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Tax & Legal

RETT-Blocker: Indirect unification of shares through an intermediary partnership


The Supreme Tax Court has decided that where an intermediary partnership holds direct or indirect interests in a real-estate-owning company, the relevant holding for establishing its interest in the related real-estate holding company, is its interest in the capital of the partnership and not the interest in the jointly owned property according to the law of property. Continue reading

German taxation of dividends paid to Canadian pension fund in conflict with EU law?


The Lower Tax Court of Munich referred preliminary questions to the European Court of Justice regarding the compatibility of the German regime of dividend withholding tax imposed on a Canadian pension fund with the free movement of capital as provided in Article 63 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. Continue reading

Gift Tax : Benefit provided to person related to a shareholder


The Supreme Tax Court decided in three separate cases that the payment of excessive consideration under the terms of a contract between a GmbH and a party related to the shareholder is not a partial gift by the GmbH, if the shareholder was involved in the conclusion of the contract between the GmbH and the related party. In such a case the benefit granted arises from corporate relationship between the GmbH and the shareholder. With these decisions the Supreme Tax Court has changedn its earlier jurisprudence on this question. Continue reading

Crowdfunding: treatment of donations


The Federal Ministry of Finance published a circular on 15 January 2018 on crowdfunding and the conditions for its deduction as a charitable donation. The circular defines various types of crowdfunding and makes a distinction between classic crowdfunding, donation-based crowdfunding and debt-based crowdfunding (also referred to as peer-to peer lending or crowdlending). Continue reading