Category: South Korea

Tax Office Investigating Individuals, Corporations for Offshore Tax Evasion Allegations

The National Tax Service has launched an investigation into 104 individuals and corporations suspected of offshore tax evasion.The National Tax Service of South Korea launched an investigation targeting 104 individuals and corporations suspected of offshore tax evasion. The number is likely to increase over time. The targets include Orion Holdings… – Continue reading


Luxembourg and Spain passports placed 5th in a global study of visa-free travel. The annual “Henley Passport Index”, published on 8 January 2019, is a “ranking of all the world’s passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa.” The index is published by… – Continue reading

Which Countries is The Cryptocurrency Taxed In?

The cryptocurrency industry is still at a very early stage of its development, so there are no single international rules yet. The governments of individual countries independently try to regulate digital assets. The tax on the cryptocurrency varies in different countries. Within the framework of this article, we will try… – Continue reading

Cambodia, Vietnam ink double taxation agreement

Cambodia has signed a double taxation agreement with Vietnam that protects each country’s nationals from dual taxation, according to a news release from the General Department of Taxation released on Tuesday. The agreement was signed on Saturday on the sidelines of the Greater Mekong Subregion Summit held in Hanoi. Chou… – Continue reading

Indian Tax Department Sends Notices to Cryptocurrency Investors

India’s tax dept. orders investors to pay up after national survey reveals $3.5 billion worth of transactions during a 17-month period. Indian cryptocurrency investors have been issued notices by the income tax department, after a national survey revealed that cryptocurrency transactions during a 17-month period amounted to more than $3.5… – Continue reading

Authorities raid South Korea’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges

Police and tax agencies raided South Korea’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges this week for alleged tax evasion South Korean financial authorities had previously said they are inspecting six local banks that offer virtual currency accounts The crackdown comes as the South Korean government attempts to calm frenzied demand for cryptocurrency trading… – Continue reading


EU ministers have issued the bloc’s “list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes”. The blacklist was created following a November 2016 European Council decision–in the wake of the Panama Papers, Luxleaks and other revelations of multinational tax avoidance–to evaluate jurisdictions outside the EU. Territories were judged on “tax transparency”, “fair… – Continue reading

Cisco, Apple may shudder at regulatory change

Cisco Korea may have to share its key financial information starting next year as the government aggressively pushes to tackle the lack of transparency and tax-dodging practices by foreign enterprises, according to industry sources, Tuesday. “Though there still is much to be seen about the application of the revision, it… – Continue reading

Tax revision unlikely to pressure foreign investors, but shocks may persist: analysts

Stock analysts in South Korea played down the possible impact of the government’s decision Wednesday to impose taxes on foreign investors holding over 5 percent of a company, but warned of widening volatility prompted by foreign investors’ sell-offs over the past couple of weeks. Starting January 2018, a broader scope… – Continue reading

[News Focus] Multinational firms using royalties to avoid tax: expert

Multinational firms in South Korea tend to transfer much higher proportions of their revenues to their headquarters overseas in dividends and royalties than their Korean counterparts, an expert said Monday. Payments in royalties and dividends are categorized as expenses, which in turn lowers their reported earnings to the Korean authorities…. – Continue reading

Recourse to MAP and bilateral APA rollback available under revised tax treaty: PwC

MUMBAI: The recent changes in the India and South Korea Agreement for Avoidance of Double Taxation provides recourse to taxpayers of both countries to apply for Mutual Agreement Procedure (MAP) in respect of transfer pricing disputes, and also to apply for bilateral Advance Pricing Agreements (APA) for APA period beginning… – Continue reading

S. Korea Probing Toyota Korea over Suspected Tax Evasion

South Korea’s tax authorities have been investigating the local importer of Toyota and luxury Lexus vehicles over suspected tax evasions since late 2016, industry sources said Friday. In November, the Seoul office of the National Tax Service (NTS) launched a tax audit into Toyota Korea over suspicions that it paid… – Continue reading

Cayman Islands’ investment in S. Korea tops 9.2 tln won

SEOUL, Feb. 16 (Yonhap) — The Cayman Islands became the largest investor as a tax haven country in the South Korean market last year, data showed Thursday, amid suspicions that some of the money could be owned by South Koreans disguised as foreign investors in an attempt to avoid taxes…. – Continue reading

Helpful For Shipping Industry

Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement Amended between S. Korea and India The Korea Shipowners’ Association announced on January 24 that the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement between South Korea and India was amended so that South Korean shipping companies’ shipping income generated as a result of their maritime transport services provided for… – Continue reading

Georgia establishes tax free relations with Liechtenstein

Georgia and Liechtenstein are increasing economic cooperation by avoiding double taxation, meaning that people or businesses working between the two countries will be free from income and capital taxes. The deal was signed in May 2015 in Georgia’s capital Tbilisi but entered into force today. Double taxation is the levying… – Continue reading

Switzerland eyes AEOI with 21 countries

Switzerland, which has been working to end its years-long practice of banking secrecy, on Thursday said it aimed to dramatically increase the number of countries it cooperates with toward international fiscal transparency. The Swiss government said in a statement that it wanted to extend the automatic exchange of information (AEOI)… – Continue reading

Switzerland Adopts Ordinance On International AEOI

Switzerland’s Ordinance on the International Automatic Exchange of Information (AEOI) in Tax Matters will enter into force on January 1, 2017. The Swiss Federal Council adopted the ordinance on November 23. The ordinance contains the Federal Council’s implementing provisions for the Federal Act on the International Automatic Exchange of Information… – Continue reading

(LEAD) Trump could spur global corporate tax cut competition: think tank

SEOUL, Nov. 17 (Yonhap) — U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s pledge for a huge corporate tax cut could spur moves to reduce taxes on businesses and the rich across the world, a Seoul-based think tank said Thursday. During the campaign, the real estate mogul-turned-politician vowed to lower the business tax rate… – Continue reading

India-Korea DTAA notified, capital gains to be taxed at source

India has notified the revised double tax avoidance agreement with South Korea under which capital gains tax will be levied at the source with effect from April 1, 2017. The existing Double Taxation Avoidance Convention, which has been in vogue for three decades, provides for residence-based taxation of capital gains… – Continue reading

With 42% increase in trade, India-NZ agree to amend Double Taxation Agreement

India and New Zealand also vowed to press for successful negotiations of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). India and New Zealand decided to amend the bilateral tax treaty and expressed commitment to work towards a comprehensive free trade agreement with a view to boost economic ties on Wednesday. The… – Continue reading

S. Korea, Singapore to share financial info on local residents

South Korea said Friday it has signed an agreement with Singapore to share some financial information on their nationals residing in each other’s territory. It’s meant to help tackle offshore tax evasion and other illegal activities, the Ministry of Strategy and Finance said. Under the deal, the two sides will… – Continue reading

Georgia-Kyrgyzstan sign agreement on double taxation

Georgia and Kyrgyzstan are increasing economic cooperation by signing an agreement on avoidance of double taxation. The deal was signed today in Georgia’s capital Tbilisi and will prevent people or businesses working between the two countries from evading income and capital taxes. Double taxation is the levying of tax by… – Continue reading

Korean’s offshore financial assets soar to all-time high

The combined amount of overseas financial accounts held by South Korean nationals and companies hit the highest level this year, data from the country’s tax agency showed on Sept. 27. They had a total of 56.84 trillion won (US$50.81 billion) in their overseas accounts, surging from 11.48 trillion won in… – Continue reading

Mauritius, South Korea Sign New Tax Deal

The Mauritian Government has announced that, on August 11, a tax information exchange agreement (TIEA) was signed between Mauritius and South Korea for the mutual sharing of tax information. The TIEA provide for cooperation in tax matters between the two jurisdictions. The agreement, once ratified, will allow each country to… – Continue reading

Double Taxation Avoidance Bill passes second reading at House of Reps

The quest by the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to improve the ease of doing business in Nigeria and diversify the nation’s economy on Wednesday received a boost. This followed the passage of “a Bill for an Act to Provide for the Domestication and Enforcement in Nigeria of the Avoidance of… – Continue reading

Iran To Launch Offshore Bank To Process International Payments

Iran is to launch an offshore bank on one of its Gulf islands “within a month”, according to a report by the official IRNA news agency, as it continues to seeks ways around restrictions on international payments. The bank will be set up on Kish Island, which has been developed… – Continue reading

Beyond FATCA, Costa Rica Adopts “GATCA” Tax Reporting Measures

The unpopular Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) of the United States has set off a rash of similar legislation around the world, and Costa Rica has been eager to adopt these international asset reporting treaties, which many taxpayers consider overreaching and in violation of financial privacy. The Costa Rica… – Continue reading

National Assembly’s Procrastination to Lead to Extra Taxes with Korea-US FTA

The National Assembly of South Korea is postponing the ratification of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) for the automatic exchange of South Korean and U.S. taxpayers’ financial information. Under the circumstances, South Korean financial companies are about to be forced to pay more than 600 billion won (US$521… – Continue reading

Georgia to avoid double taxation with South Korea

Georgia and South Korea are stepping up bilateral cooperation to avoid double taxation, boost investments and increase economic cooperation. Georgia’s Finance Minister Nodar Khaduri plans to visit South Korea and sign a cooperation agreement on avoidance of double taxation, prevention of evasion of income and capital taxes. Double taxation is… – Continue reading

S Korean Companies Unprepared For BEPS: Survey

The Federation of Korean Industries (FKI) has disclosed that 81 percent of respondents to a survey of South Korean companies professed that, although they were aware of the OECD’s base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) project, they were not, as yet, making any preparations. The South Korean Government is preparing… – Continue reading

New qualifying private placement exemption from UK withholding tax on interest: good news

The Finance Act 2015 introduced certain gateway conditions for the new exemption from UK withholding tax on interest payments for “qualifying private placements.” The Qualifying Private Placement Regulations 2015 setting out the detailed conditions for relief have now been made. While January 1, 2016 was appointed as the effective date,… – Continue reading

Taskforce to hunt tax evading foreigners

The government has decided to form a taskforce involving government and private sector stakeholders to bring the tax-evading unauthorised foreigners under the tax radar. An inter-ministerial meeting has already been held recently to discuss about the formation a high-powered taskforce that will enhance monitoring on the unauthorised foreigners for realising… – 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