Category Taxation In Asia

Thailand’s Tax Collection to Surpass Targets

January 5, 2010 Taxation in Thailand

2757-Thailand-Bangkok-Government HouseThailand’s tax collections are expected to exceed Government targets by at least 10%.

The Thailand Government’s fiscal stimulus measures and tax base extension efforts will see tax collections “easily” surpass the THB1.097 trillion target set by the Revenue Department for the financial year ending September 30th, 2010. The rapid upsurge in revenue has been laid down to Thailand’s improving economic situation and extended efforts to raise the profitability of the country’s taxation system.

Following several months of growing collection figures and healthy economic indicators, Thailand’s Finance Ministry raised the country’s 2010 economic growth target to 3.5 percent, in the last days of 2009...

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Japan Releases Annual Tax Guidelines

December 23, 2009 Taxation in Japan

Yukio Hatoyama, Japan's next leaderOn December 22nd, the Japanese Government revealed its tax reform plan for the fiscal year beginning April 1st, 2010.

The newly published tax guidelines are aimed at decreasing Japan’s public debt figure, which is currently at an approximated 180 percent of GDP. In order to achieve the goal, the tax plan will attempt to support Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama’s earlier announced intentions of maintaining Japanese Government Bond issuance at JPY44 trillion (USD483 billion).

The most controversial announcement of the tax reform is replacing surcharges on gasoline sales with a tax charged at the same rate. The move comes contrary to Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama’s election campaign where he promised to abolish the gasoline levy...

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Rush of Tax Treaties in December

December 17, 2009 International Tax CooperationTaxation in CanadaTaxation in ChinaTaxation in EUTaxation in FranceTaxation in GreeceTaxation in IrelandTaxation in NetherlandsTaxation in New ZealandTaxation in SingaporeTaxation in SwitzerlandTaxation in UK

UK/Malaysia Double Taxation Agreement protocol signingIncreasing fiscal transparency was an important issue in the economic and political spectrum of the 2009 year. With only a few weeks remaining in 2009, December happened to be one of the most active month of the passing year, with Governments around the globe completing efforts made in negotiations of Double Taxation Agreements (DTA) and Tax Information Exchange Agreements (TIEA).

In an unprecedented step, Switzerland wishes to cease ratification of its DTA with France in protest at the French authorities’ handling of account data stolen from HSBC in Geneva. On December 9th, Eric Woerth, French Budget Minister, confirmed that the French Government had paid €500 million to a former HSBC-Switzerland employee who provided them with details on 130,000 accounts...

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Global Business Confidence is Improving

December 15, 2009 Taxation in ChinaTaxation in IndiaTaxation in UKTaxation in USA

Freefall Friday: $84b - worst day in 21 yearsThe world is still suffering from an economic slump, but confidence and business outlook across the globe is beginning to see a marked improvement.

According to research by international law firm Eversheds, published on December 14th, there is a resurgence in business confidence and future outlook across key global economic centres, and the Eastern markets are showing the most significant improvements. The report engaged 600 senior executives to show the effect of the economic downturn and its results on their confidence in London, New York, Shanghai, Mumbai and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The study reports that executives in Shanghai, UAE and Mumbai have highest levels of confidence for the next 12 months, though all respondents believe that New York will continue to be the most signi...

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India’s Tax Take Increases

December 4, 2009 Taxation in India

The ManIndia’s Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) announced on December 2nd that their net direct tax collections for the first eight month of the current fiscal year had risen by 3.71%, compared to the same period in the previous year.

In what the Indian Income Tax Department (ITD) labeled as “impressive growth,” the CBDT reported net tax collections of INR1,838 billion for the April up to November period, from INR1,776 billion in the equivalent period in the previous fiscal year. PIT collection, which includes Fringe Benefit Tax, Security Transaction Tax and Banking Cash Transaction Tax, totaled INR703 billion, compared to the previous year’s INR672 billion, making a rise of 4.53%. Corporate Taxes collected for the period increased by 3.17%, from INR1,097 billion to INR1,132 billion...

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