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House Tax Committee Votes To Repeal Obamacare

by Mike Godfrey,, Washington

Friday, March 10, 2017

Further progress towards the repeal of Obamacare and its replacement with a Republican alternative was taken on the evening of March 9, with the House of Representatives House Ways and Means Committee approving the proposed new legislation. Read Full Story


South Africa Consults On Sugar Tax Amendments

by Lorys Charalambous,, Cyprus

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The South African National Treasury has issued a list of questions and answers on the changes to the proposed tax on sugar-sweetened beverages that were introduced in the recently announced 2017-18 Budget. Read Full Story


Australia Consults On Protections For Tax Whistleblowers

by Mary Swire,, Hong Kong

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The Australian Government has launched a consultation on the introduction of new protections for tax whistleblowers. Read Full Story


S Korea Introduces Tax Break For Diesel Cars

by Mary Swire,, Hong Kong

Friday, December 9, 2016

The South Korean Ministry of Strategy and Finance has issued details of a tax incentive to be given to those individuals replacing old cars that have diesel engines for new gasoline-driven vehicles. Read Full Story


Think Tank Calls For Australian Sugar Tax

by Mary Swire,, Hong Kong

Monday, December 5, 2016

An Australian excise tax on sugary drinks could raise around AUD500m (USD372.2m) a year, according to a new report from the Grattan Institute, a think tank. Read Full Story


Canadian Budget Officer Calculates Impact Of Legalizing Cannabis

by Mike Godfrey,, Washington

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Applying regular retail sales taxes to sales of legalized cannabis in Canada would raise only modest revenues, the Parliamentary Budget Officer has said. Read Full Story


Portugal To Tax Sugary Drinks

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Portuguese Government has said that it intends to introduce a tax based on the sugar content of drinks to tackle obesity and other health problems related to the consumption of sugar. Read Full Story


EU MEPs Debate Canada Trade Deal

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

Friday, October 14, 2016

Members of the European Parliament's International Trade Committee have debated the proposed Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement with Canada, ahead of a crucial vote in December. Read Full Story


Ireland Consults On Sugary Drinks Tax Proposals

by Jason Gorringe,, London

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The Irish Government is consulting on plans to introduce a tax on sugar-sweetened drinks from April 2018. Read Full Story


Taiwan To Substantially Hike Cigarette Taxes

by Mary Swire,, Hong Kong

Thursday, October 6, 2016

The Taiwanese Government is to put forward a proposal to increase cigarette tax by TWD20 per pack. Read Full Story



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