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UK Gov't Says Reforms Have Boosted UK's Appeal
24/04/2014
UK Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne have said their "unpopular" tax decisions have made Britain more competitive for businesses, and that, despite tax cuts, more revenue is being received from the wealthiest taxpayers.

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Review Of New Zealand Savings Tax Urged
22/04/2014
In the run up to this year's general election, New Zealand's Financial Services Council has called on political parties to explain how they will reduce the "unfair" over-taxation of KiwiSaver funds.

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Italian Cabinet Approves Tax Cuts
22/04/2014
Following the parliamentary approval a day earlier of a three-year overall economic program, the Cabinet meeting on April 18, 2014, approved a decree to implement Premier Matteo Renzi's pledge to pass both individual and corporate income tax cuts.

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Austria Eyes Payroll, Income Tax Reform
21/04/2014
The Austrian Government will draw up plans to simplify the nation's income tax system by the autumn, Finance Minister Michael Spindelegger has said, explaining that payroll taxes have become too complicated and onerous for businesses.

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EU Fiscal Deficits Fall To 3.3 Percent
24/04/2014

New figures from Eurostat show a substantial reduction in fiscal deficits in the European Union and Eurozone in 2013 as a result of fiscal consolidation efforts.



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Switzerland Expands Professional Training Tax Breaks
21/04/2014
Switzerland's new federal law governing tax deductions for professional training and development costs will enter into force on January 1, 2016.

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Germany's SPD Proposes Investment Income Tax Review
23/04/2014
Social Democrat-led federal states in Germany have suggested that investment income should be subject to individual income tax rates in future, rather than to a 25 percent flat rate of withholding tax as is currently the case.

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Report Charts Lowest Tax Rates In Advanced Economies
21/04/2014
Canada, the United Kingdom, and France offer some of the world's lowest effective corporate income tax rates for the digital services sector, according to the biennial Competitive Alternatives report published by professional services firm KPMG.

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Portugal Planning Revenue-Neutral Green Tax Reform
23/04/2014
The Portuguese Finance Ministry has published a preliminary committee report setting out the key objectives of the Government's envisaged reform of environmental taxes.

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French HGV Tax Would Target Foreign Vehicles, Royal Says
24/04/2014
France's Ecology Minister Ségolène Royal wants to abandon plans for a national kilometric tax on all heavy goods vehicles, and instead devise a levy on foreign trucks that use the nation's road network.

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China Relaxes Tax Break Compliance For Small Businesses
23/04/2014
China's State Administration of Taxation has released simplified procedures for those micro- and small-sized enterprises that wish to take advantage of the additional tax cuts agreed by the Ministry of Finance on April 8, 2014.

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62 Percent Favor US Flat Income Tax Regime
23/04/2014
A recent poll in the United States found that 62 percent of American taxpayers would support a change from the current federal tax system to a flat tax, under which all individuals would pay the same percentage of their annual income in tax.

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EU Joint TP Forum Publishes Members' Profiles
22/04/2014
Last week, the European Union Joint Transfer Pricing Forum published the transfer pricing profiles of European Union member states, setting out relevant information on country-specific transfer pricing rules for taxpayers' and tax authorities' reference.

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Starbucks To Move European HQ To UK
21/04/2014
Coffee franchise Starbucks is to move its European headquarters from the Netherlands to the UK, and says that it will pay more tax in the UK as a result.

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Pakistan Tries To Smoke Out Non-Taxpayers
22/04/2014
As promised earlier this year, Pakistan's Ministry of Finance has published a Tax Directory of all taxpayers, in the hope that non-taxpayers – whose names do not appear on the list, but who are known to have significant income – will be shamed into compliance.

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Japanese Panel Looks For Gradual Corporate Tax Cuts
24/04/2014
An early cut in the country's high corporate tax rate is to be recommended by the study group that was established by the Japanese Government's Tax Commission to look at corporate tax reform.

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Tax Execs Challenge Canadian Treaty Shopping Plans
18/04/2014
The Tax Executives Institute has expressed its regret that the Canadian Government has released draft legislation on so-called "treaty shopping" before the scope of the perceived treaty abuse problem has been quantified and disclosed.

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Australian Parties Wrangle On Carbon Tax Repeal
24/04/2014
The row over the Abbott Government's plans to scrap the carbon and mining taxes looks set to rumble on. The leader of the Palmer United Party, with three seats in the senate, said he may rethink his support for the Government's repeal agenda if the Coalition insists on tying its flagship Direct Action policy to the Budget.

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