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The EU and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have agreed to take new steps toward resuming region-to-region trade talks. Read Full Story
India's Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, says that India is likely to have its Goods and Services Tax regime in place by July, after approval from the GST Council of federal-level legislation. Read Full Story
As promised in the recent elections, and despite the country's significantly increased fiscal deficit in 2016, Ghana's new Government has decided to balance its election promise of beginning a program of tax cuts to boost private sector growth, with an attack on tax non-compliance. Read Full Story
The South African National Treasury has issued a list of questions and answers on the changes to the proposed tax on sugar-sweetened beverages that were introduced in the recently announced 2017-18 Budget. Read Full Story
It still remains uncertain as to how Italy's additional 2017 fiscal adjustment required by the European Commission will be funded, but a major part could involve cuts to individual income tax deductions. Read Full Story
Ex-premier Matteo Renzi's Democratic Party has refused to support hikes to excise taxes that are being proposed as a major element in Italy's additional 2017 fiscal adjustment, required by the European Commission. Read Full Story
The European Commission has referred Greece to the Court of Justice in a case concerning the reduced rate of excise duty it applies to the alcoholic spirits Tsipouro and Tsikoudià. Read Full Story
HM Revenue and Customs has launched a consultation on simplifying administration procedures for those who produce, process, or store alcohol subject to excise duty. Read Full Story
HM Revenue and Customs has launched a consultation on new sanctions for repeated evasion of tobacco duty or other excise duties. Read Full Story
The South African National Treasury has issued a discussion paper on a new diesel tax refund system, reviewing its administration and addressing anomalies related to its qualifying activities and beneficiaries. Read Full Story
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