Germany Hong Kong Discusses US Termination Of Shipping Tax Pact

The Hong Kong Government has said it is looking at potential measures to support the shipping industry following the decision by the US Government to terminate the two territories' agreement that exempted shipping industry income from tax. EU Kick-starts Review Of Financial Services VAT Rules

On February 8, 2021, the European Commission launched a consultation on a review of the VAT rules for financial and insurance services. Belgium Extends Cross-Border Worker Deals

Belgium has agreed with the Netherlands, France, Luxembourg, and Germany to extend until March 31, 2021, tax administrative concessions for cross-border workers affected by COVID-19 restrictions. Germany, Pakistan Ratify The BEPS MLI

Germany and Pakistan have deposited their instrument of ratification with the OECD to bring into force the BEPS multilateral instrument for their networks of tax treaties. Germany, Poland Agree COVID-19 Cross-Border Worker Tax Deal

Germany and Poland have concluded an agreement to provide relief to cross-border workers who have been affected by COVID-19 restrictions on movement. Germany Gazettes Law To Ratify The BEPS MLI

Germany has completed the domestic ratification procedures necessary to soon notify the OECD of its intention to bring into effect the BEPS multilateral instrument (BEPS MLI) for its covered double tax treaties. Digital VAT Regimes Vital To Buoy Countries' Tax Takes: Report

The OECD has released its annual Consumption Tax Trends report, which highlights that with VAT rates at an all-time high, governments should ensure they have effective VAT frameworks in place to tax e-commerce. EU Eyeing 2023 Start Date For DAC7

The EU has agreed new rules that will see member states automatically exchange information on income earned by sellers on digital platforms from 2023. Netherlands, Germany Extend COVID-19 Frontier Worker Tax Deal

Germany and the Netherlands have agreed to extend the validity of an agreement clarifying the tax arrangements of frontier workers during the COVID-19 pandemic until December 31, 2020. Germany Issues EU Presidency Tax Priorities

On September 22, 2020, Germany provided further details about the government's tax policy priorities for its presidency of the European Union. EU Expecting COVID-19 Dent In 2020 VAT Collections

The European Commission has published its latest VAT gap report, which show that EU countries lost an estimated EUR140bn (USD165.7bn) in VAT revenues in 2018. Germany Releases New VAT Manual For 2019/20

On September 2, 2020, the German Ministry of Finance announced that the official value-added tax manual for 2019/20 has been published online. France Extends COVID-19 Tax Deals For Cross-Border Workers

The French Ministry of Finance confirmed on August 31, 2020, that several tax agreements applying to cross-border workers during the COVID-19 crisis have been extended. German FM Scholz Optimistic About 2020 Digital Tax Consensus

German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz is optimistic that an international agreement on taxing the digital economy will be reached this year. German Tax Payment Relief For Airports Approved By EU

The European Commission has approved a broader support package, proposed by authorities in Germany, for German airport operators. Germany To Provide Personal Income Tax Relief

On July 29, 2020, the German Federal Cabinet approved a draft tax law including personal income tax relief measures. Germany Issues FAQs On Temporary VAT Cut

On July 16, 2020, the German Ministry of Finance posted answers to frequently asked questions on its website with regards to the temporary value-added tax cut. J5 Group Marks Two Years Of Collaboration On Tackling Fiscal Crime

On July 13, 2020, the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a progress report on the last two years' work of the J5 group of five advanced countries, who are working collaboratively to tackle cross-border tax fraud. German EU Presidency Releases Tax Agenda

The newly instated German presidency of the European Union will focus on introducing internationally agreed tax rules for digital companies, according to the presidency's policy agenda. German Parliament Approves COVID-19 Tax Package

Both houses of the German parliament have now approved the EUR130bn (USD146bn) COVID-19 economic stimulus plan, which includes numerous tax relief measures.

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