Category: Kuwait

Deloitte licensed to provide FATCA services in Kuwait

The Kuwait Ministry of Finance (MOF) has issued a ministerial resolution announcing that Deloitte & Touche, Al-Wazzan & Co in Kuwait has been certified with the ministry for the provision of Foreign Account Tax Compliance (FATCA) services. FATCA is a US legislation which aims to combat tax evasion by US...

7,000 Kuwaitis with $2.3bn in FATCA reveal

The USA Tax and Financial Consultants Office in the Middle East confirmed that Kuwait has revealed the accounts of about 7,000 Kuwaitis who hold dual citizenship and are covered by the US tax laws according to the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), reports Al-Anba daily quoting informed sources. Sources...

Armenia eliminates double taxation of property and income with Serbia and Slovakia

The Armenian Parliament has ratified today two agreements to avoid double taxation and prevent tax evasion with respect to taxes on property and income with Serbia and Slovakia. According to Deputy Minister of Finance Armen Hayrapetyan, the document on the mutual avoidance of double taxation on property and income with...

Kuwait inks Int’l treaty to combat tax evasion

The State of Kuwait has joined the Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement for swapping taxation information according to criteria of the Development and Economic Cooperation Organization (OECD), becoming the first Arab country to ink the relevant international treaty. Kuwait Finance Undersecretary Khalifa Hamada said in a statement that he led the...

OECD launches common reporting standard

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has launched the Automatic Exchange of Information (AEOI) also known as the common reporting standard (CRS) – a globally co-ordinated approach to disclosure of account information between tax authorities. It follows on from several country’s successful implementation of the US Fatca regulations...

Gulf oil dilemma drives tax reforms to shore up deficits

The oil price slide is driving tax reforms across the region as Arabian Gulf economies seek to shore up a potential US$700 billion deficit. All six Arabian Gulf states are planning to introduce Value Added Tax (VAT) collectively. Various other tax reforms are also underway. The IMF warned in October...

Saudi Arabia third in global ranking for tax payment ease

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has maintained third in the global ranking for ease of tax payment, according to the latest release of the Paying Taxes report by the World Bank and PwC. With the least demanding tax framework, well below the world average, the Kingdom has a total tax rate of...

Kuwaitis with US passports must comply with FATCA

KUWAIT: Kuwaiti citizens who possess US passports need to straighten out their US tax status to avoid the penalty of having their US passports scrapped, said Abdulaziz Al-Anjeri, head of the American Tax Bureau in Kuwait. Technically Kuwaitis are barred from holding a second citizenship but many are suspected of...

6,000 Kuwaitis ‘face’ sanctions

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 26: The US passports of some 6,000 Kuwaitis, among other 250,000 GCC citizens are vulnerable to sanctions by early next year unless they pay their taxes next month, according to the Foreign Account Taxes Compliance Act (FATCA), reports Al- Shahed daily. As of the beginning of January...

Pay US taxes, or lose passports

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 22: Jim O’Neill, Vice-President of the American Bureau of Consulting and Audit who is also in charge of international activity was recently quoted as saying the passports of those who have obtained the American citizenship and reside outside the United States might be withdrawn if they fail...

Arab League intent on increasing investments in Brazil

The organization’s new ambassador in the Brazilian capital Brasília claims trade and mutual investment between Arab countries and Brazil can be worked on. São Paulo – Newly appointed to represent the Middle East and North Africa countries in Brazil, the ambassador of the League of Arab States in the national...

Sea-change in landscape of taxation

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 29: “The world of taxation has changed tremendously impacted by FATCA, transfer pricing, Base Erosion and Profit Sharing, and others which require dramatic changes in existing operating models and structures,” remarked Fouad Douglas, PwC Country Senior partner, at a tax seminar organised by the PwC in conjunction...

Protocol amending Agreement between India and Kuwait for avoidance of double taxation and prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for the protocol amending the Agreement between India and Kuwait for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income. The Protocol provides for internationally accepted standards...

KUWAIT – BUSINESS PROFITS TAX, PE DETERMINATIONS AND FOREIGN INVESTMENT INCENTIVES

KPMG in Kuwait discusses plans to implement a tax on business profits, changes to the Kuwait tax authority’s (KTA) approach to deemed permanent establishments, and Kuwait’s shift away from tax holidays toward tax credits to attract foreign direct investment. TAXATION OF COMMERCIAL PROFITS Based on recent local media reports1, KPMG...

EY: Broadening the taxable basis across the GCC and MENA

To increase the scope of income tax laws, GCC countries are pursuing tax determinations with significantly broader interpretations of activities or actions that constitute doing business in-country. New concepts like Virtual Service Permanent Establishment and dependent agents are being used in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait to determine taxable presence or...

Poor Oversight Fuels Corruption in Sports Federations – Transparency Int’l

The opaque governance structure of sports federations makes them less accessible to independent oversight and therefore more prone to corruption, the deputy managing director at Transparency International, a global anti-corruption movement, told Sputnik. ST. PETERSBURG (Sputnik) – Earlier this year, separate investigations by US and Swiss prosecutors uncovered deep-rooted corruption...

Kuwait commits to US mandated FATCA law

(MENAFN – Arab Times) The US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) model has spurred the rise of a global automatic exchange of information, informed Hannah Shipley, Director at Ernst & Young, while speaking about FATCA and its implications during a business panel discussion held at the Kuwait Chamber of...

Tunisia: Belhassen Trabelsi Has Diverted Millions of Dinars Through Offshore and Shell Companies

Tunis, — The process of returning Tunisian property and assets frozen in a number of foreign banks in general and in Switzerland, in particular, has not moved an inch. More than four years have elapsed since the fall of former President Ben Ali without any hope of progress on the...

NBR to sign deal with Bhutan to avoid double taxation

Bangladesh is set to sign an agreement with Bhutan to avoid double taxation to boost investments, trade and facilitate information exchange between the two Saarc nations, the National Board of Revenue said in a statement. A team led by NBR Chairman Md Nojibur Rahman is now in Thimpu to take...

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...

Cabinet approves co­op agreements with several countries

KUWAIT, July 13 (KUNA) ¬¬ The cabinet, under the chairmanship of His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al¬Mubarak Al¬Hamad Al¬Sabah, approved Monday a number of agreements to boost cooperation with several friendly countries. The endorsed agreements included a memorandum of understanding for cooperation in social insurance with Bahraini government,...

Kuwait said to ban remittances to 12 countries

Kuwait working to ban remittances to 12 countries, including Arab states, claiming the locations are being used to funnel funds to terrorists, Arabic daily Al Anbaa has reported, citing a ministerial source. The blacklisted countries include islands known to host offshore accounts of companies that run illegal money laundering businesses,...

Kuwait planning corporate tax

KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait has sought help from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to introduce corporate taxes in a bid to diversify revenue in the face of falling oil prices, a minister said yesterday. ‘The IMF will prepare a preliminary report on how to impose taxes on companies in Kuwait,’ Commerce...

Bid To Assist US Persons Comply With FATCA

KUWAIT CITY, March 7: Baker Tilly Kuwait for Audit, Tax and Consulting is pleased to announce a new consulting service for individuals with respect to the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) aiming to assist US citizens and Green Card holders residing in the State of Kuwait to comply with...

101 Countries Sign Up For FATCA Network

Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) has been in force for a month and still more countries are joining the tax network. So far, 101 countries and financial jurisdictions have either signed or agreed to join FATCA. FATCA is aimed at identifying US taxpayers with offshore bank accounts and investments. Overseas...

BIR order superseding tax treaty riles taxpaying public

Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares has again defied a Supreme Court ruling on the self-executory nature of tax treaties by issuing a circular prescribing additional requirements before privileges granted under a tax treaty may be enjoyed. Henares issued Revenue Memorandum Circular No. 37-2014, announcing the coming into force of the...

iCreate and Convey team up to help global banks fast-track FATCA compliance

• Partnership creates end-to-end solution for enabling and ensuring FATCA compliance, including: data consolidation, indicia identification, additional KYC data/document capture, alerts/notifications and dashboards to monitor compliance, withholding calculations and remittance, and tax reporting. Banking analytics, risk and compliance pioneer, iCreate, today announced a strategic partnership with tax information reporting leader,...

Finance Says Kuwait Joins US FATCA In Substance

Ministry Asks Cabinet To Issue Decree   KUWAIT CITY, May 4, (KUNA): The Ministry of Finance has announced that the State of Kuwait joined the list of countries which agreed initially in substance on the FATCA (Intergovernmental Agreement). The Ministry disclosed that they have agreed on substance regarding the FATCA...

Kuwait International Bank (KIB) set to enforce FATCA

Kuwait International Bank has completed all the requirements to register with the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regarding the enforcement of FATCA, said the bank’s Board Chairman Sheikh Muhammad Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah, in a press statement. Kuwait state news agency KUNA reported him as saying that to ensure total compliance with the IRS,...

Kenya Inks Deal With Seychelles To Eliminate Double Taxation

NAIROBI (Xinhua) — The Kenyan government on Monday signed an agreement with the Seychelles to phase out double taxation on companies from the two countries. Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Treasury Henry Rotich said the elimination of double taxation will promote flow of investments, trade and labor between the two countries. “ Kenya has...

BD, Kuwait sign double taxation avoidance deal

Bangladesh and Kuwait have signed a double taxation avoidance agreement recently in a bid to promote bilateral trade and investment between the two countries. The agreement titled ‘The avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income’ was signed Wednesday in Kuwait. Bangladesh’s National...