Category Taxation In Europe

Ireland Employs AI in Tax Call Centre

September 11, 2018 Taxation in Ireland

AI taxDUBLIN – Irish taxpayers will soon be chatting to robots to get basic information about their taxes.

The Office of the Revenue Commissioners of Ireland has announced that it is working on a new project to introduce artificial intelligence to its call centres to provide virtual assistance to taxpayers.

The new pilot project will involve the use of voice recognition technology to understand the requests and questions of taxpayers calling the tax authority.

It is hoped that the system will provide more effective and quicker delivery of routine information to callers.

The AI system is not yet intended to replace call centre staff dealing with individualised and complex queries.

Commenting on the implication of implementing the new technology, the CIO of the Office of the Revenue Commission...

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Beer Brewers Want Consistent Taxation in EU

August 31, 2018 Taxation in EU

Beer brewingBRUSSELS – European beer brewers are calling for a consistent taxation which only considered the ingredients used to brew the beer and not those used after fermentation.

On August 29th the brewery advocacy group Brewers of Europe issued a statement urging the European Commission to reconsider its stance on the taxation of beer brewing, in order to ensure that the rules are consistent with a European Court decision.

Earlier this year, the European Court of justice clarified that it supports the use of the Degrees Plato system instead of ABV when calculating the excise duties on beer.

The ABV system is a measure of the alcohol by volume in a beer, while the Degrees Plato system takes into account the total fermentable sugar used in the production of a beer.

The confirmation was intended t...

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Taxman Comes After France’s Salt

August 30, 2018 Taxation in France

Salt taxPARIS – French politicians are eyeing up a tax to reduce salt consumption in France, which currently sees twice as much salt being eaten every day than recommended.

Group of parliamentarians in France are launching a push to tax salts being added to foods and prepared meals sold in France.

The group of 20 MPs are all part of a committee which has been tasked with carrying out an inquiry on industrial food production in France.

Previously France has sought to encourage manufacturers to reduce the use of salt in food preparation via voluntary agreements.

However, after more than a decade, the salt-reduction targets have not been met.

The committee is now expected to push for a salt tax to be enacted, however, the exact details of how such a tax would work will not be known until the re...

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Solar Tax Dodged in Denmark

August 27, 2018 Taxation in Denmark

solar power generationCOPENHAGEN – Local municipalities across Denmark are skipping out on taxes owing for the solar energy that they have generated.

A new report issued last week in Denmark indicates that a significant number of solar power cells installed by local municipalities around the country are not properly registered, and result in underpaid taxes.

Under the current legal requirements, if solar panels are installed for mass power generation as part of a new development or a significant renovation, then those panels must be administered in a corporate entity that is separate to the one administering the rest of the development.

The power generated using the panels must then be purchased by the first entity, and the appropriate tax rates must be applied to the sale.

By not separating out the administ...

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Pay Up and Fund UK Media, Jeremy Corbyn Tells Digital Giants

August 24, 2018 Taxation in UK

Jeremy CorbynLONDON – Jeremy Corbyn wants Google and other online giants to pay for a better BBC.

In a speech made at the Edinburgh TV Festival this week, the leader of the UK opposition, Jeremy Corby called for a new tax to be paid by internet giants in order to fund media in the UK.

Jeremy Corbyn referred to the internet giants such as Google and Facebook as digital monopolies which “profit from every search, share and like we make”.

He claimed that a windfall tax would be an adequate way to raise funds which could be used to pay for an improvement and expansion of “public interest media” such as the BBC.

He even indicated that the funds could be administered by an independent body, which would be charged with the betterment of media in the UK.

Alternatively, he said that the funds could com...

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