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April 2, 2020

Transfer Pricing in the eye of the COVID-19 storm

In these turbulent times, it is very important to keep a close eye on your transfer pricing policy. We've listed the most important things you should consider when it comes to your transfer pricing matters.

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April 1, 2020

New preliminary ruling question about the ‘fixed establishment’ concept for VAT purposes

On December 20, 2019 the Austrian Bundesfinanzgericht asked the Court of Justice of the European Union for a preliminary ruling on the concept of a ‘fixed establishment’ in the Titanium Ltd case (C-931/19). The case is not only relevant for property letting companies, but potentially also for all VAT taxable persons with foreign activities, as it may provide a more detailed interpretation of the EU concept of fixed establishment.

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April 1, 2020

Conditions announced for ‘Temporary emergency bridging measure to retain jobs’

The scheme provides for compensation for payroll costs if an employer expects and ultimately experiences a decline in turnover of 20% or more as a result of the corona crisis. Compensation will be granted in relation to the decline in turnover and will amount to 90% of the eligible payroll costs.

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March 30, 2020

VAT recovery based on actual use permitted for bank

On March 27, 2020 the Court of Appeals Den Bosch rendered an interesting judgment about the recovery of VAT in a case concerning a financial institution. The Court ruled that the bank’s ‘actual use method’ had been sufficiently substantiated.

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March 26, 2020

Customs measures in response to COVID-19

On March 26, 2020, the Dutch Customs Authorities announced a package of measures to support companies that are affected by the corona crisis. These measures are intended to support those that are temporarily facing difficulties in meeting their payment obligations under the applicable customs & excise regulations and that may fail to comply with the respective deadlines and formalities set under these regulations.

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March 25, 2020

Corona measures focusing on wage tax and social security

In a letter dated March 17, 2020 sent to the Lower House, the government announced a number of important measures. The government wishes to use these bridging measures to support employers and self-employed persons during the period in which the economic consequences of the coronavirus are felt. In our brochure we summarize the specific measures that could be relevant for you as an employer.

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March 20, 2020

Further easing of deferral of payment for businesses

On March 19, 2020 the Deputy Minister of Finance, Hans Vijlbrief, informed the Lower House that every business that is faced with financial difficulties as a result of the corona crisis will be eligible for a deferral of payment with regard to their tax debt. As soon as the business has filed the request, the collection of their VAT, personal income tax, payroll tax and corporate income tax debts will be put on hold. The deferral will apply, in principle and automatically, for a period of three months.

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March 19, 2020

COVID-19 measures: Schengen area on lockdown for non-EU residents for 30 days

On March 17, 2020, the EU heads of government decided that travelers from outside the European Union will no longer be allowed to enter the Schengen area, unless it is absolutely necessary for them to do so. The Netherlands will follow this up by closing its borders to citizens from outside the EU from March 19, 2020 at 6.00 p.m.

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March 18, 2020

Additional corona crisis measures by the government (emergency package covering jobs and the economy)

With the passage of time, the corona pandemic is having an increasingly dramatic effect on the Dutch business community. The measures announced by the government on March 12, 2020 proved to be inadequate. For this reason, in a letter dated March 17, 2020, the government announced, in principle for the coming three months, additional measures to further support Dutch employees, self-employed persons and the Dutch business sector. These complement or extend the measures of March 12, 2020 and are discussed in our memorandum.

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March 13, 2020

Tax and economic measures relating to the coronavirus

The corona pandemic will also have a profound impact on the Dutch business community. The financial and economic consequences may also be considerable. By letter dated March 12, 2020 the government therefore announced several measures to support the business community. We discuss these measures, also mentioning several other tax points to consider and actions to take that could generate liquidity.

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March 12, 2020

Advocate General at the CJEU in BlackRock VAT case: a single fund management service is, in principle, not partly VAT-exempt

On March 11, 2020 Advocate General (‘AG’) Pikamäe at the Court of Justice of the European Union rendered his Opinion in the BlackRock Investment Management (UK) Limited case (C-231/19). The AG concluded that, in principle, a single service can only be subject to one VAT treatment and that the exemption for the management of special investment funds does not apply to the service purchased by BlackRock.

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March 4, 2020

Acquisition of only the legal ownership of shares in real estate legal entities is not subject to real estate transfer tax

The judgment rendered by the Court of Appeals ‘s-Hertogenbosch could also be important in practice with regard to shares in real estate legal entities that are acquired by investment funds without legal personality.

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