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  • going slightly giddy

    going slightly giddy

    There'll be a digital tax by Christmas, proclaimed European Commissioner for Taxation Pierre Moscovici last week. Perhaps he needs to brush up on his history. We've heard such bold claims in previous eras... Continue Reading »

  • Akin to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

    Akin to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

    Banks and financial institutions the world over were worried about the legal and reputational costs of falling foul of FATCA (the United States Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act) from the outset... Continue Reading »

  • nothing can be ruled out

    nothing can be ruled out

    When looking at recent tax developments for this week's entry, I began to wonder whether a country's tax regime reflects its topography. Take the United States for example... Continue Reading »

  • Gibraltar Focus

    Gibraltar Focus

    As one of the first British dependent territories to develop tax-exempt corporate forms, Gibraltar has a long history as an offshore financial center, with the focus initially on the traditional forms of offshore business like company incorporation, Continue Reading »

  • If at first you don't succeed

    If at first you don't succeed

    If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. At least that's what they might tell you in school. But does this mantra translate successfully to real life? Switzerland is about to find out... Continue Reading »

  • Seychelles Company Formation

    Seychelles Company Formation

    A byword for tropical beauty, the Seychelles is an archipelago located in the Indian Ocean to the north east of Madagascar. However, as well as being a popular tourist destination, the Seychelles has established itself on the map... Continue Reading »

  • fail to prepare and prepare to fail

    fail to prepare and prepare to fail

    Although I tend to steer clear of hackneyed phrases (I prefer to do blue sky thinking, preferably outside of the box), there's one saying that generally is a very good rule for life: fail to prepare and prepare to fail... Continue Reading »

  • paying through the nose

    paying through the nose

    Taxes aren't just there to raise revenue for the government; they're also there to save us from ourselves. Environmental taxes are intended to stop us from destroying the planet, and sin taxes to stop us from... Continue Reading »

  • Who needs enemies when you've got friends

    Who needs enemies when you've got friends

    If Machiavelli were alive today, I think he would have swapped Tuscany for the Australian Capital Territory long ago (although with a name more suited to 21st century Australia perhaps - MacVelly maybe?... Continue Reading »

  • hungry for a piece of the pie

    hungry for a piece of the pie

    Taxpayers in Brazil might have been a little alarmed when they read the headline "UK Chancellor mulling Amazon tax." Brazil has a complicated enough tax regime already, as the International Monetary Fund observed again... Continue Reading »



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Potential March 2019 Date For Swiss Tax Referendum

Potential March 2019 Date For Swiss Tax Referendum

by Ulrika Lomas, Lowtax.net, Brussels
04 October, 2018
The Swiss Federal Council has set the date for a potential referendum on its corporate tax reform package for May 2019.
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Just Six Territories Remain On EU's Tax Blacklist

Just Six Territories Remain On EU's Tax Blacklist

by Ulrika Lomas, Lowtax.net, Brussels
04 October, 2018
The EU has removed Palau from its list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions.
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Trinidad And Tobago Confirms Property Tax In 2019 Budget

Trinidad And Tobago Confirms Property Tax In 2019 Budget

by Mike Godfrey, Lowtax.net, Washington
04 October, 2018
Trinidad and Tobago has confirmed that it will introduce a property tax next year, in the territory's newly released annual Budget.
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Saint Vincent Misses FATCA, CRS Reporting Deadlines

Saint Vincent Misses FATCA, CRS Reporting Deadlines

by Mike Godfrey, Lowtax.net, Washington
04 October, 2018
The caribbean territory Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has requested a 60-day extension from the reporting deadlines under the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act and the Common Reporting Standard.
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Guernsey To Freeze Financial Services Fees Until 2020

Guernsey To Freeze Financial Services Fees Until 2020

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
04 October, 2018
The Guernsey Financial Services Commission says it has decided not to hike license fees for financial services firms for the next two years.
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Barbados Land Tax Now Due

Barbados Land Tax Now Due

by Mike Godfrey, Lowtax.net, Washington
28 September, 2018
The Barbados Revenue Authority has issued land tax bills for the financial year 2018-2019, with a discount available for early payment.
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OECD Releases Seychelles TP Guidance

OECD Releases Seychelles TP Guidance

by Mike Godfrey, Lowtax.net, Washington
28 September, 2018
This month the OECD released a guide on the transfer pricing policies in place in Seychelles.
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Jersey To Launch Limited Liability Company Form

Jersey To Launch Limited Liability Company Form

by Mike Godfrey, Lowtax.net, Washington
17 September, 2018
Jersey has approved a law that would enable the creation of limited liability companies, in a bid to attract business from the US.
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Bahamas Issues Guidance On Fiscal Crime Prevention

Bahamas Issues Guidance On Fiscal Crime Prevention

by Mike Godfrey, Lowtax.net, Washington
04 September, 2018
The Bahamas has published two new guidance documents for financial services firms on the prevention of fiscal crime.
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DAFZA Posts Strong Results In First Half Of 2018

DAFZA Posts Strong Results In First Half Of 2018

by Lorys Charalambous, Lowtax.net, Cyprus
04 September, 2018
The Dubai Airport Freezone Authority has announced strong growth for the first half of 2018.
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