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February 2016
Newsletter
The February 2016 issue highlights US and Canadian tax developments, including insight on the tax proposals in President Obama's FY2017 budget, the IRS's response to the Validus Reinsurance ruling, and more.
24 February 2016
Article
The Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, presented the 2016 budget to the National Assembly today, 24 February 2016.
11 February 2016
Client/Legal Alert
On 10 February 2016, the Australian Treasurer, the Hon. Scott Morrison introduced the Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2016 Measures No. 1) Bill 2016 (the Bill) into Parliament. The legislation puts forward a number of changes, but most notably in the area of cross-border GST. Treasury conducted two periods of public consultation on the draft legislation. The original draft legislation was released in May 2015 and a subsequent draft in October 2015.
5 February 2016
Client/Legal Alert
Hungarian legislation imposes a special tax on certain product categories that have or may have an impact on the environment, such as, inter alia, batteries, electric and electronic equipment, certain chemical products and packaging. This tax is called the environmental product fee. This legislation (Act LXXXV of 2011 on the environmental product fee – the Environmental Product Fee Act) has been amended as of 1 January 2016. For foreign businesses, the most important change is most likely the extension of the environmental product fee-related obligations to non-Hungarian companies making distant sales to Hungarian customers.
2 February 2016
Client/Legal Alert
The Australian Treasury has published explanatory material to accompany the previously released draft legislation and regulations, which seek to reform a number of Australian laws ahead of the introduction of margin requirements for uncleared derivatives.
2 February 2016
Client/Legal Alert
On 21 December 2015, Treasury and the IRS released proposed regulations which will require large US multinational companies to prepare and file a country-by-country report revealing their worldwide profits, taxes, capital, employees and assets, by jurisdiction.  This Alert describes the proposed regulations, explains the impetus for their release and highlights issues that should be at the forefront of taxpayers' minds as they prepare to comply with the new requirements.
February 2016
Client/Legal Alert
On 14 December 2015, the German tax administration published an administrative decree taking the position that the principles of the Federal Tax Court regarding the deduction of income from a controlled foreign corporation imputed to the controlling German company for trade tax purposes are not to be deemed established case law and thus are not to be applied by German tax authorities in similar cases.
February 2016
Newsletter

In this issue of the China Tax Monthly, we will discuss the following tax developments in China:

  • Business Tax to Be Completely Replaced by VAT from 1 May 2016
  • New HNTE Recognition Rules Take Effect from 1 January 2016
  • Anshan Case: Transfer Pricing Adjustment on Service Fees
  • Beijing Case: Withholding Tax Levied on Disguised Guarantee Fees
  • China Issues Reform Plan on Tax Collection and Administration System
4 February 2016
This publication is available in French only.
February 2016
Client/Legal Alert
On 15 February 2016 the Russian President signed Federal Law N 25-FZ, which revises the existing thin capitalization rules and expands the scope of their application (the Law). A new favorable exemption for loans from unrelated banks can be applied as of 1 January 2016. Other changes become effective as of 1 January 2017.
February 2016
Client/Legal Alert
In ABU, the Singapore Court of Appeal clarified the requirements for validity in relation to requests for information from foreign tax authorities under the exchange of information provisions in Avoidance of Double Taxation Agreements.
February 2016
Client/Legal Alert
The Ministry of the People's Power for Banking and Finance issued Resolution No. 022, of 4 January 2016 (Official Gazette No. 40,844 of 5 February 2016) that established a 2.5 percent rate for the special contribution payable by insurance, reinsurance, and prepaid medicine companies, risk managers, and legal entities that finance insurance fees or premiums (Taxpayers) with the purpose of financing the Superintendence of Insurance Activity. Resolution No. 022 entered into force in 5 February 2016.
February 2016
Client/Legal Alert
Presidential Decree No. 2,232 (Decree 2,232) (Official Gazette No. 40,846 of February 11, 2016) established a 0 percent rate for the tax on large financial transactions (Financial Tax)
February 2016
Client/Legal Alert
The National Integrated Service of Customs and Tax Administration (Revenue Service) issued Administrative Order No. SNAT/2016/0004 (Order 0004) (Official Gazette No. 40,834 of 22 January 2016), which designated the banking institutions governed by the Law of Banking Institutions and the Law of the Venezuelan Central Bank as collection agents of the tax on large financial transactions (Financial Tax), for the transactions that special taxpayers make.
February 2016
Client/Legal Alert
On 13 January, the German Federal Tax Court (FTC) published its long awaited decision of 18 August 2015 (docket: I R 88/13) concerning the transfer of beneficial title in securities lending transactions.
 
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