Senior tax officials from 20 countries in Europe and Central Asia recently met in Georgia to discuss ways to tackle tax avoidance and to implement the base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) proposals.
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.
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).
Artur Braga has joined São Paulo firm WZ Advogados as a Tax Partner.
Braga joined WZ Advogados after a 20-year career at Ernst and Young (EY). Braga specializes in advising clients in cross-border tax planning, tax litigation, audit reviews, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate restructurings.
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).
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.
The UK Government has published a final list of its reservations and notifications under the Multilateral Convention to implement tax treaty-related base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) measures.
The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued final regulations on inversions and related transactions.
The final regulations – issued on July 12 – address transactions that are structured to avoid the purposes of sections 7874 and 367 of the Internal Revenue Code and certain post-inversion tax avoidance transactions.
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.
The Hong Kong Government today gazetted the Inland Revenue (Amendment) (No.6) Ordinance 2018, to implement the minimum standards agreed under the base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) project and to codify the transfer pricing principles into the Inland Revenue Ordinance (Cap. 112).