Under the Russian Presidency, the third FATF Plenary meeting of FATF-XXV was held on 25-27 June 2014.

As part of its on-going review of compliance with the AML/CFT standards, the FATF has to date identified the following jurisdictions which have no longer be subject to the FATF’s monitoring process:

  • Kenya,
  • Kyrgyzstan,
  • Mongolia,
  • Nepal and
  • Tanzania.

On 1 July 2014 in Bern, Switzerland and Uzbekistan signed a protocol amending the agreement for the avoidance of double taxation (DTA) with respect to taxes on income and capital. This protocol brings the administrative assistance clause into line with the applicable international standard for the exchange of information upon request.


The protocol of amendment has to be ratified by both countries before it can enter into force.


The Netherlands updated its guidelines on advance tax rulings (ATRs), advance pricing agreements (APAs) and substance requirements. 


As previously reported, the law to approve the multilateral Council of Europe – OECD Mutual Assistance Treaty has been sent to the lower chamber of the Parliament (State Duma) for ratification. Based on the law, Russia will ratify the treaty with several reservations summarized below:



UK government introduced to Parliament a draft Bill to set up a registry of the real owners of companies and trusts.

It should be noted that the original target of 'beneficial ownership' transparency does not appear in the legislation. Instead, the bill introduced the notion 'people with significant control' or PSCs defined as those who have 'significant influence or control' over the company.


A bill to support the small businesses and to ease the tax burden on them was brought in the Russia’s State Duma.


Upon approval, small companies will enjoy the tax exemption for the period of 2 years from their state registration, as well as the considerable reduction of the contribution rates. At the same time, the regional authorities will be able to limit the types of business to which these tax holidays shall apply.


The amendments are expected to enter into force from 1 January 2015.


For the purpose of further supporting the development of small and micro businesses and to ease the financial burden on them, upon approval by the State Council, starting from 1 July 2014, companies now paying 4% or 6% in value-added tax will pay 3%.


The government is expected to announce further reductions in VAT rates, particularly for larger firms.


Kazakhtan's President, Nursultan Nazarbayev, has signed into law tax concessions to promote foreign investment.


Approved measures include a 10-year exemption from corporation tax, an 8-year exemption from property tax, and a 10-year freeze on most other taxes.


During the European Union’s Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) meeting in Brussels on 6 May 2014, it was suggested to split the proposed amendment relating to hybrid loans and general anti-avoidance rule (GAAR) in order to achieve progress faster and to introduce an antihybrid rule into the parent-subsidiary directive (PSD)at the next council’s meeting on 20 June 2014.


And indeed, on 20 June 2014, ECOFIN reached political agreement on a proposed amendment to the PSD. This amendment is targeted at cross-border hybrid loans and aims at neutralizing international mismatches that may arise due to international qualification differences of such loans. It is anticipated that the Member States implement the amendments in their domestic tax laws by 31 December 2015 at the latest.


The Department of Business Innovation & Skills (BIS), a UK ministerial department for economic growth, released a discussion paper on corporate transparency, which put forward proposals that would potentially affect limited liability partnerships (LLPs).

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