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As local and international tax rules become more prescriptive, and compliance and reporting obligations more onerous, dealing with them effectively is a significant challenge. Our UK-based tax team is well-placed to assist you. We are part of a 300 strong tax group across Europe and beyond. Supported by strong technical back-up teams that identify developments in tax law and policy affecting your business, we will help you develop robust structures that maximise tax effectiveness and can respond to future developments such as BEPS. We work with you to implement an appropriate tax strategy for your business.

Whether you are a financial institution, multinational, fund, corporate investor or high net worth individual, we understand your commercial drivers and the tax pressures you face.

Our teams work together across all sectors and all areas of tax affecting your business including VAT, transfer pricing, tax structuring and tax disputes. Where you are undertaking a transaction, our advice can make a material difference to transaction costs, help you exploit tax saving opportunities and, in some cases, avert serious consequences. If you are involved in a dispute, an early intervention with the tax authorities on your behalf can ensure the best outcome for your business.

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    Employee Incentives

    CMS has the largest number of partners dedicated to employee share plans in a City law firm. With over forty years’ combined experience as partners in their field, our team also stands out for the range of work it does. We each advise FTSE100 and multinational companies on their share plans and the public company M&A work that goes with that, but also advise start-ups, particularly in the tech and life sciences sectors and other companies which are private equity owned. We will work together with you to maximise the opportunities to reward employees in as tax-effective a way as possible and deliver their rewards cost-effectively.

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    Transfer Pricing

    As an organisation with global operations, you may be benefiting from strong growth in cross-border transactions. You are also subject to tighter regulations, complex multi-jurisdictional tax investigations, higher tax adjustments and an increasingly litigious approach to settling transfer pricing audits.

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    28/09/2018
    CMS - Fo­cus­ing on Funds - Tough­er Tax Rules for Ger­man Real Es­tate
    This Fo­cus­sing on Funds up­date looks at the con­tinu­ing hot top­ic of how tax changes af­fect fund struc­tures and deals. Fol­low­ing our pre­vi­ous look at the France and Lux­em­bourg double tax treaty, the fo­cus be­low is on Ger­man real es­tate.
    29/06/2018
    Changes in the works for real es­tate trans­fer tax in share deals
    At the 21 June 2018 Ber­lin meet­ing of fin­ance min­is­ters of Ger­many's fed­er­al states, dis­cus­sions around ap­ply­ing the real es­tate trans­fer tax to share deals entered a new phase. The fin­ance min­is­ters agreed to the fol­low­ing meas­ures: Cre­ation of a new.
    11/06/2018
    BEPS: UK rat­i­fies the OECD Mul­ti­lat­er­al In­stru­ment
    The Double Tax­a­tion Re­lief (Base Erosion and Profit Shift­ing) Or­der 2018 has been ap­proved by the House of Com­mons on 23 May 2018 (the “Or­der”) (full text avail­able here). The Or­der rat­i­fies the OECD’s Mul­ti­lat­er­al Con­ven­tion to Im­ple­ment Tax Treaty Re­lated.
    17/05/2018
    Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence and Ro­bot­ics: From a La­bour and Tax Per­spect­ive...
    Mod­ern in­form­a­tion tech­no­logy, in­tel­li­gent al­gorithms and pro­duc­tion ro­bots are strongly in­flu­en­cing the work­ing world in the 21st cen­tury. Every­day tasks are already be­ing per­formed by in­tel­li­gent al­gorithms.
    23/03/2018
    European Com­mis­sion con­firms pro­pos­als to tax the Di­git­al Eco­nomy
    On 21 March 2018, the European Com­mis­sion an­nounced that it is mov­ing ahead with pro­pos­als to im­ple­ment both a Dir­ect­ive on di­git­al per­man­ent es­tab­lish­ment (“di­git­al PE”) and an in­ter­im tar­geted turnover tax (the press re­lease is avail­able here).
    07/03/2018
    Leaked doc­u­ment re­veals EU pro­pos­als for tax­ing the Di­git­al Eco­nomy
    A leaked European Com­mis­sion doc­u­ment (dated 26 Feb­ru­ary 2018 and avail­able here) re­veals an in­sight in­to the EU’s in­ten­tions re­gard­ing tax­ing the di­git­al eco­nomy. The draft pro­pos­al notes there is a con­tinu­ing mis­match between where profits are taxed and value.
    05/03/2018
    EU pro­pos­als move ahead for a com­mon cor­por­ate tax base
    The pro­posed Com­mon Cor­por­ate Tax Base (“CCTB”) and Com­mon EU Con­sol­id­ated Cor­por­ate Tax Base (“CCCTB”) have been ap­proved by the EU’s Eco­nom­ics and Mon­et­ary Com­mit­tee (an­nounce­ment here). The European Par­lia­ment’s brief­ing from Septem­ber 2017 is avail­able.
    01/02/2018
    Cap­it­al gains on crypto­cur­ren­cies: what hap­pens un­der the Bel­gian...
    Crypto­cur­ren­cies have re­cently at­trac­ted a lot of at­ten­tion, with many in­vestors seek­ing to be­ne­fit from this new trend. Be­ing a re­cent phe­nomen­on, crypto­cur­ren­cies are not yet sub­ject to spe­cif­ic rules in Bel­gi­um.
    30/01/2018
    Bit­coin tax­a­tion in France
    An un­pre­ced­en­ted fin­an­cial phe­nomen­on, vari­ations in the price of bit­coin raise many ques­tions about the tax treat­ment of profits and losses gen­er­ated by in­vestors.   Bit­coin is a vir­tu­al cur­rency (or crypto­cur­rency) cre­ated in 2009.
    15/12/2017
    Mone­g­asque Law Re­form Sim­pli­fies In­ter­na­tion­al Es­tate Trans­fer­s' Res­ol­u­tion
    Mone­g­asque Act n°1. 448 dated 28 June 2017 re­gard­ing private in­ter­na­tion­al law provides for the ap­plic­a­tion of a single law on suc­ces­sion. Yet, if es­tate plan­ning where Monaco loc­ated as­sets or Monaco res­id­ents are in­volved is go­ing to be sim­pli­fied from a civil.
    02/11/2017
    EU Frame­work for resolv­ing double tax dis­putes
    The EU Eco­nom­ic and Fin­an­cial Af­fairs Coun­cil has ad­op­ted a Dir­ect­ive to cre­ate a new sys­tem to re­solve double tax­a­tion dis­putes between EU Mem­ber States. This meas­ure will af­ford tax­pay­ers a trans­par­ent pro­cess with clear dead­lines ap­plic­able to tax au­thor­it­ies.
    20/09/2017
    Pub­lic Coun­try-by-Coun­try Re­port­ing; Tax­pay­er­s' Rights
    Ap­pro­pri­ate Use of Coun­try-by-Coun­try Re­ports The OECD has now pub­lished Guid­ance (avail­able here) on the ap­pro­pri­ate use of Coun­try-by-Coun­try Re­ports (‘Cb­CRs’) by na­tion­al tax au­thor­it­ies. This is in re­sponse to some val­id MNE con­cerns that tax au­thor­it­ies.