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  • pockets of nationalist pressure waiting to burst forth

    pockets of nationalist pressure waiting to burst forth

    Those who might have dismissed the Scottish independence debate and last week's referendum as a rather localized, parochial sort of issue were mistaken. Many parts of the world took a great interest in the outcome of the plebiscite... Continue Reading »

  • BEPS and the Elimination of 'Harmful' Taxes

    BEPS and the Elimination of 'Harmful' Taxes

    The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development's (OECD) work to eradicate base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) by multinational corporations includes the pledge to "counter harmful tax practices more effectively"... Continue Reading »

  • consumers have to pay higher prices for goods

    consumers have to pay higher prices for goods

    According to the World Trade Organization's definition, "dumping" occurs "when goods are exported at a price less than their normal value, generally meaning they are exported for less than they are sold in the domestic market or third-country... Continue Reading »

  • 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 »



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Jersey Named Best Fund Administration Center

Jersey Named Best Fund Administration Center

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
01 October, 2014
For the second consecutive year, Jersey has been named Best Fund Administration Center by investment management publication Investment Week.
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Hong Kong's 2013 Insurance Industry Growth Confirmed

Hong Kong's 2013 Insurance Industry Growth Confirmed

by Mary Swire, Lowtax.net, Hong Kong
01 October, 2014
Total gross premiums of the Hong Kong insurance industry increased by a very creditable 13.7 percent to HKD299.5bn in 2013, Hong Kong's Commissioner of Insurance has confirmed.
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Guernsey Aircraft Registry Signs First Airbus A330

Guernsey Aircraft Registry Signs First Airbus A330

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
01 October, 2014
The Guernsey Aircraft Registry has welcomed the recent registration of its first wide-body aircraft, an Airbus A330.
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RAK Free Trade Zone Touts Tax Perks At London Event

RAK Free Trade Zone Touts Tax Perks At London Event

by Lorys Charalambous, Lowtax.net, Cyprus
01 October, 2014
Peter Fort, the Chief Executive Officer of Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone in the United Arab Emirates, highlighted the benefits of investing in the free zone during a recent event in London.
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Mauritius To Automatically Share Tax Data

Mauritius To Automatically Share Tax Data

by Mike Godfrey, Lowtax.net, Washington
30 September, 2014
Mauritius has confirmed that it will implement the Common Reporting Standard for automatic exchange of tax information between territories, based on the standards drawn up by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.
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Dubai International Financial Center In USD700m Sukuk Issue

Dubai International Financial Center In USD700m Sukuk Issue

by Lorys Charalambous, Lowtax.net, Cyprus
30 September, 2014
The Dubai International Financial Centre, a free zone in the United Arab Emirates, has revealed that it will issue USD700m worth of Islamic bonds, known as sukuk, by the end of this month.
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Duqm Free Zone Seeks Italian Investment

Duqm Free Zone Seeks Italian Investment

by Ulrika Lomas, Lowtax.net, Brussels
29 September, 2014
A delegation from the Duqm Special Economic Zone in Oman visited Rome to promote the zone's incentives to Italian investors between September 22 and 26, 2014.
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Guernsey Consults On Regulatory Framework Changes

Guernsey Consults On Regulatory Framework Changes

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
29 September, 2014
Guernsey's Commerce and Employment Department has responded to feedback received during a consultation on changes to the regime governing the island's financial services regulator, the Financial Services Commission.
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Guernsey, Alderney Sign Financial Crime MoU

Guernsey, Alderney Sign Financial Crime MoU

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
26 September, 2014
The Guernsey Border Agency's Financial Investigation Unit and the Alderney Gambling Control Commission have agreed to share information to strengthen oversight of the financial and gaming sectors.
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Malta Issues Forms For AIFMD Private Placement

Malta Issues Forms For AIFMD Private Placement

by Mike Godfrey, Lowtax.net, Washington
25 September, 2014
The Maltese Financial Services Authority has finalized the implementation of its National Private Placement Regime under the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive, to enable non-European Economic Area (non-EEA) funds and non-EEA fund managers to market their funds to EU participants.
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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 »

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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 »