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  • Germany Studying Potential Royalty Withholding Tax on Online Ads

    Germany’s Finance Ministry confirmed a report that it is reviewing whether a 15 percent withholding tax on royalties can be applied to payments received by foreign internet companies like Google and Facebook for online advertising.

    Tax Analysts By William Hoke

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    By Hoke, William, posted on Tuesday February 19, 2019
  • Practitioners Urge Action as Digital Tax Debate Continues

    As countries continue working within the OECD framework toward a consensus-based solution to tax the increasingly digital economy, companies shouldn’t be complacent because that debate could fundamentally change the way multinationals are taxed, practitioners warned.

    Tax Analysts By Stephanie Soong Johnston

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    By Soong Johnston, Stephanie, posted on Tuesday February 19, 2019
  • New Zealand plans new tax for giants like Google, Facebook

    New Zealand’s government announced plans on Monday for a new tax targeting online giants like Google and Facebook that earn plenty of money in the country but pay little tax.

    Logo: Washington Post By Nick Perry

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    By Perry, Nick, posted on Monday February 18, 2019
  • New Zealand Signals Move Toward Digital Services Tax

    New Zealand will likely start consulting on a unilateral digital services tax by May, citing the OECD’s slow progress in finding a long-term solution by 2020 to adapt international tax rules for the digital age.

    Tax Analysts By Stephanie Soong Johnston

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    By Soong Johnston, Stephanie, posted on Wednesday February 20, 2019
  • Big Decisions Loom as IRS Updates Transfer Pricing Rules

    Over a year after the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act enacted the first statutory change to the transfer pricing rules since 1986, efforts to update the regulations and align them with the statute remain underway.

    Tax Analysts By Ryan Finley

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    By Finley, Ryan, posted on Wednesday February 20, 2019
  • NYSBA Has Bone to Pick With BEAT's Nonrecognition Inclusion

    The New York State Bar Association is dissatisfied with the section 59A proposed regs’ inclusion, as a base erosion payment, of a noncash consideration transaction that otherwise qualifies for nonrecognition under the code.

    Tax Analysts By Andrew Velarde

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    By Velarde, Andrew, posted on Wednesday February 20, 2019
  • TEI Suggests Clarifications for Proposed BEAT Regs

    The Tax Executives Institute has commented on the proposed base erosion and antiabuse regulations (REG-104259-18) under section 59A, recommending 10 changes that would not only ease compliance and administration but would also serve to better harmonize the final BEAT regs with the BEAT regime’s purpose and scope.

    Tax Analysts By Tax Analysts

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    By Tax Analysts, posted on Tuesday February 19, 2019
  • Equity Firm Seeks Guidance on BEAT Regs

    Golden Gate Private Equity Inc. has urged that proposed base erosion and antiabuse regulations (REG-104259-18) address the use of net operating losses for modified taxable income, the treatment of a life insurance company that reinsures risks to a foreign-related insurance company through a modified coinsurance contract, and the application of the de minimis dealer exception.

    Tax Analysts By Tax Analysts

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    By Tax Analysts, posted on Monday February 18, 2019
  • Court Upholds Belgian State Aid Approach, Vestager Tells Tax3

    EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager is maintaining a sanguine outlook on state aid-related tax decisions, despite a court’s rejection of the commission’s ruling that Belgium offered illegal state aid to multinationals.

    Tax Analysts By Teri Sprackland

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    By Sprackland, Teri, posted on Wednesday February 20, 2019
  • Ireland Seeks OECD Alignment in Transfer Pricing Proposals

    The Irish government has called for input on proposals designed to better harmonize domestic transfer pricing rules with OECD standards, including adoption of the authorized OECD approach (AOA) to profit attribution and enhanced documentation rules.

    Tax Analysts By Ryan Finley

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    By Finley, Ryan, posted on Wednesday February 20, 2019


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