Category: Investments

Repatriation vows exceed NT$200bn

As of Thursday last week, the Ministry of Finance had received applications to repatriate NT$207.6 billion (US$7.03 billion) in overseas funds since a repatriation law took effect on Aug. 15 last year, the Liberty Times (the Taipei Times’ sister newspaper) reported on Saturday, citing Minister of Finance Su Jain-rong (蘇建榮). The amount would be NT$210 billion if applications filed on Friday were included, Su told a news conference in Taipei on Friday. ... - Continue reading

Cayman tops ranking of money hideouts

Cayman is now the top enabler of financial secrecy in the world, according to the findings from the Tax Justice Network’s Financial Secrecy Index 2020. In second and third place respectively, were the United States and Switzerland. The Tax Justice Network has called on policymakers to prioritise sanctions against Cayman… – Continue reading

Canada: Treaty Shopping: MIL, MLI And ALTA Things In Between

On February 12, the Federal Court of Appeal (FCA) released its decision in The Queen v. Alta Energy Luxembourg S.a.r.l.1 (Alta Energy), a case that represents an attempt by the Canadian tax authority to relitigate the issue of whether Canada’s domestic general anti-avoidance rule (GAAR) can apply to curtail so-called “treaty shopping”.2   ... - Continue reading

Dhaka, Prague sign deal to avoid double taxation

Bangladesh and the Czech Republic have signed a double taxation avoidance agreement (DTAA) in a bid to strengthen bilateral trade and investment ties between the two countries. National Board of Revenue (NBR) chairman Md Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan and Czech deputy prime minister and finance minister Alena Schillerova inked the agreement… – Continue reading

FBR asks UAE to share details of Pakistanis hiding behind Iqama status

Chairman Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Shabbar Zaidi on Monday wrote letter to UAE authorities and asked for devising mechanism to share details of Pakistanis who are hiding behind Iqama based residential status to evade taxes. In a letter written to Ministry of Finance UAE by the Chairman FBR Shabbar… – Continue reading

Foreign investors inject $143.6 million in t-bills since July

KARACHI: Foreign portfolio investors invested $143.633 million in treasury bills from July onwards as the present government started betting on overseas funds into debt securities to finance budget deficit and refinance maturities. The State Bank of Pakistan’s (SBP) latest data showed that outflow from portfolio investors amounted to $5.808 million… – Continue reading

Tax avoidance drives nearly 40% of global FDI: IMF

Nearly 40% of worldwide foreign direct investment (FDI), amounting to $15trn, “passes through empty corporate shells” with “no real business activities”, a study by the IMF and the University of Copenhagen reveals. According to the report, ten economies including Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, BVI, Switzerland, Singapore, Ireland, the Cayman… – Continue reading

Bermuda Monetary Authority: 50 Years Later

As the Bermuda Monetary Authority [BMA] celebrates 50 years in 2019, we take a look back at the last five decades. From providing sound policy advice to pushing Bermuda forward as a reputable place to conduct business, the BMA has had an incredible impact on Bermuda’s financial landscape. 1990-1999 Exchange… – Continue reading

CBI Dominica: Leading with Transparency

19 August 2019, Since 1993, Dominica has been at the forefront of the citizenship by investment (CBI) industry, setting high standards in due diligence, processing times, and most recently, transparency. Indeed, this month the nation liaised with prominent international professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to release a report clarifying the… – Continue reading

Citizenship of the Republic of Vanuatu and its advantages

The Republic of Vanuatu is a group of islands in the Pacific. The country exists by growing fruits, fishing, and tourism. In 2016, the government introduced the program of achieving local citizenship through investment to increase the flow of external finance. Foreign businessmen want to get a second passport in… – Continue reading