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As local and international tax regulations become more prescriptive, dealing with them in a cross-border context presents you with a significant challenge. The number and complexity of tax investigations conducted by authorities is rapidly escalating and the need for tax adjustments is rising accordingly. Our 350 tax lawyers are supported by strong technical tax intelligence teams that identify developments in tax law and policy affecting your business. This multi-disciplinary approach helps you develop robust structures that maximise tax effectiveness in alignment with your commercial strategy.

Whether you are a financial institution, multinational, fund, investor or high net worth individual, we understand your business and the tax pressures you face. Our teams work together across Europe and beyond in the key areas affecting your business including VAT, international taxation, transfer pricing, e-commerce, M&A and investment funds, tax planning and financing. In case of, for example, a takeover or financing transaction, it is very important to identify all relevant tax aspects as early as possible. By doing so, they can be taken into account in the negotiations.

Our experts can help you manage tax control cases and deal with tax authorities as well as manage tax litigation cases. The right tax advice can make a material difference to transaction costs and, in some cases, avert serious consequences. When discussions with the tax authorities arise, going to court is a possibility, but often negotiations are a good alternative. They can lead to an acceptable compromise.

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I think the biggest advantage of working with CMS is the firm's ability to handle complex queries which are interlinked with international, regulatory and corporate law aspects. We will always call on CMS in this case.

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    Corporate Tax

    Tax aspects relating to such matters as mergers and takeovers, private equity, employee participation plans and structured finance, form an important part of corporate tax law.

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    International Tax

    Sound tax advice is absolutely essential where international mergers and takeovers, private equity, international tax planning and transfer pricing are concerned.

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    Real Estate Taxation

    With property transactions and property developments, active support with tax matters is extremely important. By identifying and solving tax pitfalls and developing creative constructions for tax purposes, these transactions and developments can be optimized from a financial point of view.

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    VAT

    If you engage in business activities in the Netherlands or in other EU member states, you will probably have to pay VAT on your turnover. But even if you do not have a VAT-registered business, you will be confronted with it in some way or other. In that case, VAT paid on your purchases is a cost item. Today more than 130 countries have VAT or a similar levy. In this age of globalization you will increasingly be confronted with VAT legislation, both in the Netherlands and elsewhere.  

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    07/12/2016
    Busi­ness Im­plic­a­tions of BEPS
    A CMS Tax Ana­lys­is
    09/06/2017
    Busi­ness Im­plic­a­tions of Brexit
    A CMS Tax Ana­lys­is
    27/06/2017
    VAT re­fund
    Who is en­titled for a VAT re­fund?

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    01/12/2016
    BEPS Up­date: Mul­ti­lat­er­al In­stru­ment Pub­lished
    The OECD has now pub­lished the mul­ti­lat­er­al in­stru­ment (“MLI”) that will im­ple­ment cer­tain of the treaty-re­lated pro­pos­als from its pro­ject on tack­ling base erosion and profit shift­ing (“BEPS”).
    23/11/2016
    Au­tumn State­ment: Re­forms to the tax­a­tion of non-dom­i­ciled in­di­vidu­als
    The UK’s Chan­cel­lor of Ex­chequer de­livered his an­nu­al Au­tumn State­ment today. As pre­vi­ously an­nounced at the 2015 Sum­mer Budget and fol­low­ing the HM Treas­ury con­sulta­tion pub­lished on 19 Au­gust 2016, the gov­ern­ment has con­firmed that from April 2017: .
    18/10/2016
    Im­pend­ing UK In­her­it­ance Tax Changes
    In the 2015 Sum­mer Budget, pro­pos­als were an­nounced to change the UK tax re­gime for non-dom­i­ciles. These pro­pos­als were the sub­ject of a con­sulta­tion pa­per Re­forms to the Tax­a­tion of Non-dom­i­ciles: fur­ther con­sulta­tion which was pub­lished on 19 Au­gust 2016.
    31/08/2016
    EU Anti Tax Avoid­ance Dir­ect­ive: Im­pact on In­vest­ment Funds
    EU Mem­ber States re­cently reached an agree­ment on the EU Anti Tax Avoid­ance Dir­ect­ive 2016/0011 (the “Dir­ect­ive”). The Dir­ect­ive is aimed at tax plan­ning prac­tices cur­rently widely used by mul­tina­tion­al com­pan­ies and builds on the OECD's Base Erosion and Profit.