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Brexit: Key Tax Implications for Alternative Investment Funds and Investment Managers

The result of the UK’s referendum of 23 June 2016 was announced today as a victory for ‘Brexit’ - in other words, for the UK to exit the European Union. This decision is expected to have significant ramifications for the...more

EU Council Agrees on Final Anti Tax Avoidance Directive

We wrote in February (European Commission Publishes Anti Tax Avoidance Package) about the draft EU Anti Tax Avoidance Directive (“ATAD”). On 21st June 2016, the EU Council agreed on the final text of the ATAD and it will...more

ECOFIN reaches consensus on EU ATA Directive

On June 21, 2016, the ECOFIN Council agreed on the content of the EU Anti-Tax-Avoidance Directive (ATA Directive). In last month’s voting, ECOFIN was unable to reach consensus on the ATA Directive. This week’s...more

Anti Tax Avoidance Directive

On 21 June 2016, the EU Council reached agreement on the EU Anti Tax Avoidance Directive (“ATAD”). The ATAD is expected to be adopted in a forthcoming ECOFIN meeting, possibly on 12 July 2016. The Council had reached...more

EU: ECOFIN approves implementation of country-by-country reporting in the EU but fails to reach consensus on EU...

EU COUNTRY-BY-COUNTRY REPORTING: ADOPTED On May 25, 2016, the European Union’s Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) voted unanimously in favor of the implementation of proposed country-by-country reporting...more

GAAR in Poland – effective: June/July 2016

On 13 May 2016, the lower chamber of the Polish parliament (Sejm) enacted changes to the Tax Ordinance Act and certain other acts. Among the changes is the introduction of a general anti-avoidance rule ("GAAR"), an abuse of...more

In Wake of Panama Papers Scandal Obama Calls for Stricter Bank Regulations, Tax Rules

In a news conference May 6, President Obama addressed recently announced rules and proposed regulations intended to help the U.S. fight tax evasion and other crimes connected to anonymous offshore companies and accounts. The...more

In Wake of Panama Papers Scandal Obama Calls for Stricter Bank Regulations, Tax Rules

In a recent news conference President Obama addressed rules and proposed regulations announced Thursday intended to help the U.S. fight tax evasion and other crimes connected to anonymous offshore companies and accounts. The...more

Federal Budget Update

The Australian Government continued its attack on Multinational Tax Avoidance with the release of its 2016-2017 Federal Budget. Central to its Budget initiatives is the introduction of a 40% Diverted Profits Tax on large...more

Brussels Regulatory Brief: April

Antitrust and competition - A welcome limitation on the investigatory powers of the Commission when requesting information from companies - On 10 March 2016, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) set aside...more

New Guidance Rewrites Debt/Equity Rules and Further Limits Inversions

The IRS and Treasury Department released a package of temporary and proposed regulations on April 4, 2016 ostensibly aimed at further curbing corporate “inversion” transactions. The regulations cover a wide range of tax...more

EU Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive Published: Implications For Luxembourg Corporate Taxpayers

On 28 January 2016, the European Commission published the proposal for a so-called Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive. The Directive applies to all taxpayers which are subject to corporate tax in an EU Member State, including...more

UK Budget 2016: IPT, technology and gambling

The Chancellor delivered his 2016 Budget yesterday. Below is a brief summary of the announcements which are relevant to corporates in the IPT sector....more

UK Budget 2016 – Key Tax Measures

The Chancellor of the Exchequer delivered the UK Budget for 2016 on 16 March 2016. The Budget was delivered against the backdrop of international tax developments, relating to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and...more

Dutch Presidency releases BEPS Roadmap

Following the release of the anti-tax-avoidance (ATA) package on January 28, 2016 by the European Commission, the Dutch Presidency of the Council of the European Union presented an EU-Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS)...more

IRS Proposes Country-by-Country Reporting Regulations

On December 21st, 2015 the IRS proposed Country-by-Country (“CbC”) reporting rules requiring certain U.S. multinational companies to provide extensive information about business operations (including their revenue, number of...more

Polish GAAR regulation – new developments

On February 25, 2016 the Permanent Committee of the Polish Council of Ministers approved and recommended a Bill to amend the Tax Ordinance introducing an anti-tax avoidance clause (the “GAAR”). We estimate that the Bill will...more

European Commission Proposes Anti Tax Avoidance Directive - The proposed Council Directive is a further step towards tackling tax...

Background - The Commission has published a proposal for a Council Directive, the ‘Anti Tax Avoidance Directive’ (the “Proposed Directive”), confirming the Commission’s intention to combat tax avoidance and to coordinate...more

EU Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive Published: Implications For United Kingdom Corporate Taxpayers

On 28 January 2016 the EC published a proposal for a so-called Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive. If implemented it would apply to all taxpayers who are subject to corporate tax in an EU Member State, including corporate taxpayers...more

European Commission Publishes Anti Tax Avoidance Package

On 28 January 2016, the European Commission published a draft Anti Tax Avoidance Package in order to ensure increased tax transparency and effective taxation within, and outside of, the EU. The package includes a proposed...more

Global Tax News - February 2016

The European Commission has released its highly anticipated anti-tax-avoidance package. The package, released January 28, 2016, contains proposed rules and recommendations to avoid aggressive tax planning within the...more

European Commission Proposes an Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive

The proposed Council Directive marks another, significant, though likely problematic, step towards tackling tax avoidance across Member States. Background - The European Commission (the Commission) has been moving...more

European Commission releases anti-tax-avoidance package – practical takeaways

The European Commission has released its highly anticipated anti-tax-avoidance (ATA) package. The package, released January 28, 2016, contains proposed rules and recommendations to avoid aggressive tax planning within...more

EU Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive Published: Implications For Corporate Taxpayers In Belgium

On 28 January 2016 the EC published the proposal for a so-called Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive. It applies to all taxpayers which are subject to corporate tax in an EU Member State, including corporate taxpayers without...more

Highlights of Tax Code Amendments in 2016

On 20 October 2015 the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan signed into law amendments to the Tax Code 2000, which are effective from 1 January 2016....more

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