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Japan's Cabinet Endorses Tax Reform Plans

by Mary Swire,, Hong Kong

Monday, February 5, 2018

Japan's Cabinet recently approved tax reform bills, which have now been introduced into the country's parliament for debate. Read Full Story


Agreement Reached On New Trans-Pacific Partnership

by Mary Swire,, Hong Kong

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Ministers from 11 countries have announced their agreement upon the "core elements" of a new Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership. Read Full Story


Japan, Iceland Sign Double Tax Agreement

by Mary Swire,, Hong Kong

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Japan's Ministry of Finance has reported the signing of a double tax agreement with Iceland in Reykjavik. Read Full Story


US Taxpayer Body Argues Against Steel, Aluminum Tariffs

by Mike Godfrey,, Washington

Thursday, December 14, 2017

The National Taxpayers Union has called upon the US Department of Commerce to halt its investigation into steel and aluminum imports, claiming that imposing tariffs would be "an economically inefficient solution to a narrow problem." Read Full Story


Japan Planning Targeted Corporate Tax Relief

by Mary Swire,, Hong Kong

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Japan's ruling Liberal Democrat Party has approved a tax reform package that will cut corporate rates for companies who increase employee wages. Read Full Story


Ireland-Chile Double Tax Pact Enhanced

by Jason Gorringe,, London

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

In an e-brief issued on December 12, 2017, the Irish tax agency announced that maximum withholding tax rates on cross-border passive income have been lowered under the Ireland-Chile double tax agreement. Read Full Story


EU, Japan Finalize Landmark Free Trade Deal

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

Monday, December 11, 2017

The EU's new free trade agreement with Japan, finalized by negotiators from both sides on December 8, 2017, has been described as the European bloc's most comprehensive yet. Read Full Story


OECD Inviting Input On BEPS Action 14 Peer Reviews

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The OECD is seeking taxpayers' input on the mutual agreement procedure frameworks in place in the fourth batch of countries that will now be peer reviewed under the base erosion and profit shifting project: Australia, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Malta, Mexico, New Zealand, and Portugal. Read Full Story


Hong Kong, ASEAN Nations Sign Free Trade Deal

by Mary Swire,, Hong Kong

Monday, November 13, 2017

Hong Kong has signed a new free trade agreement with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, which is expected to become effective from January 2019. Read Full Story


NZ Singled Out For Praise By Tax Foundation Think Tank

by Mary Swire,, Hong Kong

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

In introducing its new 2017 International Tax Competitiveness Index, the Tax Foundation, a US tax policy think tank, notes the importance of simple but effective tax regimes and highlights New Zealand as the country that has implemented particularly positive reforms. Read Full Story



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