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EU Transaction tax May Still Go Ahead

January 27, 2017 Taxation in EU

Transaction tax on stocks and derivativesGENEVA – The pan-EU transaction tax may still be enacted, despite having lost momentum since its proposal nearly 5 years ago.

The long-debated and highly controversial plan to implement a multinational transaction tax in Europe is “within reach” according to the European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs Pierre Moscovici.

The proposed tax would see all financial transactions conducted in participating countries taxed at 0.1 percent, if the transaction involves stocks, and 0.01 percent if the transaction involves derivatives.

The tax was first proposed in 2012, in an effort to raise funds and address the issues which are believed to have caused the global financial crisis in 2008.

The Commissioner explained that “…a deal is within reach, if we only co...

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Brazil Cuts Tax on Foreign Loans

June 5, 2014 Taxation in Brazil

Tranaction tax in BrazilBRASILIA – The government of Brazil is cutting the tax obligations faced by business receiving foreign loans, opening the door to more financing opportunities, while helping address the problem of the falling value of the national currency.

In a statement issued on June 5th the Ministry of Finance of Brazil announced that in order to help stabilize value of the national currency and to help small business to obtain new financing and credit options, the currently enacted transaction tax on obtaining international loans would be scaled back to exclude short term loans.

The tax, locally referred to as the IOF, was previously applied at a rate of 6 percent on the value of any international loan with a maturity of longer than six month, however, the threshold has now been raised to one year.

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EU FTT Could Be Reality By 2016

May 6, 2014 Taxation in EU

BRUSSELS – Work is continue on the implementation of a financial transaction tax in Europe, and an amicable conclusion may be reached by the end of the year.

While speaking to the press on May 5th the Minister of Finance of Germany Wolfgang Schaeuble indicated that a joint conclusion may soon be reached by all involved parties in the discussion over the long-standing proposal to implement a financial transaction tax in 11 European countries.

According to Wolfgang Schaeuble, representatives of all 11 participating countries are currently continuing negotiations to decide on an outline for implementation of the tax within days, with an aim to come to an agreement on the final details of the tax by the end of the year.

The Minister conceded that due to the international nature of the tax an...

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Jamaicans Oppose Withdrawl Tax

May 1, 2014 Taxation in Jamaica

Withdrawl tax in JamaicaKINGSTON – Strong opposition has arisen in Jamaica to a newly proposed tax on withdrawals from ATMs and banks.

Over the last week several professional groups and politicians in Jamaica have come forward to voice their stern opposition to a new government proposal to tax all withdrawals from financial institutions, including cash withdrawals from ATMs, with some groups even going so far as to call on the government to drop the proposal entirely.

The government is currently proposing that all financial transactions and encashments of up to JMD 1 million should be subject to a 0.1 percent tax to be paid by the financial institution, a measure which could raise as much as much as JMD 2.25 billion per year.

In response to the proposal, which was first raised on March 24th, the spokesperson...

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All EU Households Will Suffer from FTT

February 19, 2014 International Tax Cooperation

Financial Transaction TaxLONDON – Taxing financial transactions in Europe would directly decrease the value of the savings and financial products held by almost all citizens of European countries, and would directly affect economic stability of the EU.

The implementation of a financial transaction tax in Europe would have widespread negative effects on the value of individuals’ savings, even in countries not directly enforcing the tax, according to the results of new research released on February 18th by the UK consultancy group London Economics.

The research assessed the economic impact on household savings arising from applying a 0.1 percent tax on selected financial products and instruments traded in participating EU countries, as was proposed by the European Commission in February 2013.

The economic effects...

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