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February 28, 2019

CJEU decision on the Beneficial Owner concept under the Interest and Royalties Directive and the Parent-Subsidiary Directive

On February 26, 2019, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) rendered two landmark decisions on the interpretation of the beneficial owner concept in cases where the Interest and Royalties Directive (joined cases N Luxembourg, X Denmark, C Danmark and Z Denmark) and the Parent-Subsidiary Directive (joined cases T Danmark and Y Denmark) apply. 

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February 26, 2019

‘The Bitter and the Sweet’ - Short term Brexit impacts in the Netherlands

Brexit is not far away anymore. Robert van der Jagt, Brexit expert and partner of KPMG Meijburg & Co: “Being blessed by the presence of an Environment Assessment Agency (Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving), the Dutch know who will be the winners and who will be the losers of the Brexit. 

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February 13, 2019

Dutch Lower House of Parliament passes Bill on ratification of the MLI

On February 12, 2019 the Dutch Lower House of Parliament passed the Bill for the ratification of the Multilateral Convention (“MLI”) to Implement Tax Treaty-Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) and improve dispute resolution mechanisms. Noteworthy is that the Lower House also agreed to change the MLI position of the Netherlands with respect to preventing the artificial avoidance of permanent establishment status. 

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February 13, 2019

Bill on the Fiscal Unity Emergency Repair Act adopted by the Lower House

On February 12, 2019, the bill on the Fiscal Unity Emergency Repair Act (Wet spoedreparatie fiscale eenheid) was adopted by the Lower House. This bill was explained in our previous memoranda dated June 7, 2018 and November 6, 2018. The emergency repair measures mean that for a number of legal provisions the approach to be taken is as if a fiscal unity for corporate income tax purposes does not exist. As previously reported, this bill – after amendments to the original bill – has retroactive effect on most points to January 1, 2018. 

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February 11, 2019

As of January 1, 2020: ‘VAT quick fixes’ to simplify international trade

At the end of 2018 the European Council formally approved the proposals for four ‘VAT quick fixes’ to simplify international trade. These will take effect on January 1, 2020 and will have a considerable impact on businesses trading in international goods.

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February 6, 2019

FS Tax Newsletter issue 37 | February, 2019

In this first FS Tax Newsletter for 2019 we will summarize the most important tax developments of the last two months and will inform you about the upcoming FATCA and CRS reporting deadlines.

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January 25, 2019

VAT: Recovery right on the basis of cross-border use costs

On January 24, 2019, the Court of Justice of the European Union (‘CJEU’) rendered its judgment in the Morgan Stanley & Co International plc (‘Morgan Stanley’) case (case no. C-165/17). This case concerns the VAT recovery of costs incurred by a fixed establishment that are also used for the turnover of a foreign head office.

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January 24, 2019

Insurance premium tax: CJEU decision on location of risk

On January 17, 2019, the Court of Justice of the European Union (‘CJEU’) rendered judgment in a case that dealt with the location of risk for insurance premium tax purposes (case no. C-74/18). The case concerned insurance policies for M&A transactions. 

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January 16, 2019

EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement enters into force on February 1, 2019

In 2013, the EU and Japan launched negotiations on enhanced economic and strategic cooperation. These negotiations resulted in an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) and a Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA), both signed at the EU-Japan Summit on July 17, 2018. 

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January 14, 2019

Brexit: a never ending story?

Tuesday, 15th of January will be a crucial day in what seems to become a never ending story regarding the Brexit. Leon Kanters, Brexit expert and partner of KPMG Meijburg & Co: “The Brexit deal will be brought for a vote to the House of Commons in the UK. When we believe the media it will become a clear defeat for the British prime minister May.“

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January 11, 2019

Draft bill on transparency of civil society organizations: foundations and associations must publish donations and financial data

On December 21, 2018, the Minister for Legal Protection published the draft bill on the Civil Society Organizations Transparency Act. The proposal provides for, on the one hand, insight into cash flows to civil society organizations by publishing information about donors who donate or make gifts of EUR 15,000 or more per year and, on the other hand, the obligation for foundations to disclose certain financial information.

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January 10, 2019

As of January 1, 2019: new VAT rules for vouchers, stamps and tokens

As of January 1, 2019 new VAT rules apply to vouchers, stamps and tokens. The new rules are a result of the EU Voucher Directive, which is designed to harmonize the VAT treatment of vouchers within the EU. Until recently, there were no specific rules for the VAT treatment of vouchers in the Netherlands and other EU Member States. 

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