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Controversy Aside, IKEA on Solid Economic Footing in Royalty Dispute

Posted by Harold McClure

European affiliates of multinationals such as IKEA face scrutiny from a variety of agencies including the European Union (EU), which issued EU Council Directive 2011/16 also known as DAC6. The stated purpose of DAC6, which became effective on June 25, 2018, is to provide transparency and fairness in taxation. DAC6 applies to cross-border tax arrangements between EU affiliates and tax havens. One of these cross-border tax arrangements is intercompany royalty payments from EU affiliates to affiliate in tax havens such as Liechtenstein. Such intercompany payments by European affiliates of IKEA are being challenged by the European Commission in a State Aid inquiry, which was initiated on December 18, 2017, according to an EC press release:

OECD Released the Country-by-Country XML Schema

Posted by Ednaldo Silva

The OECD released the Country-by-Country (CbC) reporting XML shema. This release contains the User Guide for the OECD’s standardized electronic format for the exchange of CbC Reports between jurisdictions – the CbC XML Schema. See http://www.oecd.org/tax/country-by-country-reporting-xml-schema-user-guide-for-tax-administrations-and-taxpayers.pdf