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European Commission Unveils Tax Transparency Package - The European Commission has laid out its plans in a new Tax Transparency Package to clamp down on tax deals made between EU governments and multi-national...more

European Commission Unveils Tax Transparency Package

The European Commission has laid out its plans in a new Tax Transparency Package to clamp down on tax deals made between EU governments and multi-national corporations. As of next year, EU members would have to declare their...more

Tax Policy Update

NUMBER OF THE WEEK: 3,415. The number of people who renounced their citizenship in 2014 according to IRS data. This is one of the five highest totals on record since the U.S. Congress passed the Foreign Account Tax Compliance...more

European Commission extends State aid probe into Belgian tax scheme

The European Commission (“Commission”) has opened a fifth formal State aid investigation into national tax rulings. This investigation concerns the Belgian “excess profit” provision, which allows multinational groups to...more

EU Investigates Tax Rulings for Breach of State Aid Rules

The European Commission is currently conducting in-depth investigations into whether national tax rulings breach the EU’s competition rules. Whilst the spark for these investigations was the “Luxleaks” scandal, in December...more

Global Tax News - January 2015

A SWIFT LOOK AT OECD’S DISCUSSION DRAFTS ON BEPS PLUS ONE CHART SETTING OUT TIMELINES - During the short days before Christmas, when most of us were busy closing transactions or making last-minute year-end reviews to...more

Luxleaks - The next level

Until recently, the Luxemburg Government had resisted the European Commission's attempts to disclose the beneficiaries of tax rulings. It had even taken the information injunction to the EU Court of Justice. This has now...more

Back in the game: The rise of US M&A

US M&A is bouncing back - After a tough few years, acquisitions in the United States have seen a remarkable resurgence - The first half of 2014 saw a great dealmaking revival in the United States. Deal values...more

Luxembourg draft budget for 2015 submitted to Parliament

On 15 October 2014, the Luxembourg Minister of Finance submitted the draft budget for 2015 (the Budget Bill) to the Parliament. The Budget Bill does not overhaul the Luxembourg corporate tax environment, however, it proposes...more

Bank Julius Baer Customer Implicated in Alleged Tax Fraud

Reuters is reporting that Bank Julius Baer is cooperating with French authorities in their criminal investigation into an alleged value-added-tax (“VAT”) fraud in the EU Emissions Trading System. ...more

U.S. Treasury Department Takes Action to Slow (But Not Stop) Corporate Inversions: A Summary for Executives

What is an inversion? An inversion is a transaction that results in an existing U.S. company becoming a foreign company or becoming a subsidiary of a foreign parent. Historically, inversions involved U.S. companies...more

VAT Alert: Cross-Border Supplies Of Services Made To VAT Grouped Branches: Skandia America Corp. (USA), filial Sverige (C-7/13)

For VAT purposes, a supply of services from the headquarters of a company to its branch is generally not subject to VAT. This is well-established, and was confirmed in the Court of Justice of the European Union (the "Court of...more

Skandia: Intra-Company Supplies Treated as Taxable Transactions for VAT Purposes by the Court of Justice of the European Union

On 17 September 2104, the Court of Justice of the European Union (the “CJEU”) gave its preliminary ruling in the case of Skandia America Corporation USA, Sweden Branch v Skatterverket (C-7/13) (“Skandia”). The decision of...more

Monitoring recent Swiss tax developments: key takeaways

In the realm of multinational corporate tax planning, Switzerland has long been a key jurisdiction due to its generally attractive business attributes (solid infrastructure and multilingual, skilled workforce) and competitive...more

Increase of ratio of film support

On 24 June 2014 the European Commission resolved that it does not object to an increase in indirect state support (in the form of a tax rebate), from 20% to 25%, for the production costs of films produced in Hungary. It is...more

EU Adopts a Parent-Subsidiary Directive Amendment on Hybrid Loans

On July 8th 2014, the European Union’s Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) adopted an amendment to the Parent-Subsidiary Directive (PSD). This amendment is targeted at cross-border hybrid loans and aims to...more

International Tax News - June 2014

NEW FOR SUPPLIERS OF DIGITAL CONTENT AND INTANGIBLES: DLA PIPER’S GLOBAL VAT GUIDE - Starting January 1, 2015, EU VAT rules for suppliers of digital content, telecommunications and broadcasting services are changing....more

Sweden proposes new system for corporate taxation: a redistribution of tax payments in the business sector

A Swedish government committee mandated to analyze the Swedish corporate tax system - including the need for a more comprehensive approach to the overall deductibility of interest expenses, as well as the strengthening of the...more

European Court of Justice judgment on the exemption of foreign investment funds from CIT in Poland

The European Court of Justice has issued a judgment concerning the authority of Poland to grant a corporate income tax (CIT) exemption to investment funds depending on where their registered offices are located. Polish...more

PEA PME-ETI: An Enhanced Version of the French PEA of Interest for EU Asset Managers

A new French tax law, effective since the beginning of this year, has generated much excitement by creating an enhanced favorable tax regime – the PEA PME-ETI – for individual investors. The new regime is similar to the Plan...more

International Tax News - March 2014

NETHERLANDS: TAX TREATMENT OF HYBRID FINANCE INSTRUMENTS IN THE WAKE OF TWO LANDMARK CASES - The Dutch Supreme Court has given its judgment in two landmark cases regarding the classification of hybrid finance...more

Spain amends tax treatment of debt restructuring

As a result of a substantial reform of the Insolvency Law, starting January 1, 2014 the tax treatment of debt restructuring modifies both Spain's Corporate Income Tax Law and its stamp duty regulations....more

Update: EU VAT on E-Commerce

There are a great variety of electronically provided services (“e-services”) and the respective market is rapidly growing. The general definition is that e-services are services which are delivered over the Internet or an...more

Enactment of the French Finance Act for 2014 and Amending Finance Act for 2013: Key Corporation Tax Measures

The French Finance Act for 2014 and Amending Finance Act for 2013 were adopted by the French Parliament on December 19, 2013 and were enacted on December 30, 2013 [the “Acts”]. The core objectives of the Acts are to return...more

Domestic double taxation relief applicable to capital gains derived by EU resident entities on disposal of shares in Spanish...

Following the non-discrimination principle, in response to an appeal dated 25 Octobe the Spanish Supreme Court has applied a tax credit to avoid double taxation, provided in the Corporate Income Tax Law for Spanish resident...more

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