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
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
In a significant expansion drive, Grant Thornton, leading audit, tax, and advisory firm, has added offices in Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, and St. Maarten, boosting its already wide presence in 13 locations across the Caribbean.Continue Reading
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.
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
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
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
By Jian-Cheng Ku (Legal Director, DLA Piper Nederland N.V.) and Jeroen Swart, (Tax Adviser, DLA Piper Nederland N.V.)
On February 18, 2018, the Dutch State Secretary of Finance announced that it will revise the Dutch tax ruling practice in light of results from a review conducted to examine if Dutch tax rulings met Dutch procedural requirements. Over 4,000 Dutch tax rulings were reviewed.
Current practice and review
A tax ruling provides Dutch taxpayers with the opportunity to obtain advance certainty on the tax consequences of proposed legal transactions. Taxpayers and the tax authorities are able to avoid potential disputes through tax rulings, which provide upfront assurance. The Dutch tax ruling practice is considered an important pillar of the Dutch business climate.Continue Reading
Eight tax administrations, including the UK and the US, have launched a pilot program for the multilateral risk assessment of multinational corporations.Continue Reading
In a major expansion drive, Dutch law firm Houthoff has welcomed Paulus Merks as a new partner in the tax team.Continue Reading