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US Treasury Changes 'Use-or-Lose' Rule For Health FSAs

by Mike Godfrey,, Washington

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The United States Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service have issued a notice modifying the long-standing "use-or-lose" rule for health flexible spending arrangements. Read Full Story


Newspaper To Leak Details Of UK Corporate Tax Avoidance

by Robert Lee,, London

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Independent will this week reveal "how more than 30 UK companies, including some of the UK's most recognizable brands," are benefiting from a legal tax loophole. Read Full Story


Health Groups Call On Irish Govt To Increase Tobacco Taxes

by Jason Gorringe,, London

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Irish health groups have called on the Government to introduce annual tax increases on tobacco products of 5 percent above inflation. Read Full Story


GOP Examines Supreme Court's Obamacare Tax Ruling

by Mike Godfrey,, Washington

Friday, July 13, 2012

The House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee has held a hearing to explore the implications of the United States Supreme Court’s ruling that the ‘individual account’ provision within President Obama’s Affordable Care Act is a tax increase, and not a penalty. Read Full Story


France Eyes VAT On Cosmetic Surgery

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

Monday, June 18, 2012

The French finance ministry is currently examining the idea of subjecting cosmetic surgery to the 19.6% standard rate of value-added tax. Read Full Story


Report Shows Incentives For US Companies To Drop Health Cover

by Mike Godfrey,, Washington

Friday, May 4, 2012

In a new report prepared for the House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee, data from United States Fortune 100 companies show that they could save significant amounts under the new health care law by simply terminating health insurance for their workers and putting those employees into taxpayer-funded health care exchanges. Read Full Story


Congress Examines Tax-Advantaged Health Accounts

by Mike Godfrey,, Washington

Friday, April 27, 2012

On April 25, a US Congressional panel held a hearing focused on the limitations imposed on the purchase of over-the-counter medication with tax-advantaged accounts, such as health care flexible spending arrangements, health savings accounts and health reimbursement accounts. Read Full Story


Irish Company Formations Up; Insolvencies Fall

by Jason Gorringe,, London

Friday, February 10, 2012

Conditions on the ground in Ireland may be improving, according to new figures published by Vision-net, which show that new business formations in Ireland have outpaced insolvencies so far this year, despite four insolvencies every day. Read Full Story


Sweden To Tighten Interest Deduction Rules

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

Monday, November 21, 2011

The Swedish government has announced plans to set up a corporate tax committee tasked with examining the issue of questionable, ‘aggressive’ tax planning in the private healthcare and education sectors with respect to interest deductions. Read Full Story


HMRC Targets UK's Doctors And Dentists

by Robert Lee,, London

Friday, November 18, 2011

The UK's doctors and dentists will feel the force of the taxman in the coming weeks, with 2,500 expected to receive letters warning them that they must get their tax affairs in order. Read Full Story



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