News articles written by Evi Geerts

Insights into the OECD final report on branch mismatch structures

1 September 2017

The OECD, on 27 July 2017, released its report, Neutralising the Effects of Branch Mismatch Arrangements Action 2 (see previous coverage). The report recommends domestic law changes to neutralise the effect of certain payments or deemed payments involving branches. These recommendations are not a minimum standard, but some countries may choose to adopt all or

Belgian Act on the exchange of tax rulings and country-by-country reports formally adopted

16 August 2017

On 11 August 2017, a Bill was published in the Belgian Official Gazette implementing into Belgian tax law several EU Directives (see previous coverage) regarding the automatic and compulsory exchange of information in the field of taxation. The Bill formally transposes (i) Directive 2015/2376/EU, the so-called DAC 3, and (ii) part of the Directive 2016/881/EU, the so-called DAC

Protocol to Belgium-Switzerland Double Tax Treaty enters into force

16 August 2017

According to the Swiss Federal Department of Finance the additional protocol to the Double Tax Treaty (‘DTT’) between Belgium and Switzerland, that has been signed on April 10, 2014 has entered into force as of July 19, 2017 and will generally apply as from January 2018. In general terms, the protocol brings the current DTT,

UK introduces new corporation tax limitation on interest deductibility

6 March 2017

The draft UK Finance Bill 2017 was published in early December 2016. The Bill contains detailed draft legislation to introduce a new limitation on the deductibility of interest expense from corporate profits. These rules, which were further amended on January 26, 2017, will apply to amounts accruing after April 1, 2017. The rules limit a

Switzerland rejects Corporate Tax Reform III in public vote

15 February 2017

With a majority of 59.1%, Swiss voters rejected the Corporate Tax Reform III (CTR III) in a public vote on February 12, 2017. CTR III, the result of a long and complex political process, would have abolished current existing tax regimes, such as the rules for holding or mixed companies. At the same time, the

Update on list of non-compliant countries – circular letter published

30 January 2017

On 26 January 2017, a circular letter has been published with respect to the updated list of non-compliant countries in light of the international standards regarding transparency and exchange of information. More in particular, five new jurisdictions (Guatemala, Marshall Islands, (the Federal States of) Micronesia, Panama and Trinidad & Tobago) have been added to the

Luxembourg proposes new tax measures

9 August 2016

The Luxembourg Government introduced a bill on 26 July 2016, with proposed tax measures for corporations for the 2017 tax year. The proposed changes are in line with the announcements made by the Government earlier this year. Although the bill has not been finalised, multinational enterprises operating in Luxembourg should start considering how the proposed measures,