India – National Anti-Profiteering Authority holds a multiplex owner guilty of profiteering in view of the reduction in GST rate


Recently, the National Anti-Profiteering Authority (NAA) held a multiplex owner guilty of profiteering under section 171 of the Central Goods and Service Tax Act, 2017 (CGST Act). The NAA has upheld the allegations of the Directorate General of Anti-profiteering (DGAP) that post reduction in the rate of GST from 28% to 18%, the taxpayer had increased the base price while maintaining the same selling price for the services rendered.

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Switzerland : change in the definition of electronic supply


The Swiss VAT Authority has amended the VAT brochure number 13 on electronic supplies of service and telecommunications.

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Germany – temporary reduction of value added tax rates from July 1, 2020 -webcast on Wednesday, 24 June 2020 12.30 pm to 2 pm German time


The German legislator has recently published a draft law reducing the German VAT rates for the second half of 2020 in order to cope with the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic. According to the draft law, the standard VAT rate will be reduced from 19% to 16% and the reduced VAT rate from 7% to 5% in the period 1 July to 31 December 2020.

The Federal Ministry of Finance (BMF) has already published a draft decree dated 11 June 2020 on the temporary reduction and (re)increase of VAT rates. To date, it is not yet fully clear when a final version of the decree will be published. In many cases, the draft of the decree resembles in detail the BMF decree of 11 August 2006, which was issued at the time of the last standard VAT rate increase (on 1 January 2007) from 16% to 19%.

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Barbados – Economic substance requirements – new reporting obligations


As from January 1 2020, a resident company shall file an economic substance declaration with the Barbados competent authority annually within 12 months after the last day of the end of each fiscal period.

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India – Taxation and Other Laws (Relaxation of Certain Provisions) Ordinance, 2020


The President of India promulgated the Taxation and Other Laws (Relaxation of Certain Provisions) Ordinance, 2020 (Ordinance),1 on 31 March 2020, to put into immediate effect the relief measures2 announced by the Finance Minister on 24 March 2020, in response to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Ordinance is in line with relief measures announced earlier on statutory and regulatory compliances under various laws.

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EU – Opinion of Advocate General: correction of invoices for transactions already subject to a tax audit should be allowed, under certain conditions


On 26 March 2020, Advocate General Bobek delivered its opinion in case C‑835/18 (SC Terracult SRL), assessing that a taxpayer is allowed to correct invoices for transactions already subject to a tax audit, under certain conditions.

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Estonia – Tax Alert March 2020 COVID-19 extra


Information alert regarding supporting measures for tax- and payroll during an emergency situation

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Switzerland – Emergency cash tax points for Swiss companies and groups


As a company operating or a group headquartered in Switzerland, you should consider the following short-term measures (in Switzerland and abroad) to protect your global cash tax position in these unprecedented times.

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Hungary – tax measures in response to COVID-19


The following measurements were introduced by the Hungarian government in the government regulation Nr 47/2020 in response to the coronavirus-situation (COVID-19) effective as of 19 March 2020:

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Italy – Cura Italia Decree – Part II – Fiscal and regulatory measures


Prepared by Alessandro Caridi, Flavia Barone e Fabrizio Tenuta

The Italian Government has issued the “Cura Italia Law Decree” providing measures to strengthen the National Health Service and economic support for families, workers and enterprises in connection with the epidemiological emergency COVID-19.

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