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Hong Kong Tables Bill For Research And Development Tax Breaks

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

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The Hong Kong Government has released a draft bill containing its 2017 proposal to provide an enhanced tax deduction for research and development expenditure. Read Full Story


IRS Issues Guide On New Depreciation And Expensing Rules

by Mike Godfrey, Tax-News.com, Washington

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The United States Internal Revenue Service has issued a new fact sheet explaining the new deprecation and expensing rules included in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Read Full Story


New Zealand's Tax Reform Consultation Ends This Week

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

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

New Zealand is to soon begin formulating new tax reform measures, aimed at improving the balance and fairness of the tax regime, based on the feedback to a public consultation that ends April 30. Read Full Story


Denmark May Reduce Electricity Tax 'Significantly'

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Danish Tax Minister Karsten Lauritzen has suggested that the Government should reduce the level of tax on electricity consumption, which is currently the highest in Europe. Read Full Story


Ireland Consults On Local Property Tax Changes

by Jason Gorringe, Tax-News.com, London

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The Irish Finance Department has launched a public consultation on the Local Property Tax, as part of a broader review of the tax. Read Full Story


Time For Latin America, Caribbean To Hike Tax: World Bank

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

Thursday, April 19, 2018

With economic recovery being reported in Latin American and Caribbean states, a new World Bank report says governments must now look to fiscal policy to reduce their deficits. Read Full Story


Think Tank Calls For Scottish VAT Devolution

by Jason Gorringe, Tax-News.com, London

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Reform Scotland, a non-partisan think tank, has called for value-added tax powers to be devolved from the UK Government to the Scottish Government, once legal restrictions imposed by EU law are lifted following the UK's from the European Union. Read Full Story


Switzerland Adopts Dispatch On New DTAs

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Swiss Federal Council has adopted dispatches on a new double tax agreement with Zambia and a protocol to the current agreement with Ecuador. Read Full Story


UK Revisits Proposed BEPS Changes To Its Double Tax Treaties

by Jason Gorringe, Tax-News.com, London

Thursday, April 19, 2018

The UK tax agency, HM Revenue and Customs, on April 16, 2018, released proposed changes to the list of amendments it intends to make to its bilateral double tax avoidance agreements through the OECD's base erosion and profit shifting multilateral instrument. Read Full Story


New Zealand Confirms Virtual Currencies Are Property For Tax Purposes

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

Thursday, April 19, 2018

New Zealand has joined a number of territories in confirming this month that virtual currency transactions are taxable as property, in new guidance that was issued at the beginning of the month. Read Full Story


German Industry Cautions Against EU Digital Tax

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Federal Association of German Industry has said that proposals for a tax on digital companies will be detrimental to the European economy and exacerbate trade tensions between Europe and the United States. Read Full Story


Sparce Fiscal Room For Irish Budget Tax Cuts

by Jason Gorringe, Tax-News.com, London

Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Irish Government will have limited fiscal space available for either tax cuts or new spending measures in its next Budget, according to its latest Stability Programme Update. Read Full Story


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