Category: Myanmar (Burma)

PH eyes tax treaties with Asean peers

The Philippines is eyeing to seal tax treaties with all nine other Asean member-states, according to the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR). The country already has effective double taxation agreements (DTAs) with Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, BIR Assistant Commissioner Marissa O. Cabreros noted in a presentation at last… – Continue reading

The Asia Tax Awards are back: Enter now for 2016

The revived Asia Tax Awards will feature categories for companies, firms and individuals. The Asia Tax Awards are back! More than five years after they last took place in November 2010, the Asia Tax Awards will be held once again on Thursday May 5 2016, following the Asia Tax Forum,… – Continue reading

Business Brief – Double Tax Agreement – Residence – change of HMRC practice

Following an agreement between the UK and Jersey, HMRC has published an important change of interpretation on residence for treaty purposes. HMRC’s view now is that the better interpretation of residency article in the UK-Jersey Double Tax Agreement 1952 (“UK Jersey DTA”) is that it includes a tie breaker provision… – Continue reading

First Private Bank chairman denies tax evasion

First Private Bank has not committed tax evasion since its establishment, said Dr Sein Maung, the bank’s chairperson, at the 24th annual general meeting of the bank on November 29. “First Private Bank (FPB) has fewer branches than Myanmar’s major private banks. From its inception until the end of the… – Continue reading

More tax laws planned

Myanmar plans to introduce more laws and regulations to increase its tax income over the coming years, sources said. The Internal Revenue Department (IRD) currently sets polices under the Myanmar Tax Law and the Union Tax Law. Sources at the IRD said they will issue further notifications, if required, to… – Continue reading

Russia’s Offshore Money Looks Set to Stay There

Russia is set to enact an amnesty on offshore assets next month, but disagreement and lack of clarity over the terms of the pardon threaten not only to render the measure impotent, but undermine the government’s very drive to lure overseas money back home. The capital amnesty, part of a… – Continue reading

The Cost of Business in Myanmar Compared With China

Myanmar remains an enigmatic country – one of the largest and most populated in Asia but also one of its poorest and least understood. It remains a country that has largely stood still for seventy years – hardly any infrastructure of note was developed in the country since the end… – Continue reading

China unveils plans on building Silk Road Economic Belt, 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road

The Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar (BCIM) economic corridor and China’s proposed ‘Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road’ are “closely” related, Beijing says as it has unveiled action plans on this joint ‘Belt and Road Initiative’. Chinese President Xi Jinping during his visits to Central Asia and Southeast Asia in 2013… – Continue reading

HSBC Still Aiding Tax Fraud Even After Justice Department Settlement: Report

This story has been updated. At her confirmation hearing Wednesday, attorney general-designate Loretta Lynch said she has been “very aggressive” in pursuing white-collar crime. “At the outset, no individual is ‘too big to jail.’ And no one is above the law,” said Lynch. Yet according to a new report from… – Continue reading

Campaign aims to snare tax dodgers

Tax dodgers are being warned that authorities will begin a crackdown later this month. An anti-tax avoidance campaign will be launched in August and announced in state-run newspapers in a bid to increase the Ministry of Finance’s revenue generation by 20 percent for the 2014-15 fiscal year, said Internal Revenue… – Continue reading