Global Indirect Tax News


Global Indirect Tax News

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August 2020

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Tariffs on imports of Canadian-origin aluminum
On 6 August 2020, US President Trump signed a presidential proclamation reinstating supplemental tariffs on certain aluminum products from Canada, effective as from 16 August 2020. The 10% tariffs will be levied on non-alloyed unwrought aluminum of Canadian origin. Read more.

Canada’s response to US tariffs on aluminum
In response to the US tariff announcement of 6 August, Canada is proposing proportionate countermeasures consisting of surtaxes to be imposed on imports of certain aluminum and aluminum-containing products that are eligible to be marked as US origin products. Read more.

Digital services tax – The journey so far
In light of the expected imminent focus of the African tax authorities on the digital economy hastened along by COVID-19, this article gives an overview of the current status of digital services taxes across Africa, with a particular focus on direct taxes. Read more.
Saudi Arabia

VAT amnesty extended through 30 September 2020
The General Authority of Zakat and Tax has announced that the penalty waiver and the financial penalty exemption that are part of the VAT amnesty which was introduced in March 2020 will be extended from 30 June 2020 to 30 September 2020. Read more.
Global Indirect Tax News August 2020

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