The EU has apparently sent member states a formal proposal to reclassify some phones as “multi-functional devices,” raising import duties on those phones.
In a move counter to almost all other countries, the New Zealand government has announced it is abolishing R&D tax relief from the 2009/2010 income year.
In contrast to New Zealand (see this post), France has announced that in 2009 it will refund all outstanding R&D relief which has not yet been used to reduce corporation tax – broadly, where the relief has been claimed by a loss-making company. Normally, a loss-making French company claiming R&D tax relief would need to wait three years before obtaining repayment. The move is part of a French proposed economic recovery plan.