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  • we could be in for a period of stalemate

    we could be in for a period of stalemate

    For all the anticipation, last week's revelation by Prime Minister Theresa May that the UK is headed for a "hard Brexit" wasn't quite the seismic shock it perhaps should have been. People have had so long to ruminate on all the myriad... Continue Reading »

  • ever-increasing demands for transparency

    ever-increasing demands for transparency

    To give Rudyard Kipling's immortal words a 21st century spin, if you can keep your head while all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you, you have something in common with Theresa May, the British Prime Minister... Continue Reading »

  • Mauritius International Focus

    Mauritius International Focus

    Mauritius found its way into the news headlines recently after global charity Oxfam accused the country of displaying all the characteristics of a "tax haven." Naturally, it was a label that the Government strongly repudiated... Continue Reading »

  • political and legislative changes cannot be ruled out

    political and legislative changes cannot be ruled out

    That the European Commission insists on transparency from member states in the area of taxation, when the EU's executive arm itself is seen by many as an opaque and undemocratic organ of EU governance... Continue Reading »

  • all sorts of absurdities can ensue

    all sorts of absurdities can ensue

    Costa Rica was recently chastised by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for repeated failures to overhaul its tax system and replace its general sales tax with a much more internationally familiar value-added tax system... Continue Reading »

  • a legal can of worms

    a legal can of worms

    Well, that was certainly an interesting year! Indeed, it's difficult to pick out just three or four tax developments in a year that has been so eventful. But I'm not planning on sitting here until Christmas 2017 writing about what happened in 2016... Continue Reading »

  • better to stay put than get lost

    better to stay put than get lost

    It was always going to be unrealistic to expect Australia to reconsider its stance on carbon taxation so soon after its bad experience the first time around. Once bitten, twice shy, you might say... Continue Reading »

  • rising anger about corruption

    rising anger about corruption

    Those who know a bit about English history might be familiar with the rhyme that describes the fate that befell King Henry VIII's six wives: divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived. The rate at which presidents... Continue Reading »

  • Offshore Stock Exchanges

    Offshore Stock Exchanges

    Think "stock exchange," and "FTSE," "Dow Jones," "Nasdaq," and "Dax" are probably the words, abbreviations and acronyms that spring to most people's minds first... Continue Reading »

  • the forces of radical change might be about to visit France

    the forces of radical change might be about to visit France

    I don't know why countries bother to sort out their trade spats through the World Trade Organization's dispute resolution mechanism. Typically both sides will claim victory irrespective of what the WTO panel decides... Continue Reading »



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BVI 2017 Budget Increases Fees

BVI 2017 Budget Increases Fees

by Mike Godfrey, Lowtax.net, Washington
24 January, 2017
The BVI Premier and Finance Minister, Orlando Smith, has announced fee increases as part of the territory's 2017 Budget.
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Oman Zone Signs Port Finance Deal

Oman Zone Signs Port Finance Deal

by Lorys Charalambous, Lowtax.net, Cyprus
24 January, 2017
The Special Economic Zone Authority in Duqm, a low-tax zone located on the coast of southern Oman, has signed an agreement with the China-based Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank to finance Duqm Port.
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Bermuda's Ship Registry Gets China Boost

Bermuda's Ship Registry Gets China Boost

by Mike Godfrey, Lowtax.net, Washington
24 January, 2017
The Bermuda shipping registry, which offers preferential tax and non-tax benefits to ships under its ensign, says it has been boosted by China confirming "Most Favoured Nation" status for the territory.
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Guernsey, IoM Welcome Brexit Clarity

Guernsey, IoM Welcome Brexit Clarity

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
23 January, 2017
Guernsey and the Isle of Man have welcomed the recent clarity provided by the UK's Prime Minister, Theresa May, on the UK Government's objectives on its exit from the European Union.
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Cayman, US Officials Discuss Bank De-Risking

Cayman, US Officials Discuss Bank De-Risking

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
23 January, 2017
A delegation from the Cayman Islands' Ministry of Financial Services and Monetary Authority recently met with US officials to discuss the challenges posed by bank de-risking to the Caribbean.
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Jersey Recognized Again As Leading IFC

Jersey Recognized Again As Leading IFC

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
20 January, 2017
Jersey was named "International Financial Centre of the Year" at the recent Citywealth IFC Awards.
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Maltese PAYE Portal Open For 2016 Filings

Maltese PAYE Portal Open For 2016 Filings

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
20 January, 2017
Malta's Inland Revenue has advised employers that its "Final Settlement System" online platform is now accepting filings for the 2016 tax year.
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ADGM Welcomes Aircraft Financing Deal

ADGM Welcomes Aircraft Financing Deal

by Lorys Charalambous, Lowtax.net, Cyprus
18 January, 2017
Abu Dhabi Global Market, a relatively new low-tax financial center, has welcomed its first aviation finance transaction.
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Bermuda, EU To Collaborate On Insurance, Pensions Oversight

Bermuda, EU To Collaborate On Insurance, Pensions Oversight

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
17 January, 2017
The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority and the Bermuda Monetary Authority have newly signed a memorandum of understanding.
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Abu Dhabi, Kazakhstan Financial Centers Deepen Ties

Abu Dhabi, Kazakhstan Financial Centers Deepen Ties

by Lorys Charalambous, Lowtax.net, Cyprus
17 January, 2017
Abu Dhabi Global Market, the international financial center in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Astana International Financial Center in Kazakhstan.
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