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Prepared for the Border Adjustment Tax? A U.S. and Global Perspective

K&L Gates' Global Tax Group has been monitoring the potential impact of the Border Adjustment Tax (BAT) across a number of jurisdictions. In our 14 February 2017 update, we commented that issues regarding the legality of...more

ATO Taxpayer Alert: Concerns about Certain Stapled Groups

In Taxpayer Alert TA 2017/1, the Australian Tax Office (ATO) has announced that it will be targeting arrangements which fragment integrated trading businesses, with particular emphasis on the inappropriate use of stapled...more

Border Adjustment Tax

The House Republicans have proposed sweeping changes to the U.S. tax system, specifically that income from the export of goods, services and intangibles will not be subject to federal income tax, and that the cost of such...more

2/13/2017  /  Australia , Border Tax , Exports , Imports

Committee Report: New Tax System for Managed Investment Trusts

On 10 March 2016, the Senate Economics Legislation Committee published the Report on the proposed legislation which will introduce a new system for taxing attribution managed investment trusts (AMITs). Committee's Views on...more

New Tax Conditions for Foreign Investment in Australia - Treasurer to Impose Tax Conditions on all Foreign Investment Applications...

On 22 February 2016, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Australia, published a media release regarding new requirements for foreign investment applications to ensure foreign companies investing in...more

New Tax Incentives for Early Stage Investment

On 7 December 2015, the Federal Government released an Innovation Statement which included important tax concessions aimed at making early stage investment more attractive. The concessions are expected to commence from 1 July...more

A New Tax System For Managed Investment Trusts

The Tax Laws Amendment (New Tax System for Managed Investment Trusts) Bill 2015 (Bill) was tabled in Parliament on 3 December 2015, along with three supporting bills. If passed in its present form, the Bill will...more

OECD/G20 Base Erosion and Profit Shifting Project — Final Reports Released

On October 5, 2015, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (“OECD”) published final reports outlining the “actions” to be undertaken by OECD members as part of the base erosion and profit shifting (“BEPS”)...more

11/11/2015  /  BEPS , G20 , International Tax Issues , OECD , Tax Rates

Travel Costs of Fly-In-Fly-Out Workers

The recent Full Federal Court of Australia decision in John Holland Group Pty Ltd v Commissioner of Taxation [2015] FCAFC 82 concerned whether the costs incurred by an employer to transport fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) employees,...more

Foreign Resident Capital Gains Withholding Tax – Draft Legislation Released

On 6 November 2013, the Federal Government announced that it would introduce a 10% non-final withholding tax on the disposal of certain taxable Australian property by foreign residents. This measure aims to assist the...more

Goods and Services Tax in Australia to Apply to Offshore Digital Supplies (and More)

Draft Goods and Services Tax (GST) legislation has been released which seeks to level the playing field by ensuring that digital products and services provided to Australian consumers are subject to GST, whether provided by...more

A New Tax System for Managed Investment Trusts – Draft Legislation Released

On 9 April 2015, the Federal Government released exposure draft legislation to introduce a proposed new tax system for eligible managed investment trusts. The changes contained in the draft legislation largely follow...more

Exploration Development Incentive Passes Australian Senate

On 3 March 2015, legislation introducing the Exploration Development Incentive (EDI) officially passed the Australian Senate. The legislation is expected to receive Royal Assent in the coming days. The EDI has been introduced...more

Base Erosion and Profit Shifting: The Australian Perspective

In July 2013, the G20 Finance Ministers, including Australia, fully endorsed the base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) Action Plan. As a result of the Action Plan, the Australian government encouraged a new commitment to...more

11/20/2014  /  Australia , BEPS , G20 , OECD

Changes to Thin Capitalisation and Non-Portfolio Dividend Exemption Rules

On 16 October 2014, changes to Australia's thin capitalisation and non-portfolio dividend exemption rules received Royal Assent. The changes to the thin capitalisation rules represent a significant tightening of the...more

Australia Welcomes Changes to the Australian Managed Investment Fund Regime for Foreign Pension Funds

Following its announcement in November 2013, the Australian Government has released draft legislation to enable foreign pension funds to access concessional withholding tax rates under Australia's Managed Investment Trust...more

7/22/2014  /  Australia , Investment Funds , Pensions

Introduction of the Exploration Development Incentive

In the 2014 Budget, the Federal Government announced that it would introduce Exploration Development Incentive (EDI) tax credits to encourage and stimulate growth in the junior mining industry. This is a simpler approach to...more

Australian Government's Plans for Unenacted Tax

At the time the Coalition Government (Government) was elected in September 2013, there were 96 tax and superannuation proposals announced by the previous government that had not been enacted. On 6 November 2013, the...more

11/20/2013  /  Australia , FATCA , Superannuation , Tax Rates
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