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  • The proverb about people in glass houses springs to mind

    The proverb about people in glass houses springs to mind

    Time and again countries are urged to reduce the tax burden on labor and transfer it to indirect taxes such as VATs and GSTs. But recent evidence suggests that the opposite might be happening... Continue Reading »

  • politically popular decisions aren't always the most effective

    politically popular decisions aren't always the most effective

    In the current political climate, with the financial crisis still fresh in the memory (even though the height of the crisis was almost a decade ago), political parties can almost certainly expect to gain some votes with proposals... Continue Reading »

  • Some say that digital currency is the future

    Some say that digital currency is the future

    Whether one agrees with the idea that tax competition is economically beneficial or not, it is clear that certain countries and organizations are attempting to suppress it, notably the OECD and the European Union... Continue Reading »

  • FATCA Special

    FATCA Special

    Described by the former administration of President Barack Obama as a "major milestone" on the path to eradicating offshore tax evasion, but branded by its critics as "the worst law that most Americans have never heard of"... Continue Reading »

  • I know which epic I'd rather read

    I know which epic I'd rather read

    Survey after survey shows that business taxpayers all over the world are experiencing rising levels of uncertainty with regards to their future tax obligations. Yet policy makers seem either blind to the problem or wilfully ignore it... Continue Reading »

  • yet another reason to fret

    yet another reason to fret

    We often hear how trade barriers hinder trade between nations. But they can also inhibit trade within a country, particularly in ones with federalized systems of government. So, credit is due to Canada for introducing its own internal free trade... Continue Reading »

  • famous for its theatrical tragedies

    famous for its theatrical tragedies

    There must be some sort of saying along the lines of: if you repeat the same advice often enough, eventually the recipient will stop hearing it. Perhaps somebody kept saying it to me once and I filtered it out... Continue Reading »

  • everyone is allowed an off-day now and again

    everyone is allowed an off-day now and again

    Just as every individual is unique (unless they've gone and perfected human cloning while I wasn't looking), each country on earth is also an entity in its own right, with its particular personality, cultural quirks, and behavioral nuances... Continue Reading »

  • Dubai - The Land Of The Free Zone

    Dubai - The Land Of The Free Zone

    The emirate of Dubai extends along the Arabian Gulf coast of the United Arab Emirates for approximately 72 kilometers and constitutes just five percent of the total area of the UAE. However, heavy investment in infrastructure and into... Continue Reading »

  • one size doesn't fit all

    one size doesn't fit all

    The United Kingdom has been told by influential figures within the EU that it can't have its cake and eat it - in other words retain those aspects of EU membership that benefit the economy, like membership of the Single Market... Continue Reading »



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Jersey Fund Sector Reports Strong 2016

Jersey Fund Sector Reports Strong 2016

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
24 May, 2017
The value of funds being administered in Jersey rose to a record level at the end of 2016, according to the latest figures from the jurisdiction's financial services regulator.
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BVI Companies Showcased At 'Belt And Road' Forum

BVI Companies Showcased At 'Belt And Road' Forum

by Mike Godfrey, Lowtax.net, Washington
24 May, 2017
The advantages of British Virgin islands' companies as vehicles for cross-border trade have been highlighted at a recent forum in Hong Kong, which brought together business leaders to discuss China's "Belt and Road" initiative.
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Guernsey Says Tax Reform Inevitable

Guernsey Says Tax Reform Inevitable

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
23 May, 2017
Guernsey's Chief Minister, Gavin St Pier, has reiterated his Government's commitment to tax reform in a recent statement to the island's legislature.
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Bermuda Touts Competitive Edge At Bloomberg Forum

Bermuda Touts Competitive Edge At Bloomberg Forum

by Mike Godfrey, Lowtax.net, Washington
23 May, 2017
Bermuda's profile among New York-based corporate executives has received a boost with business billionaire Michael Bloomberg telling a gathering of senior US business leaders that the island plays a special role in the global economy.
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Malta Debunks 'Data Leak' Coverage

Malta Debunks 'Data Leak' Coverage

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
22 May, 2017
Malta's Minister for Finance, Edward Scicluna, has dismissed allegations that there has been a leak of data about 70,000 companies in Malta, many of which were reported to have been created for German taxpayers.
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IoM Consults On Funds Sector Rules

IoM Consults On Funds Sector Rules

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
22 May, 2017
The Isle of Man Financial Services Authority, which supervises the island's financial services sector, is seeking feedback on draft guidance dealing with the governance of collective investment schemes.
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Dubai Tax-Free Zone Seeing New Business From India

Dubai Tax-Free Zone Seeing New Business From India

by Lorys Charalambous, Lowtax.net, Cyprus
19 May, 2017
The Dubai International Financial Centre, the leading financial hub in the United Arab Emirates, has become an increasingly popular destination for Indian banks, financial institutions, and fund managers, the zone has said.
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Jersey Regulator Consults On Basel III Banking Regime Changes

Jersey Regulator Consults On Basel III Banking Regime Changes

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
18 May, 2017
Jersey's financial services regulator, the Jersey Financial Services Commission, is proposing changes to the liquidity management, monitoring, and reporting obligations of banks under its supervision.
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Jersey Issues Beneficial Ownership Reporting Guide

Jersey Issues Beneficial Ownership Reporting Guide

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
18 May, 2017
Jersey's corporate regulator, the Jersey Financial Services Commission, has issued guidance explaining how beneficial ownership information relating to companies should be reported.
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Guernsey Issues Warning On 'Sark Company Registry'

Guernsey Issues Warning On 'Sark Company Registry'

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
18 May, 2017
The Guernsey Financial Services Commission has issued a warning concerning an entity named "Sark Company Registry," while investigations are ongoing.
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Country Rankings

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 »