Mutual Agreement Procedure Statistics Published for 2017

Mutual Agreement Procedure Statistics Published for 2017

The OECD on October 10 published its 2017 mutual agreement procedure (MAP) statistics covering 85 tax jurisdictions.

According to the 2017 MAP statistics, new transfer pricing MAP cases are up by 25 percent and other MAP cases by 50 percent. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the increase in new MAP cases is due to a range of factors including the effects of the new reporting framework and increased awareness of and expectations from taxpayers about MAP, the OECD noted.Continue Reading

More Countries Ratify BEPS Convention

More Countries Ratify BEPS Convention

Australia, France, Japan, and the Slovak Republic have deposited their instruments of ratification of the OECD’s Multilateral Convention to implement tax treaty-related measures to prevent base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS).

For these four countries, the BEPS Convention would enter into force from January 1, 2019. The Convention entered into force last month for New Zealand, Serbia, Sweden, and the UK.Continue Reading

MAP Peer Review Reports Out for Australia, Ireland, Japan, Five Others

MAP Peer Review Reports Out for Australia, Ireland, Japan, Five Others

The OECD on August 30 published stage 1 mutual agreement procedure (MAP) peer review reports of the following eight jurisdictions: Australia, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Malta, Mexico, New Zealand, and Portugal.Continue Reading

MNE Tax Avoidance Law a ‘Major Victory’ for Australia

MNE Tax Avoidance Law a ‘Major Victory’ for Australia

Over 40 multinational enterprises (MNEs) have restructured their business operations in response to Australia’s crack down on MNE tax avoidance law, ATO Deputy Commissioner Mark Konza has said.Continue Reading

Australia Passes Law to Give Force to BEPS Convention

Australia Passes Law to Give Force to BEPS Convention

The Australian Parliament on August 16 passed a legislation to give the force of law to the OECD’s Multilateral Convention to implement tax treaty-related measures to tackle base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS).Continue Reading

Australian Taxation Office Issues Draft Guidance on Related Party Financing Arrangements

Australian Taxation Office Issues Draft Guidance on Related Party Financing Arrangements

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has published for public comments Schedule 2 to Practical Compliance Guideline (PCG) 2017/4DC, which discusses the tax authority’s  compliance approach to tax issues relating to cross-border, related-party financing arrangements and related transactions.Continue Reading

Tax Bill Seeks to Improve Australia’s Thin Capitalization Regime

Tax Bill Seeks to Improve Australia’s Thin Capitalization Regime

The Australian Treasury has published for comments a draft tax Bill that would implement two key changes to improve the country’s thin capitalization regime. The changes – first proposed in the 2018-19 Budget – are intended to apply from income years beginning on July 1, 2019.Continue Reading