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Tax-News.com: IRS Issues Proposed Regulations On BEAT

On December 13, 2018, the United States Internal Revenue Service issued proposed regulations on the operation of the base erosion and anti-abuse tax, contained in Section 59A of the Internal Revenue Code.

Tax-News.com: OECD States Tapped VAT, CIT To Achieve Record Revenues In 2017

Last year, the tax burden in OECD countries reached its highest level recorded, at 34.2 percent of gross domestic product, up 20 basis points on 2016, largely due to increasing taxes on personal consumption and companies.

Tax-News.com: OECD Reports Progress On Harmful Tax Regimes Work

Releasing a progress update, the OECD said international efforts to curb harmful tax practices and prevent the misuse of preferential tax regimes are having a tangible impact worldwide.

Tax-News.com: FASB Issues New Standard For Variable Interest Entities

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) on October 31 issued Accounting Standards Update 2018-17, intended to reduce the cost and complexity of financial reporting associated with consolidation of variable interest entities (VIEs), for which consolidation is not based on a majority of voting rights.

Tax-News.com: Estonia Tops Tax Foundation's Tax Competitiveness Index

Estonia has topped the Tax Foundation's International Tax Competitiveness Index for the fifth successive year, being deemed to have the "best tax code in the OECD."

Tax-News.com: UK Crown Dependencies Introducing Economic Substance Rules

Each of the Crown Dependencies – Jersey, Guernsey, and the Isle of Man – have tabled legislation that will introduce new substance requirements for tax-resident firms engaged in certain industries from January 1, 2019.

Tax-News.com: Seychelles Enacts BEPS Legislation

Seychelles has enacted numerous legislative amendments that are intended to enable Seychelles to comply with the OECD's base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) minimum standards.

Tax-News.com: EU VAT Changes On Vouchers To Take Effect

Significant changes to the way that businesses should account for value-added tax on vouchers will become effective on January 1, 2019.

Tax-News.com: Canadian Tax Regime To Be Enhanced From 2019

Canada's small business tax rate will be reduced from 10 percent to nine percent from January 1, 2019, as part of a suite of new year tax changes.

Tax-News.com: Greece To Cut Corporate Tax

Greece will gradually lower the rate of corporate tax over the next four years, under proposals announced in September and recently approved by the Greek parliament.

Changes related to peer review proposed for UAA

The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) is proposing changes to the Uniform Accountancy Act (UAA) Model Rules related to peer review programs.

GASB proposes implementation guide for fiduciary activities standard

GASB published a proposed implementation guide that provides questions and answers about the board’s new standards for state and local government accounting and financial reporting for fiduciary activities.

ASB changes align GAAS with PCAOB standards

The AICPA Auditing Standards Board voted to issue a new standard that will more closely align generally accepted auditing standards and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s standards.

6 tips for developing critical audit matter disclosures

New PCAOB rules require disclosure of critical audit matters encountered by auditors during the engagement. Here are some suggestions firms can use to identify critical audit matters.

PCAOB strengthens rules for auditing estimates, supervising specialists

The PCAOB voted to approve a new standard and amendments for auditing accounting estimates, including fair value measurements, and using the work of specialists.

Sec. 199A: Questions and answers

Jeff Bilsky, CPA, senior practice leader for BDO’s national partnership taxation group, sat down recently for a question-and-answer session on guidance that has been issued on the Sec. 199A qualified business income deduction.

Government shutdown would halt many IRS operations

A partial government shutdown at midnight on Friday would affect the IRS, which has not been fully funded for fiscal year 2019.

2019 standard mileage rates announced

The IRS released guidance on the standard mileage rate for business, medical and certain moving expenses incurred in 2019.

Proposed regs. govern tax on base-erosion payments

The IRS issued proposed rules on the Sec.59A base-erosion anti-abuse tax (BEAT), one of a number of new international tax provisions added by the law known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

IRS explains disallowance of qualified transportation fringe benefits for parking

The IRS issued guidance outlining how to determine the amount of parking expense that is nondeductible under Sec. 274(a)(4) when employers provide parking for their employees.

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