With Donald Trump firmly in office as the U.S. president and a Republican majority in Congress, it’s widely expected that 2017 will bring significant tax reform.
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) recently published a report highlighting several considerations that lawmakers may take into account in tax reform discussions.
Although tax reform often seems like a moving target, congressional Republicans and President Trump have each set out a number of ideas about how to modify the U.S. international corporate system.
Reports indicate that the President and congressional Republicans have begun tax reform discussions. However, what will ultimately be introduced as proposed laws remains to be seen. (more…)
Moscow enacted a law ordering certain foreign companies engaged in online sales of electronic content in Russia to pay the value-added tax (VAT). (Foreign providers of electronically supplied services.)
The law, informally known as the “Google Tax,” stipulates the introduction of an 18% VAT for foreign companies providing services to Russians in electronic form. Foreign companies will need to register on the Russian tax service’s special electronic index and pay taxes on an equal footing with Russian companies operating in the same market segment. Before the law was passed by the Russian Parliament, no VAT was imposed on electronic services supplied by foreign companies. This tax break wasn’t available to Russian companies.
If a foreign company has a Russian division or a contractor in the country, it will be responsible for paying the tax irrespective of whether it has an appropriate agreement with foreign corporations or not.
If the buyer carries out activities on the territory of the Russian Federation and acquires the “services in electronic form,” the place of supply of these services is the territory of the Russian Federation. Delivery of physical goods ordered over the internet is not subject to the VAT. (more…)
The IRS issued final regs that affect U.S. taxpayers who transfer property to foreign corporations in nonrecognition transactions.
The regs are aimed at preventing taxpayers from avoiding recognition of gains or income attributable to high-value intangible property by claiming that a large share of the transferred property’s value is foreign goodwill or going concern value.
The regulations contain the following changes to Section 367 of the Internal Revenue Code. They: (more…)
India’s Ministry of Finance recently amended service tax rules related to online information and database access or retrieval (OIDAR) services.
The government said it is imposing a 15% tax on downloads and purchases of digital goods from offshore retailers.
Here are some key changes, effective from December 1, 2016: (more…)
President-elect Donald Trump’s election win moves Apple, Pfizer, Microsoft and other big U.S. corporations much closer than they have been in years to winning a big tax break on approximately $2.6 trillion in foreign profits.
This article explains the mechanics of taxing foreign-source income, the 2004 repatriation holiday, proposals for another holiday, and the prospects of enacting a repatriation holiday under the Republican-controlled government.
U.S. corporations are taxed on a worldwide basis, meaning that they’re generally taxed on income that’s earned within and outside of the U.S. subject to certain exceptions; income earned outside the U.S. isn’t subject to U.S. tax until it’s brought back to the United States — in other words, until it’s repatriated. At that point, it’s included in the corporation’s gross income. To mitigate double taxation, U.S. corporations may elect to either deduct or claim a foreign tax credit for the foreign income taxes that were paid or accrued on the foreign earnings.
Most developed countries, on the other hand, have adopted a territorial tax system. Such countries generally only tax income derived from sources within their borders. (more…)
The IRS said it plans to modify the regs relating to certain triangular reorganizations involving foreign corporations.
Specifically, in Notice 2016-73, the tax agency announced it will alter the rules affecting the treatment of property used to acquire parent stock or securities in triangular reorganizations involving one or more foreign corporations, as well as describe the consequences to persons that receive parent stock or securities in those reorganizations. (more…)
Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) warned in a tax guidance that overseas online retailers must pay VAT on items sold in the UK.
The tax agency said VAT liability applies to overseas sellers supplying goods already in the UK at the point of sale to consumers through an online marketplace. It also applies to:
- UK VAT representatives for overseas sellers, and
- Online marketplaces allowing sales by overseas sellers.
U.S. taxpayers with maquiladora operations in Mexico won’t be exposed to double taxation if they enter into a unilateral advance pricing agreement (APA) with Mexico’s tax agency under terms that were negotiated by the U.S. and Mexico.
The companies would have to reach the agreements with the Large Taxpayer Division of Mexico’s tax agency, the Servicio de Administración Tributaria (SAT). (more…)
Ireland’s Department of Finance outlined its key arguments to appeal the European Commission’s (EC’s) ruling that it had breached European Union (EU) state aid rules in its tax deal with Apple.
Arguments for the appeal
In a statement, Irish Finance Minister Michael Noonan outlined several arguments for the appeal.
First, he said, Ireland didn’t provide favorable treatment to Apple. The Chairman of Ireland’s Revenue Commissioners has stated that:
- There was no departure from the applicable Irish tax law,
- There was no preference shown in applying the law, and
- The full tax due was paid in accordance with the law.