OECD holds Asia-Pacific regional meeting on BEPS

Tax officials from 21 Asia Pacific countries and organizations attended an OECD regional network meeting on base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) designed to give more nations a voice in the development of OECD/G20 base erosion profiting shifting (BEPS) plan output. The meeting, held February 12–13 in Seoul, also . . .


China finalizes GAAR implementing guidance

The Chinese government has finalized administrative measures implementing its general antiabuse rule (GAAR), the State Administration of Taxation (SAT) announced December 12. The guidance implements GAAR rules introduced in 2008, addressing the law’s scope, judging criteria, adjustment methods, working procedures, and dispute resolutions, the SAT said in . . .

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OECD officials say multilateral instrument is legal, more BEPS guidance coming

Countries can legally use a multilateral instrument to amend existing bilateral tax treaties to implement the OECD’s base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) initiative, Pascal Saint-Amans, Director, OECD Center for Tax Policy and Administration, said on May 26, during an update of OECD progress on the BEPS action plan.

Saint-Amans said that a team of international lawyers have found legal precedent in areas other than tax . . .


UK outlines priorities for countering base erosion and profit shifting

HM Treasury and HM Revenue and Customs have released a position paper outlining the UK’s priorities for the ongoing work with G20 and OECD taking forward the 15 point Action Plan to counter Base Erosion and Profit Shifting.

The paper includes proposals for new international rules to address cross-border business structures or finance transactions, a disclosure scheme for international tax schemes, and the creation of a single Large Business Directorate within HMRC.

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OECD eying changes to discussion draft on transfer pricing documentation, OECD BEPS project “on track”

The OECD’s Working Party 6 has tentatively decided on a number of modifications to the OECD’s discussion draft on transfer pricing documentation and country-by-country reporting, including the elimination of entity-by-entity reporting in favor of country-level reporting, said Joseph Andrus, head of OECD transfer pricing , on April 2 during a webcast updating the base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) initiative. Pascal Saint Amans, the OECD’s director of tax work, said that BEPS deliverables were “on track” for 2014 and that work has already begun on 2015 deliverables. . .


EU Parliament approves sweeping measures to combat multinational tax avoidance

The EU Parliament on November 25 overwhelmingly approved wide-ranging proposals to overhaul Europe’s international tax system offered by a special Parliament committee investigating multinational . . .

UPDATE (11/26/2015): EU Parliament to establish new committee on tax rulings: The EU Conference of Presidents on November 26 decided to set up a six-month committee to follow up on the tax rulings committee’s work; the precise mandate of the new committee will be decided on Wednesday. See: Release.


UPDATE (12/02/2015): New EU Parliament tax committee will have same mandate as its predecessor: The European Parliament on December 2 voted to create a new committee to investigate tax rulings, specifying that the new committee will have the . . .


Juncker defends Luxembourg tax practices, calls for automatic exchange of private tax rulings

European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker on November 12 said advance tax rulings issued by Luxembourg to multinationals while he was the country’s prime minister were legal even though the rulings helped multinationals avoid tax due other European nations. Juncker was responding the uproar over the release of leaked taxpayer private rulings and tax returns which were . . .