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  • 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 »

  • the problem has been recognized, which is half the battle won

    the problem has been recognized, which is half the battle won

    The German Government deserves much credit for the prudent management of its budget, and of its economic affairs in general, which has resulted in a record post-reunification budget surplus of EUR24bn (USD25.3bn)... Continue Reading »



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Malta Stock Exchange Doubles Trading Hours

Malta Stock Exchange Doubles Trading Hours

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
21 April, 2017
The Malta Stock Exchange has doubled the hours of daily trading, from three hours to six hours, effective from April 18, 2017.
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Trinidad And Tobago Says No Issue With VAT Refunds

Trinidad And Tobago Says No Issue With VAT Refunds

by Mike Godfrey, Lowtax.net, Washington
21 April, 2017
Trinidad and Tobago has said it has not suspended VAT refunds, in a statement intended to debunk a recent news report.
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Cayman Insurance Sector Sees Strong Start To 2017

Cayman Insurance Sector Sees Strong Start To 2017

by Mike Godfrey, Lowtax.net, Washington
20 April, 2017
The Cayman Islands have welcomed a further eight insurance entities so far in 2017, Cayman Finance, the island's financial services promotional agency, has said.
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Abu Dhabi Free Zone Wins FinTech Recognition

Abu Dhabi Free Zone Wins FinTech Recognition

by Lorys Charalambous, Lowtax.net, Cyprus
20 April, 2017
Abu Dhabi has been ranked the top FinTech hub for the Middle East and North Africa region.
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Isle Of Man Issues AML/CTF Guidance To VAT-Registered Persons

Isle Of Man Issues AML/CTF Guidance To VAT-Registered Persons

by Amanda Banks, Lowtax.net, London
19 April, 2017
The Isle of Man's Customs and Excise Division has published guidance for international traders on United Nations and European Union sanctions and other international trade-related matters.
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Dubai Precious Metals Industry Expects Limited VAT Hit

Dubai Precious Metals Industry Expects Limited VAT Hit

by Lorys Charalambous, Lowtax.net, Cyprus
19 April, 2017
The introduction of value-added tax in Dubai, including on non-essential luxury goods, became the focus of the sixth annual Dubai Precious Metals Conference, hosted by the low-tax free trade zone the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre.
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Belize, Cayman To Adopt BEPS Minimum Standards

Belize, Cayman To Adopt BEPS Minimum Standards

by Ulrika Lomas, Lowtax.net, Brussels
18 April, 2017
Belize and the Cayman Islands have agreed to participate in the base erosion and profit shifting project as Associate members, committing to implement minimum BEPS standards.
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Cayman Islands Engages With Tax Critics

Cayman Islands Engages With Tax Critics

by Mike Godfrey, Lowtax.net, Washington
18 April, 2017
The Cayman Islands sought to face critics head-on at a recent conference on the issue of tax transparency, organized by the territory's financial services ministry.
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Guernsey To Tighten Document Duty Rules

Guernsey To Tighten Document Duty Rules

by Amanda Banks, Lowtax.net, London
17 April, 2017
Guernsey's document duty rules are set to be tightened to ensure the levy is payable whenever ownership of a property is transferred.
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Cayman Regulator Launches Online Fee Portal

Cayman Regulator Launches Online Fee Portal

by Mike Godfrey, Lowtax.net, Washington
17 April, 2017
Cayman firms will soon be able to pay fees online, following the addition of a payment section to the Regulatory Enhanced Electronic Forms Submission system.
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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 »