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French FM Sketches Contours Of FTT

French Finance Minister François Baroin has recently confirmed government plans to impose a financial transactions tax on shares, securities and derivatives.
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Germany Mulls Second Tax Simplification Law

Financial experts of both ruling parties in Germany’s black-yellow coalition government have called for a second tax simplification package to be adopted in 2012 to further simplify German tax law, thereby continuing to reduce the bureaucratic burden on both businesses and individuals.
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Canada, US Sign New Lumber Agreement

The Canadian government has signed a new agreement securing access to the US market for softwood lumber until 2015, which it is hoped will bring stability and predictability to the industry.
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Ireland Continues To Defend Corporate Tax Rate

Ireland is 'not in the business' of changing its corporate tax rate, Deputy Prime Minister Eamon Gilmore has said, stressing that it remains vital to jobs and investment.
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Vodafone Wins Indian Tax Dispute

India’s Supreme Court has ruled that Vodafone Group Plc is not liable for a USD2.2bn bill in back taxes and penalties after the USD11.2bn acquisition of Indian mobile phone company Hutchinson Essar in 2007.
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