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Tax Planning with Holding Companies for US Investors in Europe - A Comparative Study of Holding Regimes in Sweden and Switzerland

Örberg, Sabina LU (2013) JAEM03 20131
Department of Law
Abstract
In the wake of the globalization, international tax planning structures has become vital for US investors in order to meet economic challenges and to survive on the competitive market. This research indicates that countries in Europe, such as Sweden and Switzerland, provide a favourable environment for US multinational corporations to set up holding companies as a way to enjoy benefits of legal tax planning. In a time when cash-strapped governments across Europe are struggling with its economy, complex tax planning structures by i.e. Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Starbucks, have been criticized and deemed ‘immoral’. OECD, The European Commission, and governments are pushing for a comprehensive action plan to counter tax planning.... (More)
In the wake of the globalization, international tax planning structures has become vital for US investors in order to meet economic challenges and to survive on the competitive market. This research indicates that countries in Europe, such as Sweden and Switzerland, provide a favourable environment for US multinational corporations to set up holding companies as a way to enjoy benefits of legal tax planning. In a time when cash-strapped governments across Europe are struggling with its economy, complex tax planning structures by i.e. Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Starbucks, have been criticized and deemed ‘immoral’. OECD, The European Commission, and governments are pushing for a comprehensive action plan to counter tax planning. The scope of the Swedish tax rules concerning limitations on deductibility of interest payments were extended to as per 1 January 2013. This means that restrictions on interest expenses apply on any loan within an affiliated group, whatever its purpose. This is where we are to today. Notably, it is of importance to separate the legal and the moral aspects. Whether or not US multinational corporations avoid US taxes by using legal tax planning loopholes, they are not doing anything illegal. From a legal perspective, it has been shown that this it is not only a unilateral issue, instead it is a question how to reconcile international tax law with an ever-changing business environment. (Less)
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author
Örberg, Sabina LU
supervisor
organization
course
JAEM03 20131
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
language
English
id
3807688
date added to LUP
2013-09-05 14:12:42
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2013-09-05 14:12:42
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  abstract     = {In the wake of the globalization, international tax planning structures has become vital for US investors in order to meet economic challenges and to survive on the competitive market. This research indicates that countries in Europe, such as Sweden and Switzerland, provide a favourable environment for US multinational corporations to set up holding companies as a way to enjoy benefits of legal tax planning. In a time when cash-strapped governments across Europe are struggling with its economy, complex tax planning structures by i.e. Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Starbucks, have been criticized and deemed ‘immoral’. OECD, The European Commission, and governments are pushing for a comprehensive action plan to counter tax planning. The scope of the Swedish tax rules concerning limitations on deductibility of interest payments were extended to as per 1 January 2013. This means that restrictions on interest expenses apply on any loan within an affiliated group, whatever its purpose. This is where we are to today. Notably, it is of importance to separate the legal and the moral aspects. Whether or not US multinational corporations avoid US taxes by using legal tax planning loopholes, they are not doing anything illegal. From a legal perspective, it has been shown that this it is not only a unilateral issue, instead it is a question how to reconcile international tax law with an ever-changing business environment.},
  author       = {Örberg, Sabina},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Tax Planning with Holding Companies for US Investors in Europe - A Comparative Study of Holding Regimes in Sweden and Switzerland},
  year         = {2013},
}