Brexit: Protocol on UK-EU social security coordination

After endless negotiations between the UK and the EU, a deal was struck at the turn of 2020, avoiding a hard Brexit. Among other things, the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement makes it possible to continue applying some EU social security rules…

Providing financial services from the UK post-Brexit

The end of the Brexit transition period has had a huge impact on UK companies providing any kind of financial services. From 1 January 2021, it is no longer possible to enjoy the benefits of the freedom of establishment and freedom to provide…

VAT after Brexit deal

On Christmas Eve, after lengthy negotiations that were very tense up to the last moment, the UK finally struck an agreement on its future relationship with the EU. For EU companies, this means that preparations made so far will not be wasted. Below…

Effects of Brexit on income tax in 2021

Although the United Kingdom already left the EU as of 31 January 2020, the transition period during which the United Kingdom is still viewed as an EU member state will end on the last day of 2020. It seems unlikely that the transition period will be…

Customs procedure post-Brexit

Brexit is drawing unstoppably closer, even though the coronavirus pandemic seems to have upstaged it for now. Early next year, however, the UK's withdrawal will hit us with full force. Which is why British experts are trying to shed light on at…

International rules for taxation of digital economy progress next stage

In mid-October, the OECD released for public comments its revised rules for the taxation of the digital economy. The final version of the rules including draft legislation is planned to be issued in mid-2021. The rules are still based on a two…

Business with Northern Ireland after Brexit

The European Commission has prepared a draft of changes to the VAT rules applicable to trading with Northern Ireland. The draft has been submitted as part of the preparations for Brexit at the end of this year. The new rules adjust the existing…

July G20 summit and digital economy taxation

The July G20 summit in Saudi Arabia, a meeting of finance ministers and central banks governors of the world’s major developed and emerging economies, brought a certain shift in their effort to set global rules for the taxation of the digital…

European Commission’s first plans for tax reform within the EU

In mid-July, the European Commission published a first draft of a new tax package aimed to boost the economy and create fair and simple taxation rules within the EU. A more detailed version will be published at the end of 2020, should the OECD’s…

BEPS 2.0: progress and setbacks

The preparation of BEPS 2.0, new rules for the taxation of the digital economy, has made some progress. Preliminary consensus has been reached on Pillar 1, defining a new rule according to which income will be taxed in the state of sale even if the…

DAC7 at last? European Commission targets digital platforms and sharing services

With the implementation of DAC6 underway in Europe, the European Commission has now submitted an initiative that may bring the seventh revision of the Directive on Administrative Cooperation in the Field of Taxation. It focuses on digital and shared…

OECD releases Transfer Pricing Guidance on Financial Transactions

The OECD released the long-awaited final version of a report on the pricing of related party financial transactions, which is part of BEPS Action Plans 4, 8-10 and will be implemented into the OECD Transfer Pricing Guidelines. The report focuses on…