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  • 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 »

  • A price worth paying for progress

    A price worth paying for progress

    When measured against its competitors, the Australian tax system isn't actually that bad. PwC ranks Australia 39th out of 189 countries in terms of how easy it is for a medium-sized company to discharge its tax obligations, which isn't... Continue Reading »

  • The Comoros Islands

    The Comoros Islands

    It has had a troubled start to life as an independent nation, with political instability holding back its development. But the Government of the Comoros Islands (also referred to here as Comoros) is putting in place a legal framework... Continue Reading »

  • 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 »



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Mixed Q1 Results For Jersey's Finance Industry

Mixed Q1 Results For Jersey's Finance Industry

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
29 May, 2015
Jersey's finance industry performed "steadily" in the first quarter of 2015, with banking deposits reaching their highest level since the summer of 2014, according to Jersey Finance, the industry's financial services promotional agency.
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Singapore Economy Set For Modest Growth

Singapore Economy Set For Modest Growth

by Mary Swire, Lowtax.net, Hong Kong
28 May, 2015
The Singapore economy grew by 2.6 percent on a year-on-year basis in the first quarter of 2015, faster than the 2.1 percent growth in the preceding quarter, the Government of Singapore has announced.
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Guernsey Funds Forum Discussed Industry Trends

Guernsey Funds Forum Discussed Industry Trends

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
28 May, 2015
Investment strategies for listed funds have widened in scope in the past 12 to 18 months, Tom Attenborough, Head of Large Caps, Primary Markets at the London Stock Exchange, told the recent Guernsey Funds Forum 2015.
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Hong Kong-China Mutual Fund Recognition Announced

Hong Kong-China Mutual Fund Recognition Announced

by Mary Swire, Lowtax.net, Hong Kong
27 May, 2015
New rules allowing investment funds domiciled in Hong Kong and China to be sold in one another's market are to become operational on July 1, 2015, in what is being seen as a key step towards the liberalization of the Chinese economy.
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IoM Tax Division Apologizes For Email Blunder

IoM Tax Division Apologizes For Email Blunder

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
26 May, 2015
The Isle of Man's Income Tax Division has apologized after leaking the email addresses of certain customers in a recently sent notification.
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Maldives Launches Online Tax Payment

Maldives Launches Online Tax Payment

by Lorys Charalambous, Lowtax.net, Cyprus
26 May, 2015
The Maldives Inland Revenue Authority has introduced online payment options for taxpayers.
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Standard And Poor's Praises Jersey's Policies

Standard And Poor's Praises Jersey's Policies

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
25 May, 2015
International ratings agency Standard & Poor's has praised the Jersey Government's fiscal and economic policies in affirming the jurisdiction's "AA+/A-1+" long- and short-term sovereign credit ratings, with a stable outlook.
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Hong Kong Playing Key Role In RMB Liberalization

Hong Kong Playing Key Role In RMB Liberalization

by Mary Swire, Lowtax.net, Hong Kong
25 May, 2015
Hong Kong's Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, K C Chan, believes that there are tremendous opportunities ahead for Hong Kong's financial center as China continues to liberalize its currency, the renminbi.
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Funding Secured To Launch Locate Guernsey

Funding Secured To Launch Locate Guernsey

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
22 May, 2015
Guernsey will establish "Locate Guernsey," an agency to promote the island as a relocation destination of choice for High Net Worth Individuals and their business interests into the Open Market (property market) and local economy.
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Mauritius Briefs Business On WTO Obligations

Mauritius Briefs Business On WTO Obligations

by Amanda Banks, Lowtax.net, London
21 May, 2015
Private and public sector organizations in Mauritius have been briefed on the Government's efforts to meet its requirements as a member of the World Trade Organisation.
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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 »