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  • Transfer Pricing
    By Tax-News.com Editorial
    Tuesday, May 21, 2013

    With the topic of corporate tax avoidance receiving attention in the global news media as never before, the world's revenue authorities are paying closer attention to transfer pricing.

    Survey after survey informs us that transfer pricing is now the top concern for multinationals in the area of taxation, and as Governments pour resources into policing this area taxpayers now have to be ever more vigilant to ensure that intra-group transactions meet arm's length standards set out in national transfer pricing regulations.
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  • Thursday, May 9, 2013

    It has been almost five years since the Doha Round of trade talks collapsed with the finishing line in sight. But while there have been numerous attempts to revive the Round, led by the indomitable WTO Director General Pascal Lamy, the world seems to have moved on.
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  • Personal Tax Review
    By Tax-News.com Editorial
    Tuesday, April 23, 2013

    In our last review of personal taxation we observed governments, anxious to appear to be taxing their subjects fairly, were by and large keeping lower rates of income tax on hold, while targeting high income individuals in their seemingly never-ending quest to raise the tax take. This trend, with few exceptions, has continued from 2012 into 2013.
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  • Tuesday, April 9, 2013

    This feature highlights the European Commission’s ongoing attacks against the way European Union (EU) Member States are applying reduced rates of value-added tax (VAT) to certain goods and services as it battles to simplify the European VAT system.
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  • UK Budget Review
    By Tax-News.com Editorial
    Tuesday, March 26, 2013

    UK Chancellor George Osborne has unveiled his 2013 budget, introducing tax measures that he claims put the UK on the path to having the "most competitive business tax system of any major economy in the world." As is often the case with national Budgets though, finance ministers have a tendency to give with one hand, and claw it back with the other.
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  • Tax Developments in Switzerland
    By Tax-News.com Editorial
    Tuesday, March 12, 2013

    This feature looks at recent tax developments in Switzerland since the turn of the year, including proposals in the areas of value-added tax, stamp duty, gambling taxes and “sin” taxes, as well as issues of wider importance surrounding the country’s special tax regimes and banking secrecy.
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  • Hong Kong Budget Review
    By Tax-News.com Editorial
    Monday, March 4, 2013

    On February 27, Hong Kong Financial Secretary John Tsang gave his annual Budget speech, in which he pledged to “share the city's prosperity” and provide a cushion against an uncertain economic environment. However, it can be said that behind the rhetoric was a budget of little substance, leading to fears that the Special Administrative Region of China may be losing its competitive edge.
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  • Tuesday, February 12, 2013

    As if tax wasn’t complicated enough in most jurisdictions, businesses must also contend with accounting standards rules that, internationally, are in a state of flux as countries harmonize their own rules with ever-evolving international standards at different speeds. This feature attempts to make sense of the current accounting standards situation, and the transition to global standards.
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  • Global Trade: The Asian Century
    By Tax-News.com Editorial
    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

    Progress towards the completion of the Doha Round of world trade talks remains stalled, and the World Trade Organization has warned of a lurch towards protectionism. However, the world’s major trading powers do not appear to have given up on expanding free trade, and while Doha lays dormant, the Asia-Pacific region – widely tipped to lead the next phase of global economic growth – is playing host to an emerging trend towards the conclusion of multilateral free trade groupings.
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  • International Real Estate
    By Tax-News.com Editorial
    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

    There has been no shortage of events in the area of real estate taxation across the world since our last news round-up on this subject, and, as before, two distinct trends continue: while Western governments are turning to property taxes to boost their coffers, certain Asian governments are using them to apply the brakes to surging property markets.
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  • Irish Budget Review
    By Tax-News.com Editorial
    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

    Announcing the government's Budget for 2013, Finance Minister Michael Noonan declared that, just two years after the catastrophic near-collapse of the country's banking system and its subsequent bail-out, Ireland is now "well on the road to recovery" and can look to the future with "confidence." However, he gave taxpayers little to cheer about despite the government having so far met its obligations under the bail-out agreement.
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  • Malta Review 2012-13: E-Gaming
    By Tax-News.com Editorial
    Tuesday, December 4, 2012

    In the autumn of 2000 the Maltese government passed legislation enabling online betting centres to be set up in the country, and this legislation, coupled with provisions from the Income Tax Act written specifically for international companies, made Malta an attractive location for casino and sportsbook operations. Malta became the first EU member state to regulate internet gaming in May 2004 with its Remote Gaming Regulations under the Lotteries and Other Games Act 2001.
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  • Malta Holding Companies Review 2012/13
    By Tax-News.com Editorial
    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

    Malta, like Cyprus, has been obliged to dismantle its old 'offshore' companies regime as a trade-off for joining the European Union. EU membership has, however, brought about certain benefits for Maltese companies trading across borders, and, coupled with investment-friendly government policies and some interesting tax planning opportunities, Malta remains one of the most favourable places in the EU in which to locate an international holding company.
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  • Tax-News Cyprus Shipping Review 2012/13
    By Tax-News.com Editorial
    Tuesday, November 6, 2012

    The Cypriot shipping industry has experienced strong growth since the creation of the shipping registry in 1963 and several ingredients have combined to make Cyprus one of the most important locations for a variety of maritime-related activities, including a benign tax regime, modern financial and legal infrastructure, low operating costs and geographical location at the junction of three continents.
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  • Topical Focus - Transaction Taxes
    By Tax-News.com Editorial
    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

    With the European Union - less than half of it at any rate - having reached a momentous agreement to forge ahead with a tax on financial transactions, in this article we give an overview of transaction tax initiatives past, present and future.
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  • Malta Shipping Review 2012/13
    By Tax-News.com Editorial
    Tuesday, October 9, 2012

    With its location in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, a centuries old maritime tradition and a respected and favourable regulatory and tax regime for shipping, it is no surprise that Malta has developed one of the world's largest ship registers in modern times, and in the face of stiff competition from other prominent maritime nations.
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  • Cyprus Review - Banks
    By Tax-News.com Editorial
    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

    After sailing through the initial phase of the global financial meltdown and ensuing credit crunch relatively unscathed, the European debt crisis has, it seems, finally caught up with Cyprus, with its banks heavily exposed to their Greek counterparts.
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  • Tuesday, September 11, 2012

    A lot has happened to Cyprus over the past 12 to 18 months as the country found itself caught up in the conflagration of the Eurozone debt and banking crisis. As a result, some taxes have been raised on both individuals and companies, but, on the whole, Cyprus remains an attractive jurisdiction for holding companies.
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  • Tuesday, August 28, 2012

    Despite ongoing pressure to increase tax revenues, a lot of governments have realised that when it comes to corporate tax, the best way to boost the tax take is to encourage corporate expansion, encouraging business start-ups and investment generally by lowering rates, and this has resulted in a downtrend in global corporate tax rates over the last 10 to 15 years.
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  • Global Tax Topical Focus
    By Tax-News.com Editorial
    Tuesday, August 14, 2012

    As governments attempt to extract the maximum amount of feathers from the goose with the minimum amount of hissing, they are increasingly turning their attention towards the wealthiest few percent of society in their search for extra revenue – and top sports professionals are a particularly juicy target. So with the London Games in mind, in this feature we take a look at how certain governments, legislatures and tax collectors are approaching this issue.
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