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The landscape has changed?

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in this area of the law has undergone a substantial overhaul over the past few years. Initially, it was about the United States being upset with the Swiss in providing hidden accounts to its citizens.
This is progressed to the OECD and the sharing of intelligence amongst allies and the OECD and its measures. We explain some of these changes and measures below.

We welcome your no obligation enquiry to discuss generally the change landscape or if you have an outmoded or outdated structure that is causing you a concern.

Meet Our International Assets & Risks Law Senior Lawyers

Jaswinder (Jas) Sekhon

Jaswinder (Jas) Sekhon

Managing Director

Jaswinder has a fresh revitalizing approach to law which has led to outstanding results. Admitted to practice as a solicitor/barrister in four countries, with over 30 years’ experience in wealth, finance, tax, trusts, funds, and structures. Jas equally enjoys strategic work for clients in disputes, emerging, criminal or family law.

Jennifer Cheal

Jennifer Cheal

Senior Associate/Practice Manager

As the practice director, Jennifer is a consummate professional and simply an outstanding lawyer. She has a great eye for relevant detail and yet also a wonderful sense of perspective in devising and implementing legal strategies.

Post FATCA And The OECD

International tax planning may now, certainly in the short term, be about damage control and restructuring – beware of advisers promising quick fix solutions otherwise!

Contact Jaswinder (Jas) Sekhon, the global head of our tax practice for a no obligation discussion on what this may mean for your outmoded structures and for your future international expansion plans.

Is It Game Over? Disclosure Rules For Advisers?

09/03/2018 – OECD issues new model disclosure rules that require lawyers, accountants, financial advisors, banks and other service providers to inform tax authorities of any schemes they put in place for their clients to avoid reporting under the OECD/G20 Common Reporting Standard (CRS) or prevent the identification of the beneficial owners of entities or trusts.

Global Citizens Lose Their Golden Lustre

The OECD is also addressing cases of abuse of golden visas and similar schemes to circumvent CRS reporting.

What is ``The OECD BEPS Action Plan``

“Due to rising government and community concern about BEPS strategies, G20 finance ministers asked the OECD to develop an action plan addressing BEPS issues in a co-ordinated and comprehensive manner. This resulted in the release of the OECD BEPS 15 Action Plan Link in mid-2013:”

What is ``The OECD BEPS Action Plan``

"Due to rising government and community concern about BEPS strategies, G20 finance ministers asked the OECD to develop an action plan addressing BEPS issues in a co-ordinated and comprehensive manner. This resulted in the release of the OECD BEPS 15 Action Plan Link in mid-2013:"

Action 1 Address the tax challenges of the digital economy

Action 2 Neutralise the effects of hybrid mismatch arrangements

Action 3 Strengthen controlled foreign company (CFC) rules

Action 4 Limit base erosion involving interest deductions and other financial payments

Action 5 Counter harmful tax practices more effectively, taking into account transparency and substance

Action 6 Prevent treaty abuse

Action 7 Prevent the artificial avoidance of the permanent establishment status

Actions 8–10: Assure that transfer pricing outcomes are in line with value creation

Action 11: Establish methodologies to collect and analyse data on BEPS and the actions to address it

Action 12: Require taxpayers to disclose their aggressive tax planning arrangements

Action 13: Re-examine transfer pricing documentation

Action 14: Make dispute resolution mechanisms more effective

Action 15: Develop a multilateral instrument to modify bilateral tax treaties" (ATO website)

Australia's Implementation Of The BEPS Package

Australia is committed to acting to address BEPS risks and is in the process of implementing recommendations from the BEPS package as follows:”

  • BEPS Actions 2, 5, 8–10 and 3 – work is well progressed
  • On 7 June 2017, Australia, along with 67 other jurisdictions, signed the Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent BEPS.
  • Once the convention is enacted in Australia and the OECD has been informed of our completion of Australia’s ratification procedures, Australia’s network of double tax treaties will be automatically amended to give effect to those BEPS recommendations that need changes to treaties.
  • Actions 5, 6, 13 and 14 – inclusive framework include monitoring implementation of BEPS measures, in particular the minimum standard recommendations

Australia's Current Work on BEPS

  • Implementation of the OECD Hybrid Mismatch Rules (BEPS Action 2)
  • Automatic Exchange of Information on Cross Border Arrangements (BEPS Action 5)
  • Strengthening Transfer Pricing Rules (BEPS Actions 8–10)
  • Country-by-Country Reporting (BEPS Action 13)
  • Mutual agreement procedure (BEPS Action 14)

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