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April 1, 2024

Americas Tax Roundup | 1 April 2024


A weekly summary of the top weekly tax news, trends
and developments in the Americas


     This week's tax news from the Americas

  • Ecuadorian tax reform includes increased rates and new temporary contributions affecting corporations
    Ecuador enacted a tax reform that increases certain tax rates, such as the value-added tax and the remittance tax. Many of the tax reform provisions are effective as of 1 April 2024. In addition, Ecuador enacted another tax reform to promote tourism, which includes new payments and contributions that must be paid at the beginning of fiscal year 2024, considering taxable bases from previous years. The change in rates has implications for all Ecuadorian companies and their shareholders.
  • El Salvador's Legislative Assembly approves reform to Income Tax Law, exempting foreign-source income
    On 12 March 2024, El Salvador’s Legislative Assembly approved an amendment to the Income Tax Law that would exclude from the concept of income any passive income that entities and individuals in El Salvador receive from foreign sources. The change in the law means that dividends, capital gains and interest, among other income, from securities and financial instruments abroad would not be subject to income tax in El Salvador.
  • Canada | Ontario budget 2024-25 includes measures affecting businesses and individuals
    On 26 March 2024, Ontario Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy (Minister) tabled the province's fiscal 2024-25 budget. The budget contains some tax measures but contains no new taxes and no tax increases. The Minister anticipates a deficit of CA$9.8b for 2024-25 and projects a deficit of CA$4.6b for 2025-26 before returning to a surplus position in 2026-27.
  • Canada | Newfoundland and Labrador Budget 2024-25 includes change for small businesses
    On 21 March 2024, Newfoundland and Labrador Deputy Premier and Finance Minister Siobhan Coady tabled the province's fiscal 2024-25 budget. The budget contains no new taxes and no tax increases but includes a reduction in the small-business income tax rate. The minister anticipates a deficit of CA$152m for 2024-25, representing 1.5% of revenues. The province projects a balanced budget for 2025-26 and for the foreseeable future.
  • Uruguay modifies conditions for employees who work remotely under Free Trade Zone regime
    Through Decree No. 69/024, the Uruguayan Government has modified the previous conditions under which Free Trade Zone employees may perform their employment activities remotely. The decree increases the remote-work limit percentage from 40% (general rule) to 45%, provided certain conditions are met, and eliminates the requirement that the workforce of Free Trade Zone users must comply with 1,000 monthly hours of work in the office.
  • USCIS issues guidance clarifying processes and requirements for expedite requests
    On 21 March 2024, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) updated sections of its Policy Manual relating to expedited requests. The updated Policy Manual clarifies how USCIS considers expedite requests related to government interests, emergencies, and urgent humanitarian situations, including travel-related requests. USCIS handles these expedite requests on a case-by-case basis and has the sole discretion to decide whether to expedite the process, evaluating each request for its urgency and merit.
  • The outlook for global tax policy and controversy in 2024
    With so much tax change unfolding, the EY 2024 Tax Policy and Controversy Outlook explores regional tax trends and what to expect in the coming year in 75 jurisdictions. Further transformation is ahead as governments consider digital taxes, modification of other tax rules in light of Pillar Two and broader tax reforms to further their policy objectives and meet their revenue needs.
  • IFRS version of Quarterly Tax Developments March issue now available
    The IFRS Quarterly Tax Developments for the quarter ending 31 March is now available. This publication provides a quarterly overview of enacted and substantively enacted tax legislation and IFRS accounting developments, as well as regulatory developments and other items through 15 March 2024, except as noted. Highlights of this edition include (i) tax legislation enacted or substantively enacted this quarter; (ii) other developments to consider for the quarter and year-end provisions; and (iii) IASB update.
  • Top 10 most common Pillar Two surprises for US MNEs
    Read about the clarifications to BEPS Pillar Two and the numerous complexities and uncertainties for multinational enterprises (MNEs). The top 10 surprises for US multinational enterprises (MNEs) include the unappealing MNE group exclusion, the denial of routine return on tangible assets, and the effective tax rate calculation's five-year carry-forward limit.
  • US multinationals considering mergers and acquisitions
    As the BEPS Pillar Two rules come online, US MNEs considering M&A transactions will want to keep their tax department connected. EY details four stages of M&A focusing on planning/execution, due diligence, reporting and compliance, and strategy/restructuring.

     This week's newsletters

  • The Latest on BEPS and Beyond | March 2024
    EY’s Latest on BEPS and Beyond (March 2024 edition) is now available. Highlights in this edition include (1) Bahamas announces intention to implement a qualified domestic minimum top-up tax; (2) Canada Revenue Agency issues guidelines on advance pricing arrangement rules; and (3) OECD Secretary-General Report provides update on tax progressivity and BEPS minimum standards.
  • The Latest on BEPS and Beyond | 2023 and beyond in review
    This special edition of EY's monthly Latest on BEPS and Beyond report provides an overview of the most important international tax developments through 2023 and the beginning of 2024. It also highlights the year when the BEPS 2.0 Pillar Two project made its way into the domestic legislation of numerous jurisdictions, including most Member States of the European Union.

     This week's tax treaty news from the Americas

  • Honduras and People’s Republic of China: Fourth round of negotiations for a free trade agreement held
  • Peru and People’s Republic of China: Sixth round of negotiations for a revision to the 2009 free trade agreement held

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Published by NTD's Tax Technical Knowledge Services Group, Washington, D.C.
Jennifer Brittenham, writer and editor

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