Newsletter - June/July 2020

 

Global updates – a quick glance

Australia: Payroll tax threshold increased from AUD 900,000 to AUD 1 million for New South Wales with effect from July 01, 2020.

China: China has issued new Personal Information (PI) Security Specification to protect personal data which will apply with effect from October 1, 2020.

India: India offers a one-time amnesty for non-compliance under the Companies Act.

Italy: Paid Paternity leave increased from 5 days to 7 days with effect from January 1, 2020.

Country

GDPR Fines

India

COVID India Update

The deadline has been extended for certain Board meeting matters to be handled through video conferencing or other audio-visual means until September 30, 2020

In India, it is compulsory to hold four board meetings a year, with at least one meeting every quarter. Some of the items that need Board approval that normally needs to be passed in a physical meeting include:

  • The approval of the annual financial statements;
  • The approval of the Board’s report;
  • The approval of the prospectus;
  • the Audit Committee meetings for consideration of financial statement including consolidated financial statement, if any, to be approved by the Board under Section 134(3);
  • Approval of any matter relating to amalgamation, merger, demerger, acquisition and takeover.

Given the COVID situation and restrictions on physical movements in India, the government has issued a notification dated June 23, 2020. The notification extends the deadline for permitting the above Board meeting/ Audit Committee meetings from June 30, 2020 to September 30, 2020 and allows it to be done through video conferencing or other audio-visual means.

Netherlands

The Dutch Data Protection Authority has penalized a company with a fine of EUR 725,000 for violations of Article 9 (1) of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) for processing biometric data of its employees without their explicit consent.

Spain

The Spanish Data Protection Authority fined Activos Balagares, a fine of EUR 15,000 for violation of Article 5(1)(f) of the General Data Protection Regulation.

Sweden

The Swedish data protection authority (“Datainspektionen”) has fined Google LLC for EUR 7 million for violation of GDPR regulations with respect to “right to request delisting"

The Swedish data protection authority (“Datainspektionen”) has fined the National Government Service Centre for SEK 200,000 (Approx. EUR 18,700) for failure to notify about a personal data breach to the Data Protection Authority as well as affected parties in due time.

 

 

Table of Contents

Australia.......................................................................................................................... 4

Payroll tax threshold increased from AUD 900,000 to AUD 1 million for New South Wales for the year 2020-21 with effect from July 1, 2020

Brazil................................................................................................................................ 4

The implementation of General Data Protection Law (“LGPD”) is postponed from August 15, 2020 till January 2021

Canada............................................................................................................................. 4

Quebec: Reduced Corporate Tax rates of 2% for eligible innovative businesses effective from January 1, 2021

China............................................................................................................................... 5

New Personal Information (PI) Security Specification to protect personal data with effect from October 1, 2020

Introduction of Tax control device (Tax Ukey) in Beijing with effect from March 16, 2020

France.............................................................................................................................. 5

Clarification on Foreign Investment Authorization Regulations

India................................................................................................................................ 6

Mandatory E-invoicing for larger businesses is postponed from April 1, 2020 till October 1, 2020

Equalization levy (Digital Tax) on specified services is effective from April 1, 2020

CBDT Clarification - Employer may apply simplified tax regime for withholding taxes from salaries if the same is notified by an employee

MCA introduces Settlement Schemes for Companies and LLPs to make good any filing related defaults

Italy................................................................................................................................. 9

Electronic invoicing to be prepared as per new technical specifications issued by Italian Revenue Agency

Paid Paternity leave increased from 5 days to 7 days with effect from January 1, 2020

Netherlands................................................................................................................... 10

The Dutch Data Protection Authority (AP) fined an organization for EUR 725,000 for processing biometric data of its employees

United Kingdom............................................................................................................. 11

UK Budget 2020 highlights

Changes to Written statement of particulars of employment effective from April 6, 2020

Global News................................................................................................................... 14

Argentina - Introduction of Digital VAT filing system in by Argentine tax authority (“AFIP”) from June 2020

Finland - New e-invoicing mandate w.e.f. from April 1, 2020; All businesses can demand e-invoices from suppliers in Finland

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