And the Blame Goes to... EU Tax Intermediaries

Published in: IAFEI 37th issue

In June 2017, the European Commission released the fiercely debated proposal for a directive to introduce mandatory disclosure rules in the area of taxation (Proposal) in the European Union (EU).
The proposed legislation is highly relevant to EU tax professionals but also to enterprises with activities in the EU, implementing tax planning structures that could potentially be regarded aggressive. Specifically, such enterprises may under certain circumstances have own obligation to report information to national tax authorities. In any case, they must be aware that potential tax planning structures they might use shall become reportable and subject to automatic exchange of information among Member States, once the Directive is implemented.


Capturing Dematerialized Money through Anti-Money Laundering Provisions

Published in: Kluwer International Tax Blog

The Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs of the European Parliament recently finalized the amendments to the existing Anti-Money Laundering Directive (AMLD). This decision was based on the related proposal of the European Commission, submitted in July 2016.EU initiatives in this direction – including adoption of AMLD in 2015 and two Regulations in 2015 and 2016 to enhance transparency of fund transfers and identify third countries with significant deficiencies in anti-money-laundering legislation – are surely not a novelty.  Most importantly, the EU is not alone in this struggle; its actions are in line with corresponding activities of the Financial Action Task Force and the OECD.



Transfer Pricing Audits: Suitability of Transfer Pricing Documentation

Published in: Intertax- Issue 45.6&7

Article 26 of Legislative Decree No. 78/2010 introduced in Italy a rewarding regime related to the non-application of penalties involving intercompany transfer pricing adjustments in connection with taxpayer’s submission to the Tax Authorities of ‘suitable’ documentation to support taxpayer’s transfer pricing policies. Assessment on the ‘suitability’ of such documentation by Tax Inspectors has given rise to a variety of critical issues in the last few years.


Cooperative Compliance: The Italian Framework

Published in: TPWeek

On May 26 2017 the Italian regime on cooperative compliance was further clarified by the Italian Revenue Agency (IRA or tax administration) by virtue of a new regulation (provvedimento). Antonella Della Rovere and Federico Vincenti of Valente Associati GEB Partners explain.

The Italian framework of cooperative compliance has been built since 2014, when it was envisaged by law as part of a set of measures to establish a fairer, more transparent and growth-oriented national tax system.


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Fiscal State Aid: What Conclusions May Be Drawn From The EU’s Reservations

Tax evasion has remained in the top of the “heatedly-debated-issues” charts for several years and is not expected to “drop down” soon. Instead, the intensity in the fight against it seems to be increasing on every occasion (Lux Leaks, Panama Papers etc.). In this “war”, European Commission’s (EU) decisions on fiscal state aid are beyond doubt the most controversial “weapon”.

In essence, such decisions invalidate tax rulings issued by Member States since they allow multinationals (MNEs) to pay less tax than standalone companies in comparable situations under Member States’ tax laws in violation of state aid rules.


Italy: Changes to the TP Framework

On April 24 2017, a new law decree (N. 50/2017) introduced changes to the Italian transfer pricing framework. Antonella Della Rovere and Federico Vincenti from Valente Associati GEB Partners look at the changes.

In a nutshell, the Italian provision on transfer pricing (art. 110 para. 7 of the Italian Income Tax Code) was amended to clearly and definitively encompass the principle of open market conditions.


Latest Developments on Country-by-Country Reporting

Published in: IAFEI Quarterly 36th Issue, April 2017

The Decree of the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance for the implementation of Country-by-Country reporting (hereinafter, “CbCR”) in Italy was issued on 23 February 2017.
The latter provided for reporting obligations involving enterprises that meet certain criteria, defining the deadline and the related model to be complied with.

The definition of CbCR terms and standards was expected after the issuance of Law No.208 issued on December 30, 2015 set forth that operational details of the mentioned reporting mechanism had to be determined by the Ministry of Economy and Finance.


Italian Tax Authorities Action Against Fictitious Corporate Tax Residence

Published in: Intertax 45.4

Fictitious corporate tax residence is a primary concern for States, in view of the fact that it impacts – directly and incisively – on States’ taxing rights, and also since it is known to trigger double taxation as well as double non-taxation phenomena.
Based on the above, it is quite evident that to counter such phenomena, a coordinated approach at international level is altogether imperative, especially since regulation of tax aspects has been playing an increasingly central role in debates and discussions between and among Tax Authorities, and international institutions.


Country-by-Country Reporting Finally Arrives in Italy

Published in: TPWeek

In February 2017, the Italian Ministry for Finance issued the long-awaited ministerial decree for the implementation of country-by-country reporting (CbCR) in Italy – Ministerial Decree No. 23 of February 23 2017. Antonella Della Rovere and Filipa Correia of Valente Associati GEB Partners discuss the implications.


BEPS Action 15: Release of Multilateral Instrument

Published in: Journal - Intertax (Issue 45.3)

The release of the Multilateral Instrument constitutes an important step towards the most significant re-write of international tax rules in a century. It is the multilateral convention enabling the simultaneous amendment of more than 3,000 existing bilateral conventions for the avoidance of double taxation. It aims at eliminating loopholes and mismatches among them, which are susceptible to allow aggressive tax planning.
In thirty-nine articles, it implements measures indicated in Actions 2, 6, 7 and 14 of the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Project, regarding hybrid mismatches, treaty abuse, artificial avoidance of permanent establishment status and dispute resolution of international tax disputes.


Tax Intermediaries Disincentives: Discrimination on the Basis of Profession?

On 16 February 2017 the Public Consultation on the proposed introduction of rules at EU level to disincentivize promotion of aggressive tax planning schemes was closed.
The rules under consideration focus on a Mandatory Disclosure Regime (MDR) – referred to also as a Disclosure of Tax Avoidance Schemes (DOTAS) regime. Under such rules, tax advisers and tax intermediaries would be required to notify tax authorities on tax structures which could be considered aggressive or abusive, howsoever such terms may be defined.


Automatic Information Exchange Comes to Italy

Published in: TP Week

In December 2016, the Italian Council of Ministers presented to Parliament the Draft Legislative Decree for the implementation of Directive 2015/2376/EU.
The decree sets out automatic exchange of information in the field of taxation, in particular with respect to advance cross-border rulings and advance pricing agreements (APAs).


BEPS and Emerging Economies. How Global Is the BEPS Project?

Published in: IAFEI Quarterly 35th Issue

The international tax system is undergoing complete renovation. Base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) is the evil that must be curbed, reduced, most desirably totally eradicated on a worldwide scale.
To this end, the OECD and the G20 crafted the BEPS Project, launched in 2013 with the OECD’s report “Addressing Base Erosion and Profit Shifting”. It targets identified deficiencies in national and international tax rules leaving room for loopholes and mismatches.
These are exploited through aggressive tax planning by taxpayers wishing to minimize their tax burden with the (obvious) consequence that countries’ taxable bases are minimized as well.