Ruling no. 30211, of 15 March, was disclosed by the Portuguese Tax Authorities, clarifying the extension of some amendments introduced in the Portuguese VAT Code by the Decree-Law no. 28/2019, of 15 February, under the SIMPLEX + Program.
To the retail operators, administrative penalty imposed on price cheating is one of the most common administrative penalties they would face in their daily operation. Price Cheating, as provided in the Pricing Law of the People's Republic of China (the “PRC”) and Regulations on Prevention of Price Cheating, refers to the act of a business operator cheating or misleading consumers or other business operators to trade with him in a false or misleading pricing form or with a false or misleading method.
The Directorate of National Taxes and Customs (DIAN) recently issued a reminder to taxpayers of the deadlines - established in Decree no. 2442 of December 27, 2018 issued by the Ministry of Finance - by which not-for-profit entities (ESAL) and Cooperative Sector Entities (ESCOOP) must update their registration in order to remain under the Special Tax Regime. Failure to complete this step can result in this special regime becoming non-applicable and loss of the benefits that it offers.
Combatting tax abuse by making regulations stricter has become a permanent feature of changes in legislation that traditionally apply to taxpayers from the beginning of a new year. This is the purpose behind the introduction, starting from 2019, of the obligation (applying to both legal/advisory financial businesses and their clients) to report tax arrangements (known as the Mandatory Disclosure Rules or MDR) and the change in accounting for withholding tax (WHT) based on preferential rates, consisting in introducing the obligation to recover this tax after it has been paid. The introduction of the so-called exit tax, in turn, is to discourage taxpayers from transferring their businesses outside Poland.
In response to the digital transformation of services for the storage, processing and use of data, and to promote the use of cloud computing for the provision of financial services, the Colombian Finance Authority (Superintendencia Financiera de Colombia or “SFC”) has issued External Circular no. 005- 2019, in which it sets out instructions relating to the use of cloud computing services.
New Trade Secrets Law 1/2019, of February 20, 2019 (TSL, available here) has been published in the Official State Gazette. The Law will come into force on March 13, 2019. It transposes into Spanish law, Directive (EU) 2016/943 of 8 June 2016, on the protection of undisclosed know-how and business information (trade secrets) against their unlawful acquisition, use and disclosure (available here).
The deadline to deliver the special payment on account (“PEC”) regarding fiscal year 2019 ends on 31 March for taxable persons resident within the Portuguese territory engaged primarily in a commercial, industrial or agricultural activity and non-residents with a permanent establishment herein which have adopted a fiscal year that coincide with the calendar year, in cases the waiver of such payment is not applicable. The PEC might be delivered in a single installment, during March, or in two installments, in March and October of the corresponding fiscal year, or in the 3rd and 10th month of the fiscal year, if not coincident with the calendar year.
Decree-Law no. 28/2019, of 15 February, was officially published, within the framework of the SIMPLEX + program, in order to promote the dematerialisation and reduce over-bureaucratisation in the emission and archiving of invoices, namely, consolidating and revising some provisions scattered through the legislation.