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Tax-News.com: New Zealand Enacts COVID-19 Support Bill

New Zealand has enacted The COVID-19 Response (Taxation and Social Assistance Urgent Measures) Bill to support businesses and individuals cope with the COVID-19 outbreak.

Tax-News.com: OECD Takes Stock Of International Efforts To Counter Treaty Abuse

On March 24, 2020, the OECD has released a second update on the peer review process to assess countries' efforts to implement the BEPS Action 6 minimum standard on tackling tax treaty abuse.

Tax-News.com: US Senate Passes 'Phase Three' COVID-19 Aid Package

On March 25, 2020, the United States Senate overwhelmingly approved the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, which represents the third package of financial aid measures to businesses and individuals affected by the coronavirus crisis and which includes numerous tax provisions to support businesses.

Tax-News.com: Turkey Props Up Airlines Impacted By COVID-19 With VAT Relief

On March 23, 2020, the Turkish Government published a resolution in the official gazette to temporarily reduce the rate of VAT on air passenger transport to one percent.

Tax-News.com: Switzerland Announces COVID-19 Plan To Scrap Interest On Tax Arrears

The Swiss Government has announced that it will waive interest on late payments of tax, to allow companies to delay their tax payments.

Tax-News.com: Belgium Waiving VAT On COVID-19-Related Activities

On March 24, 2020, the Belgian tax authority announced value-added tax will not be levied on medical equipment donated to hospitals and healthcare facilities.

Tax-News.com: Malta Defers Tax Payment Deadlines In Response To COVID-19

In response to the coronavirus outbreak, the Maltese Government has announced deferrals for the payment of a number of taxes.

Tax-News.com: COVID-19: Germany Allowing Businesses To Defer Taxes

The German Ministry of Finance has adopted a circular including various tax relief measures for businesses affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

Tax-News.com: Netherlands Adopts COVID-19 Economic Relief Package

On March 17, 2020, the Dutch Ministry of Finance announced that the Government has adopted a package of measures intended to protect the economy from the coronavirus epidemic, including several tax changes.

Tax-News.com: Belgium Extends Deadlines In Light Of COVID-19

On March 18, 2020, the Belgian tax authorities announced the postponement of various value-added tax filing and payment deadlines to support companies during the coronavirus crisis.

Tax-News.com: Coronavirus Won't Delay Digital Tax Work, OECD Says

The OECD has said that it is continuing to forge ahead with the development of new international tax rules for the digitalized economy.

Tax-News.com: UK's IR35 Reforms Delayed For One Year

The UK Government has announced that the expansion of the off-payroll working rules, known as IR35, will be delayed until April 2021, in light of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Tax-News.com: Austria Announces COVID-19 Tax Relief Measures

On March 16, 2020, the Austrian Ministry of Finance announced that it has developed a new form to help companies expedite their claims for coronavirus-related tax relief.

Tax-News.com: Ireland Announces Help For SMEs With Cash-Flow Issues

The Irish Revenue has issued advice on the steps it is taking to help SMEs experiencing cashflow and trading difficulties arising from the impact of the coronavirus.

Tax-News.com: France Announces Tax Support Measures For Businesses

The French General Directorate of Public Finance has announced that companies and self-employed taxpayers will be able to postpone without penalty upcoming tax payments due to the public health emergency.

Tax-News.com: Italy Suspends Tax Assessments Over COVID-19

On March 12, 2020, the Italian Revenue Agency announced the suspension of its audit activities in light of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Tax-News.com: Netherlands Announces Tax Measures To Mitigate COVID-19

The Dutch Government will allow taxpayers to defer payments of certain taxes under a new package of coronavirus economic relief measures.

Tax-News.com: Germany Relaxes Tax Payment Rules

On March 13, 2020, the German Ministry of Finance announced the relaxation of certain tax payment requirements as part of a package of measures designed to ease the economic impact of the COVID-19 virus.

Tax-News.com: Germany Issues Draft Guidance On DAC6

On March 2, 2020, the German Ministry of Finance released a draft discussion document on new rules implementing the sixth European Union Directive on Administrative Cooperation, under which intermediaries are obligated to report certain tax planning schemes.

Tax-News.com: UK Announces Plastics Tax, Business Rates Relief In 2020 Budget

The UK's 2020 Budget, released on March 11, 2020, includes proposals to waive business rates on small retailers, to introduce a new tax on plastics, and to remove value-added tax on electronic publications.

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