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Direct Application of EU General Anti-Abuse Rule

By Dr Sergio Finulli; COMMA 10 Chartered Accountants & Lawyers

The EU ATAD (European Union Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive) No. 2016/1164 introduced a general anti-abuse rule in Article 6 that not only replaces and standardises the anti-abuse rules included in the three directives which regard corporate income tax (company mergers, parentsubsidiary, interest and royalties), but also extends the scope in the national legislations of the member states.

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Operators of Internet Marketplaces are Liable for the VAT of Their Traders

By Susann Roll, Benefitax GmbH

International online trade has become a huge business sector, in which it is often easy for traders to avoid VAT payments for sales, which are in fact VAT liable. To make VAT fraud more diffcult, new German legislation came into effect on 01 January 2019, which makes electronic marketplaces like Amazon and eBay liable for the VAT liability of the traders using their platform.

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EU ATAD Imple­men­tation in Hungary – Corporate Income Tax 2019

By Béla Kakuk, BPiON Services Ltd.

One of the most important objectives of the international taxation regime is to allocate taxation where profit and value is generated in order to guarantee trust over truthfulness of tax regimes and effective taxation sovereignty of local governments. The European Unions Anti-Tax Avoidance (ATAD) (2016/1164/EU) directive brought new rules preventing tax evasion and aggressive tax optimisation.

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How can Research and Development provide a tax benefit?

By David Pritchard, Mander Duffill

This article focuses on the tax benefits of Research and Development (R&D) and making a claim through the small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) scheme. There is also a large company R&D scheme; however, it was felt that the SME scheme is likely to be of more relevance to GGI members.

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Switzerland Remains One of the Most Attractive Tax Locations

By Andreas Hänggi, Treuhand-und Revisionsgesellschaft Mattig-Suter & Partner

The Swiss people voted “yes” at a referendum held on 19 May 2019, regarding the Swiss tax reform and AHV financing (“TRAF”). Based on this positive vote, Switzerland continues to offer a stable and reliable tax environment and remains one of the most attractive business and tax locations.

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London

The UK Real Estate Tax Landscape is Changing

By Alex Barnes, Memery Crystal LLP

Between October 2018 and April 2020, there are various new changes of which clients need to be made aware. Some of these are anti- avoidance measures, some are to speed up HM Revenue & Customs’ (HMRC) collection of tax and some are new, or extensions to existing, reliefs. There will be opportunities and pitfalls. So, what are the changes?

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Mexican Tax Credits and Incentives

By Prof Sergio Guerrero Rosas, Guerrero y Santana, S.C.

With the entry of the new government in Mexico led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, new foreign- investment opportunities seem to open up, mainly in the Mexican southeast and in the northern border area, so here is a brief summary of some tax credits and current incentives in Mexico.

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Foreign Investment in Indian Start-Ups

By Anjali Kukreja and Raghu Marwah, R.N. MARWAH & CO. LLP

Foreign investment in Indian startups, especially in high technology areas of artificial intelligence and consumer-facing apps, offer a big opportunity. The start-up space in India offers a win-win scenario for all, as foreign investors multiply their investment values with high IRR’s and Indian start-ups provide increased jobs, digitalised lifestyle and improved product innovations contributing to a more vibrant and rewarding economy, as well as a positive social impact.

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