Roadmap: EU Company Tax, Malta-EU Tax News Bulletin 75

EU Commission Publishes Roadmap on Business Taxation for the 21st Century The EU Commission has published a Roadmap concerning its upcoming Communication on Business Taxation for the 21st Century, which will present the Commission’s plan for reforming EU corporate taxation to be “fit for the realities of the modern global economy”. The Roadmap identifies issues such as adapting […]

Double Taxation Relief & EU Tax Policy News Bulletin 74

Malta-Poland Double Taxation Treaty Revised The Double Taxation Relief on Taxes on Income in the double taxation treaty between Malta and the Republic of Poland Order has been revised pursuant to LN 64 of 2021. A Protocol has been agreed between the two countries for the prevention of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect […]

European Union Commission Tax & Compliance Bulletin 73

European Union Commission Proposes to Extend Temporary State Aid Framework The EU Commission has launched a consultation with Member States on extending the duration and scope of the Temporary State Aid Framework, adopted in March to assist Member States in dealing with the economic impact of the COVID-19 outbreak and prolonged in October 2020 to […]

EU Green Deal and Malta & EU Compliance Bulletin 72

EU Council Conclusions on Tax Challenges and the EU Green Deal Recovery The Council of the EU has adopted the conclusions reached on fair and effective taxation in times of recovery, on tax challenges linked to digitalisation and on tax good governance in the EU and beyond. The conclusions emphasise the importance of fair and efficient […]

VAT (Value Added Tax) Tax & Compliance EU Bulletin 71

The EU Commission has published a Roadmap concerning VAT (Value Added Tax) rules for financial and insurance services, noting that the existing rules have been criticised for being complex and difficult to apply, leading to uncertainty, high compliance costs and lack of VAT (Value Added Tax) neutrality.

Malta Budget, European Union Tax & Compliance Bulletin 70

A Malta Budget measure has proposed the introduction of a new proviso in terms of which the exemption from tax of income derived from a qualifying participating holding shall not apply to a dividend derived from a participating holding in a body of persons resident for tax purposes in a jurisdiction that is included in the EU list of noncooperative jurisdictions

EU Carbon Emissions, Compliance and Tax Bulletin 69

European Commission President Von der Leyen State of the Union address. Taxation was central to many of the issues focussed on during the address, in particular in relation to the goal announced to reduce EU emissions by 55% by 2030, up from the planned 40% decrease. The Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism will be central to this plan, with Von der Leyen stating, “Carbon must have its price – because nature cannot pay the price anymore.”

EU Commission Tax & Compliance Bulletin 68

EU Commission Publishes ATAD Implementation Report: The EU Commission published a Report to the European Parliament and Council on the implementation of ATAD and ATAD2, the EU Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive, a factual document outlining the status of the implementation of the directive in Member states pursuant to Article 10 of the Directive.

EU Council, Tax & Compliance Bulletin 67

Calls for Increased Transparency in EU Council Code of Conduct Business Taxation Group: The EU Council’s Code of Conduct Group is facing increasing criticism in the wake of the Apple judgment to increase transparency concerning its operations, and information on the application of its standards in the listing process for the EU tax “Blacklist”.

EU Tax Package Tax & Compliance Bulletin 66

European Commission Unveils New Tax Package – The European Commission has now published its Tax Package for “fair and simple taxation”, designed to address issues experienced in EU taxation arising in the course of “a ‘taxpayer’s journey’: from registering your business, to reporting, payment, verification, dealing with disputes.”

EU – UK Tax & Compliance Bulletin 65

BREXIT – The Government of the United Kingdom has announced changes in the VAT treatment of goods imported from oversees and sold to UK customers and a new set of rules which will enter into force on 1 January 2021, at the end of the Brexit transition period.

Malta Merchant Shipping Companies

In February of this year (2020) an amendment was enacted to the Merchant Shipping (Shipping Organisations – Private Companies) Regulations, S.L. 234.42 via Legal Notice 31 of 2020, making it mandatory for companies registered under these regulations to prepare and submit audited financial statements the Malta Business Registry (MBR). The shareholders and directors of all companies established under the Merchant Shipping Regulations should take note of this obligation.

EU DAC6, Tax and Compliance Bulletin 64

DAC6: The proposal as agreed by Member States in early June to defer deadlines for exchange of information under the administrative cooperation directive as a result of the coronavirus crisis has now been published in the Official Journal of the European Union and has entered into force.

DAC6 – EU Mandatory Disclosures for Intermediaries

6th Amendment to the EU Directive on Administrative Cooperation:-
DAC6 comes into effect on the 1st July 2020 and imposes reporting obligations on cross border arrangements (CBAs), relating to direct taxation, that contain at least one of the hallmarks listed in the Directive. VAT and other forms of indirect taxation are therefore excluded from the Directive.

EU Digital Tax and Compliance Bulletin 63

The Office of the US Trade Representative has announced the US will be carrying out investigations under Section 301 of its 1974 Trade Act concerning digital services taxes that have either been adopted or are being considered at political level by a number of countries worldwide.