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Stricter rules for the cross-border transfer of functions as of 2022

If business functions are relocated from Germany to affiliated foreign companies or permanent establishments then the German fiscal authorities will […]

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Tax-optimised transfer of own home to relatives

In the case of inheritance, while it is possible to transfer an owner-occupied home to the remaining spouse free of inheritance tax, nevertheless, […]

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Child benefit entitlement – Disputes following initial vocational training

The entitlement to child benefit continues to exist even after the child’s 18th birthday and at least until their initial vocational training has been […]

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Property valuation – Important changes to the German Valuation Act in the 2022 Annual Tax Act

The draft of the 2022 Annual Tax Act (Jahressteuergesetz, JStG) contains – besides many other changes (please see our previous report) – amendments to […]

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Right to a compulsory portion of a testator’s estate – 10-year time period in the case of gifting

There is sometimes a desire not to bequeath wealth that has been built up in accordance with the statutory succession rules. This can moreover be […]

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Requirements for the recognition of childcare costs for tax purposes

Deductions for childcare costs may generally be claimed in your tax return. It is however questionable how spouses who live in permanent separation […]

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New federal authority for tackling financial crime

The Federal Ministry of Finance (Bundesministerium der Finanzen, BMF) has announced that it is pooling forces of the state in a newly created […]

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Input tax deduction – Right to choose classification in the case of mixed-use items

Input tax deduction for items that are used not just for business purposes requires these items to be promptly allocated to business assets. Recently, […]

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Towing away illegally parked vehicles

If a car parking space renter does not actually use their space at all then a question that arises is whether or not a vehicle that has been illegally […]

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Measures to tackle the energy crisis and to combat inflation

Russia’s war on Ukraine triggered an energy crisis and clearly demonstrated the need to switch to a climate-neutral energy supply. The German Federal […]

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Planned modernisation of external tax audits

A draft law published by the Federal Ministry of Finance (Bundesministerium der Finanzen, BMF) includes proposed changes related to external tax […]

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European tax law – When does a business owner have a fixed establishment?

A matter that is often disputed with fiscal authorities is the question of the circumstances under which a German parent company would create another […]

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Measures to provide relief for employees in France

In France, the lawmakers have likewise adopted a number of legal provisions in order to compensate for inflation and higher energy prices. These […]

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New possible ways of avoiding insolvency proceedings

The German Federal government approved the Stabilisation and Restructuring Framework legislation (Gesetz über den Stabilisierungs- und […]

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Minority shareholding managing directors – Social insurance payment obligation despite special rights

In recent years, case law related to the assessment of a managing director under social security law has steadily developed further. The Federal […]

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Customs app for complying with import rules

The Federal Ministry of Finance has released a customs and postal app (Zoll-und-Post-App) as well as a customs and travel app (Zoll-und-Reise-App). […]

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The tax treatment of reorganisation-induced additional transfers in the case of a consolidated tax group

It is the view of the fiscal administration that a merger within an existing consolidated tax group structure at fair market values under German […]

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Cross border group financing – An update on the arm’s length nature

The Federal Fiscal Court’s (Bundesfinanzhof, BFH) ruling on interest rates for shareholder loans has been a subject covered in our previous articles […]

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The ‘royalty barrier’ rule – BMF sets out the requirements for preferential regimes

Since the introduction of the ‘royalty barrier’ rule (Section 4j of the German Income Tax Act), limits have been placed on the tax deductibility of […]

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The size effect in business valuation – The causes and risks of higher-than-average returns from small companies

In the context of business valuation, it is always noticeable that, when compared with large companies, small companies generate higher-than-average […]

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