Category Taxation In Europe

Taxes Are Killing the UK Pub

March 19, 2018 Taxation in UK

Pubs in the UKLONDON – Pubs are a bastion of British culture and need to be considered when forming tax systems, according to campaigners.

Too many British pubs are closing, and a tax change is needed to put an end to the closures, according to a statement by the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra).

Over the second half of 2017 an average of 18 pubs closed each week in the UK, and between 2008 and 2013 a total of 7 000 pubs closed, taking with them approximately 58 000 jobs.

Camra claims that the closures can be attributed largely to the tax burden faced by pubs.

They stated that pubs in the UK face one of the highest rates of beer duty in Europe, along with rising rates of VAT and business tax.

The experts at Carn claimed that the departure of the UK from the EU represents a perfect opportunity for the cou...

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UK Mulls the Idea of Gum Tax

March 13, 2018 Taxation in UK

cleaning chewing gumLONDON – Chewing gum costs so much to clean up each year, that the UK government may start taxing it to recoup their losses.

On March 13th the Chancellor of the Exchequer of the UK Philip Hammond is expected to announce the launch of a new public consultation of potential tax measures aimed at eliminating or reducing the spread of single-use plastics.

Taxes on single-use plastic items are an increasingly popular measure around the world, and the UK looks set to join the ranks of countries with similar taxes.

The Exchequer indicated that the consultation will also include discussions on whether any such tax should be levied on chewing gum, which is made up of compounds similar to those seen in plastic products.

Currently, chewing gum is the second most common type of rubbish found on the ...

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EC Chases Tax Dodging Luxury Yachts

March 9, 2018 Taxation in EU

tax on luxury boatsBRUSSELS – Greece, Malta, and Cyprus may lose their status as prime destinations for registering luxury yachts.

On March 8th the European Commission issued a statement confirming that it has opened infringement procedures against Cyprus, Greece, and Malta for their tax treatment of luxury yachts.

The alleged infringement concerns the member states establishing and enforcing guidelines which may greatly reduce the VAT applied to the lease of luxury yachts and boats.

Under current EU rules, member states are able to forego applying VAT to the supply of services which are utilized and enjoyed outside of the EU.

The three member states issued guidelines in which the larger the boat, the more of the lease is estimated to take place outside of the EU.

The rules made it easier for large yacht...

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Germany Eases Taxes on Cryptocurrency

March 2, 2018 Taxation in EU

bitcoin tax in GermanyBERLIN – Germany is setting up new rules for taxation of cryptocurrency, and they are likely to be a hit with crypto-users.

On February 27th the tax authorities of Germany issued a new document detailing the taxation of cryptocurrency use in the country.

Unlike many other countries in the world, including the USA, Germany will consider Bitcoin, and other cryptocurrency, to be a digital currency and not an asset.

The impact of the decision is that purchases made with any cryptocurrency in Germany will not face capital gains tax, and will be taxed as though the transaction was carried out using standard payment methods.

In other countries, cryptocurrency can be considered to be an asset, and as such, can trigger capital gains tax obligations when sold or traded.

Further, any service provi...

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European Commission Approaches Digital Tax

February 27, 2018 Taxation in EU

digital taxBRUSSELS – Lawmakers in Europe may soon be deciding on a generic new tax on large digital businesses.

The European Commission is understood to be working on a temporary new tax intended to stop large digital companies from diverting their profits to low-tax jurisdictions without facing any tax obligations.

It is hoped that the new tax will target the online businesses based on where they draw their customers, instead of where they register their offices or settle the arising profits.

The tax is aimed squarely at large firms and will apply only to businesses with global revenues exceeding EUR 750 million per year, with at least EUR 10 million being from an EU country.

The exact rate of the tax has not yet been determined but is currently suggested to be set at between 1 percent and 5 per...

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