Category: Taiwan

Taiwan to join anti-tax evasion program CRS

Taiwan expected to share financial information with Japan and Australia in 2020 TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan is expected to exchange financial information with a number of countries in September of next year as part of the Common Reporting Standard (CRS) program designed to combat tax evasion. Developed by the… – Continue reading

Taiwan to join anti-tax evasion program CRS

Taiwan expected to share financial information with Japan and Australia in 2020 TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan is expected to exchange financial information with a number of countries in September of next year as part of the Common Reporting Standard (CRS) program designed to combat tax evasion. Developed by the… – Continue reading

Greater Bay Area Releases Detailed Plan on IIT Incentives for Overseas Talents

The Greater Bay Area officially announced detailed rules for the implementation of preferential individual income tax (IIT) policy for overseas talents. Eligible overseas talents working in nine cities in the region can enjoy a preferential tax rate of 15 percent – in line with the Hong Kong IIT rate. China… – Continue reading

Australia establishes agreement with Taiwan on tax and finance transparency

Taiwan implemented ‘Common Reporting Standards’ in 2019, now recognized by Japan and Australia TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – On April 22, the Ministry of Finance (MOF) announced Australia had officially agreed to accept Taiwan as a Common Reporting Standards (CRS) partner nation in matters of financial and legal transparency related to… – Continue reading

Taiwan removed from EU tax haven greylist

Taipei, March 14 (CNA) The European Union has removed Taiwan from the bloc’s greylist of tax havens, acknowledging the nation’s efforts at implementing anti-tax avoidance measures, Taiwan’s Ministry of Finance (MOF) said Thursday. The MOF vowed to continue to work with governments of other countries in the future and implement… – Continue reading

Taiwan wealth management update

There have been a number of recent legal and regulatory changes in Taiwan that have impact from a wealth management perspective. Tax Rates Changes effective 2018 Effective 1 January 2018, the new tax rates for Taiwan are: Local foundation tax rule tightened Effective 1 January 2018, dividend for local foundations… – Continue reading

AGREEMENT TO AVOID DOUBLE TAXATION ON MACAU AND TAIWAN AVIATION INDUSTRY

The agreement to avoid double taxation on the aviation industry across Macau and Taiwan came into effect in the second week of February. The Chief Executive signed a notice, which was published in the government’s Official Gazette, notifying the implementation of the memorandum. The notice remarks on how the implementation… – Continue reading

Taiwan-Czech Republic ink double taxation avoidance pact

An agreement between Taiwan and the Czech Republic on double taxation avoidance and fiscal evasion prevention with respect to taxes on income was concluded Dec. 12 in Prague, setting the stage for increased investment and trade as well as industrial and technological cooperation between the two countries, according to the… – Continue reading

Proposal for tax avoidance bill with HK, Macau moves forward

Members of Taiwan’s executive and legislative branches gave their unanimous support to a proposed bill that would help pave the way for Taiwan to sign double taxation avoidance agreements with Hong Kong and Macau during a policy coordination meeting Nov. 14 in Taipei City. Drafted by the Cabinet-level Mainland Affairs… – Continue reading

Proposal for tax avoidance bill with HK, Macau moves forward

Members of Taiwan’s executive and legislative branches gave their unanimous support to a proposed bill that would help pave the way for Taiwan to sign double taxation avoidance agreements with Hong Kong and Macau during a policy coordination meeting Nov. 14 in Taipei City. Drafted by the Cabinet-level Mainland Affairs… – Continue reading

Taiwan-Italy Tax Treaty Takes Effect from 1 January 2016

With an aim to avoiding double taxation, improving the investment environment for Taiwan, and increasing the attractiveness of foreign investment into Taiwan, the Ministry of Finance in recent years has focused on entering into tax treaties with other jurisdictions. Following tax treaties signed with Italy and Austria, Taiwan entered into… – Continue reading

Legislative committee approves anti-tax evasion bill

The legislature’s Finance Committee yesterday approved an anti-tax evasion bill, which, if passed into law, would subject all companies registered overseas to the 17 percent corporate income tax. While supportive of the legislation, the committee voted 7-5 in favor of allowing the Cabinet to set the implementation date to avoid… – Continue reading

The biggest loophole of all

Having launched and led the battle against offshore tax evasion, America is now part of the problem DEVIN NUNES raised eyebrows in 2013 when, as chairman of a congressional working group on tax, he urged reforms that would make America “the largest tax haven in human history”. Though he was… – Continue reading

Taiwan, Italy sign pact to avoid double taxation

Taipei, Feb. 15 (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Monday that Taiwan and Italy have completed an agreement to avoid double taxation and tax evasion. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Monday that Taiwan and Italy have completed an agreement to avoid double taxation and tax evasion. The ministry… – 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

Canada: Taiwan – Canada Tax Arrangement Released

On January 15, 2016, Canada and Taiwan entered into an “Arrangement for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income” (the “Arrangement“). The Arrangement will apply to amounts paid or taxation years beginning after January 1 of the year following the… – Continue reading

China: offshore banks’ must reserve more yuan

China’s central bank said on Monday it will start implementing a reserve requirement ratio (RRR) on offshore banks’ domestic deposits, in what appears to be its latest attempt to stem speculation in the yuan and manage money flowing in and out of the country. Confusion over China’s foreign exchange policy… – Continue reading

China to start implementing RRR for offshore banks’ domestic deposits

China’s central bank said on Monday it will start implementing a reserve requirement ratio (RRR) on offshore banks’ domestic deposits, in what appears to be its latest attempt to stem speculation in the yuan and manage money flowing in and out of the country. Confusion over China’s foreign exchange policy… – Continue reading

China winning offshore yuan battle, but may be losing the war

HONG KONG: In the space of about five years, the offshore market in Chinese yuan has gone from the poster child of Beijing’s financial market liberalisation to a battleground to regain control of the currency, spooking investors and raising questions about the future of the market. While investor appetite for… – Continue reading

FATCA List – January 1, 2016

Christmas Island has timely picked the festive holiday to join the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) list of Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) jurisdictions. The small Indian Ocean outpost has a single financial institution reporting to the IRS. Interestingly, the FATCA list of financial centres now exceeds the United Nations… – Continue reading

President optimistic about future for Taiwan’s next generation

Taipei, Jan. 6 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) lauded his administration’s efforts to improve the country’s development and expressed optimism Wednesday about the future for Taiwan’s next generation, citing a recent survey that found Taiwan the most optimistic about the future among other Asian nations. If peace and prosperity in… – Continue reading

A Tax Agreement is Signed Between Taiwan and Japan

Japan, Taiwan January 4 2016 After many years of discussion and negotiation, Taiwan’s Association of East Asian Relation and Japan’s Interchange Association finally signed 「THE AVOIDANCE OF DOUBLE TAXATION AND THE PREVENTION OF FISCAL EVAION WITH RESPECT TO TAXES ON INCOME」(the “DTA”) in Tokyo on 26 November 2015. For the… – Continue reading

Foreign-invested footwear manufacturers show their power

Footwear is one of the industries with high export turnover. However, the profitable industry is being controlled by companies from South Korea and Taiwan. According to the Vietnam Leather & Footwear Association (Lefaso), with 800 enterprises and 1 million workers, FIEs account for one-fourth of total number of footwear makers,… – Continue reading

GLOBAL TAXPAYERS CAN EXPECT TO PAY MORE TAX IN THE YEARS AHEAD

Global taxpayers can expect to pay more tax in the years ahead. Many governments worldwide continue to update their tax legislation and expand their tax systems to repay debt and pay for increased social welfare, even as the memory of the last global financial crisis lingers. These are the conclusions… – Continue reading

Japan, Taiwan to sign tax treaty

TAIPEI — Japan and Taiwan will sign a bilateral tax treaty aimed at improving the flow of people and investment between the two economies, sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. The treaty will reduce or eliminate taxes on dividends repatriated from companies’ overseas branches and help avoid issues… – Continue reading

East West Bank falls short on preventing money laundering, Fed warns

Pasadena’s East West Bank must beef up its efforts to prevent money laundering after federal regulators said its practices were not sufficient. The bank, which has operations in the United States, Hong Kong, China and Taiwan, was ordered by the Federal Reserve on Thursday to correct problems with its anti-money-laundering… – Continue reading

Tax system slow to adapt to digital economy’s rise

LOST REVENUE:A lack of regulations on taxing cross-border Web-based content and services providers puts their local peers at a disadvantage, Ernst & Young said The nation’s tax system is relatively behind developed markets in adapting to the proliferation of the digital economy, which has resulted in lost revenues for the… – Continue reading

Trust company ‘ready to move on’ from controversy

The founder of a Singapore-based trust company that came under fire in 2013 for data breaches and allegations of aiding tax evasion said it is “time to move on”. Mr David Chong said his Portcullis TrustNet, which has since been renamed Portcullis Group, is busy planning for the future after… – Continue reading

Ireland’s Finance Bill 2015 – key changes for international companies and financial institutions

Following the recent Irish budget statement (the “Budget”), the Finance Bill 2015 (the “Bill”) has been published and it implements the changes announced by the Irish Minister for Finance (the “Minister”). The Bill includes additional detail on: the new knowledge development box (“KDB”); and Ireland’s implementation of country by country… – Continue reading

Taiwan and Mainland China signed a Cross-Straits Income Tax Agreement

Taiwan and Mainland China signed the “Cross-straits Agreements for the Avoidance of Double Taxation on Income and Solidifying Cooperation with respect to Taxes” (hereinafter referred to as “Cross-straits ITA”) on 25 August 2015. After the draft Article 25-2 of the “Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area… – Continue reading

Markets retain early gains amid a range bound trade

Indian equity markets retaining their early gains were trading in a range in early noon session, on value buying activities by market-participants. Sentiment got boost with the statement of finance ministry that the country will grow by 7.5 per cent in the current fiscal, slightly higher than international rating agency… – Continue reading

HOUSING A TAX DODGE IN RICHMOND AND VANCOUVER

Some might be surprised to learn that certain areas of Richmond and Vancouver, despite being thoroughly decorated with mcmansions, monster homes, and incessantly rising land prices, are actually inhabited by low income residents that make up a surprising per cent of the population. Conservative Party leader Stephen Harper, during a… – Continue reading

KMT to push cross-strait taxation pact in new legislative session

Taipei, Sept. 14 (CNA) The Kuomintang (KMT) government will be prioritizing passage of a cross-strait agreement on double taxation avoidance as well as bills on the budget, government restructuring and an all-volunteer military in the fall legislative session that opens Tuesday, Premier Mao Chi-kuo (毛治國) said Monday. Mao said the… – Continue reading

Apple China Ordered To Pay $10 Million Fine For Tax Evasion

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook announced on Wednesday, Sept.9, that the famed brand’s revenue significantly increased in China by up to 75 percent in the past year. However, the country’s finance authorities cut the celebration short. China’s Ministry of Finance demanded Apple to pay 452 million yuan, a price equivalent to… – Continue reading

Agreement between Mainland China and Taiwan to avoid double taxation on income

On August 25, 2015, the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan signed an Agreement for the Avoidance of Double Taxation regarding Taxes on Income (“the DTA”), which will enter into force when the legal procedures have been completed. The DTA’s highlights: 1. Permanent establishment (“PE”) specifications The DTA establishes a… – Continue reading

Taiwan, Japan deal on double taxation avoidance close: official

Taipei, Aug. 27 (CNA) Taiwan and Japan have nearly completed negotiations on a bilateral agreement to avoid double taxation, a Taiwanese official said Thursday. The date of its signing is still being discussed, the official said. The negotiations on the agreement have almost been concluded, Chou Shyue-yow (周學佑), deputy director-general… – Continue reading

Taiwan, China to sign taxation, air safety agreements (update)

Taipei, Aug. 18 (CNA) Taiwan and China will sign two agreements on taxation and aviation safety in their next high-level meeting to be held in Fuzhou, China later this month, a senior official of Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) announced Tuesday. The meeting between the chiefs of Taiwan’s Straits Exchange… – Continue reading

British Teachers Abroad Have One Last Chance to Avoid UK Taxes on Their Pension

QROPS specialists are offering free transfers to Gibraltar QROPS for August only for teachers who want to retire abroad and avoid all UK taxes and future UK taxes on their existing teacher’s pension scheme. This is the final chance for teachers living abroad to transfer their UK pensions outside the… – Continue reading