The Dutch Government’s 2021 Tax Plan, unveiled in mid-September, revealed that a planned decrease in the headline corporate tax rate from 25% to 21.7% as of 2021 was being shelved. However, a parallel tax cut for small companies from 16.5% to 15% will still go ahead, applying from 2021 on profits up to EUR245,000, up from EUR200,000 currently (with this threshold increasing further, to EUR395,000, in 2022.)
The plan also includes proposals for a carbon tax from January 1, 2021, at an initial rate of EUR30 per tonne, and on the personal income tax front, contains a planned measure to increase the tax rate on savings and investment income, or “box 3″ income, from 30 to 31 percent from 2021.
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In Germany, plans were announced in the draft Annual Tax Act 2020 to impose the VAT reverse charge mechanism on supplies of certain telecommunication services by resellers, following an increase in missing trader fraud related to the provision of voice over IP (VOIP) services.
According to the Annual Tax Act 2020, the fraud involving VOIP services typically centers on sales made by a German company to another Germany company that then resells the services to a foreign business. In the fraud scheme, the reseller does not remit the VAT collected to German authorities from the onward supply, while a refund may be sought by the first company in the supply chain.
Under the proposed change, from January 1, 2021, the recipient of the supply must account for the VAT due on the supply through its VAT return, instead of paying VAT to … Read More »
Ireland has reduced its standard rate of VAT from 23 percent to 21 percent from September 1, 2020, with the reduction to be in place until February 28, 2021.
Commenting on the move, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe explained that: “This temporary reduction in the standard rate of VAT cuts across a wide range of economic activity and as such there is a broad range of the types of businesses and traders who will benefit. Discretion in relation to the setting of prices charged will remain that of relevant businesses. However, it will help consumer confidence, benefit consumers, and generate economic activity if it was passed on to the final consumer.”
However, Ireland is not the only country making moves in the area recently, with Turkey having temporarily lowered the rate of VAT on the supply of education and training services. Under the … Read More »
In the United States, the American Institute of CPAs and the Council on State Taxation have urged Congress to pass legislation to simplify state tax rules for remote and mobile workers.
In a joint letter to congressional leaders, dated August 27, 2020, AICPA and COST said lawmakers should focus on the Remote and Mobile Worker Relief Act of 2020, and a particular section of the American Workers, Families and Employers Assistance Act, in any final COVID-19 relief package.
Under current law, non-resident employees who visit a state for as little as 24 hours to do work can be subject to certain state income tax laws. Businesses must also comply with states’ varying withholding requirements with regards to employees who travel out of state for work purposes.
However, under the Remote and Mobile Worker Relief Act 2020, introduced in the Senate on June 18, … Read More »