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Deloitte is Swiss Tax Firm of the Year and Swiss Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year for the 9th time

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The International Tax Review (ITR), is a world recognised authority and publisher for tax professionals in industry, government, private practice and research and have just awarded Deloitte Switzerland with the accolades of being the Swiss Tax Firm of the Year and the Swiss Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year for the 9th time.

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Posted on 14/09/2021 | 0 Comments

Global minimum tax: Frequently asked questions


On 10 July the G20 endorsed the key components of the two pillar approach to international tax reform that was recently endorsed by 132 countries and jurisdictions, constituting the vast majority of the OECD/G20 Inclusive Framework (“inclusive framework”) on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS). Each of the two pillars addresses a separate concern.

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Posted on 16/07/2021 | 0 Comments

OECD Inclusive Framework reaches political agreement on taxing the digitalised economy and a global minimum rate


On 1 July 2021, the G20/OECD Inclusive Framework on BEPS (‘the Inclusive Framework’) published a Statement on the key components of global tax reform, agreed by 130 of its members.

Since 2017, the 139 member countries of the Inclusive Framework have been jointly developing a ‘two-pillar’ approach to address the tax challenges arising from the digitalisation of the economy. This led to the publication of two detailed ‘Blueprints’ in October 2020 on potential rules for addressing nexus and profit allocation challenges (‘Pillar One’) and for global minimum tax rules (‘Pillar Two’). The proposals were updated and simplified by the US Biden Administration in April 2021, and formed the basis for the political agreement reached by the G7 countries in June 2021.

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Posted on 6/07/2021 | 0 Comments

Switzerland is considering a ’tonnage tax’ for maritime activities


Switzerland, located geographically in the heart of Europe is associated with mountain peaks rather than a global maritime reach. However the country has one of the largest maritime merchant fleets in the world (11th in size globally, close behind the UK).

To strengthen the attraction of Switzerland to companies that operate and manage maritime activities, the Swiss Federal Government recently issued a consultation draft with regard to the introduction of a ‘tonnage tax concept’. The proposed (simplified) law is that the taxable ‘profit’ of eligible companies would be based on cargo volume (‘net tonnage’) rather than operating profits or volume of cargoes carried. The tax would be optional, and companies could choose instead to be taxed by current methods.

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Posted on 8/03/2021 | 0 Comments

The digital journey of the tax function

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New disruptive and constantly evolving technology is rapidly transforming businesses. Companies are investing in big data, automation, and artificial intelligence solutions to enhance their business capabilities. The 2020 pandemic has also forced companies to accelerate the existing digitalisation plans to have data and processes continuously available and operable in a secure manner to ensure continuity of the business.

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Posted on 16/02/2021 | 0 Comments

Join our upcoming SAP S/4HANA webcast: Tax Data Management and Analytics on 17 February, 13.00 CET

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Join our webcast: SAP S/4 HANA: Tax Data Management and Analytics on Wednesday, 17 February 2021 at 13.00 CET.

A ‘future ready’ tax function needs tax data management and analytics resources at its fingertips to support the business. S/4HANA provides both, the key is understanding how to use it to ensure your data is right first time and aligned to your business needs, whilst improving your control environment to fulfil tax compliance - without huge manual effort. How can your organisation improve it’s data organisation?

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Posted on 12/02/2021 | 0 Comments

“Tax Administration 3.0”, OECD enforces a seat for Tax on the table for ERP transformations

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The OECD Forum on Tax Administration (FTA) has published a report titled “Tax Administration 3.0: The Digital Transformation of Tax Administration”. This discussion paper sets out a different model of tax administration, enabled and in fact called for, as a result of increasing digitalisation of the economy and of society in general. Moreover, it takes clear direction for tax administrations to become real time data driven and able to automate validation of taxpayers. It is important for taxpayers to understand the paradigm shift and already anticipate that when starting an ERP transformation.

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Posted on 22/01/2021 | 0 Comments

DAC6 x Brexit – UK largely opts out from DAC6

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HMRC have done their best Santa impression over the festive period and delivered a surprise package of their own.

The key impact is the removal of 4 out of 5 hallmarks. This will result in a much narrower implementation than previously envisaged and one that was not expected.

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Posted on 5/01/2021 | 0 Comments

Join our online seminar on Amendments to the Double Tax Treaty between Switzerland & Ukraine on 4 December

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Register and join our online seminar on Friday 4 December 2020, 9am CET to discuss the entry into force of the Protocol to Tax Treaty between Switzerland and Ukraine on avoidance of double taxation with respect to taxes on income and capital, and amendments provided by it.

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Posted on 1/12/2020 | 0 Comments

New draft German law could mitigate issues related to German extraterritorial taxation

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There have been concerns lately that the German tax authorities might seek to tax certain extraterritorial royalty payments associated with German intellectual property (IP). Although the potential for extraterritorial tax has existed under Germany’s tax rules for a number of years, the possibility that these rules might be applied to certain structures has only recently become known. Whether the tax rules will be applied to specific transactions will depend on the facts and circumstances in each case.

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Posted on 25/11/2020 | 0 Comments