Tag: Tax planning

Arrangement of a person’s business and /or private affairs in order to minimize tax liability.

Australian Treasury issues Consultation Paper on Multinational Tax Integrity and Tax Transparency

As part of a multinational tax integrity package aimed to address the tax avoidance practices of multinational enterprises (MNEs) and improve transparency through better public reporting of MNEs’ tax information, the Australian Treasury issued a Consultation Paper in August 2022. This paper seeks to consult on the implementation of proposals to: amend Australia’s existing thin capitalisation rules to limit interest deductions for MNEs in line with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)’s recommended approach under Action 4 of the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) program (Part 1); introduce a new rule limiting MNEs’ ability to claim tax deductions for payments relating to intangibles and royalties that lead to insufficient tax paid (Part 2); and ensure enhanced tax transparency by MNEs (Part 3), through measures such as public reporting of certain tax information on a country‑by‑country basis; mandatory reporting of material tax risks to shareholders; and requiring tenderers for Australian government contracts to disclose their country of tax ... Read more
Brazil vs Macopolo, July 2014, Supreme Tax Appeal Court, Case no 9101-001.954

Brazil vs Macopolo, July 2014, Supreme Tax Appeal Court, Case no 9101-001.954

The case involved export transactions carried out by a company domiciled in Brazil, Marcopolo, manufacturing bus bodies (shells) which were sold to subsidiary trading companies domiciled in low tax jurisdictions (Jurisdição com Tributação Favorecida). The trading companies would then resell the bus bodies (shells) to unrelated companies in different countries. The tax authorities argued that the sale of the bus bodies to the intermediary trading companies carried out prior to the sale to the final customers lacked business purpose and economic substance and were therefore a form of abusive tax planning. The Court reached the decision that the transactions had a business purpose and were therefore legally acceptable. Click here for translation Brazil vs M 2014 ... Read more
India vs Vodafone International Holdings BV, 2012, Supreme Court

India vs Vodafone International Holdings BV, 2012, Supreme Court

In the Vodafone case, the Supreme Court of India found that tax planning within the law will be valid as long as it does not amount to a colourable device. India Vodafone-International-Holding-BV-2012 ... Read more
India vs Azadi Bachao Andolan, 2003, Supreme Court

India vs Azadi Bachao Andolan, 2003, Supreme Court

In this case the Court held that while a “colourable device” could result in the transaction being considered a sham, that did not mean that tax planning within the law will not be permitted. India vs Azadi-Bachao-Andolan ... Read more