Category: Business

EU Council revises its tax blacklist, addresses “two out of three” exception and foreign source income exemption regimes

As suggested by the EU Code of Conduct Group (Business Taxation), on 4 October, the EU Council today adopted a revised EU list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions (annex I – blacklist) removing the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Marshall Islands. ... - Continue reading

OECD consulting on digital tax proposal

The OECD today published for stakeholders’ comments a proposal to advance international negotiations to ensure that multinational enterprises (MNEs), including digital companies, pay tax wherever they have significant consumer-facing activities and where they generate profits. The proposal – Secretariat Proposal for a Unified Approach – would re-allocate some profits and… – Continue reading

Uganda: Don’t Make Up Losses To Avoid Tax

Conflicting interests arise for many businesses where decisions have to be made to determine how they consistently achieve profitability, while on the other hand minimise payment of tax. The temptation to minimise profits or even make a loss then becomes a tax risk management strategy. ... - Continue reading

Dutch government asks banks to give American expats more time to deal with FATCA

The Dutch government is urging banks to be accommodating towards American nationals who risk having their bank accounts closed because of US fiscal regulations as it calls on EU member states to campaign together for changes to American tax laws which are affecting thousands who have American nationality but no… – Continue reading

Armenia, Malta sign double tax treaty

YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 25, ARMENPRESS. Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan on September 24 met with Malta’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion Carmelo Abela on the sidelines of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly in New York, the Armenian ministry told Armenpress. The officials praised the current dynamic… – Continue reading

Mexico 2020 tax reform: big changes proposed for foreign companies doing business in Mexico

On September 8, the executive branch of the Mexican government introduced Mexico 2020 tax reform, proposing far-reaching changes to the Mexican income tax, value-added tax, and Federal Tax Code. ... - Continue reading

Wealth managers not ready for rise in HNWI demand for offshore investments: GlobalData

Wealth managers will have to review their offshore service propositions in lieu of an expected rise in high net worth (HNW) demand, according to GlobalData, a data and analytics company. GlobalData’s 2019 Global Wealth Managers Survey noted that 50.2% of industry participants expect HNW demand for offshore investments to rise… – Continue reading

Tax avoidance drives nearly 40% of global FDI: IMF

Nearly 40% of worldwide foreign direct investment (FDI), amounting to $15trn, “passes through empty corporate shells” with “no real business activities”, a study by the IMF and the University of Copenhagen reveals. According to the report, ten economies including Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, BVI, Switzerland, Singapore, Ireland, the Cayman… – Continue reading

FBR issues 253,000 notices to non-filer industrialists

KARACHI: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has issued around 253,000 notices to industrialists and businessmen, asking them to file returns, as the revenue body is expanding its broadening of tax base drive, officials said on Tuesday. An official said the FBR has so far issued 253,700 notices to consumers… – Continue reading

Feature: Labuan IBFC – the gateway to Asia-Pacific

Labuan International Business and Financial Centre (Labuan IBFC) is seeing its comprehensive midshore solution reap results as new businesses soared 12.5% last year. Pedro Gonçalves explains the background to this success. With 1059 new companies mostly from Japan, China and South Korea, Labuan IBFC is also making the most of… – Continue reading

ICAB happy with Barbados’ removal from the EU’s blacklist

Barbados’ removal from the European Union’s (EU) blacklist has been welcomed by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Barbados (ICAB). During her welcome remarks at the 15th Annual ICAB International Business Workshop, at the Barbados Hilton Resort, ICAB’s Executive Director, Kathy-Ann Hewitt, stated: “We are indeed happy that this change… – Continue reading

Govt launches crackdown on benami assets

ISLAMABAD: The government has kicked off a far-reaching crackdown against benami assets directing the departments concerned at the federal level and the provincial governments to track benami properties, harvesting the Benami Act, 2019 in the national and global contexts. Prime Minister Imran Khan chaired a meeting on August 20 on… – Continue reading

Canadians for Tax Fairness concerned about inaction on Panama Papers

It is estimated that the use of tax havens is costing federal and provincial governments at least $7.8 billion in lost tax revenue. Low and middle income Canadians are the ones paying for that missing $7.8 billion in tax revenue. Ottawa (11 Aug. 2016) — The leak of the Panama… – Continue reading

Gaming Companies Call for Reaching USA-Croatia Double Taxation Avoidance Deal

ZAGREB, August 21, 2019 – Computer gaming is the most propulsive segment of the IT industry worldwide, and this trend is present in Croatia, too, where local gaming companies export all their products, however the biggest challenge in doing business is the absence of a Croatia-USA double taxation avoidance agreement,… – Continue reading

German economics minister sees SMEs as “secret weapon”: report

German Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier had developed a strategy for the “Mittelstand” or small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the newspaper Handelsblatt reported on Wednesday. “In the eyes of foreigners, SMEs are Germany’s secret weapon and, unlike the Dax 30 companies, SMEs are proving to be extremely… – Continue reading

US appeals court sides with Amazon in $1.5 billion transfer pricing dispute

A US federal appeals court on Friday affirmed the Tax Court’s decision in Amazon, ruling that cost sharing buy-in payments made by Amazon’s Luxembourg subsidiary in exchange for Amazon’s transfer of intangible property should not include compensation for transferred residual business assets such as workforce in place, goodwill, and going concern value. ... - Continue reading

Citizenship of the Republic of Vanuatu and its advantages

The Republic of Vanuatu is a group of islands in the Pacific. The country exists by growing fruits, fishing, and tourism. In 2016, the government introduced the program of achieving local citizenship through investment to increase the flow of external finance. Foreign businessmen want to get a second passport in… – Continue reading

China issues overall plan for new area of Shanghai FTZ

BEIJING, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) — China’s State Council, or the cabinet, has issued an overall plan for the new Lingang area of the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone. The new area will be set up to the south of Dazhi River, east of Jinhui Port, and south of Xiaoyangshan… – Continue reading

Hong Kong: A Guide To Tax Regulations In Hong Kong 2019 – 2020

While considering moving a business into a new market, one of the key consideration is that country's tax regime. What are the incentives that would attract foreign investment? Are there any double tax treaties in place? What is the rate for corporate tax? ... - Continue reading

Cyprus: Country Update-Cyprus: AML

The financial services and international business sector in Cyprus is one of the vital pillars of the Cyprus economy. That said, Cyprus aims to be in full compliance with the AML European framework, and in this respect constantly implements changes in its local laws to align with EU Directives and Regulations. ... - Continue reading

Vietnam’s Tax Administration Law Reform to Take Effect in July 2020

In June, Vietnam’s National Assembly approved a new Law on Tax Administration 38/2019/QH14. Under the new law, tax authorities have been granted additional enforcement powers. At the same time, the new law has made it a little bit easier for both individuals and entities to file taxes. ... - Continue reading