In early June, the European Union recommended that Ireland broaden its tax base and take further steps to crack down on aggressive tax planning. The EU said that Ireland’s public finances have improved, but suggested that the risks of revenue volatility remain and that the revenue base could be made more resilient. According to the EU, “limiting the scope and number of tax expenditures and broadening the tax base would improve revenue stability in the face of economic volatility.” The Union recommended that Ireland should “continue to address features of the tax system that may facilitate aggressive tax planning, and focus in particular on outbound payments.”
Then, hot on the heels of the EU grumblings, not for the first time, the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council warned the Government about funding spending increases or tax relief with high corporate tax receipts. According … Read More »
Barbados recently announcing sweeping changes to its personal income tax and VAT regimes. Effective July 1, 2019, Barbados will remove the 16 percent lowest income tax rate and the second rate of 33.5 percent. Instead, the lowest tax rate on income up to BSD50,000 will be 12.5 percent. The rate on income above this threshold will fall from 40 percent to 33.5 percent, between July 1, 2019, and December 31, 2019, and from January 1, 2020, the rate will fall to 28.5 percent.
However, while this sounds, on the surface of it, to be good news for Barbadians, from May 1, a new obligation has been introduced for foreign suppliers to charge VAT on supplies to consumers in the jurisdiction, in addition to the introduction of a 20 percent withholding tax on gambling winnings from lotteries and betting, new limits on … Read More »
Another Australian tax development caught my eye recently. This was the announcement of tax cuts for craft brewers – the third time in less than a year that the Australian Government has announced tax concessions for the brewing industry. Well, it has been a tough few years for governments of both political stripes in Oz, I suppose.
There’s also an election to be fought soon. And what better way is there to ingratiate yourself with the electorate than to help cut the price of the nation’s favorite tipple? Yes, I know, cynical old me returns!
But there could also be another trend emerging here. It probably went largely unnoticed, but the TCJA included provisions to temporarily extended tax cuts for beverage makers, from brewers, to vintners and distillers. Then, in February 2019, a bipartisan bill was introduced in the Senate that would … Read More »