Tax & Legal

Tax & Legal

Draft discussion document for the promotion of R&D

In a draft discussion document the Federal Ministry of Finance has revealed plans for an annual research and development (R&D) grant costing a total of € 1.25 billion per annum. The plans provides for an initial duration of four years, after which an evaluation will follow. The Finance Ministry is thus currently planning total subsidy to the value of € 5 billion. According to the draft, the federal and state governments should each pay half of this amount. Continue reading

Supreme Tax Court to refer question to European Court of Justice on whether the real estate transfer tax exemption on conversions constitutes illegal state aid.

On 30 May 2017 the Supreme Tax Court decided to refer to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) the question of whether the real estate transfer tax (RETT) exemption on conversions – in Section 6a Real Estate Transfer Tax Act –   constitutes illegal state aid. Continue reading

Exemption from loss cancellation on change of shareholders may constitute state aid

The ECJ has held that a Finnish exemption from a loss forfeiture provision on the change of shareholders would be state aid if the authorities may apply it with discretion and would require Commission approval if the details of the scheme have substantially changed since Finland’s accession in 1995. Continue reading