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This e-newsletter gives you an overview of international tax developments being reported globally by KPMG member firms in the Europe and Africa regions between 1 December and 31 December 2013.

Austria Germany Nigeria South Africa
Belgium Hungary OECD Spain
Bulgaria Ireland Poland Sweden
Czech Republic Luxembourg Romania Switzerland
European Union Malta Russia Ukraine
France Netherlands Serbia United Kingdom

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  Tax area concerned Relevant date/case reference Description of measures and publication link
(Considerations in italic where necessary)
Austria
Proposed legislation Corporate income tax 2014 The newly formed Austrian government on 13 December 2013 announced its proposals for tax reform.
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Belgium
Tax legislation adopted and regulatory update R&D December 2013 The European Commission announced the launch of “an in-depth investigation” to determine whether Belgium’s implementation of a system of support for innovative companies—i.e. R&D incentives—is in line with EU rules on state aid.
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Bulgaria
Tax legislation adopted and regulatory update VAT 1 January 2014 Changes to Bulgaria’s VAT law, published in the official gazette in November and December 2013, are effective 1 January 2014.
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Czech Republic
Tax legislation adopted and regulatory update Investment incentives Beginning of 2014 An important fact that may indirectly affect the tax liability of Czech corporations is the end of the current seven-year (2007-2013) period for receiving regional aid through EU programs and the beginning of a new one, which will be associated with new rules in this area beginning 2014.
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European Union
Tax legislation adopted and regulatory update Customs 1 May 2016 The European Commission posted a reminder that the substantive provisions of the Uniform Customs Code (that entered into force 30 October 2013) will be effective 1 May 2016.
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1 January 2014 The European Commission announced new forms are to be used as from 1 January 2014, with respect to customs enforcement of intellectual property rights.
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Jet fuel duties 1 January 2014 The European Commission announced that duties on jet fuel imports will be suspended as from 1 January 2014.
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Tax fraud and evasion 5 December 2013 The European Commission issued a report on progress in its efforts to address tax fraud and evasion.
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Proposed legislation Customs 13 December 2013 The European Commission proposed a directive to establish a framework for addressing customs infringements and align the rules of the 28 EU Member States.
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Digital taxation 12 December 2013 The European Commission opened the first meeting of the “high level expert group on digital taxation” which will consider how best to tax the digital economy—particularly in light of measures to address corporate tax avoidance.
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Administrative and case law Excise tax European Commission v Ireland and Others
C-272/12 P
The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued a judgment that, for a second time, set aside a judgment of the EU General Court that had annulled a decision of the European Commission finding exemptions from excise tax on mineral oils used as fuel for alumina production granted by France, Ireland, and Italy to be in breach of EU state aid rules.
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France
Tax legislation adopted and regulatory update Transfer pricing (5 May 2014)—or before 5 November 2014 Recently enacted transfer pricing legislation includes a new requirement for large taxpayers to file annually an “abridged” version of their transfer pricing documentation.
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Exceptional tax 2013-4 France's Finance Bill for 2014 (published 30 December 2013) includes an “exceptional” tax (surcharge) on salaries and remunerations exceeding €1 million when paid to individuals in 2013 and 2014 by enterprises established in France.
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Transfer pricing 2014 The Finance Bill for 2014 (published 30 December 2013) contains transfer pricing provisions, but certain controversial provisions were “censured”—i.e., rejected as unconstitutional—by the Constitutional Court (Conseil Constitutionnel).
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Proposed legislation Transfer pricing 2014 Part 2 of the draft Finance Bill for 2014 is still under discussion in the French National Assembly, after it was rejected by the Senate in late November 2013.
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Germany
Proposed legislation Tax evasion / FATCA November 2013 A coalition agreement in late November 2013 includes an explanation of the tax policies proposed by the coalition parties of the German lower house.
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Administrative and case law VAT December 2013 Germany’s federal tax court addressed whether the amount of VAT input is to be deducted only until the year when the invoice is issued, instead of an earlier year when the supplies are provided. The decision has consequences for the assessment of interest on VAT liabilities.
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Hungary
Tax legislation adopted and regulatory update Various taxes 2014 Tax law changes in Hungary that generally are effective in 2014 include the corporate income tax, VAT, excise tax, and individual (personal) income tax provisions.
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Ireland
Proposed legislation Various taxes December 2013 Ireland’s Finance (No. 2) Bill 2013 is expected to be enacted as Finance (No. 2) Act 2013 by the end of December 2013.
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Luxembourg
Tax legislation adopted and regulatory update Exchange of information 2014-5 Legislation transposing an EU directive for the automatic cooperation in taxation into Luxembourg tax law is scheduled to provide for the first automatic exchange of information to occur in 2015 with respect to information concerning 2014.
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Treaties DTT 1 January 2014 An income tax treaty between Luxembourg and the Seychelles entered into force 19 August 2013, and is effective beginning 1 January 2014.
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Malta
Treaties FATCA 16 December 2013 Representatives of the governments of Malta and the United States on 16 December 2013 signed an intergovernmental agreement to implement the FATCA provisions under U.S. law.
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Netherlands
Tax legislation adopted and regulatory update Corporate income tax/ Additional Tier 1 capital 1 January 2014 The Dutch Deputy Minister of Finance on 16 December 2013 announced that banks will be able to deduct, for tax purposes, the returns realized on “additional Tier 1 capital” even if issued after 1 January 2014.
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Transfer pricing 27 November 2013 The Dutch Deputy Minister of Finance in late November 2013 issued a decree that generally unifies and clarifies prior transfer pricing guidance, and withdraws and cancels prior decrees from 2001 and 2004.
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Non-residents registration 6 January 2014 A law that will be effective 6 January 2014 in the Netherlands will replace the social security number and will introduce the RNI as a means of registering non-residents.
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Pension plans 1 January 2014 Because Dutch tax relief for accrued pension rights will be scaled back beginning in 2014, taxpayers need to review all pension plans to confirm they are acceptable for tax purposes and, if necessary, amend the plans. This review must be completed prior to 1 January 2014 to manage penalty risk (which could be substantial).
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DTT 1 January 2014 In recent years, the Netherlands concluded a number of tax treaties containing a “Limitation of Benefits” (LOB) article that includes a “catch all” clause. Such clauses are found in the income tax treaties concluded with the United States, Japan, Barbados, Kuwait, Bahrain, Hong Kong, and Panama. The authority to deal with such requests is being transferred to the APA/ATR team of the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration in Rotterdam.
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Proposed legislation Pension plans 1 January 2015 An agreement reached among the parliamentary parties and the government would provide for changes to the tax rules for pension plans in the Netherlands.
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Administrative and case law Dividend withholding tax December 2013 The Dutch Supreme Court filed with the CJEU requests for preliminary rulings in three cases concerning the imposition of Dutch withholding tax on dividends distributed to Belgian shareholders and withholding tax on dividends distributed to a French bank.
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Treaties FATCA 18
December 2013
Representatives of the Netherlands and the United States signed an intergovernmental agreement for the automatic exchange of data between the tax authorities of both countries—and thus implementing the U.S. legislation known as FATCA.
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Avoidance of double taxation 12 December 2013 Representatives of the governments of the Netherlands and Curaçao on 12 December 2013 reached an agreement on a new regulation for the avoidance of double taxation between the two countries (referred to as the BRNC).
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Nigeria
Tax legislation adopted and regulatory update Tax compliance December 2013 Nigeria’s state internal revenue authorities are reported to be more aggressive in recent dealings with taxpayers.
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OECD
Tax legislation adopted and regulatory update Tax revenue statistics December 2013 The OECD announced that tax revenues continue to rise across the OECD.
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Proposed legislation Transfer pricing December 2013 The transfer pricing of intangibles has attracted political and media attentions as governments try to understand and limit tax BEPS.
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Poland
Tax legislation adopted and regulatory update VAT Beginning of 2014 The rules in Poland concerning claims of input credits for VAT paid with respect to the acquisition of motor vehicles for the time being will remain unchanged beginning in 2014.
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1 January 2014 Changes to Poland’s VAT law that are effective 1 January 2014 include:
the date when VAT liability arises (the tax point date)
a new definition of taxable base
new rules for input VAT deductions
new provisions of intra-Community acquisitions of goods
rules for partial deductions for real estate transactions and certain financial transactions and services
changes to the rules for VAT exemptions
changes to the rules for when to supply VAT invoices.
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Romania
Tax legislation adopted and regulatory update VAT 25 November 2013 Romania’s Minister of Public Finances approved guidance concerning the procedure for granting the import VAT deferment payment certificate and issuing the guarantee for imports of goods.
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Russia
Tax legislation adopted and regulatory update Customs 3 December 2013 The European Commission reported on 3 December 2013 that the Russian customs service announced that the application of the TIR procedure in Russia will continue. This announcement revises an earlier statement (as previously reported by the EC).
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Serbia
Proposed legislation Various taxes 2014 The Serbian government recently proposed tax law amendments that are now for discussion by the Serbian Parliament.
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South Africa
Tax legislation adopted and regulatory update Energy taxation & incentives December 2013 Specific taxes and incentives for renewable energy in South Africa include:
carbon emissions incentives - Certified emissions reduction exemption
energy efficiency incentives - Industrial policy projects additional allowance
energy efficiency savings allowance (legislation that is not yet effective)
production of renewable energy and fuels allowance
R&D allowance
environmental incentives - Environmental treatment and recycling or waste disposal asset allowance
government grants/subsidies.
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Spain
Tax legislation adopted and regulatory update Financial institutions 1 January 2014 New law (RDL 14/2013) transposes into Spanish tax law the EU directives and regulations concerning the supervision and solvency of financial institutions.
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Tax compliance January 2014 There is a new reporting requirement for Spanish companies holding balances or conducting transactions with foreign companies that exceed €1 million during 2013. The information reports can be due as early as January 2014.
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Sweden
Tax legislation adopted and regulatory update R&D 1 January 2014 Legislation recently passed by the Swedish Riksdag enables companies with personnel working with R&D to reduce their employer social security costs.
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Switzerland
Proposed legislation Corporate income tax 19 December 2013 The Swiss Federal Council on 19 December 2013 released a final report on a plan known as “Corporate Tax Reform III.”
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Ukraine
Tax legislation adopted and regulatory update Corporate income tax/ VAT/ Tax accounting 2014 The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on 19 December 2013 passed Law No. 3757 that establishes tax rates and tax accounting rules for 2014.
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United Kingdom
Tax legislation adopted and regulatory update Country-by-country reporting December 2013 Regulations—Capital Requirement (Country-by-Country Reporting) Regulation 2013—and associated guidance have been published, and implement Article 89 of the Capital Requirements Directive IV requiring credit institutions and investment firms to report information on activities, employees, turnover (and ultimately profit, corporate taxes paid and subsidies) on a country-by-country basis.
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Proposed legislation Finance Bill/ Corporate income tax 2014 The release of the Finance Bill 2014 draft clauses is the next stage in the UK’s tax policy cycle. 
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Draft clauses for the United Kingdom's 2014 Finance Bill follow the 2013 "Autumn Statement" on Thursday, 5 December.
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The KPMG member firm in the UK has prepared a report that pulls together and describes the tax proposals in the 2013 “Autumn Statement.”
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The UK Chancellor on Thursday 5 December, delivered his “Autumn Statement.”
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Administrative and case law Tax refunds Test Claimants in the Franked Investment Income Group Litigation v. Commissioners of Inland Revenue, C-362/12 (12 December 2013). The CJEU issued a judgment concluding that EU law precludes UK measures that had the effect of depriving taxpayers—without notice and retroactively—of a remedy for a refund of tax that was levied in breach of EU law.
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