US Senator Dick Lugar has praised the Senate for giving its advice and consent to the US-Malta tax treaty and the protocol amending the existing US-New Zealand tax treaty.
“As the United States considers how to create jobs and maintain economic growth, we must strengthen the ability of American businesses to operate successfully in foreign markets. To this end, the US government has attempted to facilitate exports through a number of strategies, including tax treaties,” Lugar said. “Tax treaties lower effective tax rates for American companies selling American goods overseas while ensuring that foreign companies pay their fair share of taxes when operating in the United States.”
“The tax treaties with Malta and New Zealand strengthen economic and strategic ties to these allies while lowering costs for American businesses,” the Indiana Republican added.
Lugar also continued his call for a US tax treaty with Brazil. “A Brazillian tax treaty is particularly significant due to [the United States’] expansive trade and investment relationship with Brazil. The country represents the largest economy in which the United States does not have a bilateral tax treaty. American companies are currently at a competitive disadvantage when operating in Brazil,” he said.
“A tax treaty reflecting the modern policy principles underlying the internationally recognized Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Model Tax Convention with respect to transfer pricing, information exchange, withholding rates, tax dispute resolution and tax sparing will provide a solid basis for development and growth for these two nations of the western hemisphere. Such a modern tax treaty is supported by numerous US and Brazilian companies as a mutually beneficial way to increase economic output in both nations and deepening our ties,” Lugar noted..
On July 10, 2018, officials from Kenya and Portugal signed a DTA.
On July 11, 2018, San Marino and the United Arab Emirates signed a DTA.
The UAE's Cabinet on June 13, 2018, approved DTAs signed with Saudi Arabia, Rwanda, and Turkmenistan.
A law to ratify the Azerbaijan-Morocco DTA was tabled before Morocco's Cabinet on June 14, 2018.
Qatar's Government on June 14, 2018, confirmed that it had completed its domestic ratification procedures in respect of a DTA signed with Argentina.
Ukraine's Cabinet on June 6, 2018, approved a law to ratify a DTA Protocol signed with the United Kingdom.
Luxembourg and Vietnam agreed to continue negotiations towards a DTA Protocol at a June 15 meeting.
Sweden's Parliament on June 7, 2018, approved an amendment to the country's DTA with Switzerland to clarify the scope of the term pension fund in the agreement.
Switzerland's lower house of Parliament on May 29, 2018, approved DTAs with Kosovo and Pakistan.
The Moroccan Government has approved for ratification a DTA with the Republic of the Congo, it announced on May 29, 2018.
Argentina has approved a protocol to its DTA with Brazil, the Argentinian Official Gazette reported on May 23, 2018.
Brazil's upper house of Parliament on May 30, 2018, approved a protocol updating the DTA with Norway.
Hong Kong and Finland on May 24, 2018, signed a DTA.
Legislation ratifying a new DTA between Russia and Japan was submitted to the Russian State Assembly (the Duma) for approval on May 22, 2018.
Vietnam and Macau signed a DTA on April 16, according to a statement released by the Vietnamese Ministry of Finance on May 11, 2018.
Talks are continuing on a DTA between Jordan and Switzerland, according to a statement released by Jordan's Foreign Ministry on May 14, 2018.
The Czech Senate approved a law to ratify the DTA with Ghana on May 17, 2018.
The Philippines-Thailand DTA entered into force on March 5, and the Philippines' DTA with Sri Lanka on March 14, the Filipino tax agency announced on May 17, 2018. They will be effective from January 1, 2019.
Jordan's Minister of Planning and International Cooperation met with Luxembourg's Finance Minister to discuss enhanced cooperation between the two countries in a number of areas and agreed to seek to conclude a DTA.
Uzbekistan and Lithuania are to engage in talks towards a DTA, Uzbekistan's state news agency reported May 9, 2018.
Two Georgian committees approved the text of a DTA with Saudi Arabia and forwarded it for ratification, according to a May 17 announcement on the Georgian parliament's website.
Hong Kong gazetted an order to ratify its DTA with Saudi Arabia on May 18, 2018.
Talks are continuing on a DTA between Turkey and Afghanistan, according to a statement released by Turkey's Ministry of the Interior on May 11, 2018.
A new DTA between Finland and Spain will enter into force in January 2019, according to a May 18, 2018, announcement from the Finnish tax authority.
Andorra and Cyprus have signed a DTA, Andorra's Government announced on May 18, 2018.