Category: Oman

Sri Lanka And Oman Sign Agreement On Avoidance Of Double Taxation, Tax Evasion

An agreement on Avoidance of Double Taxation and Prevention of Fiscal Evasion between Sri Lanka and Oman was signed during the Second Meeting of the Sri Lanka-Oman Bilateral Consultations, held on August 15, 2018 in Colombo at senior officials’ level by the leaders of the respective delegations. The Sri Lankan...

Withholding tax on dividends – A bagful of uncertainties and complexities?

Muscat: One of the many changes that the Royal Decree 9 of 2017 (RD) has made in the Oman Income tax law is the introduction of withholding tax (WHT) on payment of ‘dividends on shares’ by Omani companies. This amendment requires Omani companies distributing dividends on shares to foreign persons...

Nine Middle East Countries At Risk Of EU Sanctions Over Tax Governance

The European Commission has put nine Middle Eastern and North African countries on notice that they are at risk of measures being taken against them to deter tax avoidance. The nine countries (see table below) are Bahrain, Israel, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and the United Arab Emirates...

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...

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...

Spain and Finland sign new treaty to avoid double taxation and to fight tax fraud

Given that the latest treaty was signed on 15 November 1967, the two countries felt it was appropriate to revise it in full. The new treaty, signed on Tuesday by the Spanish Ambassador to Finland, María Jesús Figa, and the Finnish Minister for Finance, Alexander Stubb, seeks to enable tax...

Malta: Malta’s Double Tax Treaties – November 2015

In order to encourage the growth of international trade including that of financial services, successive Maltese governments have sought to conclude double tax treaties with important trading partners as well as with emerging countries. This policy is expected to continue in the future. To date, treaties are in force with...

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...

The Mayor’s Free Land

A company controlled by Mayor of Belgrade Sinisa Mali and his family obtained more than 10 hectares of agricultural land worth anywhere from €123,000 to € 250,000 (US$140,000 to US$290,000) for free from a privatized state company. Problem is, the land wasn’t the company’s to give, but was still owned...

Oman-Spain bilateral trade volume up by 62%, says envoy

Muscat: Bilateral trade between Oman and Spain has risen by 62 per cent, the European country’s top diplomat in Oman has said. Speaking at an event to celebrate his country’s National Day, Jose Urtasun, Spain’s Ambassador to the Sultanate, said, “Spain receives the most hydrocarbon exports from Oman of any...

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...

His Majesty issues two Royal Decrees

Muscat: His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said today issued two Royal Decrees as follows: Royal Decree No. 30/2015 establishes Oman Governance and Sustainability Centre and promulgates its bylaw. Article (1) states that a centre to be named “Oman Governance and Sustainability Centre” shall be set up and affiliated to the...

Oman, Portugal sign double taxation avoidance pact

The convention for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of tax evasion with respect to taxes on income was signed at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Portugal yesterday between the Government of Oman and the Government of Portugal, reports the Oman Observer. The convention was signed on...

Double Tax Arrangements in Nigeria: Imperatives for a wider network

THE National Tax Policy (NTP) has identified double taxation as one of the major hindrances to the growth of the Nigerian economy. Double taxation has become an issue paramount to investors and top executives of multinationals as income is generally taxable both in source and residence countries. In order to...

Corporation tax: Rate cut likely as Prime Minister David Cameron set to let Northern Ireland go it alone

Northern Ireland looks set to be handed the power to slash corporation tax in a move with the potential to significantly boost our stuttering economy. In a development which could transform international investment, senior sources in London and Belfast predict that an announcement will be made no later than October...

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,...

Oman, Spain sign agreements

MoUs cover defence, tourism, archives and double taxation — MUSCAT — Oman and the Kingdom of Spain signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in the field of archive and documentation at Al Alam Palace within the framework of the Spanish monarch’s visit to the Sultanate, yesterday. The Government of Oman...

Caterpillar to face U.S. Senate panel on offshore taxes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Caterpillar Inc’s offshore tax strategies will come under scrutiny on Tuesday at a U.S. Senate hearing expected to examine dealings by the world’s largest mining and construction equipment maker in Switzerland, Bermuda and Luxembourg. With many multinationals being criticized for tax avoidance, veteran tax sleuth Senator Carl Levin...

Caterpillar Previews Tax Defense for Senate Offshore Hearing (1)

Caterpillar (CAT:US) Inc. began defending its international tax maneuvers as a U.S. Senate investigative panel set an April 1 hearing to examine the company’s “offshore tax strategy.” Representatives from Caterpillar and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP will testify, according to the hearing notice posted today by the Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. The committee, led...

Why ‘Londongrad’ Weighs On Britain’s Russia Policy

LONDON — They are the most expensive and luxurious flats in the whole of London. Their ultramodern bay windows offer an unobstructed view onto Hyde Park. An underground corridor connects them to the Mandarin Oriental, the palace where Michelin-starred chef Heston Blumenthal has one of his prized restaurants. In total, the...

Romania awaits US answer on starting FATCA negotiations

Romania is waiting for an answer from the United States on the beginning of negotiations of an intergovernmental agreement on the implementation of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) on the exchange of information for fighting tax avoidance.The Romanian Government has approved a memorandum to this effect on January 22,...

Austria’s Spindelegger Says Savings-Tax Deal Up to Luxembourg

Austrian Finance Minister Michael Spindelegger said a deal on extending a European Union savings tax is in Luxembourg’s hands. Austria “can agree to this tomorrow — it’s not up to us if there isn’t agreement,” Spindelegger told reporters before a two-day meeting with his European Union counterparts in Brussels today....