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  • HQs Spotlight

    HQs Spotlight

    To listen to United States President Barack Obama and members of Congress rail against "unpatriotic" companies using corporate "inversions" to escape America's high 35% rate of corporate tax, you'd think that tax was the sole factor in a company's... Continue Reading »

  • A mini-Dubai shimmering on the Caspian Sea

    A mini-Dubai shimmering on the Caspian Sea

    Recent tax developments in Azerbaijan are suggestive of a country with a modern outlook, keen to encourage local entrepreneurs to grow their businesses and welcome foreign investors with open arms... Continue Reading »

  • a little piece of Britain welded to the Spanish mainland

    a little piece of Britain welded to the Spanish mainland

    A bit of a theme this week: how the powerful like to bully the small and the weak. And we start with Spain, which, according to one senior figure in the Spanish Government, is deprived of EUR1bn every year in tax revenue as a result of Gibraltar's... Continue Reading »

  • Tax Planning

    Tax Planning

    Research tends to inform us that as individuals we pay much more in tax then we actually need to. However, when it comes to tax planning, it is difficult in the current climate to know where the line between... Continue Reading »

  • One of the most complete u-turns in political history

    One of the most complete u-turns in political history

    In life, you tend to reap what you sow, and there are few better demonstrations of how accurate this idiom can be than the condition that France finds itself in. Francois Hollande came to power openly promising to squeeze... Continue Reading »

  • The Rule of Gold

    The Rule of Gold

    With Nazis pressing in from the West and Soviets on the march from the East, officials inside the Polish central bank had but one option: get their country’s gold out of Poland... Continue Reading »

  • It's no way to run a tax code!

    It's no way to run a tax code!

    It's something of an exaggeration to say that the United States Congress is totally paralyzed. Yes, the ideological chasm between a left-wing Government and a right-wing Republican Party holding sway in the House... Continue Reading »

  • Middle England is a key election battle ground as ever

    Middle England is a key election battle ground as ever

    A bit of an individual theme to this week's blog, and we start in the United Kingdom where Prime Minister David Cameron would "love" to give financially hard-pressed Middle England (in the income sense) a tax cut by raising... Continue Reading »

  • Panama Focus

    Panama Focus

    The Republic of Panama lies in Central America between the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific Ocean and is probably best known for its eponymous canal, which remains a vital artery for trade in goods between East and West... Continue Reading »

  • an alarming rise in recent years of economic nationalism

    an alarming rise in recent years of economic nationalism

    News that Singapore has issued a guide on the taxation of start-up costs isn't in itself the most sensational of scoops, yet it's worth mentioning as it is indicative of Singapore's overall attitude to entrepreneurship and investment... Continue Reading »



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Hong Kong Reviewing Insurance Capital Adequacy Rules

Hong Kong Reviewing Insurance Capital Adequacy Rules

by Mary Swire, Lowtax.net, Hong Kong
17 September, 2014
Hong Kong's Insurance Authority has launched a three-month consultation on its proposals for a risk-based capital framework for the insurance industry.
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Dubai Airport Freezone To Expand

Dubai Airport Freezone To Expand

by Lorys Charalambous, Lowtax.net, Cyprus
17 September, 2014
The Dubai Airport Freezone Authority has announced that it is planning a major expansion to meet growing demand from companies wishing to set up in the zone.
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Hong Kong To Enhance Depositor Protection Scheme

Hong Kong To Enhance Depositor Protection Scheme

by Mary Swire, Lowtax.net, Hong Kong
17 September, 2014
The Hong Kong Monetary Authority and Hong Kong's Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau have issued a consultation paper on proposed enhancements to Hong Kong's Deposit Protection Scheme.
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Funds Managed In Guernsey Decline In Q2

Funds Managed In Guernsey Decline In Q2

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
17 September, 2014
The net asset value of funds under management and administration in Guernsey contracted by 1.1 percent to GBP261bn (USD422.2bn) in the second quarter, figures from the Financial Services Commission show.
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BDO Hong Kong Debunks BDO China Merger Speculation

BDO Hong Kong Debunks BDO China Merger Speculation

by Mary Swire, Lowtax.net, Hong Kong
16 September, 2014
Accountancy and business advisory group BDO Hong Kong has refuted speculation about a tie-up between it and BDO China, stating that: "Under the current legal and regulatory environment between Mainland China and Hong Kong, and different firm cultures, both it and BDO China have agreed that a merger will not be realized in the short term."
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DIFC Regulator Reviews Financial Services Firms

DIFC Regulator Reviews Financial Services Firms

by Lorys Charalambous, Lowtax.net, Cyprus
16 September, 2014
The Dubai Financial Services Authority recently concluded a review of the corporate governance rules in place for those companies offering financial services from the Dubai International Financial Center free zone.
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Strong Demand For Hong Kong's First Sukuk Gov't Bond

Strong Demand For Hong Kong's First Sukuk Gov't Bond

by Mary Swire, Lowtax.net, Hong Kong
15 September, 2014
The Hong Kong Monetary Authority, acting as the Hong Kong Government's representative, announced on September 11 the successful offering of the first sukuk (Islamic bond) under the Government Bond Program.
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Manx Shipping Registry Celebrates 30 Years

Manx Shipping Registry Celebrates 30 Years

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
15 September, 2014
The Isle of Man Ship Registry has celebrated its 30th anniversary this week. The register is ranked fourteenth in the world by tonnage and, in the last ten years, has more than doubled its gross tonnage and increased the number of registered vessels by a third.
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Jafza Signs Banking Deal With Deutsche Bank

Jafza Signs Banking Deal With Deutsche Bank

by Ulrika Lomas, Lowtax.net, Brussels
12 September, 2014
Deutsche Bank and Dubai's Jebel Ali Free Zone announced on September 7, 2014, the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on banking services.
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BVI Touts Financial Services Offerings In Hong Kong

BVI Touts Financial Services Offerings In Hong Kong

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
12 September, 2014
At two events on September 11, 2014, in Hong Kong, British Virgin Islands' Premier and Minister of Finance, Orlando Smith spoke on the future for offshore financial centers in an address themed "Riding the Perfect Storm: Will Offshore and Midshore Jurisdictions Remain Viable?"
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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 »