Category: Qatar

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

Swiss attorney general cites 53 possible money-laundering incidents in FIFA World Cup probe

BERN, Switzerland – Reeling from an American federal investigation of bribery in soccer, FIFA was put under more pressure Wednesday as the scale of a separate Swiss investigation of suspected money laundering was revealed. Banks in Switzerland have flagged up 53 possible acts of money-laundering that could be linked to… – Continue reading

Switzerland still a haven for rich and their money

A report released today by the management consulting firm Boston Consulting Group (BCG) shows that Switzerland remains the world’s largest offshore centre. However, Hong Kong and Singapore could pose a challenge in the future. For now, Switzerland stands heads and shoulders above the rest booking over $2.4 trillion in wealth… – Continue reading

ICSS to hold special session on financial integrity and transparency

June 8 – With the international spotlight focused on corruption and money-laundering at FIFA and doping claims in athletics, the Qatar-based International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) is laying on a specialist session in Geneva in September to explore how sport, governments and the wider stakeholder community can tackle the… – Continue reading

UK Firms, Economy Burdened By High Tax Rates

The UK is inhibiting its economy with a tax burden 18 percent heavier than the global average and should consider setting a specific target for lowering the overall tax take, according to research by accountants UHY Hacker Young. UHY’s findings show that tax revenue in the UK represents a third… – Continue reading

No hiding place for expat tax evaders

New rules mean that almost 100 governments around the world will exchange information about bank accounts Expat tax dodgers are running out of places to hide, as information about their bank accounts and assets will soon be exchanged between 93 governments globally. At present, if tax authorities suspect people of… – 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

Tax Evasion Case Against Billionaire Art Dealer Guy Wildenstein Exposes Dirty Money Trail

The tax man is coming for Guy Wildenstein, and may file charges against a wealth management company in the Bahamas in connection to the case against the billionaire art dealer. As reported by the Globe and Mail, the French agency that investigates tax evasion has recommended that a judge charge… – 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

Offshore investors’ NYC hotel deals to hit $3B in 2015: report

UPDATED, March 16, 4:10 p.m.: Offshore investors are breaking into the hotel market at a rapid rate, and despite what it may seem like from recent headlines, not all are arriving from China. The buyers – many of them hailing from Qatar, Kuwait, Malaysia and Singapore – were involved in… – Continue reading

Doha poised to develop Islamic finance in the UK

Many Islamic financial institutions like Qatar Islamic Bank have caught up to their Western counterparts in terms of efficiency and technology and are targetting new clients abroad. Also, given Doha’s expertise in the sector and its close ties with the UK, Qatari banks are well positioned to tap into British… – Continue reading

Nowhere to hide

The call for tax transparency is being echoed around the globe, with ‘midshore’ centres like Bahrain and the UAE emerging as reputable, regulated and tax efficient jurisdictions A 2012 book entitled Offshore Apocalypse – The Collapse of the Tax Haven Industry, written by a team of tax-law academics, auditors, compliance… – Continue reading

Obama IRS Shares Private Financial Data With Foreign Tyrants

To comply with unconstitutional pseudo-treaties negotiated by the Obama administration without the consent of Congress or any semblance of constitutional authority, the IRS announced that it will be sharing private financial information on U.S. bank account holders with foreign powers. No warrant is needed for foreign governments or tyrants to… – Continue reading

Qatari ruling family hit with £38million stamp duty bill after using tax avoidance scheme on purchase of Chelsea Barracks

The Qatari ruling family has been ordered to pay £38million in stamp duty They used an aggressive tax avoidance scheme to avoid the huge bill Country bought 13-acre site from the MoD for almost £1billion in 2007 By LOUISE ECCLES, BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT FOR THE DAILY MAIL PUBLISHED: 01:57 GMT, 20… – Continue reading

Japan, Qatar reach tax treaty agreement

TOKYO, Dec 17 (KUNA) — Japan and Qatar have reached a substantive agreement on a bilateral tax treaty that will help businesses and investors avoid double taxation involving the two countries, the Foreign Ministry announced Wednesday. The agreement aims to clarify the taxation on cross-border investment and economic activities between… – Continue reading

GCC Islamic Banks Turn Offshore For Growth

GCC-based Islamic banks are increasingly eyeing international markets Islamic banks in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations need to expand abroad to maintain their pace of growth in the future, according to Al-Baraka Banking Group, which operates in 15 countries from the Middle East to Asia. “Banks have no alternative,” says… – Continue reading

Japan, Qatar to launch tax treaty talks

TOKYO, Dec 5 (KUNA) — Japan will launch negotiations for bilateral tax treaty with Qatar aimed at helping businesses and investors avoid double taxation involving the two countries, the Foreign Ministry announced Friday. The first round of talks will be held here on December 8, the ministry said in a… – Continue reading

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… – Continue reading

More Countries Agree to Help U.S. Crack Down on Tax Dodgers

The Treasury Department added 19 nations to its list of countries that have reached agreements with the U.S. on carrying out a far-reaching law aimed at preventing offshore tax dodging by American citizens. The Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service said the 19 nations – including Australia, Brazil, South Africa… – Continue reading