Category: Offshore Fund

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

Canada: Common Reporting Standard Is Now Fully In Effect – If You Have Been Hiding Funds Or Assets Offshore, Now Is The Time To Disclose

Introduction – Offshore funds and Canada Revenue Agency’ reach Gone are the days when offshore bank accounts were outside the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)’s reach. With the advent of the Common Reporting Standard (CRS), CRA automatically receives financial information of Canadian taxpayers who own bank accounts or assets in other… – Continue reading

Kazakhstan: President Demands Return of Offshore Funds

Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev has threatened companies stashing money abroad with ominous consequences unless they repatriate their funds, media reported. The president’s latest sally against the prevalent use of offshore banking accounts is, however, undermined by his own family’s predilection for salting away their riches overseas. Speaking on December 6… – Continue reading

Tax amnesty plan premature, says Citi

MANILA, Philippines – Instead, the government should pursue the enactment of the proposed Comprehensive Tax Reform Program (CTRP) before pursuing a tax amnesty program, Citi economist Jun Trinidad said. He said fiscal priority remains the passage of the first component of the tax reform measure that includes income tax cut… – Continue reading

IRS Going After Offshore Debit Cards With John Doe Summons

The IRS has been using a John Doe summons to get access to taxpayers’ bitcoin information and is now using the same tactic to get debit card information. According to a report by Forbes, a federal court in Montana gave the IRS permission to serve Michael Behr of Bozeman, Montana,… – Continue reading

Budget 2017: Tax Reform For Financial Services

Given the recent developments in the Indian economy, the upcoming Union Budget will certainly be critical and important in determining the future outlook of the economy. The financial services industry has been one of the key drivers of growth due to its strong cause and effect relationship with the economy…. – Continue reading

Expose the true beneficiaries

THE Panama Papers, the world’s biggest leak, highlighted the complex ways used by companies and individuals to conceal who the actual beneficiaries of a company are. Some of them put their money into offshore accounts such as in Labuan, which is also an off-shore financial centre and tax haven. One… – Continue reading

The coming abolition of cash

The Indian Government’s dramatic cancellation of large banknotes on the same day as the US election last week looks like the drastic solution to a very Indian problem with tax avoidance and the black economy, but it might turn out to be a harbinger of things to come everywhere. In… – Continue reading

Taxman sets police on Finns coming clean on undeclared overseas income

Finns alarmed by cracks in the previously iron-clad Swiss banking secrecy have come forward to volunteer information about undeclared overseas income to Finnish tax authorities. They were hoping for immunity from fines or criminal sanctions but dozens now face police investigations. The Finnish Tax Administration has requested police investigations into… – Continue reading

Australian Practitioners Urge Zero Withholding for Pooled Funds

Practitioners in the managed funds industry are calling for a zero-rate for withholding tax in Australia amid the government’s proposals for new tax concessions to boost it, saying the proposed measures don’t go far enough. The government released a consultation paper Nov. 3 on non-resident withholding taxes for pooled funds—or… – Continue reading

Singapore wants to delay revision of tax treaty with India

Singapore is seeking more time to revise the two-decade old tax treaty with India, saying its investors need more time to shift to source-based taxation. India has, however, rejected any deferment in the revision of the treaty that will help prevent Singapore, which is the top source of FDI into… – Continue reading

Korean’s offshore financial assets soar to all-time high

The combined amount of overseas financial accounts held by South Korean nationals and companies hit the highest level this year, data from the country’s tax agency showed on Sept. 27. They had a total of 56.84 trillion won (US$50.81 billion) in their overseas accounts, surging from 11.48 trillion won in… – Continue reading

Tax Amnesty Program of Indonesia Reviewed by Constitutional Court

Indonesian Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati was at a court hearing in Jakarta on Tuesday (20/09) to defend the legality of the nation’s tax amnesty program. In July 2016 legal activists, gathered within the One Justice Foundation (Yayasan Satu Keadilan) and Indonesian People’s Struggle Union (Serikat Perjuangan Rakyat Indonesia), filed… – Continue reading

EU Seeks to Fill Tax-Avoidance Gaps in Wake of Panama Leaks

The European Union, faced with mounting anti-establishment furor from populist parties across the region, is speeding up efforts to thwart tax dodging after the Panama Papers leaks and wants its blacklist of tax havens ready next year. “The recent leaks exposed loopholes that still allow tax evaders to hide funds… – Continue reading

Tax conundrum for Indian-focused offshore private equity funds

Foreign private equity investors typically set up offshore pooling vehicles for routing investments into India, which offer them twin advantages of ease of administration and single window compliance with the Indian regulatory regime. Setting up such pooling vehicles in a tax favourable jurisdiction ensures that the interposition of the pooling… – Continue reading

Will new tax treaty with Mauritius turn India into a fund management hub?

The new tax treaty between India and Mauritius may achieve what last year’s budget tried to do, albeit unsuccessfully—encourage offshore fund managers to relocate to India, in the process making the country a fund management hub, much like London, Dubai or Singapore. With the new agreement restoring parity between domestic… – Continue reading

Tax Avoidance: The Real Scandal Is What Multinational Companies are Getting Away With

Embarrassing our politicians and other public figures into publishing their tax returns is muddle-headed and distracting, however briefly satisfying. What we should be focused on is not what individuals are paying to the Treasury, interesting though that is, but unreasonable tax avoidance by multinational companies. There is a danger of… – Continue reading

The IBFM tax regime: A non-starter

Despite best intentions of the government, there have been little or no takers for India-based fund managers In 2015, the Indian government took a commendable step by introducing a new provision in the Income-tax Act, 1961 (i.e. section 9A), to promote India as a fund manager jurisdiction, and to encourage… – Continue reading

Panama Papers Raise Privacy Issues, Whether This Is A ‘New Normal’

The release of the so-called “Panama Papers” – more than 11 million documents and personal files detailing financial information and offshore accounts of prominent individuals – dominated the international news cycle this week. It’s raised questions about the role of technology and the expectation of privacy. “We saw this in… – Continue reading

Central Board of Direct Taxes eases tax framework to attract offshore fund houses

NEW DELHI: India has substantially liberalised the tax framework to extend exemption to fund houses owned by a single institutional entity, a move aimed at attracting offshore fund management activity into the country. The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), the apex direct taxes body, has announced rules to implement… – Continue reading

Gordhan to target offshore funds

FINANCE Minister Pravin Gordhan is widely expected to announce a new foreign exchange control and tax amnesty in his budget on Wednesday in a bid to encourage taxpayers who have not disclosed billions of rand worth of offshore assets to declare them and pay the due tax. The move would… – Continue reading

Call to tighten UK’s new property law to crack down on ‘dirty money’

Rules should require foreign owners of prime London homes to come clean about beneficiary owners, say anti-corruption groups Large parts of London’s Baker Street, including the Beatles store, are owned by offshore trusts. New laws that aim to stop the UK being a magnet for money launderers – by forcing… – Continue reading

Extent of tax fraud unknown – SARS

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) still does not know the full extent of tax evasion, despite its work probing foreign bank accounts held by South African residents. It has been a year since SARS confirmed some account holders had been using their offshore accounts to evade their tax obligations,… – Continue reading

Another chance for taxdodgers to come clean

The announcement of another tax and exchange control amnesty in this year’s budget is keenly awaited by some South African taxpayers. The looming implementation of the Common Reporting Standard for the automatic exchange of financial information between more than a hundred countries seems to be fueling the desire for another… – Continue reading

Untangling the Gordian Knot

Regulatory and investor pressure have drastically altered the hedge fund industry in recent years. With managers increasingly looking for fund administrators to provide more middle-office and value-added services, whilst at the same time squeezing them on fees, the situation has become a Gordian Knot. Administrators must find ways to remain… – Continue reading

Budget 2016: Budget may ease rules for offshore fund managers moving to India

In a move to woo offshore fund managers to locate in India, the Union Budget for 2016-17 is likely to relax conditions for them to avail of tax exemptions. Budget 2015 had announced some exemptions by amending the permanent establishment (PE) norms. The rules were changed to the extent that… – Continue reading

Global Private Equity Newsletter – Winter 2016 Edition: Hong Kong Profits Tax Exemption for Private Equity Funds

The Inland Revenue (Amendment) (No.2) Ordinance 2015 (the “Amendment Ordinance”) came into effect on July 17, 2015, extending Hong Kong profits tax exemption to offshore private equity (“PE”) funds. Profits Tax Exemption prior to the Amendment Ordinance This is a welcome development for the private equity industry since, in the… – Continue reading

British Virgin Islands: The BVI And Cayman Islands Are Tax-Neutral Jurisdictions. What Does This Mean For Your Fund?

The BVI and Cayman are often referred to as “tax neutral” and you might have been told that, for this reason, it would be advantageous to establish your fund in either jurisdiction. What does this actually mean and what does it mean for your fund? Primarily, it means that BVI… – Continue reading

Worldwide: Common Reporting Standards Come Into Effect For Many Offshore Funds On January 1, 2016

On January 1, 2016, the new standard for automatic exchange of information between tax authorities developed by the OECD (the “Common Reporting Standard”) becomes effective in the Cayman Islands, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, Guernsey, Jersey and a number of other jurisdictions that are part of the “Early Adopters Group.”… – Continue reading

Ireland: OECD Common Reporting Standard Implementation In Ireland – Implications For Irish Investment Funds And SPVs

On 18 December 2015, the Regulations implementing the OECD Common Reporting Standard (“CRS“) in Ireland were approved by the Irish Parliament. This update follows on from previous updates published by Maples and Calder Dublin on CRS and US FATCA and outlines the practical next steps for Irish investment funds and… – Continue reading

Swiss Banker to Royalty to Pay $45.4 Million to End U.S. Tax Probe

Edmond de Rothschild (Suisse) SA agreed to pay $45.4 million to avoid prosecution for helping U.S. clients evade taxes, admitting it aided them in moving cash and using sham offshore entities to hide money from the Internal Revenue Service. Rothschild is the 68th Swiss bank to reach an accord with… – Continue reading

British Virgin Islands: What Structure Should I Use For My Offshore Fund?

There are a number of ways to structure your offshore fund and the best option for you will depend largely on the location of the manager, your investor base and the type of investments that the fund will make. I have set out a summary of the three most common… – Continue reading

Globalisation and regulation driving industry growth

The asset servicing industry is likely to see a growth spurt driven by globalisation and regulatory change, according to an Ernst & Young (EY) report, reports the Asset Servicing Times. The report outlined six key drivers of growth: asset growth and breadth; globalisation; regulation; new products; platform extension and consolidation;… – Continue reading

Urgent advisory: Commence voluntary disclosures before the end of 2015

Data from the Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”) confirms that voluntary disclosures (“VDs”) of offshore assets, gains and income hit record levels in 2015. This proliferation of VDs is attributable to various factors, including increased public awareness of: international tax compliance issues through media reports; the CRA’s Offshore Tax Informant Program;… – Continue reading

Worldwide: A Guide To The Top 20 Offshore Fund Locations

There are a variety of benefits to moving offshore, yet few would argue the assertion that tax neutrality is paramount among them. As anyone familiar with the phrase “tax haven” would surely recognize, many countries offer strongly favorable tax terms as an incentive to draw new business. Written by CT… – Continue reading

Hong Kong urged to cut tax for asset management

Hong Kong’s Financial Services Development Council (FSDC) has released a number of research reports, including one that addresses tax issues relating to open-ended fund companies (OFCs) and private equity (PE) investments, reports Tax News. One report entitled “A Paper on the Tax Issues on OFCs and Profits Tax Exemption for… – Continue reading

Canadians with Swiss bank accounts have until December 31, 2015 to file a voluntary disclosure

The United States came down hard on Swiss banks after receiving, from various whistleblowers, Swiss bank data evidencing U.S. citizens had hidden fortunes in Swiss accounts. Swiss banks were fined billions for assisting U.S. citizens in evading taxes and now want to avoid repetition of this scenario when the exchange… – Continue reading

FSDC releases reports to promote Hong Kong’s asset management business

Hong Kong (HKSAR) – The following is issued on behalf of the Financial Services Development Council: The Financial Services Development Council (FSDC) today (December 7) released three research reports to promote Hong Kong’s asset management business, focusing on fund distribution, tax issues relating to private equity investments and an alternative… – Continue reading

Alan Grayson said he closed Cayman Islands hedge funds, but records list as active

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alan Grayson said more than two months ago that he had closed down the Cayman Islands-based hedge funds that helped prompt ethics complaints against the populist congressman from Orlando. Grayson declined to provide documentation to the Tampa Bay Times when asked for it in early October,… – Continue reading

RBI Eases Overseas Borrowing Rules for Local Firms

Mumbai: India will allow offshore insurance companies, pension funds and sovereign wealth funds to lend to local companies for the long term, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said on Monday, easing rules for offshore borrowing. The RBI said it was taking a “more liberal approach” for long-term foreign currency… – Continue reading

Clampdown on tax evasion

As Common Reporting Standard (CRS) comes into operation. OHANNESBURG – South Africans with undeclared offshore funds may only have a few months to get their affairs in order or risk facing significant penalties and even criminal prosecution as revenue authorities start the automatic exchange of information. The Common Reporting Standard… – Continue reading

Shriram AMC gets Sebi nod for offshore fund management

Shriram Asset Management Company gets Sebi nod for offshore fund management Shriram Asset Management Company Ltd today said it has got market regulator Sebi’s approval to manage offshore funds. “The company has recently got the go-ahead from Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) to undertake ‘offshore fund management’,” Shriram… – Continue reading

Tax Transparency – the Common Reporting Standard: Implications for South Africa

Globally, taxpayers are becoming more interdependent, and engage in cross-border financial activities with more regularity. With this, comes the need for enhanced co-operation and understanding across countries on issues such as tax administration and transparency, to curb tax evasion and ensure a fair allocation of taxes to tax jurisdictions. “The… – Continue reading

How to Get in on the Offshore Fund Flow to US

LOS ANGELES—A recent report estimates that foreign investors are on track to spend more than $70 billion on US commercial real estate in 2015. And another report says that nearly a quarter of all recent commercial real property sales in its survey involved offshore investors. “Foreign investment in U.S. real… – Continue reading