Sweden may have, as of 1/1/2021 new economic employer rules vs. the current rules of legal employer. If the legislation is passed as proposed, there will be an increased governance role, and complexity, for employees visiting Sweden for which the local business may derive benefits therefrom.
IRS issued new regulations for translation in Sec. 986(c)
The IRS also issued new LB&I guidance addressing computation of Sec. 986(c) computations, attached for reference.
US T.D. 9909, Final Regulations, in coordination with the issuance of proposed regulations, REG-124737-19, addressing Sec. 245A and the exception to subpart F income under Sec. 954(c)(6). The final regulations address extraordinary dispositions and reductions.
The UK will drop its Digital Service Tax (DST) initiative, knowing it would only increase its stimulus by several hundred million dollars , while COVID-19 has set the country back hundreds of billions of dollars in stimulus. It will be interesting how other countries, who have adopted or are thinking about a unilateral DST, will react prior to the OECD Project addressing this in Pillar One.
Several Member States have started to issue additional guidance, as they prepare for implementation. The UK and Dutch administrations have issued new guidance, although they have both adopted the 6-month reporting deferral.
Examples in both sets of guidance are informative, and may also serve as a trend for other Member States that are in the process of implementation.
However, Germany, among others, remains fairly silent in this guidance as they have not adopted the deferral period, with reporting deadlines at the end of July and August 2020.
The German ministry has advised that they will not delay the optional 6-month reporting obligation, thus the reporting dates revert to the end of July 2020 for 30-day reporting, and 31 August for historical arrangements.
It is interesting to note that Germany has retreated from their prior 30-day delay, citing system setup obstacles. Additionally, this last-minute retreat of position did not affect the delay of FATCA and CRS reporting. The exchange of DAC6 with other Member States by Germany will be delayed due to the positions taken to delay such reporting.
Everyone is awaiting further background on this position, which would align with Finland’s refusal to also adopt the 6-month deferral period.
Finland has provided additional guidance stating they have not elected to defer the COVID-19 6-month dates, thus the original dates of the end of July 2020 and August 2020 apply for reporting 30-day arrangements and historical arrangements, respectively.
Additionally, the guidance provides further clarity on hallmark definitions to apply for reportable cross-border arrangements between Finland and another country.