If the taxpayer has arranged for the sale of a property to a third party, there is generally no abuse of tax law (abuse of legal forms) if the property was initially transferred to the children free of charge and subsequently sold by the children to the ultimate buyer. According to the decision of the Supreme Tax Court the capital gain is subject to income tax in the hands of the children based on their individual income tax situation. Continue reading
Tax & Legal
According to the decision of the Supreme Tax Court the offset of losses in case of an upstream merger with the profits of the transferring company accrued during the period of retrospective application was not abusive and in accordance with the legal (tax) provisions in force in the year of dispute (2008). Continue reading
Dividend withholding tax paid by a foreign intermediary company may not be deducted from the taxable income of the local shareholder of a German company if the entire arrangement is abusive and if, therefore, the dividend income is to be allocated to the German shareholder. Continue reading
The finance ministry has published a draft tax amending bill, basically to enact ECJ judgments against existing provisions and to react to perceived abuses and anomalies. Continue reading
The Supreme Tax Court has allowed a manoeuvre effectively avoiding forfeiture of a loss carry-forward on change of shareholder through the sale of a worthless shareholder loan to a new shareholder followed by recovery from the injection of new capital. Continue reading
The Supreme Tax Court has held that a concerted sales action by shareholders among themselves to realise losses was not abusive despite unchanged holding ratios.