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UK Criticized For Overzealous Offshore Tax Enforcement Plans

by Jason Gorringe, Tax-News.com, London

Thursday, May 17, 2018

The Chartered Institute of Taxation has criticized a new UK government proposal to extend significantly the tax assessment time limits in cases involving offshore tax matters. Read Full Story


Australia Budget Cuts Personal Income Tax

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

Friday, May 11, 2018

In addition to extending an increased expensing limit for small firms, reforming the research and development tax incentive, and committing to further corporate tax cuts, the Australian Government has announced significant personal income tax relief in what is expected to be the last Budget before elections. Read Full Story


Barbados Rejects UK Push For Public Beneficial Ownership Register

by Mike Godfrey, Tax-News.com, Washington

Friday, May 11, 2018

Barbados's Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce, and Small Business Development, Donville Inniss, has told a Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) conference there is no support on the island for a public register of beneficial ownership. Read Full Story


New Zealand Consults On Imposing GST On Low-Value Imports

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

Thursday, May 3, 2018

New Zealand has launched a consultation on proposals to charge goods and services tax on consignments worth less than NZD400, which currently benefit from a tax exemption for low-value imports, from October 1, 2019. Read Full Story


Hong Kong To Ensure ITVF Tax Break For Offshore Investors

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

Friday, April 27, 2018

Hong Kong's Government has published a draft law preserving the profits tax exemption for offshore venture capital funds who participate in the island's new Innovation and Technology Venture Fund. Read Full Story


Guernsey Regulator Releases Stock Market Integrity Code

by Jason Gorringe, Tax-News.com, London

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Guernsey's financial services regulator, the Guernsey Financial Services Commission, has released a draft code on market conduct standards focusing on behavior it considers amounts to market abuse. Read Full Story


OECD Urges International Tax Reform Of Savings, Investments

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

Friday, April 13, 2018

"While countries do not necessarily need to tax savings more, there is a lot of room to improve the way countries tax savings," according to Pascal Saint-Amans, Director of the OECD Centre for Tax Policy and Administration. Read Full Story


HMRC To Add To Arsenal Against Diverted Profits

by Jason Gorringe, Tax-News.com, London

Thursday, April 12, 2018

HM Revenue and Customs has launched a consultation inviting input on proposals to tackle arrangements entered into by individuals, partnerships, or companies that aim to move UK profits outside the scope of UK taxation, typically through the use of offshore trusts and companies. Read Full Story


IRS Explains How To Calculate Transition Tax Liability

by Mike Godfrey, Tax-News.com, Washington

Thursday, April 12, 2018

The US Internal Revenue Service and the Department of the Treasury have released comprehensive guidance on how to calculate liability to the Transition Tax, provided for in Section 965 of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and explained elections available to taxpayers. Read Full Story


OECD Releases New CRS Tax Transparency Standard Handbook

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

Friday, April 6, 2018

On April 5 the OECD released a new edition of the Common Reporting Standard Implementation Handbook and announced a number of territories have agreed relationships with others to automatically exchange tax information, including Panama. Read Full Story


Australia Provides Update On International Tax Enforcement

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

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

In comments to the TPMinds International Conference in late March, Deputy Commissioner Mark Konza outlined the Australia Taxation Office's priorities in the area of international tax enforcement, with an especial focus to be placed on the energy and resources sector and pharmaceutical industry. Read Full Story


Hong Kong Confirms Profits Tax Shakeup From April

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

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Hong Kong has gazetted an ordinance to establish a new two-tier corporate tax regime from April 1, 2018. Read Full Story


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