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Australian CEOs Urge Lawmakers To Approve Tax Cuts

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

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Four out of five Australian CEOs have said that their companies would increase investment spending if the company tax rate was reduced to 25 percent, according to a new survey by the Business Council of Australia. Read Full Story


Seychelles Overhauls Tax Settings In Recent 2018 Budget

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

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Seychelles Budget included numerous proposals to change the territory's tax settings, including new corporate tax reliefs and the settings for a progressive personal income tax regime. Read Full Story


Dutch Government To Tighten Trust Office Rules

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Government of the Netherlands intends to strengthen the regulatory regime for Dutch trust offices as part of its ongoing efforts to reduce tax avoidance and fraud. Read Full Story


IMF Urges Mexico To Shore Up Tax Regime

by Mike Godfrey, Tax-News.com, Washington

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The International Monetary Fund has urged Mexico to strengthen non-oil tax revenues and increase levels of tax compliance, especially in the area of value-added tax. Read Full Story


IRS Reminds Taxpayers Of Savers' Credit

by Mike Godfrey, Tax-News.com, Washington

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Internal Revenue Service has issued a reminder to low- and moderate-income workers that they can obtain a 50 percent credit for the first USD2,000 contributed to a retirement plan, called the Saver's Credit. Read Full Story


UK Publishes Legislation For Post-Brexit Cross-Border Taxes

by Jason Gorringe, Tax-News.com, London

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

On November 21, the UK Government published the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill, previously known as the Customs Bill, providing for the introduction of an independent customs regime for the UK when the country leaves the European Union. Read Full Story


Fianna Fail Claims Stamp Duty Victory For Irish Farmers

by Jason Gorringe, Tax-News.com, London

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Irish opposition party Fianna Fail has said that the Government has agreed to exempt farmers from a proposed increase to the stamp duty rate on non-residential property transactions. Read Full Story


Albania To Introduce Hotel Investment Tax Incentive

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Albanian Government has adopted a series of measures intended to boost investment in the country's tourism sector and in particular the development of luxury accommodation. Read Full Story


Canada Pledges To Respond Better To Taxpayer Relief Requests

by Mike Godfrey, Tax-News.com, Washington

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Taxpayers' Ombudsman has said that the Canada Revenue Agency must improve its response to taxpayer relief requests. Read Full Story


IMF Urges Rebalancing Of Lithuania's Taxes

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The International Monetary Fund has called on Lithuania to consider measures that will shift the emphasis of taxation away from labor and towards wealth. Read Full Story


IRS Failing To Properly Vet Third-Party Filers, TIGTA Says

by Mike Godfrey, Tax-News.com, Washington

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The IRS is not always verifying that its third party electronic filing providers meet the required standards, according to a report released on November 20 by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. Read Full Story


Hong Kong Considers Easing Stamp Duty Refund Restrictions

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

Monday, November 20, 2017

Hong Kong is planning to re-table legislation that would increase the period of time allowed for Hong Kong taxpayers to apply for a stamp duty refund. Read Full Story


HMRC Given New Powers Against Tax Scheme Promoters

by Jason Gorringe, Tax-News.com, London

Monday, November 20, 2017

The Chartered Institute of Taxation has highlighted that two significant new penalties for tax non-compliance are now effective, following Royal Assent to Finance (No. 2) Act 2017. Read Full Story


Irish Revenue Launches New Tax Evasion Inquiry

by Jason Gorringe, Tax-News.com, London

Monday, November 20, 2017

The Irish Revenue has announced that a new inquiry is underway to identify and pursue taxpayers engaged in offshore tax evasion and avoidance. Read Full Story


Finland Questions EU VAT Reform Proposals

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

Monday, November 20, 2017

The Finnish Government has said that while it supports the broad aims of the European Union's value-added tax reform plans, certain aspects of the proposals are problematic, and may lead to increased costs for traders. Read Full Story


US Security Summit Undertaking 'Taxpayer Awareness Week'

by Mike Godfrey, Tax-News.com, Washington

Monday, November 20, 2017

The Internal Revenue Service will join forces with state tax agencies and the tax industry to hold a second annual National Tax Security Awareness Week. Read Full Story


Senate Tax Proposal Seen As Better For Older US Taxpayers

by Mike Godfrey, Tax-News.com, Washington

Monday, November 20, 2017

The American Association of Retired Persons has praised the tax bill proposed by the US Senate Committee on Finance, saying it will be better for older Americans than the House version. Read Full Story


South Australia Presses Ahead With Tax Reforms

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

Monday, November 20, 2017

Following its decision to abandon plans for a controversial bank levy, the South Australian Government has announced that it will still press ahead with payroll tax cuts and a higher foreign investor surcharge. Read Full Story


UAE Releases Executive Regulation On VAT

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

Monday, November 20, 2017

The United Arab Emirates released Regulations setting out key elements of the rules surrounding value-added tax, which will be implemented from January 1, 2018. Read Full Story


EFTA States, Turkey Close To Concluding Free Trade Deal

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

Monday, November 20, 2017

Delegations from the European Free Trade Association states and Turkey met in Ankara on November 14-16 for the sixth round of negotiations on the modernization and expansion of their existing free trade agreement. Read Full Story


US Tax Reform Bills Advanced By Senate Committee, House

by Glen Shapiro, Tax-News.com, New York

Friday, November 17, 2017

Both the House of Representatives and the Senate Finance Committee passed their respective US tax reform bills on November 16. Read Full Story


HMRC Delays VAT Change On Pension Fund Management Services

by Jason Gorringe, Tax-News.com, London

Friday, November 17, 2017

The UK tax authority is to delay changes to the VAT rules for pension fund management services and amend its recent guidance. Read Full Story


MEPs: EU Must Do More To Tackle Tax Evasion

by Jason Gorringe, Tax-News.com, London

Friday, November 17, 2017

MEPs have criticized the European Council and European finance ministers for a "lacklustre performance" in the fight against tax evasion and avoidance. Read Full Story


OECD Global Forum Discusses Tax Transparency Progress

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

Friday, November 17, 2017

200 delegates from more than 90 delegations met in Yaoundé, Cameroon, on November 15-17, 2017, for the 10th meeting of the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes which now includes 147 countries and jurisdictions. Read Full Story


Brexit Will Be A Challenge, Irish Finance Minister Says

by Jason Gorringe, Tax-News.com, London

Friday, November 17, 2017

Irish Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe has spoken of the scale of the challenge presented by Brexit and of the "complexity and difficulty that must be overcome." Read Full Story



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