Category: Visa

Non-resident capital gains tax on UK commercial property ‘could block overseas investment’ – expert view

The Government’s changes to the tax treatment of overseas investment in UK commercial property will increase revenues in the short term but might prove short-sighted, write Craig Hughes and Russell Dickie There is, as they say, no place like home. However, in recent years, solid and steady capital growth and… – Continue reading

St Kitts-Nevis joins Antigua-Barbuda in rejecting Illinois tax haven label

BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) — Efforts by one American state to officially label St Kitts and Nevis a foreign tax haven are being strongly objected to by the federation’s foreign affairs minister, Mark Brantley, thus joining Antigua and Barbuda in a similar protest. A proposed House Bill 3419 in the… – Continue reading

10 ways you stand to gain from filing income tax return

Filing of your income tax return (ITR) is mandatory under the Income Tax Act, 1961 under certain circumstances. For instance, if someone’s income exceeds the maximum amount not chargeable to tax, one is required to file income tax return.  Similarly, filing ITR is mandatory for ordinary residents having overseas assets… – Continue reading

Special tax regime for Non-Habitual Portuguese Resident individuals

Portuguese income tax law provides for a 20% reduced rate and, in respect to income obtained abroad, a full tax exemption, for certain types of income derived by individuals having the status of Non-Habitual Portuguese Residents (NHPR). Any individual that in a certain year becomes tax resident in Portugal will… – Continue reading

The favourable tax regime of new Italian residents

The 2017 Budget Law introduced (starting from fiscal year 2017) favourable provisions for people wishing to become tax residents in Italy. It is aimed at wealthy individuals who wish to bring in new capital resources. The regime is inspired by the non-domiciled resident regime which is in force in the… – Continue reading

Corporations paid no tax at Rio Olympics

Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Visa and the rest of the corporate sponsors of the August 5–21 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro won’t be paying any taxes on the money they earn due to a tax exemption law that is set to cost Brazil hundreds of millions of dollars. The exemption, which… – Continue reading

EU considers blacklisting NZ over tax laws

Possible EU sanctions against New Zealand could make travel harder and have a massive effect on the economy. New Zealand is under investigation by the EU as it prepares a blacklist of global tax havens, Newshub revealed on Monday night. The grouping of 28 European nations has compiled a list… – Continue reading

Cyprus-India build on ties

Lobby groups and business associations from Cyprus and India are working to build trade relations between the two countries with an eye to a new double taxation agreement that is being negotiated. The two sides see mutual benefits to their cooperation. The Indian High Commissioner Ravi Bangar said in an… – Continue reading

Banks, MFs ask US NRIs to submit FATCA certificates

MUMBAI: Indian banks and mutual funds have in the past fortnight started warning NRIs who hold an American passport or are working in the US that their accounts could be frozen unless they get a tax-compliant certificate from US authorities, thanks to a treaty signed by New Delhi and Washington…. – Continue reading

Kenya and South Africa tax deal takes effect in January

The Kenya-South Africa double taxation agreement comes into force from January 1. An announcement in the November 19, South African government gazette says the agreement applies for taxes withheld at source. “A resident of Kenya will not be taxed on any South African business profits, unless it carries on business… – Continue reading

Mauritius and Morocco Sign Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement

PRESS RELEASE Mauritius and Morocco signed on November 25 in Port Louis a Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) that will provide for greater tax certainty for businessmen of the two countries. The signatories were the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Vishnu Lutchmeenaraidoo, and the Ambassador of the Kingdom… – Continue reading

Turkey launches golden visa residency scheme

Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci says the country is set to follow in the footsteps of Spain, Portugal and Cyprus and launch its own Golden Visa scheme to grant citizenship to those foreigners who invest from €500,000-€1m in property, reports Property Showrooms. Leading Istanbul agent, Universal21, says the move could… – Continue reading

Green card may no longer be a valuable asset for NRIs as Fatca sword hangs over their heads

MUMBAI: A US passport doesn’t look like such a priced possession anymore. Some Indians even want to surrender their hard-won green cards. India and the US are set to freely exchange financial information about their citizens, leaving no asset concealed. This could mean US tax officials imposing punitive levies on… – Continue reading

St Kitts & Nevis pursuing quiet diplomacy to recalibrate international relationships – PM Harris

The nine-month old Team Unity administration has been pursuing quiet diplomacy to recalibrate international relationships for the benefit of the people of St. Kitts and Nevis, reports SKN Vibes. So said St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris at last week’s press conference at government headquarters…. – Continue reading

Fair’s Fair: Balancing The Interests of the State and of Wealthy Migrants

Clare Maurice, Arabella Murphy and Sophie Mazzier, Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP For better or worse, the concept of “fairness” is here to stay in relation to taxation, whether domestic or international. Politicians of all persuasions like to insist that their respective policies will ensure that everyone pays his or her… – Continue reading

Qatar regulatory changes present risks and opportunities for CFOs, says ICAEW

Recent legal changes in Qatar must be understood by chief financial officers (CFOs) and finance professionals if businesses are going to be able to address potential risks, the Institute Of Chartered Accountants In England and Wales (ICAEW) said, reports the Gulf Times. The accountancy body partnered with international law firm… – Continue reading

Regulatory changes in Qatar present risks and opportunities for CFOs

Recent legal changes in Qatar must be understood by CFOs and finance professionals if businesses are going to be able to address the potential risks, according to ICAEW. The accountancy body partnered with international law firm Pinsent Masons to host a seminar about Qatar’s recent regulatory changes for senior financial… – Continue reading

FACTA: Expect the unexpected (and the worst) in tax treatment and disclosure of offshore assets, particularly for Indian assets

On July 9, 2015, India and the US signed an agreement to implement the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) that will facilitate exchange of information between the two countries starting on October 1, 2015. FATCA was signed by Revenue Secretary Shaktikanta Das and US Ambassador Richard Verma in New… – Continue reading

Worldwide: Governments Continue To Welcome Wealthy Foreigners

With the UK announcing new tax rules for foreigners living in the country, the government has been careful not to damage the country’s appeal to wealthy foreigners. The “non-dom” tax status “plays an important role in allowing those from abroad to contribute to our economy”, says George Osborne, the UK’s… – Continue reading

Double taxation pact reflects growing importance of Oman: Swiss envoy

Muscat – H E Christian Winter, Switzerland’s Ambassador to Oman has said that the recently signed Double Taxation Agreement (DTA) between his country and the sultanate reflects the broader ties Switzerland seeks with GCC. “The conclusion of the agreement takes into account the growing economic and political importance of the… – Continue reading

IRS-State Information Sharing Agreements

The IRS published a list of Information Exchange agreements it has with state agencies, a copy of which is available here IRS State Information Exchange Table.pdf The disclosure of this list may help taxpayer’s and practitioner’s determine when and possibly whether to file late or amended state or municipal returns…. – Continue reading

Don McKinnon: China will be listening to our housing debate

New Zealand China Council chairman Sir Don McKinnon says we need to have a national debate on housing that avoids sending mixed messages to valued overseas partners. New Zealand is far from alone in having a red hot property market. Headlines in Australia, Britain and Canada paint a strikingly similar… – Continue reading

Lisbon treaty: Technical briefing with NDR

Portugal is an increasingly desirable destination, thanks to its tax-friendly stance. Portugal may not be top of everyone’s list in terms of tax-friendliness, particularly given the recent backdrop of the recession and bail-out, but it does have a history of running successful tax-friendly programmes, for example the Madeira and Azores… – Continue reading

700 people apply for Malta’s Citizenship scheme – Henley & Partners vice-chairman

Around 700 people have applied for Malta’s ‘cash-for-passports’ scheme, described as on the most popular schemes run by Henley & Partners, their vice-chairman Andrew Taylor said during a radio interview on a South African radio station, reports the Maltese Independent. Extolling the virtues of the scheme, Mr Taylor said that… – Continue reading

Portuguese minister to be charged in money-laundering “golden” visa scandal

Lisbon: Portuguese prosecutors said on Thursday they plan to charge former interior minister Miguel Macedo for his role in a money-laundering scandal linked to “golden” visas, which handed residency permits to wealthy foreigners. The announcement came shortly after Portugal’s National Assembly decided to lift the parliamentary immunity Macedo enjoyed as… – Continue reading

Retiring overseas: a checklist before heading for your dream home

We consider the retirement options for three top expat destinations – New Zealand, Bahrain and Singapore Retiring overseas is an aspiration for many expats, especially after they have spent much of their working life outside the UK. But while you may think you know what’s involved, there are many things… – Continue reading

Wall of Chinese capital buying up Australian properties

The “wall of Chinese capital” hitting property markets in Sydney and Melbourne will not ease up until the government introduces its anti-money laundering legislation, says an expert in ‘flight capital’. James Tee, an ethnic Chinese property developer whose business specialises in “capital expatriation” – that is, getting money out of… – Continue reading

What Nigeria, Singapore stand to gain from investment promotion, protection pact –Ambassador Rajis-Opara

From today, negotiation on the Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (IPPA) between Nigeria and Singapore will start in Abuja, aimed at enhancing business between the two countries. Revealing this in an interview with the African Independent Television (AIT), Nigerian High Commissioner to Singapore. Mrs. Nonye Rajis-Opara, said there would be… – Continue reading

UK banks named in football bribery scandal: Barclays and HSBC ‘handled millions in suspect transactions’

■ Barclays and HSBC have been named in legal papers filed in the US ■ Documents have also named London-based Standard Chartered Bank ■ Allegedly moved suspect transactions linked to Fifa through their accounts ■ Britain’s Serious Fraud Office is understood to be monitoring situation Two of Britain’s biggest High… – Continue reading

Malta’s credibility as financial centre takes another hit over battle for Gaddafi’s money

Malta’s credibility as a financial centre has taken another hit as news broke this week about a legal battle for the millions of euros accumulated by Mutassim Gaddafi – son of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi – currently frozen in a Bank of Valletta account. Malta’s role in all this came… – Continue reading

Chairman Royce, Rep. Pallone welcome US-Amenia Trade & Investment Framework Agreement

The advantages of off-shore investments Two of the top reasons that South African investors are given to encourage offshore investments are that going offshore diversifies your portfolio and that it gives you access to sectors you could never find on the resource-heavy JSE. “While those are not reasons to be… – Continue reading