Category: Offshore Insurance

EU targets reinsurance arrangements

The EU’s anti-base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) proposals could have consequences for captives in Europe, as politicians pinpoint reinsurance arrangements as a means of unfair tax avoidance. The European Commission introduced a range of anti-tax avoidance proposals on 28 January, following the release of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation… – Continue reading

On tax avoidance

The only thing worse than paying taxes is the idea that other people avoid paying their fair share of them. On the subject of tax avoidance by other people, I can think of at least three principal feelings. As the kids say, I feel all the feelings. Outright tax fraud… – Continue reading

Latin America business potential for Island

The World Captive Forum takes place in Florida next month Bermuda’s business chiefs will be out in force at next month’s World Captive Forum. The event, to be held in Florida, will include several speakers from Bermuda including lawyers, regulators and business leaders. And Bermuda delegates will use the event… – 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

Gillibrand proposes reinsurance tax gimmick to fund 9/11 victims

In his seminal 1987 work Crisis and Leviathan, economic historian Robert Higgs traces the pattern of government growth as a response to catastrophic events. The federal government, in particular, grows over time through a “ratcheting up” effect, as politicians respond to disasters and catastrophes with calls to “do something,” often… – Continue reading

Top reinsurers to open branch offices in India

IRDA norms on retrocession viewed as being restrictive Top foreign reinsurers, namely Swiss Re, Hannover Re and Scor Re would soon be applying to the insurance regulator for opening branch offices in India. The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) on Friday came out with the regulations for registration and… – Continue reading

Tianjin tragedy is very much our business

Blast waves: smoke billows from the site of an explosion that reduced a parking lot filled with new cars to charred remains at a warehouse in northeastern China’s Tianjin municipality. Most of Bermuda’s major insurers and reinsurers had significant exposures to this disaster. (Photograph by Ng Han Guan/AP Photo) Tianjin… – Continue reading

U.S. corporate income tax is self-defeating

For many years, policymakers have criticized the strategies that American corporations use to reduce their taxes by shifting income and capital offshore. The impetus behind these strategies is the U.S. corporate income-tax rate — at 35 percent, the highest of any industrialized nation, easily surpassing countries such as the U.K…. – Continue reading

The benefits trap: the UK Government’s plans for the tax treatment of foreign domiciliaries and offshore trusts

Announcements were made in the 2015 Summer Budget regarding proposed changes to the UK tax rules regarding individuals who are domiciled outside the UK. These included the introduction of new provisions which would deem certain foreign domiciliaries, who are or have previously been UK resident, to be domiciled in the… – Continue reading

Travelers CEO says U.S. tax policy sends insurers offshore

Congress needs to lower the corporate tax rate from its current 35% to discourage U.S. insurers from moving offshore, according to the head of Travelers Cos. Inc. “Reducing this rate would end a self-defeating policy that distorts corporate behavior, weakens domestic companies and ultimately harms the U.S. economy,” wrote Travelers… – Continue reading

Global Tax News: Belgium Adopts New Fiscal Measures

The Belgian Parliament has adopted a Program Law containing a wide array of fiscal measures. The most salient of these measures are (i) the introduction of a transparency tax regime for physical and legal persons subject to legal persons tax and that qualify as founders or third-party beneficiaries of so-called… – Continue reading

American Dream Relocates to Bermuda, Says Fishman, Blaming Taxes

Jay Fishman, who built New York-based Travelers Cos. into one of the world’s biggest insurers, lamented that disparities in tax rates are pushing established rivals and industry newcomers outside the U.S. Over the past 15 years or so, “we’ve counted 10, 12, maybe even 15 Bermuda-based startups that ultimately became… – Continue reading

British Teachers Abroad Have One Last Chance to Avoid UK Taxes on Their Pension

QROPS specialists are offering free transfers to Gibraltar QROPS for August only for teachers who want to retire abroad and avoid all UK taxes and future UK taxes on their existing teacher’s pension scheme. This is the final chance for teachers living abroad to transfer their UK pensions outside the… – Continue reading

FSC issues 14 insurers licenses for offshore units

The Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) yesterday issued licenses to 14 insurance companies to run offshore units, while commission Chairman William Tseng (曾銘宗) said the licenses would help the nation move closer to transforming into an asset management hub. Tseng said the licenses are a follow-up to efforts to benefit from… – Continue reading

Taiwan moves closer to asset management hub in Asia-Pacific

Taipei, July 29 (CNA) Taiwan issued licenses Wednesday to 14 insurance companies operating here to run offshore insurance units (OIUs), and Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) Chairman Tseng Ming-chung (曾銘宗) said that the license issuance will help Taiwan move closer to transforming itself into an asset management hub in the Asia-Pacific… – Continue reading

S’pore’s AUM industry registers strong growth of 30% to S$2.36t in 2014

SINGAPORE – Singapore’s asset management industry grew strongly last year, with more sovereign wealth funds setting up shop here. Assets under management (AUM) rose 30 per cent to S$2.36 trillion in 2014 from S$1.82 trillion in 2013, said the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s (MAS) annual report 2014/15 released on Tuesday…. – Continue reading

A.M. Best Briefing: A.M. Best Comments on Proposed U.S. Tax Changes for Offshore (Re)Insurers

OLDWICK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Proposed U.S. legislation aimed at preventing offshore tax avoidance by closing a tax loophole that allows offshore reinsurers to take advantage of an exception to the passive foreign investment company (PFIC) rules of the U.S. Tax Code will not lead to rating revisions over the near term, according… – Continue reading

Amend the offshore Banking Act Enforcement Rules and issue the regulations governing Offshore Insurance Branches

The Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) and the Central Bank of the Republic of China (Central Bank) issued the amended Offshore Banking Act Enforcement Rules (“Rules”) and the new Regulations Governing Offshore Insurance Branches (”Regulations”), respectively per letters Ref. No. Jin-Guan-Bao-Zong-Zi No. 10402567211 and Ref. No. Tai-Yang-Wai-She-Yi-Zi No. 1040021857 on 25… – Continue reading

Insurance tax changes loom on the horizon

Conor Hynes and Ronan Connaughton of Deloitte Ireland explore the impending changes arising from BEPS Action 7 and the Skandia case and provide insight on the potential tax impact for the insurance industry. The Greek philosopher Heraclitus is attributed with the saying, “the only thing that is constant is change”…. – Continue reading

OSFI probing as insurance companies push more risks offshore

Property and casualty insurance companies in Canada are pushing more of their risks to reinsurers that aren’t federally regulated and are often located offshore, and Canada’s most powerful financial services regulator has become concerned enough to conduct a probe of the scope of this business. The Office of the Superintendent… – Continue reading

Bermuda: Minister Richards examines global tax threats

Speaking at the Insurance Day 2015 Summit on 10 June 2015, Minister of Finance Bob Richards told attendees that “the more we drive home that the insurance sector in Bermuda is not a stereotypical tax haven gimmick to key onshore decision makers the less the threat from IRS and other… – Continue reading

Diverted profits tax – just for Google or relevant to insurance?

The Diverted Profits Tax (DPT), known by many as the “Google Tax”, is intended to stop large groups diverting profits from the UK by seeking to avoid creating a UK permanent establishment or using arrangements or entities which lack economic substance to exploit tax mismatches. Tax mismatches occur where intra-group… – Continue reading

OECD BEPS will have big impact on taxes for multinational (re)insurers

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published its Base Erosion Profit Sharing (BEPS) action plan in July 2013 to address perceived flaws in international tax rules. The Plan was endorsed by G20 with implementation to be completed by the end of 2015. spoke with John O’Leary, a… – Continue reading

Buffett Says Reinsurance Peak Is History as Hedge Funds Pile In

Warren Buffett, the billionaire chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., said he expects a slump in reinsurance results in the coming decade as investors enter the market. “It’s a business whose prospects have turned for the worse and there’s not much we can do about it,” Buffett said Saturday at his… – Continue reading

Truth Be Told: International Pension Plans in Bermuda

With its enviable reputation in offshore trusts, pensions and insurance, Bermuda is an ideal jurisdiction for employers to establish international pension and employee benefit plans (IPPs). Global organisations may consider establishing Bermuda IPPs for employees who work outside their home country or the home country of both the employees and… – Continue reading

April 30th Cayman Islands FATCA notification deadline

The regulations require reporting FIs to notify TIA if they have reporting obligations under US FATCA and/or UK CDOT. With respect to US FATCA, Reporting FIs have until tomorrow (April 30th) to file their notification with an initial reporting deadline May 31st. With respect to UK CDOT, Reporting FIs have… – Continue reading

Bermuda Promotes Captive Insurance to Canadian Industry

Island Delegation to Tout Jurisdiction as Risk Capital and Potential e-Commerce Hub HAMILTON, Bermuda, April 27, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A 15-strong delegation of Bermuda industry, government and regulator representatives will take part in a Canada roadshow next week, targeting top-level executives and touting the corporate benefits of setting up… – Continue reading

Swiss Leaks: No further tax amnesties envisioned – Prime Minister Joseph Muscat

Frank R. Suess writes: Every time you think the US establishment can do no more to threaten the freedom and livelihood of the very Americans who contribute the most to the prosperity of the country, they increase the heat in the furnace by a notch with more cheap money and… – Continue reading

Credit Suisse says Milan offices searched by Italian tax police

(Reuters) – Credit Suisse said its offices in Milan were searched by Italian tax police last month, following media reports of an investigation into whether a Bermuda subsidiary of the bank helped wealthy Italians hide undeclared funds. The searches follow a series of investigations against Swiss banks, including Credit Suisse,… – Continue reading

FATCA enforcement affecting large portions of the financial services sector, including insurance

More than 100 countries including India, China and Russia have already entered into agreements with the US on the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and with new FATCA requirements coming into effect on 1st of January 2015 applying to U.S. and non-U.S insurers and insurance brokers, large portions of… – Continue reading

New FATCA requirements apply to U.S. and non-U.S. insurers and insurance brokers on January 1, 2015

Summary New FATCA requirements that apply to U.S. and non-U.S. insurance brokers and insurance companies will take effect on January 1, 2015. Those requirements impose new information gathering and reporting rules when U.S. insurance and reinsurance premiums are sent outside the U.S. Background The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA)1… – Continue reading

Cayman begins to see a rise in hybrid funds

UBS Fund Services has had one of its strongest years in terms of winning new clients according to Monette Windsor (pictured), who heads up the Cayman Islands business.   “We’ve invested heavily in our business development team this year and we’ve had to beef up our client onboarding team. We have 165… – Continue reading

Malta: A Question Of Substance

Malta continues to receive glowing reviews internationally as a stable financial services centre of repute within the European Union. Over the past fifteen years, Malta has moved seamlessly from being an offshore to an onshore jurisdiction, through the implementation of several legal, tax and regulatory rules intended to stimulate domestic… – Continue reading

Scottish Widows eyes sale of offshore investment business

Scottish Widows is considering the sale of offshore investment and tax planning business Clerical Medical International, the Financial Times reports. The Isle of Man-based business, acquired by Lloyds Banking Group as part of the HBOS deal in 2008, currently manages around £5bn in policyholder funds. The Isle of Man-based business,… – Continue reading

UPDATE 1-China’s big five banks rise on draft deposit insurance rules

(Updates with others banks, adds context) Dec 1 (Reuters) – Mainland listed shares in China’s big five banks jumped on Monday but later pared gains, after the country issued draft regulations to introduce a bank deposit insurance scheme for the first time. Offshore investors also reacted cautiously to the news,… – Continue reading

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Lloyds Banking Group’s insurance arm Scottish Widows has put its offshore investment and tax planning business up for sale in the latest sign that dealmaking in the sector is heating up. Several parties have expressed an interest in the Isle of Man-based operation, which manages about £5bn of policyholders’ funds,… – Continue reading

Switzerland’s bank staff shun aid fund for U.S. tax case

Reuters) – Only a handful of staff at Swiss banks have drawn on a $2.6 million (2 million pound) fund set up to help bankers and other employees who have fallen on hard times because of a U.S. crackdown on tax evasion through hidden offshore accounts. At least 25 people,… – Continue reading