February 12, 2024



Political Intervention in Tax Policy

  • Ecuadorian President imposes 13% VAT ceiling after vetoing National Assembly’s rate hike rejection. Aims to collect additional revenues amid rising violence.

  • India announces withdrawal of disputed income tax demands below INR 25,000 until FY 2014-15. Provides dispute resolution and compliance ease.

Global Alignment with International Tax Standards 

  • French court upholds FATCA tax data exchange finding no breach of EU privacy laws, signaling support.

  • OECD says over 40% of screened preferential tax regimes under review are now abolished worldwide. Indicates BEPS adoption.

VAT Scope and Rate Expansion

  • Chile has collected $1+ billion from overseas digital services VAT since 2020. 85 registered foreign suppliers pay, and over 90 are being probed.

  • Bulgaria keeps a 9% reduced VAT rate for restaurants, and sports services until mid-2024 against a planned hike. Incentivizes sectors.

Cross-Border Tax Certainty

  • Germany signs an amending protocol to the tax treaty with Switzerland and concludes multiple treaty renegotiations, as with Poland. Builds consensus to avoid disputes.

Enhanced Business Reporting Requirements

  • Greece allows a 30% deviation between company-reported income/costs versus actuals. It will reduce the gap over time for transparency.

  • Belgium will make B2B e-invoicing mandatory from 2026. Aims to improve monitoring and fraud prevention.

Targeted Development Incentives

  • Japan’s government introduces new tax deductions to promote innovation via deductions on IP income among new tax credit incentives for priority sectors.

  • Canada launches consultations on improving R&D credits, exploring patent box regime.

Tax-Driven International Ties

  • Bahrain cabinet green-lights new treaty with UAE. Builds cooperation with a major trade partner.


The developments reveal tax policy is being shaped by short-term domestic imperatives rather than international consensus. Temporary exemptions, delayed hikes, and ad-hoc dispute settlements indicate economic pragmatism is driving decisions more than principles.

Compliance pressures and uncertainty will increase as nations unilaterally tax sectors per unique priorities amid persisting global disputes over profit allocations. This discord means businesses may face higher reporting obligations, complexity and even double taxation for years before aligned guidelines emerge.

However, incentives targeted at priority areas like R&D and digital services signify the tax carrot remains alongside the stick. The ability to influence policy by demonstrating contribution to wider national objectives beyond revenues can determine outcomes for companies.

In essence, tax strategies must match the philosophical pivot – from technical adherence to responsible alignment. Building in-country negotiating capacity alongside monitoring guidelines as they evolve is key. 2024 could be the year this tax administration mindset shift gains speed even globally.