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“Tax profiles” of countries in the Asia Pacific region

Summaries of the taxes that apply to businesses and to individuals in Asia Pacific countries

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March 2017

24 Mar - Australia: Employee share scheme reporting preparation

24 Mar - Australia: Managed investment trusts eligibility requirements

24 Mar - Australia: Superannuation changes to self-managed super funds beginning July 2017

22 Mar - China: Rules of origin of imported goods from least developed

17 Mar - India: Withholding tax rates, treatment of payments under tax treaties

17 Mar - Singapore: Guidance on tax treatment of REITs, approved sub-trusts

17 Mar - Singapore: Tax incentives to encourage development of intellectual property

16 Mar - Australia: Foreign companies with “central management and control” in Australia; new guidance issued

16 Mar - Australia: Former judges appointed to review court settlements between taxpayers and ATO

15 Mar - New Zealand: Year-end wrap; planning for 2018

14 Mar - Japan: Proposed changes, trade control and import/export procedures

13 Mar - Thailand: Potential criminal liability of company representatives

8 Mar - India: Payments for telecommunication system; foreign investments in LLPs

7 Mar - Myanmar: Development zones established under investment law

6 Mar - Myanmar: Withholding tax changes effective April 2017

2 Mar - Bangladesh: Corporate tax rate changes; tax holiday; VAT law
effective July 2017

2 Mar - India: Permanent establishment, agency present under tax treaty with United States

2 Mar - Singapore: Determining the tax deductibility of common interest expenses

2 Mar - Sri Lanka: Update on VAT and NationBuilding Tax (NBT); proposals in 2017 budget

1 Mar - Egypt: VAT introduced, new rules for settling tax disputes

1 Mar - Gulf Cooperative Council: GCC countries prepare for VAT in 2018

1 Mar - Jordan: New tax treaties, tax rates, investment incentives

1 Mar - Kuwait: Tax cards, tax declarations, investment promotion applications

1 Mar - Oman: 2017 budget highlights

1 Mar - Saudi Arabia: Follow-up, tax and zakat postponed for listed companies

1 Mar - UAE: Updates on tax treaties, information exchange agreements; new free zone

February 2017

28 Feb - Oman: Increased tax rate; taxes imposed on dividends and interest

28 Feb - India: Cash transactions and demonetisation; beneficial treaty rate applies

28 Feb - Australia: Plan to ban imports, sales of cosmetic products containing ingredients tested on animals

28 Feb - Australia: Proposed changes to New South Wales state taxes

28 Feb - Australia: Superannuation changes beginning 1 July 2017; issues for unsegregated superannuation funds

24 Feb - Vietnam: Corporate income tax incentives; VAT and customs updates

23 Feb - Singapore: Tax measures in 2017 budget

23 Feb - Singapore: Income tax treaties, tax provisions (table)

23 Feb - India: Protocol to tax treaty with Israel; GST update

22 Feb - Australia: ATO guidance for “early stage venture capital limited partnerships”

22 Feb - Australia: R&D tax incentives for agriculture and software industry sectors

22 Feb - Hong Kong: Budget summary 2017-2018; includes discussions of tax provisions

22 Feb - Bahrain: Region-wide VAT advances, Gulf Cooperative Council (GCC) countries

22 Feb - China: Pilot program, importing non-special cosmetics in Pudong (Shanghai)

21 Feb - Australia: Pending legislation to end GST exemption on “low value” imported goods

21 Feb - India: Technology services provided from Hong Kong; securities as stock-in-trade

20 Feb - Thailand: Itemizing actual expenses by self-employed; new individual (personal) income tax regime

16 Feb - Japan: Delay to tax rate changes for companies in Tokyo

15 Feb - Hong Kong: Accountability of senior management, licensed corporations

15 Feb - Hong Kong: Expectations for the budget, to be presented 22 February 2017

15 Feb - Hong Kong: Tax residency certificate requirements

15 Feb - India: Determining permanent establishment, bandwidth connectivity charges under tax treaties

15 Feb - Vietnam: No VAT refund, when input VAT not declared in declaration (for June 2016 or second quarter of 2016)

14 Feb - Vietnam: Contracts for international sale of goods; agreement ratified

13 Feb - Australia: R&D activities in the building and construction industries

13 Feb - China: Customs policies update, for early 2017

13 Feb - Singapore: Fees for access to funds held not deductible

13 Feb - Singapore: Financial technology sector and tax incentives

10 Feb - Korea: Tax changes affecting loss carryforwards, excess retained earnings, others

9 Feb - Japan: Tax treatment of income from U.S. limited partnerships

9 Feb - Thailand: Tax incentives for investment activities

9 Feb - Australia: Proposed “diverted profits tax” legislation introduced

8 Feb - Australia: ATO draft ruling on depreciation of “composite assets”

8 Feb - Indonesia: Import duty, VAT exemption for coal mining sector 

7 Feb - China: Guidance implementing the R&D “super deduction”

7 Feb - Thailand: Corporate tax deduction for new capital expenditures extended to 31 December 2017

7 Feb - Thailand: Revised deductible expenses, allowances for individual (personal) income tax purposes

6 Feb - India: Q&As on anti-avoidance rules; withholding and tax treaty provisions

6 Feb - Saudi Arabia: New taxes believed necessary to support economy

3 Feb - Australia: Tax risks associated with common infrastructure and privatisation transactions, ATO draft framework

2 Feb - India: Union Budget 2017-2018

1 Feb - Australia: ATO's new approach to effective tax governance

January 2017

30 Jan - Australia: Proposed framework for limited partnership collective investment vehicles

30 Jan - Thailand: Proposed changes to minimum wage, employer’s work rules, and retirement standards

26 Jan - Saudi Arabia: Requiring listed companies to pay zakat and tax based on shareholders nationalities postponed

25 Jan - Hong Kong: New tax regime proposed for offshore aircraft leasing

25 Jan - India: Determining “place of effective management;” export commission

24 Jan - China: Work permits allowed for qualified foreign graduates 

24 Jan - Thailand: Preparing individual (personal) income tax reporting for 2016

19 Jan - China: Import tax policy, “13th Five-Year Plan”

18 Jan - Oman: Tax and revenue provisions in 2017 budget

18 Jan - Saudi Arabia: Listed companies to consider shareholders’ portfolio when filing zakat and tax declarations

17 Jan - Australia: Reminder for employers; superannuation guarantee obligation compliance

17 Jan - China: Rules to strengthen supervision of foreign currency transactions

16 Jan - China: Transaction tax relief, Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect

16 Jan - India: Depreciation on goodwill; foreign tax credit; R&D credit treatment

16 Jan - Singapore: Pre-budget 2017 report

11 Jan - Australia: High Court decision concerning “unit trusts”

10 Jan - Singapore: Changes to R&D tax incentive regime

6 Jan - Singapore: Protocol amending tax treaty with India

4 Jan - India: Protocol to tax treaty with Singapore; indirect transfer FAQs

2016 Articles

December 2016

22 Dec - China: VAT reform rules; retroactive changes effective 1 May 2016  

21 Dec - India: Computing section 10A deduction; intra-group services; “deemed profit” rate

21 Dec - New Zealand: Customs and excise tax bill referred for consideration

20 Dec - Malaysia: Withholding tax, royalty and service fee payments to non-residents

20 Dec - New Zealand: Opportunities Party’s asset tax policy

20 Dec - New Zealand: Tax administration transformation proposals released

19 Dec - India: Tax treatment of subsidiary’s losses; foreign exchange gains

16 Dec - Thailand: Tax calendar for 2017

15 Dec - Japan: Overview of the taxation system (2016)

14 Dec - Australia: Overseas company is tax resident because of “central management and control”

14 Dec - Japan: Outline of tax reform proposals for 2017

14 Dec - Taiwan: VAT to include foreign e-commerce businesses

12 Dec - China: VAT treatment of prepaid cards

12 Dec - India: “Slump sale” taxation; income distribution by securitisation trust

12 Dec - Japan: Anti-tax haven (CFC) proposals in 2017 tax reform

12 Dec - Japan: Taxable income of non-permanent individual residents, 2017 tax reform

12 Dec - Vietnam: Capital gains tax, offshore transfers of shares or capital

8 Dec - Australia: Tariff reductions, changes effective beginning in 2017

8 Dec - India: Tax treaty with Cyprus; depreciation of intangible asset

7 Dec - Hong Kong: Mainland China, Hong Kong investors to trade stocks on each other’s market

2 Dec - China: Summary of weekly tax developments

1 Dec - Australia: ATO's latest settlement statistics

1 Dec - Australia: Draft legislation amending GST on low value goods

1 Dec - Indonesia: VAT refunds; reimbursements to production sharing contractors, upstream oil and gas activities

1 Dec - Myanmar: Trade restrictions lifted, opportunities for importers

1 Dec - Vietnam: Corporate income tax, VAT, customs guidance

November 2016

30 Nov - Australia: Diverted profits tax advances, implications for foreign companies

30 Nov - Japan: Guidance, application forms relating to tax agreement with Taiwan

29 Nov - Australia: New attribution managed investment trust (AMIT) regime; pricing of transactions between stapled entities

29 Nov - India: Tax bill addressing “black money” and other items

29 Nov - Myanmar: Withholding tax update for large taxpayers

29 Nov - New Zealand: Business tax legislation update

29 Nov - Vietnam: More post-customs clearance audits expected in remainder of 2016

28 Nov - China: Tax treaties and implications of OECD’s multilateral instrument

28 Nov - New Zealand: Update on tax legislation, closely held companies

28 Nov - Sri Lanka: Revised “nation building tax” threshold; no rate change

28 Nov - Sri Lanka: VAT legislative changes

28 Nov - Thailand: Corporate meetings via electronic media formally adopted by Ministry of Commerce department

18 Nov - India: Computer software transfer abroad eligible for section 10A tax benefits

18 Nov - Japan: Consumption tax, delayed rate increase to 2019; new invoicing system for 2023

18 Nov - Japan: Delayed consumption tax rate increase affects local corporation taxation

18 Nov - New Zealand: Inland Revenue focus on tax governance

18 Nov - Vietnam: Transfer of right to use trademark subject to VAT

17 Nov - China: Pilot program, employment permits for foreigners launched in Shanghai

17 Nov - China: Tax incentives for employee equity awards, certain capital contributions

17 Nov - Thailand: Tax, customs departments now have access to each other’s database

16 Nov - China: Summary of weekly tax developments

16 Nov - Australia: Government's inconsistent “super fund” policy concerning capital gains tax rollover relief

16 Nov - Australia: Large infrastructure and property transactions, interest withholding tax exemption

16 Nov - India: Maximum depreciation rate limited to 40%; R&D weighted deduction

15 Nov - China: AEOI guidance, due diligence and financial accounts of non-residents

15 Nov - Japan: Enhanced penalties for deficient customs declarations or non-declarations

14 Nov - Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries propose introduction of VAT

11 Nov - Australia: Labor's “super reform” package mistakes targeted policies for tax loopholes

11 Nov - China: VAT pilot program launched in seven bonded customs zones

11 Nov - India: Subsidiary's managing director gives rise to permanent establishment

11 Nov - Malaysia: Double tax deduction incentive available for qualifying expenses of companies

11 Nov - Philippines: Taxpayer identification numbers; cooperative members and certificates of tax exemption 

8 Nov - Australia: Proposed withholding tax changes, implications for collective investment vehicles (CIVs)

8 Nov - China: Summary of weekly tax developments

7 Nov - China: New self-declarations to replace customs clearance procedures, pilot program

4 Nov - Australia: Lease incentives for lessees

4 Nov - India: Rules for deferring payment of customs duty

3 Nov - Papua New Guinea: Budget for 2017, tax proposals

2 Nov - Australia: Determining when unit trust is fixed under trust loss provisions

2 Nov - UAE: New tax authority established; VAT scheduled for 2018

1 Nov - Malaysia: No change to GST rate; reduced tax on SMEs in budget for 2017

1 Nov - India: “Brand value” depreciation; management services under treaty with Finland

1 Nov - Vietnam: Taxation of branch offices, permanent establishments; customs duty updates

October 2016

28 Oct - Singapore: Anti-avoidance provision applied in income tax case

28 Oct - Thailand: Information sharing between Customs, Revenue departments results in assessments

26 Oct - India: Tax treatment of sale of partnership assets; expeditious refunds

25 Oct - Australia: Alternative GST calculation of overseas freight and insurance, if unknown at import

24 Oct - Australia: Register R&D activities before 31 October deadline, for full rate of incentive

24 Oct - China: Customs audit regulations effective 1 November 2016

24 Oct - Malaysia: Tax proposals in 2017 budget 

20 Oct - Australia: ATO's new guidance on calculating fringe benefit tax for cars

20 Oct - Indonesia: Reduced rate of tax on income from land, building rights transfers

19 Oct - Australia: ATO draft ruling regarding eligibility for exemptions on foreign dividends

19 Oct - China: Tax rules, implications for private equity funds

19 Oct - Myanmar: Effects of removal of U.S. sanctions on investments in Myanmar

19 Oct - Thailand: Royalties to include rentals under the new income tax treaty with Singapore

18 Oct - India: Depreciation of goodwill; curative provision applies retroactively; lump-sum payments

17 Oct - Malaysia: Expectations for tax proposals in upcoming budget

17 Oct - Japan: Customs scrutiny of certificates of origin from exporters, manufacturers

13 Oct - Japan: New income tax treaty signed with Belgium

12 Oct - Australia: Guidelines on foreign stamp duty surcharge in Queensland

11 Oct - Australia: Taxation of payments made to an Indian company; royalty vs. business profits

11 Oct - Taiwan: VAT on foreign e-commerce, online transactions

11 Oct - UAE: Additional FAQs about VAT planned for 2018

10 Oct - China: Measures in Guangdong to attract foreign personnel, talent

6 Oct - India: Income tax computation guidance; tax treatment of interest to partners and share issuance

6 Oct - New Zealand: Revised Inland Revenue position, feasibility expenditure deductions

6 Oct - Thailand: Tax loss carryforwards and “flat” individual income tax rate under IHQ, ITC regimes

5 Oct - Australia: GST rules related to cross-border supplies

September 2016

30 Sep - Japan: New income tax treaty with Germany, entry into force

29 Sep - Australia: ATO guidance, tax compliance by oil and gas taxpayers

29 Sep - India: Tax treatment of depreciable asset, vacancy allowance, employee uniforms

28 Sep - Vietnam: Guidance clarifying corporate income tax, VAT, special consumption tax

27 Sep - India: Treatment of trade discounts and GST, reimbursed employee-related benefits

23 Sep - Australia: ATO's updated guidance on the application of the general
anti-avoidance rules

22 Sep - Vietnam: Oil and gas activities, taxation of capital transactions

21 Sep - Philippines: Tax facts

20 Sep - India: Tax treaty with South Korea; withholding on promotion payments

19 Sep - Australia: Reduction of tax offset rates, R&D tax incentive

16 Sep - Australia: Greenfields mining projects may be eligible for exploration development incentive

16 Sep - Australia: Superannuation tax certainty and improvement in tax concession sustainability

16 Sep - Thailand: Regulation allowing foreigners to conduct certain businesses without foreign business license

14 Sep - Australia: Tasmania proposals for stamp duty exemptions, certain corporate transactions

14 Sep - Hong Kong: Guidance on tax benefits for corporate treasury centres

14 Sep - India: Direct selling guidelines; tax dispute resolution; call option taxation

13 Sep - Vietnam: Transfer of right to use trademark, subject to VAT

13 Sep - Indonesia: Overview of tax amnesty program

12 Sep - Singapore: Impact of Indonesian tax amnesty on Singapore
property prices

9 Sep - Australia: Important issues for taxpayers considering a debt-equity swap

8 Sep - New Zealand: Proposal, implementing BEPS Action 2 hybrid mismatch recommendations

7 Sep - China: Updated processing trade operations procedures

6 Sep - China: VAT guide (2016), overview of indirect tax system

6 Sep - New Zealand: Proposed tax changes, employee share plans

6 Sep - India: Capital gain tax involving treaties; foreign shipping company guidance

5 Sep - Australia: Boards need to consider tax treatment of shareholder returns

2 Sep - Australia: ATO focus on refundable R&D tax offset claims

2 Sep - Australia: NSW taxpayers to submit valuation instructions for all valuations, possible additional stamp duty

1 Sep - Australia: ATO guidance, tax implications on "negative" interest rates (when LIBOR is negative)

August 2016

29 Aug - India: GST on supplies; royalties under tax treaty with Italy

29 Aug - Vietnam: Corporate income tax incentives, VAT guidance

25 Aug - Taiwan: Expected VAT changes, foreign e-commerce businesses

25 Aug - Turkey: Amnesty program applies for customs duties

24 Aug - Australia: KPMG discussion paper, Tax 2025—what lies ahead for Australian tax system

24 Aug - Australia: Tax break for "angel investors," expense capitalisation for tax purposes

24 Aug - Indonesia: Guidance on accounting for governmental levies, including taxes

23 Aug - India: Software development services not taxable under U.S. treaty

23 Aug - Myanmar: Process for obtaining central bank approval for offshore loans

22 Aug - Australia: Definition of royalties for tax purposes

19 Aug - Turkey: Tax amnesty, repatriation and tax account adjustment provisions

18 Aug - Australia: ATO new draft guidance on the foreign hybrid rules

17 Aug - Israel: Tax provisions in proposed budget plan for 2017-2018

16 Aug - Australia: Implications of OECD proposal; residency requirement and superannuation funds’ access to tax treaty rates

12 Aug - Australia: GST implications, restructuring arrangements to comply with anti-avoidance law

12 Aug - Australia: Withhold tax on the purchase price of real property and indirect real property interests; vendor considerations

12 Aug - India: Rental income, corporate restructuring, MAT book profits

10 Aug - Australia: Consultation on “general purpose” financial statements, proposal for legislation

10 Aug - Cambodia: Business online re-registrations delayed to 30 September

10 Aug - New Zealand: Business tax proposals include provisional tax, transparency measures

9 Aug - Cambodia: Tax department to collect registration, VAT data from enterprises

9 Aug - Pakistan: Capital gains tax changes, immovable property

9 Aug - Thailand: VAT on digital transactions, possible extension of reduced rate

8 Aug - India: GST update; tax treatment of managerial services, intangible assets

4 Aug - Vietnam: Free trade agreements, preferential tariff rates

3 Aug - Japan: Bills to postpone consumption tax rate increase, local taxation for companies

2 Aug - India: Market value applied to transactions for GST purposes

2 Aug - Vietnam: Decree on VAT exemptions, VAT refunds

July 2016

28 Jul - Azerbaijan: VAT-free purchases by foreign consumers

28 Jul - Indonesia: Customs value for entries, voluntary declaration

27 Jul - Australia: Foreign resident withholding tax on real estate transactions

26 Jul - India: Share buy-backs; oil and gas exploration reimbursements

26 Jul - Myanmar: Foreign investment expansion; imports of construction materials allowed

25 Jul - China: Private securities fund management, opportunities for foreign investors

25 Jul - China: Trade and customs resource

22 Jul - Australia: Exemption to withholding tax eligibility

20 Jul - Indonesia: Increase in non-taxable individual income, implications for employers

20 Jul - Thailand: Additional tax deduction for investments made before year-end 2016

19 Jul - India: Draft GST law; treaty implication of marketing services

18 Jul - Australia: “Brexit” implications for imports, exports from the UK of Australian companies

15 Jul - Asia: Implications of “Brexit” on trade agreements in Asia

15 Jul - Malaysia: Tax incentives, “east coast economic region”

15 Jul - Singapore: Possible amendment to tax treaty with India, capital gains

14 Jul - Australia: Budget of South Australia provides grants, tax incentives for employers creating jobs

14 Jul - Australia: Common tax compliance issues for Australian companies operating in New Zealand

14 Jul - Australia: Government's approach to key BEPS actions following the 2016 federal election

14 Jul - New Zealand: Enhanced disclosure, reporting by foreign trusts

13 Jul - Qatar: VAT introduction set for 2018

11 Jul - Australia: New “angel” investor tax incentive, effective July 2016

11 Jul - India: Satellite services rendered in India; tonnage tax

11 Jul - New Zealand: Proposals for reporting interest, dividends, investment income

6 Jul - China: Evaluating effects of “Brexit” on supply chain connected with UK or EU entities 

5 Jul - Australia: Redeemable shares issued to limited partnership held to be debt interests for tax purposes

5 Jul - China: VAT exemptions expanded for financial services sector

5 Jul - India: Software-related royalty; indirect transfers reporting; foreign tax credit guidance

5 Jul - Indonesia: Expanded tax incentives for apparel, leather and footwear industries

5 Jul - Vietnam: Corporate tax incentives; interest-free loans; foreign contractor tax

June 2016

28 Jun - New Zealand: Recommendations for foreign trusts, inbound investment, BEPS proposals

27 Jun - Australia: Implications of “Brexit” for Australian GDP

27 Jun - India: Expenses related to exempt income; treaty-override provisions 

27 Jun - Myanmar: Reminder of tax filing obligations, due dates

27 Jun - Singapore: GST status of suppliers, customers of services

24 Jun - Australia: ATO's increasing interest in R&D tax incentive program

23 Jun - Australia: Tax proposals in 2016 state budget, New South Wales

23 Jun - Hong Kong: Tax exemption for private equity funds, clarifying guidance 

23 Jun - India: Customs draft guidance, AEO regime  

22 Jun - China: VAT treatment of reinsurance arrangements

22 Jun - India: Withholding tax on payments for highway toll-collecting services

22 Jun - Singapore: Guidance concerning GST treatment of fringe benefits

22 Jun - Thailand: Penalty relief, profits and losses from investment

21 Jun - Australia: Changes to tax treatment of “earn-out” arrangements

20 Jun - India: “Model” GST draft law

20 Jun - Oman: Update on proposed VAT

20 Jun - Pakistan: Tax provisions in 2016 finance bill

17 Jun - Japan: Corporate tax rate in Tokyo; postponed consumption tax
rate increase

16 Jun - Australia: Email may be “export” if containing controlled technology and sent abroad

16 Jun - Australia: State tax measures from the Queensland budget

16 Jun - India: Employee benefits, rent-free accommodation, split-residency benefits

16 Jun - Japan: Tax agreement with Taiwan enters into force

14 Jun - Australia: Stamp duty surcharge, foreign buyers of residential real estate

13 Jun - Australia: Changes to “reportable taxation position” schedule

13 Jun - Australia: Proposal to remove from tax consolidation, adjustments relating to deferred tax liabilities

13 Jun - Cambodia: Income tax treaty with Singapore; Cambodia’s first tax treaty

13 Jun - India: Crude oil installation facility; PE’s profits in India

13 Jun - India: Subsidiary not PE of U.S. company; foreign currency-related losses

13 Jun - Thailand: Additional tax deduction, incentive for new capital expenditures

10 Jun - Oman: Proposed changes to corporate tax law

2 Jun - India: Taxing concessional loans made by bank, to employees

2 Jun - Japan: Consumption tax rate increase is postponed, to October 2019

1 Jun - Australia: Proposed new “deductible liability” measures for tax consolidated groups

May 2016

31 May - Australia: Considerations for Australian mining companies moving employees to Mongolia

31 May - Vietnam: Corporate, individual income tax developments

31 May - Vietnam: Information technology incentives

26 May - Australia: Tax Transparency Code proposed for large

26 May - India: Indirect transfers of assets; royalties under UK treaty

26 May - Japan: Proposed local tax rates for Tokyo, effective April 2017

24 May - Australia: ATO's position on related-party foreign currency denominated borrowings and cross-currency swaps

23 May - Australia: Defining “owner” in delivered duty paid transactions, customs purposes

23 May - New Zealand: Changes to customs law to proceed

20 May - China: Participation in global tax initiatives (BEPS, CRS)

20 May - India: Company liable for capital gain tax, despite consideration paid directly to shareholders

20 May - Singapore: Strengthen the workforce; refinements to work-pass application process

18 May - Australia: New GST measures may affect foreign businesses

18 May - Australia: Tax policies of major political parties, federal election

18 May - New Zealand: Proposed tax changes for employee share plans, benefits

17 May - India: Non-withholding of tax on fees paid to foreign company

16 May - Australia: Tax incentives for start-ups, investors

16 May - Australia: Tax sharing agreements, benefits for tax consolidated groups

16 May - Singapore: Implications of new India-Mauritius tax treaty for Singapore investors

12 May - Australia: Proposal for diverted profits tax

12 May - China: Updates and reports of customs developments

12 May - India: Timing of income, taxation of stock appreciation rights

11 May - Asia Pacific: Tax update for financial institutions (May 2016)

10 May - India: Protocol amending tax treaty with Mauritius

6 May - Australia: Attribution managed investment trust (AMIT) regime benefits

6 May - India: Proposed amendments to Finance Bill, 2016

6 May - New Zealand: Omnibus tax bill introduced; budget to be presented 26 May 2016

5 May - India: Scientific research expenditures; tax deducted (withheld), collect at source

3 May - Australia: Tax provisions in federal budget 2016

3 May - Korea: Tax relief for certain corporate restructurings

3 May - Thailand: Reduced rates of individual income tax continue in 2016

2 May - Australia: Trusted trader programme (ATTP) to include customs
duty deferral

April 2016

29 Apr - China: More cross-border e-commerce guidance, retail imports

29 Apr - India: Conversion of firm into company, no capital gains tax

29 Apr - Vietnam: Corporate tax incentives, VAT on trade discounts, bonded warehouses

25 Apr - Australia: Victorian government's plans to increase the stamp duty
surcharge for foreign buyers of residential real estate

22 Apr - Australia: Possible reduction to thin capitalisation “safe harbor” limit, from 60% to 50% of assets?

21 Apr - Australia: R&D tax incentive registration deadline is 2 May 2016

21 Apr - Australia: Expectations for 2016 federal budget, to be presented on 3 May 2016

21 Apr - India: Foreign tax credit; VAT changes; provident fund withdrawals

21 Apr - Myanmar: Updated lists of economic activities for foreign investment

19 Apr - Hong Kong: Tax treaty with Latvia

19 Apr - India: Treatment of web-hosting services, 99-year lease; new tax forms

14 Apr - New Zealand: Business tax proposals, next phase

13 Apr - India: Virtual voice network-related payments, not taxable under UK treaty

12 Apr - Australia: Changes to employee share scheme reporting requirements

8 Apr - Australia: Tax treatment of terminal illness benefits

8 Apr - New Zealand: Holiday pay calculations; avoid errors

7 Apr - China: Import tax policies, cross-border e-commerce involving retail goods

7 Apr - Indonesia: Corporate governance guideline

7 Apr - Vietnam: VAT, consumption tax changes in new law

6 Apr - Australia: Guidance for charities, not-for-profits

5 Apr - Australia: ATO position on potential compliance risk areas

5 Apr - China: Customs revises standards for declaration forms

1 Apr - Japan: Tokyo business tax rates, and 2016 tax reform

March 2016

31 Mar - Australia: Rollover relief for small business entities; asset transfers after 1 July 2016 in restructurings

31 Mar - India: Stock exchange services, foreign direct investment, telecom services 

30 Mar - Australia: Legislation to offer tax incentives for investors in start-up innovation companies

30 Mar - Japan: Tax reform 2016; passage of the bills

30 Mar - Singapore: Budget 2016

30 Mar - Vietnam: Accounting for foreign currency-denominated transactions

30 Mar - Vietnam: Corporate tax incentives; VAT development updates

28 Mar - China: Customs announcements on customs pre-input system, charitable donations

24 Mar - Australia: Customs focus on tariff concession orders, correct valuation disclosures

24 Mar - Australia: Documentation of transactions required for R&D tax incentive

24 Mar - China: Rates, rules for expanded VAT system (effective 1 May)

24 Mar - China: VAT rates, rules for financial services, insurance sector

24 Mar - China: VAT rates, rules for “lifestyle services” sector

24 Mar - China: VAT rates, rules for real estate and construction sector

24 Mar - India: Income from container services; no PE under Singapore treaty

23 Mar - China: Guidance aims for customs clearance efficiency, trade facilitation

23 Mar - New Zealand: GST on remote services, residential land withholding tax

22 Mar - China: Summary of tax, customs developments

18 Mar - India: Outsourcing services not PE under UK tax treaty

17 Mar - India: Exploration, mining services not PE under treaty with Germany

16 Mar - Australia: Withholding tax, clearance certificate required for taxable property transactions 

14 Mar - Australia: GST law changes, implications for Australian residents

11 Mar - China: Customs developments (January-February 2016)

11 Mar - Singapore: Tax credits as incentives for innovation, R&D

11 Mar - Vietnam: Tax collection increases attributed to enhanced audits

8 Mar - China: Foreign investment law, access for foreign investors

8 Mar - China: VAT expansion, effective 1 May 2016

8 Mar - India: Taxation of “turnkey” contracts, of partnerships under UK treaty

8 Mar - Myanmar: Tax law 2016 passed by parliament

8 Mar - Thailand: Foreign business license no longer required, banking and insurance 

4 Mar - China: VAT and the digital economy

3 Mar - Australia: GST changes for offshore intangible supplies, cross-border transactions

3 Mar - India: Tax withheld (deducted) at source guidance

3 Mar - Thailand: Clarifying aspects of tax audit protection program for SMEs

2 Mar - China: Implications of VAT applied to healthcare sector

2 Mar - Vietnam: Corporate tax, VAT, and individual tax updates

1 Mar - Cambodia: VAT-related guidance for invoices; interest rate for loans (2015)

1 Mar - India: Tax measures in budget 2016

1 Mar - Indonesia: VAT exemption for “strategic goods”

1 Mar - New Zealand: Court determines tax residence of overseas individual

February 2016

29 Feb - New Zealand: Implications of Australia’s proposed GST for remote services

26 Feb - India: Early provident fund withdrawals; share buybacks

25 Feb - Hong Kong: Tax measures in budget 2016-2017

24 Feb - Azerbaijan: Tax exemptions for investors, entrepreneurs

23 Feb - Australia: Tax compliance, foreign investment applications

23 Feb - India: Defining “startup” and clarifying “initial year of assessment”

23 Feb - Vietnam: Work permit rules and incoming foreign workers

19 Feb - China: Customs guidance, imports of aviation supplies, aircraft operating leases

18 Feb - Australia: Outlook for tax reform

18 Feb - India: Data transmission services; tax credits in demerger

18 Feb - Indonesia: Reduced rates of withholding tax, bank deposit interest income

18 Feb - Vietnam: Rules for representative offices, branches; new accounting law measures

15 Feb - Asia Pacific: Tax update for financial institutions (February 2016)

15 Feb - China: New guidance, “high and new technology enterprise” incentive

15 Feb - India: Additional depreciation on machinery; interest paid on partners’ capital

15 Feb - Myanmar: Updated stamp tax requirements for contracts, leases

15 Feb - Thailand: Program offers tax audit protection for SME taxpayers

8 Feb - India: Permanent account number (PAN) update

8 Feb - Cambodia: Taxation of garment, footwear producers and financial lease transactions

7 Feb - Singapore: Income tax implications, adoption of accounting standard FRS 115

5 Feb - Indonesia: Additional guidance for “fixed asset revaluation tax” incentive

5 Feb - Vietnam: Free trade agreement with EU

4 Feb - Australia: Stamp duty changes

3 Feb - India: Project office not permanent establishment under UAE treaty

1 Feb - Australia: Legislative proposals would affect managed investment trusts

1 Feb - Hong Kong: New income tax treaty with Russia

1 Feb - India: Supply management services; amounts to forego legal actions

1 Feb - Singapore:  Opportunities in India for Singapore builders

1 Feb - Vietnam: Increased social insurance, minimum wage amounts

January 2016

27 Jan -  India: Cross-border share reorganisation

27 Jan -  Thailand: New income tax treaty with India

27 Jan -  Thailand: Voluntary disclosure, incorrect customs import duties

26 Jan - China: Treatment of shares, options granted employees of unlisted companies

25 Jan - Vietnam: Tuition paid by employers considered staff welfare; VAT updates

22 Jan - Oman: Ninth five-year budget plan, and 2016 budget

21 Jan - China: Guidance clarifying the R&D “super deduction”

21 Jan - India: Capital gains on buy-back of shares; startup initiative

20 Jan - Hong Kong: Tax incentives to promote corporate treasury centres

18 Jan India: Combination regulations, employer remittances to provident fund

18 Jan - Indonesia: New electronic tax payment system, mandatory after June 2016

18 Jan - Korea: Real estate fund trust dividends; withholding tax refunds

18 Jan - Vietnam: Tax incentives, certain products of “supporting industries”

14 Jan - Australia: Final guidance, multinational anti-avoidance provisions (MAAL)

14 Jan - Thailand: Tax calendar for 2016

13 Jan - Australia: Prepare now for country-by-country reporting

13 Jan - China: Revised import policies and catalogues, major technical equipment

11 Jan - China: VAT treatment of finance leasing services, transactions

11 Jan - India: Foreign branches outside India; development charges on long-term leases

11 Jan - Philippines: Tax calendar for 2016

8 Jan - Indonesia: “Tax holiday” extended for “pioneer industry” entities

4 Jan - Korea: Master file and local file; “full” transfer pricing reporting

November 2015

27 Nov - Sri Lanka: Tax proposals in budget for 2016

26 Nov - China: Customs “work order write-off” model for processing trade

26 Nov - Indonesia: Changes for “importer license holders” effective in 2016

26 Nov - Japan: Tax agreement signed with Taiwan

25 Nov - India: Tax benefits, corporate tax rate reduction

23 Nov - Singapore: Taxation of gain on disposals of investments by insurers

19 Nov - India: Expedited refund process, exports of output services

19 Nov - India: Minimum alternative tax, debt forgiveness and foreign tax credits

19 Nov - Indonesia: AEOI guidance, procedures for exchange of tax information

17 Nov - Australia: New treaty with Germany reflects BEPS recommendations

17 Nov - New Zealand: GST on remote services; residential land withholding tax

16 Nov - Jordan: Indirect tax rate cuts, update on 2011-2015 assessments

16 Nov - Kuwait: Business profits tax, PE determinations and foreign investment incentives

13 Nov - Australia: New tax treaty signed with Germany

13 Nov - Indonesia: Fixed asset revaluation, tax incentive

13 Nov - Malaysia: Highlights of Finance Bill 2015

13 Nov - New Zealand: Tax avoidance identified, certain employee share schemes

12 Nov - China: Update of customs developments

11 Nov - New Zealand: PAYE and GST proposals

10 Nov - India: Unabsorbed losses of amalgamating company; proposed service tax rate

9 Nov - Australia: LIFO method guidance for funds; foreign exchange exposure

9 Nov - Japan: Income tax deductions for non-resident family members

6 Nov - China: Expanded VAT zero-rating for exported services

6 Nov - India: Income related to seconded employees; withholding tax certificates

6 Nov - Vietnam: Special consumption tax on imports

4 Nov - Singapore: Tax treatment of non-resident employees on business travel

September 2015

29 Sep - China: Plan to expedite, modernize customs processing

29 Sep - India: No minimum alternative tax, foreign companies, retroactive to 2001

29 Sep - Vietnam: Accounting for corporate income tax incentives

24 Sep - China: Individual income taxation suspended, dividends from listed companies

21 Sep - China: Health insurance products, preferential individual income tax treatment

18 Sep - China: Applying treaty-related withholding tax rates, other treaty benefits

18 Sep - New Zealand: Proposals to change GST rules

16 Sep - China: WTO trade facilitation agreement is ratified

16 Sep - India: Undisclosed foreign income; cricket TV coverage 

16 Sep - New Zealand: Proposal to reduce tax costs to shareholders

14 Sep - China: VAT reform and implications for multinational companies

10 Sep - New Zealand: Proposed tax changes for "close-companies"

9 Sep - Australia: R&D tax incentive

9 Sep - Thailand: Tax relief for international headquarters

7 Sep - New Zealand: Update on R&D tax bill

4 Sep - Australia: Greenfields mining tax incentives; registration due 30 September

4 Sep - Cambodia: Transportation tax; VAT exemption for clean water supplies

4 Sep - India: Extended deadline for filing certain tax returns

4 Sep - New Zealand: Shareholder debt is forgiven, or converted to equity

2 Sep - China: Customs update (third quarter 2015)

2 Sep - Myanmar: Special economic zone trading activities, guidance issued

2 Sep - Philippines: Advance VAT exemption, sugar cooperatives

2 Sep - Singapore: Tax authorities focus on sectors, for audits

1 Sep - India: No minimum alternative tax to be imposed on FIIs or FPIs

1 Sep - Australia: Financial arrangements tax; wine-producers rebate; worker housing GST credits

1 Sep - India: Withholding on payments to non-residents; minimum alternative tax calculations

1 Sep - New Zealand: Withholding tax on sales of residential property

August 2015

31 Aug - China: Tax treaty signed with Taiwan

28 Aug - Japan: Delaware limited partnership, treated as corporation

27 Aug - India: FATCA reporting deadline extended to 10 September

27 Aug - Vietnam: Oil exploration, PE status, VAT and customs guidance

25 Aug - New Zealand: Residential property, "bright-line" test for holding period

24 Aug - Australia: Proposal to impose GST on low-value imports

24 Aug - China: Managing IP tax challenges in BEPS environment

20 Aug - India: Management fees under UK treaty; trade discounts

20 Aug - Korea: Tax refund opportunities for Luxembourg SICAV entities

18 Aug - Australia: GST implications for global operations, for development projects

18 Aug - India: Outlook for GST regime

18 Aug - New Zealand: Proposed GST on imported services, digital content

12 Aug - Australia: Country-by-country reporting update

12 Aug - China: Consolidated customs duty collection, national program

12 Aug - India: Interest on tax refunds; aircraft landing rights; withholding tax

12 Aug - India: Status of GST bill

10 Aug - India: FATCA implementation measures


July 2015

27 Jul - Indonesia: Taxation of “cloud computing”

27 Jul - Japan: Article 7 (Business profits) under UK tax treaty

27 Jul - New Zealand: Proposal for immigrants to settle outside Auckland

24 Jul - Australia: ATO guide, corporate board management of tax risk

24 Jul -  India: Services under tax treaties with Finland, United States

24 Jul - Vietnam: Income tax changes, salary of foreign residents

23 Jul -  Vietnam: Expansion investment projects, foreign contractor tax guidance

17 Jul - Japan: New tax treaty with Germany (agreement in principle)

15 Jul - Singapore: Investment allowance for energy efficiency projects

6 Jul - Korea: VAT registration required for foreign electronic service providers

6 Jul - New Zealand: Tax treaty with Canada

1 Jul - China: Free trade agreement with Australia

1 Jul - Vietnam: New corporate income tax guidance for 2015


June 2015

29 Jun - Japan: Consumption tax guidance, cross-border supplies of digital services

19 Jun - China: Guidance for offshore indirect transfers 

19 Jun - Singapore: Rental property, guidance for claiming “deemed” expenses

19 Jun - Vietnam: FATCA guidance, extended reporting deadline

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