Category: Capital gains

Mauritius introduces new form for tax residency with more disclosure

MUMBAI: The Financial Services Commission (FSC) of Mauritius, which is the regulatory body for the Mauritian non-banking financial services sector, has introduced a new application form for obtaining a tax residency certificate (TRC). FSC verifies these applications and recommends issue of the Mauritius tax residency certificate by the Mauritius revenue… – Continue reading

United States: Tax Policy Update – July 29, 2015

First it was three years, now it’s three months. The Senate’s attempt to pass a multiyear highway bill ran off the road this week after House Republicans announced they will adjourn one day early for the month-long August recess. The House’s early departure forced the Senate to acquiesce to a… – Continue reading

Advising non-doms after the Summer Budget clampdown

John Goodchild explains the tax position of non-dom clients, and their families, after the Chancellor’s Summer Budget crackdown The Budget on 8 July announced a raft of provisions designed to increase the tax paid to the Exchequer by non-domiciled individuals (non-doms) and their families. Significant changes will be made to… – Continue reading

Consultation on offshore marketing and IP hubs

Consultation on the ATO’s practical guide for offshore marketing hub arrangements is kicking off in August. The guide may also assist taxpayers with offshore intellectual property (IP) hubs. Here is what you need to know if you market Australian produced goods offshore or have centralised your IP offshore. Do you… – Continue reading

Mauritius & P-notes: Any proposed change in rules may spook Dalal Street

Just as every new government fiddles around with high school history text books, it also dabbles in Mauritius and P-notes. Both actions have a sharp, short-lived impact, leaving behind a trail of conspiracy theories. Mauritius and P-notes are ghosts that New Delhi and regulators could never quite exercise. They unfailingly… – Continue reading

Tax implications of setting up overseas subsidiaries

There is a rising trend that many start-ups incorporate their ultimate holding companies abroad, especially in Singapore for various reasons with tax being one of the top 3 factors for such decisions. Some of them have restructured the holding structures after few months of direct Indian holding to accommodate requests… – Continue reading

Cyprus: Cyprus’s New Package Of Tax Incentives And Technical Amendments

Introduction The Cyprus Government has announced a number of proposed tax incentives aimed at encouraging economic activity and attracting inward direct investment. It has also submitted a number of draft laws to the House of Representatives to implement the new provisions of the EU Parent-Subsidiary Directive, to simplify the tax… – Continue reading

Technical Special: A Budget In Blue With Old Mutual Int’l

In the first 100% Conservative Budget in nearly two decades, chancellor George Osborne has introduced a raft of changes, including significant revisions to UK non-dom status. On 8 July, chancellor George Osborne delivered the first Conservative Government Budget for 19 years. Many headlines had already been flagged up in advance,… – Continue reading

Canadian General Investments, Limited Declares Dividend on Common Shares

TORONTO, CANADA — (Marketwired) — 07/29/15 — Canadian General Investments, Limited (“CGI” or “the Company”) (TSX:CGI)(TSX:CGI.PR.C)(TSX:CGI.PR.D)(LSE:CGI) has declared a quarterly dividend of $0.14 per share payable on September 15, 2015 to common shareholders of record at the close of business on August 31, 2015 (“the Dividend”). The Dividend is a… – Continue reading

Canada: Interest Deductibility In Canada: What’s The Fuss?

This article deals with the manner in which Canada has complicated, and rendered controversial, what in most other countries is straightforward — the deductibility of business related interest expense. The reasons to write about it are threefold: the almost-concurrent issuance of the Canada Revenue Agency’s administrative views on the matter… – Continue reading

The Netherlands: Recent Financial, Regulatory and Legislative Developments

With the focus of 2014 being international tax competition, 2015 shows signs of continuing this trend. The European Commission (COM) and European Parliament (EP) are starting to debate and extensively investigate Member States’ tax ruling policies, partly as a result of the LuxLeaks revelations and partly in relation to the… – Continue reading

Cyprus: More Tax Benefits In Cyprus

The Republic of Cyprus has once again kept its promise to international investors and introduced on the 9th of July 2015 amendments to its tax legislation making the jurisdiction as attractive as never before. The purpose of these amendments is to clearly establish Cyprus as the leading tax jurisdiction in… – Continue reading

India: Indian Revenue Issues Clarifications On The Black Money Act

Black Money Act covers residents with undisclosed foreign assets and income and non-residents who have invested Indian-sourced income in offshore assets Compliance Scheme window open only till 30 September for declaring assets and until 31 December 2015 to pay tax at 30% and penalty at 30%. Revenue recommends disclosure of… – Continue reading

Japan – Article 7 (Business profits) under UK tax treaty

July 27: Japan’s Ministry of Finance announced the exchange of diplomatic notes concerning application of Article 7 (Business profits) under the new income tax treaty between Japan and the United Kingdom. Background Provisions of the amended Japan-UK income tax treaty (signed 17 December 2013) generally were effective 1 January 2015…. – Continue reading

Loeb Faulted for ‘Unconscionable’ Tax Scheme by Teachers

Hedge fund manager Daniel Loeb was singled out for criticism by labor leaders who are urging the U.S. to limit investors’ ability to lower tax obligations through offshore reinsurance ventures. “When just one hedge fund takes advantage of this loophole, it means hundreds of millions of dollars are lost that… – Continue reading

Khalifa ratifies UAE agreements

ABU DHABI: President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has issued a number of federal decrees with respect to ratifying agreements between the UAE and a number of friendly countries and transferring, appointing and promoting a group of diplomatic corps members. The decrees have been published in the… – Continue reading

Japan and the UK exchange notes concerning article 7 (“business profits”) of the Japan-UK Tax Convention

On July 23, 2015 the Japanese Ministry of Finance issued a press release announcing that on July 22, 2015 the Government of Japan and the Government of the United Kingdom exchanged notes concerning Article 7 of the Convention between Japan and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland… – Continue reading

Austria – Tax legislative changes, effective January 2016

July 22: Tax legislative changes in Austria were passed by the parliament, and the effective date for most changes is 1 January 2016. Among the provisions are the following items. Withholding tax on dividend distributions, capital gains The withholding tax rate for dividends and capital gains will be increased to… – Continue reading

Colliers’ Chinese ad for Auckland apartments talks up soft rules: ‘NO stamp duties and property purchase tax, NO capital gains tax’

New Zealand’s lack of overseas investment regulation is being promoted in Shanghai and Hong Kong to help sell apartments rising on the site of the country’s best-known record store. “NO stamp duties and property purchase tax, NO capital gains tax on residential property if sold after two years of holding,”… – Continue reading

UK To Introduce Tougher Regime On Tax Evasion

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has launched four consultations on the UK Government’s proposed new approach to tackling offshore tax evasion. Under the proposals, corporates who are deemed to have failed to prevent tax evasion or the facilitation of tax evasion would face a criminal offence. A separate strict liability… – Continue reading

Bracket creep will cost taxpayers $45 billion through higher income taxes: PwC

Treasurer Joe Hockey has reaffirmed his commitment to addressing bracket creep in the upcoming tax review, but has refused to include changes to politically sensitive areas like superannuation concessions, negative gearing and GST, pushing back the onus on the states for GST reform. When it comes to the GST, Mr… – Continue reading

Big changes to India-Mauritius DTAA?

Mauritius’ former finance minister claims that his country has given up the right to tax capital gains. This has raised questions regarding the scope of the renegotiation of the India-Mauritius Double Tax Avoidance Treaty (DTAA) Former finance minister of Mauritius says renegotiated tax treaty with India will have devastating effect… – Continue reading

Unicredit’s German unit in talks to strike tax deal with authorities – sources

HypoVereinsbank, the German arm of Italy’s UniCredit, is in talks with German prosecutors to pay a fine to put two tax probes behind it, two people familiar with the matter said. HypoVereinsbank and the Cologne prosecutors declined to comment on the development, which was first reported by German daily Sueddeutsche… – Continue reading

Worldwide: Privacy: What’s Left?

A seismic change in the international private wealth arena is under way. Over 90 jurisdictions have committed to automatically exchange comprehensive financial information on an annual basis under the OECD’s Common Reporting Standard (CRS). The CRS will start in 2016 in over 55 jurisdictions. This article comments on the CRS… – Continue reading

India: recent developments regarding Minimum Alternate Tax

Over the past few months, several foreign portfolio investors registered in India have received notices from the Indian tax authorities demanding payment of Minimum Alternate Tax in respect of transactions which took place over the course of prior assessment years. The Indian Government has indicated that it could raise several… – Continue reading

Negotiations on DTAA between India and Mauritius in advanced stages: Revenue Secretary

Finance Ministry has informed that the negotiations on the double taxation avoidance agreement (DTAA) between India and Mauritius are in advanced stage and the pact would be revised soon. Revenue Secretary Shaktikanta Das has said that “DTAA treaty (with Mauritius) is in very advanced stage of negotiation. It is progressing… – Continue reading

End capital gains tax exemption to curb money laundering: BSE

MUMBAI: The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) today called for ending exemption of capital gains tax on securities to contain various entities using capital markets to evade taxes and launder money. The government should re-think the exemption on capital gains taxes on traded securities, which listed companies enjoy, in order to… – Continue reading

Australia To Introduce Foreign Resident Capital Gains WHT

The Australian Government will introduce a withholding tax obligation to ensure that foreign investors comply with Australia’s tax laws. The Government has released exposure draft legislation that provides for the application of a ten percent non-final withholding obligation on the disposal by foreign residents of taxable Australian property. If passed,… – Continue reading

ATO warns multinationals over use of Singapore, Swiss and other offshore hubs

The Australian Taxation Office has warned companies it will be focusing on money attributed to offshore marketing hubs and will use its stronger transfer pricing powers to go after them, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. Australian companies sent more than AU$100 billion to related parties in the low-tax nation of… – Continue reading

How non UK residents should buy or own residential property

How should non resident or non domiciled buyers of UK residential property own or hold residential property? Overseas buyers or owners of UK residential property above £1m in value need to consider carefully in what name or legal structure they should buy or hold property for their protection and to… – Continue reading

United Kingdom: Overview of Tax Regime

The UK Government’s goal is to make the UK the best place in the world to locate an international business; it has one of the most open economies globally, a highly skilled workforce, access to capital markets, a first-class infrastructure, and a highly competitive corporate tax system. UK tax policy… – Continue reading

Cyprus: Cyprus’s New Double Taxation Agreement With Bahrain

Taxes covered The agreement applies to taxes on income imposed by either country. In Bahrain these are currently the income tax payable under Legislative Decree No. 22/1979 (“the Oil Tax”); in Cyprus they are income tax, corporate income tax, Special Contribution for Defence (known as SDC tax) and capital gains… – Continue reading

Cyprus: Major tax reforms aimed at ‘non-doms’, FDIs, property

The Cyprus government has introduced radical tax reforms that aim to attract foreign direct investments and non-domiciled individuals, simplify levies for properties, return tax-collection to local municipalities and encourage tax-breaks for direct injections where local companies are strained for cash-flow, reports the Financial Mirror. Finance Minister Haris Georghiades said that… – Continue reading

Jeb Bush Made $29 Million After Leaving Office, Tax Returns Show

Florida governor releases 33 years of tax returns. Jeb Bush made $29 million in the first seven years after he left public office, dramatically increasing his wealth during a recession, a financial crisis and the Obama presidency he has criticized. Bush’s tax returns, released Tuesday, show how the former Florida… – Continue reading