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Personal Income Tax Reform Proposed In Portugal
23/07/2014
Portugal's Minister of State and Finance, Maria Luis Albuquerque, has presented a number of proposals to overhaul the country's personal income tax regime.

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Canada, UK Revise Double Tax Agreement
23/07/2014
Canada and the UK on July 21, 2014, signed a protocol to their Double Tax Agreement that amends its withholding tax and information exchange provisions.

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Irish Pharmaceutical Firm Shire In USD55bn Merger
24/07/2014
US-based pharmaceuticals giant AbbVie plans to merge with the Dublin-headquartered Shire in a USD55bn deal that is expected to reduce the group's effective tax rate to 13 percent.

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Jersey Presents 2015 Budget
23/07/2014
Jersey has announced conservative measures intended to maintain a stable tax system and a low rate on personal income in its draft 2015 fiscal budget.

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NZ Opposition Pledges To Remove GST On Food
24/07/2014
The New Zealand First party has released a party manifesto, setting out its tax policies ahead of September's election.

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Switzerland Warns Of Carbon Tax Hike
22/07/2014
Switzerland will hike its carbon tax from CHF60 (USD67) per ton to at least CHF72 per ton from 2016 if the Government's 2014 emissions reductions target is missed.

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Sweden Calls For EU Ruling On Bitcoin Taxation
22/07/2014
Sweden has asked the European Union to provide definitive rules on the Value Added Tax treatment of cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, after concerns raised by the nation about the UK's revised position, issued in March.

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Mexico Extends Dumping Duty On Chinese Steel
24/07/2014
Mexico has decided to extend anti-dumping duties on certain steel exports from China, according to a notice in the nation's Official Gazette on July 21, 2014.



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HMRC Chief Exec Hails Record Performance
24/07/2014
HM Revenue and Customs's Chief Executive, Lin Homer, has welcomed the Department's "best ever" results. For the first time, it brought in more than GBP500bn (USD853.4bn) in total tax revenues and secured record compliance revenues of GBP23.9bn.

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Accountants Urge Caution From Irish BEPS Response
21/07/2014
Ireland risks introducing an uncertain tax environment for multinationals if it is overzealous in responding to ongoing base erosion and profit shifting work from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Consultative Committee of Accountancy Bodies of Ireland (CCAB) has said, urging Ireland to follow the crowd.

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Canada Revenue Agency Under Fire For Charity Audits
24/07/2014
The New Democratic Party has called for an independent external investigation into allegations of intimidation and political interference in the targeted audits of charities undertaken by the Canada Revenue Agency.

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Liechtenstein To Offer Protected Cell Companies
18/07/2014
The government of Liechtenstein announced that on July 8, 2014, it amended its company law to offer a protected cell company structure.

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Macedonia Plans Free Zone For Professional Services
23/07/2014
Macedonia is planning special economic zones with considerable tax breaks, but there has been suspicion about the benefits of such a move with concerns locally that they might attract criminal activity.

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Abbott Hails Australian Carbon Tax Victory
21/07/2014
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said that businesses and families will no longer be "slugged" by the carbon tax, after the Senate voted by 39 to 32 in favor of its repeal.

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Guernsey Businesses Oppose Goods And Services Tax
21/07/2014
The Confederation of Guernsey Industry has released a new report on the impact of the introduction of a goods and services tax in Guernsey.

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France Drops Tourist Tax Hike Plans
22/07/2014
As expected, France's National Assembly has abandoned proposals to impose a steep increase in the tax payable on hotel stays.

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European Environment Agency Calls For Tax Shift
23/07/2014
Taxing inefficient resource use and environmental pollution and reducing labor taxes could encourage job creation, the European Environment Agency has said.

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Ireland Clarifies VAT On Film Finance
23/07/2014
The Irish tax authority, the Revenue Commissioners, has released a guide to clarify the value-added tax breaks available on the commissioning of independent film and television productions.

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