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Election 2020: Trump vs. Biden, With GILTI on the Ballot

  • By Robert Goulder

Robert Goulder examines how the presidential candidateswould change the global intangible low-taxed income rules enacted as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.

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Time to Get Serious About OECD Global Tax Deal, Saint-Amans Says

  • By Stephanie Soong Johnston

Politicians and businesses must "talk the talk andwalk thewalk" if they are serious about agreement on a global corporate tax overhaul to avoid the chaos of unilateral measures, theOECD's tax chief said.

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EU Ponders 2-Stage Reform of Code of Conduct

  • By Elodie Lamer

EU member states have discussed reforming the Code of Conduct for business taxation in two stages to allow international talks on digital taxation to influence their discussions.

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Status Quo on Digital Taxation Isnt an Option, Saint-Amans Says

  • By Elodie Lamer

The alternative to not getting an international deal on digital taxation is not the status quo,Pascal Saint-Amans, director of theOECD Centre for Tax Policy and Administrationsaid.

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Bidens International Tax Plan

  • By Reuven S. Avi-Yonah and Gianluca Mazzoni

In this article, the authors review the tax plan of Democratic presidential candidateJoe Bidenand vice presidential candidateKamala Harris, focusing on proposed changes to the U.S. international tax system.

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EU Reconsiders VAT Exemption for Financial and Insurance Services

  • By Stephanie Soong Johnston

TheEuropean Commissionis considering potential changes to a 1970s-era VAT exemption for financial and insurance services, aiming to reduce complexity, legal uncertainty, and costs for sector operators and, ultimately, their customers.

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Trade Chief Dombrovskis Says EU Ready to Propose Digital Tax

  • By Sarah Paez

TheEuropean Commissionis ready to propose a tax on digital companies in light of the lack of international agreement amongOECDcountries on a solution to tax the digital economy.

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Businesses, Wealthy Brace for Biden Tax Hikes

  • By Naomi Jagoda

Businesses andwealthy individuals are preparing for the potential for former Vice President Joe Biden to raise taxes if hewins the presidential election.

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Raising taxes will hurt the economy

  • By Erica York

The idea that the agenda of Joe Bidenwould be positive for the economy is taken to mean that his plan to increase taxeswould also be positive for the economy. However, it is a mistake to think the corporate or individual income taxes can be raisedwithout negative effects.

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Cayman Islands EUs Blacklist Removal Highlights Cooperation

  • By Allison Nolan

The Cayman Islandswere added to the EU's "Annex 1" list in February of this year. The list names jurisdictions deemed as non or partly compliantwith international tax standards. Allison Nolan of Athena International Management explains how Cayman has been removed from the list and affirmed by the EU as a cooperative jurisdiction for tax purposes and implements the highest of regulatory standards.

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Irelands Response to Covid-19: Tax and Economic Stimulus

  • By Lynn Cramer and Niamh Cross

Lynn Cramer and Niamh Cross of Maples Group describe the tax and fiscal measures taken by the Irish government in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, including those in the recently announced Budget 2021.

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OECD Digitalization Project: Now Is the Time for Business to Engage

  • By Jefferson Vanderwolk

The OECD's Inclusive Framework on BEPSwill pursue itswork plan on the tax challenges of digitalization until at least the middle of 2021. The cost of simply determining how the proposed ruleswould apply to a multinational group's business could be substantial,writes Jeff VanderWolk of Squire Patton Boggs. Dec. 14 is the deadline forwritten comment. The author says itwould be prudent for businesses to take advantage of the opportunity forwritten comments now and speak at the scheduled January meeting.

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Mexicos Digital Tax Kill Switch Concerns U.S., Canada Groups

  • By Tom Azzopardi

A Mexican government proposal to shut downwebsites not complyingwith a new digital taxwould breach the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement and other laws, a group of U.S. and Canadian business associationswarned in a letter Friday to Mexican lawmakers.

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Businesses Need a Wake-Up Call on Digital Tax Plan, OECD Says

  • By Isabel Gottlieb

Companies should engage in the OECD's digital tax overhaul, or they'll face chaos and trade sanctions, the organization's tax chiefwarned Monday. "I think awake-up call is necessary" for businesses, said Pascal Saint-Amans, director of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's Center for Tax Policy and Administration.

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G-20 Ministers Greenlight New Deadline for OECD Global Tax Accord

  • By Stephanie Soong Johnston

Countries may have fallen short in reaching a global tax reform agreement in 2020, but theG-20still supports those efforts, even ifit means getting a deal over the finish line by mid-2021.

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Hungary to Provide Tax Breaks for COVID-19-Affected Sectors

  • By Sarah Paez

TheHungarian parliamentis considering a bill thatwould provide tax incentives and assistance to businesses and sectors struggling during the coronavirus-induced economic crisis.

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Czech Republic Extends COVID-19 Tax Relief Measures

  • By William Hoke

The Czech government has extended tax breaks introduced earlier in the year for individuals and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Amazons Direct Sales Not Subject to U.K. Digital Services Tax

  • By William Hoke

TheTax Justice Networksaid reports thatAmazonisn't liable for the U.K.digital services tax on goods it sells directly isn't surprising, and that the larger issue isAmazon'sability to shift profits abroad.

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Proposed FTC Regs: More Politics, Less Principle

  • By Mindy Herzfeld

Mindy Herzfeld questions the reasoning behind the recently proposed regulations to overhaul the foreign tax credit.

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Le Maire Backs EU Sanctions Against U.S. in Airbus-Boeing Conflict

  • By Sarah Paez

Europe should levy tariffs on American imports in retaliation for U.S. tariffs imposed in response to the dispute over the EU'sAirbussubsidies, French Finance MinisterBruno Le Mairesaid.

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U.N. Receives New National Profiles for Transfer Pricing Manual

  • By Ryan Finley

China, Mexico, and South Africa have submitted updated descriptions of their national enforcement practices for inclusion in the next edition of theU.N.transfer pricing manual,whichwill also feature a new section on Kenya.

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Where Trump and Biden Stand on Tax Policy

  • By Richard Rubin

WASHINGTONÔøΩThere is an enormous gulf between the presidential candidates on tax policyÔøΩwith trillions of dollars at stake over the next decade. President Trump is campaigning to continue his administration's biggest legislative achievement, the 2017 tax law,which lowered taxes on businesses and individualswhile increasing budget deficits. He credits the lawwith helping spur economic growth in 2018 and 2019, a periodwhen the unemployment rate fell to 3.5% from 4.1%, and is pushing for even more tax cuts in a second term.

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Global Companies Are Caught Between New Taxes and a Trade War

  • By Rochelle Toplensky

Taxes aren't quite the certainty they once seemed to Benjamin Franklin. On Monday, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said the new global rules it is developing could add $100 billion a year to multinational companies' tax bills. That might sound like an unappealing prospect for investors, but the OECD painted a bleaker alternative: a chaos of digital taxes and tariffs that could cut global output by 1%. This outcomewould itself hit corporate earnings, even if the new levies didn't.

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Tax Increase for Corporations Looks More Likely as Election Nears

  • By Richard Rubin

WASHINGTONÔøΩOn paper, the 21% U.S. corporate tax ratewas a permanent cornerstone of the 2017 tax law, a boon to businesswithout the expiration date attached to other provisions. In reality, that low rate is only as solid as Republicans' ability towield power inwashington.

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Do Multinational Firms use Tax Havens to the Detriment of Other Countries?

  • By Dhammika Dharmapala

The use of tax havens by multinational corporations (MNCs) has attracted increasing attention and scrutiny in recent years. This paper provides an exposition of the academic literature on this topic. It beginswith an overview of the basic facts regarding MNCs' use of havens,which are consistentwith the location of holding companies, intellectual property, and financial activities in havens. However, there is also evidence of significant frictions that limit MNCs' use of havens. These limits can be attributed to non-tax frictions (such as the legal and business environment in different jurisdictions), to tax law provisions limiting profit shifting, and to the costs of tax planning.

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Companies Could See Tax Certainty Under OECD Plan, At a Price

  • By Isabel Gottlieb and Hamza Ali

New lines are being drawn in the OECD digital tax talks overwhich business activitieswill be covered by a measure meant to make multinationals' tax calculations simpler and reduce disputes.Some countrieswant to broaden the scope of business activities covered by part of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's planned global tax overhaul, known as Amount B. For companies, Amount B holds the promise of greater tax certainty but broadening the range of activities could mean some may end up paying more than they do now.

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Countries May Get Digital Tax Plan B in UN Treaty Change

  • By Hamza Ali and Isabel Gottlieb

Developing countries could get a new avenue for taxing digital activities in their jurisdictions under a United Nations treaty amendment set for a vote nextweek.The proposal is meant to be an alternative to an OECD digital tax plan also under negotiation, said Rajat Bansal, a member of the U.N. Tax Committee and co-chair of the drafting subcommittee.

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Striving for Global Tax Transparency: What is the End Game?

  • By Keith Brockman

Transparency continues to be at the forefront of international tax discussions. It's the topic of articles, the focus of speeches, and the goal of legislation. But those discussions are tense and very divided, even among tax administrators. Advocates for more transparency are looking to identify and minimize a perceived tax gap, including profit shifting, paying nil taxes in low tax jurisdictions, and operating inwhat some call tax havens.

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Multinationals Weigh Options to Simplify Minimum Global Tax

  • By Hamza Ali and Isabel Gottlieb

Multinationals are hoping that an OECD-led effort to set a global minimum tax ratewill spare them from complicated calculations to figure outwhat they'll owe. Companies have two months to tell the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development how to ease compliance burdens they'll face under part of the plan known as Pillar Two.

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France to Go Ahead With Digital Tax, Risking U.S. Tariffs

  • By William Horobin

Francewill go aheadwith plans to collect its contentious digital services tax mid-December, Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said, keeping Europe on course for a trade battlewith the U.S. over the taxation of tech giants like Facebook Inc. and Alphabet Inc.'s Google.

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UN Treaty Change Could Fuel Global Digital Tax Discord

  • By Isabel Gottlieb

A United Nations committee thisweek is voting on a new approach to taxing the digital economy that could create another division in the fractured global digital tax debate. The proposed tax treaty changewould give countries a framework for deciding how to tax cross-border digital revenues. The plan's proponents say itwill help developing countries that are disadvantaged in larger global discussions about a digital tax overhaul.

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Racialized Tax Inequity: Wealth, Racism, and The U.S. System of Taxation

  • By Palma Joy Strand and Nicholas A. Mirkay

As awhole, the U.S. tax system (federal, state and local) since 1980 has served more and more to increase racializedwealth inequality. The tax system is today operating to entrench the system of advantage based on race that centuries of racial exploitation and unequal access towealth created. As the future face of the nation becomes lesswhite, the U.S. tax system as awhole and the anti-tax rhetoric that has fueled its shift from progressive to regressive are driving economic inequality and racial inequity. More deeply, the tax system is inhibiting broad-scale public investment in the primary resource of the future: human capital.

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Economic Reality in EU VAT

  • By Ad van Doesum and Frank Nellen

In this article, the authors analyse the notion of 'economic reality' in EU VAT and how it is applied by the CJEU in its case law. The purpose is to clarify the concept of economic reality, to establish how it affects the taxation of transactions, and towhat extent it should affect that taxationwhen taking into account the principle of legal certainty.

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The Rise of Cooperative Surplus Taxation (1)

  • 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. The growing dissatisfaction of those on thewrong side of the skew had already initiated a rise in innovativeways to tax cooperative surpluswhen COVID-19 struck, significantly increasing the stakes for taxation and prompting yet more reform proposals. There are now at least fourteen strategies in play, each drawing varying levels of scrutiny, buy-in, and pushback. This Article examines the fourteen and argues that among them, those seeking to tax revenue flows at source have the best chance to alter the distribution of cooperative surplus in the immediate term, provided some formalistic tropes can be overcome.

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Good Tax Governance: International Corporate Tax Planning and Corporate Social Responsibility Does One Exclude the Other?

  • By Ave-Geidi Jallai

International corporate tax planning and corporate social responsibility are topics that might not seem to have common ground at first sight. The aim of this researchwas to prove the contrary. This research addressed international corporate tax planning from various perspectives, such as regulation, ethics, business, and society. Not all forms of legal tax planning are considered (socially) legitimate anymore. Corporate tax planning is a complex issue: on the one hand, it is common corporate practice to keep costs low. On the other hand, corporations have to contribute to society and common goods by paying (corporate income) taxes as any other member of society. Not all kinds of corporate tax practices are (socially) illegitimate per se. Tax planning can be carried out in various forms. This research focused on tax planning activities that remainwithin the boundaries of the law (thus tax evasion is not part of this research).

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Ending Corporate Tax Avoidance and Tax Competition: A Plan to Collect the Tax Deficit of Multinationals

  • By KImberly A. Clausing

Between 1985 and 2019, the global average statutory corporate tax rate has fallen from 49 percent to 23 percent, largely due to the rise of international tax competition. The biggestwinners from globalization have received the largest tax cuts. In this paperwe propose a solution to replace this race-to-the-bottomwith a race-to-the-top. Multinational companies that have low effective tax rates in some foreign countries (whatwe call a "tax deficit")would pay an extra tax in their home country.we explain how such a tax should be designed and how it could be collected. The ideal solutionwould be for all countries to jointly start collecting the tax deficit of their multinationals.we describe how defensive measures could be applied against countries refusing to take part in such an agreement, measures that could ultimately pave theway to global corporate tax coordination.

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Big U.K. Tax Rises in Mid-2020s All But Inevitable, IFS Says

  • By Andrew Goodall

The U.K. government may need tax rises of over £40 billion a year by 2024-2025 "just to stop debt spiraling upwards," but now is not the time for increases, theInstitute for Fiscal Studies(IFS) said.

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U.N. Releases Proposed Treaty Article on Digital Services Taxes

  • By Ryan Finley

Members ofthe United Nations' subcommittee on taxing the digital economy have proposed a new treaty article allowing source-country taxation of digital services revenue, partingwayswith the proposal currently under consideration at theOECD.

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EU Will Respect New OECD Deadline for Reaching Global Tax Deal

  • By Stephanie Soong Johnston

TheEUwill hold off on unilateral plans to tax digital activity even though theOECDmissed its 2020 deadline to reach agreement on a multilateral approach to modernize global tax rules.

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OECD Now Aiming for Global Corporate Tax Reform Deal by Mid-2021

  • By Stephanie Soong Johnston

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Countries could not agree on a renovation of the international tax system in 2020 as planned, but they now have the blueprints that theOECDhopeswill provide the foundation for an accord in 2021.

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Dutch Exit Tax Proposal Moving Forward Despite Legal Concerns

  • By Sarah Paez

Despite legal concerns from the state advisory body, Dutch lawmakers are moving forwardwith a proposal for a "dividend exit tax" thatwould affectcorporations likeUnileverthat are moving their Dutch operations to low-tax jurisdictions.

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Australian Parliament Approves Budget Tax Measures in 3 Days

  • By William Hoke

Within three days of being presentedwith the government's 2021-2022 budget package, theAustralian Parliamentapproved the measures,which include immediate expensing for asset purchases, corporate loss carrybacks, and accelerated tax cuts for individual taxpayers.

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EU Hopes for Quick Agreement on DAC7, Prepares DAC8

  • By Elodie Lamer

TheEU Councilstill has issues to resolve regarding the proposalfor a directive on administrative cooperation(DAC7) thatwould require automatic exchange of information onrevenues generated by sellers on digital platforms.

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OECD drafts principles for $100bn global corporate tax revolution

  • By Chris Giles

Theworld's rich nations have drafted a set of technical principleswhichwould revolutionise the corporate taxation of multinational companies and could raise $100bn in extra tax revenues around theworld.

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Global Economic Watchdog Says Talks on Taxing Big Tech Will Stretch into 2021

  • By Rebecca Klar

A global economicwatchdog on Monday said talks on how to overhaul taxes on big tech companieswill stretch into 2021 after the coronavirus pandemic and "political issues" prevented the group fromwrapping up by its end of the year deadline. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on Tuesday announced a two-pillar proposal to overhaul how big tech companies are taxed. The proposalwas approved by a groupwith participants from 137 countries and jurisdictions.

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U.S.-Europe Relations Tested as Talks on Taxing Multinationals Fall Short

  • By Paul Hannon

World governments have failed to agree to new rules on taxing the profits of multinational companies, a long-running point of tension between the U.S. and Europe over levies paid by the likes of Apple Inc. and Google and one that has raised the threat of trans-Atlantic tariffs. More than 130 governments have been trying for years to hash out new rules about how to apportion the profits of multinational companies, aiming to do so by this year. The frictions are so high that the U.S. has threatened tariffs if European countries impose new taxes on American tech giantswithout an international agreement.

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Global Tax Proposal Widens Net Beyond Tech Giants

  • By Paul Hannon and Richard Rubin

The search for a new agreement on how countries should tax multinational corporations advancedwednesday, as international negotiators proposed rules thatwould force tech giants such as Facebook Inc., Amazon.com Inc. and Alphabet Inc.'s Google to pay more tax in countrieswhere customers consume their products and services.

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Bidens Tax Hike May Sting Less Than Feared: Wall Street Votes

  • By Felice Maranz

Forwall Street, corporate taxes may represent the biggest threat of a Joe Biden presidency. But analysts say it's unlikely firmswould actually pay as much in taxes as the former vice president has proposed, even if hewinswith a Democratic sweep of Congress.

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U.K. Planning For Low-Tax Zones to Drive Economic Growth

  • By Hamza Ali

The U.K. government has officially launched its plans for creating a series of low-tax business zones designed to spur economic growth. The so-called freeports are intended to attract businesses following Brexit, andwill include numerous tax incentives such as property tax relief, employment tax relief and reduced tax compliance requirements.

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OECD-Led Digital Talks Skip Key Minimum Tax Questions for Now

  • By Isabel Gottlieb and Hamza Ali

Countries negotiating an overhaul of international tax rules thisweek punted on tackling some contentious issues, including the rate for a global minimum levy. In meetings on Thursday and Friday, countries didn't discuss unanswered questions around several major issues, including a rate for a global minimum tax or how to coordinate its interactionwith the U.S.'s minimum tax, the global intangible low-taxed income (GILTI) rules, sources familiarwith the discussion said.

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