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If you have ever wondered about the tax consequences of opening a bottle of wine in Europe, today’s map will provide you with some insights. As one might expect, southern European countries that are well-known for their wines—such as France, Greece, Portugal, and Spain—either don’t tax it or do so at a very low rate.
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This week’s map shows the five states that have an Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) in their individual income tax codes: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Iowa, and Minnesota. Under an individual alternative minimum tax, many taxpayers are required to calculate their income tax liability under two systems and pay the higher amount. The federal AMT was created in 1963, after Congress
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As lawmakers in Congress consider ways to change tax rules, a recent Tax Foundation study shows the effects of four options to overhaul the United States’ international tax regime. These options include changes to policies such as the corporate tax rate, Global Intangible Low-Taxed Income (GILTI), Foreign Derived Intangible Income (FDII), Qualified Business Asset Investment
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To facilitate and foster cross-border trade and to prevent significant competitive distortions, the European Union requires EU countries to levy a minimum excise duty of €0.36 per liter (US $1.55 per gallon) on gas. As today’s map shows, only Bulgaria and Hungary stick to the minimum rate, while all other EU countries opt to levy
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There are many ways to automate your accounting department, and robotic-process automation can play a key role. August 10, 2021 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. I recently attended IMA’s annual conference, ACE2021. One of the hot discussion topics was robotic-process automation (RPA). The technology itself isn’t new — let’s
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Last week the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released an updated list of “Harmful Tax Practices” that have been identified as part of a country peer review process. One notable element of the recent list states that the United States has committed to abolish the deduction for Foreign Derived Intangible Income (FDII). However,
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This is the beginning of a map series in which we’ll explore different types of excise taxes throughout Europe, starting with excise duties on beer. According to EU law, every EU country is required to levy an excise duty on beer of at least €1.87 per 100 liters (26.4 gal) and degree of alcohol content, translating
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The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) recently published a report on tax revenue statistics in selected Asian and Pacific countries. The report, covering 24 tax jurisdictions, provides tax revenue data from 1990 to 2019 and includes a section on nontax revenue data for selected Asian and Pacific economies. Additionally, a special feature co-authored by the
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Under a territorial tax system, multinational businesses primarily pay taxes to the countries in which they are physically located and earn their income. This means that territorial tax regimes do not generally tax the income companies earn in foreign countries. A worldwide tax system, on the other hand—such as the system previously employed by the
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The Biden administration has proposed to significantly increase the tax burden on foreign income through a policy known as Global Intangible Low-Tax Income (GILTI). While the administration’s rhetoric focuses on doubling the tax rate on GILTI from 10.5 percent to 21 percent, this is less than half the story. The rate on GILTI is going
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Thin capitalization occurs when companies finance investments and operations through a level of debt far higher than their level of equity. High-tax countries create an incentive for companies to finance investments with debt because interest payments are tax-deductible, while the costs associated with equity financing are most often not. Some multinational corporations take advantage of
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Businesses around the world often operate in more than one country, making them subject to multiple tax jurisdictions. To prevent businesses from minimizing their tax liability by taking advantage of cross-country differences, countries have implemented various anti-tax avoidance measures, such as the so-called Controlled Foreign Corporation (CFC) rules. Controlled Foreign Corporation rules apply to certain income
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