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  1. The Swiss Finance Department has said that changes to tax law are not currently needed in response to developments in distributed ledger technology and blockchain.
  2. Malta's Commissioner for Revenue has released tax-related guidance for self-employed taxpayers receiving the COVID wage supplement.
  3. On May 25, 2020, the Dutch tax authority said that taxpayers receiving assessment notices for not submitting a value-added tax return on time can apply for a three-month filing extension.
  4. The Australian Taxation Office has issued a Taxpayer Alert on mischaracterized arrangements and schemes connected with direct foreign investment into Australian businesses.
  5. On May 21, 2020, the Italian Revenue Agency issued a summary of additional tax measures in Decree 34/2020, which are intended to further support taxpayers affected by the COVID-19 virus.
  6. A proposal has been put forward for a digital services tax regime in the Philippines.
  7. Irish business association Ibec has called for the establishment of a Commission on Taxation, as part of a package of measures to "reboot" the economy after the coronavirus pandemic.
  8. On May 15, 2020, the United States House of Representatives approved the HEROES Act, which amends previous COVID-19-related stimulus legislation by changing loss carryback rules and providing further tax support for businesses and individuals.
  9. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) on May 14, 2020, ruled against UK value-added tax rule changes for commodities trading.
  10. Luxembourg's Direct Tax Administration has issued guidance covering various aspects of the European Union sixth Directive on Administrative Cooperation, under which intermediaries are required to report cross-border tax planning arrangements.