The OECD on March 16 released its Interim Report on the Tax Challenges Arising from Digitalisation, noting a lack of consensus among countries on either the merit or the need for interim measures to address the tax challenges posed by the digital economy.
On March 12, 2018, the OECD published mutual agreement procedure (MAP) peer review reports of the following eight jurisdictions: Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Korea, Norway, Poland, Singapore, and Spain.
On March 8, 2018, the Australian Government released for public comments revised exposure draft legislation aimed at tackling hybrid mismatch arrangements.
On March 5, 2018, the Hong Kong Government launched an online portal to enable Hong Kong entities to file their country-by-country (CbC) reports. The Portal can be accessed through: https://aeoi.ird.gov.
In his recent address to the Irish Tax Institute, Ireland’s Finance Minister, Paschal Donohoe, outlined views on critical tax issues such as the country’s low corporate tax rate, the impact of US tax reforms, and digital taxation.
Anguilla has newly joined the OECD’s Inclusive Framework on base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS).
In a 24-page long letter to the country’s Parliament, Dutch State Secretary for Finance, Menno Snel, has set out a detailed tax plan to tackle multinational tax avoidance, including measures to prevent the internationally-oriented Dutch tax system from being used as a conduit to tax havens.
By Marco Greggi (Professor, International Tax Law, University of Ferrara)
The Italian Finance Ministry, on February 21, 2018, published for stakeholders’ comments two draft transfer pricing regulations. The first Regulation is a proposed decree that deals with substantive aspects of transfer pricing regulations (analyzed in this article), while the second Regulation concerns corresponding adjustments (procedural aspects). The second Regulation on corresponding adjustments will be analyzed in a forthcoming article.
The OECD is working with Brazil to examine the similarities and gaps between the Brazilian and OECD approaches to valuing related-party, cross-border transactions for tax purposes.
By Ahmed Jooma (Independent Tax, Legal, and Public Policy Consultant)
On February 21, 2018, South Africa’s Finance Minister, Malusi Gigaba, presented the country’s National Budget, which will be tougher on the populace than on multinational corporations. Most of the tax changes that will affect cross-border transactions are of a technical nature. A continued focus on base erosion and profit shifting is expected to assist in arresting the deteriorating fiscal environment. This is further exacerbated by pressure to maintain a relatively low corporate tax rate in the face of tax competition.