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Switzerland: Abolition of Marriage Tax Penalty Proposed

(Apr. 5, 2018) On March 21, 2018, the Swiss Federal Council (the Swiss government) adopted a legislative proposal to abolish the “marriage tax penalty” (marriage penalty). The proposal is designed to resolve the decades-long controversy surrounding the issue. (Swiss Federal Council, Botschaft zur Änderung des Bundesgesetzes über die direkte Bundessteuer (Ausgewogene Paar- und Familienbesteuerung) [Message […]

Germany: Federal Ministry of Finance Publishes Guidance on VAT Treatment of Virtual Currencies

(Mar. 13, 2018) On February 27, 2018, the German Federal Ministry of Finance published guidance on value-added-tax (VAT) treatment of bitcoin and other virtual currencies. It determined that transactions to exchange a traditional currency for bitcoin or other virtual currencies and vice versa constitute the taxable supply of other services for consideration, but fall under […]

Israel: Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Constitutionality of FATCA’s Implementation

(Jan. 25, 2018) On January 2, 2018, Israel’s Supreme Court, sitting as a High Court of Justice, issued its reasoning for its decision of September 12, 2016, rejecting a petition challenging the constitutionality of the Income Tax Ordinance (Amendment No. 227) Law, 5776-2016 (Amendment Law). The main decision was rendered by Justice Hanan Melcer, with […]

China: Tobacco Leaf Tax and Vessel Tonnage Tax Laws Passed

(Jan. 19, 2018) On December 27, 2017, in its last session of 2017, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China (NPC) adopted laws regulating the taxation of tobacco leaves and the taxation of vessel tonnage. (Zhonghua Renmin Gongheguo Yanye Shui Fa (Dec. 27, 2017), NPC website; Zhonghua Renmin Gongheguo Chuanbo Dunshui Fa […]

Belarus: Decree Introduces Common-Law Principles and Tax Exempts Mining of Cryptocurrencies

(Jan. 3, 2018) On December 21, 2017, the President of Belarus signed the Decree on Developing the Digital Economy, which is aimed at “creating conditions, under which world-class IT companies would come to Belarus to work on developing new products and technologies that would be in demand worldwide.”  (Decree No. 8 of Dec. 21, 2017, […]

Turkey: Law to Increase Tax Revenues Adopted

(Dec. 28, 2017) On December 5, 2017, Turkey’s Law No. 7061 on the Amendment of Some Tax Laws and Some Other Laws, which was adopted on November 28, 2017, was published in the Official Gazette (Resmi Gazete). Aspects of the Law become effective on various dates. (Bazi Vergi Kanunlari ile Diger Bazi Kanunlarda Degisiklik Yapilmasina […]

United Kingdom: $20 Million in Tampon Tax to Be Distributed to Women’s Charities

(Dec. 12, 2017) In the United Kingdom, there has been a long-running campaign to remove value-added tax (VAT) from women’s sanitary products. Since January 1, 2001, the VAT rate charged for sanitary products has been 5%, a 15% discount on the current 20% rate of VAT in the UK and the lowest rate currently permitted […]

Mexico: Fiscal Benefits Relief for the Populations Affected by the Earthquake

(Oct. 20, 2017) In a decree published on October 2, 2017, the Mexican government granted  fiscal benefits to taxpayers who were affected by the September 19, 2017, earthquake in municipalities in the states of Mexico, Guerrero, Morelos, Oaxaca, Puebla, and Tlaxcala, but not in Mexico City. The Secretary of the Treasury, José Antonio Meade, explained that the […]

Thailand: Revised Excise Tax Law

(Oct. 12, 2017) On September 16, 2017, a revised excise tax came into force in Thailand that increases taxes on seven products, including alcoholic beverages, playing cards, sugary drinks, and tobacco. Speculation in advance was that prices would go up substantially. For that reason, the commerce and finance ministries moved to limit hoarding of the […]

United Arab Emirates: New Law Issued Creating Value-Added Tax on Transactions

(Oct. 3, 2017) On August 28, 2017, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Finance announced the issuance of Federal Law No. 8 of 2017 on Value-Added Tax (VAT). (Federal Law No. 8 of 2017 on VAT, UAE Ministry of Finance website (Aug. 28, 2017) (click on the PDF icon to view text of the law).) […]