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February 2014
Client/Legal Alert
Following the Budget 2014 announcement by the Malaysian Prime Minister on 25 October 2013, it was announced that Goods and Services Tax (GST) will be implemented on 1 April 2015 at the proposed rate of 6%. At the time of writing, the GST Bill 2009 (GST Bill) remains in a draft form and is still subject to further amendments and debate in Parliament.
February 2014
Newsletter
The February 2014 issue of the Global VAT/GST Newsletter provides updates from Baker & McKenzie's Global VAT/GST practice on recent VAT and legal developments — both on a regional and a local country basis.
February 2014
Client/Legal Alert
The new Mexican Income Tax Law (Ley del Impuesto sobre la Renta) (MITL) is in force as of 1 January 2014.
February 2014
Client/Legal Alert
On 11 February 2014, the Canadian Federal Minister of Finance (Minister) released his 2014 Budget and among the proposals was an announcement to end the so-called “immigration trust” – in some circumstances, immediately.
February 2014
Book
Doing Business in the Slovak Republic has been prepared by the Prague office of Baker & McKenzie and its Slovak counsel Marek & Partners as a general guide for those companies or persons considering an investment in the Slovak Republic.The law and its practice in the Slovak Republic are constantly changing and readers should be aware that any information soon becomes outdated. This remains true notwithstanding the access of the Slovak Republic to the EU on 1 May 2004 - and undertaking the process of harmonization of its laws with those of the EU.
January 2014
Featured Content
TaxShare: Tax Dispute Resolution Resource is an online tool to assist our clients and friends in successfully managing, settling and if necessary, litigating tax disputes to a successful conclusion.
30 January 2014
Client/Legal Alert
A recent decision of the Constitutional Court declares parts of the Belgian lump-sum foreign tax credit regime unconstitutional.
January 2014
Client/Legal Alert
On 25 December 2013, the General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China (GAC) issued two new regulations on customs valuation, both effective from 1 February 2014. GAC Order No. 213 (Order 213), entitled Measures of Customs of the People’s Republic of China for the Determination of Dutiable Value of Imports and Exports, will replace the existing regulation with the same title issued under GAC Order No. 148 on 28 March 2006 (Order 148). In addition, GAC Order No. 211 (Order 211), entitled Measures of Customs of the People’s Republic of China for the Determination of Dutiable Value of Domestic Sales of Bonded Goods, is an entirely new regulation specifically providing for the valuation of bonded goods sold within the territory of China.
December 2013
Client/Legal Alert
This is the December 2013 edition of China Tax Monthly.
8 January 2014
Client/Legal Alert
About 300 Belgian companies and branches are expected to receive a standard transfer pricing questionnaire in the coming weeks and be subject to an in-depth transfer pricing audit in 2014.
January 2014
Newsletter
This information bulletin is published by the Baker & McKenzie Tax Group.
January 2014
Client/Legal Alert
On 31 December 2013, the State Encryption Management Bureau (SEMB) issued Announcement No. 27 and adjusted the Catalogue for the Administration of Import of Encryption Products and Equipment Containing Encryption Technology (the “Adjusted Catalogue”), replacing the Catalogue for the Administration of Import of Encryption Products and Equipment Containing Encryption Technology (First Batch) annexed to SEMB Notice No. 18 and effective on 1 January 2010 (the “Original Catalogue”). The new Catalogue is effective from 1 January 2014.
January 2014
Client/Legal Alert
In 2010 Congress enacted section 1298(f) with the seemingly simple requirement that each US person who is a shareholder of a passive foreign investment company (PFIC) file an annual report. This filing requirement was effective as of 18 March 2010.
January 2014
Article
Globalization and the current economic climate have forced states to work toward improving access to foreign and domestic tax information with a view to better protecting their own tax bases. At the forefront of these efforts are the exchange-of-information provisions found in virtually all bilateral tax treaties, many of which are based on the OECD's model double taxation convention. Curiously, existing departures from the OECD model suggest that certain states may have the obligation to assist one treaty partner by requesting and providing tax-related information from another treaty partner. This article analyses the viability of this “treaty network theory” in the context of the OECD model and Canada’s existing tax treaties. The author concludes that the text of many of Canada’s treaties appears to allow for such a result, suggesting that tax authorities and treaty negotiators should carefully consider whether this was intended, or whether they should protect against this possibility in their future work.
26 December 2013
Client/Legal Alert
For some time now there have been rumours on this subject. Pierre Moscovici (Minister of Economy and Finance) and Bernard Cazeneuve (deputy Budget Minister) have officially announced to the Rapporteurs and the Presidents of the Finance Commission (Commission to the National Assembly and to the Senate) that, “taking into account progress realized and answers actually addressed to the French queries in 2013, we wanted to inform you that as from now we will propose to have Jersey and Bermuda removed from the list of Non Cooperative States and Territories upon the update of the list in 2014” (free translation). The announcement is reassuring: in practice, French assets held by structures located in Jersey and Bermuda will not suffer the punitive measures of French taxation targeting Non Cooperative States and Territories.
 
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