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The Australian Government has passed legislation that will tighten the eligibility criteria for the Wine Equalisation Tax rebate and prevent the rebate being claimed multiple times on the same wine. Read Full Story
The Government of Botswana should seek to strengthen its revenue base amid volatile revenue flows from the diamond mining sector and the South African Customs Union, the International Monetary Fund has said. Read Full Story
Singapore could use its significant fiscal reserves to keep its tax rates low while boosting spending, rather than looking to tax hikes, the International Monetary Fund has said. Read Full Story
Ireland's Finance Department has published a paper on policy options for reform of the Universal Social Charge, which include a possible merger with Pay Related Social Insurance. Read Full Story
The Irish Chambers of Commerce have called on the Government to lower the tax burden on the self-employed and to commit to a review of the income tax system. Read Full Story
Ireland's Small Firms Association has said that improvements to the tax rules for the self-employed and a share-based remuneration scheme for employees are among its top priorities for Budget 2018. Read Full Story
The OECD has praised Luxembourg's tax regime for its predictability, although it sounded a warning about the volatility of tax revenues from the financial sector. Read Full Story
The Australian Government has unveiled a package of housing tax breaks, including a new scheme for first-time buyers, a superannuation incentive for downsizers, and tighter rules for foreign residents. Read Full Story
The National Retail Federation has urged the House tax-writing committee to consider small retailers and their employees when reforming the nation's tax code, saying they would suffer more than large companies under a proposal to create a border adjustment tax. Read Full Story
The IMF has recommended that the Canadian Government undertake a "holistic" review of the tax system, to identify areas for improving efficiency while maintaining the country's competitiveness. Read Full Story
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