The three pillars of cross- border expansion – Canadian private business expansion to the United States

By R. Oliver Branch and Aasim Hirji, Moodys Tax Law LLP

Regardless of what you might hear in a slick marketing pitch by one of the behemoth law and advisory firms, strategic global mobility planning is not a one-size-fits-all endeavour. When assisting a private business expansion across borders, a strategic, jurisdictionally-specific approach is required to ensure that you don’t solve one problem while unintentionally leaving your client with a handful of new problems.

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Chennai, India

Financial Service Sector in India – Changing Landscape 2022

By Chirag V and Aditya Sriram R, VCAJ & Associates LLP

In 2015, the Government of India announced establishment of Gujarat International Financial Tec-city (“GIFT City”), in Gujarat as India’s First International Financial Services Centre(“IFSC”). The IFSC in GIFT City seeks to bring to the Indian shores, those financial services transactions currently undertaken outside India by overseas financial institutions.

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vidhana soudha, Bangalore, India

India’s tax reforms on BEPS Pillar 1 and Pillar 2

 By Ishita Bhaumik, JAA & Associates

With liberalisation and spread of businesses across jurisdictions, global norms are becoming more relevant when determining profit allocation and taxability. The OECD recently announced the Pillar Two guidelines for discussion, and in December 2021 the model rules for base erosion were tabled. Pillar One aligns taxation rights more closely with local market engagement. Pillar Two establishes a global minimum taxation regime through a series of interlocking set of rules.

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Turin, Ttaly

International mergers and Italian anti-abuse regulations

By Roberto M. Cagnazzo, Three & Partners

The Italian tax authorities have recently published some interesting responses in tax rulings concerning international reorganisation operations. In one of these rulings, the situation was examined of a group with a parent company and a sub-holding company both resident in France, and three operating companies resident in Italy.

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Den Bosch, The Netherlands

Hiring from abroad in the Netherlands

By Carijn van Helvoirt–Franssen and Roel Jansen, EJP Financial Astronauts

When expats come to The Netherlands to work and live, they often have double costs – the so-called extraterritorial costs. Examples of these costs are housing costs, insurance, etc.

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Moscow, Russia

Disclosure obligations for foreign entities in Russia extended in 2022

By Valeria Khmelevskaya, KBK Accounting

Based on Russia’s federal law No. 115-FZ On Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism, the majority of Russian companies are obliged to maintain and update a register of beneficial owners, but such information may be disclosed only upon request of the competent state bodies – tax authorities, Rosfinmonitoring (the Russian Federal Financial Monitoring Service), banks, etc.

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London, UK

UK Trust Register and Register of Overseas Entities

By Sati Virdee, Citroen Wells Chartered Accountants

The Trust Registration Service (TRS) is a register of the beneficial ownership of trusts. The requirement to register applies to UK and some non-UK trusts, with some exclusions, regardless of whether the trust is liable to pay any tax.

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 San Jose, Silicon Valley

Structuring options for an investor’s US-based holdings

By Patrick McCormick, Offit Kurman, Attorneys at Law

Based on a number of factors, the United States increasingly serves as a magnet for foreign investment. Global perception of the US as a financial market is considerable – existing infrastructures and relative stability of financial institutions all make the US an attractive venue for foreign funds. An additional appeal of the United States is often favourable tax rules for foreign investors. When investments are structured properly, effective global tax rates – on income generated by the investment during ownership, on gains generated from the investment’s disposition, and on gratuitous transfers either during the lifetime or at the passing of the original owner – can be markedly lower than investments made in other well-established jurisdictions.

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Bucharest, Romania

SAF-T is a new entry for Romania in 2022

By Georgeta Petrescu, Savvy Audit & Finance

Standard Audit File for Tax (SAF-T) represents a new statement for Romanian companies in 2022. SAF-T reporting was developed by the OECD, which benefits not only tax authorities but also multinational entities. The structure proposed by the OECD was designed as an international standard, and should be considered as the minimum necessary to extract relevant information from an accounting system – each country being able to decide how to implement, and what level of detailed information will be transmitted through the SAF-T file.

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