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  • 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 »

  • a giant game of legislative whack-a-mole

    a giant game of legislative whack-a-mole

    Canada's small businesses urged the Government to cut corporate tax in the 2017 Budget. What they got instead was something entirely unsatisfactory... Continue Reading »

  • Hong Kong International Focus

    Hong Kong International Focus

    It's hard to classify what Hong Kong actually is in one neat description. It isn't technically "offshore," it's not really a country, but it's clearly more than just a mere city. What is clear though is that this densely populated 400 square mile... Continue Reading »

  • a trade war doesn't help matters

    a trade war doesn't help matters

    There are many alternative phrases to describe the sharing economy. One of them is the "collaborative" economy. Collaboration seems to be in very short supply, however, when it comes to the taxation of the companies... Continue Reading »

  • Fiddling while Rome burns

    Fiddling while Rome burns

    When are changes in taxation a tax "reform," and not merely a tax "change"? Why, when the Government says so of course! But I've noticed recently that there is a discrepancy in what some governments think is a tax reform... Continue Reading »

  • BVI International Focus

    BVI International Focus

    Small in geographical stature the terriory may be, but the British Virgin Islands, more commonly known by its abbreviation the BVI, is one of the most significant international offshore financial centers... Continue Reading »



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Cayman Says More To Do To Strengthen AML/CTF Regime

Cayman Says More To Do To Strengthen AML/CTF Regime

by Mike Godfrey, Lowtax.net, Washington
28 April, 2017
The Cayman Islands has released the findings of its first anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism risk assessment.
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Crown Dependencies, UK Hold Third Brexit Meeting

Crown Dependencies, UK Hold Third Brexit Meeting

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
27 April, 2017
The chief ministers of Jersey, Guernsey, and the Isle of Man recently met with the UK's Minister for Exiting the European Union, Robin Walker, to discuss Brexit.
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Isle Of Man Defers Vehicle Duty Regime Changes

Isle Of Man Defers Vehicle Duty Regime Changes

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
27 April, 2017
The Isle of Man's Department of Infrastructure has postponed consideration of changes to vehicle duty.
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Gibraltar Announces 'Blockchain' Regulatory Framework

Gibraltar Announces 'Blockchain' Regulatory Framework

by Amanda Banks, Lowtax.net, London
26 April, 2017
Gibraltar's financial services regulator, the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission, has announced that it will release proposals for a regulatory framework for firms engaging in distributed ledger activities, also known as Blockchain.
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Dubai Multi Commodities Center Sees Surge In Interest From China

Dubai Multi Commodities Center Sees Surge In Interest From China

by Lorys Charalambous, Lowtax.net, Cyprus
26 April, 2017
The Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) said there has been a surge in Chinese companies joining the low-tax free trade zone.
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Bermuda Insurance Sector Activity Shrunk In 2015

Bermuda Insurance Sector Activity Shrunk In 2015

by Mike Godfrey, Lowtax.net, Washington
25 April, 2017
Bermuda's financial services regulator, the Bermuda Monetary Authority, has released statistics covering the (re)insurance industry in 2015.
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Malta Extends Automatic Tax Information Exchange Deadline

Malta Extends Automatic Tax Information Exchange Deadline

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
25 April, 2017
Malta has extended the deadline for submitting 2016 reports under the Common Reporting Standard (CRS) and the related EU directive on exchange of tax information from April 30, 2017, to June 30, 2017.
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IoM Employers And Contractors Tax Returns Due

IoM Employers And Contractors Tax Returns Due

by Amanda Banks, Lowtax.net, London
24 April, 2017
The Isle of Man has reminded contractor's and employer that the deadline for submitting their tax returns is May 5, 2017.
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Trinidad And Tobago Introduces New Property Tax

Trinidad And Tobago Introduces New Property Tax

by Mike Godfrey, Lowtax.net, Washington
24 April, 2017
Trinidad and Tobago's new property tax will take effect from the 2017 fiscal year, according to a recent announcement by the territory's Ministry of Finance.
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Ras Al Khaimah Launches New FTZ Authority

Ras Al Khaimah Launches New FTZ Authority

by Lorys Charalambous, Lowtax.net, Cyprus
24 April, 2017
Ras Al Khaimah, one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates, has established a new free trade zone authority.
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