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Posted 2 years ago by Tom Hospod
Pakistan Signs Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement

Pakistan’s Ministry of Finance has joined the Common Reporting Standard by signing on to the Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement (MCAA), bringing the total number of signatories to 90 countries. As such, Pakistan will aim to begin the Automatic Exchange of Information (AEOI) for its reportable accounts in 2018. By signing on to this agreement, […]

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Posted 2 years ago by Tom Hospod
Panama Releases Further Details about CRS Implementation

The Panamanian Ministry of Economy and Finance has released additional information regarding its implementation of the Common Reporting Standard (CRS). A late adopter, Panama has committed to commencing exchanges in 2018. Panama has ratified secondary legislation for the implementation of CRS – the final legislative step in imposing the duty to report on Panamanian […]

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Posted 2 years ago by Tom Hospod
Guatemala Ratifies the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters

The Guatemalan government has adopted the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters in a move to demonstrate its commitment to tax transparency and remove itself from a “blacklist” of international tax havens. Once it takes the necessary legislative steps to implement the OECD programs, Guatemala will be able to exchange information with […]

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Posted 2 years ago by Tom Hospod
Curacao FATCA Testing Period Opens Late, Deadline to Be Delayed

The Curacao Financial Data Exchange Portal is now open for the FATCA XML file testing period. The testing period, which was originally scheduled to begin on May 29, was delayed due to technical difficulties. As such, the data delivery functionality and reporting deadlines will also be delayed to dates which will be determined at a […]

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Posted 2 years ago by Tom Hospod
Cyprus Opens Data Transmission Portal and Releases FATCA Specifications

The Cypriot Ministry of Finance has announced that its Government Internet Security Channel is now open for the acceptance of FATCA and CRS XML files containing tax year 2016 data. The reporting process consists of the following steps: Subscribe to the Internet Security Channel if you are not already registered Register to the […]

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Posted 2 years ago by Paul Ogawa
Rhode Island Removes Annual Reporting Frequency for Employer Withholding Tax

Rhode Island recently updated their reporting frequency schedule to exclude the annual reporting frequency. The update to the 2017 Employer’s Income Tax Withholding Tables and the removal of Form RI-941A from the Department of Revenue website confirm that filers previously on an annual reporting schedule must switch to one of the remaining reporting schedules – […]

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Posted 2 years ago by Lee Pender
India Publishes Final GST Returns and Rules

The Indian Central Board of Excise and Customs has published the final GST return formats and return rules on its website as of June 3rd, 2017. GST return formats maybe found here. GST return rules may be found here. Full implementation of GST in India takes effect on July 1, 2017.    The post India Publishes Final […]

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Posted 2 years ago by Lee Pender
Arkansas Increases Local Sales Tax Rates in Five Jurisdictions, Effective July 1, 2017

Effective July 1,2017, five jurisdictions in Arkansas will either increase or decrease their sales and use tax rates. The locations impacted by this change include, the city of Eureka Springs, which is decreasing the sales and use tax rate to 2.25%; the city of Lamar, which is increasing the rate to 2.0%; the city of […]

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Posted 2 years ago by Lee Pender
Tennessee Reduces Sales and Use Tax on Food

The State of Tennessee has enacted House Bill 534, also known as the IMPROVE Act.  This legislation is effective July 1, 2017 and reduces the sales and use tax on food and food ingredients from 5% to 4% . Food and food ingredients includes substances that are sold for ingestion or chewing by humans and […]

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Posted 2 years ago by Lee Pender
Tacoma Washington Plastic Bag Ban

Last July the City of Tacoma, Washington passed Ordinance No. 28367, a “Bring Your Own Bag Ordinance.” This law bans the distribution of disposable plastic bags by retailers and imposes a minimum five cent fee on paper bags.  Retailers (including restaurants), will be allowed to keep this fee. The law does not apply to bags for […]

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Posted 2 years ago by Sovos
Ireland Extends CRS Filing Deadline to August 18th

  Irish Revenue has sent correspondence to all interested parties indicating that the deadline for filing CRS returns has been extended from June 30th to August 18, 2017 due to the late delivery of the required business and validation rules – resulting in a delay to the start of filing. Although the submission application is […]

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Posted 2 years ago by Lee Pender
UK Seeks to Eliminate “Use and Enjoyment” Provision for Certain Telecommunication Services

The UK government has introduced draft legislation that would apply VAT to telecommunications services used outside of the European Union by private UK customers. Under current “use and enjoyment” provisions, such services are not subject to VAT when used outside of the EU. The government claims that this change will remove any ambiguity about place […]

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Posted 2 years ago by Lee Pender
OECD Gets First Results from Disclosure Facility

Last month, the OECD launched its public disclosure facility in order for interested parties to submit potential schemes they believe are being used to circumvent the Common Reporting Standard.  The facility’s goal is to understand these schemes or loopholes to further strengthen CRS’s effectiveness in promoting greater transparency.  Within a month, the OECD had received […]

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Posted 2 years ago by Lee Pender
Bulgaria Will use OECD’s CRS Schema

Bulgaria has recently announced that it will require its Reporting Financial Institutions to use the schema designed by the OECD for this month’s CRS reporting.  On its AEOI website, Bulgaria has provided samples and schema files to assist.  In addition, there is a list of Reportable Jurisdictions published.  As a reminder, CRS reports are due […]

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Posted 2 years ago by Lee Pender
Portugal Releases FATCA Schema Guidance

Portugal has released guidance for the proper formatting of FATCA XML returns.  Portuguese Financial Institutions should review the document before the July 31 due date to ensure that their return will be compliant. The post Portugal Releases FATCA Schema Guidance appeared first on Sovos.

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Posted 2 years ago by Lee Pender
Hong Kong Publishes Instructions for Occupational Retirement Schemes (ORS)

In response to the submissions made through the OECD disclosure facility, Hong Kong’s Inland Revenue Department has published guidance for the use of Occupational Retirement Schemes.  In part, the guidance instructs that only those schemes registered under the proper ordinance are considered non-reporting financial institutions. The post Hong Kong Publishes Instructions for Occupational Retirement Schemes […]

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Posted 2 years ago by Lee Pender
Croatia Revises Web Application User Manual for FATCA

The Croatian Tax Administration has issued a revision of its Web Application User Manual to be used in conjunction with FATCA transmittals. The Manual has two substantive updates that should be noted: The Manual now includes a link to access the web application’s production environment for transmitting FATCA XML files to the competent authority. […]

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Posted 2 years ago by Lee Pender
Germany Publishes New CRS Infobrief

The German Tax Office has published a new Infobrief containing information relevant to this year’s CRS filing season. The Infobrief covers a variety of topics, including the following: Opening of CRS production environment: Filers are now able to transmit CRS data as of June 1, 2017. The portal will be open for transmittals through […]

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