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  • Australia Faring Well

    Australia Faring Well

    Another week, another foul-up by the EU, or, more accurately its executive arm, the European Commission, it would appear. I seriously wonder sometimes, when you fly in to Brussels Airport, or approach the city on the Eurostar from London for example, Continue Reading »

  • Talk The Talk, Walk The Walk

    Talk The Talk, Walk The Walk

    If the European Union put as much effort into making taxes more competitive as it does to enforcing those tax laws, surely it would be the most powerful economic area on the planet. But it hasn’t. And while it is true that the EU economy is the large Continue Reading »

  • Political Gimmickry

    Political Gimmickry

    Legislation designed to bind governments to maintaining a budget surplus might initially sound like a good idea. But are such laws mere political gimmickry? Continue Reading »

  • Jersey Focus

    Jersey Focus

    A small island in the English Channel it may be, but Jersey packs a serious punch on the world financial stage with an estimated GBP1.2 trillion of wealth held in the island's banks, trusts, specialist corporate structures and... Continue Reading »

  • Australia chomping at the bit to unleash new tax weapons against BEPS

    Australia chomping at the bit to unleash new tax weapons against BEPS

    As the old saying goes, "if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is." India seemed to be on the cusp of doing something remarkable, introducing a major – perhaps the major – tax reform of the post-war era, when the lower house... Continue Reading »

  • The Shanghai Hong Kong Stock Connect Scheme

    The Shanghai Hong Kong Stock Connect Scheme

    The Shanghai Hong Kong Stock Connect (SHKSC) scheme, launched last year, represents another milestone on the path towards liberalization of the Chinese economy. The program is summarized in this feature... Continue Reading »

  • Bermuda Focus

    Bermuda Focus

    Bermuda is one of the most prominent of the international offshore financial centers, with particularly strong insurance, investment fund and trusts sectors, and with a very well-developed advisory and financial infrastructure... Continue Reading »

  • Anyone noticed how popular free zones are becoming?

    Anyone noticed how popular free zones are becoming?

    Anyone noticed how popular free zones are becoming? Rarely a week seems to go by without a report about one country or another preparing to launch new free zones. Since the turn of the year we have seen Costa Rica explore the... Continue Reading »

  • stating the bleedin' obvious

    stating the bleedin' obvious

    Well done, Singapore, for suggesting that the OECD's focus with its BEPS project is almost entirely focused on "harmful" tax practices to the point where the beneficial ones have been forgotten about. It sounds – in the spirit of one of John Cleese.. Continue Reading »

  • What have the Romans ever done for us?

    What have the Romans ever done for us?

    "What have the Romans ever done for us?", Reg, played by John Cleese, asks his fellow anti-Roman insurgents in a memorable and amusing scene from the movie The Life of Brian "apart from better sanitation and medicine... Continue Reading »



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Jersey Regulator Visits Gibraltar

Jersey Regulator Visits Gibraltar

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
06 July, 2015
The Gibraltar Financial Services Commission has recently welcomed a delegation from Jersey, as part of efforts to build on mutual cooperation with regulators in the Channel Islands.
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Bahamas Issues New VAT Guidance For Realtors

Bahamas Issues New VAT Guidance For Realtors

by Mike Godfrey, Lowtax.net, Washington
06 July, 2015
The Bahamas Value-Added Tax Department has released a new VAT Guide on the tax rules concerning real estate.
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DMCC Free Zone Sees Surge In Interest

DMCC Free Zone Sees Surge In Interest

by Lorys Charalambous, Lowtax.net, Cyprus
03 July, 2015
The Dubai Multi Commodities Centre, a free zone in the United Arab Emirates, announced on July 2, 2015, that the number of registered companies operating from the zone grew 10 percent to 10,624 in the first half of this year.
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Profits Pick Up For Jersey Financial Services Firms

Profits Pick Up For Jersey Financial Services Firms

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
03 July, 2015
The net profits of Jersey banks, fund managers, investment trusts, accountancy, and legal firms were up 25 percent in 2014 to GBP1.47bn (USD2.29bn).
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Barbados To Make All Laws Available Online

Barbados To Make All Laws Available Online

by Mike Godfrey, Lowtax.net, Washington
02 July, 2015
Barbados has announced that all of its laws will soon be made available online on the Government website.
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Antigua and Barbuda Responds To EU Blacklist

Antigua and Barbuda Responds To EU Blacklist

by Mike Godfrey, Lowtax.net, Washington
01 July, 2015
Antigua and Barbuda has called for an apology from the EU Commission for the territory's recent inclusion on its tax "blacklist," describing the territory's nomination as "unjust" and the list as "arbitrary" and "fatally flawed."
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Seychelles Responds To 'Arbitrary' EU Blacklisting

Seychelles Responds To 'Arbitrary' EU Blacklisting

by Lorys Charalambous, Lowtax.net, Cyprus
30 June, 2015
The Seychelles Finance Ministry has said that most of the 11 European Union member states that include Seychelles on their blacklists of non-cooperative jurisdictions have done so "on the basis of inaccurate and outdated information."
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Barbados Provides Update On CARICOM Single Market

Barbados Provides Update On CARICOM Single Market

by Mike Godfrey, Lowtax.net, Washington
30 June, 2015
Barbados has reported that Caribbean Community member states are making progress towards establishing a Single Market.
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Gibraltar Cuts Personal Income Tax In 2015 Budget

Gibraltar Cuts Personal Income Tax In 2015 Budget

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
29 June, 2015
Gibraltar has published its 2015 Budget, announcing personal income tax cuts after a strong year for the economy, which grew by 10.3 percent.
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Singapore Consults On Tax Amendment Bill

Singapore Consults On Tax Amendment Bill

by Mary Swire, Lowtax.net, Hong Kong
29 June, 2015
Singapore's Ministry of Finance is conducting a public consultation until July 24, 2015, on the draft Income Tax (Amendment) Bill 2015, which mainly relates to corporate and personal income tax changes announced in the 2015 Budget Statement.
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Intended to be a proxy for business friendliness; evidently they are highly partisan, but hopefully one day they will become useful for decision-making, even if for the moment it is all just an amusing game. View Country Rankings »

United Kingdom VAT And Sales Tax Guide

A guide to VAT And Sales Taxes in the United Kingdom, covering everything from rates, exemptions, and thresholds, to information on records and invoices, VAT returns, payments, refunds, assessments, and penalties. View United Kingdom VAT And Sales Tax Guide »