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ENSafrica | August 2017

The window period for South African residents to regularise their unauthorised foreign assets under the Special Voluntary Disclosure Programme (“SVDP”) closes on 31 August 2017. The current SVDP is the latest in a series of such opportunities offered by the Financial Surveillance Department of the South African Reserve Bank (“SARB”), beginning with the 2003 exchange control amnesty ...

Waller | March 2019

In December 2018, Part I of this column was based on the Proposed 199A Regulations1 and included the applicable definitions and the basic concepts and mechanics of the 199A 20% deduction of Qualified Business Income (“QBI”) up to the 20% of the excess of the taxpayer’s taxable income over the taxpayer’s net capital gain ...

ENSafrica | April 2014

Each of the Common Monetary Area (CMA) Member States presented their 2014/15 Budgets during February 2014.  An overview of the Budgets of Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland reveals Namibia as the only country proposing fiscal amendments of any significance.  A common theme of these Budgets is a concern about the increased uncertainty regarding the future of the South African Customs Union (SACU) and a firm intention to reduce reliance on SACU revenue ...

A&L Goodbody LLP | November 2018

The Gambling Policy Division of the Irish Department of Justice has joined 14 other gambling regulators from around the globe in signing an International Declaration expressing concern about gambling in video games. The regulators presented a united front in addressing the "blurring of lines between gambling and other forms of digital entertainment". The increasing presence of gambling in the video gaming world has been raised as a growing concern ...

Arendt & Medernach | September 2017

Following the Luxembourg case C-274/15, the series of cases relating to the scope of the cost-sharing VAT exemption also referred to as “Independent Group of Persons” (“IGP”) continues with the release today of three judgements by the Court of Justice of the EU (“CJUE”): Aviva (C-605/15), DNB Banka (C-326/15) and European Commission v Federal Republic of Germany (C-616/15) ...

Carey | August 2020

On Tuesday, August 18, the Congress approved a bill that contemplates several tax measures in order to inject liquidity and promote economic reactivation (the "Bill"). Among other measures, the Bill grants the possibility to Corporate Tax taxpayers who declare effective income according to complete accounting, to instantly depreciate 100% of the value of new or imported fixed assets acquired between June 1, 2020 and December 31, 2022 ...

Carey | June 2021

On June 10, 2021, the National Congress approved the bill that establishes new tax measures to support micro, small and medium-sized companies in the context of the crisis generated by Covid-19. The bill, which is awaiting the final formalities of enactment and publication, includes the following tax measures: Temporary reduction of the penal interest rate for SMEs from 1 ...

Carey | August 2020

On August 18, the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate approved a bill introduced by the government on June 25, which establishes the emergency plan to promote economic recovery and employment. Although in its first phase, the project was modified and approved by the Chamber of Deputies, and rejected by the Senate, the new proposal submitted by the Joint Commission was approved in its entirety by the Congress ...

The Families First Coronavirus Relief Act ("FFCRA") was passed by Congress this spring to mandate two weeks of paid sick leave for COVID-19 reasons and to extend the FMLA by creating a new reason for FMLA leave relating to the need for child care because of COVID-19. The details of the FFCRA were covered by the Spilman COVID-19 Task Force at the time of passage here ...

Haynes and Boone | January 2018

The tax reform bill passed by Congress at the end of 2017 significantly reduces the number of taxpayers whose families will pay gift tax or estate tax, but it comes with an “expiration date” of December 31, 2025. Prior to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the Act), an individual could transfer up to $5,490,000 ($10,980,000 for a married couple) without paying estate, gift, or generation-skipping transfer (GST) taxes ...

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP | January 2016

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the “Act”). The Act encourages foreign investments in REITs and ends certain tax-free REIT spin-offs. The Act also includes a largely helpful set of technical revisions to the REIT tax rules.Continue reading a summary of the more significant REIT provisions of the Act ...

Shoosmiths LLP | May 2021

The government is consulting on a proposal to introduce a new UK-wide tax for residential property developers from 2022, with a view to generating revenue to cover the costs associated with the removal of unsafe cladding. The measure is intended to generate at least £2 billion over the course of a decade, which the government says is a “fair contribution” to the overall cost of the remediation programme ...

ENSafrica | September 2016

contingency fees VAT inclusive or exclusive The High Court, Gauteng Local Division, considered in a recent case (case No 2012/21359, 31 August 2016) whether an agreement in terms of which a legal practitioner charged contingency fees to a client under the Contingency Fees Act, No 66 of 1997 (the “CFA”), is valid ...

ENSafrica | June 2018

Section 9D of the Income Tax Act, 1962 (the “Act”) is aimed at South African residents who directly or indirectly hold more than 50% of the total participation (broadly speaking shares) or voting rights in a foreign company. A foreign company in this context is classified as a controlled foreign company (“CFC”) ...

Wardynski & Partners | March 2015

Amendments toPoland’s Corporate Income Tax (CIT) Act and Personal Income Tax (PIT) Act wentinto force at the beginning of 2015. One of the key changes is taxation ofincome earned by controlled foreign companies (CFC, in Polish: zagranicznespółki kontrolowane).With the entryinto force of the amendments to the CIT Act and the PIT Act, there is a 19% taxon CFC’s income that goes to a Polish tax resident ...

ENSafrica | April 2014

The Taxation Laws Amendment Act, 31 of 2013 (the “TLAA”) introduced with effect from 1 April 2014, a new section 8F into the Income Tax Act, 58 of 1962 (the “Act”) in order to reduce the opportunity for the creation of equity instruments that are artificially disguised as debt instruments (“hybrid debt instruments”) ...

DORDA | March 2020

The Corona virus has dramatic consequences for most Austrian enterprises. But could it even have an impact on their 2019 financial statements (provided they were not resolved and filed yet)? Will it be possible to use the crises negative effects for claiming deductions in the 2019 tax return? Will it reduce the capacity of an entity that was profitable 2019 to distribute dividends? We limit this short overview on the most common forms of Austrian entities, i.e ...

Ellex Klavins | April 2020

In light of the state of emergency declared in the Republic of Latvia as a result of the spread of COVID-19 infection, we have summarized the most essential aspects of the government business support programs.The aggregated information is based on the Act on Measures for Prevention and Management of National Threats and Their Consequences in Relation to COVID 19 Proliferation, in force (amendments) on 05.04.2020 (available here) and other legal acts ...

PLMJ | June 2020

Analysis of the changes to the special legal rules onthe credit and financing moratorium. Through Decree-Law 26/2020 of 16 June (“DL 26/2020”), the Government has approved, a set of amendments to the special rules onthe moratorium on financing approved by Decree-Law 10-J/2020 of26March ...

PLMJ | August 2020

A major economic crisis has been caused by the pandemic associated with the new SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus and the COVID-19 disease. In this context, Law 29/2020 was published on 31 July to establish new tax measures to support cooperatives, micro, small and medium-sized enterprises. The aim of these measures it to mitigate the impacts of the pandemic on these businesses ...

PLMJ | March 2020

To mitigate the economic impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, certain extraordinary measures have been taken in the field of taxation. The aim of these measures is to ensure the cash flows of companies and to allow some flexibility in complying with tax obligations and in the payment of taxes by companies and individuals ...

Haynes and Boone | November 2002

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Alta QIL+4 ABOGADOS | October 2017

Central America is at an inflection point regarding acceptable compliance and conformity. Among all the anxiety and instability that change will bring, it is welcoming to see that separate disciplines are pushing towards similar objectives in Corporate Governance. A quick discussion on Director´s Responsibility provides a glimpse on how new Governance issues will reshape slanted interpretations of the law ...

Brigard Urrutia | April 2020

The Ministry of Finance published Decree 520 of April 6, 2020, modifying the dates for filing and paying income tax returns of large taxpayers and legal entities, as well as the annual statement of assets held abroad. Accordingly, Decree 520 of 2020 establishes that the income tax returns of large taxpayers will be filed simultaneously with the third installment instead of the second one, as was previously provided by Decree 435, published on March 19, 2020 ...

ENSafrica | August 2018

Under South African corporate reorganisation rules, tax consequences are deferred and do not crystalise at the time of the transaction, but a carefully planned restructuring transaction may result in hardship due to subsequent events. A recently proposed amendment illustrates this risk.Tax relief under the existing corporate reorganisation rules may be neutralised if assets acquired in terms of these rules are disposed of within 18 months ...

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