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Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr | South Africa | 5 Apr 2019

Controlled foreign company comparable tax threshold to be decreased

The 2019 Budget noted that a global downward trend in corporate taxation rates may lead to an unintended increase in the imputation of the net income of controlled foreign companies (CFCs) in South African shareholders' taxable income. This could occur despite the fact that at its inception, a CFC has operated in a jurisdiction with tax rates which met the threshold contained in the Income......
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BDO LLP | India | 29 Mar 2019

Tax exemption eligibility criteria for start-ups reduced

In a bid to generate investment in start-ups and provide certainty regarding the so-called 'angel tax', the Ministry of Commerce and Industry recently issued another notification easing the criteria to avail of the exemption under the Income Tax Act. The notification will provide start-ups with a much-needed reprieve in terms of the increased threshold limits for paid-up share capital,......
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BDO LLP | India | 8 Mar 2019

GST not applicable on reimbursement of salary on behalf of foreign entity as pure agent

The Authority for Advance Rulings recently considered the applicability of goods and services tax (GST) on expense reimbursements in the case of 'pure agents' – a key concept when evaluating taxable services, particularly for tax exemption claims in respect of expense reimbursements and applicable GST. While rulings are binding only on the taxpayer that raises the question, they carry......
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Lennox Paton | Bahamas | 14 Feb 2019

Foreign direct investment in real estate market

Foreign direct investment (FDI) remains one of the key catalysts to the Bahamian economy's growth and sustainability. The Bahamas National Investment Policy seeks to boost the economy through investments and provide favourable returns for investors. To this end, it encourages FDI in key areas in the real estate market, including tourist resorts, upscale condominiums, timeshares and......
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Elias Neocleous & Co LLC | Cyprus | 18 Jan 2019

New tax exemptions and allowances for film and audiovisual production industry

The Income Tax Law was recently amended to provide an exemption of up to 50% for income derived from the production of films, series and other relevant audiovisual media. In addition, small enterprises may claim an annual deduction of 20% of the cost of cinematographic infrastructure and technological equipment, provided that it has been used in Cyprus for at least five years.
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BDO LLP | India | 21 Dec 2018

Taxability of back-office support services provided to overseas companies

A recent advanced ruling examined the applicability of goods and services tax (GST) to back-office support services provided by an Indian company to a foreign client. The Advance Ruling Authority held that the back-office support services in question should be treated as intermediary services, which are not eligible to be exempt from the GST applicable to an export of services since, as per......
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Fasken | Canada | 19 Dec 2018

Bill 47 passes but more changes to come following Bill 57 and 2018 FES

The new provincial government has been active in reshaping provincial employment and labour laws and responsibilities. In addition to passing Bill 47, the Making Ontario Open for Business Act 2018, the government has filed new regulations which will lower penalties for contravening the posting and record-keeping requirements of the Employment Standards Act. Further, the government's 2018 Fall......
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Lewis Silkin | United Kingdom | 12 Dec 2018

Employer NICs on termination payments delayed again

The government's plan to make termination payments in excess of £30,000 subject to employer national insurance contributions has been delayed for a second time and will now take effect from April 2020. Initially this change was expected to be introduced from April 2018; however, the Autumn 2017 Budget announced that it would take effect from April 2019. The further delay is welcome news for......
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BDO LLP | India | 23 Nov 2018

Strict interpretation of exemption notifications under tax laws

The Supreme Court recently pronounced a landmark judgment on the question of taxpayers' eligibility to receive tax exemptions when more than one interpretation is possible – namely, one in favour of the taxpayer and the other in favour of the tax authority. The court concluded that where a tax exemption must be interpreted, the tax authority will be given the benefit of the doubt, unlike in......
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Walder Wyss Ltd | Switzerland | 28 Sep 2018

Swiss Parliament approves corporate tax reform

The Swiss Parliament has approved the revised version of Tax Proposal 17, a proposal for corporate tax reform. The new proposal aims to set the basis for new rules on Swiss corporate tax (the last proposal having been rejected in a nationwide referendum) and secure and enhance Switzerland's overall attractiveness as a business location.
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