International tax

Tax / UK most expensive country to send expatriates

The UK has overtaken Japan as the most expensive location to send expatriates, despite salaries remaining static, because of increases in tax and essential costs, including housing

Tax / EY alliance with Thomson Reuters on digital tax services

EY is teaming up with Thomson Reuters to develop leading-edge, digitally enabled tax services targeted at mulitnationals operating across tax jurisdictions

Tax / FTSE 250 Cobham in £70m one-off tax payment

FTSE 250 aerospace and defence company Cobham has agreed to make a one-off tax payment of £55m, plus an interest payment of £14m, to settle a long running dispute with HMRC

Tax / HMRC toughens position on use of offshore trusts to avoid tax

HMRC is cracking down on the use of disguised remuneration and contractor loans after winning two tax avoidance cases at the tax tribunal over use of offshore trusts to avoid tax and NICs

Tax / What you need to know: diverted profits tax – part 2

In the second of a three part series on the diverted profits tax (DPT), Mark Cawthron LLB CTA, tax writer at Croner-i considers recent developments from UK implementation to interaction with OECD Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) rules

Tax / Pakistan to offer taxpayer amnesty on hidden assets

Pakistan is set to introduce a time-limited amnesty allowing taxpayers at home and abroad to regularise any undeclared assets, as part of plans to raise revenue and improve the performance of the economy

Tax / Tax planning: Luxembourg cuts corporation tax rate to 17%

Following the smooth passage of a new Budget bill, Luxembourg has cut the rate of corporate income tax to 17% with immediate effect to attract more international investors, but beware the tax compliance issues for multinationals, says William Jean-Baptiste, partner at Ogier

Tax / Ethical investment directors banned over tax scheme withdrawals

Three directors of a company offering so-called ethical Costa Rican plantation investments have been banned after withdrawing over £7m from a tax planning scheme when they knew it was being investigated by HMRC

Tax / What you need to know: diverted profits tax – part 1

In the first of a three part series on the diverted profits tax (DPT), Mark Cawthron LLB CTA, tax writer at Croner-I considers whether it has acted as a deterrent to multinationals attempting to mitigate their tax bills and compliance issues

Tax / Moral outrage forces richest taxpayers to avoid tax schemes

The UK’s wealthiest taxpayers are becoming more wary about using complex tax planning and contrived tax avoidance schemes, after public concerns about moral behaviour, but still view inheritance tax (IHT) as a punitive ‘double tax’, reports Pat Sweet

Tax / Nunn: VAT surcharge decision highlights MTD penalty threat

Yvette Nunn CTA, director of Berkeley Associates, welcomes a sensible decision in the recent Farrell VAT surcharge case, but fears the tribunal system will not cope unless HMRC ditches automatic penalties when Making Tax Digital for VAT is in full force

Tax / French tax rates for high net worth individuals lowered

The French finance bill for 2019 adjusted the general 30% flat tax on financial incomes, the real estate wealth tax and the business transmission tax regime for high net worth individuals in a bid to keep more wealthy French at home. Benoît Couty, partner at Pichard & Associés, examines the changes

Tax / US multinationals owe £4.6bn in unpaid tax

HMRC is chasing US-based multinationals for £4.6bn in underpaid tax last year, up a third since 2017, as the clampdown on companies diverting profits overseas ramps up

Tax / Q&A: deemed domicile and automatic remittance

In our regular Q&A series from Croner Taxwise, tax adviser Amaira Badat considers the tax implications of the deemed domiciled rules for a non-domiciled long-term resident with foreign income below £2,000

Tax / Criminal Finances Act 2017: facilitation of tax evasion rules

HMRC is ramping up its action against businesses which fail to prevent facilitation of tax evasion by staff, but compliance levels are low. Businesses should act now given the risk of corporate criminal investigations, explains Ben Jones, tax partner at Eversheds Sutherland
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