The World Customs Organization (WCO) has a published a guide for customs officials designed to move the debate forward on the issue of the harmonization of customs valuation and transfer pricing valuation.The guide . . .
The UK gained £1,137 (USD 1.7 billion) by successfully challenging multinational transfer pricing in fiscal year 2013–14, according to statistics released by HM Revenue and Customs on March 6. The goverment collected twice as much tax from transfer pricing . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
Advancing the common consolidated corporate tax base (CCCTB) proposal in Europe is a “high priority,” for new Commissioner for Economic Affairs, Pierre Moscovici. The CCCTB would shut off major channels of tax avoidance, ensuring a closer . . .
The Czech Tax Administration has announced new reporting obligations applicable to companies that engage in transactions with related parties located in foreign countries, reports PwC in an August 11 newsletter. For details, see PwC.
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 . . .
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.
G20 finance ministers and central bank governors, in a communique released following their September 5 meeting in Ankara, Turkey, called on the OECD to establish a framework by early 2016 on the implementation of OECD/G20 base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) plan . . .
Update: See also: OECD Secretary-General Report To G20 Finance Ministers
The UK’s conservative party on July 8 unveiled its first budget of new the new term, proposing to reduce the 20 percent UK corporate income tax rate to 19 percent beginning April 2017 and to 18 percent . . .
Senior OECD officials defended draft changes to the OECD transfer pricing guidelines on risk, recharacterization, and special measures February 12, arguing that revisions to the guidelines are needed to strengthen the arm’s length principle and to properly align a transaction’s form with its substance. The discussion draft, released December 19, proposes significant . . .
The Obama administration, in its FY 2016 Budget, has proposed a minimum tax on US multinational corporation foreign income and a one-time14 percent tax on previously untaxed foreign deferred profits. Inversion transactions and earnings stripping were also among the targets of the $4 trillion FY 2016 budget . . .
Luxembourg’s draft budget 2015, presented to Parliament on October 15, includes provisions that formalize and charge a fee for advance tax rulings, that modify transfer pricing provisions to make an explicit reference to the arm’s length standard, and that extend documentation requirements to related party transactions, writes KPMG’s member firm in Luxembourg. For details, see KPMG.
The UN Subcommittee on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS), on July 8, extended the deadline for developing countries to respond to a questionnaire on BEPS.
The subcommittee, established by the UN Committee of Experts . . .
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. . .
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 . . .
The European Commission has been forced to delay decisions on whether countries violated state aid rules by granting private tax rulings to Amazon, Apple, Fiat, and Starbucks, EU competition commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, said May 5 . . .
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 . . .