• Tax alert - OECD issues Standard for Automatic Exchange of Information in Tax Matters

    On 21 July 2014, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published the Standard for Automatic Exchange of Information in Tax Matters (the Standard).

  • Tax alert - Double Tax Treaty between Luxembourg and Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man

    Luxembourg Parliament voted the draft law approving the Income and Capital Tax Treaties between Luxembourg and Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man, signed respectively on 17 April 2013, 10 May 2013 and 8 April 2013.

  • Tax alert - Double Tax Treaty between Luxembourg and Taiwan

    On 12 July 2014 Luxembourg ratified the first Income and Capital Tax Treaty with Taiwan and the Protocol signed on 19 December 2011. Taiwan has already signed the Treaty and the Protocol. Provided that the legal process is finalized within the course of this year, the Treaty will come into force as of 1 January 2015.

  • Tax alert - Outward migration deferral of exit taxes enacted

    The law dated 26 May 2014 introduces the possibility to opt for a payment deferral of the tax normally due upon outward migration of (i) the statutory seat and place of effective management of a resident company and of (ii) a Luxembourg undertaking or permanent establishment to another Member state of the European Economic Area (EEA).

  • Tax alert - Circular letter on the use of functional currency for tax purposes

    On 16 June 2014, tax authorities have issued Circular letter L.G.-A n°60 providing a framework of rules for companies drawing their annual accounts in a foreign currency and wishing to declare their commercial result, as well as their taxable income, by converting the amounts determined in such foreign currency into euros (functional currency method).

  • Tax Memento Luxembourg 2014

    The Luxembourg Tax Memento 2014 pocket-guide summarizes the main Luxembourg tax rates and taxation principles applicable for both corporate and individual taxpayers. Its small-size format makes it a very useful and practical tool for the daily use, providing at a glance high-level information on Luxembourg taxes.

  • Tax alert - Double Tax Treaty between Luxembourg and Sri Lanka

    On 14 June 2013, Luxembourg ratified the first Income and Capital Tax Treaty with Sri Lanka, signed on 31 January 2013. The Treaty and its Protocol have entered into force on 11 April 2014. They will be applicable from 1 January 2015 onwards.

  • Tax alert - VAT changes concerning telecommunication, broadcasting and e-commerce services from 2015

    As from 1 January, 2015 the place of supply for these services will become the place where the customer has his permanent address or usually resides. Member States will however have the possibility to subject the transactions to VAT under the ‘effective use and enjoyment’ rules.

  • Tax alert - Shanghai Pilot Free Trade zone

    On 27 September 2013, the State Council published the General Plan for China (Shanghai) Free Trade Zone (the Plan). The Plan sets out the guiding principles with respect to the general requirements, major tasks and measures, supervisory mechanism, tax policies and further opening up of the service sector in China (Shanghai) Free Trade Zone (the SHFTZ).

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We’ll help you navigate the global tax landscape

The business and tax landscapes have changed dramatically, and the pace and complexity of change continues to increase. We can help you navigate this shifting landscape. Governments are tempering the need for revenue with increased competition for labor and capital. Tax authorities are adapting their enforcement strategies, focus and policies in response to the changing dynamics of business. Companies are balancing competing priorities, ensuring they maintain compliance while adding value. We can assist you with these critical issues in today's tax environment, including:


  • Operating in a shifting tax landscape

    The global tax landscape continues to change in a dramatic fashion, with near-constant news hitting the headlines regarding shifting tax policy, increasing levels of enforcement and the growing potential of reputational risk.

    Competing priorities

    Multinational companies now have to balance more competing priorities than ever before, ensuring they protect their business by monitoring and responding to changes in policy, legislation and tax enforcement, while at the same time ensuring they not only maintain the highest levels of compliance but also add value from the tax function.

    Governments work to secure each tax dollar they're due

    From a policy perspective, all governments want their country to be viewed as an attractive place to do business, to attract jobs and capital in an increasingly competitive globalized arena.

    At the same time, they want to increase the amount of revenue they bring in. Governments are treading a fine line, constantly assessing how to secure the tax revenues they see as rightly theirs, while at the same time being in direct competition with other nations, making sure they do not scare off mobile capital.

    Tax administrations for their part are adapting their enforcement strategies, focus and policies in response to the changing dynamics of business. They are working to ensure that their resources are being applied to the right issues and taxpayers. They share more leading practices and taxpayer information with their foreign counterparts, to help them collect every dollar due.

    Disputes are on the rise

    The result has been more  frequent, complex and higher value disputes between taxpayers and taxing authorities — a trend that is only increasing as countries collaborate together and as emerging markets gain in stature and influence, taking a more sophisticated approach to taxation. Penalties are becoming more stringent and the threat of reputational risk has risen significantly in recent months.

    We can help you to navigate a route through this complex landscape.

    We can help you monitor and react to quickly-changing tax policy and assess the economic and fiscal impact.

    Where tax policies might create an impediment to your business that is unintended by policy makers, we can help you to collaborate – either solely, or as part of a broader grouping of companies who share a common objective – with government to:

    • Explain the impediment
    • Develop alternative policy choices which are logical and well thought out
    • Model the potential outcomes
    • Deliver an alternative choice to the government in a form with which policy makers can comfortably work

    We also help you address your global tax controversy, enforcement and disclosure needs.

    We focus on pre-filing controversy management to help you properly and consistently file your returns and prepare the relevant back-up documentation.

    Where a controversy has already occurred, our professionals leverage the network's collective knowledge of how tax authorities operate, and increasingly work together, to help resolve difficult or sensitive tax disputes. To ensure that continuous performance improvements are instigated after a controversy, we work with EY's other tax professionals to ensure that similar events are less likely to occur.

    Below you can access our views and analysis of some of the substantial policy and enforcement trends and issues at play today.

  • Seizing the opportunity in Global Compliance and Reporting

    Global Compliance and Reporting (GCR) is at a tipping point, with risks on the rise. Many companies distribute responsibility for GCR processes throughout their organization, creating a patchwork. Local jurisdictions are rewriting regulations, focusing more intently on the collection of tax revenues and sharing more taxpayer information across borders.

    Due to the combination of evolving business models, transforming finance functions and an increasingly complex regulatory landscape, there are new opportunities to better optimize efficiency, control and value, to help mitigate risk and improve performance.

    What is Global Compliance and Reporting?

    GCR comprises the key elements of a company's finance and tax processes that prepare statutory financial and tax filings as required in countries around the world. These duties include:

    • Statutory accounting and reporting
    • Tax accounting and provisions
    • Income tax compliance
    • Indirect tax compliance
    • Governance and control of the above processes

    GCR activities reside in the middle of a broader set of record-to-report (R2R) processes. R2R is the intersection between any company's finance and tax departments and is used to capture, process and store information that is essential to statutory accounting, tax compliance and reporting. Any change to R2R processes, information, finance systems, roles and responsibilities will have a direct impact on GCR processes.

    Helping you meet the new GCR demands

    Fast changing compliance and reporting requirements are more demanding on tax and finance functions today than ever before. So how do you improve control and quality, manage risk, create efficiency and drive value?

    Our market-leading approach combines standard and efficient processes, highly effective tools and an extensive network of local tax and accounting subject matter professionals.

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  • Building effective supply chains

    Today’s business environment for large, global companies is more fluid and complex than ever before. Companies are adapting their supply chains to respond to increasingly competitive market conditions and to deliver higher revenue and greater value to their shareholders and customers.

    Now, more than ever, multinational companies are expanding their global footprint, to both seek new markets and to capture cost efficiencies. As part of this drive, they are increasingly expanding their supply chains.

    With every development in the supply chain comes new costs and new risks to factor in

    Alongside the advancement into new markets, leading companies are also further developing their existing supply chains to drive cost efficiencies and boost margins in their mature market operations.

    Leading companies recognize the need for comprehensive, proactive planning

    But whether it is to enter new markets or to drive efficiencies in existing markets, the new leading companies have one shared characteristic – they fully recognize that carrying out comprehensive, proactive planning across the new supply chain model can maximize the opportunities and mitigate the risks as much as possible.

    Only with a truly holistic approach can all supply chain costs - including taxes - be assessed and managed.

    The challenge of change

    Every day companies face decisions about how to change their operations on a global basis.

    The challenge in making such decisions is to look at the problem holistically, considering all facets of the problem. Tax consequences should be a part of the analysis because the tax impact of any business change may be very large and lead to a different result than an operations only analysis.

    Our approach

    Often, companies will bring tax planning into the process only after the operational opportunities or alternatives have been narrowed and defined, limiting the effectiveness of the planning. Instead by integrating international tax planning at an earlier stage, different alternatives or operating models may emerge as the most effective overall.

    With the integrated approach of our Tax Efficient Supply Chain (TESCM) practice, we can often unlock benefits that would not have been possible if such integration had not been present from the beginning.

  • Managing mobile workforce risk

    In today's globally integrated, tightly regulated and increasingly competitive business environment, one critical success factor stands out: people. It’s no wonder that leading companies are focusing their efforts on:

    • Attracting and retaining the right people
    • Global talent deployment and mobility
    • HR and payroll effectiveness
    • Risk, governance and compliance

    Managing the risks of mobile employees

    While optimizing the competitive advantage of your people has long been a core objective, a more recent set of trends in the tax landscape means that large companies with an internationally mobile workforce are at a higher risk of tax noncompliance and resulting controversy than ever before.

    Fortunately, an increasing number of organizations are currently either planning or embracing a wider process of change for their mobility teams.

    Unintended tax compliance obligations

    These travelers are increasingly creating unintended tax compliance obligations, and the resulting risks are not just personal. They are felt at the corporate level, with the corporate tax function often unaware of the extent of the spreading problem. Tax administrations are becoming increasingly aware of the issue, however, and are very effectively using new technology to identify where a tax obligation has arisen. In a rising tax enforcement landscape, this issue has significant potential to grow.

    Managing these risks should be a burning platform issue for multinational companies.

    Will your tax risks prompt a tax audit?

    What may start as a relatively simple personal income tax compliance issue can quickly create a ripple effect, with risks such as the creation of a permanent establishment, an employment tax audit or the payment of a significant related penalty all occurring at the corporate level.

    Companies, recognizing the spectrum of reputational, personal and financial risks related to tax, are making strong efforts to be compliant. There is an increasing acceptance that such issues are becoming increasingly urgent from both a reputational and a financial perspective.

    How we are helping companies

    Our Human Capital network embeds processes and technology that will help companies to identify and manage short-term business traveler-related risks before they occur. Where controversy has already arisen, our global Tax Controversy network can use our insights into the culture and processes and relationships with each key tax administration to remediate issues. With prior year issues being rapidly unearthed, and with tax administrations focusing on this issue more than ever before, the time to act is now.



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