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21 March 2019

Last month, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued a series of important judgments dealing with tax avoidance and beneficial ownership in the context of the EU Parent-Subsidiary Directive (PSD) and the Interest and Royalties Directive (IRD).

21 March 2019

HMRC has lost a high-profile case regarding taxation of personal service companies, this time against the TV presenter Lorraine Kelly.

18 March 2019

The US Department of the Treasury has clarified that US individual shareholders will be eligible for 50 per cent relief from the new global intangible low-taxed income (GILTI) tax.

18 March 2019

Mostyn J's judgment in Cowan v Foreman, in which he opposes the use of standstill agreements in Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 claims, has caused disquiet among practitioners.

14 March 2019

The European Union has substantially expanded its blacklist of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions.

14 March 2019

The UK government has issued a new strategy paper, No Safe Havens 2019, on offshore tax enforcement; establishing new objectives and summarising the 'substantial progress' in tackling offshore non-compliance since the last strategy in 2014.

13 March 2019

Panama reprieved as EU council rejects high-risk money laundering list. Last week, the European Union's Council of Ministers tore up the draft list of 23 countries supposedly at high risk of money-laundering activity that was published by the European Commission in February. Panama and Puerto Rico were both on the list, which is considerably larger than its predecessor because it is being compiled according to the much stricter conditions of the EU Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive.

11 March 2019

Australian court reverses Harding residence judgment, in victory for expat taxpayers. Australia's Full Federal Court has decided that a Mr Harding was not domiciled in Australia while working and living overseas for several years, though he had retained a property in Australia where his family resided.

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