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VAT treatment of services provided by stock exchanges and other trading platforms


In a current circular, the tax authorities generally comment on the VAT treatment of services provided by exchanges and other trading platforms for financial products and, in this respect, partially amends an earlier decree issued in 2018 with regard to trading platforms for the acquisition or trading of Bitcoin and other so-called crypto currencies. Continue reading

Bundesrat approves the Act to Modernise Corporate Income Tax


UPDATE:

In its session on 25 June 2021, the Bundesrat gave its approval to the Act to Modernise Corporate Income Tax Law. The Bundesrat thus followed the recommendation of the Finance Committee. The law is should enter into force on 1 January 2022.

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New decree by Federal Ministry of Finance extends motive test for escape from CFC taxation to third country situations


On 17 March 2021, the German Federal Ministry of Finance (BMF) published a decree on the application of Section 8 (2) of the Foreign Tax Act (AStG) which stipulates the “motive test” taxpayers have to meet to escape controlled foreign company (CFC) taxation. Continue reading

Ministry of Finance: comments on amended requirements for intra-community supplies


The German Federal Ministry of Finance has commented on the changed requirements for intra-community supplies resulting from the Act on Further Tax Incentives for Electromobility and on the Amendment of other Tax Regulations – Finance Act 2019: “FA 2019” – amending the VAT Act Application Ordinance accordingly. Continue reading

Federal Ministry of Finance: draft circular on the application of Section 8d of the Corporation Tax Act


The Federal Ministry of Finance has sent the draft of a Ministry circular on the application of Section 8d of the Corporation Tax Act (CTA) – continuance-bound loss carry-forward after loss forfeiture – to the professional associations for comment. Continue reading