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Archives: June 2019

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  • Brazil's challenge to becoming a member of the OECD

    International Tax ReviewBy Davi Santana de Jesus

    Brazil made a formal application to join the OECD in 2017, but the process is still mired with political uncertainty. Base Firma’s Davi Stantana de Jesus outlines how the economy can expedite its application by reforming its transfer pricing framework.

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    By Santana de Jesus, Davi, posted on Saturday June 15, 2019
  • OECD Fleshes Out Int'l Tax Reform Plans During BEPS Webcast

    Tax News logoBy Ulrika Lomas

    During a webcast on June 11, the OECD provided a technical update on its work to develop new, modernized international tax rules for the digitalized economy. Under a mandate from countries that have agreed to implement the BEPS minimum standards – the BEPS Inclusive Framework – the OECD is developing new digital tax rules that would be presented for adoption internationally at the end of 2020. At its January 23-24, 2019, meeting, the BEPS Inclusive Framework agreed that the OECD's work should focus on two central pillars.

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    By Lomas, Ulrika, posted on Saturday June 15, 2019
  • EU Tries to Revive Plan for Financial Transaction Tax

    NYT logoBy Reuters

    European Union finance ministers have discussed on Friday a plan for a 0.2% tax on shares, which Germany sees close to be agreed, although further work remains to be done. Plans for an EU financial transaction tax (FTT) have stumbled over the past years. After an initial proposal in 2011 was blocked by member governments, a group of states pressed ahead, while the majority of the 28 EU states backed down.

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    By Reuters, posted on Saturday June 15, 2019
  • Presidential Hopeful John Hickenlooper Calls for Carbon Tax

    NYT logoBy The Associated Press

    A carbon tax is part of the climate plan that Democratic presidential candidate John Hickenlooper is backing. He's the latest candidate to outline a plan to combat global warming. Along with the carbon tax, the former Colorado governor would spend $350 billion on green infrastructure and efficient cars, rejoin the Paris climate accords and invest more in green technology research.

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    By The Associated Press, posted on Saturday June 15, 2019
  • Practitioners Pragmatic About Dutch Tax Changes

    Tax AnalystsBy Teri Sprackland

    Although public and political opinion has shifted regarding the Dutch tax system's favorability to multinationals, not that much has changed in practical terms, according to practitioners. The Dutch parliament voted June 11 to establish a six-month expert committee to advise legislators on how to structure the country’s tax system to ensure that multinational enterprises pay more taxes in the Netherlands.

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    By Sprackland, Teri, posted on Saturday June 15, 2019
  • Case study: Shell's participation in ICAP

    International Tax ReviewBy Joe Stanley-Smith

    Danny Houben, project lead for Shell’s ICAP team, talks to International Tax Review about how his company got ready to participate in the OECD’s International Compliance Assurance Programme (ICAP).

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    By Stanley-Smith, Joe, posted on Saturday June 15, 2019
  • Germany Wants 0.2% Minimum EU Financial Transaction Tax

    Logo - Law 360By Matt Thompson

    A proposed financial transaction tax in the European Union should be set at "no less than 0.2%" of the value of the transaction, according to a note from the German delegation to the EU's Economic and Financial Affairs Council, which is due to meet Friday in Brussels.

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    By Thompson, Matt, posted on Saturday June 15, 2019
  • Senate To Vote On Tax Treaties This Year, Lawmaker Says

    Logo - Law 360By Joshua Rosenberg

    U.S. Senate Republican leaders have decided to bring several bilateral tax treaties that have languished for years to a vote in the full chamber this year, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee told Law360 on Tuesday.

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    By Rosenberg, Joshua, posted on Saturday June 15, 2019
  • Dutch Lawmakers Step Up Tax Demands on Multinationals

    NYT logoBy Reuters

    Dutch lawmakers have launched an inquiry into how to make multinationals pay their fair share of tax, after public criticism that government reforms do not go far enough.

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    By Reuters, posted on Saturday June 15, 2019
  • Global FDI Down in 2018 Due to Government Interventions, Trump, Brexit-U.N.

    NYT logoBy Reuters

    Global foreign direct investment (FDI) fell by 13 percent last year because of government intervention, Brexit uncertainty and U.S. President Donald Trump's tax and trade policies, the United Nations trade and development agency UNCTAD said on Wednesday.

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    By Reuters, posted on Saturday June 15, 2019


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