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International briefing for January

International briefing for January

Tim Sarson’s latest summary of international developments.


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Comprehensive tax reform in Argentina reduces the headline rate of corporate tax from 35 percent to 25 percent by 2020. For foreign investors in resident companies in China, direct investment in ‘encouraged projects’ is incentivised by tax deferrals. In France, there will be progressive reduction of the corporate income tax rate to 25 percent from 2022/23; and a reduction of the withholding taxes and levies on dividends and capital gains earned by foreign companies. A new two-tiered profits tax rate regime has been introduced in Hong Kong; and Japan has announced significant amendments to its tax regime. Finally, the OECD has issued an update on the digital economy and double tax treaties.

In the latest of his regular articles for Tax Journal*, Tim Sarson rounds up recent international developments. This month’s article looks at:

  • A recap of US tax reform;
  • The reduction of Argentina’s corporate tax rate as part of wider tax reform;
  • Tax deferrals for ‘encouraged projects’ in China;
  • Progressive corporate income tax rate and certain withholding tax reductions planned in France;
  • Hong Kong introduces two-tiered profits tax rate regime;
  • Japan announces tax reform measures; and
  • An update on the OECD’s recent and planned work.

* First published in Tax Journal on 26 January 2018. Reproduced with permission.

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