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Fitch Release On US Water Utilities

by Mike Godfrey,, Washington

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Recent legislation lifting a ban on the use of tax-exempt bonds in conjunction with federal loans provided by the US Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act pilot program will result in lower borrowing costs for US water utilities, according to Fitch Ratings. Read Full Story


Luxembourg To Specialize In 'Digital Financial Services'

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Luxembourg for Finance, the agency responsible for promoting Luxembourg's financial services industry, has unveiled a five-year plan to expand on the finance center's growth. Read Full Story


Hong Kong Urged To Cut Tax For Asset Management

by Mary Swire,, Hong Kong

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Hong Kong's Financial Services Development Council has released a number of research reports, including one that addresses tax issues relating to open-ended fund companies and private equity investments. Read Full Story


Clinton Proposes High-Frequency Trading Tax

by Mike Godfrey,, Washington

Monday, October 12, 2015

Hillary Clinton has suggested the introduction in the United States of a financial transactions tax on high-frequency trading, which would not be as broadly-based as the tax already proposed by her opponent for the Democratic Party presidential nomination, Senator Bernie Sanders. Read Full Story


Tax Proposals In EU's Capital Markets Union Plan

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The European Commission has recently released an Action Plan that is aimed at boosting business funding and investment financing for EU firms, including through removing cross-border tax barriers, addressing the debt/equity bias, and reviewing tax incentives. Read Full Story


PwC Report Released On UK Banks' Tax Contribution

by Robert Lee,, London

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Professional services firm PwC has estimated the total tax contribution of the UK banking sector in 2014 at GBP31.3bn (USD48.5bn). Read Full Story


Brazil Withdraws Proposal To Tax Shareholder Distributions

by Mike Godfrey,, Washington

Friday, August 21, 2015

Brazilian Senator Gleisi Hoffmann has withdrawn her proposal to tax certain corporate distributions to shareholders. Read Full Story


Taiwan Presidential Candidate Proposes CGT Reform

by Mary Swire,, Hong Kong

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The presidential candidate of Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang party, Hung Hsiu-chu, has proposed reforms to replace the delayed capital gains tax on share trading. Read Full Story


FASB Sets Out Accounting Convergence Plans

by Mike Godfrey,, Washington

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Russell Golden, the Chairman of the Financial Accounting Standards Board, which is responsible for US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, has confirmed that it will work towards global accounting standards that are as comparable as possible. Read Full Story


Kenya Confirms Capital Gains Tax Arrangements

by Lorys Charalambous,, Cyprus

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Kenya has clarified forthcoming changes that will replace the nation's capital gains tax with a new withholding tax for securities trading activities. Read Full Story



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