Category: Offshore

Ukrainian government approves bill ratifying FATCA

The Cabinet of Ministers has approved a bill to ratify the Agreement between the governments of Ukraine and the United States to improve tax compliance and application of provisions of the U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and related bills, the Ukrainian Finance Ministry’s press service reported. “On September… – Continue reading

Feature: Labuan IBFC – the gateway to Asia-Pacific

Labuan International Business and Financial Centre (Labuan IBFC) is seeing its comprehensive midshore solution reap results as new businesses soared 12.5% last year. Pedro Gonçalves explains the background to this success. With 1059 new companies mostly from Japan, China and South Korea, Labuan IBFC is also making the most of… – Continue reading

Australia’s tax office can use Paradise Papers data to pursue multinationals: Court

Australia’s High Court ruled unanimously that giant Glencore could not rely on “legal privilege” to prevent the Australian Tax Office (ATO) from accessing emails, bank records, PowerPoint presentations and other files from the 2017 Paradise Papers investigation. Typically, documents marked “privileged” do not have to be disclosed in court. Companies… – Continue reading

CIAT’s transfer pricing “Cocktail” provides solutions for transactional net margin method overuse

In recent years there has been a major public outcry for governments to take action to force multinational groups to pay a fair share of tax in the jurisdictions where their economic activities take place and to stop shifting profits to offshore tax havens. ... - Continue reading

Senate inquiry into foreign workers’ tax payments pushed

SEN. Sherwin Gatchalian has called on the Senate to hold an inquiry on the uncollected taxes from registered and unregistered foreign workers, especially those in the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) industry. n calling for an investigation, Gatchalian stressed that taxes properly collected are essential since revenues enable the government… – Continue reading

CRS reveals Australians holding $100bn in offshore accounts: reports

Australians are holding more than $100bn in undisclosed offshore accounts, according to new taxation office data collected under the Common Reporting Standard (CRS), British newspaper the Guardian has reported. ... - Continue reading

High Court confirms ATO can use information from data leaks

Today the High Court confirmed that the ATO may use information obtained from data leaks, even if leaked from a law firm. Second Commissioner Jeremy Hirschhorn said today’s decision in Glencore International v. Commissioner of Taxation means the ATO can continue to use the ‘Paradise Papers’ and other similar data… – Continue reading

Tax from non-doms falls by £2bn as wealthy flee the UK

The number of wealthy residents who pay no UK tax on their offshore accounts has fallen to its lowest level ever, Treasury figures reveal. Last year, there were 78,300 non-domiciled taxpayers, or “non-doms”, in the UK compared with 98,500 in 2016-17. And the £9.5bn they paid to the taxman in… – Continue reading

FBR collects Rs1bln in revenue from foreign fund transfers

KARACHI: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) collected one billion rupees in withholding tax revenue on funds transferred abroad through credit and debit cards in a year, official statistics showed. The government opened the avenue for revenue collection a year ago considering the growing trend of payment through plastic cards…. – Continue reading

Minister’s proposal of corporate tax reforms causes strong reaction from Cyprus business community

NICOSIA, Aug. 7 (Xinhua) — Cypriot Finance Minister Harris Georgiades’ proposal of a major reform of corporate taxation has triggered strong objections from entrepreneurs, who fear that it would lead to an increase of their total tax burden. Georgiades said on Wednesday that his proposal, which included taxation on offshore… – Continue reading

UK: Non-Resident Capital Gains Tax on United Kingdom Real Estate: A New Regime

The legislation encompassing the new regime for taxing non-residents' gains on the United Kingdom (UK) commercial real estate came into effect on 6th April 2019. Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has additionally published draft guidance on this recently introduced regime. This article briefly summarizes the new rules. ... - Continue reading

Journalists publish details of 200+ companies using offshore law firm, conclude Mauritius promotes tax avoidance

Data on more than 200 companies that engaged the Mauritius office of Conyers Dill & Pearman were published on the internet today by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) as a result of leak of confidential information. ... - Continue reading

Singapore Bankers ‘Flooded’ With Inquiries from Hong Kong – Reports

Following Hong Kong’s extradition bill protests, wealth managers and private banks have seen increased queries from clients looking to set up channels to move assets to Singapore. MAS (Monetary Authority of Singapore) officials have reportedly been asking wealth managers not to aggressively target Hong Kong clients in their market campaigns,… – Continue reading

Pagcor: Government not inclined to impose higher taxes on POGOs

State-run Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. expressed optimism the government will not impose higher taxes on offshore gaming operators in the country to encourage them to stay here. Pagcor chairman and chief executive Andrea Domingo said at the sidelines of the opening of the first Philippine-Asian Gaming Expo held on… – Continue reading

Transfer (mis)pricing

TRANSFER pricing — the pricing of commodities traded between or within multinational enterprises — is a legal practice and a key feature of cross-border and intra-firm transactions. The United Nations prefers to use the broader phrase ‘trade pricing’ in addressing this practice and defines it as a ‘normal incident of… – Continue reading

POGOs promise to pay tax starting this month

Operators of offshore gaming companies vowed to comply with Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III’s directive to settle their income tax, seen to reach at least P24 billion in additional annual collections, beginning this month. This developed after the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) met with Dominguez where they agreed… – Continue reading

Greater Bay Area Releases Detailed Plan on IIT Incentives for Overseas Talents

The Greater Bay Area officially announced detailed rules for the implementation of preferential individual income tax (IIT) policy for overseas talents. Eligible overseas talents working in nine cities in the region can enjoy a preferential tax rate of 15 percent – in line with the Hong Kong IIT rate. China… – Continue reading

Uzbekistan: Karimova says she returned $1.2Bln to state coffers

The fate of funds in foreign accounts remain in the balance, however.The imprisoned daughter of Uzbekistan’s late president has reportedly published a statement tentatively admitting responsibility for years of larceny and said that she has paid $1.2 billion into the state coffers. Gulnara Karimova’s statement was posted on an Instagram… – Continue reading

Offshore gaming operators warned

State-run Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. sternly warned errant offshore gaming operators to strictly comply with regulations and pay proper taxes to the government, saying concerned tax agencies are closely monitoring how they conduct business in the country. “Let this serve as a final warning for everyone to strictly comply… – Continue reading

Mauritius rule changes may hit offshore funds

Funds may lose tax benefit after rule amendment.  Mumbai: The Mauritius government’s proposal to amend tax residency rules for companies is giving jitters to foreign funds operating from the tax haven. Mauritius has recently announced that it is amending rules for determining tax residency for companies so that a company… – Continue reading

Govt tightens noose around offshore tax evaders

The federal government has decided to go after offshore tax evaders, laying out a number of propositions that would effectively criminalise the process and introduce heavy punishments for tax evasion. The proposed tightening of income tax laws would mean that anyone found guilty of evading taxation through foreign banks accounts… – Continue reading

Automatic Exchange of Information is Working, Says OECD

New data from the OECD indicates that Hong Kong and Singapore are adhering to tighter global standards on tax transparency. The OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) says IFCs (international financial centres) such as Hong Kong and Singapore are adhering to tighter global standards on tax transparency and are… – Continue reading

Oman to introduce Common Reporting Standards

Muscat: Oman, in line with its commitment to align itself with international best practices in tackling cross-border tax evasion and meeting the standards set by the European Union (EU) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), is currently in the process of issuing regulations for automatic exchange of… – Continue reading