ACB Adjustments For Foreign Affiliate Shares Held Through Partnerships

Recent CRA comments at the May 2014 IFA international tax seminar1 and a subsequently released CRA technical interpretation2 highlight anomalies in the application of subsections 92(4) and (5) of the Income Tax Act (Canada) (the “Act“).3 These provisions address the situation where shares of a foreign affiliate are held by...