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EU Eyes Taxes on Harleys and Bourbon

March 7, 2018 International Tax Cooperation

taxes on harleyWASHINGTON D.C. – A tax war is brewing between the USA and the EU, as a threat to tax EU steel leads to a threat to tax bourbon and Harley Davidson imports.

Earlier this week the EU Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malmström, indicated that the EU may retaliate against the US’s threat of import taxes on metal.

The retaliatory taxes will come in the form of targeted levies in the import of items manufactured in the USA.

The items in questions are specifically chosen to cause political pressure against the Trump administration.

Among the items to be taxed are bourbon, orange juice, jeans, t-shirts. Cosmetics, motorbikes, pleasure boats, steel, industrial products, and corn.

The goods chosen are produced in key political states or swing states or are associated with manufacturers which h...

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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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Foreign Firms to Get Chinese Tax Breaks

December 30, 2017 Taxation in China

China taxBEIJING – China hopes to attract more foreign investors into the country by using a series of tax breaks.

The government of China is offering up tax breaks for foreign companies in exchange for re-investing profits into their local operations.

Under the new rules, any foreign business which meets the pre-set criteria and re-invests in profits in China will be eligible to be exempt from paying provisional withholding income tax on the re-invested profits.

The prerequisites include keeping the investments in industries favored by the government, and ensuring that the re-investments flow directly to the target entity and not through some intermediary arrangement.

The government hopes that by encouraging the re-investment of profits into China many companies can be convinced to boost techno...

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Italy Halves Web Tax Proposal

December 20, 2017 Taxation in Italy

Italian web taxROME – Italy is persevering with its plan to impose a web tax, although the rate of the tax has been dropped.

On December 19th the lower house of Italy amended the country’s 2018 budget bill, lowering the rate of the proposed “web tax”.

Italy had previously proposed that a new tax is introduced on internet transactions, levied at a rate of 6 percent of the value of the transaction.

The rate has now been dropped to 3 percent.

The new tax will be levied on the sale of “intangible digital products” namely services such as online advertising and sponsored links.

The measures are expected to hit a number of internet giants, such as Google and Facebook, which see a significant portion of their incomes coming from advertising.

The tax will not apply to all sales, and will only be pai...

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Japan Eyes Tax Reward for Wage Hikes

December 4, 2017 Taxation in Japan

japanese-yen-notes-757cfTOKYO – Wage hikes and robots could soon help Japanese companies slash their tax obligations.

The government of Japan is evaluating potential new tax break which could see the business tax burden reduced by nearly a third.

Japan has spent the last several years taking steps to reduce the level of corporate income tax faced by businesses, which is expected to fall to as little as 29.74 percent in the business year starting April 2018.

However, the government is now looking at reducing the rate to as low as 20 percent.

The reduction will come in the form of deductions made available to businesses which actively invest in human resources, such as wage hikes and training programs.

Some deductions will also be available to businesses which invest in technologies to increase output and produ...

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