On 29 January 2014, a revised draft bill of the 2014 Tax Amendment Act (Abgabenänderungsgesetz 2014) was forwarded to the Austrian Parliament. The revised draft bill modifies the initial draft law with amendments to certain Austrian Tax Acts that was published on 9 January 2014.


The new Companies Ordinance (the new CO) was passed by the Legislative Council on 12 July 2012 and will come into force on 3 March 2014.


Bank of Cyprus (BoC) on Thursday, 30 January 2014, announced the release of some €900 million that were held in fixed-term deposits, blocked following the lender’s recapitalisation in July 2013. The decision concerns the six-month time deposits that matured on January 31.

The move was made after consultations with the Ministry of Finance and the Central bank of Cyprus. The decision was taken due to a significant improvement in the bank’s liquidity in the last few months and the stabilization of the deposit base.

Through its decision the Bank’s management recognizes the improving trust and confidence towards the Bank by its customers and, in tandem, meets the expectations of the general public in Cyprus for enhancing the liquidity in the economy.


The rates of value added tax (VAT) in France, effective 1 January 2014, are as follows:

  • The standard 19.6% VAT rate is increased to 20%.
  • The intermediary 7% VAT rate has been increased to 10%.
  • The 8% rate applicable in Corsica has been increased to 10%.

On 28 January 2014, President Obama delivered his fifth State of the Union Address.

In his speech, President Barack Obama provided few new ideas on tax reform, but included the corporate tax cut arrangements he has proposed many times before since 2012.

President Obama again put forward the plan to eliminate corporate "tax loopholes" and provide for a minimum tax on foreign earnings, while lowering the top corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 28 percent.



On 12 December 2013, Vladimir Putin delivered the annual Presidential Address to the Federal Assembly. Mr. President announced a set of initiatives to crack down on Russian companies who register and pay taxes in offshore jurisdictions. And now the proposal to prohibit Russian companies registered in offshore jurisdictions to bid at state tenders is being implemented at the legislative level.


On January 18, 2014 the State Duma introduced a bill on ratification of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters signed by Russia back in 2011.


On 14 January 2014, the U.S. Treasury Department published an updated list of countries that are treated as having in effect a FATCA Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA).

The updated list includes the following six additional countries:

  • Bermuda;
  • Guernsey;
  • Isle of Man;
  • Jersey;
  • Malta;
  • Netherlands.

As announced last year in Cyprus the standard and reduced value added tax rates were increased by one percent from January 13, 2014. The standard VAT rate of 18% was increased to 19% and the reduced rate of 8% was increased to 9%.


On 10 January 2014, the USA and Italy signed an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA), on the basis of a Model 1 template, in order to implement the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).

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