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MEPs Approve PANA Committee Tax RecommendationsMEPs Approve PANA Committee Tax Recommendations

Members of the European Parliament have approved the recommendations made by the European Parliament's special committee on tax avoidance and evasion, calling for open registers of beneficial owners, effective protections for whistleblowers, and new rules for intermediaries.
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Luxembourg Announces Beneficial Ownership RegisterLuxembourg Announces Beneficial Ownership Register

The Government of Luxembourg staged a press conference on December 6 to announce the outline of proposals for registries on the beneficial owners of corporate entities and trusts.
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Dutch Government To Tighten Trust Office RulesDutch Government To Tighten Trust Office Rules

The Government of the Netherlands intends to strengthen the regulatory regime for Dutch trust offices as part of its ongoing efforts to reduce tax avoidance and fraud.
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Ireland Amends Employment And Investment IncentiveIreland Amends Employment And Investment Incentive

The Irish Government has announced changes to the Employment and Investment Incentive, to bring it into line with EU regulations.
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Mexico Welcomes First Tranche Of Int'l Taxpayer DataMexico Welcomes First Tranche Of Int'l Taxpayer Data

Mexico has received tax information from 38 jurisdictions after the completion of the first "automatic" transfers of information under the OECD's new international tax transparency standard, the Common Reporting Standard.
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UK Tax Professionals Call For Trusts Register DelayUK Tax Professionals Call For Trusts Register Delay

The Association of Taxation Technicians in the UK has called for an extension to the trust register deadline.
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Australia Announces Tax Breaks For Affordable Housing InvestmentsAustralia Announces Tax Breaks For Affordable Housing Investments

The Australian Government has announced that it will introduce a 60 percent capital gains tax discount for investors in affordable rental housing.
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South African Finance Minister Reflects On Tax PolicySouth African Finance Minister Reflects On Tax Policy

South African Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba said the Government is focused on closing avenues for tax avoidance and evasion while boosting accountability about how revenue is spent.
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Western Australia To Introduce Foreign Buyer TaxWestern Australia To Introduce Foreign Buyer Tax

The Western Australian Government has said that it will introduce a four percent foreign buyers surcharge, following the announcement of similar measures in other states.
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Aus Treasurer Attacks Opposition Tax PoliciesAus Treasurer Attacks Opposition Tax Policies

Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison has said that the Labor Party would introduce uncompetitive tax rates that would increase the annual tax burden on the economy by AUD31bn (USD24.5bn).
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Ireland Found 'Compliant' With Tax Transparency StandardsIreland Found 'Compliant' With Tax Transparency Standards

The OECD has rated Ireland compliant with international standards on tax transparency.
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South Africa Legislates For Budget Tax ChangesSouth Africa Legislates For Budget Tax Changes

The South African Revenue Services and the National Treasury on July 19 released for public comment draft legislation that would give effect to the tax proposals announced in the February Budget.
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Australia Improves Financial Services Tax RegimeAustralia Improves Financial Services Tax Regime

The Australian Government has moved to clarify the tax treatment of foreign investors, following concerns over the practical operation of the Investment Manager Regime and the new tax system for managed investment trusts.
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Jersey Proposes Infrastructure LevyJersey Proposes Infrastructure Levy

Jersey is consulting on the introduction of a land development charge, to be called the Jersey Infrastructure Levy.
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NZ Foreign Trust Numbers Expected To FallNZ Foreign Trust Numbers Expected To Fall

Fewer than 70 out of 11,645 New Zealand foreign trusts have reregistered following the introduction of tougher disclosure and eligibility requirements, with only three weeks left to go before the final deadline.
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