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Canada Will Still Record Surplus, Harper Says
18/12/2014
A global drop in oil prices will not stop the Government from balancing the budget in 2015, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said.

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Irish Tax Take Grows Along With Resurgent Economy
17/12/2014
Finance Minister Michael Noonan has said that strong income tax and value-added tax receipts are evidence of the Irish economy's recovery.

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UK Issues Extra Guidance On 2015 VAT MOSS Changes
15/12/2014
The UK tax authority, HM Revenue and Customs, has issued additional guidance to support small- and medium-sized businesses in complying with the change to European Union value-added tax place of supply rules for broadcasting, telecommunications, and electronic services from January 1, 2015.

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EFTA States Plan Response To TTIP
18/12/2014
The European Free Trade Association countries could be faced with important challenges from the proposed European Union-United States free trade agreement known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, Swiss Federal Councillor Johan Schneider-Amman has said.

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New Zealand Warns Of Budget Shortfall
15/12/2014
The New Zealand Government's tax revenues continue to grow more slowly than forecast in the Budget, highlighting the challenge of returning to a surplus this year, Finance Minister Bill English has said.

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Italy Agrees Businesses Are Over-Taxed
15/12/2014
Italy's Economy Minister, Pier Carlo Padoan, has confirmed that he recognizes that Italian businesses remain over-taxed, with Italy's tax burden ranked sixth highest in a recent report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development charting tax trends.

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Two Swiss VAT Rule Changes From January 1
18/12/2014
Changes to Switzerland's value-added tax rules will come into effect from January 1, 2015, through changes to the Value-Added Tax Ordinance.

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Google News Withdraws From Spain Over New Tax
16/12/2014
Google withdrew its news service from Spain and stopped linking to content from Spanish publishers on December 16, 2014, in response to a new tax on news aggregators set to come into effect in the country in January 2015.

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Iceland Looks At 'Exit Tax' For Foreign Investors
15/12/2014
Iceland appears to be looking to remove its capital controls early in 2015, but would, at the same time, impose an "exit tax" on those foreign investors who have been unable to retrieve their funds that were locked in after the country's banks defaulted in 2008.

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Camp, Hatch Carry Forward US Tax Reform Debate
16/12/2014
On December 11, the outgoing Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp officially introduced his draft comprehensive tax reform legislation into the House of Representatives, while Orrin Hatch, Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee (and expected to be its next Chairman), published an in-depth analysis, entitled "Comprehensive Tax Reform for 2015 and Beyond."

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Japan Finalizes Plans For Corporate Tax Rate Cut
18/12/2014
Following his Government's significant parliamentary majority after the recent election in Japan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Government is now to finalize its tax reform plans, including a corporate tax rate cut, by the end of this year.

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Accountants Call For Lower Taxes In Mexico
15/12/2014
The President of the Mexican Institute of Public Accountants, Leobardo Brizuela, has expressed support for tax cuts in 2016, as suggested by the head of Mexico's Secretariat of Finance and Public Credit, Luis Videgaray Caso.

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Serbia Promises Consistent Business Taxes
17/12/2014
Serbia's Prime Minister, Aleksandar Vucic, has discussed measures to tackle the shadow economy, at a meeting with business leaders where he confirmed there will be no new taxes on businesses in 2015.

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China To Establish Three More Free Trade Zones
17/12/2014
On December 12, a State Council executive meeting chaired by China's Premier Li Keqiang announced that three more free trade zones, on the lines of that already established in Shanghai in September last year, will be established in the city of Tianjin and the provinces of Guangdong and Fujian.

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Talks To Expand Global IT Trade Pact Fail
16/12/2014
Despite last month's understanding between the United States and China that had led to the reopening of talks in Geneva on December 4, negotiations broke up on December 12 without the hoped-for successful conclusion of an expanded Information Technology Agreement.

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US VAT Proposal Floated In The Senate
17/12/2014
Ben Cardin, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, has introduced the Progressive Consumption Tax Act, which would introduce a tax of ten percent on the purchase of goods and services, while using the new revenue to cut individual and corporate tax rates.

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Wales Tax Powers Confirmed In Westminister
15/12/2014
British Members of Parliament have confirmed that new tax powers for Wales will include the freedom to set different rates of personal income tax for each tax band.

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Hong Kong First To Ratify WTO's TFA
15/12/2014
Hong Kong, China, has become the first World Trade Organization member to formally ratify the WTO's new Trade Facilitation Agreement.

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