Category Taxation in Asia-Pacific

Australia Signs Eight Tax Agreements

April 7, 2010 International Tax CooperationTaxation in AustraliaTaxation in BahamasTaxation in Cayman IslandsTaxation in MonacoTaxation in Turks & Caicos Islands

Sydney Opera House by nightThe Australian Government has signed eight new bilateral Tax Information Exchange Agreements (TIEA) in a concentrated effort to enhance global tax transparency and reduce offshore tax evasion.

On April 6th-7th Senator Nick Sherry, Assistant Treasurer of Australia, announced the signing of TIEA agreements with The Cayman Islands, The Bahamas, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia, Monaco, and the Turks and Caicos Islands. With the signing ceremonies complete, the TIEAs will be implemented upon the completion of legal ratification by both signatories. The new agreements raise Australia’s TIEA total to 22.

Explaining Australia’s pursuit to expand its TIEA network, Nick Sherry said, “As Chair of the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information, Australia is playing a leading rol...

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New Zealand and Hong Kong Develop Cooperation

March 30, 2010 International Tax CooperationTaxation in Hong KongTaxation in New Zealand

Night Lights in Hong KongThe Governments of New Zealand and Hong Kong have signed a Closer Economic Partnership (CEP) agreement and engaged to begin negotiations for a Double Taxation Agreement (DTA) in October.

The Hong Kong Government showed its continued commitment to meeting international standards on taxation transparency and forming closer economic ties with economies worldwide by announcing on the March 29th the signing of its first CEP agreement outside of mainland China, and intentions to begin negotiations for a future DTA agreement with New Zealand...

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International Tax Transparency Reviews Start

March 19, 2010 International Tax CooperationTaxation in AustraliaTaxation in CanadaTaxation in Cayman IslandsTaxation in EUTaxation in GermanyTaxation in IndiaTaxation in IrelandTaxation in MonacoTaxation in Norway

Globalforum 2009The international fight against cross-border tax evasion has taken a step forward with the initiation of a peer review group which aims to assess the progress made by nations in implementing internationally agreed standards of tax transparency.

On March 18th the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) announced the initiation of the first step in the most extensive and through international tax transparency assesment process that has ever been undertaken. Eighteen nations from the 91 participating members of the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information will soon undergo extensive analysis to determine the adequacy of their efforts to implement internationally agreed upon taxation standards, such as the effectiveness of the bilateral Tax Information Exch...

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Australia Makes Several Tax Changes

March 18, 2010 Taxation in Australia

NSW slashes $3 billion - deficit $917MThe Australian Government has made alterations to the Goods and Service Tax (GST) legislation, aiming to improve compliance and lower taxpayer costs. In an effort to raise taxpayer certainty, the Government has also cut over 100 provisions within the tax laws, which had previously allowed the Commissioner of Taxation an indefinite time period within which to amend a taxpayer’s tax assessment.

In a media statement released on March 17th, Nick Sherry, Assistant Treasurer of Australia and Senator for Tasmania, announced the introduction of a bill which will make compliance with Australia’s GST laws more affordable and easier...

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Tobacco Taxes Rising Worldwide

March 15, 2010 Taxation in New ZealandTaxation in UKTaxation in USATaxation in Vietnam

cigaretteAccording to numerous political and anti-tobacco activists worldwide, taxes on cigarettes and tobacco products should be increased to raise Government revenues and deter smoking.

Several anti-smoking organizations across the world have released new reports claiming that a fresh round of tax increases needs to be seen on tobacco products, and Government officials across New Zealand, several US states, Vietnam and the UK are looking set to oblige. Although, the governments and anti-smoking groups are fighting for differing causes, with Governments citing budgetary shortfalls and the need for increased revenues as the reason for tax rises.

The Kansas Senate Taxation committee announced on March 10th that it had heard arguments in favor of increasing tobacco taxation by an equivalent of USD 0...

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