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Australia Adds To Diverted Profits Tax Guidance

by Mary Swire,, 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

Barbados Agrees To Phase Out Harmful Tax Regimes

by Mike Godfrey,, 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

More US Firms Announce Investments After Tax Cuts

Mike Godfrey,, Washington

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

One month after the US slashed its corporate tax rate to 21 percent, 287 companies have announced wage hikes or plans to expand their investments in the US, according to Americans for Tax Reform. Read Full Story

Irish Revenue's Tax Enforcement Work Yields Results

by Jason Gorringe,, London

Friday, January 5, 2018

Non-compliance "interventions" by the Irish Revenue yielded EUR492m (USD594m) last year, according to the latest figures published by the tax authority. Read Full Story

Luxembourg Regulator Issues Fines After Panama Papers Probe

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

The Luxembourg financial regulator, the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier, has fined several financial institutions for failing to adhere to anti-money laundering laws following an investigation which began after the publication of the Panama Papers. Read Full Story

HMRC Details 2017 Prosecutions For Tax Crimes

by Jason Gorringe,, London

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

HM Revenue and Customs, the UK's tax authority, has revealed details of its enforcement activities during 2017, including a round-up of the "top ten" cases it pursued. Read Full Story

Australia Sees Itself As A Corporate Tax Outlier

by Mary Swire,, Hong Kong

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Treasurer Scott Morrison has said that if Australia fails to respond to the newly passed US plan for drastic tax cuts, Australian jobs, wages, and investment will suffer. Read Full Story

US Blocked From Backing Apple's EU Tax Appeal

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

The General Court of the EU has rejected a request put forward by the US Government to involve itself in support of Apple's attempts to vindicate the tax rulings it received from Ireland. Read Full Story

Canada Tightens Voluntary Disclosure Rules

by Mike Godfrey,, Washington

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

The Canada Revenue Agency is to tighten the rules around its Voluntary Disclosures Program, to prevent the scheme being used as a way to avoid the consequences associated with aggressive tax planning. Read Full Story

MEPs Approve PANA Committee Tax Recommendations

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

Friday, December 15, 2017

Members of the European Parliament have approved the recommendations made by the European Parliament's special committee on tax avoidance and evasion, calling for open registers of beneficial owners, effective protections for whistleblowers, and new rules for intermediaries. Read Full Story

Transfer Pricing Regime Changes Also In NZ BEPS Bill

by Mary Swire,, Hong Kong

Thursday, December 14, 2017

The New Zealand Government has released an explanatory memorandum on the technical provisions to counter base erosion and profit shifting in the Taxation (Neutralising Base Erosion and Profit Shifting) Bill, which was recently tabled in parliament. Read Full Story

Barbados To Challenge 'Unfair' Inclusion On EU Tax Blacklist

by Mike Godfrey,, Washington

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Barbados's Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development, Donville Inniss, says the island is seeking an urgent review of its recent tax "blacklisting" by the European Council, and has provided further background explaining why its placement on the list is unfair. Read Full Story


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