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The secret is out, this will most likely not be news to you but there is a strong interplay between Transfer Pricing, Customs and VAT. Even though income tax authorities may have different views in how they consider valuation from a TP perspective and the valuation structure recognized by customs authorities, we can no longer ignore that a company’s TP policy/adjustments will affect their cross-border transactions of tangible goods and ultimately impact their dutiable/VAT position.

As a follow-up on the second Action Plan for the fight against social and tax fraud, a bill was recently submitted to the Belgian Chamber of Representatives, which contains a number of relevant tax controversy measures. Amongst the main measures is a significant extension of the tax investigation and assessment periods for income taxes and VAT. Overall, the bill significantly extends the powers of the Belgian tax authorities and limits to a certain extent the taxpayer’s procedural rights.

On 24 October 2022, the Netherlands published an extensive draft proposal, including detailed commentary, for the implementation of the GloBE Model Rules in Dutch tax legislation. The Dutch Pillar 2 Proposal is presented as a stand-alone legislative act referred to as the “Minimum Tax Act 2024”, which would exist separate from the Dutch corporate income tax act. The Minimum Tax Act 2024 is largely based on the EU Pillar 2 Directive that was published on 22 December 2021 and further updated in subsequent months.

Roughly one year after the federal election in September 2021, the German government’s plans to legalize cannabis for recreational use have further taken shape. German Minister of Health Karl Lauterbach has introduced a document on the key points of the planned legislative changes on Wednesday, 26 October 2022. According to this document, cultivation, distribution and taxation — as well as advertisement for recreational use — of cannabis will be specifically regulated.

By means of Decree 679/2022, dated 10 June 2022, the Executive Power created the Promotion of Investments for Exports of Knowledge Economy Activities Regime, and incorporated benefits for those registered in the National Registry of Beneficiaries of the Promotion of the Knowledge Economy Regime provided by Law 27,506.

From 2026, pure battery electric vehicles (BEVs) must be equipped with certain levels of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS); otherwise, excise tax rates will be higher. The Royal Gazette has published several notifications of the Excise Department regarding BEVs recently. The Notifications have introduced the ADAS requirements as a new condition to apply lower excise tax rates on BEVs along with detailed requirements on the use of domestically manufactured batteries.

On 7 October 2022 the Malaysian Minister of Finance tabled the Budget 2023 which covers the following 3 agendas, each supported by the agenda’s individual core focus and strategies:
• Responsive Budget – to expand fiscal policy
• Responsible Budget – to ensure financial sustainability of the Government
• Reformist Budget – to implement reforms and enact policies that could adapt to new norms
The comprehensive list of objectives within the Budget 2023 among others, is to strengthen economic recovery post COVID-19 and numerous incentives and action plans had been laid out to achieve these objectives. This alert focuses on the Budget 2023 highlights that would have an impact on the projects and infrastructure industries in Malaysia.

The speed and volume of change in the crypto asset markets has accelerated across the globe, with established financial institutions increasingly entering the sector whilst regulators look to keep pace. Recent high-profile developments and market volatility have led to growing calls for scrutiny and regulatory controls. Navigating this fast paced environment, within a sometimes disjointed regulatory framework, can be challenging. The Crypto Boot Camp 2022 Series covers the crypto ecosystem and integrating crypto into established financial systems (recordings available), crypto risk (3 November 2022), NFTs (15 November 2022), DeFi (1 December 2022), and Growth in Crypto (6 December 2022).

The Ministry of People’s Power of Economy, Finance and Foreign Trade issued Resolution No. 017-2022 on 30 August 2022 (“Resolution”), whereby tariff codes were removed from and added to Appendix I of Decree No. 4,683 of 1 May 2022 (“Decree”). The Decree established the exemption from the payment of value-added tax (VAT), customs duties and customs service fees for imports of certain goods and economic sectors until 31 December 2022.
The Resolution entered into force on 12 September 2022 (i.e., five business days following its publication in the Official Gazette of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela).