News Overview

The agreement between Liechtenstein and Jersey for the elimination of double taxation and prevention of tax evasion and avoidance basically follows the OECD Model Tax Convention (2014) and takes into account the results of the BEPS project from 2015 as well as parts of the new OECD Model Tax Convention (2017). The agreement is applicable for tax years from 2019.

With its decision of 2 October 2018 the EU Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) removed Liechtenstein from the so-called “Grey List”. The EU thereby confirms that Liechtenstein complies with the EU criteria of tax transparency, fair business taxation and the implementation of the BEPS minimum standards.

This CONFIDA Info provides an overview of the proposed amendments to the Tax Act (SteG), in particular, the introduction of specific anti-avoidance rules in connection with the tax exemption of dividends and capital gains from participations, the notional interest deduction, and the elimination of the asymmetric treatment of capital gains and losses from participations. The details of the bill are discussed in the Government's Report and Proposal (BuA) No. 35/2018.

The OECD has developed a new approach to Transfer Pricing Documentation under the BEPS project. The statutory general requirement to document transfer prices was already introduced in Liechtenstein on 1 January 2017. The Tax Ordinance now regulates how transfer prices are to be determined and how their documentation must be prepared. The Tax Ordinance entered into force on 1 January 2018.

On 5 December 2017, the first EU list of non-cooperative jurisdictions in tax matters was published, naming 17 jurisdictions. Liechtenstein is not on the "EU blacklist of tax havens". Liechtenstein belongs to the jurisdictions that have committed to amend or abolish identified harmful tax regimes, therefore amendments to the Liechtenstein tax law for 2019 onwards are to be expected in 2018.

By amending the Act on International Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters (Tax Administrative Assistance Act; SteAHG) a legal basis for executing the spontaneous information exchange will be created in Liechtenstein. This newsletter is intended to provide a first overview of the planned amendments to the law. The details of the bill are set out in the Report and Motion (BuA) no. 51/2017.

Country-by-Country (CbC) Reporting is part of Action 13 of the OECD/G20 Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Action Plan. CbC Reporting requirements apply to MNE groups with annual consolidated group revenue of CHF 900 million or more in the preceding fiscal year. For the implementation of CbC Reporting in Liechtenstein please see the following Newsletter.

In case VGH 2017/011 the Administrative Court of the Principality of Liechtenstein ruled whether a Liechtenstein foundation fulfills the requirements for taxation as a Private Asset Structure (PAS) under article 64 Tax Act. In particular, the question was whether a foundation with PAS status may participate in a German GmbH & Co. KG (limited partnership with a limited liability company as general partner).