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UNDERSTANDING EUROPE

As one of the most diverse regions in the world, Europe offers significant opportunities for business growth and expansion. However, the diversity of the region with varying currencies, regulations and stages of economic growth, can make Europe a very complex place for businesses to thrive.

With over 10,000 staff across the region, RSM assists businesses to anticipate and understand these complexities, in order to succeed in the largest consumer market in the world.

Europe: New developments on the CCCTB

15 June 2015
On 27 May 2015, the European Commission held an orientation debate on how to develop a fairer and more efficient corporate tax system. Vice-President Dombrovskis of the European Commission held a speech afterwards to point out the main topics that were discussed:

Netherlands/OECD: Impact of changes of OECD Model Commentary with respect to the articles 15 and 17

4 June 2015
On 23 April 2015, clarification on the impact of the changes of the OECD Model commentary on articles 15 and 17 was published in a special Decree (effective 2 May 2015). The Decree provides guidance with respect to termination payments and on the interpretation of the term 'personal activities' of artist and sportsmen.  

Europe OECD: The OECD published the revised discussion draft on Action 7

4 June 2015
On 15 May 2015, the OECD released a revised discussion draft on Action 7. The revision is a follow-up to the discussion draft on Action 7 of 31 October 2014, which addressed a number of PE avoidance strategies and potential strategies to deal with these.

Poland: Proposed legislation on Country by Country reporting

4 June 2015
Poland proposed legislation on Country by Country (CbC) reporting and related transfer pricing reporting obligations. The proposed legislation reflects the reporting obligations as included in Action 13 of the OECD’s initiative on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting. To be more specific, Poland has introduced thresholds for the Local File, Master File and CbC-report.

London salutes Europe's elite

29 May 2015
The leaders of Europe’s finest businesses gathered in London this week for the gala ceremony of the European Business Awards 2014/15, sponsored by RSM International.

BMZ GmbH wins RSM Entrepreneur of the Year Award

28 May 2015
SVEN BAUER AWARDED COVETED PRIZE AT 2014/15 EUROPEAN BUSINESS AWARDS PROGRAMME GALA EVENT IN LONDON

Europe’s biggest business competition brings benefits for all

22 May 2015
A guest blog by Anand Selvarajan, RSM European Regional Leader

Germany: Qualification conflicts and Treaty overriding

13 May 2015
German domestic law requalifies rental and interest income into business income in cases where a business consists of two entities under common control or when the shareholder holds assets that are key for the business, privately.

France: Updated list of tax-abusive structures and schemes

13 May 2015
On 1 April 2015, the French tax authorities announced several measures aimed at improving legal certainty for individuals and businesses. To be more specific, the tax authorities published a list of practices and transactions that are deemed to be abusive:  

Czech Republic: New VAT rate as from 2015

13 May 2015
The Czech Ministry of Finance has announced a new second reduced VAT rate of 10%, applicable as of 1 January 2015 in the Czech Republic. As a result, the following three VAT rates are currently applicable in the Czech Republic:

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