The Autumn Statement 2013 was made by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne on Thursday 5 December. The statement provides an update on the government’s plans for the economy based on the latest forecasts from the Office for Budget Responsibility.


On 29 November 2013 the Swiss Federal Council has instructed the Swiss Federal Department of Finance to submit a proposal on the next steps for enhanced due diligence requirements to prevent banks and other financial intermediaries the acceptance of untaxed assets in the Confederation.


On 29 November 2013, the U.S.A. and the Cayman Islands signed an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) on the basis of a Model I template, in order to improve international tax compliance and to implement the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).


An arrangement comprising of an exchange of letters amending the 2008 Tax Information Exchange Agreement (TIEA) with the British Virgin Islands was signed on 28 November 2013 to permit automatic and spontaneous exchange of information. At the same time an agreement was also signed to improve international tax compliance which sets out the precise details of the information which will be automatically exchanged.



The intergovernmental agreement between Great Britain and Gibraltar on the automatic disclosure of tax information was signed on the 21 November 2013.

The key feature of this agreement is its non-reciprocity which means UK financial institutions will not have further reporting obligations under the terms of this agreement.

The text of the new agreement is available on the HM Revenue & Customs website.


On 12 November 2013 Law from 24.10.2013 г. № 657-VІІ “On Changes to the Tax Code of Ukraine in respect of recording and registering taxpayers and improving certain provisions” that changed the definition of a "low tax jurisdiction" for transfer pricing purposes (identifying controlled transactions), has been published in the official gazette «Golos Ukrainy», the issue № 212. The list of the low tax jurisdictions will be set by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.


On 25 November 2013 the European Commission proposed amendments to key EU corporate tax legislation, in particular, the Parent-Subsidiary Directive, in order to significantly reduce tax avoidance in Europe. 


Canada (on 21 November, 2013) and New Zealand (on 22 November, 2013) have ratified the multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters. The Convention will enter into force for both countries from March 1, 2014.


On 7 November 2013 Belgium's Chamber of Representatives, the lower house of the Federal Parliament, endorsed the Avoidance of Double Taxation Agreement ("DTA") signed with China on 7 October 2009.



The Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes met on the sixth time in Jakarta, Indonesia, on 21-22 November 2013. During the Jakarta meeting, six new countries became members: Azerbaijan, Dominican Republic, Lesotho, Romania, Senegal and Ukraine.

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