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Greece Pressured To Adopt Simpler VAT Regime
28/08/2014
The troika of international lenders has called on the Greek Government to look towards introducing a single, lower rate of value-added tax to improve compliance rates and cut the administrative burden.

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Retail Ireland Calls For Budget Tax Cuts
28/08/2014
Retail Ireland has called on Finance Minister Michael Noonan to cut income tax, freeze or reduce consumer taxes and retain the lower value-added tax rate for the hospitality industry in his upcoming Budget.

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Mexico Speeding Up VAT Refunds For Maquiladoras
26/08/2014
Mexico's tax authority has announced that 635 companies based in the nation's free zones have received certificates allowing them to receive faster value-added tax refunds.

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Canada's Tax Agency Launches Mobile App For SMEs
26/08/2014
The Canada Revenue Agency has launched a mobile app for small- and medium-sized businesses that will allow users to create reminders for key tax dates.

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Portugal Plans New Tax On Digital Devices
28/08/2014
The Portuguese Cabinet approved on August 21, 2014, a plan to levy a tax on the sale of digital storage devices.

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Slowing UK Tax Revenues Enlarge Deficit In July
25/08/2014
A 3.3 percent rise in UK tax receipts last month was not enough to generate a surplus, with official figures showing that government spending was up 1.9 percent and borrowing was higher than expected.

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Bulgarian Finance Minister Warns On Budget
28/08/2014
Bulgaria's recently-appointed Interim Finance Minister, Roumen Porodzanov, has said that a revision of the country's budget is "inevitable" following an underperformance in revenue collection, and that efforts would be made to increase revenue from VAT and excise duty.

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Swiss Trade Deal With Costa Rica, Panama To Enter Into Force
25/08/2014
The free trade agreement between the European Free Trade Association states and Costa Rica and Panama will enter into force for Switzerland on August 29, 2014.

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French Budget To Feature Income Tax Relief
22/08/2014
France's President, Francois Hollande, has promised to introduce a "fairer" income tax system in the budget for 2015, to be announced next month.

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Irish VAT Cut Helped Our Industry, Restaurateurs Say
28/08/2014
21,633 jobs have been created in the food and accommodation sector since the 9 percent value-added tax rate for the hospitality sector was introduced in 2011, according to the Restaurants Association of Ireland.

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EU, Vietnam Leaders Push For Early FTA Conclusion
27/08/2014
Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and President of the European Commission Josť Manuel Barroso expressed their wish to conclude swiftly the negotiations on the pending free trade agreement between the European Union and Vietnam, in a joint press statement following their meeting on August 25 in Hanoi.

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Australia's Abbott Faces Budget Policy Challenge
27/08/2014
The row over Australian budget policies continues to escalate, with Prime Minister Tony Abbott warning that if the economy remains weak, higher taxes will be necessary.

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US Study Compares Worldwide Corporate Tax Rates
25/08/2014
The Tax Foundation has issued a paper which shows how the United States corporate income tax rate, now the highest among the 34 industrialized nations of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, ranks against all of the countries and other tax jurisdictions throughout the world.

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Canada Taking Tax Administration Online
25/08/2014
Business owners registered under Canada's Business Accounts program will be able to pay taxes online for the first time through the platform from October, after a two-fold increase in uptake, Revenue Minister Kerry-Lynne Findlay has said.

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Hong Kong Report Proposes Tax To Fund Pension Reform
25/08/2014
A new universal pension scheme, to be funded by a payroll tax paid by both employers and employees and by the Government, has been proposed by an officially-commissioned study, researched by the University of Hong and entitled the "Future Development of Retirement Protection in Hong Kong."

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India's Jaitley Visits West Bengal To Talk GST
27/08/2014
Indian Minister for Finance Arun Jaitley has continued meetings with state ministers to resolve outstanding issues that may hold back the adoption of the Goods and Services Tax by the end of this year.

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Portugal Unable To Rule Out Tax Hikes, Says Fitch
22/08/2014
Portugal is on track to hit its fiscal targets this year following the constitutional court's approval of expenditure-related proposals, credit ratings agency Fitch Ratings has said.

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US Family Asset Tax Breaks Put At USD550bn By 2018
26/08/2014
A paper from the Tax Policy Center has pointed out how large an amount of tax subsidy resources the United States Government directs toward helping families build assets in the form of home ownership, retirement savings, higher education and small business development – a total of USD370bn in 2014 and a projected USD554bn in 2018.

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