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New option model for partnerships – Part I: System change upon exercising this option

The Act on the Modernisation of Corporation Tax Law (Gesetz zur Modernisierung der Körperschaftsteuer, KöMoG) is likely to become applicable as of […]

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Simplification of tax rules for many taxpayers

A tax amendment act that came into force on 9.6.2021 will make life simpler for many taxpayers and provide improved possibilities for deductions.

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Private usage of electric and hybrid vehicles

Propulsion technology is getting better and traditional concepts in this respect are being left behind and so, currently, the tax treatment of motor […]

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‘Leave to stay’ or baby leave, sick leave and care leave for business executives (m/f/x)

Draft legislation to “Supplement and Amend the Regulations for the Equal Participation of Women in Leadership Positions in both the Private and Public […]

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New notification obligations – The transparency register has become a comprehensive register

The Transparency Register and Financial Information Act (Transparenz- und Informationsgesetz, TraFinG), which was passed at the end June, came into […]

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Interest of 6% on tax arrears and tax refunds is unconstitutional

Interest becomes due on tax arrears and tax refunds if 15 months after the end of the calendar year in which the tax liability arose the tax has not […]

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Business hospitality expenses – New requirements from the Federal Ministry of Finance

In the Federal Ministry of Finance’s circular, of 30.6.2021, the fiscal authority took into account the developments in digitalisation in the area of […]

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Out-of-court restructuring facilitated by the Business Stabilisation and Restructuring Act

The Act on the Stabilisation and Restructuring Framework for Enterprises (Gesetz über den Stabilisierungs- und Restrukturierungsrahmen für […]

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Plans for the reform of tax legislation in the USA

Shortly after his inauguration, on 20.1.2021, the new President, Joe Biden, started reversing many of his predecessor’s decisions and providing new […]

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Withholding capital gains tax – Plans to simplify procedures

On 20.1.2021, the German Federal Cabinet adopted the draft bill on the Modernisation of Withholding Tax Relief and the Certification of Capital Gains […]

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Tax-free repayment of capital contributions from foreign corporations

A shareholder may generally receive payments free of tax if they originate from the profit distributions of a corporate body and if these payments can […]

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Latest news on input tax deduction for a holding company

A so-called functional holding company or management holding company is deemed to be a business that has to register for VAT if its sole purpose is […]

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Anticipated work-related costs in the case of a semester abroad

In the context of higher education, for the purpose of deducting allowable expenses a distinction is made between undergraduate studies and second […]

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Transformation of the transparency register – Instead of the presumption of notification (Mitteilungsfiktion) there will now be new obligations backed up by fines

In accordance with the EU anti-money laundering directive, the transparency registers of the EU member states have to be interconnected with each […]

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Insolvency – Contesting the sale of a property below value

In the run-up to a looming insolvency, debtors frequently attempt to salvage the available private assets from the clutches of the insolvency […]

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Internet sales – Threshold for classification as a business

Occasional private sales on the internet will usually have no tax consequences. If the internet sales continue to grow, however, there is a risk that […]

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Flat-rate tax on non-cash benefits – The costs for the external setting of a business event have to be included

Business-related benefits for employees that are provided by employers in addition to the remuneration that would in any case be due may be taxed on […]

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Will coronavirus cause the home office to become a permanent establishment?

In view of the global pandemic, in some cases, employees are working exclusively from a home office (HO). If an employee lives in another country then […]

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OECD guidance on the coronavirus implications for transfer pricing

It is essential for businesses that operate internationally to continuously examine the transfer pricing rules. New situations such as, in particular, […]

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Non-financial reporting – Rising importance in the context of sustainable finance

Non-financial reporting is growing in importance in the public perception of annual reporting by companies. The coronavirus pandemic and climate […]

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