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ECJ rules bitcoin exchange is VAT exempt

In the case of Skatteverket v. Hedqvist, the ECJ ruled that the exchange of traditional currency for bitcoin virtual currency and vice versa constitutes a VAT exempt supply of services under the VAT Directive. The ECJ ruled...more

European Court Gives Bitcoin a Tax-Free Boost

In an important ruling for digital currency service providers, EU’s top court, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), ruled that transactions to exchange a traditional currency for bitcoin virtual currency, or...more

Virtual Currencies: International Actions and Regulations

This chart is provided by Perkins Coie LLP’s Decentralized Virtual Currency industry practice group for informational purposes only and is not legal advice. This information is not intended to create, and receipt of it does...more

The Free Port Vladivostok Area

On July 13, 2015, President Putin signed the Federal Law On the Free Port of Vladivostok, as well as two other laws introducing revisions to the current laws required to implement the Law On the Free Port of Vladivostok - the...more

Tax Measures in the UK 2015 Summer Budget

The new tax announcements are designed to improve productivity and correct imbalances in the tax system. On 8 July, UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne made a number of announcements relating to the tax system...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

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

Recent Change In Consumption Tax In Japan

The OECD Global Forum on VAT held meetings in Tokyo on 17–18 April 2014. These meetings follow the Global Forum’s first meeting in Paris in November 2012. The meetings in Tokyo were part of a series of events commemorating...more

Maquiladora Tax Certification Required to Avoid VAT Payments Under Mexican Tax Law Reform

Electronic certification applications may be submitted beginning April 15, 2014. In late 2013, the Mexican legislature passed sweeping tax reforms that financially impact several Mexican industries, including the...more

£1 Billion At Stake - Taxpayer wins compound interest on overpaid VAT

The High Court (Henderson J) handed down its decision on 28 March 2014 awarding the mail order and retail company, Littlewoods Retail Limited, compound interest on sums of overpaid VAT that had originally been reimbursed to...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

Web tax into force?

The now “famous” web tax (or Google tax) on the purchase of on-line ads and sponsored links on search engines might come into force on the 1st of March 2014 having an impact on the Internet liability regime, unless the...more

European CLO 2.0 Issuer Jurisdiction Quick Reference Guide

New issuance of collateralised loan obligations (“CLOs”) rose last year to its highest level since the credit crunch. 2013 saw U.S. CLO issuance rise to about US$81 billion, from US$54 billion the year before while European...more

International Tax News - January 2014

WHEN THE PARTIES WANT AN AGREEMENT TO DISAPPEAR: THE US TAX RESCISSION DOCTRINE - The old saw about the best-laid plans of mice and men also goes for international tax planning and transactions with significant tax...more

"Base Erosion and Profit Shifting: Key UK Issues"

Six months have elapsed since the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released its 15-point action plan to address Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS). During this time, OECD has been working...more

Global Financial Market Insight - November 2013

Welcome - With recovery in financial markets starting to take hold it is an exciting time to launch our Global Financial Markets Insight. The purpose of our new quarterly is to help guide new and experienced users of...more

Cross Border VAT - The New One Stop Shop And Changes To The Place Of Supply Of Electronic, Telecoms And Broadcasting Services From...

THE CURRENT DISTORTION The place of supply rules govern where a particular supply takes place, and therefore determine where businesses are obliged to register, collect and remit Value Added Tax (VAT) due on their...more

International Tax News - September 2013

FRANCE ANNOUNCES DRAFT 2014 BUDGET – LIGHTER TAX BURDEN FOR BUSINESSES - France’s draft budget law for 2014 was presented to Parliament on September 25 and is now under discussion in the National Assembly and...more

Tax Newsletter - Second Edition 2013: A Review Of PRC And Hong Kong Tax Developments


Changes To The VAT Place Of Supply Rules (European Union)

SPEED READ: From 1 January 2015, the VAT rules regarding place of supply will once again change. EU-based businesses involved in providing electronically supplied services (including telecommunications, broadcasting and other...more

Tax Law Updates - June 2013

If you would like copies of an article that is not linked to a PDF file, or if you would like to receive copies of future articles, please contact Rebecca Sprunger at - 03-29-2013 (U.S.) Final...more

VAT Groups – European Court of Justice Approves UK Rules

Companies should review their positions and consider extending value-added tax (VAT) group registrations to include members of the corporate group that do not make “taxable” supplies. ...more

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