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UNDERSTANDING EUROPE

PROVIDING YOU WITH INSIGHT INTO DIFFERING RULES AND REGULATIONS

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 9,000 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.

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.

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

Denmark: Record breaking Transfer Pricing adjustment in Denmark

13 May 2015
The Danish tax authorities have, for the third year in a row, increased the taxable income of multinational groups with a record-breaking amount. The latest years’ audit results in 20 billion DKK: The Danish tax authorities have, for the third year in a row, increased the taxable income of multinational groups with a record-breaking amount.

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:

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.

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