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Norway Announces Tax Breaks In Revised Budget

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Norway's Government on May 15, 2018, released a revised Budget, including a VAT exemption for electronic publications, changes to tax reliefs for corporates, and a simplified tax regime for foreign workers. Read Full Story


HK's Legislature Passes 2018/19 Budget Bill

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

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Hong Kong's Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, James Lau, has welcomed the recent passage of the 2018/19 Budget Bill through the special administrative region's parliament. Read Full Story


Ireland Releases Virtual Currency Tax Guidance

by Robert Lee, Tax-News.com, London

Thursday, May 17, 2018

The Irish Revenue has issued an eBrief to clarify how "normal tax rules" apply to transactions involving cryptocurrencies. Read Full Story


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


Singapore Legislates For IP Tax Concession Reform

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

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Singapore has gazetted a law to repeal the income tax concession for intellectual property income derived by companies benefiting from the Pioneer Service Companies Incentive or the Development and Expansion Incentive schemes. Read Full Story


EU Council Adopts Directive To Make Company Ownership Data Public

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

Thursday, May 17, 2018

The European Council has approved a new package of rules designed to prevent fiscal crime, including allowing the public access to information on the beneficial ownership of companies. Read Full Story


Germany To Provide Tax Relief In 2019

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

Friday, May 11, 2018

German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz has indicated that the Government may provide limited personal income tax relief by adjusting tax brackets next year, with tax revenues expected to be higher than targeted over the next few years. Read Full Story


South Africa Invites Comment On VAT Zero-Rate Review

by Lorys Charalambous, Tax-News.com, Cyprus

Friday, May 11, 2018

South Africa's National Treasury is inviting the public to contribute to a review of the list of items zero-rated for value-added tax purposes. Read Full Story



HK Government Studying Vacant Property Tax

by Jason Gorringe, Tax-News.com, London

Friday, May 11, 2018

Hong Kong's Government says it is studying the feasibility of introducing a tax on vacant "first-hand" private residential properties. Read Full Story


Macau To Sign OECD Multilateral Information Exchange Treaty

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

Friday, May 11, 2018

Macau's Chief Executive has issued an order authorizing signature of the OECD Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement on Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information. 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


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