SWITZERLAND: Voters Approve New Immigration Restrictions

SWITZERLAND: Voters Approve New Immigration Restrictions

With a narrow majority of 50.3 percent, Swiss voters decided to add a new article to the Federal Constitution that re-introduces immigration quotas in regard to all types and categories of Swiss residence and work permits. According to a 9 February 2014 press release from the Swiss Federal Council, on 9 February 2014, Swiss... »

ROMANIA: Updated Rules Governing Deductibility of Social Contributions

ROMANIA: Updated Rules Governing Deductibility of Social Contributions

Romania’s Fiscal Code has been updated such that monthly mandatory social security contributions due in other states and paid by taxpayers subject to Romanian taxation, according to European Union (EU) regulations or bilateral conventions / agreements on the coordination of social security systems, are considered deductible for Romanian income tax purposes (previously this was... »

UNITED STATES: Deadline Coming Up for H-1B Visa Petitions for 2015

UNITED STATES: Deadline Coming Up for H-1B Visa Petitions for 2015

Employers that engage foreign workers coming into the United States on H1-B visas are reminded of the rapidly approaching April 1, 2014 “deadline” for the filing of H-1B visa petitions for Fiscal Year 2015. Petitions for the new fiscal year, which starts on October 1, 2014, will be accepted by the government beginning April... »

CANADA: Tax provisions in 2014 federal budget; BEPS consultation

CANADA: Tax provisions in 2014 federal budget; BEPS consultation

February 11: Canada’s Finance Minister today delivered the government’s 2014 federal budget. The budget is focused on job creation, innovation, and infrastructure, and includes a number of tax measures aimed at “closing tax loopholes” in line with the government’s continued focus on tax fairness measures and tax transparency. Tax measures are focused on all... »

UNITED KINGDOM: Details Published on Preventing Use of Dual Contract Arrangements

UNITED KINGDOM: Details Published on Preventing Use of Dual Contract Arrangements

The United Kingdom is implementing new rules that will make it more difficult to use “dual contract” arrangements to lower the U.K. income tax liability of certain foreign nationals. Last week, HM Treasury and HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) published draft legislation and a paper summarizing the changes to existing legislation in this area.... »

EUROPEAN UNION: New Social Security Practical Guidance Issued

EUROPEAN UNION: New Social Security Practical Guidance Issued

On 13 January 2014, the European Commission published a practical guide1 on the ‘Habitual Residence Test’ to help European Union (EU) member states2 apply EU rules on the coordination of social security. Why This Matters This guidance brings useful clarity for employers with assignees and mobile employees connected to countries party to the provisions... »

IRELAND: Deadline Approaching for 2013 Share Scheme Reporting

IRELAND: Deadline Approaching for 2013 Share Scheme Reporting

In Ireland, the mandatory due date for filing Returns of Information for employee share participation schemes is approaching. This is particularly important for companies where employees and directors have been granted share options, or options have been assigned, released, or exercised by employees and directors, or a Revenue approved share participation scheme has been... »

USA: PFIC Regs Released: Reporting Required on 2013 Tax Returns

USA: PFIC Regs Released: Reporting Required on 2013 Tax Returns

On December 30, 2013, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released temporary, final and proposed regulations in relation to passive foreign investment companies (PFICs). The new regulations confirm that U.S. citizens and residents who own shares in PFICs will be required to provide annual reporting on Form 8621 for all PFICs starting with their... »

BELGIUM: Proposed Changes Affecting Net Pay of Those Enjoying Expatriate Concessions

BELGIUM: Proposed Changes Affecting Net Pay of Those Enjoying Expatriate Concessions

The Belgian government issued draft legislation amending the rules for calculating nonresident personal income tax during the Christmas holidays. The important consequences of these measures, if passed, are: • the category of nonresident taxpayers with an abode in Belgium will be abolished; • expatriates benefiting from the expatriate tax concessions who have a foreign... »

BELGIUM: Threat Looms of Audits for Taxpayers Claiming Expatriate Concessions

BELGIUM: Threat Looms of Audits for Taxpayers Claiming Expatriate Concessions

The Belgian tax authorities have indicated they will be undertaking targeted audits of taxpayers benefiting from Belgium’s expatriate tax concessions. Why This Matters This enhanced scrutiny by the Belgian tax authorities means that if a taxpayer is not compliant with the rules, the taxpayer (and possibly his or her employer) could be subject to... »

UNITED KINGDOM: Draft 2014 Finance Bill Holds Plenty of Measures for Individuals

UNITED KINGDOM: Draft 2014 Finance Bill Holds Plenty of Measures for Individuals

The U.K. government’s draft 2014 Finance Bill was published on 10 December 2013. This draft legislation relates to announcements made in the Chancellor’s Budget speech on 21 March 2013 and some of the measures announced in his Autumn Statement last week (see Flash International Executive Alert 2013-161, 6 December 2013, for details of the... »

Managing HR in a Global Downturn!

Managing HR in a Global Downturn!

Red Recruit work with Global Mobility professionals and connected associates, servicing the industry and 2013 has shown a surge in the growing markets with businesses investing in order to realise future returns on investment. However, there seems to be some gaps in the mobility’s delivery, as the EY Global Mobility Effectiveness Survey 2013 indicates... »

Caracas is now the world’s most expensive place for expatriates

Caracas is now the world’s most expensive place for expatriates

For the first time Venezuela’s capital city has become the most expensive place in the world for expatriates. This is among the findings of the latest Cost of Living survey by ECA International, the world’s leading provider of knowledge, information and technology for the management and assignment of employees around the world. The ongoing... »

UNITED KINGDOM: Autumn Statement with Tax Proposals and Announcements Presented

UNITED KINGDOM: Autumn Statement with Tax Proposals and Announcements Presented

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, on 5 December 2013, delivered the U.K.’s Autumn Statement. The statement is an annual update by the Chancellor to Parliament on the taxation and spending plans of the government. (For coverage of last year’s Autumn Statement, see Flash International Executive Alert 2012-220, 5 December 2012.) The highlights with respect... »

SPAIN: Case Considers Tax Deductibility of Stock Options

SPAIN: Case Considers Tax Deductibility of Stock Options

In this Flash International Executive Alert we examine the recent judgment issued by Spain’s Supreme Court (Tribunal Supremo) regarding the tax deductibility, for Corporate Income Tax purposes, of the expenses incurred by a company as a result of “stock option” plans provided to employees. This judgment comes following a review of an appeal filed by... »

NEW ZEALAND: Tax Bill Changes Treatment of Employee Benefits

NEW ZEALAND: Tax Bill Changes Treatment of Employee Benefits

New Zealand’s omnibus Taxation (Annual Rates, Employee Allowances, and Remedial Matters) Bill (the “Bill”) was recently introduced. In this Flash International Executive Alert we focus on one of the headline measures in the Bill, which may potentially impact on individuals – including those on international assignment – and their employers. For the complete article,... »

COSTA RICA: Modifications to Income Tax Brackets, Credits

COSTA RICA: Modifications to Income Tax Brackets, Credits

Costa Rica’s Ministry of Finance has modified the income tax brackets for the taxable year 2013-2014 (i.e., taxable year from 1 October 2013 to 30 September 2014) in accordance with changes in the Consumer Price Index as determined by the National Statistical and Census Institute. The tables below reflect the new income tax brackets,... »

France: Tax Fraud, Trusts, and EU Developments

France: Tax Fraud, Trusts, and EU Developments

In this Flash International Executive Alert we highlight a few tax developments that may affect individuals – including those on international assignment – and their multinational employers. Bill on Tax Fraud On November 5, 2013, the French National Assembly approved, in a final vote, the bills on the fight against tax fraud (Le projet... »

UNITED KINGDOM: Capital Gains and Residence Case Emphasizes Importance of Record-Keeping

UNITED KINGDOM: Capital Gains and Residence Case Emphasizes Importance of Record-Keeping

The First Tier Tribunal (FTT) in the U.K. has recently issued its decision in a case concerning an appeal against assessments issued by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to the appellants for capital gains tax payable for each of the four years ending 5 April 2005. The assessments were issued on the basis that... »

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