Category: UAE

FBR asks UAE to share details of Pakistanis hiding behind Iqama status

Chairman Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Shabbar Zaidi on Monday wrote letter to UAE authorities and asked for devising mechanism to share details of Pakistanis who are hiding behind Iqama based residential status to evade taxes. In a letter written to Ministry of Finance UAE by the Chairman FBR Shabbar… – Continue reading

Govt launches crackdown on benami assets

ISLAMABAD: The government has kicked off a far-reaching crackdown against benami assets directing the departments concerned at the federal level and the provincial governments to track benami properties, harvesting the Benami Act, 2019 in the national and global contexts. Prime Minister Imran Khan chaired a meeting on August 20 on… – Continue reading

Synthesized text of Japan-UAE tax treaty published showing MLI modifications

The Japanese government on July 1 published the synthesized text of the Japan-United Arab Emirates 2013 tax treaty, taking into account changes made by the bilateral tax treaty on account of both countries’ later ratification of the the Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (MLI). ... - Continue reading

EU considers adding UAE, Oman on tax haven blacklist

European Union states have added ten jurisdictions to a draft tax haven blacklist, including the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bermuda, an EU official told Reuters on Tuesday, in a move that would triple the number of listed countries. The measure comes more than one year after the bloc decided… – Continue reading

Money trail must for offshore assets’ owners: Asad

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Finance Asad Umar Thursday made it abundantly clear that those having offshore properties had no option but to give the trail of their money. Addressing a post-mini budget press conference at the P-block here, he said the government had obtained assistance from friendly countries, including Saudi… – Continue reading

Angola’s parliament approves elimination of double taxation with Portugal, China and UAE

The Angolan parliament unanimously approved proposals for the resolution of agreements for the elimination of double taxation and prevention of tax evasion on income tax with Portugal, China and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), according to official information. The Secretary of State for Cooperation, Domingos Vieira Lopes, said that the… – Continue reading

Tax reforms will improve UAE’s investment status

Once the UAE fully implements the BEPS minimum standard, it will become a very good location, say tax experts The UAE’s position as an attractive destination for foreign investment will substantially improve once it fully implements minimum standards for base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS), tax analysts said on Saturday…. – Continue reading

FBR urged to clarify taxability of foreign rental income

There is confusion among taxpayers regarding taxability of foreign rental income in Pakistan and filing of income tax returns in view of avoidance of double taxation treaties signed between Pakistan and UAE, UK and Canada. A leading tax consultant Shahid Jami has approached the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) for… – Continue reading

Brazil and United Arab Emirates sign agreement to eliminate double taxation

Convention signed on Monday will facilitate investments, can reduce tax evasion Brazil and the United Arab Emirates signed an agreement to eliminate double taxation on income and prevent tax evasion and tax avoidance. The document was signed on Monday (12 November) by Brazilian Foreign Minister Aloysio Nunes Ferreira and UAE… – Continue reading

FIA confirms getting list of 3,550 Pakistanis having properties in Dubai

KARACHI: Dubai’s famous construction company and developers, Emaar Properties, has issued lists, containing the names of 34,000 individuals, and 3,550 of them are Pakistanis. Most of them are living in Dubai or Pakistan currently, according to the addresses given in the list. FIA Director-General Bashir Memon told The News that… – Continue reading

Govt to serve notices to 300 Pakistanis owning properties in UAE: sources

ISLAMABAD: The federal government has decided to issue notices to 300 Pakistani nationals who own properties in the United Arab Emirates, sources informed Geo News Saturday. The sources said that notices will be sent to individuals who own six or more properties in UAE. They will be inquired about their… – Continue reading

Pak authorities trace 2,750 properties worth Rs4.2tr in Dubai

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani investigators with the cooperation of Dubai authorities have traced 2,750 overseas properties in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). These overseas property empires were allegedly acquired by Pakistani nationals with illegal flight of capital and plunder of the hard-earned taxpayers’ money worth around Rs4,240 billion. Based on three intelligence… – Continue reading

Pakistanis’ hidden foreign assets worth around $350bn

ISLAMABAD: Authorities probing illegal foreign accounts and properties of thousands of Pakistanis made shocking revelations on Tuesday that the volume of these assets hidden in different tax havens abroad reached up to US$350 (Rs43 trillion). Interestingly, the authorities also revealed for the first time that only accounts and properties worth… – Continue reading

United Arab Emirates: The UAE Tax Environment

The United Arab Emirates has more than 140 free zones across seven emirates, including 20 designated zones with separate laws, regulations and VAT treatment. This can make doing business in the UAE a complex journey. However, there is also the strong benefit of the UAE being one of the easier… – Continue reading

Nigeria, UAE agreement on stolen assets takes off

President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption drive moved a notch higher yesterday. Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates (UAE)’s agreement on recovery of assets and cash stashed away in UAE by Nigerians takes off next month. Besides, the collaboration among heads of anti-corruption agencies in Commonwealth (Africa) countries will be stepped up… – Continue reading

Offshore wealth investigation

ONCE again reports are appearing in the media about the billions of dollars stashed by Pakistanis in foreign accounts or the investments they have made especially in property market abroad. National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Finance was informed on Friday that seven thousand Pakistanis have invested a whopping Rs 800… – Continue reading

UAE, Costa Rica sign two agreements on encouraging investment, avoidance of double taxation

SAN JOSE- Manuel A. Gonzalez Sanz, Costa Rica‘s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship, has met with Mohammed Sharaf Al Hashemi, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for Economic and Commercial Affairs, at the ministry in capital San Jose. During the meeting, the UAE and Costa Rica signed… – Continue reading

UAE signs avoidance of double taxation deal with Cameroon

The UAE Ministry of Finance (MoF) signed a final agreement for the avoidance of double taxation with the Republic of Cameroon at the Ministry’s premises in Dubai today. The agreement comes in line with the ministry’s strategy to strengthen bilateral trade and economic relations between the two countries, in order… – Continue reading

The Easiest and Most Complex Jurisdictions in the World for Accounting and Tax Compliance

Brazil, Greece, Argentina, China among the top 10 most complex Cayman Islands, Hong Kong, BVI, UAE the easiest places in the world for Accounting and Tax LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Turkey is the most complex place in the world for Accounting and Tax compliance, followed by Brazil, Italy, Greece and Vietnam – according… – Continue reading

UK-UAE treaty means UK pension free of income tax

Denton warns people of the long-term implications of stripping down their pension A new double tax treaty (DTA) between the UK and the UAE, which becomes effective April 6, will allow UAE residents to access their UK pension free of UK income tax, according to an expert. David Denton, Head… – Continue reading

VAT and CRS to add to costs and regulatory burden of banks

Value added tax is likely to be an irrecoverable cost, negatively affecting margins for the banking sector Dubai: The UAE and GCC banks that are facing increased regulatory burden from Basel III capital requirements and International Reporting Standards 9 (IFRS 9) are expected to face further pressure in terms of… – Continue reading

MoF signs two agreements on avoidance of double taxation, protection and promotion of investment with Burundi

ABU DHABI, 16th February, 2017 (WAM)–The Ministry of Finance, MoF, has signed two final agreements on the avoidance of double taxation and the protection and promotion of investment with Burundi. The agreements came as part of the Ministry’s strategy to expand its international relations and to protect and promote Emirati… – Continue reading

UK: UK – UAE Double Tax Treaty Now In Force – What You Need To Know

The signing of a double taxation agreement between the UK and the UAE in April 2016 was undoubtedly much anticipated and marks a new milestone in the successful expansion of the UAE’s international tax treaty network. Following ratification of the agreement by the two countries reacting parties, it came into… – Continue reading

Black money across the border: Why Pakistan’s elite are quivering as UAE demands tax information

According to unofficial estimates, more than $2 billion has flowed into Dubai real estate from Pakistanis every year for the past three years. Last week, account holders in a major UAE bank began receiving letters alerting them that soon they would be required to furnish information “with a view to… – Continue reading

DOUBLE TAXATION AGREEMENT BETWEEN SWITZERLAND AND OMAN

MUSCAT -The Double Taxation Agreement (DTA) between Switzerland and Oman aiming to increase economic ties officially came into force last month, according to the Swiss government. Its provisions will be applicable from January 1, 2017, according to the government. The agreement was originally signed on May 22, 2015 before going… – Continue reading

UAE to begin implementing G20 and OECD procedures

94 countries have committed to implement the joint disclosure system by 2017 and 2018 Abu Dhabi: The Ministry of Finance (MoF) has announced that the UAE will begin implementing the standards of joint disclosures and the exchange of information for tax purposes set out by the G20 and Organisation for… – Continue reading

UAE, Argentina sign deal on double taxation

The UAE has signed an agreement on the avoidance of double taxation with Argentina with the aim of boosting expanding joint economic partnerships. The agreement was signed by Obaid Humaid Al Tayer, Minister of State for Financial Affairs, and visiting Argentina’s Vice President Gabriela Michetti, in the presence of Fernando… – Continue reading

MENA Transfer Pricing in a Post BEPS World

Historically, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has been perceived as a region where taxation and transfer pricing initiatives are not high up on government agendas. Although this has been the case for a significant period of time, recent changes in the region such as decreases in global… – Continue reading

UAE’s tax regime: The need of the hour

Creating of a Federal Tax Authority is the logical next step in seeing it through Within the span of month the UAE took two bold steps with the aim to develop a proper legislative and legal structure for the post-oil period. The first was to launch the Bankruptcy Law and… – Continue reading

Armenia eliminates double taxation of property and income with Serbia and Slovakia

The Armenian Parliament has ratified today two agreements to avoid double taxation and prevent tax evasion with respect to taxes on property and income with Serbia and Slovakia. According to Deputy Minister of Finance Armen Hayrapetyan, the document on the mutual avoidance of double taxation on property and income with… – Continue reading

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… – Continue reading

India, Mauritius to discuss revival of FTA, two-way investments today

Top officials from India and Mauritius will meet in Port Louis this week to discuss revival of free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations that were suspended three years ago by New Delhi. The talks were suspended to build pressure on Mauritius to expedite the double taxation avoidance agreement. Deliberations on two-way… – Continue reading