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MEPs Back New Double Tax Dispute Resolution Rules 27/6/2017
The European Parliament's Economics and Monetary Affairs Committee has backed proposals for the improved resolution of double taxation disputes within the EU.

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68 Jurisdictions Sign BEPS Multilateral Instrument 8/6/2017
68 countries have signed the OECD's Multilateral Convention, designed to swiftly implement a series of tax treaty-related measures proposed in the OECD's base erosion and profit shifting project into these countries' double tax agreements.

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OECD Prepares For BEPS Action 6 Peer Reviews 31/5/2017
The OECD has released a document that will form the basis of the peer review and monitoring process of the base erosion and profit shifting Action 6 minimum standard.

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Swiss Double Tax Agreements Enter Into Force 28/12/2016
Amendments to Switzerland's double taxation agreements with Norway and Albania have entered into force, the Swiss Federal Council has announced.

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Ireland Explains New Bilateral APA Program 27/6/2016
The Irish Revenue has issued taxpayer guidance on the country's bilateral advance pricing agreement program, which is due to take effect from July 1, 2016.

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OECD Launches Multilateral Instrument Consultation 1/6/2016
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development is inviting stakeholders' comments on the development of a multilateral instrument to implement the tax treaty-related base erosion and profit shifting measures.

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TAXE2 Urges Further EU Action On MNE Tax, BEPS 20/5/2016
The European Parliament's TAXE2 Committee has called on the European Commission to go further on tackling multinational tax avoidance.

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Italian Law Firm Urges Improved EU MAP Framework 17/5/2016
A mandatory, binding mutual agreement procedure is needed to guarantee legal certainty and boost cross-border economic relations in the EU, Italian law firm Maisto e Associati has told the European Commission.

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EC Investigates Luxembourg's Tax Rulings For McDonald's 4/12/2015
The European Commission has launched a formal investigation into Luxembourg's tax treatment of McDonald's and said that its preliminary view is that a tax ruling granted to the company may have afforded it advantageous tax treatment in breach of European Union state aid rules.

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Dutch DTA With Japan Questioned By EU Commission 23/11/2015
The European Commission has requested that the Netherlands amend the limitation on benefits clause in its double tax treaty with Japan.

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Swiss Council Adopts Dispatch On Albania DTA Protocol 12/11/2015
The Swiss Federal Council has adopted a dispatch on a protocol to the double tax agreement with Albania.

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Hong Kong Welcomes Withdrawal From EU Tax Blacklist 15/10/2015
Hong Kong has welcomed news that it no longer features on the European Commission's list of "non-cooperative tax jurisdictions."

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Switzerland Signs New DTA Protocols 10/9/2015
Switzerland has signed protocols to its double taxation agreements with Norway and Albania.

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EC Will Not Challenge Member States On Royalties Tax 5/8/2015
Tax Commissioner Pierre Moscovici has said that European Commission law was not breached in the case of a French professional association taxing royalty payments earned by UK musicians in France.

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Hong Kong Chides EU For New Tax Blacklist 22/6/2015
Hong Kong's Government has expressed its regret that the European Union included the territory in its list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions, saying that criticism of its transparency in tax matters is "totally unfounded."

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Switzerland To Add Info Exchange Provisions To All DTAs 24/10/2014
The Swiss Federal Council has launched a consultation on legislation for the unilateral application of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development's Standard on the Exchange of Information to all double tax agreements that are not already in line with this model.

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OECD Proposes Fixes To Global Tax Rules 17/9/2014
The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, on September 16, 2014, released its first recommendations for "a co-ordinated international response to base erosion and profit shifting."

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Andorra's Marti Rules Out Taxes On Wealth And Inheritances 24/6/2014
Andorran Prime Minister Antoni Marti has made clear that the Government has no plans to introduce a tax on wealth or inheritances.

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ECOFIN Agrees To Close Hybrid Mismatch Loophole 25/6/2014
On June 20, 2014, the Council of the European Union agreed to amend the Parent-Subsidiary Directive (2011/96/EU) to prevent the double non-taxation of corporate groups deriving from hybrid loan arrangements.

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Brazil Embraces Mercosur-EFTA Free Trade Deal 7/4/2014
Brazilian Foreign Minister, Luiz Alberto Figueiredo, has signaled the nation's backing for discussions to begin between South American economic bloc Mercosur and the European Free Trade Association towards a free trade agreement.

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Luxembourg Supports New Savings Tax Directive 27/3/2014
Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel said the conclusions adopted at the recent European Council meeting on the revised Savings Tax Directive have enabled "a green light from the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg."

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Luxembourg Implements Administrative Assistance Directive 9/10/2013
Luxembourg's Governing Council has adopted a bill approving a series of tax accords with key treaty partner states, and has backed a draft law transposing Article 8 of the European Council Directive on administrative assistance in tax matters.

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G20 Forging Ahead With Anti-Avoidance Action 9/9/2013
The G20 group of nations has endorsed plans to make the automatic exchange of tax information the global standard, and agreed to steps for cracking down on base erosion and profit shifting.

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Andorra, EU Initiate Savings Tax Talks 4/7/2013
Andorran Prime Minister Antoni Marti has held talks with European Tax Commissioner Algirdas Šemeta, with the discussions focusing on the adopted mandate of the European Council of Ministers regarding negotiations with third countries on extending the savings tax directive, to close loopholes.

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Liechtenstein, EU Launch Savings Tax Talks 20/6/2013
Liechtenstein's Prime Minister and Finance Minister Adrian Hasler has held a first round of talks with European Tax Commissioner Algirdas Šemeta, on extending the Savings Tax Directive to close existing loopholes.

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