Category: Barbados

Oxfam: Luxembourg, Ireland, Netherlands among worst tax havens

The NGO’s report exposes the worst offenders in the ‘race to the bottom on corporate tax.’ Luxembourg, Ireland, Cyprus, and the Netherlands are among the world’s 10 worst tax havens, despite an ongoing EU crackdown on tax avoidance and profit shifting across the bloc. The findings come in a report...

Canada willingly makes tax deals with tax havens

The seeds of Canadian corporations hiding billions of dollars in offshore tax havens were sown more than 40 years ago, after the Canadian government pursued a series of tax treaties with tiny Caribbean and European nations. The 92 tax treaties now signed with countries such as Barbados, Jamaica and Malta...

Deals Canada signed to catch tax cheats allow billions in taxes to escape

Montreal-based clothing maker Gildan earned $396 million in profit last year, but paid just over $6 million in cash taxes — a rate of about two per cent. Drug maker Valeant, based in nearby Laval, Que., booked $1.1 billion in profit in 2014 but paid only $110 million in tax....

Adventures in tax avoidance: Canada’s deep offshore tax haven connections

Much of the activity is legal, but it siphons away billions in tax revenue from government coffers The massive Panama Papers data leak shines a light not only on the dirty money being shuffled through tax havens, but also on the legal and common use of offshore accounts to significantly...

Global tax enforcement puts Cayman in the crosshairs

The investigation and prosecution of tax evasion has, in the last decade, grown from a specialised subcategory of law enforcement into a first-tier policy concern for the global community.Starting with the US government’s crackdown on Swiss bank UBS in 2008, there has been a steady drumbeat of news about prosecutions...

Would the real tax havens please stand

“It is tantamount to an economic blockade”. That’s how Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister, Gaston Browne, described the current withdrawal from Caribbean indigenous and offshore banks of correspondent relationships by US banks. His sentiments were echoed by Dean Barrow and Freundel Stuart, the prime ministers of Belize and Barbados respectively....

Who’s got guts enough to go after Canada’s tax-dodging corporations?

In its time, the Irving empire has had plenty of federal contracts — all of them lucrative, many of them controversial. So it wasn’t a surprise to hear that a federal cabinet committee is reviewing Irving’s $26 billion sole-source (but still unsigned) contract to build a fleet of warships for...

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Tax haven hypocrisy

A BALANCING ACT in London, folly and redemption in America’s District of Columbia and sheer hypocrisy in Brussels. And in every case, Barbados and many of its Caribbean neighbours were placed in the negative international spotlight at a time when some of the world’s major financial centres are casting about...

Israel and Niue become the 91st and 92nd jurisdiction to sign OECD’s Convention on Tax Assistance Among Countries

In Paris on the occasion of the COP21, the Honourable Billy Graham Talagi, Minister for Ministry of Natural Resources of Niue signed the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters in the presence of Deputy Secretary General Rintaro Tamaki. Previously, Israel signed the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative...

Niue becomes the 92nd jurisdiction to join the most powerful instrument against offshore tax evasion

(OECD) In Paris on the occasion of the COP21, the Honourable Billy Graham Talagi, Minister for Ministry of Natural Resources of Niue signed the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters in the presence of Deputy Secretary General Rintaro Tamaki. Developed by the OECD and the Council of...

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...

Commentary: In face of ‘tax haven’ attack, CARICOM must unite

No member state of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) ranks among the top 20 jurisdictions worldwide for financial secrecy. The United States of America (at number 3), Germany (8), Japan (12) and Britain (15), all rate as bigger tax havens than any CARICOM jurisdiction, according to the Tax Justice Network (TJN),...

In face of ‘tax haven’ attack, CARICOM must unite | Sir Ronald Sanders

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Friday November 6, 2015 – No member state of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) ranks among the top 20 jurisdictions worldwide for financial secrecy. The United States of America (at number 3), Germany (8), Japan (12) and Britain (15), all rate as bigger tax havens than any CARICOM...

Seychelles rated ‘largely compliant’ by OECD – continued vigilance and reforms needed to uphold status, says finance minister

(Seychelles News Agency) – Seychelles’ efforts to comply with the widely-recognised Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)’s regulations on the sharing of tax information has led the island nation’s jurisdiction to be rated ‘largely compliant’. This follows a re-assessment of the island nation’s ‘practical implementation’ of its legal and...

Barbados, Slovakia Sign Double Taxation Agreement

Barbados and Slovakia signed a double tax agreement on October 28, 2015, to boost investment and trade prospects. The DTA allocates taxing rights to the two territories, to ensure that cross-border income is not taxed twice. It further stipulates that cross-border income from dividends will be subject to a withholding...

Global Forum makes strides toward tax transparency

The timely and effective implementation of the automatic exchange of tax information was a key theme during the Oct. 29-30 meeting of the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes held in Bridgetown, Barbados. The meeting, which brought together delegates from the Global Forum’s 128 member...

Critical Guidelines for Taxpayers with Foreign Bank Accounts & Amnesty Program Information

Further strides towards greater tax transparency around the world have been made with 13 countries signing up to the international framework enabling the automatic exchange of information. The OECD’s 8th Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes was held in Barbados on 29-30 October and brought...

Inniss: FATCA good for Barbados

Barbados’ reputation as a home of “serious” business and a “significant” player in international business is being enhanced with the adoption of a United States law which targets non-complaint US taxpayers with foreign accounts, Minister of International Business Donville Inniss has contended. In fact, Inniss suggested that the Foreign Accounts...

Barbados endorses OECD’s Global Standard for the Automatic Exchange of Information

Barbados has formally endorsed the AEOI global standard during a signing ceremony held in Barbados on Wednesday. The event was held in conjunction with a meeting of the OECD’s Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes that was also hosted in Barbados. “Transparency and the exchange...

Tax Planning for Chinese Investment in U.S. Real Estate

According to recent estimates, Chinese investors represented the largest group of foreign investors in U.S. real estate in the second quarter of 2015 with $1.9 billion in acquisitions. In the last 12 months, Chinese investors acquired $5.9 billion in commercial U.S. real estate, and Asia was second overall to Europe...

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...

Financial product peddler ordered to desist and refrain

On June 16 of this year, the California Department of Business Oversight issued a desist and refrain order to Encinitas’s Lawrence (Larry) Freeman and two of his many now-defunct companies, Yeshilkoy Insurance Services and Structured Marketing. In peddling financial products, Freeman made “an untrue statement of material fact to investors,”...

Caribbean likely to suffer collateral damage from tax havens crackdown

A little over a week ago the British parliamentarian, Sir Eric Pickles – a cabinet member until May of this year and a former Chairman of the Conservative Party – told the London Guardian that the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, was determined to have the BVI and the Cayman...

Is a Canada Revenue Agency landlord avoiding taxes via offshore havens?

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) rents office space from a Vancouver-based property developer – a company that exploits offshore tax havens in Liechtenstein, the British Virgin Islands and Channel Islands. Larco Investments Ltd. owns three buildings in Montreal, Calgary and Edmonton where they rent office space to the CRA. Larco...

Barbados still ‘under attack’

BARBADOS continues to be plagued by unjustified attacks from powerful nations, Prime Minister Freundel said yesterday as he confirmed two countries had moved to take Barbados off their tax haven blacklist. The Prime Minister told a two-day conference at the Hilton Barbados Resort, which forms part of International Business Week...

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...

“Tax haven” list could damage reputation of Caribbean countries

BY DAVID JESSOP— The Caribbean has just 18 congressional working days from Sunday, September 20 to try to have the U.S. Congress address an act naming 17 Caribbean nations as “tax havens”. If passed without amendment, it could have the effect of reputationally damaging the countries concerned with unpredictable trade,...

EU blacklists Hong Kong as ‘non-cooperative tax jurisdiction’

Kenneth Leung (PC,F-Accountancy) explains what he – and the government – are doing to get Hong Kong off the EU’s undeserved blacklisting as a “non-cooperative tax jurisdiction”. Why has Hong Kong been placed on this list? There are ten European countries that have named Hong Kong as a tax haven....

Not international business as usual

BARBADOS’ OFFSHORE FINANCIAL SERVICES SECTOR is again under threat. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), G20 and the European Union (EU) are acting in concert, armed with the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and the Common Reporting Standard (CRS). Once implemented, the confidentiality which once protected financial...

Antigua-Barbuda takes protest over tax haven listing to Capitol Hill

Antigua and Barbuda’s ambassador to the United States, Sir Ronald Sanders, has written to the mayor of the District of Columbia, Muriel Brower, and several members of the US congress calling for the removal of Antigua and Barbuda from a list of alleged “tax havens”, reports Caribbean News Now. Antigua...

The Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis and the United States of America Sign Agreement to Improve International Tax Compliance and to Implement FATCA

Saint Kitts and Nevis, BASSETERRE, (September 08, 2015) – The Governments of the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis and the United States of America (USA) on August 31, 2015, signed an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) that will facilitate compliance by financial institutions in the Federation with the USA’s Foreign Account...

WILD COOT: FATCA and BRA

FEEDBACK FROM MY LAST ARTICLE, From The Frying Pan, was encouraging. Our past Prime Minister Errol Barrow asked us, “What is your mirror image of yourselves”. A searching question. Our response to FATCA can throw some light on the matter. Encouraged by the USA, the UK, and soon others, are...

Barbados FM Updates Territory On FATCA Progress

The Barbados Government has taken key steps to meet the requirements of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act Intergovernmental Agreement (FATCA IGA) with the United States, Minister of Finance Christopher Sinckler said during a public consultation. Sinckler said: “With respect to legislative requirements, I am pleased to inform you that...

Spain removes Barbados from blacklist

FOLLOWING A PROTEST from the Ministry of International Business, Spain has removed Barbados from its tax blacklist. This latest development comes after a recent decision was taken by members of the European Union to blacklist this country for being a non-cooperative tax jurisdiction. International Business Minister, Donville Inniss, praised the...

FATCA reporting deadline is August 15

Financial institutions and other reporting entities have been given a deadline date of August 15, 2015, as it relates to registration with the Barbados Revenue Authority (BRA), for sending key information required under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). Representing the Barbados Revenue Authority (BRA), Dava Leslie-Ward recently pointed...

Key steps being taken to comply with FATCA

GOVERNMENT HAS TAKEN key steps to meet the requirements of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act Intergovernmental Agreement (FATCA IGA), which allows for the reciprocal exchange of information between the USA and Barbados. Minister of Finance, Christopher Sinckler, outlined the key steps as amending the Income Tax Act and putting...