Category: Capital gains

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

The hidden wealth of nations

India’s biggest source of FDI is India itself, money departing on a short holiday to a tax haven and then routed back as FDI. Will the government muster up the political will to clamp down on the tax-allergic business elite? This could be a bumper year for the ever-lucrative tax… – Continue reading

Don’t believe the ‘loopholes’ hype

Recent media coverage has prompted impassioned calls for Congress to close the “loopholes” that supposedly explain why the 400 richest taxpayers paid an average federal individual income tax rate of 16.7 percent in 2012. Unfortunately, these calls are based on outdated numbers and an incomplete picture of the tax system…. – Continue reading

Birmingham Post Rich List 2016: More taxing times for non-domiciled individuals

The taxation of ‘non-UK domiciled’ individuals has been a thorny political issue as successive governments have sought to crack down on those enjoying what some have seen as an excessively benign tax regime The taxation of ‘non-UK domiciled’ individuals has been a thorny political issue as successive governments have sought… – Continue reading

Latest statistics show wealthy already pay more than taxes than other groups

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Recent media coverage has prompted impassioned calls for Congress to close the “loopholes” that supposedly explain why the 400 richest taxpayers paid an average federal individual income tax rate of 16.7 percent in 2012. A few weeks ago, the IRS released new data showing that the average federal individual… – Continue reading

Time running out to respond to HMRC’s latest proposals on company distribution anti-avoidance rules

Two weeks remain to influence draft legislation which reduces the ability for individuals to convert income distributions from a company into capital gains by way of winding-up that company, an expert has warned.19 Jan 2016. Proposals amending the Transactions in Securities (TIS) rules were published by HMRC on 9 December… – Continue reading

Tax Practice: Applying for Tax Benefits under International Tax Treaties in China

In an effort to facilitate non-resident enterprises in applying for tax benefits, China’s tax bureau recently released the SAT Announcement [2015] No.60, which replaced the previous “Administrative Measures on Tax Treatment under Double Taxation Agreement to Non-resident Enterprises (Guoshuifa [2009] No.124)” and simplified the application procedures for a non-resident enterprise… – 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

Start-up investment in India to get capital gains tax exemption

PM Narendra Modi also announces a Rs.10,000 crore fund to provide support to innovation driven enterprises New Delhi:In an effort to give a fillip to the start-up ecosystem in the country, the government on Saturday announced its intention to exempt capital gains tax on investments in start-ups and a Rs.10,000… – Continue reading

Paulson Reinsurer Winds Down After Slump, Tax Criticism

Billionaire John Paulson’s New York hedge fund firm has shut an operation in Bermuda that had been targeted by a Democratic lawmaker as a tax shelter. Paulson’s venture, a reinsurer named PacRe Ltd., has stopped writing new coverage, and its insurance policies have expired, according to two people familiar with… – Continue reading

Luxembourg – Croatian DTA to enter into force on January 13, 2016

On January 11, 2016 the Luxembourg tax authorities issued a newsletter announcing that on January 13, 2016 the Agreement between the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the Republic of Croatia for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to Taxes on Income and on… – 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

India: Swiss Apex Court Denies Treaty Benefits For Dividend On Securities Acquired For Hedging Derivative Contracts

Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland denies treaty benefits in case of dividend paid on shares acquired for hedging derivative contracts. Court stated that due to the fully hedged nature of ownership, there was economic nexus and interdependency between two independent transactions and therefore, the “intermediary” bank did not have beneficial… – Continue reading

UK Tax Treaties With Croatia, Bulgaria In Force

The UK tax authority, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), has announced that new double tax avoidance treaties with Bulgaria and Croatia have entered into force. The 2015 UK-Bulgaria double tax agreement was signed on March 26, 2015, and replaces the former 1987 treaty. It generally limits the withholding tax rate… – Continue reading

Why is the Republican Party coming to the Israeli High Court for help?

According to a recent petition, the Israeli government has taken the wrong side in a world war that the US is waging over taxes of its overseas dual citizens. The financal future of 9 million Americans worldwide and hundreds of thousands living in Israel could be at stake. According to… – Continue reading

Brazil: Tax Treaty Series: The Bilateral Income Tax Treaty Between Brazil And Canada

This is the first of our series of posts on Brazilian tax treaties. In each post we will provide an overview of a specific tax treaty between Brazil and a particular foreign country, as well as comments on any Brazilian administrative or judicial precedents applying the treaty, and highlights on… – Continue reading

Nigeria: A Review of the Major Tax and Fiscal Policy Events in the Past Year

The year 2015 will be marked as the year of slow economic growth and haphazard fiscal and monetary policies due in part to the uncertainties brought about by the change in government. There were also leadership changes at the FIRS and a number of state tax authorities. This article outlines… – Continue reading

UK – Bulgarian DTA entered into force

On January 8, 2016 the UK HM Revenue & Customs issued a media release announcing that on December 15, 2015 the Convention between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Republic of Bulgaria for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with… – Continue reading

BEPS Action Plan 6: Preventing inappropriate treaty benefit grants

Action Plan 6 of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) final reports identifies treaty abuse, particularly treaty shopping, as one of the most significant causes of BEPS. It recognizes that existing domestic and international tax rules, including double taxation treaties, should be… – Continue reading

UK – Croatian DTA entered into force

On January 8, 2016 the UK HM Revenue & Customs issued a media release announcing that on November 19, 2015 the Agreement between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Republic of Croatia for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with… – Continue reading

UK – Kosovarian DTA entered into force on December 16, 2015

On January 8, 2016 the UK HM Revenue & Customs issued a media release announcing that on December 16, 2015 the Convention between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Republic of Kosovo for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and… – Continue reading

Irish – Zambian DTA entered into force on December 23, 2015

The Irish Revenue has published a statement announcing that on December 23, 2015 the Convention between Ireland and the Republic of Zambia for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to Taxes on Income and Capital Gains (Hereafter: the new DTA) as concluded on… – Continue reading

Inland Revenue (Amendment) Bill 2016 gazetted

Hong Kong (HKSAR) – The Inland Revenue (Amendment) Bill 2016 was gazetted today (January 8). “The Bill seeks to put in place a legal framework for Hong Kong to implement the new international standard for automatic exchange of financial account information in tax matters (AEOI) as promulgated by the Organisation… – Continue reading

The changing face of European taxation

World Finance spoke to Thierry Afschrift, founder of Afschrift Law Firm and university professor, about how tax lawyers can respond to a changing European environment In keeping with much of Europe, Belgium’s tax system has been subject recently to a shift of important proportions, as policymakers there look to boost… – Continue reading

Cyprus: Taxation – Amendments On The Double Tax Treaty Between The Republic Of Cyprus And Ukraine

Representatives of the Cyprus and the Ukrainian governments have signed, in Kiev, on Friday, 11 December 2015, a protocol amending their Double Tax Avoidance Treaty. The protocol is based on the Model Tax Convention for the Avoidance of Double Taxation OECD. The changes need to be ratified by both the… – Continue reading

Tax Alert – recent Belgian tax developments

Here’s our overview of recent Belgian tax developments, including the main new Belgian tax measures adopted by the laws of 18 and 26 December 2015. Speculation tax A ‘speculation tax’ of 33 per cent is introduced on capital gains realised by Belgian resident and non-resident individuals within six months from… – Continue reading

Legal trends: tax

ONE | A NEW LIBERAL GOVERNMENT Elected in October 2015, Canada’s new Liberal government has proposed a tax platform featuring significant changes, including a four per cent increase (to 33 per cent) in the federal tax rate for individuals on income over C$200,000 and a 1.5 per cent drop in… – Continue reading

Indian companies with foreign units likely to be impacted by POEM guidelines

MUMBAI: Many manufacturing and trading subsidiaries of Indian companies that are currently operating independently outside India may have to pay taxes in India as they could fail the new test set under the Place of Effective Management (POEM) guidelines. Not just that, some of the companies could see complications with… – Continue reading

Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 Approved by Congress and Signed by the President

President Obama signed the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the “Act”) into law on December 18, 2015. The Act extends retroactively certain provisions of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”) that had expired at the end of 2014 and makes a number of other changes to the… – Continue reading

BOTSWANA, African tax haven?

About Botswana Botswana, a former British colony in Southern Africa, is one of the most prominent countries in Africa. The country has a strong economy,uses one of the most advanced banking systems in the continent, and maintains a stable tradition of representative democracy. After becoming independent in 1966, Botswana developed… – Continue reading

Germany: New legislation on the automatic exchange of financial account information

The Bundesrat (upper house of the German parliament) approved the Law on the Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information (Finanzkonten-Informationsaustauschgesetz) on 18 December 2015. Financial institutions face new reporting obligations and duties of care under this law. The new legislation requires financial institutions to provide the German Federal Central Tax… – Continue reading

US Tax Issues: Ownership of Real Property Abroad

When purchasing a real property overseas, there are situations when it may prove advantageous or even necessary to do so through an offshore corporation, rather than owning the property individually. It is crucial to understand that this can also have significant US tax consequences for US persons. Fortunately, “checking the… – Continue reading

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Case law Chevron appeal to the Full Federal Court Chevron Australia Holdings Pty Ltd has appealed the decision of the Federal Court in Chevron Australia Holdings Pty Ltd v Commissioner of Taxation (No 4) [2015] FCA 1092 to the Full Federal Court. For details of the Federal Court decision, please… – Continue reading

India’s Withholding Tax for Non-residents

The Indian government has become progressively more strict about what is considered income under tax law and who must file an income tax return. In particular, companies required to withhold taxes, and individuals or companies in receipt of income, have found themselves subject to increasingly stringent withholding rules. The topic… – Continue reading

Relocating Canadian employees to the US: Three major tax considerations

Employees relocating from Canada to the US may face a number of complex tax-related issues. Matt C Altro, president and CEO of Canadian firm MCA Cross Border Advisors, shares his advice for companies and their relocatees on planning for, and coping with, these challenges. Talent mobility is a key issue… – Continue reading

Luxembourg – Main New 2016 Tax Measures At A Glance

IP regime  To comply with the OECD’s BEPS reports and more specifically its action plan n° 5 regarding harmful tax practices, the Luxembourg intellectual property (“IP“) regime under article 50bis of the Luxembourg income tax law (“ITL“) will be repealed as from 1 July 2016. As such, the Luxembourg 80%… – Continue reading

Spain and Finland sign new treaty to avoid double taxation and to fight tax fraud

Given that the latest treaty was signed on 15 November 1967, the two countries felt it was appropriate to revise it in full. The new treaty, signed on Tuesday by the Spanish Ambassador to Finland, María Jesús Figa, and the Finnish Minister for Finance, Alexander Stubb, seeks to enable tax… – Continue reading

Double taxation avoidance

India and Korea on December 9 agreed to suspend collection of taxes during the pendency of Mutual Agreement Procedure (MAP). This MoU will relieve the burden of double taxation for the taxpayer in both the countries. Two days later, India and Japan signed a protocol for amending the existing convention,… – Continue reading

UK releases Finance Bill clauses and consultation documents

Executive summary On 9 December 2015, the UK released draft clauses for Finance Bill 2016 as well as consultation documents. The key items released include: A new requirement for large businesses to publish their tax strategies as they relate to or affect UK taxation. This sits alongside new ‘special measures’… – Continue reading

DYK: Dividend from investing in shares of foreign companies is taxable in India

Dividend income from foreign companies is not treated the same as dividend from domestic companies, for tax purposes The two key advantages of investing in equities are the possibility of higher returns and tax efficiency. In the long term, equity has outperformed other asset classes. And, according to Income tax… – Continue reading

ATO to unveil large business hit list, clamps down on Singapore hubs

Hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue could be up for grabs as the Tax Office announces reviews of multinationals using offshore hubs in Singapore to minimise their tax. The ATO has issued a warning to multinationals to come forward immediately to discuss their overseas hub arrangements, if they have… – Continue reading

Netherlands: European Commission Puts Netherlands On Notice Regarding Its Tax Treaty With Japan

The European Commission asked the Netherlands on 19 November to amend the limitation on benefits (LOB) provision in the existing Dutch-Japanese tax treaty. The LOB provision may be detrimental to Dutch companies held by residents of certain EU/EEA countries when they receive interest, royalties and dividends from Japan. They may… – Continue reading

India, Saudi Arabia try to sort out joint fund irritants

NEW DELHI: India and Saudi Arabia are exploring ways to overcome the issue of exemption from capital gains tax on the proposed $750-million joint fund to facilitate investments into the Indian infrastructure sector. “Unfortunately, we have not been able to move forward on our bilateral fund with Saudi Arabia due… – Continue reading