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European Court of Justice: RETT exemption on conversions not illegal State Aid


Back in June 2017 we informed you of the Supreme Tax Court’s referral to the European Court of Justice of the question as to whether the RETT exemption on conversions(Section 6a Real Estate Transfer Tax Act) constitutes illicit State Aid. On 19 December 2018, the European Court of Justice held in A-Brauerei (C-374/17) that the RETT exemption granted in the case before it of an upstream merger did not infringe the State Aid rules. Continue reading

Draft bill – Brexit Ancillary Regulations


On 13 December 2018 the Federal Ministry of Finance published a draft bill for the enactment of tax and other regulations for Brexit (“Brexit Bill”)designed to alleviate certain legal consequences arising by reason of Brexit alone.
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Finance Act 2018


On 8 November 2018, the Finance Bill 2018 was adopted by the German parliament and received the consent of the Bundesrat on 23 November 2018 in the form of “The Act for the Avoidance of VAT Losses on the Trading of Goods on the Internet and Amendments to other Tax Regulations”(hereafter “Finance Act 2018”). This article sets out a selection of the new regulations. Continue reading

EU-Council agreed on four adjustments to EU’s current VAT rules


Pending introduction of the new VAT system, four short-term ‘quick fixes’ will be made regarding the VAT aspects of trade between the member states. Discussions are ongoing on a definitive VAT system to replace the current ‘transitional’ VAT arrangements, which have been applied since 1993. Continue reading

Exemption of loss forfeiture for troubled businesses not illicit state aid


The ECJ overturned an earlier judgment of the European General Court and held that the German tax legislation concerning the possibility of a loss-carry forward to future tax years despite a harmful share acquisition in cases of a rescue plan to save the company from insolvency – known as the salvage clause – is not illegitimate state. Continue reading

Current version of German anti-treaty shopping legislation is also incompatible with EU law


On 25 June 2018, the European Court of Justice published its decision of 14 June 2018 concerning the current version of the German anti-treaty /anti-directive shopping legislation. Again, the ECJ found that the provision both contravened the Parent/Subsidiary Directive and constituted a restriction of the freedom of establishment. Continue reading