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New Zealand Enacts COVID-19 Support Bill

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

Monday, March 30, 2020

New Zealand has enacted The COVID-19 Response (Taxation and Social Assistance Urgent Measures) Bill to support businesses and individuals cope with the COVID-19 outbreak. Read Full Story


OECD Takes Stock Of International Efforts To Counter Treaty Abuse

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

Monday, March 30, 2020

On March 24, 2020, the OECD has released a second update on the peer review process to assess countries' efforts to implement the BEPS Action 6 minimum standard on tackling tax treaty abuse. Read Full Story


US Senate Passes 'Phase Three' COVID-19 Aid Package

by Mike Godfrey, Tax-News.com Washington

Monday, March 30, 2020

On March 25, 2020, the United States Senate overwhelmingly approved the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, which represents the third package of financial aid measures to businesses and individuals affected by the coronavirus crisis and which includes numerous tax provisions to support businesses. Read Full Story


Malta Defers Tax Payment Deadlines In Response To COVID-19

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

Monday, March 30, 2020

In response to the coronavirus outbreak, the Maltese Government has announced deferrals for the payment of a number of taxes. Read Full Story


Turkey Props Up Airlines Impacted By COVID-19 With VAT Relief

by Lorys Charalambous, Tax-News.com, Cyprus

Monday, March 30, 2020

On March 23, 2020, the Turkish Government published a resolution in the official gazette to temporarily reduce the rate of VAT on air passenger transport to one percent. Read Full Story


Switzerland Announces COVID-19 Plan To Scrap Interest On Tax Arrears

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

Monday, March 30, 2020

The Swiss Government has announced that it will waive interest on late payments of tax, to allow companies to delay their tax payments. Read Full Story


Belgium Waiving VAT On COVID-19-Related Activities

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

Monday, March 30, 2020

On March 24, 2020, the Belgian tax authority announced value-added tax will not be levied on medical equipment donated to hospitals and healthcare facilities. Read Full Story


COVID-19: Germany Allowing Businesses To Defer Taxes

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

Monday, March 30, 2020

The German Ministry of Finance has adopted a circular including various tax relief measures for businesses affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Read Full Story


Netherlands Adopts COVID-19 Economic Relief Package

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

Monday, March 30, 2020

On March 17, 2020, the Dutch Ministry of Finance announced that the Government has adopted a package of measures intended to protect the economy from the coronavirus epidemic, including several tax changes. Read Full Story


Belgium Extends Deadlines In Light Of COVID-19

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

Monday, March 30, 2020

On March 18, 2020, the Belgian tax authorities announced the postponement of various value-added tax filing and payment deadlines to support companies during the coronavirus crisis. Read Full Story


Coronavirus Won't Delay Digital Tax Work, OECD Says

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

Monday, March 30, 2020

The OECD has said that it is continuing to forge ahead with the development of new international tax rules for the digitalized economy. Read Full Story


UK's IR35 Reforms Delayed For One Year

by Jason Gorringe, Tax-News.com, London

Monday, March 30, 2020

The UK Government has announced that the expansion of the off-payroll working rules, known as IR35, will be delayed until April 2021, in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. Read Full Story


Austria Announces COVID-19 Tax Relief Measures

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

Monday, March 30, 2020

On March 16, 2020, the Austrian Ministry of Finance announced that it has developed a new form to help companies expedite their claims for coronavirus-related tax relief. Read Full Story


Netherlands Announces Tax Measures To Mitigate COVID-19

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The Dutch Government will allow taxpayers to defer payments of certain taxes under a new package of coronavirus economic relief measures. Read Full Story


Ireland Announces Help For SMEs With Cash-Flow Issues

by Jason Gorringe, Tax-News.com, London

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The Irish Revenue has issued advice on the steps it is taking to help SMEs experiencing cashflow and trading difficulties arising from the impact of the coronavirus. Read Full Story


France Announces Tax Support Measures For Businesses

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The French General Directorate of Public Finance has announced that companies and self-employed taxpayers will be able to postpone without penalty upcoming tax payments due to the public health emergency. Read Full Story


Italy Suspends Tax Assessments Over COVID-19

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

On March 12, 2020, the Italian Revenue Agency announced the suspension of its audit activities in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. Read Full Story


Germany Relaxes Tax Payment Rules

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

On March 13, 2020, the German Ministry of Finance announced the relaxation of certain tax payment requirements as part of a package of measures designed to ease the economic impact of the COVID-19 virus. Read Full Story


Germany Issues Draft Guidance On DAC6

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

On March 2, 2020, the German Ministry of Finance released a draft discussion document on new rules implementing the sixth European Union Directive on Administrative Cooperation, under which intermediaries are obligated to report certain tax planning schemes. Read Full Story


UK Announces Plastics Tax, Business Rates Relief In 2020 Budget

by Jason Gorringe, Tax-News.com, London

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The UK's 2020 Budget, released on March 11, 2020, includes proposals to waive business rates on small retailers, to introduce a new tax on plastics, and to remove value-added tax on electronic publications. Read Full Story


Kenya Announces Enforcement Policies In 2020 Budget

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

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

In its 2020 Budget Policy Statement, Kenya's Government announced a number of ongoing tax enforcement and administration initiatives, aimed at boosting collections and voluntary compliance rates. Read Full Story


Spain Legislates For Digital Services Tax

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The Spanish Government has published the draft bill to introduce a digital services tax in Spain, beginning the formal parliamentary process needed to introduce the measure. Read Full Story


Trump Discusses Payroll Tax Cut With Congress

by Mike Godfrey, Tax-News.com Washington

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

On March 9, 2020, United States President Donald Trump revealed that the Administration would begin discussions with Congress on potential tax measures to ease the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, including a payroll tax cut. Read Full Story


OECD Publishes Comments On CbC Reporting Review

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The OECD's public consultation on a review into the new transfer pricing documentation rules proposed as part of BEPS Action 13 has closed. It has published the 79 responses received. Read Full Story


Vietnam Pledges Tax Support Amid Spread Of COVID-19

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

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The Vietnamese Government has announced its intention to provide fiscal support to businesses impacted by the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Read Full Story












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