Category: Georgia

Transfer Pricing and BEPS to Increase Tax Revenues in Georgia

The FINANCIAL — Transfer Pricing Rules were implemented by the Government of Georgia in 2011, based on OECD guidelines. Since the number of international companies in Georgia is increasing steadily, Transfer Pricing Rules have become a point of obvious interest. However, multinational companies operating in Georgia are not sufficiently well-informed… – 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

Gov’t keen to tax operations with offshore companies

Azerbaijan’s Taxes Minister Fazil Mammadov announced that operations with offshore companies are planned to be a subject of taxation in the country. Mammadov spoke about the changes to the Tax Code in a meeting of Azerbaijan’s parliamentary committee on economic affairs, industry and entrepreneurship. In tote, some 201 amendments and… – Continue reading

Tax transparency tops OECD agenda in Tbilisi

The OECD is calling on all jurisdictions to conform to the latest tax transparency standards under exchange of information rules at the same time as they develop their own tax transparency initiatives The majority of OECD members have committed to implement the automatic exchange of information (AEOI) standard, with a… – 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

OECD sets timeline for country profiles for cross-border tax disputes

The OECD has set the minimum standards it requires from countries submitting Mutual Agreement Procedure (MAP) profiles, with only 41 countries currently having a completed profile, which will be used as a tool for resolving cross-border tax disputes The MAP falls under Action 14 on the Base Erosion and Profit… – 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

Five More Countries Agree To Exchange CbC Reports

A further five countries have signed the OECD’s Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement for the automatic exchange of country-by-country (CbC) reports, bringing the total number of signatories to 44. The Agreement allows all signatories to bilaterally and automatically exchange CbC reports with each other, as contemplated by base erosion and profit… – Continue reading

New rules so Georgia avoids double taxation with Kyrgyzstan

Georgia and Kyrgyzstan are stepping up bilateral cooperation to avoid double taxation, boost investments and increase economic cooperation. A delegation from Kyrgyzstan is currently in Georgia and holding meetings with Georgian authorities to discuss a cooperation agreement on avoidance of double taxation, prevention of evasion of income and capital taxes…. – 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

The Netherlands and Georgia conclude a MoU with respect to the Exchange of Information for Tax Matters

On January 6, 2016 the text of the Memorandum of Understanding with respect to the Exchange of Information for Tax Matters as concluded between the Competent Authorities of the Netherlands and Georgia (Hereafter: the MoU) was published in the Dutch Staatscourant. The MoU was signed by the Dutch competent authorities… – Continue reading

Tax Inspection With a Human Face?

The FINANCIAL — Apostle Matthew was a tax collector in Galilee — perhaps the most hated occupation in the ancient world. By quitting his job and deciding to follow Jesus, Mathew accomplished one the greatest transformations possible in a person’s life. Modern tax inspectors are certainly not expected to follow… – Continue reading

OECD Talks BEPS Implementation With Eurasian Officials

In late October, public and private sector representatives from Eastern Europe and Central Asia met to discuss collaborating on the implementation of the OECD’s recommendations on base erosion and profit shifting. The meeting was hosted in Tbilisi by the Georgian Ministry of Finance and the Georgia Revenue Service, in co-operation… – Continue reading

Ireland: The taxman’s verdict

Pascal Saint-Amans sups water from a plastic cup, coughing and spluttering. There’s a weariness about him. He’s battling a cold, and is feeling “bloody sick”. The state of his health isn’t terribly surprising given his recent punishing travel schedule. New York last week preceded by Peru, where G20 finance ministers… – Continue reading

Cyprus signs off a Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) with Georgia

Permanent Establishment Based on the new treaty the definition of permanent establishment also includes a building site or construction or installation project or any supervisory activities in connection with such site or project constitutes a permanent establishment only if it lasts more than 9 months. Dividends The withholding tax rate… – Continue reading

Belarus-Georgia agreement on avoidance of double taxation ratified

MINSK, 15 October (BelTA) – The House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus ratified the Belarus-Georgia intergovernmental agreement on avoidance of double taxation and prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income and capital on 15 October, BelTA has learned. It is expected that the agreement… – Continue reading

Cyprus: The New Double Taxation Agreement Between Cyprus And Georgia

On May 13, 2015, Cyprus and Georgia signed a new double taxation agreement (DTA). Unlike many former members of the USSR, Georgia did not adopt the 1982 Cyprus–USSR DTA when it became independent, and the new agreement is the first between the two countries. It will come into force once… – Continue reading

Georgia – United States

FATCA Agreement Signed On 10 July 2015, Georgia and the United States signed a Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) Agreement. FATCA seeks to obtain information on accounts held by U.S. taxpayers in other countries. It requires U.S. financial institutions to withhold a portion of certain payments made to Foreign… – Continue reading

Georgia-US deepen ties to avoid tax evasion

Georgia and the United States (US) are deepening their bilateral relationship to improve international tax compliance and ensure all citizens pay their appropriate taxes when living abroad. Today Georgia signed an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) with the US on tax compliance and mutual understanding, which encompasses implementation of the Foreign Account… – Continue reading

BancorpSouth delays acquisitions yet again; Renasant completes Heritage takeover

Regulatory snags have once again delayed Tupelo’s BancorpSouth Inc. acquisitions of Ouachita Bancshares Corp. of Monrore, La., and Central Community Corp. of Temple, Tex. Meanwhile, Tupelo’s Renasant Bank has completed its takeover of Heritage Financial Group Inc., a bank holding company headquartered in Albany, Ga. and the parent of the… – Continue reading

Georgia seeks broader economic ties with Poland

Georgia and Poland held negotiations in Warsaw this week over an agreement on avoiding double taxation on income and capital. At the bilateral meeting the sides initialed the renewal agreement, which is based on the OECD Model Convention 2014 and envisages the introduction of new standards of cooperation in taxation… – Continue reading

US Bill Would Simplify Multistate Workers’ Taxation

The bipartisan Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act, which which would simplify tax reporting requirements for those workers employed in multiple state US jurisdictions, has been introduced into the House of Representatives by Hank Johnson (D – Georgia) and Mike Bishop (R – Michigan). States currently have widely varying… – Continue reading

Georgia establishes tax free relations with Cyprus, Liechtenstein and Iceland

Georgia is stepping up cooperation in taxation, customs affairs and a number of other avenues with Cyprus, Liechtenstein and Iceland. Finance Ministers of Cyprus, Liechtenstein and Iceland signed a cooperation agreement with Georgia on avoidance of double taxation, prevention of evasion of income and capital taxes in Tbilisi today. Georgia’s… – Continue reading

Countries and Companies Square Off Over International Tax

An OECD initiative on tax evasion is causing ripples around the world While a host of topics — from the necessity and the proposed scope of corporate tax reform, to corporate rate reduction and corporate inversions — are of major concern to those engaged in international tax, the overriding issue… – Continue reading

Georgia-Belarus avoid double taxation, establish customs cooperation

Georgia and Belarus are stepping up their bilateral cooperation in taxation, customs affairs, and a number of other avenues. Representatives of both countries today signed a cooperation agreement on avoidance of double taxation, prevention of evasion of income and capital taxes, which would act as a basis for further talks…. – Continue reading

The “Netflix tax” – coming to a country near you

The arrival of Netflix in Australia has brought into sharp relief the GST base erosion problem caused by global digital commerce. Along with the non-taxation of low-value imported goods, the absence of GST on services and digital products imported by consumers represents an omission from the tax base that is… – Continue reading

ANCA calls for increased Artsakh aid during Congressional testimony

Armenian National Committee of America Government Affairs Director Kate Nahapetian testified yesterday before a key Congressional panel in support of increased U.S. assistance to Nagorno Karabakh, Armenia, at-risk Middle Eastern Armenian communities, and the Javakhk region of Georgia. In her opening remarks, Nahapetian thanked House Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations… – Continue reading

As Middle Class Flees, Puerto Rico Tries Luring Rich People

Bond trader Ben Eiler swapped life in suburban Georgia for an island in the Caribbean, and he didn’t even have to apply for a visa. The towering 38-year-old native of Arkansas is one of at least 250 people who’ve accepted Puerto Rico’s invitation to well-heeled U.S. citizens to move to… – Continue reading

Dechert OnPoint: Georgian Law Developments – Talking Taxes

Dechert Georgia, through the contribution of partners Archil Giorgadze and Nicola Mariani joined by senior associates, Ruslan Akhalaia and Irakli Sokolovski, is partnering with Georgia Today on a regular section of the paper which will provide updated information regarding significant legal changes and developments in Georgia. In particular, we will… – 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

Azerbaijan, IRS to ink additional confidentiality agreement

Azerbaijan and the U.S. Internal Revenue Office (IRS) will sign an additional agreement on confidentiality under the intergovernmental agreement on implementing the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) by Azerbaijani banks by September 30, 2015. The news was announced by Azerbaijani Taxes Ministry last week. “It is known that the… – Continue reading

More multinationals head for tax haven

US companies appear to be thumbing their noses at a global crackdown on tax avoidance, with share registry group Computershare reporting an increase in multinationals re-incorporating in Ireland. In a briefing to investors on its regional outlook last week, Computershare said its Irish division had noticed ”further momentum in US… – Continue reading