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New Zealand Says United States Open To FTA
20/06/2017
New Zealand Trade Minister Todd McClay says his visit to Washington DC for high-level trade talks was successful, with the US indicating it is open to a free trade agreement.

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Mexico Rules Out Its Own Response To US Tax Reform Plan
22/06/2017
Mexico's Finance Secretary, Jose Antonio Meade, has said that the country is unlikely to change its tax code in response to "aggressive" US policies, including a potentially sharp reduction in the US corporation tax rate.

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UK Begins Brexit Negotiations In Brussels
20/06/2017
The UK has begun discussions with the European Union on Brexit, despite uncertainty as to who will form the government that will negotiate the exit deal.

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Irish MEP: EU Unable To Estimate CCCTB Impact
22/06/2017
Irish MEP Brian Hayes has said that the European Commission has been unable to provide a full country-by-country impact assessment of its common consolidated corporate tax base proposal.

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US Taxpayers' Input Sought On Tax Reform
21/06/2017
The Senate Committee on Finance has asked for public input on US tax reform options.

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Google Not Liable For French Back Tax, Says Court Adviser
19/06/2017
An adviser to an administrative court in France has said that Google is not liable for EUR1.1bn (USD1.2bn) in back taxes because the company lacks sufficient presence in the country.

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New Zealand Extends Tax Relief To Earthquake Victims
20/06/2017
New Zealand's tax agency has announced tax relief measures for those affected by the Kaikoura earthquake.

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ECJ Rules On Definition Of Sport For VAT Purposes
19/06/2017
The European Court of Justice has delivered a landmark ruling in the area of value-added tax. It has said games like the card game "bridge" is a sport for value-added tax purposes, even though players need not be physically active to participate.

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UK Tax Burden To Rise, Chancellor Confirms
20/06/2017
UK Chancellor Philip Hammond has signalled that the next Government is likely to increase taxes, saying that the "objective remains to bring the public finances back to balance by the middle of the next decade."

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US Seeks Views On Mexican Sugar Trade Compromise
19/06/2017
The United States has invited comments on the draft agreement with Mexico, which includes trade-offs agreed in return for the suspension of anti-dumping and countervailing duties on Mexican exports of sugar.

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Ireland Sets Out Stall For Brexit Talks
22/06/2017
Ireland's Foreign Affairs Minister, Simon Coveney, has met with the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, to discuss the official start of the UK's withdrawal talks.

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Australian Senate Passes Bank Levy
21/06/2017
The Australian Government's major bank levy will enter into force on July 1, and is expected to raise around AUD6.2bn (USD4.7bn) in revenue over the next four years.

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Canada Cracking Down On Real Estate Tax Evasion
21/06/2017
The Canada Revenue Agency has said that audits it undertook between April 2015 and March 2017 of real estate transactions resulted in more than CAD329.4m (USD249.2m) in assessed income that had not been reported.

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Canadian MPs Recommend Changes To Media Taxation
19/06/2017
The Canadian Parliament's Heritage committee has called for a five percent levy on broadband internet services, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said he will not increase taxes on the middle classes.

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UK Confirms It Will Leave EU Single Market Upon Brexit
21/06/2017
UK Brexit Secretary David Davis has confirmed that the country would lose access to the single market and customs union upon leaving the European Union.

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Countries Urged To Sign Up To Mandatory Binding Arbitration
20/06/2017
The International Chamber of Commerce has stressed the need for more countries to adopt mandatory binding arbitration to better resolve double tax disputes.

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Mexico Sees Drop In Tax Non-Compliance
19/06/2017
Mexico's Government says it has increased its voluntary tax compliance rate to 95 percent.

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New Zealand Government To Simplify Personal Income Tax
21/06/2017
New Zealand's Government is proposing to make tax simpler for individuals, with people whose only income is from a salary, wages, or investments no longer being required to file tax returns to receive tax refunds or to calculate any additional tax.

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