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ECJ decision German CFC regulations to be published on 31 May 2018


The publication of the decision of the European Court for Justice (ECJ) in the Hornbach-Baumarkt case is scheduled for 31 May 2018. The case revolves around the question whether Section 1 of the Foreign Transaction Tax Act (“FTTA” – in the version in force in 2003) violates the freedom of establishment. The section in question calls for income corrections to be made on related party transactions which are not considered to have been concluded at arm’s length. Continue reading

ECOFIN-Council formally accepts the changes to the Mutual Assistance Directive in relation to the reporting obligation for cross border arrangements (DAC6)


In its sitting on 25 May 2018, the ECOFIN council formally accepted the Directive to amend the Mutual Assistance Directive 2011/16/EU to provide for the mandatory exchange of information in the area of taxation for reportable cross-border arrangements. ECOFIN had already reached a political agreement on the planned reporting obligation for cross-border tax arrangements at its plenum on 13 March 2018. Continue reading

Limited taxpayers: withholding tax on cross-border licensing of software


At the beginning of November 2017 the Federal Finance Ministry published the long-awaited circular on its intended application of the rules (Section 50a Income Tax Act)applying to limited taxpayers and withholding tax on cross-border licensing of software and databanks. Continue reading

European Court of Justice: compulsory content of invoices for purpose of deduction of input VAT


On 15 November 2017 the European Court of Justice (ECJ) published its decision in the joined cases of Geissel and Butin ruling that Directive 2006/112/EC of 28 November 2006 on the common system of value added tax (“the VAT Directive”) – Articles 168(a) and 178 (a) together with Article 226(5) – must be interpreted as precluding national legislation, which makes the exercise of the right to deduct input VAT subject to the condition that the address where the issuer of an invoice carries out its economic activity must be indicated on the invoice. Continue reading

Referral to European Court of Justice: Does expatriate exit taxation (Section 6 Foreign Transactions Act) contravene the terms of the Agreement for the Free Movement of Persons?


On 2 November 2017 the Tax Court of Baden-Württemburg released a press bulletin stating that by a notice dated 14 June 2017 (2K 2413/15), it had referred a question to the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) with regard to Section 6 Foreign Transactions Act (“FTA”) – expatriate exit taxation. The question referred was whether the expatriate exit tax rule under Section 6 FTA contravened the principle of non-discrimination contained in the Agreement for the Free Movement of Persons between the EU and Switzerland. Continue reading