Category: Jamaica

Bermuda Premier signs tax agreement with US, visits Jamaica

HAMILTON, Bermuda (CMC) — Bermuda has signed a new tax agreement with the United States that premier David Burt says demonstrates the island’s continued commitment to transparency. Burt, who left here over the weekend for Jamaica, said the Country by Country Competent Authority Agreement signified that the PLP government had… – Continue reading

OECD to report on countries’ non-compliance in tax transparency

At the recent G20 meeting in China, finance ministers stressed their support for greater tax transparency, calling for a report from the OECD on the implementation of automatic exchange of information before the end of the year, and stating that by July 2017 it wants a list of non-compliant jurisdictions… – Continue reading

Brazil, Jamaica and Uruguay expand their capacity to fight international tax avoidance and evasion

Jamaica and Uruguay today signed the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters and Brazil deposited its instrument of ratification of the Convention on the occasion of the launch of the OECD’s Latin American and Caribbean Regional Programme and the OECD Ministerial Council Meeting. Jamaica and Uruguay became… – Continue reading

Submission for Customs Supplement Tax Administration Jamaica

Transfer pricing is the general term for the pricing of cross-border and domestic, intra-group transactions between connected parties. It refers to the setting of prices for transactions between connected persons involving the transfer of property or services. Companies can be connected in various ways, for example, two wholly owned subsidiaries… – Continue reading

S. Korea, Macau to sign tax information exchange agreement

Macau’s Financial Services Bureau (DSF) has confirmed to Business Daily that the local authority is to sign a Tax Information Exchange Agreement (TIEA) with South Korea, which would add to the existing 15 jurisdictions that have already signed this agreement with the territory. According to the Bureau, its South Korean… – Continue reading

Jamaica Explains New Transfer Pricing Rules

Jamaica has released information explaining its new transfer pricing regime, with transfer pricing documentation due on March 15, 2016. According to the Government, 2015 amendments to the Income Tax Act were intended to remove any subjectivity in the administration of transfer pricing rules. The Government said: “Taxpayers have always had… – Continue reading

Why the mad rush to implement a transfer pricing regime?

Dr Peter Phillips, the finance minister, is about to undo all the good he has done with the economy by implementing the proposed transfer pricing regime. The Government assures the country that this unconstitutional transfer pricing mechanism isn’t a tax, but an attempt to get affected businesses to pay their… – Continue reading

The Gavel: Secret Gov’t – Administration Ignoring Recommendations For Access To Information Amendments

Phillip Paulwell’s response to a question from opposition member Gregory Mair about when a bill to amend the Access to Information Act (ATI) will be taken to Parliament is, at the very least, unsatisfactory and should not be accepted. Paulwell, the leader of government business in the House of Representatives,… – Continue reading

Gov’t uses majority to pass ‘bothersome’ transfer pricing provisions

Policy will disrupt investment: Samuda THE Government fell back on its huge majority in the House of Representatives yesterday to approve the back tax provisions included in new transfer pricing regulations despite objections from the Opposition that the measure would strangle businesses and obstruct investments. The 21 Government members (excluding… – Continue reading

What is America’s real objective with FATCA?

Many US citizens resident in Jamaica are unaware of the tax compliance requirements of FATCA. Notwithstanding, this article is not about providing full information or professional advice about FATCA. That information can be obtained in a variety of ways. This article is about informing those who do not yet know… – Continue reading

Private sector opposes retroactive tax measure

THE Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) is not happy with amendments to the Income Tax Act that will see the implementation of a transfer pricing regime retroactive to April 1 this year. The PSOJ, in a letter to Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) Commissioner General Ainsley Powell in September, had… – 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

Transfer pricing — the global phenomenon

THE world appears to be getting much smaller. Rapid technological advances, increased people mobility, and changes in the international political climate have all helped to break down many of the traditional barriers to global and regional trade. For dynamic, fast-growing businesses, this increased globalisation represents an excellent opportunity for businesses… – Continue reading

Jamiaca’s Financial Institutions Facing New Options

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Externally imposed requirements have had unintended and undesired consequences on Jamaica’s financial institutions, says Tasha Manley, Executive in charge of Compliance for Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS). Miss Manley was addressing this year’s annual conference co-hosted by the Jamaica Bankers’ Association (JBA) and the Jamaica Institute of… – Continue reading

Shaw Knocks Transfer Pricing Bill As Disincentive To Foreign Investors

its tax bulletins, the legislation will apply to transactions even between unconnected parties if the non-Jamaican party is in a tax haven. In addition, it will take into account the use of captive insurance companies, that is, insurance companies established by a parent group or groups with the specific objective… – Continue reading

ANCA Welcomes Congressman Ted Lieu’s Advocacy for a U.S.-Armenia Double Tax Treaty

LOS ANGELES—The Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region (ANCA-WR) is expressing its appreciation to Congressman Ted Lieu for authoring a letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew in support of a U.S.-Armenia Double Tax Treaty. The accord, if concluded, would, by limiting the prospect of double taxation, remove… – Continue reading

Caribbean countries under attack

Once again, Commonwealth Caribbean countries are under attack as “tax havens”, even though they are nothing of the sort. This time it is not only the usual countries which have been listed. Trinidad and Tobago has been included, and we can bet that Jamaica and Guyana will be added unless… – Continue reading

Everald Dewar | The FATCA Effect On Jamaican Taxes

American residents or nationals, citizens and green card holders – persons of interest – living in Jamaica are required to file US tax returns and must, by voluntary disclosure, fill out a form to disclose ‘foreign assets’. The filing of a Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts Report (FBAR) is an… – Continue reading

FATCA Takes Effect Next Month

Effective August 17, financial institutions in Jamaica will be required to transmit relevant financial information to Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) – the competent authority – on persons who reside permanently in the United States (US) or persons who earn a substantial amount of their income from or within the United… – Continue reading

FATCA – Which Countries Are In And Out

FATCA – Which Countries Are In And Out The controversial US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) law is set to start from July 1, 2014, so with less than 21 days to go, here’s a look at which countries are in and who is outside of the tax network…. – Continue reading

Proposed U.S. Model Treaty Provisions May Dramatically Alter International Tax Landscape

The U.S. Model Income Tax Treaty (the U.S. Model Treaty) generally represents the United States’ opening position in treaty negotiations. As a result, when changes to the treaty are proposed, international tax practitioners should be aware of the potential impact those changes can have on their existing inbound U.S. structures…. – Continue reading

AIG Jamaica Moves Its Business Offshore: To Finalise Exit By 2016

Three years after a major restructuring of the business, general insurer AIG Jamaica is moving its operations offshore but will continue to write business for clients here. AIG Jamaica Insurance Company Limited was formerly Chartis Jamaica Insurance Company Limited, which was created in 2012 when sister company American Home Assurance… – Continue reading

Chairman Royce, Rep. Pallone welcome US-Amenia Trade & Investment Framework Agreement

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Congressional Armenian Caucus Co-Chair Frank Pallone (D-NJ) were among the first Congressional leaders to welcome the May 7th signing of the U.S.-Armenia Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA), a longstanding policy priority for the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA). Chairman… – 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

Cayman: Money laundering reports spike

The number of suspicious activity reports of potential money laundering have increased by 42 per cent to 558 cases over 2012/2013, reports the Cayman Compass. The Financial Reporting Authority, the national agency which receives the reports of suspected money laundering and other financial crime, believes the record number was prompted… – Continue reading

PM Discusses Effects Of The US Money Laundering Money Laundering Measures

On Tuesday we told you about what the Prime Minister said at the Summit of the America’s about the perilous state of Belize and the Region’s banking industry after draconian anti money laundering measures were enacted by the US Government. He said, quote, “there is a crisis in my own… – Continue reading

US and the Caribbean: brief summits not enough

US President Barack Obama and Jamaica Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller have pronounced his visit to Jamaica and their bilateral discussions to be a success. What is certain is that media coverage of Obama’s visit and his late night call at the Bob Marley museum where the President declared “I still… – Continue reading

Public sector wages the main budget issue

OPPOSITION spokesman on finance and planning, Audley Shaw, believes that the failure of the Government to make any progress in wage-related discussions with its employees could make it the major challenge for 2015/16, as the budget debate commences this afternoon at Gordon House. “There is nothing in the budget which… – 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

$1- B Tax Fraud

AN information technology (IT) technician is now before the court while several others, including business operators, are said to be under investigation for allegedly defrauding Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) of more than $1 billion in revenue. TAJ said yesterday that it will ensure all involved in the massive billion-dollar revenue… – Continue reading

Jamaica At Final Stage To Implement FATCA

Next week, Jamaica and the United States (US) will officially sign the intergovernmental agreement (IGA) to implement the US’ Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), putting the island well ahead of its CARICOM counterparts. “We have actually signed off on the text of the agreement and it is going to… – Continue reading

FATCA Overreach

A correspondent told me that last week’s column on Caribbean response to the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) was puzzling. Why didn’t the column expose those wimps – Caribbean ministers of finance and governments? How could they accept this bullying US imposition? My response was that I expressed… – Continue reading

More Countries Agree to Help U.S. Crack Down on Tax Dodgers

The Treasury Department added 19 nations to its list of countries that have reached agreements with the U.S. on carrying out a far-reaching law aimed at preventing offshore tax dodging by American citizens. The Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service said the 19 nations – including Australia, Brazil, South Africa… – Continue reading

Barbados To Expand Double Taxation Network

Barbados’ financial-services sector is rated as the second-largest source of foreign exchange earnings, behind tourism, for which new markets are being sought outside of Canada. On Thursday, central bank governor, Dr DeLisle Worrell, said the country has been losing business in its International Business and Financial Services Sector (IBFS), which… – Continue reading

FATCA Registration Delayed

Local commercial banks and near banks regulated by the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ), as well as other entities regulated by the Financial Services Commission (FSC), which are counted as Foreign Financial Institutions (FFIs) under US law, should now be engaged in registering online with the United States Internal Revenue Service… – Continue reading