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EU, UK To Progress To Trade Talks
12/12/2017
The European Council will decide on December 15 whether talks on the UK's exit from the European Union can proceed to a second stage, to trade and tax issues.

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Canadian Taxes Highly Progressive, Think Tank Says
14/12/2017
The top 20 percent of income earners in Canada will pay 55.9 percent of all taxes this year, according to research by the Fraser Institute.

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EU Proposes Double Tax Relief Improvements For Foreign Investors
12/12/2017
On December 11, the European Commission released new guidelines on withholding taxes to help member states to reduce costs and simplify procedures for cross-border investors in the EU.

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New Zealand Tables Legislation To Tackle BEPS Issues
08/12/2017
A tax bill to counter base erosion and profit shifting by multinational companies was introduced into Parliament on December 6.

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OECD Charts States' Participation In Int'l Tax Initiatives
11/12/2017
For the first time, the OECD has published a map that sets out countries' participation and compliance with international tax initiatives, looking specifically at the exchange of information in tax matters, with the old international standard – the exchange of information on request – and the new, on the automatic exchange of tax information, and its new base erosion and profit shifting minimum standards.

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US Taxpayers Must Sign Up For More Secure E-Services
13/12/2017
All e-Services users must register through a new, more rigorous identity proofing process called Secure Access, as of December 10, 2017.

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EU, Japan Finalize Landmark Free Trade Deal
12/12/2017
The EU's new free trade agreement with Japan, finalized by negotiators from both sides on December 8, 2017, has been described as the European bloc's most comprehensive yet.

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US Agencies Agree Canadian Lumber Trade Duties
13/12/2017
The US International Trade Commission has concluded that the United States should proceed with the introduction of anti-dumping and countervailing duties on softwood lumber from Canada.

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EU Commission Warns Of Tax Scam Letters
13/12/2017
The European Commission has warned taxpayers in Europe of letters being sent by fraudsters bearing its name and demanding the payment of tax not due.

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New Tool Launched To Inform SMEs Of Countries' Trade, Tax Rules
13/12/2017
On December 11, 2017, the World Trade Organization, the International Trade Centre, and the UN Conference on Trade and Development launched a new tool to help businesses and in particular smaller firms to navigate countries' cross-border trade rules and taxes on trade.

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Canadian SMEs Seek Delay To New Tax Rules
14/12/2017
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business has called for the implementation of new income sprinkling rules to be delayed.

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UK Commits To Earlier Consultations On Tax Policy Changes
08/12/2017
The UK Government has proposed changes to the way it will consult on tax changes with lawmakers and the tax industry.

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Luxembourg Announces Beneficial Ownership Register
11/12/2017
The Government of Luxembourg staged a press conference on December 6 to announce the outline of proposals for registries on the beneficial owners of corporate entities and trusts.

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Ireland-Chile Double Tax Pact Enhanced
13/12/2017
In an e-brief issued on December 12, 2017, the Irish tax agency announced that maximum withholding tax rates on cross-border passive income have been lowered under the Ireland-Chile double tax agreement.

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All African States To Sign A Continental FTA In March
08/12/2017
The United States Economic Commission for Africa says African countries are gearing up to sign the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement, with a key deadline this month being hit with an agreement among ministers.

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Facebook Bows To Int'l Pressure To Drop Irish Tax Arrangement
14/12/2017
Facebook announced on December 12, 2017, that it would significantly alter how it books its advertising revenue, to pay more tax to the countries where its users are based.

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EU Accused Of Tax Blacklist Hypocrisy
12/12/2017
An umbrella body for non-governmental organizations in Finland has criticized the European Union for not including member states on its tax blacklist when several EU countries have laws in place that encourage corporate tax avoidance.

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Canadian Ministers 'Committed To Beneficial Ownership Transparency'
14/12/2017
Finance ministers from across Canada have said that they are committed to ensuring greater transparency of beneficial ownership information.

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