Category: Property Tax

‘Who is buying Seattle?’: New report issues warnings on Seattle’s luxury housing boom

Seattle’s luxury housing boom will worsen inequality and affordability in the city, according to a new report, which calls for officials to require more transparency on who is actually buying luxury real estate in the area. The report — “Who is Buying Seattle? The Perils of the Luxury Real Estate… – Continue reading

India: Split Residency – ITAT Upholds The Taxpayer’s Claim For Treaty Exemption, Applies Centre Of Vital Interest Test

Dual Residency gets attracted when an expat in the year of move qualifies as a resident of the host country (i.e., the country in which he is deputed) as well as home country (i.e., the country of his residence). On account of dual residency, an expat can be doubly taxed… – Continue reading

Greenville County Councilman billed $55K in back property taxes on Anderson lake house

The Anderson County Assessor’s Office this month discovered that a Greenville County leader who owns a home on Hartwell Lake in Anderson underpaid by about $3,900 a year on his property taxes between 2009 and 2018. Calling it an oversight, Greenville County Councilman Ennis Fant said he would work with… – Continue reading

Tax Incentive Bill Clashes With Property Tax Relief In Legislature

A proposal for new corporate tax incentives butted heads with a desire for property tax relief in the Legislature Wednesday. Nebraska’s current corporate tax incentives, the so-called Nebraska Advantage program, expires next year. So Sen. Mark Kolterman said it’s important to put a new program in place. “The time is… – Continue reading

Property tax collection rises 31pc in July-Jan

KARACHI: Property tax collection by provinces surged 31.34 percent to Rs7.38 billion during the first half of the current fiscal year of 2018/19, official data showed on Friday. Finance ministry’s data showed property tax collection amounted to Rs5.624 billion during the corresponding period of the last fiscal year. Sources in… – Continue reading

Property Tax U-Turn Played To The Privileged, Says Davis

OPPOSITION leader Phillip Davis yesterday slammed the Minnis administration’s over its recent decision to revert to the previous definition of owner-occupied properties, arguing that this was a “stark contrast” to the treatment of Bahamians. Despite the insistence of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance K Peter Turnquest that the… – Continue reading

Lyford Cay Blasts 500% Hike In Tax

The Government is moving to reinstate the $50,000 property tax “cap” after The Bahamas’ wealthiest community slammed “punitive taxation” that threatens “500 percent or greater” tax hikes. KP Turnquest, deputy prime minister, yesterday told Tribune Business that the Government was “actively reviewing” recent Real Property Tax Act reforms that could… – Continue reading

IRS plans regulations on non-grantor trusts and new tax law

The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department issued a notice Friday saying they intend to issue regulations around estates and non-grantor trusts, which may affect one tactic that some wealthy taxpayers have been using to get around the cap on deducting local property taxes under the new tax law…. – Continue reading

UK property tax changes affect GCC nationals

  PROPERTY in the UK, particularly London, has always been popular with GCC investors for many years. It has remained a safe haven and an attractive destination for investors and their families from the GCC region perhaps more than any other major city. Depending on the level of investment, well… – Continue reading

Qc Backs Income Taxes To Ease ‘Rich/Poor Divide’

AN outspoken QC is backing the introduction of corporate and personal income taxes as a way to reduce “the gulf between rich and poor” in the Bahamas. Fred Smith QC, the Callenders & Co attorney and partner, has added his voice to those urging the Government to use the European… – Continue reading

France Boasts Second-Highest Taxes In the World

A new study shows that France taxes its population the second-most among developed countries. Which country claimed the first place spot? Denmark. As research from the OECD economic think tank attests, the combination of France’s income and property taxes, social security payments, and goods and services makes up 45.3% of… – Continue reading

Change to intellectual property tax write-offs will boost revenues

Move on multinational tax arrangements expected to be announced in the Budget An important change to multinational tax arrangements is expected to be announced in Budget 2018, limiting the tax write-offs big companies can take up front on movements of valuable intellectual property to Ireland. The move could provide a… – Continue reading

OECD Recommends Swedish Property Tax Reform

The OECD has recommended that Sweden rebalance its property tax system. In its latest Economic Survey for the country, the OECD said that Sweden’s favorable tax treatment of owner-occupied housing is regressive, benefiting relatively high-income households most and contributing to the high demand for housing. It said it also encourages… – Continue reading

Russia Removes Hong Kong From List of Offshore Tax Zones

The Russian government will no longer consider Hong Kong a Chinese-affiliated tax haven that doesn’t share tax information. Russia will strike Hong Kong from its list of offshore jurisdictions following ratification of a double tax treaty signed by the two parties last January and ratified by Russia in July, according… – Continue reading

Ireland Rejects Oxfam’s Tax Haven Claims

Ireland’s Ministry of Finance, the EU and several other governments have emphatically rejected claims by Oxfam International that the countries are tax havens, with Ireland insisting its corporate tax laws are “fully compliant” with international best practices when it comes to transparency and information exchange. The Irish government said the… – Continue reading

Turkmenistan ratifies deal with Germany to avoid double taxation

Turkmenistan in a bid to expand its bilateral ties with Germany in the trade sphere ratified an agreement on the avoidance of double taxation with respect to income and property taxes, the Turkmen government reported. The document signed with Germany was approved at the regular meeting of Parliament this week…. – Continue reading

Ashgabat, Berlin sign tax agreement

Turkmenistan and Germany signed an agreement on avoidance of double taxation with respect to income and property taxes in Berlin, the Turkmen Dovlet Habarlary(TDH) state news agency reported. According to the message, the signing ceremony took place as part of the two-day working visit of Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to… – Continue reading

Assessing the Hong Kong – Russia Double Taxation Agreement: Another Step Towards Amplifying China’s Eurasian Connection

Assessing the Hong Kong – Russia Double Taxation Agreement: Another Step Towards Amplifying China’s Eurasian Connection   The long-awaited Comprehensive Double Taxation Agreement (CDTA) between Hong Kong and Russia entered into force on July 29, 2016. The agreement will take effect on April 1, 2017 in Hong Kong and January… – Continue reading

Banks bear the brunt of tax laws which force foreigners to open an account

Banks say tax rules cracking down on property speculation force them to screen for money-laundering at their own cost. Banks are refusing to open accounts for foreigners if they think the costs outweigh the benefits. New property and tax laws launched late last year made “offshore persons” buying or selling… – Continue reading

International tax update- April 2016

United Kingdom Budget The United Kingdom (UK) Budget: was handed down on 16 March 2016. Some of the key measures announced include: a reduction in the corporation tax rate to 17 per cent by 2020 (previously due to fall to 18 per cent) more details on the implementation of Base… – Continue reading

Southeast State & Local Tax: Important Developments – March 2016

The Williams Mullen Southeast State and Local Tax (SESALT) team is pleased to provide you with a comprehensive recap of important tax developments around the Southeast. VIRGINIA CORPORATE INCOME TAX Conformity with Internal Revenue Code. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed emergency legislation on February 5, 2016 that advances the state’s… – Continue reading

States vie with feds to punish company moves abroad. But does it work?

State lawmakers are getting into the act of demonizing corporate inversions even though there is not much they can do to stop them. Corporate inversions, in which U.S. companies merge with or are acquired by an overseas business, are a hot topic on the campaign trail and in the halls… – Continue reading

Intellectual property taxation in post BEPS era

On 5th October 2015, the OECD released its final reports setting out the action plan on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) project, thus concluding the two year project which started at the behest of G20 countries in 2013. The reports are aimed at suggesting the measures to reform the… – Continue reading

5 Tax Deductions Homeowners Won’t Want to Miss

One of the biggest financial benefits of owning a home is qualifying for the tax breaks that homeowners are eligible to receive. Many of the tax deductions for home-related expenses are well-known, but others often slip under the radar. Below, we’ll run through the list of deductions for homeowners that… – Continue reading

The Cayman Islands: The world’s most infamous TAX HAVEN, no bigger than Bognor Regis

It’s a whopping four and a half thousand miles away from the UK but the Cayman Islands is a slice of British-overseas paradise. Watched over by a Governor appointed from Whitehall, the Caymans are technically British. But there’s a huge difference between that island and the UK: no-one seems to… – Continue reading

It’s time for Canada to take action on its offshore real estate problem

The U.S. Treasury Department has launched a new initiative aimed at identifying anonymous cash buyers of luxury properties. Currently, purchasers can hide their identities by acquiring real estate through limited liability companies or other shell vehicles that prevent their names from being linked to any specific address. The new rule… – Continue reading

Lake commissioner complains of double taxes

CROWN POINT — Lake County officials are debating whether they have accidentally double taxed Cedar Lake and Schererville residents. Lake County Commissioner Gerry Scheub, D-Crown Point, argues this week a mistake by the County Council in funding the county’s E-911 public safety dispatching service has resulted in Cedar Lake residents… – Continue reading