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Plea for a Multilateral Approach in the Judgments of the European Court of Justice

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No clear-cut provision of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) provides for a prohibition of double taxation, be it legal or economic. It may, however, be assumed that this prohibition is implicit, as a means to achieve the single market.

Global International Tax Summit in Shanghai

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Gathering Global Top Tax Professionals, Leading International Tax Planning New Insights - 'Golden International Tax Summit' Amazing Release on This August!

Switzerland | Tax Administrative Assistance Act

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The Federal Council took note of the result of the consultation procedure and adopted the dispatch on the new Federal Act on International Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters.

Switzerland | Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters

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The Federal Council is seeking authorisation from the National Council and Council of States to amend the double taxation agreements (DTAs) already approved by parliament in line with internationally applicable standards on administrative assistance in tax matters.

Switzerland | Report on International Financial and Tax Matters

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For 2011, further important steps are planned in implementing the Confederation's new financial market strategy. In a report issued for the first time, the Federal Department of Finance takes stock of the progress made by Switzerland regarding international financial and tax matters.

Finnish REITs Become Reality

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Following the approval in May this year by the European Commission, the Finnish Council of State has today, at long last, enacted the final version of the Finnish Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) scheme.

Switzerland | Private Agreements for the Avoidance of Double Taxation

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The Swiss Federal Council is in favour of recognising private agreements for the avoidance of double taxation.

Switzerland | The Federal Council announces measures against excessive salaries in the financial industry

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The Federal Council instructed the Federal Department of Finance (FDF) to prepare three measures in the area of compensation practices. These target primarily the compensation practices of financial institutions.

Finland | Cross-Border Dividends Involving Luxembourg Sicavs

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The Supreme Administrative Court has recently in its decision (KHO:2010:15) upheld the preliminary ruling of the European Court of Justice C-303/07 (Aberdeen Property Finninvest Alpha Oy), in which the ECJ considered that Finnish withholding taxes levied on dividends paid by a Finnish limited liability company to its Luxembourg SICAV parent company constituted a restriction of freedom of establishment and that such withholding taxes thus should be abolished in circumstances where similar dividends paid to a Finnish parent company were exempt from taxation.

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