African Tax Administration Forum responds to ‘historic’ international tax reform

African Tax Administration Forum

The two-pillar package aims to ensure that large multinational enterprises (MNEs) pay tax where they operate and earn profits, while adding much-needed certainty and stability to the international tax system.Continue Reading

Anti-avoidance tax measures introduced through Pakistan Finance Bill 2021

Anti-avoidance measures introduced through Pakistan Finance Bill 2021

By Muzammal Rasheed (Co-founder, CEO & Head of Practice, WTS Global, Pakistan)

The Federal Government has announced several anti-avoidance tax measures in the Finance Bill 2021, presented as part of its third Budget before the National Assembly. The Government tags this budget as “No New Tax Budget” and emphasizes on the expansion of tax bases. This article outlines some of the anti- avoidance measures of the new tax policy introduced through Finance Bill 2021.Continue Reading

130 tax jurisdictions agree on digital economy taxation

130 tax jurisdiction agree on digital economy taxation

The two-pillar package aims to ensure that large multinational enterprises (MNEs) pay tax where they operate and earn profits, while adding much-needed certainty and stability to the international tax system.Continue Reading

European Commission hails G20 agreement on digital tax

European Commission hails G20 agreement on digital tax

The tax reform package will include a reallocation of taxing rights – where companies pay tax wherever they conduct business – and a global minimum effective tax rate of at least 15 percent to tackle aggressive tax planning and stop the corporate tax “race to the bottom.” Continue Reading

Glencore’s transfer pricing tax victory: key takeaways

Taxation v Glencore Investments Pty Ltd

By Carmen McElwain (Partner, Minter Ellison, Melbourne, Australia)

On 21 May 2021 the High Court of Australia (comprised of Chief Justice Kiefel and Justice Gordon) heard and refused an application for special leave sought by the Commissioner of Taxation (Commissioner) in relation to the Full Federal Court’s decision in Commissioner of Taxation v Glencore Investments Pty Ltd (2020) [2020] FCAFC 187; 384 ALR 252 (Glencore). Continue Reading

Corporate Tax Rates of Turkey in 2021

By Kardelen Lule (ADMD / MAVIOGLU & ALKAN, Turkey) 

The rate of corporate tax was amended significantly with the Law No.7316 Amending the Law on Collection of Public Receivables and Certain Laws (“Law No.7316”) published in the Official Gazette dated April 22, 2021.

The rate which was earlier determined for 2018, 2019, and 2020 was 22%. Article 11 of the Law No.7316 amended the corporate tax rates by adding Temporary Article 13 to Corporate Tax Law No.5520 (“CTL”) which increased corporate tax rates to 25% for 2021 and to 23% for 2022. For institutions subject to special accounting periods (the regular period is January 1 to December 31), the mentioned rates will be applied to the earnings of these institutions for the accounting periods starting in the relevant year.Continue Reading

Thai Tax Authority Issues Notification on Transfer Pricing Methods

Thailand’s Revenue Department Issues Notification on Transfer Pricing Methods

By Varapa Aurat (Consultant, Tilleke & Gibbins, Thailand) 

On May 6, 2021, a new transfer pricing notification from Thailand’s Tax Department was officially published in the Government Gazette. The Notification of the Director-General of the Tax Department Re: Income Tax (No. 400), which was first announced earlier in the year, prescribes the criteria, methods, and conditions for Tax Department officials on how to assess income and adjust expenses for transactions between related parties (as defined in Section 71 bis of the Tax Code) that engage in intercompany transactions where conditions between the two parties in their commercial or financial relations differ from those that would be made between independent parties (i.e., where the transaction is not an “arms length” transaction).Continue Reading

Global minimum corporate tax protects national sovereignty: Janet Yellen

Global minimum corporate tax protects national sovereignty

Yellen has said that the global minimum corporate tax pairs well with our domestic corporate income tax proposals and has the special virtue of helping level the playing field for US business.Continue Reading

EU Commission asks Bulgaria, Sweden to address tax issues

Under this tax scheme, interest deductibility is denied in relation to loan arrangements between affiliated companies established within the EU, irrespective of whether the terms and conditions of those arrangements remain at arm’s length or not.Continue Reading

Tax administrations discuss transfer pricing issues

The WCO facilitator focused on the Customs valuation treatment of related-party transactions and instruments adopted by the Technical Committee on Customs Valuation. The OECD facilitator elaborated on the arm’s length principle and its application, comparability analysis, and transfer pricing documentation.  Continue Reading

International tax reform takes center stage in G7 meeting

The G7 (which includes the UK, the US, Canada, Japan, Germany, France, Italy, plus the EU) agreed the principles of an ambitious two Pillar global solution to tackle the tax challenges arising from an increasingly globalized and digital global economy.Continue Reading

Coca Cola asks US Tax Court to reconsider transfer pricing dispute

The tax ruling was given on November 18, 2020. According to Coca-Cola, the US Tax Court’s ruling raises fundamental questions of tax, administrative, and constitutional law warranting further consideration by a full Tax Court.
Coca Cola ask US Tax Court to reconsider transfer pricing disputeThe Coca-Cola Company has requested the US Tax Court to reconsider a transfer pricing tax ruling it gave last year in favor of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

The tax ruling was given on November 18, 2020. According to Coca-Cola, the US Tax Court’s ruling raises fundamental questions of tax, administrative, and constitutional law warranting further consideration by a full Tax Court.

The facts of the tax dispute are as follows. Upon examination of the company’s 2007-2009 returns, IRS determined that the company’s methodology did not reflect arm’s length principle because it overcompensated the supply points and undercompensated the company for the use of its intellectual property.

The US tax authority reallocated income between the company and the supply points employing a comparable profits method that used the company’s unrelated bottlers as comparable parties. These adjustments increased the companys aggregate taxable income for 2007-2009 by more than USD 9 billion.

In its decision, the Tax Court said that the IRS did not abuse its discretion by reallocating income to the company by employing a comparable profits method that used the supply points as the tested parties and the bottlers as the uncontrolled comparables. The US Tax Court further held that the tax authority did not err by re-computing the company’s losses after the comparable profits method changed the income allocable to the company’s Mexican supply point, a branch of the company.

In a Motion for Reconsideration of findings or opinion filed on June 2,  the company said that “the IRS is attempting to impose billions of dollars in additional taxes on Coca-Cola in this case under a different tax calculation method than that on which Coca-Cola justifiably relied and which the IRS audited and approved for over a decade before retroactively requiring Coca-Cola to use a new and different method for tax years long past.  The IRS’s attempt is arbitrary, capricious, and unconstitutional.”

The company added that the US Tax Court has the opportunity to correct these fundamental errors now, and with the utmost respect, Coca-Cola asks the Court to reexamine its opinion in this nationally important, precedential tax case.

The US Tax Court enjoys substantial discretion to reconsider findings of fact and conclusions of law under Tax Court Rule 161, the company said.


The author is Alex Hunter, Editor, TP News. He oversees and updates the publication and also  regularly writes news stories about transfer pricing and international tax law. Alex is reachable at editor@transferpricingnews.com

Stakeholders engage on changes to OECD Model Tax Convention

The OECD has received comments from 22 stakeholders including the Big 4, Mexican Institute of Public Accountants, International Chamber of Commerce, European Business Initiative on Taxation, Business at OECD (BIAC), and Vienna University of Economics and Business, among others.Continue Reading

Kenyan Finance Bill 2021 includes key international tax measures

Kenyan Finance Bill 2021 include key international tax measure

By CPA David Ndiritu Mwangi (Principal Consultant, Hisibati Consulting, Nairobi, Kenya)

The Kenyan government tabled the Finance Bill 2021 in Parliament on 11/05/2021. Unlike the prior year, the bill does not introduce new taxes. However the bill proposes significant changes that will indeed have a far reaching effect on multinational organizations operating in Kenya.Continue Reading

US suspends digital services tax retaliatory tariffs

US suspends digital services tax retaliatory tariff

On June 2, 2020, USTR initiated investigations into digital services tax adopted or under consideration in ten jurisdictions:  Austria, Brazil, the Czech Republic, the European Union, India, Indonesia, Italy, Spain, Turkey, and the UK.Continue Reading

EU governments agree on MNE tax reporting

EU governments agree on MNE tax reporting

The reporting will take place within 12 months from the date of the balance sheet of the financial year in question. The directive sets out the conditions under which a company may obtain the deferral of the disclosure of certain elements for a maximum of five years.Continue Reading

EU Commission launches research lab to tackle aggressive tax planning

EU Commission launches research lab to tackle tax planning

The Observatory will be fully independent in conducting its research, objectively informing policymakers and suggesting initiatives that could help to better tackle tax avoidance and aggressive tax planning, among other things.Continue Reading

Pakistan’s appellate tribunal rules on tax treaty override

Applicability of Section 111 on Non Resident Pakistanis

By Muzammal Rasheed (Co-founder, CEO & Head of Practice, WTS Global, Pakistan)

The Appellate Tribunal Inland Revenue of Pakistan (ATIR) has disapproved applicability of Section 111 on Non-Residents in the case (2020) 122 TAX 10 (Trib.).

ATIR is the second forum of appeal against the Tax Assessment Orders issued by the Tax Authority. The appeal was filed by a Non-Resident Individual, challenging the best judgment assessment finalized by the Inland Revenue Department under section 121/111 of the Income Tax Ordinance, 2001 on ex parte basis.

Apart from the technical grounds raised before ATIR, the major thrust of the arguments on behalf of appellant involved the contention that the taxpayer was a non-resident person, having no Pakistan source income during the relevant tax year. Continue Reading

Joe Biden’s Budget includes key international tax measures

Joe Biden’s Budget includes key international tax measure

The Budget proposes to increase the income tax rate for C corporations from the existing rate of 21 percent to 28 percent. The proposal would be effective for taxable years beginning after December 31, 2021. Continue Reading

African Tax Administration Form submits revised Pillar One proposals

African Tax Administration Form submits revised Pillar One proposals

The revised proposals respond to both the Inclusive Framework blueprint report released for public consultation in October 2020 and the recent proposals from the US to revise the blueprint proposals.Continue Reading

Advance Pricing Agreements to bring tax, transfer pricing certainty in Maldives

Publication of the Advance Pricing Regulation in the Maldives

By Zaina Zahir (Senior Associate, CTL Strategies, Maldives)

Transfer Pricing Landscape

With the commencement of the Income Tax Act in January 2020, the transfer pricing landscape has significantly changed in the Maldives. Within the past 12-months, the Maldives tax administration – Maldives Inland Revenue Authority – has published the Transfer Pricing Regulation, the Country-by-Country Reporting Regulation and the Advance Pricing Arrangement Regulation.

Through the Transfer Pricing Regulation and the Country-by-Country Reporting Regulation, the Maldives – aligning its practices with the OECD’s Transfer Pricing Guidelines – implements the three tiers of transfer pricing documentation which require qualifying enterprises to prepare the Master File, the Local File, and Country-by-Country Reports.

Hence, the subsequent issuance of the APA Regulation on 16 March 2021 has provided taxpayers with the much-needed certainty in the domain of transfer pricing in the Maldives. Taxpayers now have the option to enter into an ahead of time arrangement with the Maldives tax administration, agreeing on the transfer pricing methodology and the prices to be applied to a set of related party transactions for a period not exceeding 5 consecutive years. Taxpayers can enter into unilateral, bilateral or multilateral APAs. This is expected to provide a more promising, non-adversarial environment for investors.

APA Regulation

The APA Regulation sets out the procedure to be followed in entering into an APA and introduces several provisions on the administration of the APA. This includes the imposition of an annual compliance report filing requirement, details on circumstances under which the arrangement can be revoked or cancelled and more significantly, introduction of a roll back provision which would allow taxpayers to enter into APAs retrospectively.

The application process

The Maldives, similar to many other jurisdictions, implements a 3-phase process in entering into an APA. Initially, a pre-filing consultation is required, through which the scope of the arrangement is identified, the controlled transaction in question is understood and discussions are held in relation to the broader terms of the arrangement.

Subsequently, a formal application requesting for an APA can be lodged with detailed information on the elected transfer pricing methodology, comparability analysis, company’s group structure, and other relevant information. From thereon, the application is passed through evaluation and a final decision is made. Once the parties have successfully entered into an APA, an annual compliance report is to be filed along with the income tax return.

The APA process is comprehended to be a lengthy and comprehensive process. While the regulation does not specify a time frame within which the Maldives tax administration is to complete the process, it is still believed to be less time consuming than dealing with hefty transfer pricing audits and the resulting dispute resolution efforts.

Rollback to prior years

The regulation states that having considered certain factors, an APA can give coverage to tax years for which the deadline for submission of the income tax return has already elapsed. Overall, the allowability of such a retrospective coverage can be viewed as a more efficient method to administer and resolve  unsettled transfer pricing disputes.

However, the application of the provision is unclear – the Regulation merely states that in permitting a roll back, the tax administration will look into the APA duration of participating jurisdictions; surrounding circumstances of the transaction in question; whether a tax audit or investigation is being carried out; or whether any legal actions are being taken in relation to the transaction in question.

Hence, a complete guideline on the applicability and limitations of the roll back provision is still awaited.

Other considerations

The Regulation comprises provisions on possible revisions or cancellation of an APA in case of a material change in any of the critical assumptions or conditions or changed economic circumstances. On the other hand, in cases of fraud, deliberate misrepresentation of information or non-compliance, the arrangement may even be declared void ab-initio.

Takeaways

The inclusion of the option to enter into an APA with the Maldives tax administration is viewed as a diversion from the customary audit techniques applied to related party transactions which often results in robust assessments – paving the way to reduce the much frequent transfer pricing disputes in the Maldives.

It may be beneficial for multinational enterprises doing business in the Maldives to enter into an APA especially if the underlying set of related party transactions involve complex business restructuring, intercompany financing and intangibles. Though, when entering into an APA, consideration should always be put on whether the surrounding facts will remain constant for the coming years.

Publication of the Advance Pricing Regulation in Maldives

 

The author is Senior Associate at CTL Strategies, Maldives.

US Senator raises questions about Treasury’s international tax strategy

US Senator raise questions about Treasury’s international tax strategy

The letter states that “there is bipartisan consensus for ensuring that every country plays by the same rules, including China – as President Joe Biden recently said.  No OECD agreement should provide carve-outs or exceptions for our biggest foreign competitors, including China.”Continue Reading

Hungary dismisses 15% global minimum corporate tax rate

Hungary dismisses 15% global minimum corporate tax rate

Tállai emphasized that Hungary would not relinquish one of the most important elements of its economic sovereignty, the right to set taxes. According to him, the idea of a global minimum tax is in the interests of several high-taxing economic powers, because they were disadvantaged by international tax competition.Continue Reading

OECD releases MAP peer review reports for eight tax jurisdictions

These reports evaluate the progress made by these eight tax jurisdictions in implementing any recommendations resulting from their stage 1 peer review. The results from the peer review and peer monitoring process demonstrate positive changes across all eight jurisdictions, although not all show the same level of progress.Continue Reading

“The controlled transaction” in draft of the Poland’s Ministry of Finance General Ruling for Transfer Pricing Purposes

BKuzniacki_PWC Poland

By Błażej Kuźniacki (Attorney-at-Law, Deputy Director for Strategic Tax Advice & Dispute Resolution,PwC Poland) & Katarzyna Kotowska (Senior Associate, Transfer Pricing, PwC Poland) & Piotr Niewiadomski (Tax Advisor, Director in Transfer Pricing, PwC Poland)

The definition of controlled transaction in the light of Polish Corporate Income Tax Act (CIT Act) and explanatory memorandum

According to Article 11a point 6 of the CIT Act, a controlled transaction refers to economic activity identified on the basis of actual behavior of the parties to the transaction, including allocation of income to the foreign permanent establishment (PE), where the conditions are imposed/made as a result of existing relations.Continue Reading

Global minimum corporate tax rate should be 15 percent: US Treasury

Global minimum corporate tax rate should be 15 percent

The US Treasury expressed its belief that the international tax architecture must be stabilized, that the global playing field must be fair, and that we must create an environment in which countries work together to maintain our tax bases and ensure the global tax system is equitable.Continue Reading

Parties to BEPS MLI approve key guiding principles

Parties to BEPS MLI approves key guiding principles

The Conference has agreed that as with any international agreement, the MLI shall be interpreted in good faith in accordance with the ordinary meaning to be given to the terms of the treaty in their context and in the light of its object and purpose.Continue Reading

Parity for All? Delhi High Court upholds trigger of MFN clause, bats for ‘common interpretation’ of Tax Treaties

Parity for All Delhi High Court upholds trigger of MFN clause, bats for ‘common interpretation’ of Tax Treaties

By Aditi Sharma (Partner, Khaitan & Co, India) & Krutika Chitre (Principal Associate, Khaitan & Co, India)

The Delhi High Court in its recently pronounced decision in the case of Concentrix Services Netherlands BV WP (C) 9051/2020 and Optum Global Solutions International BV WP (C) 882/2021 invoked the ‘Most Favoured Nation’ (MFN) clause under the India-Netherlands double taxation avoidance agreement (Tax Treaty) and applied a reduced 5% withholding rate on dividend income paid by Indian companies to Dutch shareholders.

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New UN transfer pricing manual released

New UN TP manual released

The Manual is focused on transfer pricing in a global environment, while it provides guidance on design principles and policy considerations. It also addresses the practical implementation of a transfer pricing regime in developing countries and shares examples of country practices from developing countries, such as Brazil, China, India, Kenya, Mexico, and South Africa.Continue Reading

Paschal Donohoe discusses international tax reform

Paschal Donohoe discusses international tax reform

Donohoe said that he desired “an outcome that is a fair and balanced compromise by and for all the 139 countries in the OECD Inclusive Framework.”

Paschal Donohoe discussion on international tax reform

Ireland’s commitment remains resolute towards reaching an agreement on digital economy taxation, Ireland’s Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe, has said.Continue Reading

Ireland consulting on tax treaty policy

Ireland consulting on tax treaty policy

The consultation period will run until May 7, 2021.

Ireland consultation on tax treaty policyIreland’s Finance Minister on April 7 launched a public consultation on Ireland’s future tax treaty policy, particularly in the context of potential outcomes of international tax discussions at the OECD.Continue Reading

OECD releases new MAP peer review reports

The reports evaluate the progress made by these eight jurisdictions in implementing any recommendations resulting from their stage 1 peer review. They take into account any developments in the period January 2018- August 2019 and build on the MAP statistics for 2016-2018.Continue Reading

OECD releases peer review reports on tax treaty shopping and abuse

OECD releases peer review reports on tax treaty shopping and abuse

The data compiled for this peer review demonstrate that the BEPS Multilateral Instrument has been the tool used by the vast majority of jurisdictions that have begun implementing the Action 6 minimum standard, and that the MLI has started to impact tax treaties of jurisdictions that have ratified it.Continue Reading

OECD releases MAP arbitration profiles of 30 tax jurisdictions

OECD releases MAP arbitration profiles

The Arbitration Profiles have been developed to provide taxpayers with additional information on the application of Part VI of the MLI for each jurisdiction choosing to apply that Part. The Arbitration Profiles also allow those jurisdictions to make publicly available clarifications on their position on the MLI Arbitration.OECD releases MAP arbitration profiles of 30 tax jurisdictions
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Outline and Considerations for the Pillar One Blueprint Proposals for Amount A

Outline and Considerations for the Pillar One Blueprint Proposals for Amount A

By Simon Webber (Managing Director, Duff & Phelps LLC, New York) & Ryan Lange (Director, Duff & Phelps LLC, New York)

On October 12, 2020 the OECD/G20 Inclusive Framework (IF) released the Report on Pillar One Blueprint. This is a working document that presents the IF’s current thinking on the scope and application of changes to the international tax system to address the Tax Challenges Arising from Digitalization.  Specifically, the OECD is seeking broader consensus and approval for its proposals before moving forward further into a more detailed design.Continue Reading

Digital services taxes of Austria, Spain and UK discriminatory: United States

Digital services taxes of Austria, Spain and UK discriminatory

In a release issued on January 14, the USTR said that the each one of these digital services taxes discriminates against US companies, is inconsistent with prevailing principles of international taxation, and burden or restricts US commerce.Continue Reading

Portuguese EU Presidency to focus on digital economy taxation

Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union

In particular, the Presidency will address the challenges of European taxation, including the model for taxation of the digital economy, under the principles of fairness and tax efficiency.Continue Reading

OECD releases agenda for public consultation on Pillar One, Pillar Two Reports

The Blueprints reflect the convergent views of the Inclusive Framework on many of the key policy features, principles and parameters of both Pillars, and identify remaining technical and administrative issues as well as policy issues where divergent views among Inclusive Framework members remain to be bridged.Continue Reading

US suspends retaliatory tariffs on French digital services tax

US suspends retaliatory tariffs on French digital services tax

The US Trade Representative said that it has decided to suspend the tariffs in light of the ongoing investigation of similar DSTs adopted or under consideration in ten other jurisdictions.Continue Reading

Indian, Italian and Turkish digital service tax discriminatory: US Trade Representative

Indian, Italian and Turkish digital services tax discriminatory

US Trade Representative has published findings on digital service tax in India, Italy, and Turkey calling it discriminatory and burdensome.Continue Reading

UK to repeal DAC6 in 2021

The UK tax authority, HM Revenue and Customs, has announced that it will repeal the DAC6 reporting requirement in 2021 and replace it with the OECD’s mandatory disclosure rules (MDR).

The announcement was made after completion of the negotiations between the UK and the EU on a Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

In a letter sent to stakeholders on December 31, HMRC said that reporting under DAC6 will still be required for a limited time, but only for arrangements which meet hallmarks under Category D, in line with the UK’s obligations under the FTA.

Category D sets out specific hallmarks concerning automatic exchange of information and beneficial ownership.

The International Tax Enforcement (Disclosable Arrangements) (Amendment) (No. 2) (EU Exit) Regulations, 2020 – laid before the House of Commons on December 30 – state that “(5) For the purposes of these Regulations, the DAC is to be read as if— (h) in Annex IV, Part 1 [the Main Benefit Test] and hallmark categories A, B, C and E in Part II were omitted.”

In the coming year, the UK will consult on and implement the OECD’s MDR as soon as practicable, to replace DAC6 and transition from European to international rules, HMRC told stakeholders.

OECD issues guidance on transfer pricing implications of COVID-19 pandemic

OECD issues guidance on transfer pricing implications of COVID-19 pandemic

The guidance on transfer pricing implications of the COVID-19 pandemic represents the consensus view of the 137 members of the OECD Inclusive Framework on BEPS.Continue Reading

Germany, Pakistan ratify BEPS MLI to tackle tax avoidance

Germany, Pakistan ratifies BEPS MLI to tackle tax avoidance

Germany and Pakistan have deposited their instrument of ratification for the Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (MLI).Continue Reading

OECD reveals country practices on hard-to-value intangibles

OECD reveals country practices on hard-to-value intangible

The information provides with a better understanding of the extent to which the HTVI approach described in Chapter VI of the Transfer Pricing Guidelines has been adopted and is applied in practice by countries around the world. Continue Reading

Australia to focus on tax avoidance schemes

Australia focus on tax avoidance schemes

The Australian Taxation Office said that the multinational anti-avoidance law has been successfully implemented, with the restructures resulting in more than AUD 8 billion additional taxable sales being booked in Australia.Continue Reading

Singapore tax authority clarifies deductibility of digital services taxes

Singapore tax authority clarifies deductibility of digital services taxes

The Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore stated that some jurisdictions have implemented unilateral measures to address the tax challenges of digitalization adding that “companies may have incurred additional taxes overseas due to such measures.”Continue Reading

MAP cases still taking a long time to be resolved: OECD

MAP cases taking a long time to be resolved

Around 85 percent of the MAPs concluded for transfer pricing cases in 2019 fully resolved the issue, which reflects an improvement in the collaborative approach taken by competent authorities.Continue Reading

Worst of both worlds: A case against digital services tax in Brazil

Worst of both worlds: strong reasons why the digital services tax should not be implemented in Brazil

By Maurício Barros (Partner at Gaia Silva Gaede Advogados in São Paulo, former Taxpayer-Appointed Judge at the São Paulo Taxes and Fees Court – TIT/SP (2014-2019) and a former Visiting Professor at the Getulio Vargas Foundation and at the Mackenzie Presbiteryan University) & Luiz Guilherme de Medeiros Ferreira (Tax lawyer, São Paulo and Member of the Tax Litigation Commission at the Brazilian Bar Association)

Amid the covid-19 pandemic and the imminent financial crisis of companies, Draft Bill (DB) 2358/2020, drafted by Deputy João Maia, is making its way through the Brazilian Congress. If it becomes law, it will institute a digital services tax (DST) in Brazil, like similar taxes levied in other countries.Continue Reading

No COVID support to companies that engage in tax avoidance, says Dutch government

No COVID support to companies that engage in tax avoidance_ Dutch government

Companies engaged in undesirable tax planning can apply for individual support if they satisfy two tax-related conditions concerning business location and transactions.Continue Reading

Unilateral action on digital economy taxation would heighten trade tensions: OECD

Unilateral action on digital taxation would heighten trade tensions OECD

Gurría was responding to recent statements and exchanges regarding the ongoing negotiations to address the tax challenges of the digitalisation of the economy.Continue Reading

Irish tax guidance on transfer pricing correlative adjustments explained

Irish Revenue Issues New Guidelines on Article 9 Correlative Adjustment Claims

By Catherine O’ Meara (Partner, Matheson, Dublin) 

The ability to claim relief from double taxation for transfer pricing adjustments is increasingly important as taxpayers face audits worldwide.  The Irish Revenue Commissioners (“Revenue”) have recently issued new guidelines for taxpayers seeking correlative adjustments (“CA Guidance”) in Ireland for transfer pricing adjustments by tax treaty partner jurisdictions. Continue Reading

Digital levy proposed in Brazil amid pressing budget: introducing or increasing digital taxation?

Digital levy proposed in Brazil amid pressing budget: introducing or increasing digital taxation?

By Luís Eduardo Schoueri (Full Professor of Tax Law at University of São Paulo & Senior partner at Lacaz Martins, Pereira Neto, Gurevich & Schoueri Advogados) & Mateus Calicchio Barbosa (PhD Candidate and M.Sc. at University of São Paulo & Tax partner at Lacaz Martins, Pereira Neto, Gurevich & Schoueri Advogados)

It is said that in every crisis lies an opportunity. If the quote means that possibilities may emerge, in the tax realm taxpayers also have a new momentum to the danger component of the notion. In Brazil, outdated – not to say dangerous – tax alternatives have been put on the table to meet the recent budgetary needs. Certain wealth and capital taxes on both companies and individuals, despite previous and frustrated propositions since mid-90s, have been discussed while the government seeks a way out of an unprecedented public debt in the years to come.Continue Reading

Significant economic presence: Nigerian perspective

Significant economic presence: Nigerian perspective

By Kelechi Ugbeva (Managing Partner, Blackwood & Stone, Nigeria)

Existing global tax rules such as, the arm’s length principle and principle of physical presence may not be robust enough to accommodate the peculiarity of digital activities and digital taxation. To this end, the OECD has come up with a few proposals on how digital activities may be taxed. Continue Reading

Netherlands mulling withholding tax on dividends paid to low tax jurisdictions

Netherlands mulling withholding tax on dividends paid to low tax jurisdictions

The measure will apply to financial flows to countries with a corporate tax rate of under nine percent and to countries on the EU blacklist, even if the Netherlands has a tax treaty with them.Continue Reading

US Trade Representative to investigate digital services tax rules in EU, nine others

US Trade Representative to investigate digital services tax rules in EU, nine others

These ten trading partners are: Austria, Brazil, the Czech Republic, the European Union, India, Indonesia, Italy, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.Continue Reading

Equalisation Levy in India

Equalisation Levy in India

By Lokesh Shah (Partner, L&L Partners, New Delhi) & Devashish Poddar (Advocate, L&L Partners, New Delhi)

Technology, considered as a factor of production, has virtually been adopted in all sectors of the economy in order to enhance productivity, enlarge market reach, and reduce operational costs.  The adoption of technology is demonstrated by the spread of broadband connectivity in businesses, which in almost all countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (“OECD”) is universal for large enterprises and reaches 90% or more even in smaller businesses.Continue Reading

Draft Bill proposes a Digital Service Tax in Brazil

Draft Bill proposes Digital Service Tax in Brazil

By Ramon Tomazela Santos (Partner, Mariz de Oliveira e Siqueira Campos Advogados)

The taxation of large technology companies has been at the center of the global debate in recent years, as their disruptive business models allows the exploitation of the market of a country without a physical presence. The underlying assumption surrounding the debate is that the application of current tax rules to companies operating in the digital economy has led to a misalignment between the place where profits are taxed and the place where value is created, due to the growing relevance of interaction and engagement with a user base for digital business.Continue Reading

How international tax landscape changes in India from April 1, 2020

How international taxation landscape changes in India from 1 April 2020

By Ritu Shaktawat (Partner, Khaitan & Co, India) Raghav Kumar Bajaj (Principal Associate, Khaitan & Co, India)

India’s Union Budget for the fiscal 2020-21 was announced in February 2020 and the tax proposals, after undergoing some important changes, were approved by the Indian Parliament and received Presidential assent on March 27, 2020. With this, the annual exercise of amending India’s tax law was completed, and the tax changes are effective from April 1, 2020.

On the tax front, some significant amendments have been made – such as widening the scope of digital tax, abolition of dividend distribution tax, more stringent tax residency rules for non-resident Indians etc.

We have analyzed here the key international tax changes impacting non-residents (MNEs and others having Indian business or nexus).Continue Reading

Augmenting Loan Documentation in light of Chapter X of the OECD Transfer Pricing Guidelines

Augmenting Loan Documentation in light of Chapter X of the OECD TP Guidelines

By Stefanie Perrella (Managing Director, Duff & Phelps’, New York) and Zachary Held (Director, Duff & Phelps’, New York)

On February 11, 2020, the OECD released its Final Report, Transfer Pricing Guidance on Financial Transactions, (Final Guidance), which was simultaneously incorporated into the OECD Transfer Pricing Guidelines. With respect to inter-company loans, the new Chapter X of the Transfer Pricing Guidelines is not limited to considerations for interest rate pricing, but also includes a framework for assessing the instrument’s accurate delineation as debt. Going forward, taxpayers with lenders or borrowers in OECD countries should consider this new guidance and augment their documentation accordingly. Below are some of the items that these taxpayers should consider to offer a proactive defense of potentially scrutinized areas.Continue Reading

Brazilian TP Reform: Can We Have the Full First World Package?

By Luis Schoueri (University of Sao Paulo; Lacaz Martins, Pereira Neto, Gurevich & Schoueri Advogados) 

Introduction

There is no divine truth about what the Arm’s Length Standard (ALS) actually means. Its content can only be determined by a decision, which can be reached by a court or by means of political consensus. There is no international tax court with jurisdiction to promote harmonization among countries on the content of the ALS and all efforts in this direction are made by means of negotiation. Such decisions affect not only the extent to which double (non-)taxation will be avoided, but also concern the country to which income is allocated, which may render the issue controversial where countries present distinct patterns of capital in- and outflow[1].Continue Reading

Belgian Transfer Pricing Circular sets out tax authority’s view on 2017 OECD Guidelines

View of Belgian Tax Administration on 2017 OECD Guidelines and specific positions

By Géry Bombeke (Partner, Baker McKenzie, Brussels)

On February 25, 2020, the Belgian Tax Administration published a new transfer pricing Circular (Circular 2020/C/35) (TP Circular) summarizing the post-base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS), OECD Transfer Pricing Guidelines and reflecting the tax authority’s views thereon.Continue Reading

OECD issues MAP peer review reports for further eight jurisdictions

OECD issues MAP peer review reports for further eight jurisdictions

The reports highlight how well these jurisdictions are implementing BEPS Action 14 minimum standard on making tax treaty dispute resolution more timely, effective, and efficient.Continue Reading

BVI to accept country by country report filings from March 2020

BVI to accept country by country report filings from March 2020

International Tax Authority informs BVI Constituent Entities, that are part of Multinational Entity Group, that it will soon be ready to receive filings for CbC reporting.Continue Reading

US Congresswoman introduces public country by country reporting Bill

US Congresswoman introduces public country by country reporting Bill

The report would include CbC financial filings for the information, including profits, taxes, employees, and tangible assets – that these corporations already provide to the IRS on an annual basis.Continue Reading

Australia expanding ‘significant global entity’ definition

Australia expanding ‘significant global entity’ definition

The definition of “significant global entity” to include members of large business groups headed by private companies, trusts, partnerships, investment entities, and individuals.Continue Reading

137 countries commit to designing rules on digital economy taxation by 2020-end

137 countries commit to design rules on digital economy taxation by 2020-end

The “safe harbour” issue is included in the list of remaining work, but a final decision on this issue will be deferred until the architecture of Pillar One has been agreed upon.Continue Reading

OECD issues further guidance on country-by-country reporting

OECD issues further guidance on CbC reporting

The additional interpretative guidance contains complete set of guidance concerning the interpretation and operation of BEPS Action 13 issued so far.Continue Reading

US responds to French digital tax with USD 2.4 billion tariffs; France calls it ‘unacceptable’

US responds to French digital tax with USD 2.4 billion tariffs; France calls it ‘unacceptable’

French Finance Minister, Bruno Le Maire, termed the US’ proposed action as unacceptable.Continue Reading

EU Commission warns Austria, Ireland to transpose interest limitation rules

EU Commission warns Austria, Ireland to transpose interest limitation rules

The Commission may bring the cases before the Court of Justice of the EU if Austria and Ireland do not act by February 1, 2020.Continue Reading

OECD official responds to tax Professor’s views on inclusive international tax policy making

OECD responds to tax Professor’s views on inclusive international tax policy making
Ben Dickinson said that the Secretariat’s role is not to propose solutions that favor one group or another but rather to explore a potential consensus solution that will appeal to states, with the inevitable compromises such a process necessitates.

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Mexican 2020 Tax Reform: key international tax proposals

By Ricardo Rendón (Partner, Chevez, Ruiz, Zamarripa y Cía, S.C., Mexico)

On September 8, 2019, the Executive Branch of the Mexican Government submitted to the Congress Tax Reform for 2020, which includes key tax changes to the country’s tax law primarily inspired by the OECD’s base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) project.Continue Reading

Ireland Transfer Pricing Feedback Statement Explained

Ireland's Transfer Pricing Feedback Statement Explained By Expert

By Catherine O’ Meara (Partner, Matheson, Dublin)

The Irish Government recently published a Transfer Pricing Rules Feedback Statement, which confirms that changes to the country’s transfer pricing rules and their implementation are forthcoming.Continue Reading

OECD preparing for ‘big bang’ reform to address digital economy taxation

Gurría also described the delivery of the OECD’s BEPS package in 2015 as one of the two “big bang” developments that transformed the global tax landscape in recent years.Continue Reading

Delving into Hong Kong’s New Transfer Pricing Landscape

Delving into Hong Kong’s New Transfer Pricing Landscape

By Maulik Doshi (Partner, Head of Transfer Pricing & International Tax, SKP Group) and Kamlesh Kaltari (Principal, Transfer Pricing Services, SKP Group)


On July 4, 2018, Hong Kong’s Inland Revenue Department passed the country’s final Inland Revenue (Amendment) (No. 6) Bill 2017, (the Amendment Bill). 

This Amendment Bill (which became law on July 13, 2018) specified the documentary requirements from a transfer pricing perspective and also introduced measures to address various recommendations under BEPS Action Plans.Continue Reading

Hong Kong tax authority notes CbC reporting deadline details

Hong Kong Inland Revenue Department has clarified that starting from April 2019, the Department will not accept voluntary filing of a country-by-country (CbC) report for an accounting period ended on or before March 31, 2018.Continue Reading

Indian tax authority sets new CbC reporting deadline for US subsidiaries

Indian tax authority sets new CbC reporting deadline for US subsidiaries

By Maulik Doshi (Partner, Head of Transfer Pricing & International Tax, SKP Group) and Kamlesh Kaltari (Senior Manager, SKP Group)


In India, the 2016 Finance Act introduced a three-tiered transfer pricing documentation regime with a view to aligning the Indian transfer pricing documentation rules with Action 13 of the OECD’s base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) project.

Accordingly, Indian subsidiaries of multinational groups were required to comply with new “master” and “local” files requirements and a new country-by-country reporting requirement from the 2016-17 financial year.Continue Reading

Saudi tax authority publishes draft transfer pricing bylaws

Saudi tax authority publishes draft transfer pricing bylaws

By Anas Salhieh  (Senior Tax Executive, Al Tamimi & Company, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)


Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Zakat and Income Tax has published for public comments draft transfer pricing bylaws as part of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s commitment to the OECD’s base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) project.Continue Reading

New EU corporate tax avoidance rules enter into force

New EU corporate tax avoidance rules enter into force

The new anti-abuse measures entered into force on January 1, 2019.Continue Reading

BEPS MLI to enter into force in Australia in January 2019

BEPS MLI to enter into force in Australia in January 2019
From January 1, 2019, the BEPS MLI will operate to modify six of Australia’s 44 bilateral tax treaties. These include tax treaties with France, Japan, New Zealand, Poland, the Slovak Republic, and the UK.Continue Reading

Gibraltar provided illegal tax benefits to MNEs: EU Commission

EU Commission says Gibraltar provided illegal tax benefits to MNEs

Gibraltar must recover unpaid taxes of around EUR100m from companies that benefited from the corporate tax exemption regime for interest and royalties as well as from the five tax rulings.Continue Reading

OECD issues second peer review report on BEPS Action 5

OECD issues second peer review report on BEPS Action 5

The OECD has made 60 jurisdiction-specific recommendations on issues such as improving the timeliness of the exchange of information and ensuring that exchanges of information are made with respect to preferential tax regimes that apply to income from intellectual property.Continue Reading

Bulgaria introduces new interest limitation and CFC regimes

Bulgaria introduces new interest limitation and CFC regimes

By Elizabeth Sidi (Senior Tax Consultant, PwC, Bulgaria) 

Bulgaria is introducing new interest limitation rules and a new controlled foreign corporation regime from January 1, 2019. 

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Indian tax authority undergoing ratification process for BEPS MLI

Indian tax authority undergoing ratification process for BEPS MLI

Important process of ratifying the BEPS MLI is on. In 2019-2020, the provisions will come into effect, says Akhilesh Ranjan.

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Cayman Islands publishes tax bill to implement substance requirements

Cayman Islands publishes tax bill to implement substance requirements

The legislation seeks to incorporate the OECD’s proposals under Action 5 of the base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) project, on countering harmful tax practices, as well as the new EU substance requirements.Continue Reading

New Agreement between Ireland and Malta to counteract the ‘Single Malt’ tax structure

New Agreement between Ireland and Malta to counteract the ‘Single Malt’ Structure

By Catherine O’ Meara (Partner, Matheson, Dublin) and Brian Doohan (Senior Associate, Matheson, Dublin)

On November 27, 2018, Ireland’s Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe announced the details of a Competent Authority Agreement between Ireland and Malta (Agreement). The clear aim of the Agreement is to end what is referred to as the “Single Malt” tax structure.Continue Reading

Belgium publishes draft transfer pricing guidance for public comments

Belgium publishes draft transfer pricing guidance for public comments

By Bram Markey (Director, Transfer Pricing, PwC Belgium)

The Belgian tax authority has issued a draft Circular on the 2017 update to the OECD Transfer Pricing Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and Tax Administrations.Continue Reading

Mauritius tax authority issues guidance on place of effective management

Mauritius tax authority issues guidance on place of effective management

The majority of the Board of Directors’ meetings must be held in Mauritius, or the executive management of the company must be regularly exercised in Mauritius.

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India, Hong Kong tax treaty to take effect from April 2019

India, Hong Kong tax treaty to take effect from April 2019

The tax treaty provides for a low withholding tax rate of five percent for dividend payments. Interest, royalties, and fees are subject to a low withholding tax rate of ten percent.Continue Reading

Netherlands to Deny Tax Rulings to ‘Letterbox’ Companies

Netherlands to Deny Tax Rulings to ‘Letterbox’ Companies

The author is Alex Hunter, Editor, TP News. He oversees and updates the publication and also  regularly writes news stories about transfer pricing and international tax law. Alex is reachable at editor@transferpricingnews.com  


Netherlands will be putting into place stricter requirements for the issue of international tax rulings by the end of June 2019.
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Ireland, Malta Close ‘Single Malt’ Tax Avoidance Structure

Ireland, Malta Close ‘Single Malt’ Tax Avoidance Structure

The author is Alex Hunter, Editor, TP News. He oversees and updates the publication and also  regularly writes news stories about transfer pricing and international tax law. Alex is reachable at editor@transferpricingnews.com  


Ireland and Malta have agreed to close the “Single Malt” – an aggressive tax planning structure in which some multinational corporations use a company incorporated in Ireland but tax-resident in Malta.
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BDO Melbourne Gets New Tax Partner in Michael Smith

Michael Smith has joined BDO Melbourne’s transfer pricing team as a partner.

Smith has nearly 20 years’ of transfer pricing experience from around the world. He has worked in London, New York, and Sydney.   Continue Reading

India, China Sign Tax Treaty Protocol to Implement BEPS Minimum Standards

India, China Sign Tax Treaty Protocol to Implement BEPS Minimum Standards

India has signed a Protocol to amend its tax treaty with China.

The Protocol incorporates changes required to implement tax treaty-related minimum standards agreed under the base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) project.
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Transfer Pricing Regime in Panama: Present and Future

Dealing with cases that have potential transfer pricing implications in Panama requires a high level of expertise in the realm and an extended experience in cases where the common OECD practices are not applicable (Panama is not a member of the OECD).

Panama’s transfer pricing regime constitutes a hybrid insofar as OECD Transfer Pricing Guidelines are concerned. While the OECD Transfer Pricing Guidelines cannot be applied directly, they could be relied upon for interpreting rules provided they are not in conflict with the Panamanian Tax Law. Thus, a transfer pricing study undertaken by one experienced in non-OECD tax jurisdictions – such as www.transferpricing.com.cy – is recommended.Continue Reading

EU Joint Transfer Pricing Forum Issues Recommendations on Multilateral Transfer Pricing Audits

EU Joint Transfer Pricing Forum Issues Recommendations on Multilateral Transfer Pricing Audits

By Bram Markey (Director, Transfer Pricing, PwC Belgium)

The EU Joint Transfer Pricing Forum has published a report, which aims to address the lack of guidance on bilateral and multilateral transfer pricing audits.
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Global Solution Needed to Tax Digital Economy: DIGITALEUROPE

Global Solution Needed to Tax Digital Economy: DIGITALEUROPE

DIGITALEUROPE, which represents the digital technology industry in Europe, has called upon governments to negotiate a comprehensive, global, long-term tax solution at the OECD-level to address the tax challenges of the digital economy.
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OECD’s Work on Harmful Tax Practices on Track

OECD’s Work on Harmful Tax Practices on Track

The author is Alex Hunter, Editor, TP News. He oversees and updates the publication and also  regularly writes news stories about transfer pricing and international tax law. Alex is reachable on email (editor@transferpricingnews.com) and by phone (+447808558597). 


The OECD has published a report covering the assessment of 53 preferential tax regimes as part of its work under base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) Action 5, on harmful tax practices.
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Australian Taxation Office, BHP Settle Transfer Pricing Dispute

Australian Taxation Office, BHP Settle Transfer Pricing Dispute

The author is Alex Hunter, Editor, TP News. He oversees and updates the publication and also  regularly writes news stories about transfer pricing and international tax law. Alex is reachable on email (editor@transferpricingnews.com) and by phone (+447808558597). 


The Australian tax authority has settled a transfer pricing dispute with BHP in relation to the mining giant’s marketing operations in Singapore.
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Google, Facebook to Appear Before EU Tax Committee

Google, Facebook to Appear Before EU Tax Committee
European Parliament’s Special Committee on Tax Avoidance (TAX3) is going to hold a hearing on November 27 with representatives from the Kering Group, Google, and Facebook.
 

The aim of the hearing is to assess the progress made by these multinational enterprises in the implementation of the base erosion and profit shifting project.Continue Reading

Ireland Consulting on Corporate Anti-Tax Avoidance Measures

Ireland Consulting on Corporate Anti-Tax Avoidance Measures

On November 14, 2018, Ireland’s Department of Finance published for public comments a consultation document on the hybrid mismatch and interest limitation measures to be introduced as part of the implementation of the EU Anti-Tax Avoidance Directives (ATAD and ATAD2).
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Barbados to Align Tax Regime with BEPS Proposals from December 2018

Barbados to Align Tax Regime with BEPS Proposals from December 2019

The author is Alex Hunter, Editor, TP News. He oversees and updates the publication and also  regularly writes news stories about transfer pricing and international tax law. Alex is reachable on email (editor@transferpricingnews.com) and by phone (+447808558597). 


Barbados Cabinet has decided to put in place new measures to ensure that the country’s tax regime is compliant with the OECD’s base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) recommendations, Minister of International Business and Industry, Ronald Toppin, said on November 15.
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Transfer Pricing Compliance in China: Preventing Disputes is Key

China’s colossal economy and its predominant role within the global market result in the emergence of an increasing interest towards China’s transfer pricing regime. Since China is not a member of the OECD, any transfer pricing endeavor goes far beyond the classic transfer pricing practices, though.Continue Reading

Transfer Pricing Regulation in Albania and Recent Developments

Transfer Pricing Regulation in Albania and Recent Developments

By Erinda Xhaferraj (Tax Manager, PwC, Albania) and Edland Graci (Transfer Pricing Senior Associate, PwC, Spain)

The amendment in 2014 of Albania’s Income Tax Law and the release of the Transfer Pricing Instruction introduced changes that are of importance to Albanian taxpayers performing cross-border transactions. For the first time taxpayers were faced with a complex and sophisticated legislation, which required the application of arm’s length in intra-group transactions.Continue Reading

OECD Seeks Input on MAP Peer Reviews of Further Eight Jurisdictions

OECD Seeks Input on MAP Peer Reviews of Further Eight Jurisdictions

The OECD is seeking taxpayers’ input for the seventh round of base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) Action 14 Stage 1 peer reviews of further eight jurisdictions.
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OECD Issues Guidance on the Impact of BEPS MLI

OECD Issues Guidance on the Impact of BEPS MLI

The OECD has published new guidance for the development of synthesised texts to facilitate the interpretation and application of tax agreements modified by the Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS MLI).Continue Reading

Countries Discuss Implementation of BEPS Minimum Standards

Countries Discuss Implementation of BEPS Minimum Standards

More than 60 delegates from 16 countries met recently at the regional meeting of the Inclusive Framework on base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) in Eastern Europe and Central Asia to discuss implementation of the BEPS measures.Continue Reading

Manal Corwin to Lead KPMG’s Washington National Tax practice

Audit, tax, and advisory firm KPMG LLP has named Manal S. Corwin as the principal-in-charge of the firm’s Washington National Tax practice.

Corwin is based in Washington DC and succeeds Joe Pari. Corwin has served the firm for over five years as national leader of the firm’s International Tax practice and principal-in-charge of international tax policy.Continue Reading

Curtis Best Joins Andersen Tax as Managing Director

Curtis Best has joined the New York office of Andersen Tax as Managing Director. 

Curtis has over 26 years of experience in several areas, including international tax structuring. Best will be a part of the firm’s Commercial Practice group, with a particular focus in international services.Continue Reading

Former US Committee on Ways and Means Tax Counsel Joins Miller & Chevalier

Loren Ponds has joined US law firm Miller & Chevalier as a Member in the firm’s tax department.

Previously, Ponds served as Tax Counsel to the US House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means, where she was instrumental in the development of the international tax provisions included in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.Continue Reading

Hong Kong Gazettes Enhanced R&D Deduction

Hong Kong Gazettes Enhanced R&D Deduction

The author is Alex Hunter, Editor, TP News. He oversees and updates the publication and also  regularly writes news stories about transfer pricing and international tax law. Alex is reachable on email (editor@transferpricingnews.com) and by phone (+447808558597). 


Hong Kong Government has gazetted law to allow enhanced tax deduction for expenses incurred by business enterprises on research and development (R&D) activities in Hong Kong.

The measure was announced by Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of Hong Kong, in her 2017 Policy Address.Continue Reading

Indian Tax Tribunal Allows Claim of Expenses by Mauritian PE

Indian Tax Tribunal Allows Claim of Expenses by Mauritian PE

By Ritu Shaktawat (Partner, Khaitan & Co, India) and Shabnam Shaikh (Principal Associate, Khaitan & Co, India)

In a decision delivered on October 5, India’s Income Tax Appellate Tribunal, New Delhi ruled that the Indian Income Tax Act cannot limit the claim of expenses of a permanent establishment in the absence of such limitation in the India-Mauritius tax treaty.Continue Reading

UK Announces 2% Digital Services Tax From 2020

UK Announces 2% Digital Service Tax From 2020

The author is Alex Hunter, Editor, TP News. He oversees and updates the publication and also  regularly writes news stories about transfer pricing and international tax law. Alex is reachable on email (editor@transferpricingnews.com) and by phone (+447808558597). 


UK would introduce a two percent digital services tax (DST) to ensure digital businesses pay tax that reflects the value they derive from UK users, UK Chancellor Philip Hammond announced in his October 29 Budget Speech.Continue Reading

Global Solution Needed to Tax Digital Economy: Policy Paper

Global Solution Needed to Tax Digital Economy: Policy Paper

The author is Alex Hunter, Editor, TP News. He oversees and updates the publication and also  regularly writes news stories about transfer pricing and international tax law. Alex is reachable on email (editor@transferpricingnews.com) and by phone (+447808558597). 


The US-based Association of International Certified Professional Accountants has called for international coordination to develop a global solution to the tax challenges posed by the digital economy.Continue Reading

Ukraine Publishes Draft Tax Law to Implement BEPS Proposals

Ukraine Publishes Draft Tax Law to Implement BEPS Proposals

The author is Alex Hunter, Editor, TP News. He oversees and updates the publication and also  regularly writes news stories about transfer pricing and international tax law. Alex is reachable on email (editor@transferpricingnews.com) and by phone (+447808558597). 


Ukraine has published a draft law aimed at implementing some of key measures proposed under the OECD’s base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) project.
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Ireland Signs Order to Ratify BEPS Convention

Ireland Signs Order to Ratify BEPS Convention

The author is Alex Hunter, Editor, TP News. He oversees and updates the publication and also  regularly writes news stories about transfer pricing and international tax law. Alex is reachable on email (editor@transferpricingnews.com) and by phone (+447808558597). 


Ireland’s Government has signed an Order to facilitate ratification of the OECD’s Multilateral Instrument to implement tax treaty-related measures to prevent base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS).Continue Reading

EU Digital Services Tax Proposal ‘Unfair’: US Treasury Secretary

EU Digital Services Tax Proposal ‘Unfair’: US Treasury Secretary

The author is Alex Hunter, Editor, TP News. He oversees and updates the publication and also  regularly writes news stories about transfer pricing and international tax law. Alex is reachable on email (editor@transferpricingnews.com) and by phone (+447808558597). 


US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has issued a statement noting “strong” concerns with countries’ consideration of a digital services tax proposal.

In March 2018, the EU Commission announced it proposal to introduce an interim tax, which would cover the main digital activities that currently escape tax altogether in the EU.Continue Reading

Tax Officials Discuss BEPS Implementation Challenges

Tax Officials Discuss BEPS Implementation Challenges

Senior tax experts met at an event in Portugal on October 23 to discuss the strategic importance of the OECD’s work on base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) and the challenges faced by tax administrations in implementing the BEPS proposals.Continue Reading

Abandon Digital Services Tax Proposal: US Tells EU

Abandon Digital Services Tax Proposal: US Tells EU

The author is Alex Hunter, Editor, TP News. He oversees and updates the publication and also  regularly writes news stories about transfer pricing and international tax law. Alex is reachable on email (editor@transferpricingnews.com) and by phone (+447808558597). 


The US Senate Committee on Finance has asked the European Commission to “abandon” its proposal to introduce a three percent digital services tax on revenues arising from the supply of certain digital services.Continue Reading

Further Three Jurisdictions Join BEPS Inclusive Framework

Further Three Jurisdictions Join BEPS Inclusive Framework

Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines have newly joined the OECD’s Inclusive Framework on base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS).

The Inclusive Framework on BEPS allows interested countries and jurisdictions to work with the OECD and Group of Twenty nations on monitoring the implementation of the BEPS proposals.Continue Reading

New Japan, Spain Tax Treaty to Include MAP Arbitration

New Japan, Spain Tax Treaty to Include MAP Arbitration

Japan and Spain signed a new tax treaty on October 16. The tax treaty wholly amends the existing tax treaty between Japan and Spain, which entered into force in 1974.

As per the new tax treaty, a withholding tax exemption applies to investment income from interest and royalties. Withholding tax on dividends is also exempt in certain situations.Continue Reading

Switzerland Expands Country List for Exchange of CbC Reports

Switzerland Expands Country List for Exchange of CbC Reports

The Swiss Federal Council on October 17 decided to expand the list of countries with which Switzerland would exchange country-by-country (CbC) reports.

The legal basis for the exchange of CbC reports entered into force for Switzerland on December 1, 2017. Switzerland had then submitted to the OECD a list of 108 countries with which the Government will exchange CbC reports.Continue Reading

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

Belgium Announces Cooperative Tax Compliance Program

Belgium Announces Cooperative Tax Compliance Program

By Bram Markey (Director, Transfer Pricing, PwC Belgium)

The Large Enterprises Division of the Belgian tax administration has announced the launch of a two-year pilot project aimed at transforming the traditional approach of ex-post tax investigations towards a system of proactive, real-time, and constructive dialogue on corporate tax affairs.

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Ireland Finance Bill 2018 to Include International Tax Measures

Ireland Finance Bill 2018 to Include International Tax Measures

The author is Alex Hunter, Editor, TP News. He oversees and updates the publication and also  regularly writes news stories about transfer pricing and international tax law. Alex is reachable on email (editor@transferpricingnews.com) and by phone (+447808558597). 


Ireland would introduce key international tax measures in Finance Bill 2018 to comply with the EU Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe said in his 2019 Budget Statement released on October 9. The Finance Bill 2018 is due to be published on October 18.Continue Reading

Norway’s Budget 2019 Includes BEPS Measures

Norway’s Budget 2019 Includes BEPS Measures

The author is Alex Hunter, Editor, TP News. He oversees and updates the publication and also  regularly writes news stories about transfer pricing and international tax law. Alex is reachable on email (editor@transferpricingnews.com) and by phone (+447808558597). 


The Norwegian Government on October 8 presented the country’s National Budget 2019, which includes a series of measures to tackle base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS).Continue Reading

New Zealand Reveals Details of New R&D Tax Incentive

New Zealand Reveals Details of New R&D Tax Incentive

The author is Alex Hunter, Editor, TP News. He oversees and updates the publication and also  regularly writes news stories about transfer pricing and international tax law. Alex is reachable on email (editor@transferpricingnews.com) and by phone (+447808558597). 


New Zealand Government has revealed details about the new research and development (R&D) tax incentive aimed at encouraging businesses to invest more in R&D activities.

The rate for the tax incentive will be set at 15 percent for income years starting 2019-20. All businesses, regardless of legal structure, will be eligible to claim the tax incentive.Continue Reading