Category: Japan

Treasurers should provide transaction documentation according to BEPS

Corporate treasury departments will have to start complying with International tax rules and provide documentation for transactions according to recent reports. G20 leaders attempted to reform the international tax system in July 2012 by setting up the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) project. This task was given to the… – Continue reading

India $6.4 Billion Back-Tax Claim Fails to Dent Foreign Inflows

As foreign portfolio investors balk at India’s claim of $6.4 billion in back taxes, the finance ministry’s latest demand isn’t damping interest in the nation’s stocks and bonds. Foreigners were net buyers of local equities every day barring one since the finance ministry said April 6 it is well within… – Continue reading

China-led bank starts with 57 members

BEIJING: A total of 57 countries have been approved as founding members of a Chinese-led infrastructure bank, Beijing said on Wednesday, and Norway is included despite frosty relations over a Chinese dissident’s Nobel prize. No nations that formally sought to become founding members of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)… – Continue reading

Josh Frydenberg to boost funds management exports

The funds management industry has welcomed a commitment from Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg to make tax and corporate law changes that will boost the export of asset management services to Asia. Complex and uncompetitive legal and tax settings in Australia have acted as a handbrake on the export of financial… – Continue reading

The escalating costs from the many tax loopholes

Listed companies in developed market could be avoiding as much as $82b annually London: Listed companies in developed markets are avoiding at least $82 billion (Dh301 billion) of tax a year by using tax havens and other minimisation strategies, according to detailed analysis of more than 1,000 businesses. The revelation… – Continue reading

Royalty, technical fee: PJBF asks FBR to de-notify FED levy

Pakistan-Japan Business Forum has recommended to the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to immediately de-notify Federal Excise Duty (FED) on royalty and technical fee, which is now chargeable under the provincial legislation promulgated in Sindh, Punjab and KP, as sales tax on services. Sources told Business Recorder on Saturday that… – Continue reading

Royalty, technical fee: PJBF asks FBR to de-notify FED levy

Pakistan-Japan Business Forum has recommended to the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to immediately de-notify Federal Excise Duty (FED) on royalty and technical fee, which is now chargeable under the provincial legislation promulgated in Sindh, Punjab and KP, as sales tax on services. Sources told Business Recorder on Saturday that… – Continue reading

Conor Crowley, Managing Director, Vizor Software to Speak at Knowledge Congress’ Live Webcast

New York, NY, April 08, 2015 –(– The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, has announced today that Conor Crowley, Managing Director, Vizor Software will speak at a 2-hour webcast entitled “FATCA for Government Agencies: What You Need to Know in 2015… – Continue reading

Charting the Limits of Acceptable Tax Planning in Singapore

In 2015, Singapore celebrates its 50th year of independence and also mourns the passing of its first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew who steered Singapore’s success for many critical years. From its origins as a British trading post in 1819, Singapore has grown into one of the busiest ports and… – Continue reading

Japan looks for growth and influence from Islamic finance boom

Japan is the latest global financial hub to start making inroads into Islamic finance, a move that could help strengthen regional economic ties and give its lenders an edge in winning business in markets whose growth prospects far outpace their home turf, reports Reuters. Tokyo has long been a major… – Continue reading

Japan companies face pressure to use near-record cash stockpiles to help drive growth

TOKYO: Japan companies have pressure to use their near-record cash stockpiles to help drive growth, with Finance Minister Taro Aso saying Thursday the government should consider a tax to prod businesses into action. “Japan should carefully consider issues like this,” Aso said in Parliament in response to a question from… – Continue reading

Dividend imputation clears an early tax review hurdle

Government questions dividend imputation and company tax rate Australian investors appear to have dodged a bullet, with the government’s first paper on tax reform discussing the dividend imputation system but falling short of attacking it outright as an idea that has outlived its usefulness. David Murray’s inquiry into the Australian… – Continue reading

Luxembourg: Luxembourg’s Direct Tax Administration Publishes Circular On Residency Certificates For Funds

Luxembourg’s Direct Tax Administration has published a circular on February 12 clarifying issues relating to residency certificates for Luxembourg funds. These are applicable to both UCITS and non-UCITS funds regulated by Luxembourg’s investment fund legislation of December 17, 2010, which transposed the UCITS IV Directive, as well as Specialised Investment… – Continue reading

Govt establishes debt management office

NATIONAL debt will soon come under effective and professional control, thanks to the national debt management office whose establishment is reportedly in the final stages, the national assembly heard on Friday. Deputy Finance Minister Mwigulu Nchemba under the envisaged office, the national debt will be effectively, efficiently and closely monitored… – Continue reading

3-member FBR delegation to attend IMF conference in Tokyo from 1st week of April

ISLAMABAD: A three member high level delegation of Inland Revenue-Policy Wing of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) will attend a three day conference on regional taxation problems in the first week of April in Japanese capital Tokyo. The conference is funded by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as well… – Continue reading

How India is striving to attract your company’s investment through transfer pricing measures

Following on from the Indian budget last month and various significant developments on the disputes scene, TPWeek thinks it is a good time to put together a Special Focus, bringing together its most recent reports. The Indian government is keen to promote a more investor-friendly environment in relation to corporate… – Continue reading

Foreign takeovers see US losing tax revenue

Just months after the Obama administration cracked down on mergers that helped US companies skirt domestic taxes, a wave of foreign takeovers is steering more tax revenue away from the US, reports the Wall Street Journal. In deals known as “tax inversions,” which spiked in 2014, US companies acquired foreign… – Continue reading


NEW PACTS WITH AMSTERDAM AND TOKYO BOOST TRANSFER PRICING IN HONG KONG When combined with aggressive tax planning, Hong Kong’s onshore-offshore tax regime often results in a reduced tax burden for taxpayers that operate through Hong Kong companies by pricing intra-group transactions. The Advance Pricing Arrangement agreement with the Netherlands… – Continue reading

Corporate aristocracy holding out against tax revolution

Smaller companies, which innovate and create jobs, carry an unfair share of the burden In pre-revolutionary France aristocrats were exempt from direct taxation. On present trends the world’s elite corporations may soon find themselves similarly privileged. In the larger advanced countries the corporate tax base is eroding, partly because the… – Continue reading

Hong Kong’s Advance Pricing Arrangement Program

When combined with aggressive tax planning, Hong Kong’s onshore-offshore tax regime often results in a reduced tax burden for taxpayers that operate through Hong Kong companies by pricing intra-group transactions. This has led to heightened transfer pricing scrutiny from the Hong Kong Inland Revenue Department in recent years. In order… – Continue reading

Company bosses are held to account on their tax affairs BCA tells inquiry

The Business Council of Australia says that the Tax Office is holding company directors and management to account about their tax affairs, despite there only being one company in the nation with a top risk rating. “There is ongoing [Australian Taxation Office] scrutiny of corporate boards,” the BCA said in… – Continue reading

Warwick Bartlett on tax – The Only Way is Up

Warwick Bartlett, CEO of Global Betting and Gaming Consultants, discusses how government’s approach taxation means that rates are more likely to go up than down. The most pleasing sight at ICE 2015 was to see some of the younger companies which two years ago took the smallest booths are now… – Continue reading

BDA boss Webber responds to Miliband threat

Bermuda’s well-documented financial services regulation, international partnership treaties, and lack of bank secrecy legislation ought to be recognised by the UK Labour Party, the Bermuda Business Development Agency (BDA) said today. The BDA echoed the Bermuda Government’s weekend response to UK Opposition Leader Ed Miliband following a warning letter issued… – Continue reading

Multinationals channel more money through “hubs” in Singapore, Switzerland than ever before, Tax Office says

More than half of Australia’s trade is money being sent offshore by companies to their overseas arms – with almost a third going to Singapore and Switzerland. Australian companies sent more than $100 billion to related parties in the low-tax nation of Singapore and another $15.6 billion to “hubs” in… – Continue reading

DTAA: How will help it India & US taxpayers?

India and US reach common ground on Mutual Agreement Procedure (“MAP)” and break new ground on Advance Pricing Agreements (“APA”) Suchint Majmudar Just ahead of Obama’s momentous R-Day visit to India, the Competent Authorities of India and US reached a landmark breakthrough in cases involving mutual agreement procedure under the… – Continue reading

January Global Tax-News Update

This edition of the Tax-News monthly feature takes in noteworthy events in the international tax arena, including attempts to inject new life into the campaign for comprehensive tax reform in the United States, and developments in the areas of free trade, indirect taxation, BEPS and tax transparency and compliance. US… – Continue reading

Corporate Tax Deal to be Signed With U.S.

India has worked out a bilateral tax agreement with the United States, which could be signed during U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit, that would boost foreign investment and ease investors’ concerns raised by high profile cases against Vodafone and Shell. The pact, which industry executives say would specifically target the… – Continue reading

Obama in India: India, US finalise framework to resolve transfer pricing cases

NEW DELHI: India and the US have finalised a framework to resolve transfer pricing cases, some of them pending for five years, in what could end tax trauma for more than 50 American MNCs such as Microsoft, IBM and Oracle by the fiscal year-end and send a strong signal to… – Continue reading

Asia’s richest to cling onto wealth for longer

Asia’s ultra-high-net-worth-individuals (UHNWIs) are expected to hang onto their wealth for longer, as succession planning becomes an increasingly pertinent issue among this investor demographic elsewhere in the world. According to a new report by consultancy Wealth-X, around US$16 trillion of global UHNWI wealth is expected to be handed over to… – Continue reading

How an Obscure Tax Loophole Brought Down Obama’s Treasury Nominee

(Bloomberg) -– So how did the previously obscure term tax inversions become part of Washington parlance, fodder for the next presidential campaign and the issue that helped derail a U.S. Treasury nominee? Thank, or blame, depending on your perspective, cutting-edge tax lawyers, populist Democrats, a banana seller, a drugmaker, a… – Continue reading

Foreigner premium’ property taxes highest in Singapore and Hong Kong

Overseas property buyers have to pay significantly more tax than domestic buyers in Singapore and Hong Kong, making them the most costly places for foreigners to invest in residential real estate in Asia Pacific, says Knight Frank Singapore and Hong Kong are the most costly places for a foreigner to… – Continue reading

Asia to test bond record again in 2015

[HONG KONG] Asia could set another record for international bond issues in 2015 if Chinese companies continue to borrow offshore at the same voracious pace they did this year, while bankers expect a heavy redemption schedule and larger pipelines from India and Indonesia to lift activity. Barclays is forecasting volumes… – Continue reading

News Round Up

Currently, there is a tendency among those who take an interest in international tax developments to look to the future and try to guess how the international tax landscape will look in, say, three of four years, once countries begin to implement the OECD’s base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS)… – Continue reading