CORIT Academic Advisor Peter Koerver Schmidt has contributed to a new book titled “Controlled Foreign Corporation Legislation”, which has recently been published by the IBFD. The book comprises 41 national reports from countries across the globe and is the outcome of a conference on controlled foreign company legislation hosted by the Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law (WU). The book also comprises a general report highlighting the most important findings of the conference.
The book can be found here: https://www.ibfd.org/IBFD-Products/Controlled-Foreign-Company-Legislation
In the 2021 edition of World Tax by International Tax Review, CORIT is once again ranked as a Tier 1 firm. CORIT is ranked Tier 1 as the only boutique firm and above all (but one) of the big full service law firms. Being a newcomer in the market and a tax only firm for us this is an important confirmation of our commitment to technical capabilities and quality.
We are thankful and honored to be recognized once again as one of the elite tax firms in Denmark.
Moreover, we have managed to be included in the ranking as a leading firm within Transfer pricing and tax controversy as well, which reflects the increase in mandates within the area.
We would like to express our gratitude to our clients and business partners. We promise to keep up the efforts and strive to improve in order to live up to the trust shown to us.The full 2021 ranking can be seen here and the World Transfer Pricing can be found here.
CORIT-member Louise has published an article where she explores one of the most debated technologies of recent times – blockchain technology – from an international tax perspective. She analyzes how capital raised through initial coin offerings and the investors’ return on their invested capital should be classified according to the OECD Model (2017). More specifically, emphasis is placed on classification of capital raised through the issuing of utility tokens, debt tokens, and equity tokens as well as the classification of return on investments in such tokens.
Read the article here.
CORIT Academic Advisor Peter Koerver Schmidt has had the honor of drafting one of the Danish Branch Reports published in this year’s issue of Cahiers de droit fiscal international (vol. 105). The report concerns the reconstruction of Denmark’s treaty network due to the adoption of the OECD’s multilateral instrument (MLI). The report can be found here: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3670586
As of today we can proudly announce the addition of a new partner to the CORIT team. We have managed to attract Professor dr.jur. Niels Winther-Sørensen to the team.
Niels has been a leading figure in the Danish tax scene for some 30 years, and has an impressive production in terms of publications, presentations and handling of complicated tax cases. His interests have been centered around international tax law, where he among other things authored the leading treatise on allocation of profits to permanent establishments as well a leading contribution to EU tax law. Moreover, Niels brings with him extensive experience as a big 4 international tax partner, as a law professor and as the chairman of several committees etc.
It is our clear ambition through this addition to the team to strengthen our position as a Danish tax powerhouse even further. Niels’ competences fits perfectly with the existing capabilities within CORIT, and we are looking forward to offer his services to new as well as existing clients.
I have some exciting news to share.
As of today, I have been appointed Chairman of the Danish Tax Scientific Association (Dansk Skattevidenskabelig Forening), which is also the Danish Branch of the International Fiscal Association (IFA). Prior to this, I have served on the Board for 6 years and attended the meetings for some 23 years now.
The Association is pivotal for the tax community and serve as a forum for debate and knowledge creation and sharing. As such, no other institution has linked public and private, academics and practitioners together for more than 5 decades. I sincerely hope that we can ensure this remarkable position in the future and will definitely work hard for this.
I follow in some very big footsteps, since the departing chair is no less than the doyen of Danish tax lawyers Hans Severin Hansen and before him my old mentor and first boss Søren Rasmussen. I sincerely express my gratitude to Hans for the trust shown over the years and for rendering the leadership of this old and very well-respected association in the hands of me and my fellow Board members. The association is handed over in good shape, with some remarkable achievements under the leadership of Hans. Most notably, the global IFA conference was held in Copenhagen in 2013, which required an immense load of work for a small association such as ours.
I really look forward to continue working with the association in my new capacity. My main goal is to ensure a continued broad interest on tax matters and to facilitate debate among the peers in the tax profession.
I welcome any ideas, suggestions and proposals to improve our dear association and to maintain relevance and to inspire also the coming generations. You can contact me on email@example.com or via telephone: +45 40422284.
On 16 June 2020 Jakob Bundgaard gave a presentation on the experiences of the ATA-Directive GAAR after the first 18 months in place for the Danish Association for EU Tax Law.
See the presentation here
Peter Koerver Schmidt has contributed with a chapter to the book “Tax Sustainability in an EU and International Context“
Peter discusses whether the EU Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive (ATAD) may be expected to promote tax fairness and thereby contribute to increased sustainability of the international tax regime. Even though the ATAD suffers from severe shortcomings with respect to legal certainty, and can be questioned with respect to its legitimacy, it is argued that the adoption of the ATAD is an important first step towards better coordination of the corporate tax regimes within the European Union. Moreover, it is seen as a preferred solution compared to the alternative of (some) Member States unilaterally introducing new anti-avoidance rules or strengthening existing ones. Furthermore, as the ATAD curtails MNEs’ possibilities for taking advantage of aggressive tax planning, the ATAD must be expected to promote a more level playing field. This development may contribute to a more sustainable international tax framework and to reaching the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).
We are honored to announce that CORIT members Katja Dyppel Weber, Louise Fjord Kjærsgaard and Jakob Bundgaard have been appointed national branch reporters at the annual IFA congress in Berlin 2021. Katja will prepare the report on Subject 1: Group approach and separate entity approach in domestic and international tax law. Louise and Jakob will prepare the report on Subject 2: Big data and tax – domestic and international taxation of data driven business. You can read more about the congress in Berlin here
CORIT staff member Peter Koerver Schmidt has authored a new working paper discussing why and how multinational enterprises should prepare and apply a responsible tax policy. In the first part of the paper, it is argued that multinational enterprises (MNEs) may benefit from including considerations of corporate responsibility when determining their tax planning behavior. The conclusion mainly rests on the fact that increased awareness of responsible tax behavior may shed useful light on the damaging effects aggressive tax planning may have on an MNE’s reputation. In addition, an increased focus on responsible tax behavior may assist the MNE’s management in maximizing shareholder welfare – and not only shareholder value. Against this background, the second part of the paper is devoted to an analysis of how MNEs actually can implement and design their own tax policy/strategy in a responsible manner. Finally, in the third part of the paper, the author tries to take stock of the current endeavors of Danish-based MNEs with respect to implementation of responsible tax policies. In this context, and based on a review of publicly available information gathered from MNEs forming part of the OMX Copenhagen 25 Index, it is concluded that the largest Danish-based MNEs currently show solid appetite for implementing policies on responsible tax and that some of these policies actually make up good examples of how to design public tax policies/strategies. Read the article here.