Brazil signs key tax agreements with Singapore and Switzerland–MNE Tax
SINGAPORE — Singapore and Brazil reaffirmed their strong relations and welcomed their growing cooperation at a lunch today (Jan 6), hosted. India and Regional Organizations. Briefs on India's Bilateral Relations ( KB). Brazil · Brazil (39 KB) . Singapore · Singapore ( KB). Slovak Republic. SINGAPORE: Singapore and Brazil have signed an accord to avoid double taxation, the two countries said in a joint statement on Tuesday.
May has been quite a busy month for international tax matters in Brazil as the country signed double tax treaties with both Singapore and Switzerland.
These two treaties, although signed the same month, share relatively different contexts. However, negotiations for the Swiss treaty date back towhen the Swiss foreign affairs minister visited to express the considerable concern of Swiss multinationals investing in Brazil on account of Brazil listing certain Swiss structures as Privileged Tax Regimes, informally known as the grey list.
The Brazil-Switzerland tax treaty reflects that history, as well. Brazilian businesses that seek to benefit from Singapore concessionary tax rates should evaluate properly their tax exposure because popular Singapore tax incentives related to shipping, trading, and aviation remain listed as privileged tax regimes.Country Comparison: INDIA vs BRAZIL (2018)
Technical services Both treaties introduce new Article 13 on fees for technical services and the content is exactly the same. The treaty articles are inspired by Article A of the United Nations model treaty, granting taxing rights on technical services to source countries. Singapore financial institutions SGFIs already must provide IRAS with a return setting out the CRS information of reportable accounts that they maintained during the calendar year in several jurisdictions, including Brazil.
Therefore, the new treaty is another step in strengthening EOI between Brazil and Singapore tax authorities. The corresponding exchange of information article of the Swiss tax treaty also follows the OECD tax treaty model.
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Brazil and Switzerland previously signed a treaty providing for exchange of information which was approved by the Brazilian House of Representatives on September 21, The treaty has been sent to the Senate for the final approval. Under this treaty, both countries will provide mutual aid for collection and execution of tax credits. Also, the agreement states that tax authorities may use, under request, information provided by banks, financial institutions, and any person acting as representative, including nominees and trustees.
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Brazil signs key tax agreements with Singapore and Switzerland
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