Some U.S. Solar Makers Criticize Biden's Tax Credits as Too Lax on China
On May 12, the Biden administration released rules that will determine which companies and manufacturers can benefit from new solar industry tax credits. These rules are being criticized by U.S.-based makers of solar products, who say the guidelines do not go far enough to try to lure manufacturing back from China.
OECD to Finalize Mechanism for Secure Tax Communications in 2024
The OECD is developing an approach to allow confidential discussions between tax administrations and taxpayers in support of a two-pillar global tax reform plan and expects it to be operational next year.
Republicans Disrupt Hearing on Pharma Tax Rates With OECD Gripes
Republican senators derailed a May 11 hearing meant to address American pharmaceutical companies’ low effective tax rates with complaints about U.S. participation in OECD pillar 2 international tax talks.
Brazilian Senate Passes OECD-Aligned Transfer Pricing Standards
The Brazilian Senate has approved a proposed overhaul of the country’s transfer pricing system to coordinate its tax regime with international principles, and the law is expected to be enacted in the next few weeks.
Ireland Eyes Options for Moving Windfall Receipts to Wealth Fund
Irish Finance Minister Michael McGrath has floated depositing up to €90 billion in excess corporate tax receipts into a new sovereign wealth fund over the next seven to 12 years. According to a May 10 scoping paper, Ireland is considering three scenarios in which it deposits anywhere between €34 billion and €90 billion in windfall corporate tax receipts into a new sovereign wealth fund established to enable it to deal with the economic risks of its aging population.
Australia Plans to Adopt Pillar 2 Minimum Tax Rules for 2024
Australia has confirmed its intention to implement domestic minimum tax and global anti-base-erosion (GLOBE) rules that will start taking effect in 2024, in line with pillar 2 of the OECD’s two-pillar international tax reform plan.
EU Pillar 2 Carveout for Shipping Income Challenged
A company has filed an application with the General Court of the European Union contesting the validity of the EU global minimum tax directive’s international shipping income exemption. A summary of the application that was published on May 8 argued that the court should annul the exclusion under Council Directive (EU) 2022/2523 and order the Council of the European Union to cover the costs of the procedure.
Companies Flock to Biden's Climate Tax Breaks, Driving Up Cost
President Biden’s climate law appears to be encouraging more investment in American manufacturing than initially expected. This boom in new economic activity is driving up costs for taxpayers, who are subsidizing the investments.
OECD Mulling Clarifying Global Minimum Tax Rule on Intracompany Loans
The OECD is considering clarifying a rule intended to prevent multinational groups from trying to use intracompany loans to game the new global minimum tax, an IRS official said on May 5.
IRS Issues Rules on Intellectual Property Repatriations
The IRS released rules affecting intangible property repatriations or transactions in which companies bring intellectual property like patents and trademarks back to the United States. The proposed rules would turn off the application of 367(d) in certain instances to help avoid “excessive” U.S. taxation on income related to the repatriated intangible property.
Kenya Proposes Taxes on Digital Assets and Content Creation
The Kenyan government has presented draft legislation to Parliament calling for a three percent tax on digital asset transfers and a fifteen percent withholding tax on digital content creation to help finance its 2023-2024 budget.
'Double Tax' Hinders Taiwan's Investment in American Factories
A “double tax” conundrum involving Taiwanese businesses operating on American soil is straining business ties between the U.S. and Taiwan, a technology manufacturing powerhouse and a central player in Washington’s plan to counter the rise of China and strengthen U.S. supply chains.
Swiss Government Urges Voters to Back Higher Corporate Tax
Swiss Finance Minister Karin Keller-Sutter urged voters to back a plan to raise corporate taxes, warning that the government would lose revenue to other countries if it does not pass a ballot due in less than two months.
U.S. Car Brands Will Benefit Most From Electric Car Tax Breaks
American car brands will benefit most from rules that determine which electric vehicles qualify for tax credits starting on April 18. Foreign carmakers will be at a significant disadvantage because of restrictions aimed at cutting China out of the supply chain.
Ireland Eyes €10 Billion Surplus as Tax Take Continues to Soar
The Irish government predicted surging corporate-tax income will help widen its budget surplus to €10 billion ($11 billion) this year and to €16.2 billion in 2024 and reiterated a plan to channel some of the windfall into a reserve fund.
U.S. Buyback Tax Could Hit More Foreign Firms Than First Expected
Under the U.S. government’s interim guidance released in late December, the buyback tax could apply if a U.S. subsidiary of a foreign company makes ordinary business payments to its parent, such as for paying royalties or purchasing inventory, and then the foreign parent buys back shares within a two-year period of that payment. Tax advisors warn that the tax could hurt the competitiveness of the United States as it might diminish foreign direct investment and may provoke major trading partners to reciprocate.
Green Tax Credits Are Likely to Be More Popular—and Expensive—Than Expected
Green tax credits from the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 are likely to be far more popular than anticipated, potentially reducing carbon emissions but also increasing costs to U.S. taxpayers.
G-20 Seeks Fast Adoption of Global Tax Deal, India Minister Says
G-20 countries are calling for “swift implementation” of the two-part international tax agreement, India’s Minister of Finance Nirmala Sitharaman said on April 13. Sitharaman was speaking at a briefing during the International Monetary Fund and World Bank meetings in Washington.
UK Treasury Simplifies Parts of Its 15% Minimum Tax Legislation
The U.K. Treasury is amending parts of its minimum tax proposal in the Spring Finance Bill to avoid redundancies and ensure multinationals comply with minimum anti-avoidance standards. The changes published on April 14 are being made ahead of an April 18 review of the bill by the Committee of the House of Commons.
Official Looks to Latin America Summit for Common View on Tax
A Latin America-wide global tax summit will help nations join forces in the global negotiations over a tax deal, Colombian Minister of Finance and Public Credit Jose Antonio Ocampo said on April 14.
Australia's Proposed Intangibles Tax At Odds With Global Rules
Australia’s recent proposal to curb tax avoidance by multinationals is poised to overlap with the OECD-led global minimum tax, sparking concerns of double taxation. The measure would deny deductions on payments related to intangibles, like patents, made to entities in jurisdictions with a corporate rate that is lower than 15%.
Court Delivers FedEx Huge Victory in FTC Offset Earnings Dispute
The U.S. District Court granted FedEx a crucial victory in an $89 million foreign tax credit dispute, invalidating a Treasury regulation limiting credits on offset earnings from loss-making subsidiaries by ruling in favor of FedEx under Chevron step 1 analysis. The court ruled against the government's interpretation of section 965(b)(4)(A), stating that the approach contradicts the ordinary and common meaning of "for purposes of" as limiting language and creates unintended consequences in the application of sections 959 and 960. The court's decision in FedEx Corp. v. United States may have broader ramifications, potentially affecting taxpayers with similar disputed amounts and the government's use of interlocking rules in other contexts.
Ireland, Japan Make More Progress on Global Minimum Tax
Ireland initiates another consultation on adopting EU-approved GLOBE rules and implementing a qualified domestic top-up tax, while Japan publishes its tax reform legislation containing an income inclusion rule.
Continuation of U.K. DST ‘Represents a Failure,’ Group Says
The Chartered Institute of Taxation warns that the UK's digital services tax, intended as a temporary measure, could become a permanent "blunt instrument" due to its controversial nature and lack of progress in international tax negotiations. The UK government has committed to withdrawing its digital services tax (DST) once an international solution is implemented while emphasizing its effectiveness and achievements in taxing online businesses and combating multinational tax avoidance.
U.K. Regulator Seeks Pillar 2 Deferred Tax Accounting Exceptions
The U.K. Financial Reporting Council (FRC) is consulting on draft amendments to financial reporting standards, proposing a temporary accounting exception for deferred taxes under the OECD's global minimum tax rules, with the consultation closing on May 24th.
Australia Consults on Intangibles Held in Low-Tax Jurisdictions
The Australian Taxation Office is consulting on antiavoidance rules targeting large multinational enterprises to prevent tax deductions on payments for intangibles held in low- or no-tax jurisdictions, ensuring these corporations pay their fair share of tax in Australia. William Hoke discusses concerns law firms and consultancies raised about the exposure draft's broad scope and lack of purpose-based requirements, potentially impacting many jurisdictions in the proposed antiavoidance rules for multinational companies.
IASB Staff Recommend Revised Pillar 2 Tax Disclosure Approach
The International Accounting Standards Board is considering amendments to disclosure requirements for entities subject to potential global minimum tax legislation, aiming to standardize accounting practices and improve information for investors as countries adopt pillar 2 rules from the OECD's international corporate tax overhaul plan. The IASB considers amending IAS 12 to provide guidance on pillar 2 legislation disclosures, receiving mixed feedback from stakeholders and aiming for finalized amendments in the second quarter of 2023.
Latest SEC Filings Show FDII Benefits Continue to Climb
The tax relief from the foreign-derived intangible income deduction has tripled in four years for 48 large corporations, due to a combination of increased profits, revised regulations, the tax break working as intended, and changes in research expenditure write-offs.
Ireland Sees Further Corporation Tax Boost as Receipts Jump 70%
Irish corporation tax receipts soared more than 70% in the first quarter compared to the same period last year as the country’s business tax boom continues. Ireland collected EUR 3.2 billion in corporation tax from firms in the three months to the end of March, an increase of EUR 1.3 billion on the equivalent 2022 figure.
UK Looks to Keep Tax Breaks in Place Despite Global 15% Rate
The United Kingdom is changing how it structures certain corporate tax credits to help cushion the blow of the global 15% minimum tax on companies taking advantage of those tax breaks. The proposal illustrates how some countries could implement the 15% rate while still offering companies certain tax perks to lower their effective tax rate.
Companies pressed to reveal more about the taxes they pay
A coalition of investors and activists is seeking shareholder support for increased tax transparency at the annual meetings of several of the largest US companies in the coming weeks, making it the latest frontier in the battles over environmental, social, and governance reporting.
Commission to Present EU-Wide Initiative on Remote Work
The European Commission is exploring options for an EU-wide solution to address tax issues faced by remote workers and their employers, including possible legislative initiatives such as a directive or recommendation.
Unshell Directive Could Create Some Surprises, Lawyers Warn
The EU unshell directive aims to address the misuse of shell companies, but its potential future effects remain uncertain as it may create surprises when implemented, and is expected to be applicable in 2025 only for manifest cases of tax avoidance practices.
U.N. Efforts Must Not Undermine Global Tax Deal, Plowgian Says
U.S. officials and delegates from various countries stress the importance of not duplicating tax reform efforts and ensuring inclusive international tax cooperation at a U.N. Economic and Social Council meeting.
EU Official Wants Tax Avoidance Enablers to Lose Business
The European Commission is developing new rules and proposing a Securing the Activity Framework of Enablers (SAFE) to prevent aggressive tax planning arrangements for EU taxpayers and penalize non-compliant intermediaries.
Can Congress Fix Treasury’s GLOBE Mistakes?
The OECD's pillar 2 global minimum tax proposal is advancing. It raises concerns for U.S. taxpayers and lawmakers about its potential impact on U.S. corporate tax revenues and the country's position in the global tax landscape. Mindy Herzfeld discusses the complexities and potential issues surrounding investment tax credits and their interaction with the pillar 2 global minimum tax rules, highlighting the potential elimination of benefits from specific tax incentives designed by Congress.
U.K. Government Consults on Introducing a CBAM
The U.K. government is consulting on a potential carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM) to mitigate carbon leakage, with aims to introduce embodied emissions reporting in 2025, initial CBAM implementation in 2026, and new product standards in the late 2020s.
Japanese Parliament Approves Global Minimum Tax Legislation
Japan's National Diet has passed tax reform legislation incorporating an income inclusion rule in accordance with the OECD's global anti-base-erosion framework, with more than 40 countries, including Canada and Liechtenstein, making moves to implement similar rules.
U.N. Tax Committee Approves Work on Model Treaty Provision
The approved U.N. model subject-to-tax rule (STTR) offers a framework for jurisdictions to establish base taxation levels and country-specific exemptions based on individual needs and policy objectives, while leaving the minimum tax rate to be negotiated between parties, unlike the OECD's proposed 9% rate.
Canada Responds to IRA With Clean Tech Tax Incentives
Canada's latest budget proposes new clean technology tax incentives, digital services tax legislation, and spending cuts while aiming to increase the alternative minimum tax rate and implement a corporate-level share buyback tax.
China Extends Superdeduction for R&D Costs
China's government introduces new economic measures, including a 100% superdeduction for R&D expenses, and reduced tax rates for small businesses and self-employed individuals, aiming to reduce corporate tax burdens by over CNY 480 billion annually.
New Rules Will Make Many Electric Cars Ineligible for Tax Credits
On March 31, the Biden administration released new rules that will significantly shorten the list of electric vehicles that qualify for federal tax credits. Officials hope the change will push carmakers to move their supply chains out of China and to the United States or its allies. For purchases of their electric cars to qualify for up to $7,500 in tax credits, automakers must meet strict requirements for where they assemble the cars and batteries and where they get the materials that go into batteries.
U.S. and Japan Strike Deal on Minerals Used in Batteries for Electric Cars
The United States and Japan reached a trade agreement for minerals used in clean-energy technologies, a deal aimed at allowing Japan to meet sourcing requirements for new electric-vehicle subsidies in the United States and shifting energy supply chains away from China. The two countries agreed not to levy export duties on critical minerals they trade and coordinate labor standards in producing minerals.