Category: Venezuela

Crypto in Israel: Deep Likelihood Analysis of Mass Adoption, Tax Evasion Issue

On Aug 26, the Jerusalem Post wrote a very good story about the chances of Israel adopting a state-backed crypto just like Venezuela did a few days ago, although for completely different reasons. While Venezuela launched the Petro recently as an outrageous Hail Mary as it faces 6-figure inflation, Israel’s… – Continue reading

Offshore Tax Haven Marshall Islands to Issue National Cryptocurrency

A small island nation with less than 60,000 inhabitants best known internationally as a former test site for nuclear weapons is joining the hottest new trend – issuing a national cryptocurrency. The planned Marshall Islands’ Govcoin is expected to be issued later this year. Marshall Islands Govcoin ICO The Republic… – Continue reading

Andorra to renounce banking secrecy as it sheds tax haven status

Pyrenees principality approves automatic sharing of information on accounts held by non-residents from EU countries Andorran lawmakers have agreed to end banking secrecy in the Pyrenees mountains principality, approving automatic sharing of information on accounts held by non-residents. The General Council, Andorra’s unicameral parliament, approved a measure that will come… – Continue reading

UAE, Argentina sign deal on double taxation

The UAE has signed an agreement on the avoidance of double taxation with Argentina with the aim of boosting expanding joint economic partnerships. The agreement was signed by Obaid Humaid Al Tayer, Minister of State for Financial Affairs, and visiting Argentina’s Vice President Gabriela Michetti, in the presence of Fernando… – Continue reading

Saudi joins talks on VAT, selective tax in GCC states

The Saudi Council of Ministers has authorized minister of finance or his deputy to discuss two draft uniform agreements on value added tax (VAT) and selective tax for Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states. The agreements shall be discussed within the framework of the GCC financial and economic committee, and sign… – Continue reading

Panama Papers: Further revelations about New Zealand’s role as a tax haven

Reports published last week, based on the Panama Papers, cast further light on New Zealand’s role as a location where wealthy individuals around the world are able to hide their fortunes. Last month the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists released millions of leaked documents revealing that Panama-based Mossack Fonseca, the… – Continue reading

20 Caribbean, Latin American Nations Named Major Money Laundering Countries

Twenty Caribbean and Latin American nations have been named by the U.S. as “major money laundering” countries in the 2016 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) from the U.S. State Department released Wednesday, Mar. 2, 2016. A major money laundering is defined by statute as one “whose financial institutions engage… – Continue reading

Arab League intent on increasing investments in Brazil

The organization’s new ambassador in the Brazilian capital Brasília claims trade and mutual investment between Arab countries and Brazil can be worked on. São Paulo – Newly appointed to represent the Middle East and North Africa countries in Brazil, the ambassador of the League of Arab States in the national… – Continue reading

Dr. Al-Assaf Signs Agreement of Double Taxation with Venezuelan Minister of People’s Power for Economy and Finance

Riyadh, Muharram 29, 1437, Nov 11, 2015, SPA — Dr. Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz Al-Assaf, Minister of Finance, signed here today an agreement of avoidance of double taxation and prevention of tax evasion with respect to taxes on income with Venezuelan Minister of People’s Power for Economy and Finance Rodolfo Marco… – Continue reading

Relaxed tax residency rules to help MNCs

Foreign companies with Indian shareholders won’t have to pay taxes here for their worldwide income unless they are managed from India on an everyday basis. If these foreign companies are managed from outside India, whether or not they are promoted by resident Indians, they will have to pay taxes in… – Continue reading

Challenges for family offices in emerging markets

Leading family offices in Latin America and the Caribbean are going through a transitional period, says Steven Cantor, managing partner of Cantor & Webb, a Miami-based law firm, reports the Financial Times. “As the world moves to tax transparency, with a crackdown on undisclosed tax savings in Swiss bank accounts,… – Continue reading

Venezuelan President’s Visit to China Indicative of Growing Sino-Latin American Trade and Opportunities

On September 1, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro arrived to Beijing in an effort to strengthen economic ties between Venezuela and China. In his second visit this year, the Venezuelan President signed a number of deals that will strengthen cooperation in new areas beyond the current focus on the oil industry…. – Continue reading

Glenmark down 3%; Credit Suisse says Venezuela may hurt PAT

Moneycontrol Bureau Credit Suisse has maintained its underperform rating on Glenmark Pharma as it feels potential currency devaluation in Venezuela could hurt profit meaningfully. The stock lost more than 3 percent intraday Wednesday. The brokerage expects a 20 percent degrowth in company’s FY17 earnings per share as it continued to… – 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

Venezuela to probe possible corruption linked to offshore bank holdings

CARACAS, VENEZUELA – Venezuela is launching a probe into large offshore bank deposits amid a spate of reports that at least $2 billion was siphoned off by corrupt, top-level officials at state-run oil company PDVSA. Chief prosecutor Luisa Ortega Diaz’s announcement Tuesday was the socialist government’s first response to the… – Continue reading

Venezuela Outdoes All LatAm Nations in HSBC Tax-Evasion Scheme

Latin-American politicians Horacio Cartes (president of Paraguay), Álvaro Noboa (former president of Ecuador), and Alejandro Andrade (Venezuela’s ex-national treasurer) have one thing in common: they all possessed, until at least 2007, secret accounts with HSBC’s private Swiss bank. This according to the Swissleaks report published on Sunday, February 8, which… – Continue reading

LatAm: corruption, tax evasion fuel inequality

These crimes hinder the development of societies, prevent strengthening the legitimacy of democracy SANTIAGO — Corruption and tax evasion are flagrant violations of human rights in Latin America, where they contribute to inequality and injustice in the countries of the region, according to studies and experts consulted by IPS. “Tax… – Continue reading

Key Tax Considerations of Sending Employees Overseas

The issue of international assignees was, for a long time, limited to a small number of companies – meaning only those that operated on an international scale. But in recent years, global expansion has shifted into focus for the larger business community. As a result, the challenges and best practices… – Continue reading

Abbas Signs Energy and Double Taxation Agreements with Venezuelan Counterpart

CARACAS, May 17, 2014 – (WAFA) – President Mamhoud Abbas signed Saturday energy and double taxation avoidance agreements with his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas.   Abbas started Friday a three-day official visit to the Caracas, where he was received by Maduro. They exchanged views on the peace process as well… – Continue reading