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VAT: No permanent establishment in case of property rental


The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that the reverse charge is applicable to the leasing of real property located in Austria because the Jersey based lessor, in lieu of own local staff to perform services relating to the letting, does not have a permanent establishment (fixed place of business) in Austria. Continue reading

Bundesrat approves the Act to Modernise Corporate Income Tax


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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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UPDATE: Bundestag approves Tax Haven Defence Act


On 10 June 2021, the Bundestag approved the “Act to avert tax avoidance and unfair tax competition and to amend other laws”. In doing so, the Bundestag followed the recommendation of the Finance Committee.

The defence mechanisms contained in the bill (19/28901) are intended to make it more difficult for individuals and companies to avoid paying taxes in Germany through business relations with states and territories that are on the EU list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions. The measures envisaged include, for example, the denial of tax benefits or deductions.

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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

UPDATE : Bundestag passes the Act to Modernise the Relief of Withholding Taxes and the Certification of Capital Gains Tax


On 5 May 2021, the Bundestag passed the Act to Modernise the Relief of Withholding Taxes and the Certification of Capital Gains Tax. The law as passed is based on the resolution recommended and passed by the Bundestag Finance Committee on 21 April 2021.

The approval of the Bundesrat is still pending. The appointed date for this is 28 May 2021. Continue reading