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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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Italy Steps Closer To “Web Tax”

November 28, 2017 Taxation in Italy

italy taxROME – Italy looks set to be a leader in the world by implementing one of the first digital sales taxes.

Over the weekend the Senate of Italy approved the implementation of a new tax on digital sales.

The tax is designed to expand the tax net to include multinational internet businesses which sell goods and services to Italians, but do not pay any local taxes by virtue of being registered in a different jurisdiction.

The new tax will require the online businesses to withhold a tax of 6 percent at the time of the sale, passing the revenues to the tax authorities.

The tax is expected to come into effect in January 2019, and will raise approximately EUR 114 million per year in extra tax revenues.

The exact mechanics of the tax have not yet been confirmed, but the government is expected to re...

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Thousands of Companies Skipping Taxes in Pakistan

November 20, 2017 Taxation in Pakistan

Pakistan taxesISLAMABAD – While Pakistan’s biggest companies are paying a significant portion of all taxes, thousands of small companies are skipping all of their obligations.

According to information in Pakistan’s recently published Tax Directory 2016, approximately 40 percent of companies in Pakistan did not pay any taxes despite filing tax returns.

In total, 79 700 tax returns were filed by companies and partnerships, with 31 364 companies, and the remainder being made up by partnerships.

The Tax Directory shows that of the businesses that did file returns, approximately 33 000 did not pay any taxes at all.

However, it is noted that the non-payment is an indicator of poor compliance, as the tax rules in Pakistan state that businesses that make a loss must still pay a tax of 1 percent, if they se...

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Offshore Retailers Face Tax in Japan

November 2, 2017 Taxation in Japan

Online tax in JapanTOKYO – Japan is cracking down on online retailers who skip taxes by not having an office in the country.

The government of Japan recently announced that it is looking to amend current legislation to update the definition of a permanent establishment of a business, in an effort to bring a number of online businesses into the country’s tax net.

Currently, Japan applies corporate income tax to businesses which have a permanent establishment in the country.

The current definition of permanent establishment primarily consists of offices, and misses warehouses and distributions centres.

The specifics of the tax mean that online retailers which do not have an office in the country, but have a distribution centre, can earn significant profits from Japanese customers, but not pay any tax on t...

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HMRC Chasing Down Big Tax Cheats

October 26, 2017 Taxation in UK

Tax on big businessLONDON – The HMRC may be upping their game when it comes to chasing down big businesses who stash their profits overseas.

New data obtained by the UK law firm Pinsent Masons has shown the extent of tax avoidance in the country.

The new information has suggested that over the course of the year to March 2017, large businesses in the UK avoided as much as GBP 5.8 billion by transferring profits to low tax jurisdictions.

The amount avoided is rising, having grown by GBP 2 billion compared to the level seen 12 months ago.

The amount of tax avoided is likely to be even higher, as the amount quoted is only for the 2 000 largest businesses in the country.

The experts at Pinsent Mason suggested that the increase could be caused by increased aggressiveness by the tax authorities or concentrated s...

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