Category: Japan

Australia-Germany Sign Tax Treaty; Michael Turnbull Visits for Submarine Bid

In the first step towards boosting trade and investment between the two nations, Australia and Germany have signed a new tax treaty in Berlin. It also marks an attempt to improve the integrity of the tax system by pinning down on multinational tax evasion. The deal, which preceded the arrival… – Continue reading

Modi, Obama unlikely to meet during G20 summit in Turkey

Both leaders recently discussed key bilateral issues on the new ‘hotline’ NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 12: In a major deviation from earlier times, the much-publicised bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama is unlikely to happen on the sidelines on the 10th G20 summit in Turkey…. – Continue reading


The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved, for a second time, the following income tax treaties and Protocols. 12 November 2015 Switzerland: A Protocol to amend the income tax treaty with Switzerland—the Protocol was signed in 2009. Luxembourg: A Protocol to amend the income tax treaty with Luxembourg—the Protocol was… – Continue reading


Tax: Luxembourg among countries helping US firms cut their tax bills by more than a quarter, campaigners say. The abuse of holding company structures in the Grand Duchy, and fiscal regimes in several other countries, allows American firms to avoid paying billions of dollars in corporate profit taxes, two NGOs… – Continue reading

US Senate Foreign Relations Committee approves eight long-pending tax treaties, Rand Paul not present for the vote

In a surprising development, the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on November 10 approved without amendment eight pending US tax treaties and protocols. Proposed income tax treaties with Chile, Hungary, and Poland; proposed tax protocols with Japan, Luxembourg, Spain, and Switzerland; and a proposed protocol amending the multilateral mutual… – Continue reading

G20 among biggest losers in large-scale tax abuse – but poor countries relatively hardest hit

Headline: G20 among biggest losers in large-scale tax abuse – but poor countries relatively hardest hit G20 countries are the biggest losers when US multinationals avoid paying taxes where they do business. This is the main finding of a new report on the global tax system, ‘Still Broken,’ released by… – Continue reading

US corporations avoid an estimated $2 billion tax every year in Australia: report

United States corporations avoid an estimated $US1.45 billion ($2.06b) of tax in Australia each year by shifting their profits to low or no tax countries, research shows. A joint report by advocacy and union groups Tax Justice Network, Oxfam, Global Alliance for Tax Justice and Public Services International says in… – Continue reading

Bermuda: Day Of The Deed

Article by Patrick W Martin and Ashley Fife With a net worth of USD77.1 billion, Mexican telecoms businessman Carlos Slim Helú was ranked the second richest person in the world in a 2015 survey.1 At the end of 2014, 16 of Mexico’s citizens were on Forbes’ billionaires list.2 As for… – Continue reading

Commentary: In face of ‘tax haven’ attack, CARICOM must unite

No member state of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) ranks among the top 20 jurisdictions worldwide for financial secrecy. The United States of America (at number 3), Germany (8), Japan (12) and Britain (15), all rate as bigger tax havens than any CARICOM jurisdiction, according to the Tax Justice Network (TJN),… – Continue reading

In face of ‘tax haven’ attack, CARICOM must unite | Sir Ronald Sanders

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Friday November 6, 2015 – No member state of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) ranks among the top 20 jurisdictions worldwide for financial secrecy. The United States of America (at number 3), Germany (8), Japan (12) and Britain (15), all rate as bigger tax havens than any CARICOM… – Continue reading

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… – Continue reading

Global Forum makes strides toward tax transparency

The timely and effective implementation of the automatic exchange of tax information was a key theme during the Oct. 29-30 meeting of the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes held in Bridgetown, Barbados. The meeting, which brought together delegates from the Global Forum’s 128 member… – Continue reading

US overtakes Caymans and Singapore as haven for assets of super-rich

The US has overtaken Singapore, Luxembourg and the Cayman Islands as an attractive haven for super-rich individuals and businesses looking to shelter assets behind a veil of secrecy, according to a study by the Tax Justice Network (TJN), reports The Guardian. The US is ranked third, behind Switzerland and Hong… – Continue reading

OECD: Global Forum on tax transparency pushes forward international co-operation against tax evasion

Major implementation milestones are being met by members of the world’s leading forum on tax transparency as the international community continues to move ahead towards greater tax transparency. The imminent shift to the automatic exchange of information will send a strong warning to tax evaders. Significant strides towards a major… – Continue reading

Switzerland still top tax haven, US jumps to No. 3

NEW DELHI: Switzerland has retained its top spot in the financial secrecy index (FSI) 2015, unveiled by the Tax Justice Network (TJN) on Monday. Switzerland is followed by Hong Kong, the US, Singapore and the Cayman Islands. The biggest surprise is the US, which has climbed to third place from… – Continue reading

Critical Guidelines for Taxpayers with Foreign Bank Accounts & Amnesty Program Information

Further strides towards greater tax transparency around the world have been made with 13 countries signing up to the international framework enabling the automatic exchange of information. The OECD’s 8th Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes was held in Barbados on 29-30 October and brought… – Continue reading

US Administration Pushes For Swiss DTA Update Ratification

Robert Stack, US Treasury Deputy Assistant Secretary (International Tax Affairs), initiated a further push for ratification of the pending protocol to the US tax treaty with Switzerland at a hearing of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on October 29. Tax treaties and protocols with Switzerland, Luxembourg, Hungary, Chile, Spain,… – Continue reading

India: Procurement Services By Chinese Company Taxable As Fees For Technical Services Under India-China Tax Treaty: AAR

There can be no straight jacket formula to determine what is meant by “provision of service,” which may include where services are i) provided; ii) rendered; or iii) utilized. The expression ‘provision of services’ is much wider than ‘provision of rendering of services,’ and covers the services even if they… – Continue reading

Israel looks to join int’l anti-money laundering task force

A Financial Action Task Force (FATF) delegation visits Israel this week to consider Israel’s application for membership. “Israel is working tirelessly to upgrade its standing as a regional leader in the struggle against money laundering and financing of terrorism through persistent regulatory changes and a more effective regime. Up until… – Continue reading

Inniss: FATCA good for Barbados

Barbados’ reputation as a home of “serious” business and a “significant” player in international business is being enhanced with the adoption of a United States law which targets non-complaint US taxpayers with foreign accounts, Minister of International Business Donville Inniss has contended. In fact, Inniss suggested that the Foreign Accounts… – Continue reading

Tianjin tragedy is very much our business

Blast waves: smoke billows from the site of an explosion that reduced a parking lot filled with new cars to charred remains at a warehouse in northeastern China’s Tianjin municipality. Most of Bermuda’s major insurers and reinsurers had significant exposures to this disaster. (Photograph by Ng Han Guan/AP Photo) Tianjin… – Continue reading

Offshore Yuan Gains on Intervention Bets After Discount Widens

The yuan in Hong Kong rose the most in more than two weeks on speculation China’s central bank intervened to prop up the currency after its discount to the Shanghai spot price widened. Large Chinese banks sold dollars in the offshore market in early Asian trading hours Thursday, according to… – Continue reading

U.S. lawmakers promise to push for long-delayed tax treaties

Republican and Democratic lawmakers vowed on Thursday to push for the ratification of eight tax treaties which have been held up for years because of one Republican senator’s objections, despite support from companies that want consistency in rules for how to do international business. U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky… – Continue reading

Australia out of step with global corporate tax rate trends

Australia’s corporate tax rate is higher than the global average, according to KPMG’s 2015 global tax rate survey, SmartCompany reports. While Australia’s corporate tax rate currently sits at 30 per cent, the global average sits at 23.68 per cent. The United States has the highest corporate tax rate at 40… – Continue reading

Japan will start using electronic ID card following the Estonia

Prime Minister of Estonia Taavi Rõivas met on Friday with Japanese Economy Minister Akira Amari who came to visit Estonia to study Estonia’s e-services and they discussed the two countries closer trade relations and the development of the digital society, the government’s communication unit reports BC. Japan is the first… – Continue reading

Govt Drops Double Taxation Rule for REITs

Jakarta. The Indonesian government revealed its fifth stimulus package on Thursday in a bid to prop up the economy by, among others, scrapping double taxation imposed on companies called real estate investment trusts to improve property investment. The package was announced by Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, Coordinating Minister for Maritime… – Continue reading

Chevron ordered to pay millions in Auz taxes

Chevron lost an appeal in Australian federal court that will see the US supermajor pay more than US$232 million (A$322 million) in back taxes, in addition to fines, after losing a case with the Australian Tax Office (ATO). The Aussie federal court ruled against Chevron, stating the company wrongly shifted… – Continue reading

India: Foreign Tax Credits Available For Exempt Indian Income: Karnataka High Court

Foreign tax credit available to taxpayers even on a portion of exempt income. Exempt income (under section 10A) is chargeable to tax under section 4 and 5 of the ITA although no tax may actually be payable. Actual payment of the tax is not necessary for claiming foreign tax credits…. – Continue reading

Agreements with Italy and Japan to avoid international double taxation

The negotiations conducted by the Ministry of Finance and the Internal Revenue Service (SII) for Chile to sign the agreements to avoid international double taxation with Italy and Japan have concluded successfully. “The successful completion of negotiations with two of the world’s major economies crown an exceptional year in strengthening… – Continue reading

Carl Icahn Forms Super PAC Aimed At Tax Reform

Carl Icahn, the iconic activist investor, has shifted, if only for today, his cross-hairs of contempt from the boardrooms of corporate America to the nation’s capital. Icahn sends members of Congress a word of warning Wednesday saw Carl Icahn warn several members of Congress a letter laying out his plans… – Continue reading

Rules on tax-dodging multinationals must be thoroughly implemented

The following editorial appears in Friday’s Yomiuri Shimbun: International cooperation must be bolstered to close tax loopholes that can be exploited by multinational business corporations. The Group of 20 major economies and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development have worked out new international taxation rules to clamp down on… – Continue reading

China Said to Consider Yuan-Swiss Franc Direct Trading Link

(Bloomberg) — The People’s Bank of China is considering starting direct trading between the yuan and the Swiss franc, according to three people with direct knowledge of the matter. The Swiss franc would become the seventh major currency to be exchangeable directly for yuan in Shanghai, joining the U.S., Australian… – Continue reading

NBR to sign deal with Bhutan to avoid double taxation

Bangladesh is set to sign an agreement with Bhutan to avoid double taxation to boost investments, trade and facilitate information exchange between the two Saarc nations, the National Board of Revenue said in a statement. A team led by NBR Chairman Md Nojibur Rahman is now in Thimpu to take… – Continue reading

GSK, Novartis and Crédit Suisse put Switzerland on a high

Swiss firms have bagged major business from global brands such as GSK, Novartis and Crédit Suisse this year, while their Asia ventures have come good. The legal minds behind the Glaxo-SmithKline and Novartis asset swap, global banking investigations, Schaeffler’s €2bn high yield bond issuance and Dufry’s £1.05bn takeover of Nuance… – Continue reading

Trouble Ahead for Hong Kong

Both internal and external factors threaten politics, economics Hong Kong’s run of good luck is running out. One obvious sign is the increasing interference of Beijing in its domestic affairs, most recently using tame Chief Executive C.Y. Leung and a clique of yes-men to interfere in a senior academic appointment… – Continue reading

OECD: countries commit to minimum standards on international tax dispute resolution

Countries should commit to minimum standards on the resolution of international tax disputes, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said in a report published as part of its base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) project.06 Oct 2015 The standards would include a commitment to “seek to resolve” cases… – Continue reading

S. Korea, China, Japan finance ministers to hold talks in Lima

SEJONG, Oct. 5 (Yonhap) — Finance ministers of South Korea, China and Japan will hold talks to coordinate policies on the sidelines of the Group of 20, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank meetings in Peru this week, the government said Monday. The finance ministry said the meeting, scheduled… – Continue reading

OECD eyes rules to curb tax avoidance

The Yomiuri Shimbun The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development will establish a comprehensive package of international rules to clamp down on tax saving tactics by multinational companies, The Yomiuri Shimbun learned Tuesday. The pillar of the package is to halt tax-saving practices like unrealistic lending and borrowing as well… – Continue reading


Bloomberg BNA’s first transfer pricing conference in Asia—the latest offering in our Global Transfer Pricing Conference series with Baker & McKenzie—could not have been better timed. The day the conference opened, Sept. 17, China issued a revised draft circular on transfer pricing that completely changed the game for multinational companies… – Continue reading

Unexpected tax troubles cropping up in emerging countries

Honda’s manufacturing plant in India, one of the emerging countries where many Japanese companies are in disputes with local tax authorities. TOKYO — Many Japanese companies operating in emerging countries are grappling with taxation problems they would never face in major industrial nations. Honda Motor, for instance, has gotten embroiled… – Continue reading

‘30% of foreign investors from tax havens’

About 30 percent of foreign investors in Korea are from overseas tax havens, a lawmaker said Tuesday. Citing data from the Financial Services Commission and the Korea Customs Service, Rep. Park Kwang-on of the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy (NPAD) said that the number of corporate or individual… – Continue reading

HK Report Suggests Tax Incentives For Booking Centers

Hong Kong’s Financial Services Development Council (FSDC) has released a report setting out recommendations on policies, including tax measures, to enhance the city’s role as a regional and global financial booking center. Financial institutions utilize such centers to enter into contracts for financial products, undertake primary obligations for delivery or… – Continue reading

PBOC Easing Cushions China Issuers From Fed Hike Volatility

Stimulus unleashed by China’s central bank will cushion Chinese companies –the region’s biggest dollar debt issuers — from a potential Federal Reserve interest rate increase, making cheaper yuan funds available. Five interest rate cuts by the People’s Bank of China since November and rules to relax yuan bond issuance onshore… – Continue reading

Underground Economics Korea’s Underground Economy Places 6th among OECD Member Countries

Policies are urgently needed for the legalization of the underground economy,” said Representative Oh Je-se of the New Politics Alliance for Democracy, who belongs to the Planning and Financial Committee of the National Assembly on Sept. 10. Rep. Oh added that Korea places sixth among OECD member countries in terms… – Continue reading