Category: Russia

Russia Removes Hong Kong From List of Offshore Tax Zones

The Russian government will no longer consider Hong Kong a Chinese-affiliated tax haven that doesn’t share tax information. Russia will strike Hong Kong from its list of offshore jurisdictions following ratification of a double tax treaty signed by the two parties last January and ratified by Russia in July, according...

Assessing the Hong Kong – Russia Double Taxation Agreement: Another Step Towards Amplifying China’s Eurasian Connection

Assessing the Hong Kong – Russia Double Taxation Agreement: Another Step Towards Amplifying China’s Eurasian Connection   The long-awaited Comprehensive Double Taxation Agreement (CDTA) between Hong Kong and Russia entered into force on July 29, 2016. The agreement will take effect on April 1, 2017 in Hong Kong and January...

Kenya: Treasury Defends Controversial Mauritius Tax Agreement

Treasury is still fighting to keep a tax agreement out of parliament after a lobby group sued them over a pact it signed with Mauritius back in 2012. The double taxation avoidance agreement allows firms registered in the two countries to pay taxes in only one country. It also allows...

Russian Agreement Advances Hong Kong’s DTA Priorities

Hong Kong’s newly signed double tax deal with Russia is said to support the territory’s ongoing efforts to expand its tax treaty network with jurisdictions along “the Belt and Road.” The Belt and Road, or the Silk Road Economic Belt, is a Chinese Government economic development project, which is primarily...

Russia, Hong Kong sign avoidance of double taxation agreement

Russia and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China signed an agreement on avoidance of double taxation and prevention of fiscal evasion regarding profits taxes on Monday. The document was signed by Russia’s State Secretary, Deputy Finance Minister Yuriy Zubarev and the Secretary for Financial...

A Pakistani, who has failed in Pakistan, combating tax evasion abroad

ISLAMABAD: Talent is universal, opportunities are not. A Pakistani is combating tax fraud in America and Russia using the same technology he earlier employed in Pakistan discovering 3.5 million out-of-tax-net rich individuals. Unlike the appreciation of his efforts abroad, the data he compiled in Pakistan has been thrown into the...

NBR to sign deal with Bhutan to avoid double taxation

Bangladesh is set to sign an agreement with Bhutan to avoid double taxation to boost investments, trade and facilitate information exchange between the two Saarc nations, the National Board of Revenue said in a statement. A team led by NBR Chairman Md Nojibur Rahman is now in Thimpu to take...

Russian Federation: Russian 2015 Tax Revolution

For many years international tax planning for Russian inbound and outbound investments, and wealth planning for Russian resident individuals, was rather straightforward. That was primarily due to relatively simple domestic tax rules and a degree of inexperience amongst the Russian tax and other interested authorities in relation to international tax...

Russian “Economic Patriotism” May Shake Things Up For Wealth Managers

New de-offshorization and capital amnesty laws could have widespread effects In an attempt to encourage “economic patriotism,” Russia recently adopted two new laws: (1) The De-Offshorization Law, which makes a number of major changes in the existing systems of corporate and personal taxation in Russia, particularly as they pertain to...

Thursday’s papers: Portugese tax dodge, boat export surge, Åland plans, apartment rent ris

Finland’s print media carries a mixed bag of headlines this Thursday, from former business bosses moving to tax-soft Portugal to studio apartment rents rising fast outside Helsinki. Neutral zone Åland is also under scrutiny, and the boat industry, at least, is doing well. Top tabloid Iltalehti splashes its front page...

London estate agents caught on camera dealing with ‘corrupt’ Russian buyer

Channel 4 documentary shows agents in wealthy districts agreeing to continue with purchase to be made with ill-gotten gains from Russian health budget Top estate agents in Britain’s wealthiest postcodes are willing to turn a blind eye to apparent money laundering by corrupt foreign buyers, according to an investigation by...

A Perspective on BEPS From Russia

OECD and G20 Action Plan on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) was adopted in 2013. It consists of 15 actions including transfer pricing, taxation of controlled foreign corporations (CFC), digital commerce, hybrid instruments, international information exchange, tax treaty shopping etc. In 2013, OECD working group prepared draft documents regarding...

Capello May Lose Contract as Russia’s Head Football Coach

The Russian Football Union (RFU) will discuss ending its contract with Russia’s national team coach, Fabio Capello. Simyonan confirmed at a press conference on Wednesday that Capello remains Russia’s head coach for the time being, but said that there are questions about his future with the team. The negotiations mark...

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...

Tax registration requirement for foreign citizens in Moscow

Foreign citizens who reside in Moscow and whose income is taxable in Russia (please click here to view our Alert on personal income tax rules) starting from 1 January 2015 will need (if required) to file their annual income tax returns with the tax inspectorate of their place of registration/residence,...

Board of Adjustment Annulled the Reassessment Decision against Nokian Tyres Plc Concerning Tax Years 2007-2010

HELSINKI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Regulatory News: Nokian Tyres plc (HEX:NRE1V) Stock Exchange Release 7 April 2015 3:15 p.m. Board of Adjustment annulled the reassessment decision against Nokian Tyres plc concerning tax years 2007-2010 The Board of Adjustment annulled the reassessment decision from the Tax Administration, according to which the Company was obliged to...

New Russian CFC Rules Will Impact Inbound U.S. Tax Planning

According to recent estimates, the number of wealthy Russians investing in the United States ballooned in 2014 as a result of political turmoil and a disintegrating ruble causing Russians to seek a safe haven for their wealth abroad. The amount of private net capital flowing out of Russia hit $120...

Russia steps in as job losses, closures ravage east Ukraine

DONETSK: The year-long conflict in east Ukraine has closed businesses across this industrial heartland, ramping up unemployment, crippling finances and leaving it ever more reliant on Moscow. Fierce fighting between government forces and pro-Russian rebels has ravaged a region that once provided 25 percent of the nation’s exports and has...

Global Tax Transparency Goes Live in 2016

Cross border tax fraud and tax evasion by High Net Wealth Individuals (HNWI) are serious problems for many jurisdictions. For many years exchange of information between countries has been solely upon request. In practise this procedure is not efficiently working as it requires foreseeable relevance, thus ‘fishing’ for information is...

Russia Ratifies OECD’s Multilateral Tax Pact

The Government of Russia has ratified the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters. The OECD said, with this development, Russia has joined the most comprehensive multilateral platform available for tax co-operation and exchange of information. The Convention, as amended by the 2010...

Follow the money

As countries share more information, opportunities to squirrel away cash abroad will continue to narrow AMONG the sins that have most angered the austerity-weary everywhere is the use of undeclared offshore accounts to stash the wealth of the rich. Greeks were particularly enraged when data stolen from Swiss banks showed...

Legal flash Shanghai – 2014 special edition – Update on tax regulations 2014

In 2014, China continued to develop its taxation system affecting domestic and crossborder transactions. This “Legal Flash – Special Edition 2014” highlights the most significant tax updates of the year. Please see our monthly legal flashes for more information and analysis here. Taking a step-forward on anti-avoidance provisions, the State...

London: ‘a global haven for criminal financial activity’

London is a global haven for criminal financial activity – with billions of pounds laundered through British banks each day, according to the head of the UK’s National Crime Agency. “Many hundreds of billions of pounds of criminal money is almost certainly laundered through UK banks and their subsidiaries each...

Putin Uses Tax Reform To Coerce Oligarchs Into Repatriating Assets

President Vladimir Putin is pushing harder on Russia’s richest citizens to repatriate offshore assets amid a slump in the ruble and the imposition of sanctions by the US and the European Union, The Business Times said. Under new tax rules signed into law by a presidential decree in November, Russian...

Swiss banks target Israeli tax evaders

Swiss banks are training their crosshairs on Israeli customers. Legal sources said that in the past two weeks, the large banks in Switzerland have begun sending many queries to their Israeli customers demanding confirmation either that the assets deposited with the banks were reported to the Israeli tax authorities, or...

Asia to test bond record again in 2015

[HONG KONG] Asia could set another record for international bond issues in 2015 if Chinese companies continue to borrow offshore at the same voracious pace they did this year, while bankers expect a heavy redemption schedule and larger pipelines from India and Indonesia to lift activity. Barclays is forecasting volumes...