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  • 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 »

  • the economic basket case of Europe

    the economic basket case of Europe

    It used to be known as the bread basket of the Soviet Union. Now Ukraine is more like the economic basket case of Europe. What's happening in the east of Ukraine right now is truly tragic. But leaving aside that ethnic conflict... Continue Reading »

  • Jaitley performed a feat of linguistic gymnastics

    Jaitley performed a feat of linguistic gymnastics

    I was surprised to learn recently that when it comes to pursuing policies of free trade, Mexico is one of the world's leading lights. Mexico currently has free trade agreements with over 50 countries, individually and as a result of... Continue Reading »

  • Switzerland Focus

    Switzerland Focus

    The location of about a quarter of the world’s assets under management, Switzerland is a landlocked, independent country strategically located at the heart of continental Western Europe and measuring 15,941 square miles... Continue Reading »



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St Lucia Considers Citizenship By Investment Scheme

St Lucia Considers Citizenship By Investment Scheme

by Mike Godfrey, Lowtax.net, Washington
02 September, 2014
Saint Lucia has established a task force to consider the introduction of a citizenship by investment program.
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HKEx Consults On Weighted Voting Rights

HKEx Consults On Weighted Voting Rights

by Mary Swire, Lowtax.net, Hong Kong
02 September, 2014
The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited has published a Concept Paper, which seeks views on whether governance structures that give certain persons disproportionately greater voting power than their shareholding should be allowed for listed companies or those companies seeking to list.
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Switzerland, Estonia Agree Double Tax Pact Change

Switzerland, Estonia Agree Double Tax Pact Change

by Ulrika Lomas, Lowtax.net, Brussels
02 September, 2014
Switzerland and Estonia have signed a protocol to their double taxation agreement to cut withholding tax rates and provide for the exchange of information on request.
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Hong Kong Q1 Insurance Premiums Up 13 Percent

Hong Kong Q1 Insurance Premiums Up 13 Percent

by Mary Swire, Lowtax.net, Hong Kong
02 September, 2014
Total gross premiums rose by 13.3 percent in the first half of this year to HKD162.7bn (USD21bn), Hong Kong's Office of the Commissioner of Insurance has announced.
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Grenada's Fiscal Consolidation On Track, IMF Says

Grenada's Fiscal Consolidation On Track, IMF Says

by Mike Godfrey, Lowtax.net, Washington
01 September, 2014
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said that Grenada has made a strong start in implementing its IMF-backed fiscal consolidation program.
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Hong Kong Issues 2013 Insurance Sector Report

Hong Kong Issues 2013 Insurance Sector Report

by Mary Swire, Lowtax.net, Hong Kong
01 September, 2014
Hong Kong's Commissioner of Insurance Annie Choi has released her office's Annual Report 2013, pointing out that she welcomed the further progress made in institutional reform and consumer protection during the past year.
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Hong Kong Confirms IPO Sponsor Liability

Hong Kong Confirms IPO Sponsor Liability

by Mary Swire, Lowtax.net, Hong Kong
29 August, 2014
Hong Kong's Securities and Futures Commission has released supplemental consultation conclusions reaffirming that initial public offering sponsors are subject to existing statutory civil and criminal liability for defective prospectuses.
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Cayman Islands Stock Exchange Appoints First Foreign Listing Agent

Cayman Islands Stock Exchange Appoints First Foreign Listing Agent

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
29 August, 2014
The Cayman Islands Stock Exchange has appointed its first foreign listing agent, Channel Islands based Carey Group.
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Bahamas FM Looking At New Financial Services Options

Bahamas FM Looking At New Financial Services Options

by Mike Godfrey, Lowtax.net, Washington
28 August, 2014
The Bahamas is exploring new financial services offerings as well as the development and expansion of the yachting and maritime sectors.
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Liechtenstein Banks Report Positive Performance In 2013

Liechtenstein Banks Report Positive Performance In 2013

by Ulrika Lomas, Lowtax.net, Brussels
28 August, 2014
Client assets managed by banks in Liechtenstein grew by around 1.6 percent to CHF120.2bn (USD131.3bn) last year, according to the Liechtenstein Bankers Association's 2013 annual report.
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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 »