With roughly 500 pages, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act introduces hundreds of changes to the US tax code. It will affect every business and every individual in the US, foreign companies investing in the US as well. It reconfigures everything. Corporate tax plays a very prominent role. Continue reading Tax Cuts and Jobs Act “a tax reform law that promises to redefine the tax landscape in the US”.
Being rewarded makes us feel good. When exposed to a rewarding stimulus, the brain responds by increasing release of the neurotransmitter dopamine. Deep within we all hope to receive some sort of payoff for the good that we do. Truth be told, in our working life, there is usually no satisfying payoff. However, there seems to be an exemption. According to the US Department of Justice there is one industry that rewards its employees for their hard work, the money laundering industry. It accumulates more money than the electronics industry, the entertainment industry and the pharmaceutical industry combined.
Now you may be thinking, ….. wait! …… money laundering, ….. isn’t that illegal? Minor technicality. However, it is exactly this technicality that leads governments globally to try to suffocate this flourishing industry, whilst others’ strategy is to bypass the defences and become the most successful human beings on earth. Continue reading Money laundering as an adventure!
The Cayman Islands may be beautiful, but the world’s wealthy, and some of the world’s biggest businesses are there for another reason, its financial system. This article sheds light on how this works, against the backdrop of tax avoidance, the moral aspects, and financial institutions’ Customer Due Diligence / Know Your Customer. Continue reading Who and What Determines Offshore Ethics? – A perspective on tax avoidance, KYC v2.0
If the price isn’t right, suspicion of Corporate Tax Avoidance could rise.
A discussion paper against the backdrop of OECD’s “Transfer Pricing Reporting”. The recent crises and some scandals shed light on the risk that a certain way of applying transfer pricing was jeopardizing the arm’s length principle itself. That’s why the OECD aims at redrafting the guidelines. Transfer pricing has become one of the main risks to be addressed and managed by MNCs. How does this potentially affect Treasury? What are best practices? Continue reading Transfer Pricing? Keep it at arm’s length! (BEPS Action #13)
Qualification mismatches can be powerful tools to reduce tax costs in a tax planning structure. How the OECD proposes to neutralize the effects of hybrid mismatch arrangements may/will impact MNC’s. This article provides a technical analysis. Continue reading Dealing with OECD’s “Neutralizing the effects of hybrid mismatch arrangements” (BEPS Action #2).
November 3rd this year, the IRAS (Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore) published an update of its guidelines as it pertains to related party transactions. Starting 2018, if the value of related party transactions in the audited accounts for the financial year exceeds a fairly low threshold of 15 million SGD, certain details of these related party transactions must be reported. Continue reading A Holistic view on Transfer Pricing – IRAS follows the Global Trend.
Singapore’s tax authority roll out new rules on transfer pricing reporting. Multinationals will have to invest in people and resources to ensure they are compliant. An interview with Ann Shi for the Corporate Treasurer Asia. Continue reading Singapore’s new rule on MNC transfer pricing ups reporting burden – In interview with The Corporate Treasurer – by Ann Shi.