At the end of 2017, Congress passed a once-off Mandatory Repatriation Tax (the “MRT”) of 8 to 15.5 percent of the undistributed total accumulated income of American-controlled foreign corporations over the past thirty years (since 1987).[1] This accumulated income, if distributed, would be taxed in the hands of the American shareholders. However, because Congress cannot…

Introduction  Throughout my professional life, I have worked with international tax law. Consequently, I have witnessed various trends and tendencies for more than a quarter of a century. The period during which I’ve been involved in tax law in my view represents a golden age for the discipline. Significant developments have occurred. During my student…

Incongruence between Taxation and Representation in the 21st Century from a European Union (EU) Perspective The phenomenon of increasing mobility of individual taxpayers is manifesting itself all over the world. Within the European Union (EU) territory, this has been facilitated primarily by EU legislation and jurisprudence serving the Union’s core agenda of enabling intra-EU movement…

Issues involving controversy surrounding the operation of the newly devised Pillar Two rules in company taxation seem to have moved strikingly up business agendas and political agendas recently. On an informal meeting of tax practitioners from business and consultancy in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on 30 May 2023, the author of the current blog was invited…

Highlights & Insights on European Taxation Please find below a selection of articles published this month (May 2024) in Highlights & Insights on European Taxation, plus one freely accessible article. Highlights & Insights on European Taxation (H&I) is a publication by Wolters Kluwer Nederland BV.   The journal offers extensive information on all recent developments in European Taxation in…

The recent English Court of Appeal decision in Hargreaves Property Holdings Ltd v HMRC [2024] EWCA Civ 365 http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Civ/2024/365.html  has again examined the meaning of beneficial ownership and the related expression “beneficially entitled” in UK domestic tax law. It follows shortly after the Tax Court of Canada decision in Husky Energy Energy Inc. v The…

We are happy to inform you that the latest issue of the journal is now available and includes the following contributions:   Eric C.C.M. Kemmeren, Contributions to EC Tax Review: ESG and More Whereas, a regular editorial deals with a substantive EU tax law topic, this editorial aims at creating more awareness by (potential) authors…

We are happy to inform you that the latest issue of the journal is now available and includes the following contributions:   Adrianto Dwi Nugroho, Muhammad Atthuur Brotoatmodjo, Arvie Johan, Nabila Asysyifa Nur & Muhammad Hawin, Lead Tax Administration: A Deal Breaker? This article examines the introduction of the lead tax administration (LTA) in the…

We are happy to inform you that the latest issue of the journal is now available and includes the following contributions:   Stijn Blaakman & Jasper Korving, The Tax Base in BEFIT and Pillar Two: Harmony, Dissonance, or Off-Key? On 12 September 2023, the European Commission published the directive proposal ‘Business in Europe: Framework for…

Vassilis Dafnomilis (Assistant Professor at the University of Amsterdam / Senior Manager Tax at PwC Netherlands Tax Knowledge Centre) Francesco Semonella (Associate at Maisto e Associati, Italy)[1] A palindrome is a word, phrase, or sentence that reads the same backward as forward. The term “palindrome” originates from the Greek words “palin” (meaning “again”) and “drome”…

1. Background 1.1 An overview of current tax proposals The Omnibus Bill (Ley de Bases y Puntos de Partida para la Libertad de los Argentinos, the Bill) is a multi-purpose, comprehensive legislative proposal aimed at funneling and materializing several main objectives pursued by President Milei’s administration, concerning the restructuring of the public sector and the…

Highlights & Insights on European Taxation Please find below a selection of articles published this month (April 2024) in Highlights & Insights on European Taxation, plus one freely accessible article. Highlights & Insights on European Taxation (H&I) is a publication by Wolters Kluwer Nederland BV. The journal offers extensive information on all recent developments in European Taxation in the…

The opinion of AG Emiliou in X BV v. the Dutch Ministry of Finance (C-585/22) Dr. Svitlana Buriak (Loyens & Loeff / University of Amsterdam)[1]   Can a transaction entered into between two associated parties, which is concluded on arm’s length terms, be abusive? Does compliance with the arm’s length requirement provide “a transfer pricing…

Part II. The (Toxic) Relationship of BO and GAAR in Light of the Husky Energy case. “[T]he concept of beneficial ownership is a basic principle of income taxation: the beneficial owner of income is the person who should be taxed on the income. [(…)] The concept of beneficial ownership is not a good anti-avoidance rule…