On 25 February 2014, during the meeting of the Federal Tax Service Board, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov announced that Russia’s Ministry of Finance was preparing new model DTA and was going to revise those in force.


On 5 March 2014, the Luxembourg Finance Minister presented the State budget 2014 to Parliament, although excluding measures to raise value-added tax (VAT) in 2014 as initially planned. 


On 1 March 2014, under The Financial Services Authority Act 2013, the Seychelles International Business Authority (SIBA) changed its name to the Financial Services Authority (FSA), and became the regulator for offshore non-bank financial services in the Seychelles.


On 10 February 2014 the Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev signed the Government Directive No. 162-r that approved the Roadmap for improving tax administration in Russia (the “Roadmap”).

The Roadmap is aimed at improving Russia’s position in the World Bank’s Doing Business ratings. Russia was ranked 64th in relation to paying taxes in 2013 and now it is planned to reach 50th by 2015 and 40th by 2018.


On 24 February 2014 amendments to Federal Tax Law 2014 (Abgabenänderungsgesetz 2014) were passed by the National Assembly of Austria.


26 February 2014 European Parliament supported a new standard VAT return proposed by EU Commission. The aim of this initiative is to ease tax compliance and make tax administrations across the Union more efficient as a commitment to the Commission's Regulatory Fitness and Performance Programme (REFIT).


In Singapore, stamp duty is payable on instruments relating to the acquisition, disposal, lease or mortgage of real estate property, and on the acquisition or mortgage of stocks or shares. The following tax changes to Singapore’s stamp duty rate regime were announced by Minister for Finance, Mr. Tharman Shanmugaratnam, in his Budget Statement for the Financial Year 2014, which was delivered in Parliament on 21 February 2014.


The Federation Council, the upper house of Russian parliament, intends to discuss de-offshorisation laws on a priority basis during the spring session. 


The British Virgin Islands proposed new legislation seeks to penalize for data leaks in the financial services industry, but may also deter individuals who leak secret data and media houses who publish those leaks from divulging certain types of information.

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