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The exploding use of derivatives in the last two decades has created a major challenge for tax authorities, who had to develop appropriate derivatives taxation rules that strike a balance between allowing capital markets to function effectively by removing artificial tax barriers and at the same time protecting their countries’ tax base from tax avoidance schemes that utilise these instruments.
Derivatives exist in a vast variety and complexity and new forms or combinations of existing forms appear ad hoc as new risk categories emerge and companies seek to invest in or hedge these risks.
This very thorough book discusses and analyses taxation issues posed by derivatives used in domestic as well as in cross-border transactions. In great detail the author presents approaches that can be adopted by tax legislators to solve these problems, clarifying her solutions with specific reference to components of the two most important domestic tax systems in relation to derivatives in Europe, those of the United Kingdom and Germany.
Examples of derivatives transactions and arbitrage schemes greatly elucidate the nature of derivatives and how they can be effectively taxed. The following aspects of the subject and more are covered:-
By providing an in-depth analysis of corporate taxation issues that arise in domestic as well as in cross-border derivatives transactions, this book is not only timely but of lasting value in the day-to-day work of tax lawyers and tax professionals in companies, banks and funds, and is sure to be of interest to government officials, academics and researchers involved with financial instruments taxation.