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EU to Propose Europe-Wide Taxes

August 11, 2010 International Tax CooperationTaxation in EUTaxation in FranceTaxation in GermanyTaxation in UK

Euro coinsThe European Union will soon attempt to extend its revenue raising powers by imposing new taxes directly within all of its member states.

Janusz Lewandowski, Budget Commissioner of the European Union (EU), revealed on August 9th, that a new proposal will be released in September, outlining a series of new “eurotaxes”. Initially, the EU will suggest the implementation of a uniform tax on air travel, and selected inter-bank transactions. A pan-Europe Carbon Tax will eventually be mooted, if the first two levies prove to be successful. The rates and specific details of the new taxes will be revealed upon the official release of the proposal.

According to Janusz Lewandowski, the present structure of funds-sourcing for the EU “does not reflect the spirit of [EU] treaties...

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St. Kitts and Nevis Releases VAT White Paper

April 23, 2010 Taxation in St. Kitts and Nevis

St. Kitts & Nevis FlagThe Government of St. Kitts and Nevis has released a white paper for public consultation on its intention to introduce Value Added Tax (VAT) in 2010.

On April 21st the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis released a detailed white paper outlining its full intention to replace a number of existing national taxes with a single unified VAT. The paper, which received Cabinet approval on April 19th, is intended to familiarize national taxpayers with the proposed rules. The white paper also signals the beginning of a 30 day consultation process on the suggested VAT system. Pending submissions for changes to the proposed VAT rules, two more readings of the paper will be held with corresponding consultations, followed by a final publication and passage into law. The St...

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UK Increases Flight Taxes

November 2, 2009 Taxation in UK  No comments

The Air Passenger Duties (APD) faced by UK fliers has risen, with some seats seeing a charge of £110 at departure.

Much to the uproar of the air travel industry, departure duties faced by UK travelers increased on the 1st of November. The distance banding system and the travel class system which were used to determine the APD levy have also been expanded, allowing for a wider range in determining the exact levy liability of each passenger.

The new APD system will determine duties charged on a seat by judging whether it is in the lowest passenger class or what the government has deemed as “other”, and also by dividing flights into one of the four pre-determined distance bands. Flight distance is calculated as the mileage between London and the capital of the destination country.


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Calls for Scrap of Irish Travel Tax

August 24, 2009 Taxation in EUTaxation in Ireland  No comments

Irish airline Ryanair has called for the scrapping of the Government’s €10 travel tax.

Ryanair has called for the abolishment of the Irish government’s €10 travel tax. According to Ryanair statements, passenger throughput at Dublin Airport fell by 10% in the month of July, equating to a 215,000 passenger drop in one moth. Throughout May the incoming passenger numbers fell by 18%, or approximately 150,000 visitors. Ryanair places blame for these repeated falls on the government’s travel tax.

Stephen MacNamara, Communications Chief for Ryanair, stated in a news release “Ireland’s most important market declined by 23% as UK visitors abandon Ireland due to the Irish Government’s €10 tourist tax which they are asked to pay in addition to the UK Government’s £10 Air Passenger Duty.”

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