Category: Mauritius

OECD backs Guernsey in fight against tax haven status

The OECD has backed Guernsey in its fight against tax haven status, describing the crown dependency’s inclusion on the European Commission’s list of top 30 non-compliant tax jurisdictions as “very surprising”. Monica Bhatia, head of the secretariat of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Global Forum on Transparency and… – Continue reading

Controversial South Africa – Mauritius treaty clarified in new MoU

The MoU is designed to give some insight into the process that will be adopted by the fiscal authorities of the two countries when assessing the tax residence of a ‘person’. International investors including South African businesses already use Mauritius as their base for their growth on the continent, but… – Continue reading

India and Mauritius reach consensus on double taxation avoidance agreement

Mauritius and India have reached consensus in the conclusion of the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) which has been long awaited between the two countries following fruitful discussions yesterday between joint working groups of Mauritius and India, reports All Africa. The positive conclusion of the negotiations will open a new… – Continue reading

Mauritius signs the OECD Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters

On 23 June 2015, Mauritius signed the OECD Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters. Mauritius has taken a significant step to enhance its exchange of information legal framework. It is the seventh member of the African Tax Administration Forum to join the Convention and becomes the 87th… – Continue reading

International tax update – July 2015

OECD common reporting standard On 3 June 2015, the Treasurer announced that Australia had signed the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) common reporting standard (CRS) Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement which enables automatic exchange of CRS information between countries. Australia proposes to implement the CRS from 1 January 2017,… – Continue reading

IPL money laundering case: ED seeks LRs to Singapore, Mauritius

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has sought legal assistance from Singapore and Mauritius to take forward its probe in the alleged financial irregularities in the Indian Premier League tournament (IPL) and its former chairman Lalit Modi. New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has sought legal assistance from Singapore and Mauritius to… – Continue reading

Tax treaty with Mauritius blocks outflow

A new treaty makes it more difficult for companies to take advantage of tax loopholes to avoid their financial obligations. Globally, initiatives are afoot to close tax loopholes and South Africa is one of the frontrunners – its new treaty with Mauritius removes the allure for tax-shy corporates doing business… – Continue reading

Making ‘steady progress’ towards OECD compliance: Seychelles responds to EU ‘tax haven’ listing

(Seychelles News Agency) – Seychelles’ Finance Minister says his ministry remains committed and on track towards complying with the widely-recognised Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)’s regulations on the sharing of tax information. “Seychelles is making considerable and steady progress in achieving the OECD standard in relation to the… – Continue reading

Using Tax Havens Secretly Is Bad for Shareholders

Tax havens are used for more than just saving money. When companies take advantage of their lack of transparency for more sinister activities, shareholders can lose out. When Enron collapsed in 2002 investigators were faced with a convoluted network of subsidiaries and offshore partnerships stretching from the Cayman Islands to… – Continue reading

Transactions between Raje’s son Dushyant and Lalit Modi under scanner

Amid a swirl of allegations involving Lalit Modi’s business interests, the government is examining evidence of tax evasion and unlawful foreign exchange transactions between the ousted IPL commissioner and BJP MP Dushyant Singh. Sources told HT the Enforcement Directorate (ED), which tracks overseas transactions and money laundering deals, is scrutinising… – Continue reading

Mauritius to act against black money: Finance Minister Seetanah Lutchmeenaraidoo

NEW DELHI: Mauritius has offered to put in place stringent conditions for investors seeking benefits under its tax treaty with India to weed out post-box operations, addressing a key concern of New Delhi that has been attempting to amend the agreement for years. “We don’t want investors to open shell… – Continue reading

Mauritius assures India will not allow shell companies

Lutchmeenaraidoo, who met foreign minister Sushma Swaraj, played down the issue of misuse of the India- Mauritius Double Taxation Avoidance Convention (DTAC). Mauritius will make it difficult for shell companies using a liberal and controversial bilateral tax treaty with New Delhi to evade taxes in India, said the island nation’s… – Continue reading

Bahamas ‘unfairly dumped on’ with EU blacklisting

The Bahamas was yesterday “dumped on” through its inclusion on another so-called financial services ‘blacklist’, although an ex-Attorney General and others suggested the development should be taken “with a big grain of salt”, reports the Bahamas Tribune. John Delaney told Tribune Business that the European Union’s (EU) decision to ‘blacklist’… – Continue reading

FATCA – Which Countries Are In And Out

FATCA – Which Countries Are In And Out The controversial US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) law is set to start from July 1, 2014, so with less than 21 days to go, here’s a look at which countries are in and who is outside of the tax network…. – Continue reading

St. Kitts-Nevis Among 30 Countries On EU’s Tax Evasion Blacklist

St. Kitts and Nevis is one of 30 countries placed on the European Union’s black list for not doing enough to fight tax evasion. The EU’s executive Commission published the list Wednesday (June 17). The blacklisted countries figure on at least ten of the EU’s 28 member nations’ lists of… – Continue reading

South Africa: Country-Mauritius Tax Treaty Comes Into Force

Pretoria — Government has gazetted the South Africa-Mauritius tax treaty which came into force at the end of May, said National Treasury. “This new treaty reflects changes in the tax policies of the two countries and is in line with international best practices to deal with tax abuse as outlined… – Continue reading

Cayman on new EU blacklist

Government appeared to brush off the latest blacklisting of the Cayman Islands when it released a short statement on Wednesday at around 5pm following revelations by the EU that the jurisdiction had been cited as facilitating tax evasion, reports the Cayman News Service. “It is unfortunate that the EU black… – Continue reading

Bermuda named on EU tax haven list

The European Union: Labelled Bermuda as a tax haven Bermuda has been named by the European Union as a country that is not doing enough to crack down on tax avoidance. The Island was one of 30 countries on the list published by the EU’s executive Commission today. “These tax… – Continue reading

New tax treaty with Mauritius may affect cross-border investment

THE new double-tax treaty between SA and Mauritius is set to come into force in January next year, following a controversial renegotiation to better protect the South African tax base. However, tax experts have warned that sweeping changes to the treaty, including withholding taxes for interest (10%) and royalties (5%)… – Continue reading

Offshore incorporations continue to grow

The Cayman Islands saw a 17 percent increase in new company registrations in 2014 over the previous year, according to a report released today by offshore law and fiduciary firm Appleby. In 2014, 11,010 new companies registered in Cayman, noted the firm’s latest ‘On the Register’ report, which provides insight… – Continue reading

London based Investment Association, ASIFMA seeks to be party in Castleton case over MAT

MUMBAI: Two associations representing foreign portfolio investors are seeking to join the battle over minimum alternate tax in the Supreme Court, although analysts are unclear if entities without a tax treaty will benefit. Investment Association, based in London, and Hong Kong-based Asia Securities Industry & Financial Markets Association (ASIFMA) plan… – Continue reading

Funds diverted from Swiss banks

After Switzerland initiated measures to regulate its banks, most of the unaccounted money stashed in Swiss banks is suspected to have been diverted to countries like Mauritius and Singapore. The Special Investigation Team on black money has taken cognisance of the issue raised by the enforcement agencies. “Although the Swiss… – Continue reading

Unnerved by tax demands on capital gains, foreign funds flee for safety

The minimum alternate tax row has damaged the credibility of government promises to enforce an investor-friendly tax regime and made the Indian stock market Asia’s worst performer this year New Delhi/Mumbai: Castleton Investment Ltd, a unit of GlaxoSmithKline Plc (GSK), in 2012 asked an arm of the Indian finance ministry… – Continue reading

Round Tripping: The Bane of Indian Tax Treaties

Mauritius and Singapore are both examples of countries with Double Taxation Avoidance Agreements (DTAAs) with India, meaning dividends from corporations that are paid out to shareholders are not taxed further, having already been taxed at the corporate level. This legislation has meant that such countries have been used to “round-trip”… – Continue reading

Mauritius Sets FATCA Reporting Deadline

The Mauritius Revenue Authority (MRA) has informed Mauritius-based financial institutions (MFIs) that the filing deadline for submitting their US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) data for the 2014 reporting year is July 31, 2015. FATCA requires all FIs outside of the United States to submit regular information on financial… – Continue reading

Pots of stashed cash in tax havens ‘a myth’

The world’s high and ultrahigh net worth families are run much like businesses these days, with family governance in place as well as fund structures in favourable tax jurisdictions that allow for consolidated reporting across diversified assets. That is the way the world is moving, with global tax authorities grouping… – Continue reading

Tax treaty shield will not apply to a majority of foreign investors

FPIs are battling it out with the income-tax department, which has issued notices demanding that they pay MAT to the tune of Rs40,000 crore New Delhi/Mumbai: Despite the government affirming that foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) can use tax treaties to fight tax demands on past capital gains, a majority of… – Continue reading

Company announcement on Stock Exchange: More resignations at GlobalCapital

A company announcement on the Malta Stock Exchange website announced on Tuesday  that Arun Shankardass and Oumeshing Sookdawoor have tendered their resignation from the office of director of the company with effect from 17 April. Mr Shankardass will also be stepping down as chairman of the Audit Committee of the… – Continue reading

Relief for FIIs, India allays fears on tax claims topping US$6.4 bn

The government on Wednesday assured over 1,000 foreign institutional investors (FIIs) across the United States, Hong Kong and Singapore they can avail of treaty benefits to ward off tax demands on capital gains booked over the years till March 31, reports the Financial Express. The development is significant given the… – Continue reading

India Unties $6.4 Billion Tax Knot That Rattled Investors

India said foreign portfolio investors can use tax treaties to reject demands on past capital gains, seeking to defuse a row that cast a cloud over the $48 billion poured into stocks and bonds from overseas. Foreign institutional investors domiciled in countries that have signed double taxation avoidance treaties with… – Continue reading

S’pore, Mauritius FIIs still out of MAT net: Dinesh Kanabar

Dinesh Kanabar, CEO, Dhruva Advisors explains that there are three kinds of FIIs: protected by double taxation avoidance treaty, no treaty but physical presence in India, and no treaty and no presence in India. So far notices have been sent only to the second category of investors. Minimum alternate tax… – Continue reading

Government of India versus FPI: Is there a solution?

MUMBAI/NEW DELHI: Markets fell 500 points on Monday. Punters’ worries about current tax disputes between Modi Sarkar and foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) being one reason why the Sensex dived. There has been a battle of phrases between FPIs and North Block. And it looks as if this will be a… – Continue reading

Why Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is Pranab Mukherjee 2.0 for the markets

The Finance Minister has failed to assuage markets’ fears on the issue of retrospective tax Markets are getting jittery each time the finance minister or his ministry utters the T word. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley reminds the market of UPA’s finance minister Pranab Mukherjee, who introduced the now-dreaded retrospective tax…. – Continue reading

We are not a rock-island offshore financial centre, says Mauritius

In response to Pranay Gupte’s story on a story published by Firstpost, the Secretary to the Mauritius cabinet, S Seebaluck, has rebutted some of the points made in the story titled: “Mauritius cracks whip on Muslims, not a’ role model of democracy’ as PM Modi said after all.” The following… – Continue reading

Tax terrorism versus tax haven

The key is to arrive at a Goldilocks mean — rolling out tax-friendly policies while being firm with incorrigible offenders A phrase first used by Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing a group of businessmen in the run-up to the elections last year has now come back to haunt his… – Continue reading

Big Four firms consistently ‘unaware’ before tax inquiry

Representatives from “Big Four” accounting firm Deloitte were up before the Senate tax inquiry on Friday morning. They were keen to dispel any notion that their firm would have any involvement in tax avoidance. Senator Christine Milne asked if they were aware of the Deloitte document “Investing in Africa though… – Continue reading

Italy Amends Country ‘Black Lists

On April 1, Italy’s Minister of the Economy and Finance, Pier Carlo Padoan, signed two decrees that modify Italy’s “black lists,” and announced on the same day that Italy and the Vatican had signed their previously agreed tax information exchange agreement (TIEA). The two decrees follow the guidelines laid down… – Continue reading

India sends out nearly $6-billion worth of tax notices to foreign funds

Till March 31, close to 100 FIIs got notices from the Tax Department for a controversial Minimum Alternate Tax (MAT) of 20 per cent, while they are now being followed up with Assessment Orders. In the biggest-ever tax demand slapped on them, nearly 100 foreign funds have been asked to… – Continue reading

Global Tax Transparency Goes Live in 2016

Cross border tax fraud and tax evasion by High Net Wealth Individuals (HNWI) are serious problems for many jurisdictions. For many years exchange of information between countries has been solely upon request. In practise this procedure is not efficiently working as it requires foreseeable relevance, thus ‘fishing’ for information is… – Continue reading

Luxembourg: Luxembourg’s Direct Tax Administration Publishes Circular On Residency Certificates For Funds

Luxembourg’s Direct Tax Administration has published a circular on February 12 clarifying issues relating to residency certificates for Luxembourg funds. These are applicable to both UCITS and non-UCITS funds regulated by Luxembourg’s investment fund legislation of December 17, 2010, which transposed the UCITS IV Directive, as well as Specialised Investment… – Continue reading