Category: Cayman Islands

Worldwide: A Guide To The Top 20 Offshore Fund Locations

There are a variety of benefits to moving offshore, yet few would argue the assertion that tax neutrality is paramount among them. As anyone familiar with the phrase “tax haven” would surely recognize, many countries offer strongly favorable tax terms as an incentive to draw new business. Written by CT… – Continue reading

Cayman Islands Automatic Exchange of Information Update

The Cayman Islands Tax Information Authority (“TIA“) has issued an advisory addressing several points of note regarding the Common Reporting Standard (“CRS“) in the Cayman Islands. Updated Self-Certification Forms The TIA has published new entity and individual self-certification forms which address the account holder disclosure requirements under each of CRS,… – Continue reading

Cayman Islands: OECD CRS – Exemption Secured For ‘Old And Cold’ Cayman CDO/CLO Issuers

The Cayman Islands Tax Information Authority (“TIA“) has issued an advisory to confirm that the limited life debt investment entity (“LLDIE“) exemption established under FATCA has been extended in the Cayman Islands to the OECD Common Reporting Standard (“CRS“).1 As such, a Cayman Islands LLDIE has been designated as a… – Continue reading

Cayman issues self-certification templates and participating jurisdiction list

The Cayman Islands Ministry of Financial Services’ Department for International Tax Cooperation (DITC) on 8 December 2015 issued an industry advisory regarding the ongoing implementation of the Common Reporting Standard (CRS) in the Cayman Islands. The advisory issued two new templates; the entity self-certification form and the individual self-certification form… – Continue reading

Call for UK clampdown on territories

An influential UK newspaper has called for Britain to force its Overseas Territories to create a public register of owners of companies. Chris Blackhurst, the group content director of a four-newspaper stable, writing in the London Evening Standard, said: “Only then, once we have put our own house in order,… – Continue reading

More than 50 banks which helped American clients dodge tax in Swiss bank accounts receive immunity from criminal prosecution in US

More than 50 banks which helped American clients dodge tax in Swiss bank accounts have received immunity from criminal prosecution in the US. The firms, which include UK giant Standard Chartered, Germany’s biggest lender Deutsche Bank, and France’s BNP Paribas, have reached plea bargains with the US Department of Justice…. – Continue reading

Sunshine Islands Feel Heat Over Tax Avoidance

The British government is about to get tough with so-called tax havens that are dragging their feet on revealing the secret ownership of thousands of offshore companies. One of the main thrusts of Britain’s drive to clean up the murky world of tax avoidance has been to put pressure on… – Continue reading

Alan Grayson said he closed Cayman Islands hedge funds, but records list as active

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alan Grayson said more than two months ago that he had closed down the Cayman Islands-based hedge funds that helped prompt ethics complaints against the populist congressman from Orlando. Grayson declined to provide documentation to the Tampa Bay Times when asked for it in early October,… – Continue reading

Beneficial ownership issue left open ended after JMC

(CNS) UPDATED: The Cayman Islands and other overseas territories have agreed to hold beneficial ownership information in their jurisdictions via “central registers or similarly effective systems”, according to the communique released by the FCO following this week’s meeting in London with territory leaders and the UK government. The agreement on… – Continue reading

COP21: Climate change activists protest outside Paris bank over tax evasion

Dozens of climate change activists gathered outside of the headquarters of BNP Paribas in Paris on 3 December to protest against dirty climate dealings and tax evasion. The rally, organised by anti-globalisation group Attac, coincided with the UN Climate Change Conference taking place just north of Paris in Le Bourget,… – Continue reading

Guernsey: Guernsey Issues Regulations To Implement Common Reporting Standard

On 23 November 2015 Guernsey issued regulations to implement the Common Reporting Standard (“CRS”) under Guernsey’s domestic law. The regulations follow on from the commitment made on 29 October 2014 by Guernsey, along with the other Crown Dependencies and a number of other jurisdictions, to start exchanging information under the… – Continue reading

Wilderness Safaris secretly stashing millions in tax havens?

A lengthy and yet complex investigation by The Botswana Gazette into financial affairs of the company in the shady tax haven of Bermuda blows the lid off the dealings amounting to P29 million with a mailbox sister company that has no office, employees or any legitimate business activities. Not only… – Continue reading

Chris Blackhurst: Britain’s island tax havens need action

Amid all the diplomatic comings and goings on Syria and how to tackle Islamic State, an important but little-noticed high-level gathering has been taking place in London. The Overseas Territories were holding the fourth meeting of their Joint Ministerial Council at Lancaster House. Leaders from Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands,… – Continue reading

Offshore Industry Tipped for Growth, Driven by Demand from Emerging Markets, According to OIL Offshore 2020 Report

HONG KONG, Dec. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire — Demand for asset protection, wealth planning and funds by high net worth individuals in Asian countries will drive continued growth in the offshore industry, according to OIL’s sixth “Offshore 2020” annual market research study. OIL, the leader in international incorporations and corporate services… – Continue reading

FATCA List – December 1, 2015

The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reports no new registrations under Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) rules in November. The list stays at 177,147 institutions in 226 financial jurisdictions. The list details which overseas financial institutions have agreed to pass personal and financial information about accounts and investments controlled… – Continue reading

Panton seeks Cayman’s removal from non-cooperative tax list

As the Joint Ministerial Council meeting continues in London this week Financial Services Minister Hon Wayne Panton says he intends to meet with European States in a bid to have Cayman removed from their lists of third-country, Non-cooperative Tax Jurisdictions. The minister, speaking at the last sitting of the Legislative… – Continue reading

British Virgin Islands: BVI Financial Account Reporting — Preparing For The CRS

The Common Reporting Standard (CRS) is the standard for automatic exchange of financial account information produced by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) which provides for systematic and periodic automatic exchange of information between signatory jurisdictions. At its heart is a requirement for financial institutions, including British Virgin… – Continue reading

Cayman Islands to implement OECD common reporting standard on automatic exchange of information

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) common reporting standard (CRS) is a standard that provides for the automatic exchange of financial account information between participating governments. The requirements under this standard are in addition to any Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) requirements. The Cayman Islands has recently… – Continue reading

Secrecy in BOTs fuelling corruption, says report

(CNS Business): A new report released by a coalition of NGOs, including Transparency International UK, has described some of the British overseas territories (BOTs) as “some of the most notorious purveyors of financial secrecy”, despite promises about more transparency. The authors say a World Bank study found that BOTs are… – Continue reading

Demand overseas territories crack down on tax dodging shell firms, PM told

Charities remind Cameron of pledge to ‘continue to lead world on tax and transparency’ before meetings with leaders of overseas territories Campaigners are urging David Cameron to use a meeting with leaders of Britain’s overseas territories this week to demand a crackdown on tax dodging, corruption and money laundering. Leading… – Continue reading

Hong Kong: Offshore Industry Tipped For Growth, Driven By Demand From Emerging Markets, According To Leading Offshore Survey

Greater China, Southeast Asia Seen as Global Leaders in Use of Offshore Vehicles, Drawn by Efficiency & Legal Frameworks Key Highlights: OIL’s sixth annual survey shows: The offshore industry will be a leaner, more resilient and confident member of the global economy by 2020, driven by demand from increasing numbers… – Continue reading

Hong Kong: Crackdown On Caribbean Tax Havens A Surprise Boon For Hong Kong

Hong Kong is tipped to become the world’s largest offshore corporate services centre by 2020, helped ironically, by the industry’s own struggles against reform demands coming from western governments and pressure groups. On notice after high profile money laundering and tax avoidance scandals, traditional offshore havens like the British Virgin… – Continue reading

The offshore financial industry shows resilience as demand stays robust

The offshore industry is poised for growth, as the industry insiders see the demand for offshore financial and corporate services likely to increase in the coming years, according to an industry survey conducted by OIL, a corporate service provider specializing in international incorporations. The industry has been battling negative perceptions… – Continue reading

The offshore financial industry shows resilience as demand stays robust

The offshore industry is poised for growth, as the industry insiders see the demand for offshore financial and corporate services likely to increase in the coming years, according to an industry survey conducted by OIL, a corporate service provider specializing in international incorporations. The industry has been battling negative perceptions… – Continue reading

Wealth inequality and tax justice

Wealth inequality is a scourge of many countries. Last year, Credit Suisse reported that the richest 0.7% of adults in the world owned 44% of global wealth. Closer to home, earlier this year, the Lien Centre for Social Innovation’s ‘A Handbook on Inequality, Poverty and Unmet Social Needs in Singapore‘… – Continue reading

‘Dr Ageless’, Shane Charter, chasing missing millions in Cayman Islands

EXCLUSIVE The self-styled biochemist known as “Dr Ageless”, Shane Charter, appears to have shrugged off the Essendon supplements scandal and is pursuing a new business venture — chasing more than $11 million hidden in offshore tax havens by notorious conman Peter Foster. Mr Charter has been negotiating for several months… – Continue reading

Uncovering the Mysteries of Tax Optimization

Gabriele Galimberti and Paolo Woods make a complex and impenetrable subject palatable To do justice to the work undertaken by Paolo Woods and Gabriele Galimberti, requires thinking of them not as photographers, but as investigators. Their search for truth begins with a mystery, one embodied in Ian Fleming’s Dr. No…. – Continue reading

2015- The end of tax neutral jurisdictions

On 18 June 2013, the Progressive led government issued a press release titled, “Cayman’s Action Plan Includes Beneficial Ownership”. The press statement came on the heels of the UK taking over the Presidency of G8, at the 17-18 June 2013 G8 Summit in Northern Ireland. The most interesting part of… – Continue reading

Crackdown on Caribbean tax havens a surprise boon for Hong Kong

Hong Kong is tipped to become the world’s largest offshore corporate services centre by 2020, helped ironically, by the industry’s own struggles against reform demands coming from western governments and pressure groups. On notice after high profile money laundering and tax avoidance scandals, traditional offshore havens like the British Virgin… – Continue reading

Top tax havens for the rich

Offshore tax havens came under fire after the global financial crisis in 2008. Front and center among the countries calling for transparency was the U.S., which made a stand against Switzerland in particular, by demanding release of the names of ultra-rich account holders. So it might surprise you to learn… – Continue reading

2,000 Firms Use BearingPoint FATCA Service

BearingPoint’s FiTAX catches on while a FATCA critic says that more Americans are renouncing their citizenship because of the controversial tax law. While controversy swirls around the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), management and technology consultancy BearingPoint reports that between March and August 2015, more than 2,000 financial institutions… – Continue reading

Global Tax Network Will Impact Every Investor

Global tax is set to face the biggest shake up ever that will affect every saver and investor with accounts in any of the world’s major financial centres. Financial firms and governments are readying to start the Common Reporting Standard (CRS) from January 1, 2016. CRS is a souped up… – Continue reading

Tough debate with multinational companies on corporate tax practices

MEPs grilled eleven multinational companies on their corporate tax practices in a five-hour debate with the Special Committee on Tax Rulings on Monday. These companies had declined the committee’s first invitation to appear before it, but later changed their minds and accepted its last chance invitation. Of the 13 original… – Continue reading

Brazil Concludes Four New TIEAs

The Brazilian Government has submitted to Congress four tax information exchange agreements (TIEAs) concluded with Uruguay, Jersey, Guernsey, and the Cayman Islands, Brazil’s Ministry of Finance said on November 11, 2015. Congress will also consider a protocol to expand and upgrade provisions for the exchange of information with India in… – Continue reading

Belgian fight against tax evasion

As a reminder, the international automatic exchange of financial account information is considered by most countries as particularly efficient in the fight against tax evasion and international tax fraud and is becoming the new global standard (considering the US FATCA legislation, the OECD Common Reporting Standard). The Belgian Council of… – Continue reading

As It Turns Out, Every Country Is A Tax Haven

While the United States works to get tax dollars from corporations hiding assets elsewhere, they offer the same opportunity in U.S. states to businesses from other countries. To some, “tax haven’’ is a dirty word, describing as it does a place where wealthy people and large corporations can hide assets… – Continue reading

Cayman Islands: Urgent! CRM Considerations On The CRS

The “heads up” for Reporting Financial Institutions on foreign investors’ limited voluntary disclosure opportunities Nearly one hundred jurisdictions (Participating Jurisdictions) have already committed to participate in the CRS promulgated by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Most of them have committed to be “early adopters” of the CRS… – Continue reading

Motor racing legend Alan Jones linked to serial conman Peter Foster

Australian motor racing legend Alan Jones has become embroiled in the collapse of an online gambling company operated by notorious conman Peter Foster which owes $11.5 million to about 150 investors. The 69-year-old former winner of the Formula One Drivers’ Championship was named in a writ to be lodged in… – Continue reading

Barbados, An “Ethical” Tax Haven?

The Caribbean island says its financial system is all aboveboard, yet it remains a gateway to less scrupulous offshore havens like the Cayman Islands. BRIDGETOWN — Is there “dirty” money strewn across the pristine sands of Barbados? Does something sinister hide beneath the glistening coral reefs of this former pirate… – Continue reading

Brazil signs agreement for information on assets in tax havens

Presidency sent to Congress ratification of treaties with Jersey, Guernsey, the Cayman Islands and Uruguay; text follows the G20 guidelines The Presidency referred for evaluation of Congress four agreements for the exchange of tax information (TIEA, which stands for the English term “Tax Information Exchange Agreement”) entered into with Uruguay,… – Continue reading

UK leads on anti-corruption push, U.S. and China lag, campaigners say

Britain has done more to tackle secretive company ownership practices which facilitate corruption than other leading economies, while the United States and China are falling short of their promises, a leading anti-corruption group said. Britain has made good progress on making beneficial ownership information accessible, having legislated for a central… – Continue reading

The Common Reporting Standards – New Global Tax Information Exchange Regime Begins January 2016

The Common Reporting Standard (“CRS”) will impose new investor due diligence and reporting obligations on funds and other financial institutions based in “early adopter” participating jurisdictions, with effect from January 1, 2016. According to the OECD, all major financial centres have now signed up to the standard. Financial institutions should… – Continue reading

Private Client 2015: Trust & Advisory Services Analysis

In this edition we also include the leading trustees, private bankers and accountants serving the private client industry. RBC Wealth Management leads our research in trust and advisory services with an impressive 18 names recommended. Alan Binnington specialises in establishing and administering trust and fiduciary structures for high net worth… – Continue reading

Michael Gray: The UK’s tax avoidance scandal is a sorry tale

DID you hear the story about the Queen, tax evasion, a nationalised British bank for the rich and famous, a whistleblower and a £7bn under sale to ‘reward cronies and cheat the taxpayer’? Sounds like a pretty big deal, right? But last Thursday’s damning testimony from Helen Goodman MP –… – Continue reading

US corporations avoid an estimated $2 billion tax every year in Australia: report

United States corporations avoid an estimated $US1.45 billion ($2.06b) of tax in Australia each year by shifting their profits to low or no tax countries, research shows. A joint report by advocacy and union groups Tax Justice Network, Oxfam, Global Alliance for Tax Justice and Public Services International says in… – Continue reading

Ghana weak laws offer 67% tendency for illicit financial flows

Ghana’s financial secrecy – the tendency to facilitate tax evasion, money laundering and illicit financial transfers – has been rated at a fairly high 67 per cent. The Tax Justice Network, an organisation concerned with tax havens and tax evasion, ranked Ghana 48th out of 92 territories, in its 2015… – Continue reading

How to Curtail Offshore Tax Avoidance

In a time of fiscal austerity, it is breathtaking to learn that Congress has allowed Fortune 500 companies to avoid an estimated $620 billion in federal taxes on earnings they are holding offshore. While the inaction by lawmakers on this issue may create the impression that there is nothing to… – Continue reading