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Boris Johnson hints at tax cuts to boost Covid-hit UK business

  • By George Parker and Chris Giles

Boris Johnson has raised the prospect of business tax cuts next year in an attempt to revive the Covid-ravaged British economy, even as chancellor Rishi Sunak looks to increase taxes to repair the public finances.

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G-20 Leaders Reaffirm Commitment to Progress on Global Tax Deal

  • By Stephanie Soong Johnston

Although countries missed their original deadline to reach agreement on a global tax reform, leaders of G-20 countries vowed to stickwith the project, urging continuedwork toward an agreement by mid-2021.

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Governments Pin Hopes for Global Digital Tax Deal on Biden

  • By Stephanie Soong Johnston

The Biden administration could help reset negotiationswithin the OECD framework on a two-pillar international tax reform proposal and provide clarity onwhat the United States' negotiating position really is, OECD and government officials said.

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A New Administration, New Beneficial Ownership Possibilities

  • By Nana Ama Sarfo

Nana Ama Sarfo looks at potential beneficial ownership reform under the incoming Biden administration.

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Selling a Digital Brooklyn Bridge

  • By Mindy Herzfeld

Mindy Herzfeld likens the solutions for taxing the digital economy offered by international organizations to George C. Parker's famous con involving selling pieces of the Brooklyn Bridge to unknowing tourists.

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Tax Authorities Lag Businesses in COVID-19 Digital Transition

  • By Sarah Paez

The coronavirus pandemic has sped up theworld's digital transition in business, education, and tax administration, but bureaucratic challenges remain for taxation of digital economic activity, say young tax professionals.

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France demands digital tax payments from US tech groups

  • By Aime Williams

French tax authorities have begun demanding millions of euros from US technology groups as they push aheadwith a new digital services tax that has enragedwashington.

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U.S. Tariffs Poised to Hit Austria, India, Italy on Digital Tax

  • By Laura Davison and Jenny Leonard

The U.S.will soon issue the results of probes into Austria, Italy and India's decisions to tax local revenue of Internet companies such as Facebook Inc.,which could pave theway for retaliatory tariffs, people familiarwith the situation said. Determinations on the three countries are due because all of them have instituted so-called digital services taxes -- or levies on local sales of companies such as Alphabet Inc.'s Google -- this year, said the peoplewho couldn't be identified because the information is private. There may also be findings on Indonesia, U.K. and Turkey, one of the people said.

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Budget Rift With Poland, Hungary Casts Doubt Over New EU Taxes

  • By Stephen Gardner

A rift between European Union leaders over the bloc's next budget threatens to derail a decision on budgetary revenues that for the first timewould include EU-wide taxes. Agreement on the so-called own resources decision,which sets out how the EUwill fund its budget from 2021-2027, has been stalled by the governments of Hungary and Poland,which are unhappy at some of the conditions other countrieswant to attach to disbursement of EU funds.

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Global Deal to Call for End of Digital Taxes, OECD Says (1)

  • By Hamza Ali

A global OECD tax agreementwill most likely include a list of digital tax measures implemented by countries like the U.K. and France that must be removed, a senior official said. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development hopes the incoming Biden administration may help unlock talks, Pascal Saint-Amans, director of the OECD's Center for Tax Policy and Administration, said Monday during an online conference hosted by the University of Oxford. But supportwill hinge on the removal of unilateral measures to collect digital services taxes, he said.

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Environmental Tax Measures Can Help Pandemic Recovery, OECD Says

  • By Isabel Gottlieb

Governments should cut fossil fuel subsidies and implement other measures to diversify their tax bases to raise revenue after the pandemic, the OECD said. "Low oil prices make increasing the cost of emitting carbon and other pollutants via raising carbon taxes, fuel taxes or other mechanisms such as emissions trading and eliminating fossil fuel subsidies especially timely," the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Developmentwrote to Group of 20 leaders, in a report published Sunday.

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Tax Carbon and Leave The Rest to the Markets

  • By Adam Reed

Regarding "Car Makers Keen on Electric Push" (Business News, Nov. 10): It is true thatwe can do better than our current patchwork of state and federal auto regulations. Yet no matter how many electric vehicleswe put on the road, more is needed to reduce our carbon emissions.we need to incentivize a gradual transition to clean-energy sources throughout our entire economy.

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Bidens Tax Agenda Faces Blockade if GOP Holds Senate

  • By Adam Reed

President-elect's tax plans likely hinge onwhether Democrats canwin two January runoffs in Georgia.

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Private Equity Seeks Treasury Help to Avoid Offshore Tax Hit

  • By Siri Bulusu

Private equity funds are asking Treasury to help them avoid a tax hit on offshore income. Treasury isworking on finalizing rules thatwould allow companies already paying at least 18.9% in taxes offshore to opt out of taxes on two types of offshore incomeÔøΩglobal intangible low-taxed income (GILTI) and Subpart F income.

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You Should Pay Tax for Working From Home, Deutsche Bank Says (1)

  • By Ksenia Galouchko

Choosing to earn a living from home once the pandemic ends is a privilege that you should pay for, according to strategists from Deutsche Bank AG's research arm. "Working from homewill be part of the 'new normal'well after the pandemic has passed," the strategists led by Luke Templemanwrote in a note. "We argue that remoteworkers should pay a tax for the privilege."

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Biden Will Need to Talk Tech and Tax to Fix Ties With Europe

  • By Marc Champion

From NATO to climate change, the relationship between the U.S. and Europe is in dire need of a reboot after four years of President Donald Trump's abrasive "America First" policies.TechnologyÔøΩcovering 5G networks, digital taxation, privacy rules, cross border data flows and moreÔøΩmay not be the most obvious place to start fixing a transatlantic security alliance formed before the dawn of the Internet. But as Joe Biden heads to thewhite House, it's arguably the most urgent, if difficult.

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Digital Tax Talks Deadline Puts Pressure on Biden Treasury (1)

  • By Isabel Gottlieb

President-elect Joe Biden's Treasury Department is facing a narrowwindow if itwants to put its stamp on an OECD-led effort to overhaul global tax rules in 2021. The OECDwants to get nearly 140 countries to agree to a plan by next summerÔøΩwhichwon't leave much time for Treasury staffers to take on their new roles after Biden takes office Jan. 20, firm up the U.S.'s negotiating position going forward, and engage in the talks.

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Turnover Taxes Under Treaties Are Valid, U.N. Tax Head Says

  • By Isabel Gottlieb

Agreements between countries on taxes targeting revenue, rather than profits, are acceptable under international law, the top United Nations tax official said Monday. "Bilateral negotiations can take time but they also have a more immediate signaling function on treaty possibilities and on domestic law legitimacy," said Michael Lennard, chief of international tax cooperation in the U.N. Financing for Development Office.

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OECD Seeking to Simplify Segmentation Under Global Tax Overhaul

  • By Stephanie Soong Johnston

The OECD is asking the business sector for ideas to simplify a key element of its proposed solution for taxing the digital economy, but the taskwon't be easy, OECD and business representatives said.

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FTC Nexus Rule Is About More Than Digital Services Tax

  • By Andrew Velarde and Annagabriella Colon

With many concerned about the foreign tax credit regs' revised definition of foreign income tax, the IRS is asserting that the changewas not simply a response to digital services taxes.

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OECD Minimum Tax Is a Double-Edged Proposal, Trade Union Reps Say

  • By Stephanie Soong Johnston

The OECD's global corporate minimum tax proposal might deescalate the race to the bottom on tax among countries, but it could spark intense competition on nontax factors like labor costs, a trade union group has said.

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OECD Market-Sourcing Plan Strikingly Similar to State Model

  • By Amy Hamilton

The OECD's blueprint for modernizing international taxes to address the digital economy proposes a hierarchy of market-sourcing methods ÔøΩ including steps involving reasonable approximation ÔøΩ that closely resemble the model approach developed by the U.S. states.

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Biden Win Brings Hope for Progress in Global Tax Talks

  • By Stephanie Soong Johnston

A Biden administration is likely to signal a return to multilateralism, giving hope to some countries and business groups that negotiations on an international tax reform dealwill turn a corner toward agreement by mid-2021.

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Bidens International Tax Proposals Missing Many Puzzle Pieces

  • By Andrew Velarde

With Joe Biden's election, his campaign's international tax proposals are getting more attention from the tax community.while the proposals have led to some eye-popping revenue estimates, many questions remain regarding details and implementation.

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EU Hopes to Repair Bilateral Relationship With U.S.

  • By Sarah Paez

A new U.S. administration could ease tensionswith Europe and pave theway for consensus on global digital taxation and a better EU-U.S. trade relationship, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said.

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Insights on Trends in U.S. Cross-Border M&A Transactions After the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

  • By Andrew B. Lyon

In this article, the author examines the 2018-2019 increase in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, saying thatwhile a range of factors likely affects the volume of outbound and inbound M&A in any year, the data support the notion that the 2017 tax reform legislation improved the attractiveness of the United States as the tax domicile for multinational enterprises.

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The Rise of Cooperative Surplus Taxation

  • By Allison Christians and Tarcisio Diniz Magalhaes

Theworld's tax policy leaders are currently engaged in debate overwho should tax the income streams producedwith the help of cross-border regulatory coordinationÔøΩthe cooperative surplus over the gains that, in a counterfactualworld,would be available if investmentswere confined to the domestic economy. To the extent there everwas a coherent relationship between consensus tax policy norms and the distribution of cooperative surplus, that relationship is now hopelessly skewed by real life factors, chief among them the rapid advancement of innovative technology that transcends physical boundaries of all kinds.

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France, Germany Turn Up the Heat in Tax Battle With Tech Giants

  • By David Jolly and Joe Stanley-Smith

German and French officials onwednesday stepped up theirwar ofwordswith the large tech companies,which they say don't pay enough tax. The EU has previously failed to gain consensus on how to tackle taxation of the digital economy. The 27-nation bloc's individual members have often taken contrasting positions during negotiations at the OECD that involve nearly 140 countries.

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Blueprint on Pillar OneWhats New and Important

  • By Glenn DeSouza

The just-released Report on Pillar One Blueprint incorporates comments from multinationals and the U.S. request for a safe harbor. Glenn DeSouza identifieswhat's new and important in this release and using public domain information on Apple illustrates how Amounts A, B, and the newly-introduced safe harborwould apply.

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Unexpected Progress Made in Digital Taxation Talks, Scholz Says

  • By Elodie Lamer

Multilateral talks on digital taxation have made more progress than expected, according to German Finance MinisterOlaf Scholz.

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The Futility of Challenging DSTs Under State Aid Doctrine

  • By Robert Goulder

Robert Goulder examines recent EU state aid challenges and the implications for digital services taxes.

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OECDs Pillars 1 and 2 Impact Assessments Open to Debate

  • By Ryan Finley

Although theOECDtook great care to ensure that the economic impact assessment of its pillar 1 and pillar 2 proposalswas reliable, observers differ on some of the key assumptions underlying theOECD's estimates.

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Corporate Tax Uncertainty Is Getting Worse, Research Shows

  • By Stephanie Soong Johnston

Businesses are saying tax uncertainty appears to beworsening ÔøΩ and theOECD'swork on base erosion and profit shifting and the taxation of the digital economy are important factors, according to new research.

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Digital Tax Deal a Priority for Canadian OECD Chief Nominee

  • By Stephanie Soong Johnston

IfBill Morneau, Canada's former finance minister, becomes the nextOECDsecretary-general, one of his prioritieswill be getting countries to agree on a common approach for updating global tax rules for the digital age.

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The Other Pillar 3

  • By Nana Ama Sarfo

Nana Ama Sarfo looks at the OECD's suggestion for a pillar 3 focused on developing country issues.

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Economic Analysis: The Effect of the TCJA on Big Tech

  • By Martin A. Sullivan

In news analysis, Martin A. Sullivan examines how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act's reduction in the corporate tax rate affected tech companies, noting that inwhat is a reversal of fortune, many of those that had been most aggressive previously at shifting profits have generally gained least from the TCJA.

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Intangibles and the Transfer Pricing Reconstruction Rules: A Case Study of Amazon

  • By Antony Ting

Intellectual Property (IP) migration represents a significant challenge to tax administrations, often involving significant tax revenue. In the Amazon case regarding the transfer of its IP from the US to Luxembourg, the Court rejected the valuations of both parties (US $255 million versus US $3.5 billion) and determined that the "arm's length" valuation should be US $779 million instead. This "loss-loss" decision highlights how the traditional transfer pricing regime has struggled to tackle IP migration structures. On the other side of the Pacific Ocean, despite strong objection from businesses, Australia introduced a comprehensive statutory reconstruction regime empowering its tax administration to disregard intra-group transactions, and it is possibly theworld's first country to do so.

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India Tax Tribunal Rules on Dividend Distribution Tax and its Interplay with Tax Treaties

  • By Karnik Gulati

Karnik Gulati, of Coinmen Consultants, discusses a significant casewhereby the India Tax Tribunal reignites the doused fire regarding dividend distribution tax (DDT) and considers the fundamental questionÔøΩis DDT a tax on companies or shareholders?

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India Tax Tribunal Rules on Dividend Distribution Tax and its Interplay with Tax Treaties (1)

  • By Karnik Gulati

Karnik Gulati, of Coinmen Consultants, discusses a significant casewhereby the India Tax Tribunal reignites the doused fire regarding dividend distribution tax (DDT) and considers the fundamental questionÔøΩis DDT a tax on companies or shareholders?

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Narrow Focus on Digital Taxes Could Mean Cascading Consequences

  • By Keith Brockman

The global tax community is in a battle of time andwill to come upwith aworkable solution for taxing multinationals in the digital economy. But the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, United Nations, and unilateral legislative initiatives are narrowly focused on the scope and mechanics of implementing this new "tax" regime thatwould satisfy most stakeholders.

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OECDs Digital Tax Journey: an Unequal Footing

  • By Annalise Foong

As the OECD continues its efforts to find agreement on an international digital tax framework, Annalise Foong of Future-Moves Group provides a view on the challengeswhich lie ahead.

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Biden Minimum Tax Could Break Global Logjam, EU Official Says

  • By Stephen Gardner

A Biden presidential election victorywould make U.S. agreement more likely on a proposed overhaul of global tax rules, an EU official saidwednesday. The Democratic hopeful Joe Biden is proposing to double the federal minimum tax on U.S. corporations' foreign earnings, known as global intangible low tax income (GILTI), to 21% from 10.5%.were the plan to become law, itwould make the U.S. a "slightly less attractive" choice for company headquarters, Benjamin Angel, director for direct taxation in the European Commission, told a hearing of the European Parliament's tax subcommittee.

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U.K. Proposal Aims to Keep Tax-Free Status of Fund Investors

  • By Hamza Ali

The U.K. tax authority is recommendingways to soften the impact of a Financial Conduct Authority proposal linked to property fund investments. Her Majesty's Revenue and Customswants to allow investments in open-ended property funds through tax-free retail investment accounts to maintain their tax-free status. The status became at risk after the FCA proposed adding a mandatory notice period of between 90 and 180 days for investorswanting to cash in their investments in the funds.

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UN Effort to Help Developing Countries Tax Big Tech Moves Ahead

  • By Hamza Ali

A United Nations committee has signaled support for an effort to help developing countries tax tech giants, but final approvalwill likelywait until 2021. The U.N.'s Tax Committee of Experts,which has been in discussions over twoweeks, voted 12-10 Oct. 23 to include an amendment, known as Article 12B, to its model treaty. But the committee is expected towait on final approval to give opposing countries time to draft language that outlines their objections in the finished version, two sources familiarwith the discussion told Bloomberg Tax Tuesday.

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Pandemic May Give Tech Companies Bigger Role in OECD Tax Plan

  • By Isabel Gottlieb

Public perception that tech companies didwell in the pandemic raises the stakes for OECD-led digital tax talks, an official said. An increase in public dissatisfactionwith how tech giants are taxed makes a "counterfactual" outcome of more unilateral measures more likely if there is no global agreement, Tibor Hanappi, an economist at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's Center for Tax Policy and Administration, said Monday. Hewas speaking during a virtual event hosted by the Tax Foundation and the European Tax Policy Forum.

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The Gathering Storm? The Other Side of the Covid Portal

  • By Will Morris

Will Morris of PwC observes the clouds gathering on the international tax horizon, and asks if a storm is coming to the post-Covidworld. He considerswhat governments, international organizations, and businesses should keep in mind to achieve beneficial solutions for everyonewhen this storm does strike.

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EU Postpones Business Taxation Communication Due to OECD Delay

  • By Sarah Paez

TheEuropean Commissionhas postponed the release of a communication on business taxation because of delays in OECD-led negotiations to reach a global consensus on digital and corporate taxation, anEUtax official said.

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Indian Official Says U.N. Proposal May Guide OECD Tax Deal Talks

  • By Stephanie Soong Johnston

A U.N.proposal to tax digital services revenue may have its shortcomings, but it could still influenceOECDnegotiations for consensus on a global tax overhaul by mid-2021, an Indian official said.

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OECD Releases New CbC Reporting Peer Review Process

  • By Ryan Finley

TheOECDhas published a new package of documents on the peer review process for country-by-country reporting,whichwill applyfor jurisdictions participating in new rounds of reviews that began in late 2020.

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U.S. Obstacle to Digital Consensus Could Persist in 2021

  • By Amanda Athanasiou

The U.S. position on pillar 1 of theOECD's international tax overhaul could remain a problem next year, raising the questionwhether pillar 2 could proceed on its own, according to a Canadian official.

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