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  • FATCA Special

    FATCA Special

    Described by the US Government 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", the Foreign Account... Continue Reading »

  • the Savings Tax Directive has been a total failure

    the Savings Tax Directive has been a total failure

    Switzerland is probably fairly happy that international attention this week was being devoted to a French bank, for a change, and newly-announced figures for the money the country generated from applying the EU's... Continue Reading »

  • Reforming US Pension and Retirement Taxation

    Reforming US Pension and Retirement Taxation

    As in many countries, the tax code in the United States attempts to encourage people to save for their retirement by providing various tax incentives. However, as many savers, retirement plan providers and lawmakers have observed... Continue Reading »

  • the nationality card trumps all other considerations

    the nationality card trumps all other considerations

    This week there is a flurry of announcements of new or enhanced tax breaks for movie production, notably in China and California, which already had such incentives, and in independent Scotland, which didn't, since it hasn't existed... Continue Reading »

  • such measures would cause riots in France

    such measures would cause riots in France

    Since it's still before breakfast (for me, that is) I will choose to believe something impossible, which is that the French Government is going to cut its expenses and reduce taxes. The Court of Auditors, having had a very substantial breakfast... Continue Reading »

  • Ireland International Focus

    Ireland International Focus

    Although one of the European Union’s smaller member states in terms of population, Ireland is one of its most important business and finance hubs and the jurisdiction of choice for US companies investing into Europe... Continue Reading »

  • a candlelight vigil in Hong Kong

    a candlelight vigil in Hong Kong

    In a week when international attention was focused, apart from the unavoidable World Cup, on the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, commemorated this year as every year with a candlelight vigil in Hong Kong... Continue Reading »

  • we'll lend you money as long as you don't tax us too much

    we'll lend you money as long as you don't tax us too much

    We are seeing a series of improbable developments in Japan, as previously unthinkable changes seem to be swallowed wholesale by an economy which was thought to be on terminal life-support. There now seems to be wide acceptance... Continue Reading »

  • Isle of Man Focus

    Isle of Man Focus

    Situated in the Irish Sea, the Isle of Man's diminutive geographical stature - the island is 50km long and 22km wide at its broadest - belies its position as one of the world's largest and most reputable international offshore financial centres... Continue Reading »

  • Further Steps Down The Primrose Path Towards Bankruptcy

    Further Steps Down The Primrose Path Towards Bankruptcy

    In Russia, they dream in winter; but in Greece they dream in summer. Because it's too cold in the first case, and I suppose because it's too hot in the second. At all events, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is promising to reduce all types of tax over Continue Reading »



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Seychelles, Singapore Sign Double Tax Pact

Seychelles, Singapore Sign Double Tax Pact

by Lorys Charalambous, Lowtax.net, Cyprus
11 July, 2014
On July 9, 2014, Singapore and Seychelles signed a double taxation agreement, which cuts withholding taxes and incorporates the internationally-agreed standard for the exchange of information for tax purposes.
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Caribbean States Discuss Citizenship By Investment Programs

Caribbean States Discuss Citizenship By Investment Programs

by Mike Godfrey, Lowtax.net, Washington
11 July, 2014
The Caribbean Community has issued a communique supporting St Kitts and Nevis's Citizenship by Investment Program, but also highlighting the need for enhanced regulation to protect the reputation of such programs.
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Gibraltar Enhances Tonnage Tax Breaks

Gibraltar Enhances Tonnage Tax Breaks

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
11 July, 2014
Gibraltar has introduced new port regulations that include a 75 percent reduction in tonnage dues for vessels calling at Eastern Anchorage for the purpose of obtaining provisions, stores, spares, and for crew changes.
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UAE's Largest Free Zone Sees Influx Of Firms

UAE's Largest Free Zone Sees Influx Of Firms

by Lorys Charalambous, Lowtax.net, Cyprus
11 July, 2014
Dubai Multi Commodities Centre, the largest free zone in the United Arab Emirates, announced on July 7, 2014, that it registered 1,027 member companies in the first six months of 2014.
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Canada Launches Investment Agreement Talks With UAE

Canada Launches Investment Agreement Talks With UAE

by Mike Godfrey, Lowtax.net, Washington
10 July, 2014
Canada and the United Arab Emirates have announced the launch of negotiations toward a foreign investment promotion and protection agreement, which should provide greater certainty to Canadian firms seeking to branch out into the Gulf region.
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Explosive Growth For Hong Kong Asset Managers

Explosive Growth For Hong Kong Asset Managers

by Mary Swire, Lowtax.net, Hong Kong
10 July, 2014
The annual Fund Management Activities Survey released by the Securities and Futures Commission has shown that the combined fund management business in Hong Kong hit another record high of just over HKD16 trillion as at the end of 2013, representing year-on-year growth of 27.2 percent.
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Seychelles Pushing For WTO Membership By Year-End

Seychelles Pushing For WTO Membership By Year-End

by Mike Godfrey, Lowtax.net, Washington
09 July, 2014
Pierre Laporte, the Seychelles's Minister for Finance, Trade, and Investment, said "significant progress" has been made in negotiations on the country's accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) since November 2013.
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Carey Olsen Scoops Offshore Law Firm Of The Year

Carey Olsen Scoops Offshore Law Firm Of The Year

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
09 July, 2014
Carey Olsen was named Offshore Law Firm of the Year at the recent 2014 Lawyer Magazine Awards.
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700th Aircraft Added To Isle Of Man Registry

700th Aircraft Added To Isle Of Man Registry

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
08 July, 2014
The Isle of Man Aircraft Registry has registered its 700th aircraft since it was established in May 2007.
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Malta Financial Services Sector Reports Strong Growth

Malta Financial Services Sector Reports Strong Growth

by Lorys Charalambous, Lowtax.net, Cyprus
08 July, 2014

The Malta Financial Services Authority has reported that 2013 has been another successful year for the financial services industry, with strong growth in the number of registered funds and retirement schemes.


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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 »