March2020


UK Announces Budget

Posted on March 19th, by Global Tax Weekly in Budgets. No Comments

The new UK Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, revealed his maiden budget on March 11. In it, Sunak pledged to waive business rates on small retailers, to introduce a new tax on plastics, and to remove value-added tax on electronic publications.

The Chancellor announced that any eligible retail, leisure, or hospitality business with a rateable value below GBP51,000 (USD65,670) would, over the coming financial year, pay no business rates, the UK’s commercial property tax. Further, he revealed that the government will provide support for businesses struggling with paying their tax dues, by “scaling up” the Time to Pay service.

It also emerged in the budget that the UK Government had decided to reduce the lifetime limit for Entrepreneurs’ Relief to GBP1m (USD1.25m) from GBP10m, affecting qualifying disposals on or after March 11, 2020. Entrepreneurs’ Relief reduces the amount of capital gains tax paid on … Read More »


EU Announces VAT Compliance Changes

Posted on March 5th, by Global Tax Weekly in Sales Tax. No Comments

The European Union has finalized regulations to complete the legislative framework for e-commerce reforms that will be implemented from 2021.

A new Regulation provides details for registration in the VAT One Stop Shop, including the Import One Stop Shop, and for the VAT One Stop Shop return.

Under plans initially approved by the Economic and Financial Affairs Council in November 2017, the EU will extend the existing mini one-stop shop (MOSS) from January 1, 2021.

MOSS was introduced alongside reforms in January 1, 2015, to simplify VAT compliance for firms that faced new rules obligating them to collect VAT on business-to-consumer (B2C) supplies of broadcasting, telecommunications, and electronic (BTE) services based on the location of the consumer, rather than the supplier.

MOSS is to be expanded from 2021 into a “One Stop Shop” (OSS), which will cover:

All B2C supplies of services, including by non-EU … Read More »


EU Expands List Of Non-Cooperative Tax Jurisdictions

Posted on March 2nd, by Global Tax Weekly in Offshore. No Comments

On February 18, the EU revealed that it has added the Cayman Islands, Palau, Panama, and the Seychelles to its list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions, bringing the total tally to 12 from 8.

The European Council, which agreed the additions, stated that these jurisdictions had failed to implement the tax reforms to which they had committed by the agreed deadline; most commitments delivered upon by third-country jurisdictions involved a deadline of the end of 2019.

The Council also reported that it had amended its “grey list”, of jurisdictions cooperating with the EU to amend their tax systems. In light of their implementation of reforms in compliance with EU tax good governance principles within the required timeframe, the following jurisdictions have been removed from the grey list: Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, Cabo Verde, the … Read More »





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