International tax

Tax / Bull: will US/French deal derail UK digital services tax?

George Bull, senior tax partner at RSM, asks whether France’s commitment to refund part of its digital services tax to the US tech giants will scupper the UK’s efforts to introduce a 2% digital tax

Tax / France and US to settle digital tax row

There are signs that France and the US may be about to settle their differences over the introduction of a digital services tax (DST), after comments at the recent G7 summit suggested the two countries are looking to work together on the issue which has raised the threat of retaliatory tariffs

Tax / Spain cracks down on 'aggressive tax planning' by foreign property investors

With Spanish tax authorities prosecuting tax evaders and the launch of the beneficial owner register, anyone invested in property via a corporate structure should review their tax position. León Fernando Del Canto, a barrister at Normanton Chambers, examines the tax rules

Tax / US tech giants oppose French digital tax plans

The US government’s investigation into French plans to implement a digital services tax (DST) has started with US tech companies arguing it is a discriminatory move and calling for multilateral cooperation to address changes to the international tax system

Tax / Tax investigations yield hits £13bn

HMRC saw actual cash collected from all tax investigations hit £13bn in 2018/19, up 27% from £10.3bn in 2017/18, while transfer pricing fines for multinationals have hit a record £413,000 

Tax / IRS misses out on $34bn in US corporate taxes

The US government has missed out on $34bn (£28bn) of tax revenues from large companies because of budget cuts at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), according to academic researchers who warn the losses could rise steeply

Tax / Luxembourg moves to introduce hybrid mismatch tax clampdown

The  Luxembourg government is planning to tighten up the rules on use of hybrid mismatches in line with the EU Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive 2 (ATAD 2), which has to be adopted in EU member states by 2020

Tax / Tax take from non-doms falls to near record low

The amount of tax paid by non-domiciled individuals has fallen dramatically since last year, clocking in at £7.54bn, down from a record high of £9.49bn last year

Tax / FTSE 100 has £4.5bn at risk in tax disputes

FTSE 100 companies have up to £4.5bn at risk from tax disputes, most commonly arising from changes in legislation in emerging markets, according to research by Thomson Reuters

Tax / OECD makes progress on improving international tax transparency

The OECD Secretary-General Tax Report to G20 Leaders provides a concise and upbeat summary of the dramatic changes to the international tax environment over the past 10 years, Mark Cawthron examines the key issues

Tax / Tax updates: August 2019

In this month’s round-up of tax cases and news, more IR35 woe for HMRC while GAAR panel kicks out bond scheme, Finance Bill 2019-20 confirms £1.1bn payroll extension to private sector, Making Tax Digital penalty leniency, capital goods scheme simplified and UK multinationals challenge CFC rules

Tax / HMRC consults on cross-border tax disclosure rules

The government is consulting on new rules required to implement an EU directive that will require the disclosure to HMRC of certain cross-border arrangements that could be used to avoid or evade tax

Tax / UK multinationals to challenge EU on CFC rules

Over a dozen companies, including BT, Vodafone and GlaxoSmithKline are set to challenge an EU ruling which found that elements of the UK’s controlled foreign company (CFC) regime breach the rules on state aid

Tax / France faces US backlash on 3% digital services tax

France is to introduce a 3% digital services tax, the first European country to do so, and now faces the risk of retaliation from the US, which argues that the levy unfairly targets multinational tech giants

Tax / France plans green tax on airline flight departures

The French government is to introduce an ‘eco-tax’ on all outgoing flights from French airports, which is expected to bring in €180m (£162m) from 2020, to encourage a more environmentally-friendly approach to travel