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  • Australia chomping at the bit to unleash new tax weapons against BEPS

    Australia chomping at the bit to unleash new tax weapons against BEPS

    As the old saying goes, "if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is." India seemed to be on the cusp of doing something remarkable, introducing a major – perhaps the major – tax reform of the post-war era, when the lower house... Continue Reading »

  • The Shanghai Hong Kong Stock Connect Scheme

    The Shanghai Hong Kong Stock Connect Scheme

    The Shanghai Hong Kong Stock Connect (SHKSC) scheme, launched last year, represents another milestone on the path towards liberalization of the Chinese economy. The program is summarized in this feature... Continue Reading »

  • Bermuda Focus

    Bermuda Focus

    Bermuda is one of the most prominent of the international offshore financial centers, with particularly strong insurance, investment fund and trusts sectors, and with a very well-developed advisory and financial infrastructure... Continue Reading »

  • Anyone noticed how popular free zones are becoming?

    Anyone noticed how popular free zones are becoming?

    Anyone noticed how popular free zones are becoming? Rarely a week seems to go by without a report about one country or another preparing to launch new free zones. Since the turn of the year we have seen Costa Rica explore the... Continue Reading »

  • stating the bleedin' obvious

    stating the bleedin' obvious

    Well done, Singapore, for suggesting that the OECD's focus with its BEPS project is almost entirely focused on "harmful" tax practices to the point where the beneficial ones have been forgotten about. It sounds – in the spirit of one of John Cleese.. Continue Reading »

  • What have the Romans ever done for us?

    What have the Romans ever done for us?

    "What have the Romans ever done for us?", Reg, played by John Cleese, asks his fellow anti-Roman insurgents in a memorable and amusing scene from the movie The Life of Brian "apart from better sanitation and medicine... Continue Reading »

  • A price worth paying for progress

    A price worth paying for progress

    When measured against its competitors, the Australian tax system isn't actually that bad. PwC ranks Australia 39th out of 189 countries in terms of how easy it is for a medium-sized company to discharge its tax obligations, which isn't... Continue Reading »

  • The Comoros Islands

    The Comoros Islands

    It has had a troubled start to life as an independent nation, with political instability holding back its development. But the Government of the Comoros Islands (also referred to here as Comoros) is putting in place a legal framework... Continue Reading »

  • Benefits Of A Dubai Company

    Benefits Of A Dubai Company

    Establishing your Dubai Offshore Company / International Business Company provide a vast array of advantages over other jurisdictions and in essence the main ones being that Dubai is a Real Country with a Real Economy and holds no negative stigmas... Continue Reading »

  • 2nd Citizenship

    2nd Citizenship

    Following the recent report in the world News section of lowtax.net that over 100 new St Kitts and Nevis Citizen by Investment (CBI) certificates have been signed recently, this feature explores the options open to those seeking a quick route... Continue Reading »



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Funding Secured To Launch Locate Guernsey

Funding Secured To Launch Locate Guernsey

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
22 May, 2015
Guernsey will establish "Locate Guernsey," an agency to promote the island as a relocation destination of choice for High Net Worth Individuals and their business interests into the Open Market (property market) and local economy.
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Mauritius Briefs Business On WTO Obligations

Mauritius Briefs Business On WTO Obligations

by Amanda Banks, Lowtax.net, London
21 May, 2015
Private and public sector organizations in Mauritius have been briefed on the Government's efforts to meet its requirements as a member of the World Trade Organisation.
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Antigua And Barbuda Welcomed Into GIFCS

Antigua And Barbuda Welcomed Into GIFCS

by Amanda Banks, Lowtax.net, London
20 May, 2015
Antigua and Barbuda has been accepted as a full member of the Group of International Finance Centre Supervisors, a body which seeks to promote the adoption of international regulatory standards in the banking and fiduciary sectors.
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UAE Seeks World Bank's Help On Fiscal Direction

UAE Seeks World Bank's Help On Fiscal Direction

by Lorys Charalambous, Lowtax.net, Cyprus
20 May, 2015
The United Arab Emirates is developing a longer term fiscal plan in collaboration with the World Bank, a recent workshop organized by the Ministry of Finance was told.
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Isle Of Man Reports On International Engagements

Isle Of Man Reports On International Engagements

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
19 May, 2015
The Isle of Man Cabinet Office has published a new report that sets out the island's constitutional position and approach to developing international relationships to protect the island's interests.
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Jersey Reviews Taxation Of Distributions

Jersey Reviews Taxation Of Distributions

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
19 May, 2015
Jersey's tax agents are being asked to provide their views on a review of the rules applying to the taxation of distributions from Jersey resident companies.
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OECD Heaps Praise On Jersey

OECD Heaps Praise On Jersey

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
18 May, 2015
Jersey's policies in the area of international tax transparency have been praised by none other than Pascal Saint-Amans, Director of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development Center for Tax Policy and Administration, who recently said that the jurisdiction has done a "tremendous job" in contributing to the international tax agenda.
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Recovery Strengthening In Turks And Caicos

Recovery Strengthening In Turks And Caicos

by Amanda Banks, Lowtax.net, London
18 May, 2015
The Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands has posted an operating surplus of USD77.3m for the financial year ending March 31, 2015, with strong growth in tourism activity.
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UAE To Expand Double Tax Agreement Network

UAE To Expand Double Tax Agreement Network

by Lorys Charalambous, Lowtax.net, Cyprus
15 May, 2015
The Ministry of Finance of the United Arab Emirates recently organized a consultative meeting to discuss plans to expand the country's network of double taxation avoidance agreements and agreements to promote investment.
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Credit Unions Excluded From Caribbean Banking Bill

Credit Unions Excluded From Caribbean Banking Bill

Amanda Banks, Lowtax.net, London
15 May, 2015
The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank has confirmed that credit unions that operate within the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union will not be affected by new banking legislation which is being introduced in ECCB member countries.
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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 »