August2019


France And United States Negotiating To Avoid Tariffs

Posted on August 28th, by Global Tax Weekly in Trade. No Comments

The Governments of France and the United States are reportedly close to settling a dispute surrounding France’s digital services tax.

The US President had said that he intended to announce new tariffs on imports of French wine in response to the newly introduced French DST, which the US Government argued unfairly discriminates against US companies.

The French DST imposes a three percent tax rate on the revenue of digital companies providing advertising services, selling user data for advertising purposes, or performing intermediation services. Companies with global revenues of EUR750m (USD835m) or more and French sales of at least EUR25m are required to pay the tax.

The tax, approved by the French Parliament on July 11, 2019, will to apply to turnover realized in France since January 1, 2019, and is expected to affect around 30 companies supplying digital services in France.

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Irish Concerns About OECD Proposals

Posted on August 23rd, by Global Tax Weekly in OECD. No Comments

A report compiled by Irish business association, Ibec, has argued that Ireland may be affected significantly by the OECD’s proposals to modify how taxing rights are allocated among countries.

The OECD is developing new digital tax rules that would be presented for adoption internationally at the end of 2020, which will focus on two central pillars.

First, the OECD will review existing rules that divide up among jurisdictions the right to tax the income of multinational enterprises, including traditional transfer pricing rules and the arm’s length principle. It will look at how these can be modified to take into account the changes that digitalization has brought to the world economy. This will require a re-examination of the so-called “nexus” rules – namely how to determine the connection a business has with a given jurisdiction – and the rules that govern how much … Read More »


Irish SMEs Want Reduction In Capital Gains Tax

Posted on August 19th, by Global Tax Weekly in SMEs. No Comments

Ireland’s Small Firms Association recently argued that better supporting SMEs through the tax system would mitigate the country’s over-reliance on revenues linked to foreign direct investment.

According to SFA, Ireland’s competitiveness is under threat. It therefore argued that the Government needs to take steps to “de-risk our economy from over-reliance on FDI and seize an important opportunity to future-proof our economic model.” It said that the Budget needs to provide certainty to small businesses.

One of SFA’s priorities is a reduction in capital gains tax (CGT). It recommended a reduction in CGT to 20 percent across the board (pointing out that, at 33 percent, Ireland’s CGT rate is one of the highest among developed economies), in order to make investing in a business in Ireland more attractive. It also argued for an increase in the lifetime limit for gains under the CGT … Read More »


Indian Budget Announced

Posted on August 12th, by Global Tax Weekly in Budgets. No Comments

At the start of August, the Indian authorities published in the country’s official Gazette the measures announced in the July 5 budget, which have since received Presidential Assent. Among the key measures contained in the budget were provisions to ensure that the scope of the lower 25 percent corporate income tax rate will be expanded to cover the vast majority of Indian businesses, with a figure of 99.3 percent having been mooted.

Previously, the lower 25 percent rate is levied on those businesses with turnover not exceeding INR2.5bn (USD36.5m), and on manufacturing firms. This threshold is being raised to INR4bn.

Other salient tax measures in the Budget, in addition to measures impacting individual taxpayers, included the launch of a new dispute resolution service to resolve legacy service tax and excise duty-related disputes; confirmation that there will be a single monthly GST return … Read More »


Costa Rica Introduces VAT System

Posted on August 2nd, by Global Tax Weekly in Sales Tax. No Comments

There’s been a lot of activity with regard to VAT and GST internationally recently, not least in Costa Rica, which introduced VAT on July 1, and recently confirmed that public institutions will be subject to value-added tax from 2020.

Costa Rica has introduced a new value-added tax regime, in place of the sales tax, featuring a 13 percent headline rate, and three reduced rates, of four, two, and one percent.

Further bedding in the new system, the Costa Rican tax authority also late this month released new online forms for declaring value-added tax, capital income, and capital gains.

On June 29, 2019, Costa Rica released a step-by-guide guide on how to fill out form D-104, which must be filed by value-added tax registered persons for the first time between August 1 and August 16.

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