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Germany's Bundestag Approves VAT Reforms

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

Friday, November 16, 2018

Germany's parliament, the Bundestag, has approved the introduction of new value-added tax rules for online marketplaces. Read Full Story


Australia Consults On Tax Implications Of Insurance Law Reform

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

Friday, November 16, 2018

The Australian Government is consulting on the tax implications of a new accounting standard for insurance contracts. Read Full Story


Swiss Gov't Amends AEOI Ordinance

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

Friday, November 9, 2018

The Swiss Federal Council has amended its automatic exchange of tax information legislation to remove a transitional provision relating to the initial stage of implementation. Read Full Story


Finland To Strengthen CFC Legislation

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

Friday, November 9, 2018

The Finnish Government has proposed changes to controlled foreign company legislation that would widen the scope of the law and bring Finland in line with the European Union Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive. Read Full Story


HMRC's Large Business Tax Inquiries Now Taking Three Years

by Jason Gorringe, Tax-News.com, London

Friday, November 9, 2018

The average length of HMRC's tax inquiries into large businesses are now taking more than three years to settle, with each case taking around 39 months to resolve in 2017/18, up from 34 months in 2016/17, according to Pinsent Masons, the international law firm. Read Full Story


Malaysia Announces Corporate Tax, Sales Tax Reforms In Budget

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

Friday, November 9, 2018

Malaysia's 2019 Budget contains plans for an overhaul of sales and service tax rules and a corporate tax cut for small- and medium-sized enterprises. Read Full Story


FASB Issues New Standard For Variable Interest Entities

by Mike Godfrey, Tax-News.com, Washington

Friday, November 2, 2018

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) on October 31 issued Accounting Standards Update 2018-17, intended to reduce the cost and complexity of financial reporting associated with consolidation of variable interest entities (VIEs), for which consolidation is not based on a majority of voting rights. Read Full Story


Switzerland Notes Upcoming Tax Changes

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

Friday, November 2, 2018

The Swiss Federal Tax Administration has published a list of changes to the tax system that will take effect over the period 2019-2021. Read Full Story


Hong Kong's Parliament Endorses Improved R And D Tax Breaks

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

Friday, November 2, 2018

Hong Kong's Legislative Council has passed legislation to improve the jurisdiction's tax incentives for research and development spending. Read Full Story


UK Announces Digital Tax, Corporate Tax Reforms In New Budget

by Jason Gorringe, Tax-News.com, London

Friday, November 2, 2018

The UK's 2018 Budget includes changes to tax rules for companies, and notably for multinational groups to conform with the EU's Anti Tax Avoidance Directive. Most significantly, the UK has decided to move ahead of the EU in announcing that it will apply a tax on the turnover of certain digital businesses. Read Full Story


NZ Legislates For New Research And Development Tax Incentive

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

Friday, October 26, 2018

The New Zealand Government has introduced legislation to implement a new research and development tax incentive. Read Full Story


Global CPA Body Calls For International Digital Tax Solution

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

Monday, October 29, 2018

The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants has issued a policy paper calling for a multilateral approach to solving the tax challenges posed by the digital economy. Read Full Story












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