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Global Energy Tax Regimes Falling Severely Short: OECD

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The OECD has released a new report analyzing energy use and tax regimes in 42 countries, which make up 80 percent of global energy use. The report calls on governments to adopt more effective use of taxes to cut harmful emissions from energy use. Read Full Story


Australia's Board Of Taxation Considers Bare Trusts Tax Reform

by Mary Swire, Tax-News.com, Hong Kong

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Australia's Board of Taxation has published the results of its review into the taxation of bare trusts. Read Full Story


US House Approves Generalized System Of Preferences Bill

by Mike Godfrey, Tax-News.com, Washington

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

On February 13, 2018, the US House of Representatives voted 400-2 to pass a bipartisan bill to renew the Generalized System of Preferences. Read Full Story


India Clarifies Capital Gains Tax Changes

by Mary Swire, Tax-News.com, Hong Kong

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

India's Central Board of Direct Taxes has released further information on the long-term capital gains tax announced in the recent budget, in the form of a list of answers to frequently asked questions. Read Full Story


China Sets Out How To Determine Beneficial Owner For Treaties

by Mary Swire, Tax-News.com, Hong Kong

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

On February 3, 2018, China's State Administration of Taxation set out new rules on the disallowance of tax treaty benefits where an entity fails to demonstrate it is the beneficial owner of Chinese assets from which passive income is derived. Read Full Story


Tax-Related Identity Theft Down 40 Percent, IRS Says

Mike Godfrey, Tax-News.com, Washington

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Internal Revenue Service has announced steep declines in tax-related identity theft in 2017, attributing the success to its Security Summit initiative, a private-public sector partnership formed in 2015 to combat identity theft. Read Full Story


Hungary Lowering VAT On Food

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Hungarian Government has said that it will continue its policy of reducing rates of value-added tax on various foodstuffs in 2018 to boost domestic agriculture and reduce food prices. Read Full Story


Australia Adds To Diverted Profits Tax Guidance

by Mary Swire, Tax-News.com, Hong Kong

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Australian Tax Office on February 7 released draft Practical Compliance Guideline 2018/D2 on the operation of Australia's Diverted Profits Tax for consultation. Read Full Story


Ireland Announces 2018 Tax Revenue Targets

by Jason Gorringe, Tax-News.com, London

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Irish Government is targeting a seven percent increase in revenue over 2017's tax take. Read Full Story


New CbC Reporting Guidance Included In OECD's BEPS Update

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Inclusive Framework on BEPS has released additional guidance to give certainty to tax administrations and MNE Groups alike on the implementation of Country-by-Country (CbC) reporting (BEPS Action 13). Read Full Story


European Parliament To Launch Paradise Papers Inquiry

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The European Parliament is to establish a new special committee on financial crimes, tax evasion, and tax avoidance. Read Full Story


Morrison Continues Australian Corporate Tax Cut Push

by Mary Swire, Tax-News.com, Hong Kong

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

It does not "make any sense" to keep Australia's business taxes high, Treasurer Scott Morrison has said. Read Full Story


Barbados Agrees To Phase Out Harmful Tax Regimes

by Mike Godfrey, Tax-News.com, Washington

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Two Barbados preferential tax regimes have been labelled "potentially harmful" in additional guidance released by the OECD in connection with its base erosion and profit shifting project. Read Full Story


India Concludes First US Bilateral Advance Pricing Agreement

by Mary Swire, Tax-News.com, Hong Kong

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The Indian Central Board of Direct Taxes on February 7 announced that it entered into its first ever bilateral advance pricing agreement with a US firm, in cooperation with authorities in the US. Read Full Story


Tax Agencies To Discuss TP Proactively With Willing MNEs

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The OECD has recently launched a new program – the International Compliance Assurance Programme – being spearhead by the Forum on Tax Administration that is aimed at providing assurance to multinationals with regards to their transfer pricing affairs. Read Full Story


EU, Norway Sign VAT Fraud Prevention Deal

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The EU and Norway have signed a new agreement on administrative cooperation on VAT compliance. Read Full Story


Brexit: EU Explains Tax Impact On Cross-Border Trade

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The EU's Directorate-General for Tax and Customs Union has explained how the UK ceasing to be a member of the European Union will impact the customs and value-added tax rules applying to UK businesses and EU firms trading with the UK. Read Full Story


Australia Legislates To Target 'Black Economy'

by Mary Swire, Tax-News.com, Hong Kong

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The Australian Government has introduced legislation to crack down on the use of electronic sales suppression tools and to extend the Taxable Payments Reporting System. Read Full Story


Bermuda Lists CbC Report Exchange Partners

by Jason Gorringe, Tax-News.com, London

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The Bermuda Government on January 31, 2018, updated the lists of the countries with which it will exchange country-by-country reports filed in Bermuda in 2018 and in 2019. Read Full Story


Costa Rica Gazettes Country-by-Country Reporting Rules

by Mike Godfrey, Tax-News.com, Washington

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

On February 2, 2018, Costa Rica published Resolution no. DGT-R-001-2018 in its Official Gazette, setting out the rules for filing a country-by-country report. Read Full Story


IRS May Delay More Tax Refunds To Tackle Fraud

Mike Godfrey, Tax-News.com, Washington

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The Internal Revenue Service has been successful in implementing processes to identify and prevent fraud but could do more to strengthen pre-refund verification, according to a new report from the US Government Accountability Office on last year's tax filing season. Read Full Story


Swiss Taxpayer Wins US Tax Treaty Refund Dispute

by Mike Godfrey, Tax-News.com, Washington

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The United States District Court for the District of Columbia on January 31 ruled in favor of Starr International Company in a case concerning an erroneous refund paid to the taxpayer, which the IRS sought to reclaim. Read Full Story


China 'Has Slashed Business Taxes By CNY2.5tn Since 2012'

Mary Swire, Tax-News.com, Hong Kong

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The Chinese tax administration has reported that businesses have saved CNY2 trillion (USD317.8bn) following the replacement of business tax with value-added tax, beginning in 2012. Read Full Story


Spain Publishes 2018 Tax Compliance Plan

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The Spanish tax authority has published its annual tax and customs control plan for 2018, which details the tax compliance and enforcement measures that it intends to undertake in the coming year. Read Full Story


Japan's Cabinet Endorses Tax Reform Plans

by Mary Swire, Tax-News.com, Hong Kong

Monday, February 5, 2018

Japan's Cabinet recently approved tax reform bills, which have now been introduced into the country's parliament for debate. Read Full Story



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