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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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

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

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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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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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 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

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

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

Liberia: Where Transfer Pricing is in Full Bloom

Liberia is a typical example amongst developing African countries making noticeable effort to expand their tax base to the size it should appropriately be, therefore collecting more taxes and adapting to the fast-changing local and global business environment.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

Countries Share Ideas on Country by Country Reporting Implementation

Countries Share Ideas on Country by Country Reporting Implementation

Senior tax officials from over 20 countries recently met at a workshop to share experiences from the first year of country-by-country (CbC) reporting and explore how information can be used most effectively in the tax risk assessment of MNE groups.Continue Reading

Aruba Newest to Join BEPS Inclusive Framework

Aruba Newest to Join BEPS Inclusive Framework

Aruba has now 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

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

EU Commission to Drop Infringement Proceedings in Ireland-Apple State Aid Decision

EU Commission to Drop Infringement Proceedings in Ireland-Apple State Aid Decision

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 EU Commission is now to withdraw infringement proceedings against Ireland as the Government has now completed full recovery of the alleged State aid from Apple.Continue Reading

Saudi Arabia Signs OECD’s BEPS Multilateral Instrument

Saudi Arabia Signs OECD’s BEPS Multilateral Instrument

Saudi Arabia has become the 84th tax jurisdiction to sign the base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) Multilateral Convention.

The BEPS Convention, negotiated by over 100 countries and jurisdictions, updates the existing network of 1,400 bilateral tax treaties and reduces opportunities for tax avoidance by multinational enterprises.Continue Reading

No Sweet Tax Deal between Luxembourg, McDonald’s: EU Commission

No Sweet Tax Deal between Luxembourg, McDonald’s: EU Commission

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 EU Commission on September 19 decided that Luxembourg’s tax treatment of McDonald’s Europe Franchising does not violate the Luxembourg-US tax treaty and that tax rulings granted to McDonald’s do not infringe EU State aid rules.

The decision follows an in-depth investigation launched in December 2015, based on doubts that Luxembourg might have misapplied its tax treaty with the US.Continue Reading

ICC Welcomes OECD Draft on Transfer Pricing Aspects of Financial Transactions

ICC Welcomes OECD Draft on Transfer Pricing Aspects of Financial Transactions

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has largely welcomed the OECD’s public discussion draft on the transfer pricing aspects of financial transactions.

The discussion draft deals with follow-up work in relation to base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) Actions 8-10, on assuring that transfer pricing outcomes are in line with value creation.Continue Reading

Former OECD Transfer Pricing Head Joins Squire Patton Boggs

Former OECD Head of Transfer Pricing, Jefferson P. VanderWolk, has joined international law firm Squire Patton Boggs as a partner in the Tax Strategy & Benefits Practice. VanderWolk will work from the firm’s Washington DC office.Continue Reading

BEPS Instrument to Enter into Force in January 2019 for Israel, Lithuania

BEPS Instrument to Enter into Force in January 2019 for Israel, Lithuania

Israel and Lithuania have newly deposited with the OECD their instrument of ratification for the Multilateral Instrument to implement tax treaty-related base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) measures.Continue Reading

OECD Transfer Pricing Profiles for 7 More Countries Published

OECD Transfer Pricing Profiles for 7 More Countries Published

The OECD has published new transfer pricing country profiles for Costa Rica, Greece, Republic of Korea, Panama, Seychelles, South Africa, and Turkey. The OECD has also updated the information contained in Singapore’s profile.Continue Reading

Draft Tax Proposal Drastically Expands Scope of Finnish CFC Regime

Draft Tax Proposal Drastically Expands Scope of Finnish CFC Regime

By Mika Ohtonen (Head of Tax, Roschier, Finland) & Laura Puro (Senior Associate, Roschier, Finland)

Finland’s Ministry of Finance last month published a draft proposal on amending the Finnish controlled foreign corporation (CFC) statute. While the purpose of the draft is to implement the CFC provisions of the Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive (ATAD), the proposed changes are materially stricter than required by the ATAD.Continue Reading

Ireland to Expand Transfer Pricing Rules by 2020, Introduce CFC Law

Ireland to Expand Transfer Pricing Rules by 2020, Introduce CFC Law

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 Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe has published the country’s Corporation Tax Roadmap outlining the steps that the Government will take in the area of international tax law over the next few years.Continue Reading

Countries Lowering Corporate Income Tax Rates

Countries Lowering Corporate Income Tax Rates

A new OECD report reveals that countries have used recent tax reforms to lower corporate income tax.

Tax Policy Reforms 2018 highlights the continuation of a trend toward corporate income tax rate cuts, which has been largely driven by significant reforms in a number of large countries with traditionally high corporate tax rates.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 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 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

Switzerland Adopts Dispatch on BEPS Convention

Switzerland Adopts Dispatch on 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). 


The Swiss Federal Council on Wednesday adopted the dispatch on the OECD’s Multilateral Convention to implement tax treaty-related base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) measures.Continue Reading

Finland Consulting on Draft Controlled Foreign Corporation Rules

Finland Consulting on Draft Controlled Foreign Corporation Rules

By Sami Tuominen (Partner, Head of Tax, Bird & Bird, Finland) &  Marianna Santamala (Associate, Bird & Bird, Finland)

The Finnish Ministry of Finance recently proposed amendments to the current Finnish legislation concerning controlled foreign corporations (CFC). On August 6, 2018, the Finance Ministry submitted a proposal for Government Bill on the amendments to the Act on taxation of members of controlled foreign companies (Act). The Act is currently going through a consultation round and the Ministry would accept input until the end of this month. The purpose of the Act is to prevent the avoidance of taxation in Finland by utilizing corporations established in states with low taxation.Continue Reading

Transfer Pricing Documentation: Belgium Gazettes Administrative Fines

Transfer Pricing Documentation: Belgium Gazettes Administrative Fines

By Stefaan De Ceulaer (Director, Tax and Legal Support, PKF International)

The Belgian Parliament on June 29 adopted the Programme Act, which introduces in Belgian tax law specific transfer pricing documentation requirements, that is, in article 321/1 to 321/7 of the Income Tax Code (Programme law of July 1, 2016 gazetted on July 4, 2016), in response to Action 13 of the OECD’s base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS project.  Continue Reading

Transfer Pricing Documentation Regime Being Revised in Poland

Transfer Pricing Documentation Regime Being Revised in Poland

By Marcin Jamroży (Associate Professor, Warsaw School of Economics, and Partner, Rödl & Partner, Poland)

Poland’s Finance Ministry recently published a draft tax Bill to implement key changes to the country’s transfer pricing documentation rules. The draft Bill is aimed at simplifying Poland’s transfer pricing regulations and lowering the bureaucratic and administrative burden for enterprises. The philosophy of a simple, transparent, and friendly tax system should be written into the law. At the same time, it is underlined that the draft Bill should be sealed against loopholes and incorporate the new OECD recommendations. The new regulation is proposed to be effective from January 1, 2019.Continue Reading

Spain’s Patent Box Regime Aligned with BEPS Action 5

Spain's Patent Box Regime Aligned with BEPS Action 5

By Mario Ortega Calle (Partner, Garrigues, Madrid) and Laura Jiménez (Associate, Garrigues, Madrid)

Spain’s General State Budget for 2018, published by Law 6/2018 of July 3, 2018, in the Official Gazette, has amended the country’s patent box regime to bring it in further alignment with the “nexus approach” developed by the OECD under Action 5 of the base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) project.Continue Reading

UK Raises £388 million from Diverted Profits Tax Law in 2017-18

UK Raises £388 million from Diverted Profits Tax Law in 2017-18

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 UK tax authority, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), raised GBP388m from the diverted profits tax (DPT) legislation in 2017-18, according to the Transfer Pricing and Diverted Profits Tax Statistics published on July 31.Continue Reading

Franka Sturm Joins Houthoff’s Tax Practice as Counsel

Houthoff, one of the largest law firms in the Netherlands, has hired Franka Sturm as Counsel for the firm’s tax practice.

Sturm has over 13 years of experience as a tax specialist in international practice with a focus on M&A and oil and gas.

Before joining Houthoff, Sturm worked with the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration and with PwC as a Senior Tax Manager.

MNE Tax Avoidance Thing of the Past, OECD Tells G-20

MNE Tax Avoidance Thing of the Past, OECD Tells G-20

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). 


Multinational enterprises (MNEs) are “changing their behavior” as a direct result of recent tax measures taken to tackle base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS), the OECD has told the Group of Twenty (G-20) Finance Ministers.Continue Reading

OECD Briefs G-20 on BEPS Implementation

BEPS Project Already Having an Impact: OECD Tells G-20

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 progress report setting out the major tax developments that took place in the last year concerning the OECD’s base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) project.Continue Reading

BusinessEurope Calls for Global Agreement on Digital Economy Taxation

BusinessEurope Calls for Global Agreement on Digital Economy Taxation

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 Confederation of European Business (BusinessEurope) has said that a global agreement is needed on changes to international tax rules concerning the digital economy to ensure a global level-playing field encompassing all major tax jurisdictions.Continue Reading

Baker McKenzie Elects New Tax Partners

Law firm Baker McKenzie has announced the election of 13 new tax partners.

The newly elected partners are: Michael Nixon (Singapore), Simone Bridges (Sydney), Kirill Vikulov (Moscow), David Jamieson (London), Jessica Eden (London), Rodrigo Castillo Cottin (Bogota), Paul F. DePasquale (New York), Tatyana Johnson (New York), Victor Alejandro Morales-Chavez (Mexico City), Jonathan Welbel (Chicago), Joshua Nixt (New York), Andrew C. O’Brien-Penney (Chicago), and Ivan Tsios (Chicago).Continue Reading

New Italian Transfer Pricing Guidelines Explained

New Italian Transfer Pricing Guidelines Explained

By Diletta Fuxa (Senior Manager), Studio Associato Servizi Professionali Integrati, Member of Fieldfisher

On May 14, 2018, Italy’s Ministry of Economy and Finance issued a Decree, which lays down new transfer pricing guidelines in compliance with the provisions set forth in article 110 (7) of the Income Tax Code (Testo Unico delle Imposte sui Redditi).Continue Reading

Report on Taxation of Offshore Indirect Transfer of Assets Issued

Report on Taxation of Offshore Indirect Transfer of Assets Issued

The Platform for Collaboration on Tax – a joint initiative of the IMF, the OECD, the UN, and the World Bank Group – has published for public comments a revised version of its report on taxation of offshore indirect transfers of assets.Continue Reading

EU Committee Calls For Fair, Uniform Taxation of Digital Economy

EU Committee Calls For Fair, Uniform Taxation of Digital Economy

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 European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has called for a fair, consensus-based international solution at the OECD-level to tackle tax challenges posed by the digital economy. 

The EU advisory body said that contrary to common international corporate taxation practice, the European Commission’s proposals aims to tax businesses’ turnover instead of profits, and to levy taxes where sales take place instead of where value is created. This approach, it noted, could jeopardize the integrity of the EU single market and lead to double taxation.Continue Reading

UK to Amend Corporate Interest Restriction Rules

UK to Amend Corporate Interest Restriction Rules

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 UK Government has published draft legislation that would make technical amendments to the country’s corporate interest restriction rules to ensure the corporation tax regime works as intended.Continue Reading

Guernsey Signs New Tax Treaty With UK

Guernsey Signs New Tax Treaty With UK

Guernsey has signed a new tax treaty with the UK. The new tax treaty replaces the one that has been in force since 1951.

The new tax treaty is based, broadly, on the OECD Model Tax Convention, which Guernsey has generally followed in its negotiations with other jurisdictions in recent years. The text of the tax treaty incorporates some of the recent international standards designed to prevent base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS). Continue Reading

OECD Consulting on Transfer Pricing Aspects of Financial Transactions

OECD Consulting on Transfer Pricing Aspects of Financial Transactions

The OECD today called for stakeholders’ input on a discussion draft on financial transactions, which deals with follow-up work in relation to base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) Actions 8-10, on assuring that transfer pricing outcomes are in line with value creation.
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Selective Tax Advantage to Starbucks: EU Court Hears the Netherlands

Selective Tax Advantage to Starbucks: EU Court Hears the Netherlands

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). 


At a hearing of the General Court of the European Union on July 2, the Dutch Government put forward three points to demonstrate that it did not provide selective tax advantages to Starbucks in violation of the EU state aid rules.Continue Reading

Further Three Tax Jurisdictions Sign BEPS Convention

Further Three Tax Jurisdictions Sign 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). 


Kazakhstan, Peru, and the UAE have signed the base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) Multilateral Convention, the OECD has announced, adding that Estonia intends to sign the Convention on June 29.Continue Reading

Switzerland to Exchange 109 CbC Reports With 35 nations

Switzerland to Exchange 109 CbC Reports With 35 nations

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 Swiss Federal Tax Administration (FTA) will exchange this month 109 country-by-country (CbC) reports of multinational enterprises’ (MNEs) with 35 foreign tax jurisdictions.Continue Reading

Transfer Pricing: The Intangible Assets Case

Introduction

The transfer pricing of intangible properties has always been a significant issue for multinational enterprises (MNEs). The excellent idea devoted to this matter with the current drive of the OECD to counter tax base erosion is dim long over-due. Indeed, the case with transfer pricing is technically considered a neutral concept but erroneously taken as an offensive action of MNEs that permits them to transfer profits generated by intangibles to so-called tax havens. Although, the arm’s length principle enshrine in the OECD Model has been misidentified as the primary instrument to tackle such abusive behavior of MNEs.Continue Reading

CCCTB: The concept and the effects in Cyprus and Malta

Introduction

When states attain membership of the European Union (EU), the governments are in charge of enacting and implementing their local direct taxation policy. The tax framework of the member-states shall not contravene or interfere the laid down policies and directives of the EU institutions; therefore, the sovereignty of member states is extremely safeguarded. Although the EU faces difficulties to come up with results that would be generally accepted by all member states, it has taken every step to integrate all Member States’ corporate direct taxation systems since the 1950s.Continue Reading

BEPS Convention to Enter Into Force in July

BEPS Convention to Enter Into Force in July

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’s Multilateral Convention to implement tax treaty-related measures to prevent base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) will enter into force on July 1, 2018.Continue Reading

Countries Agree to Reach Consensus on Digital Taxation by 2020

Countries Agree to Reach Consensus on Digital Taxation by 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). 


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.Continue Reading

MNEs Using Irish, Dutch Tax Systems to Avoid Tax: Commission Report

MNEs Using Irish, Dutch Tax Systems to Avoid Tax: Commission Report

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). 


In a first, the European Commission has stressed that tax rules in seven EU member states facilitate corporate tax avoidance by multinational enterprises (MNEs).Continue Reading

Ireland’s FM Discusses Corporate Tax Rate, US Tax Reform

Ireland’s FM Discusses Corporate Tax Rate, US Tax Reform

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). 


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.Continue Reading

Applying the Transfer Pricing CUP Method

The arm’s length principle treats the members of a multinational enterprise (MNE) as operating in separate entities, rather than as inseparable parts of a single, unified business. Therefore, it is required that MNEs follow the same pricing policy for intra-group and uncontrolled transactions, under comparable circumstances. Otherwise, the controlled companies shall take the necessary measures and adjust their profits by reference to the conditions, which would have obtained between independent enterprises.Continue Reading

Netherlands Underlines Plan to Tackle Tax Avoidance

Netherlands Underlines Plan to Tackle Tax Avoidance

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). 


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.Continue Reading

Italy’s Transfer Pricing Overhaul Will Boost Taxpayer Confidence

Italy’s Transfer Pricing Overhaul Will Boost Taxpayer Confidence

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.Continue Reading

Brazil to Revisit Transfer Pricing Regime

Brazil to Revisit Transfer Pricing Regime

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 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.Continue Reading