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  • Tension between Austria and Hungary over immigration issues

    Tension between Austria and Hungary over immigration issues

    News is that a clash is forming between Austria and Hungary over the problematic immigration processes that are a big issue at the moment. Healy Consultants already covered this topic in regard to Hungary in our recent article... Continue Reading »

  • Reforming a country's tax code can often be an agonizing process

    Reforming a country's tax code can often be an agonizing process

    Something of a tax reform theme emerges from the news this week. And unlike in some countries (I'm talking about you in particular USA), some governments and legislatures are actually putting words into action for a change... Continue Reading »

  • Keeping the patient on life support

    Keeping the patient on life support

    So what was the point of all that then? I refer of course to the humiliating conclusion for Greece in its attempt to renegotiate its bailout terms. Almost unbelievably, after six months of deadlock and brinksmanship... Continue Reading »

  • The EU Savings Tax Directive

    The EU Savings Tax Directive

    If you are a resident of the European Union, and have a bank account or certain other financial interests in another Member state or certain other "third countries" or territories, then the EU Savings Tax Directive is something you should know... Continue Reading »

  • the UK Government still firmly believes in the merits of tax competition

    the UK Government still firmly believes in the merits of tax competition

    Many politicians try to be all things to all people, but few manage to achieve it. George Osborne, the Chancellor of the United Kingdom Exchequer (aka, the Minister of Finance), is making a very good claim to be inducted into the... Continue Reading »

  • An uncharacteristic bout of bipartisanship

    An uncharacteristic bout of bipartisanship

    I never thought I'd see the day, at least in the remainder of President Barack Obama's second term, when Democrats and Republicans would agree on a piece of legislation vital to the United States' economic interests... Continue Reading »

  • 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 »



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IoM Relaxes Work Permit Rules

IoM Relaxes Work Permit Rules

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
27 July, 2015
The Isle of Man has announced improvements to its work permit system for companies hiring non-residents.
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Channel Islands Exchange To Acquire Danish Bourse

Channel Islands Exchange To Acquire Danish Bourse

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
27 July, 2015
The Channel Islands Securities Exchange Limited is set to acquire Danish-based GXG Markets A/S, a European marketplace for SMEs.
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IMF Welcomes Singapore's Fiscal Policies

IMF Welcomes Singapore's Fiscal Policies

by Mary Swire, Lowtax.net, Hong Kong
24 July, 2015
The International Monetary Fund has expressed support for Singapore's low-tax regime and welcomed recent fiscal reforms in the country.
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Guernsey Targeting FinTech Financial Services Opportunities

Guernsey Targeting FinTech Financial Services Opportunities

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
24 July, 2015
Guernsey's Commerce and Employment Department has released a new strategy document, prepared by PwC, to guide growth in the financial technology sector in Guernsey.
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Anguilla To Grant Captive Licenses Faster

Anguilla To Grant Captive Licenses Faster

by Mike Godfrey, Lowtax.net, Washington
23 July, 2015
Anguilla has introduced a new fast track application process for captive insurers to obtain a license.
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Jersey's Capita Trust Appointed Custodian Of Manx Funds

Jersey's Capita Trust Appointed Custodian Of Manx Funds

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
23 July, 2015
Capita Trust Company (Jersey) Limited, part of the Capita Asset Services Division, has been appointed to act as Fiduciary Custodian to two Isle of Man authorized collective investment schemes.
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Hong Kong Asset Management Reaches Another Record Level

Hong Kong Asset Management Reaches Another Record Level

by Mary Swire, Lowtax.net, Hong Kong
22 July, 2015
The Securities and Futures Commission has released its annual survey that showed the combined fund management business in Hong Kong sustaining another year-on-year increase to reach a record high at the end of 2014 of almost HKD17.7 trillion, up 10.5 percent.
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IMF Urges Barbados To Broaden Tax Base

IMF Urges Barbados To Broaden Tax Base

by Mike Godfrey, Lowtax.net, Washington
22 July, 2015
The International Monetary Fund has welcomed the increase seen in Barbados's tax revenue, but has urged the authorities to broaden the tax base further.
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UAE Releases FATCA Guidance, Registration Form

UAE Releases FATCA Guidance, Registration Form

by Lorys Charalambous, Lowtax.net, Cyprus
21 July, 2015
The Finance Ministry of the United Arab Emirates has released US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act guidance notes and the registration form for entities to access the FATCA reporting portal.
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Guernsey Facilitates Major Fund Launch

Guernsey Facilitates Major Fund Launch

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
21 July, 2015
Guernsey's UK Mortgages Limited has listed on the Specialist Fund Market of the London Stock Exchange, becoming the second-largest investment trust to launch in 2015.
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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 »