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Switzerland Rules Out VAT Refund For TV Reception Fee

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Following the Swiss Federal Court's determination on April 13 that value-added tax (VAT) is not payable on the radio and television reception fee, the Federal Office of Communications has announced that VAT paid before that date will not be reimbursed. Read Full Story


Indonesia To Hike Tax On 2G Mobile Handsets

by Mary Swire,, Hong Kong

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Indonesian Government intends to increase tax on the sale of second generation mobile telephone handsets in order to encourage users to switch to more advanced 4G systems, according to Communications and Information Minister Rudiantara. Read Full Story


Progress Made On IMO's Environmental Initiatives

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Marine Environment Protection Committee of the International Maritime Organization met for its 68th session from May 11-15 2015. Read Full Story


Congo Introduces Telecoms Taxes

Lorys Charalambous,, Cyprus

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Director of Taxes for the Republic of Congo, Antoine Ngakosso, has announced new taxes on the telecoms industry. Read Full Story


Indonesia To Place VAT On E-Commerce

by Mary Swire,, Hong Kong

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The Indonesian Minister for Finance, Bambang Brodjonegoro, has confirmed the Government hopes to introduce value-added tax on e-commerce. Read Full Story


Ireland Clarifies Vodafone Shareholder Tax Relief

by Jason Gorringe,, London

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The Irish Revenue has issued additional guidance on a change introduced in the Finance Act 2014 to provide relief for Vodafone shareholders. Read Full Story


Internet Tax Out Of The Question Despite US Reforms

by Mike Godfrey,, Washington

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Ron Wyden, the outgoing Senate Finance Committee Chairman and the author of the Internet Tax Freedom Act, has said that proposals to reclassify Internet access services could not lead to the introduction of new taxes or fees on the Internet by the back door. Read Full Story


Brazil Extends Broadband Tax Breaks

by Mike Godfrey,, Washington

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Brazil has extended by one year the deadline for submissions under the tax break program for broadband infrastructure projects, according to an announcement from the Ministry of Communications. Read Full Story


Cameron Hints At UK Inheritance Tax Cut Ahead Of Elections

by Jason Gorringe,, London

Friday, October 17, 2014

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has again raised the prospect of increasing the UK's inheritance tax threshold to GBP1m ahead of another upcoming general election. Read Full Story


US Senate Urged To Pass Internet Tax Moratorium

by Mike Godfrey,, Washington

Friday, September 5, 2014

With the United States House of Representatives having already passed the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act, which would permanently extend a moratorium on internet access taxation, a coalition of 42 state and national organizations have come together to urge the Senate to pass equivalent legislation as soon as possible. Read Full Story



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