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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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”....

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...

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...

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...

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...

IRS names microcaptives as top abusive tax scheme

The IRS is growing increasingly uncomfortable that an increasing number of smaller companies and professional firms have been doing what larger companies do — creating their own or joining a captive insurer, reports Insurance Journal. The IRS believes some of these smaller companies are creating these so-called “microcaptives” in order...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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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,...