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UNDERSTANDING EUROPE

Your passport to trade

The European Union is your passport into one of the most important free-trade zones on the planet. With 28 member states*, more than 20 million SMEs and over 500 million consumers, it offers your business a huge market of potential customers and suppliers.

RSM’s strength across the EU – combined with our global reach – means we’re ideally placed to help your business grow both in Europe and internationally.

We understand that Europe isn’t one region. Different economies are developing at different rates, and where there is risk, there is also opportunity. We can help you navigate the risks involved in the varying currencies, jurisdictions and legislation across different countries – and take full advantage of the countless opportunities on offer.

These opportunities vary from new tax structures and complex incentive schemes to lower bureaucratic hurdles for doing business in certain countries.

Mid-market organisations make up a large majority of the businesses across Europe, and are proving to be the engines for growth and the backbone of recovery. In this increasingly dynamic financial landscape, we will be your trusted adviser, understanding your priorities and helping you plot your path to future success.

UK cuts corporate tax rate again – to 18% by 2020

13 July 2015
The UK government announced yesterday that the main rate of UK corporation tax will be cut to 18% by 2020. It is currently 20% for the 2015 financial year which is the joint-lowest rate in the G20 group of countries. It will be reduced to 19% for the financial years 2017, 2018 and 2019 and then to 18% for 2020. 

Last chance for best businesses in Europe to enter prestigious awards

2 July 2015
Deadline for 2015-16 European Business Awards sponsored by RSM approaches Europe’s best businesses are called to enter the 2015-16 European Business Awards sponsored by RSM, as the deadline approaches, to see their achievements recognised across the world. 

Europe: European Commission adopts the fourth Anti Money Laundering Directive

15 June 2015
On 20 May 2015, the members of the European Parliament adopted rules to combat money laundering and terrorist financing. This is one of the key actions in the European Security Agenda that was announced last month (28 April 2015).

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:

OECD: OECD releases public comments received on discussion drafts on cost contribution arrangements of BEPS – Action 8

15 June 2015
On 1 June 2015, the OECD published the comments it has received on this discussion draft. In the past, the OECD had invited comments from interested parties on a discussion draft on revisions to Chapter VIII of the Transfer Pricing Guidelines on Cost Contribution Arrangements (work that relates to Action 8 of the OECD’s BEPS Action plan).

Slovakia: New Transfer Pricing documentation guidelines published

15 June 2015
On 26 May 2015, the Ministry of Finance published new guidelines on transfer pricing documentation requirements. The Guideline will apply as of 1 January 2015 and replaces the previous guidelines of October 2014.

Germany/Netherlands: Treaty between Germany and Netherlands – details

15 June 2015
On 15 May 2015, the Netherlands ratified the Germany–Netherlands Income Tax Treaty 2012. This new treaty will replace the Germany–Netherlands Income and Capital Tax Treaty of 1959. The Treaty is in line with the OECD Model tax treaty. The maximum withholding tax rates included in the treaty are:

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.

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.  

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.

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