Corporate interest deductions for MNCs
This article discusses a rather unexpected move by the Australian Treasury to tighten tax rules on multinational corporations operating in the country.
Specifically, the Treasury has proposed changes to the way that companies can deduct interest expenses incurred in capitalizing or buying foreign subsidiaries.
The current position
Under current rules, Australian companies can deduct interest on money borrowed onshore to invest in foreign subsidiaries or acquire shares in other companies.
However, the proposed changes would remove the ability to deduct interest expenses for investments that generate non-assessable, non-exempt (NANE) income.
This would effectively repeal a provision that has been in place for the past 20 years.
The proposed changes are part of a wider effort to combat profit-shifting by multinational corporations, and are designed to prevent excessive levels of debt being carried by Australian operations.
The changes were unexpected, as they were not part of previous policy proposals or announcements. They are likely to have significant implications for multinational corporations operating in Australia.
Overall, the article provides a comprehensive overview of the proposed changes and their potential impact on multinational corporations operating in Australia.
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