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Council agrees its position on hybrid mismatches with third countries

22 February 2017

On 21 February 2017, the Council of the EU, meeting through its Economic and Financial Affairs (ECOFIN) Council, agreed its position on rules aimed at closing down ‘hybrid mismatches’ with the tax systems of third countries (so called ATAD II). Following to the European Commission’s proposal on amendments to the Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive (ATAD) as

Law on innovation income deduction: finally published

20 February 2017

Finally, the new innovation income deduction (IID) has entered into force. Today, on 20 February 2017, the law with respect the IID has been published in the Belgian Official Gazette. The patent income deduction regime (PID) has been replaced with the IID regime in order to make it BEPS compliant, i.e. avoiding that business profits

Newcomers statement and obligation to prove integration – continued

17 February 2017

Due to a technical legislative mistake the Belgian Official Gazette published again on 8 February 2017 (it was also published on 26 January) the text regarding the Act imposing the ‘newcomers statement’ and the obligation to prove integration. The newcomers statement concerns the statement whereby the signer pledges to respect and comply with the values

Switzerland rejects Corporate Tax Reform III in public vote

15 February 2017

With a majority of 59.1%, Swiss voters rejected the Corporate Tax Reform III (CTR III) in a public vote on February 12, 2017. CTR III, the result of a long and complex political process, would have abolished current existing tax regimes, such as the rules for holding or mixed companies. At the same time, the

Belgian Tax on Stock Exchange Transactions: official form available

6 February 2017

The tax administration has just published the new official form for the Belgian Tax on Stock Exchange Transactions (TSET), further to its recent scope extension (French/Dutch). More information about the TSET reporting and payment can be found on the dedicated webpage (French/Dutch) of the FPS Finance. A Royal decree and FAQs are expected in the coming

Amendments to the Parent-Subsidiary Directive implemented under Belgian tax law

6 February 2017

On 1 December 2016, a Bill was published in the official Belgian Gazette implementing into Belgian tax law two amendments to the Parent-Subsidiary Directive. The first amendment to the Parent-Subsidiary Directive aims at tackling situations which would result in ‘double non-taxation’ by introducing a rule against hybrid instruments. Under this new rule, dividends received by