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Belgium: Court Rules Tax Haven Requirements Constitutional

(Feb. 4, 2016) Belgium’s Constitutional Court issued a decision on January 21, 2016, on the question of whether tax havens are unconstitutional. The decision, No. 11/2016, was in response to a request for a preliminary ruling sent by a lower court in Antwerp. The request asked whether the rules prohibiting tax deductibility and imposing reporting […]

Italy: New Legislation on Cooperation Between Taxpayers and Tax Authorities

(Oct. 1, 2015) On September 2, 2015, new legislation on taxation entered into effect in Italy. (Legislative Decree No. 128 of August 5, 2015, Provisions on Legal Certainty in the Relationship Between the Treasury and the Taxpayer, Pursuant to Articles 5, 6 and 8, Paragraph 2, of Law No. 23 of March 11, 2014 [L. D. […]

Netherlands: Tax Investigators to Use IMSI Catchers to Track Smartphones, Without Advance Police Permission

(Aug. 25, 2015) The Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs, Henk Kamp, announced on August 17, 2015, that the Fiscal Intelligence and Investigation Service (Fiscale inlichtingen- en opsporingsdienst, FIOD), a special investigatory unit under the country’s Tax and Customs Administration, will have the authority “to track and tap smartphones and tablets, including pre-paid … .” (Tax […]

China; Council of Europe; Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development: Ratification of Mutual Assistance Treaty on Tax Matters

(July 10, 2015) On July 1, 2015, China’s legislature, the National People’s Congress, ratified the multilateral 1988 Council of Europe – Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) treaty of mutual assistance in tax matters, as amended by a 2010 protocol. (China (People’s Rep.); Council of Europe; OECD: Convention and Protocol on Mutual Administrative Assistance […]

European Union: EU Signs Agreement with Switzerland to End Banking Secrecy

(June 2, 2015) On May 27, 2015, the European Union and Switzerland signed a new tax transparency agreement. Pierre Moscovici, the EU Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs, and Janis Reirs, Latvian Minister of Finance on behalf of the Latvian Presidency of the Council for the EU, and the Swiss State Secretary […]

European Union: New Rules Proposed to Fight Tax Evasion

(Dec. 13, 2013) Tax evasion is a serious issue across the European Union; the European Commission estimates that the EU Member States lose close to one trillion euros in revenues annually due to tax evasion and tax avoidance. On November 25, 2013, in an effort to combat this problem, the Commission adopted a proposal to […]