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  • Benefits Of A Dubai Company

    Benefits Of A Dubai Company

    Establishing your Dubai Offshore Company / International Business Company provide a vast array of advantages over other jurisdictions and in essence the main ones being that Dubai is a Real Country with a Real Economy and holds no negative stigmas... Continue Reading »

  • 2nd Citizenship

    2nd Citizenship

    Following the recent report in the world News section of lowtax.net that over 100 new St Kitts and Nevis Citizen by Investment (CBI) certificates have been signed recently, this feature explores the options open to those seeking a quick route... Continue Reading »

  • Out of the frying pan and into the fire

    Out of the frying pan and into the fire

    Does Italy really need another new tax? Seemingly, yes it does. Well, the economy doesn't, but the Government surely does. National Statistical Office figures show that Italy's tax-to-GDP ratio exceeded 50 percent in the fourth quarter... Continue Reading »

  • Benefits Of A UAE International Business Company

    Benefits Of A UAE International Business Company

    UAE Offshore Companies are used for a variety of business purpose ranging from setting up business entities to owning overseas financial and real estate assets, inheritance planning, setting up holding companies and special purpose... Continue Reading »

  • The US is supposed to be the Land of the Free

    The US is supposed to be the Land of the Free

    As I wrote in this column recently, there is still some merit in the claim that the US is the greatest country on earth – the millions of people who have been naturalized as US citizens over the past few years, dwarfing the number... Continue Reading »

  • two things certain in life are death and taxes

    two things certain in life are death and taxes

    As the saying goes, the two things certain in life are death and taxes. In many countries, that includes being taxed after death, which is a tad unsporting, one might think. You pay your taxes on income, capital, and consumption during... Continue Reading »

  • Sprinkling Fairy Dust

    Sprinkling Fairy Dust

    It's difficult to know what to make of George Osborne's sixth budget as the UK's Chancellor of the Exchequer (that's finance minister to the rest of the world). In the days leading up to the last budget of the current Parliament... Continue Reading »

  • Offshore & Midshore Financial Centers

    Offshore & Midshore Financial Centers

    After 15 years of black lists, grey lists, white lists, rebukes, condemnations, threats, and interference from the "high-tax" world under the banner of various plurilateral organizations like the OECD, the G8, the G20 and the EU... Continue Reading »

  • another example of Switzerland's

    another example of Switzerland's "direct democracy" in action

    Well, the constitutional situation in the UK just gets all the more confusing, doesn't it? Scottish voters rejected independence in last September's referendum, yet Scotland is to receive more powers over tax and public spending... Continue Reading »

  • apologies often sound like empty gestures

    apologies often sound like empty gestures

    If you follow politics and current affairs, you tend to hear the word "sorry" uttered at regular intervals these days. Gaffe-prone politicians are often found to be profoundly sorry when unwittingly recorded saying... Continue Reading »



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Singapore Sounds Note Of Caution On BEPS

Singapore Sounds Note Of Caution On BEPS

by Mary Swire, Lowtax.net, Hong Kong
17 April, 2015
Singapore's Senior Minister of State for Finance and Transport, Josephine Teo, has said that, while Singapore supports the present coordinated international efforts to "tackle harmful tax practices, we must take care to preserve useful and beneficial ones."
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Mauritius Welcomes Removal From Italy's Black List

Mauritius Welcomes Removal From Italy's Black List

by Ulrika Lomas, Lowtax.net, Brussels
17 April, 2015
Following the entry into force of Italy's Stability Law 2015 and the signing of a tax information exchange agreement, Mauritius has been removed from Italy's tax transparency black list.
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Guernsey Removed From Italy's TIEA Blacklist

Guernsey Removed From Italy's TIEA Blacklist

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
16 April, 2015
The Italian Ministry of Finance has removed Guernsey from its revised tax blacklist that features countries without a tax information exchange agreement with Italy.
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UAE Free Zone Commits To Tax Transparency Standards

UAE Free Zone Commits To Tax Transparency Standards

by Lorys Charalambous, Lowtax.net, Cyprus
16 April, 2015
The United Arab Emirates's Ministry of Finance recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Umm Al Quwain Free Trade Zone Authority.
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Guernsey's Generali Insurance To Merge Operations

Guernsey's Generali Insurance To Merge Operations

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
15 April, 2015
Generali Worldwide Insurance Company and its wholly owned subsidiary Generali International have announced that they are to merge, in a deal intended to capitalize on the expanding expat market.
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Jersey Finance Industry Optimistic About The Future

Jersey Finance Industry Optimistic About The Future

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
15 April, 2015
The latest Jersey Business Tendency Survey shows that finance industry leaders continue to be optimistic about current and future growth prospects.
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China, Hong Kong Combat Parallel Trading

China, Hong Kong Combat Parallel Trading

by Mary Swire, Lowtax.net, Hong Kong
14 April, 2015
China's State Council has taken the decision to restrict the travel of Shenzhen residents, in an attempt to curtail parallel trading activity in certain areas of Hong Kong.
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Anguillan Investment Services Providers Must Register

Anguillan Investment Services Providers Must Register

by Mike Godfrey, Lowtax.net, Washington
14 April, 2015
The Anguilla Financial Services Commission has issued a notice requiring companies involved in forex contracts and binary options to register.
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Jafza Receives Delegations From Thailand, Philippines

Jafza Receives Delegations From Thailand, Philippines

by Lorys Charalambous, Lowtax.net, Cyprus
13 April, 2015
The Jebel Ali Free Zone in the United Arab Emirates, on April 9, 2015, welcomed senior trade development officials and business leaders from Thailand and the Philippines.
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Guernsey's Friends Life Acquired By Aviva

Guernsey's Friends Life Acquired By Aviva

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
13 April, 2015
Guernsey-incorporated Friends Life Group Limited was recently acquired by Aviva plc for GBP5.6bn (USD8.2bn), creating the UK's largest insurance, savings, and asset management firm.
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Kitty's Encomiums And Execrations

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 »