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  • Irish Eyes Are...

    Irish Eyes Are...

    From the 'B's last week, to the 'C's this... namely corporate taxes, which are dominating the headlines. And it appears to be Ireland's turn in the spotlight, but I'm going to resist the old 'Irish eyes are smiling' cliché, as the Republic... Continue Reading »

  • Budget season is far from over

    Budget season is far from over

    Well, I'm back to you again after a brief hiatus, and somewhat fittingly, this latest column is brought to you by the letter 'B'... Continue Reading »

  • there's plenty of ways to skin a cat

    there's plenty of ways to skin a cat

    As the unpleasant saying goes, there's plenty of ways to skin a cat. And for governments, there's plenty of ways to cut corporate tax. It's not all about corporate tax rates... Continue Reading »

  • Strained Relations

    Strained Relations

    The gilet jaunes - the yellow vests movement - have a lot to answer for. It could be partly thanks to them that France is hell-bent on bringing in its national digital tax, a move that is only likely to apply further pressure... Continue Reading »

  • Hardly setting a great example

    Hardly setting a great example

    Doubtless, there are many people who think it's a bit rich for presidents, prime ministers, and premiers to lecture us about our responsibility to the environment when they arrive en masse to climate conferences in private jets... Continue Reading »

  • look what happened to woolly mammoths

    look what happened to woolly mammoths

    Let's suppose the world's first time machine has been invented, you won the chance to give it a test drive, and the device catapulted you back to 10,000 BC, only to then malfunction. Oh dear. At least the ice age is thawing... Continue Reading »

  • The mind boggles

    The mind boggles

    "Backstop." Not one of the English language's most elegant words. But thanks to Brexit, it has taken on - in my humble opinion - undeserving importance. Indeed, the fate of the western world seemingly hinges on this unprepossessing noun... Continue Reading »

  • Organizing a party without sending invitations

    Organizing a party without sending invitations

    Some things will always be incompatible. Australia and carbon taxation? The United Kingdom and the European Union, perhaps? Hong Kong and value-added tax? Germany and tax cuts? How about taxation and digitalization... Continue Reading »

  • Hong Kong Company Formation

    Hong Kong Company Formation

    Hong Kong is arguably the preeminent business and trade hub in the Asia-Pacific region and is widely acknowledged to be the world's third-largest financial centre after New York and London... Continue Reading »

  • All this uncertainty is no joke

    All this uncertainty is no joke

    Timetables. They're not very glamorous, but they are terribly important. Imagine turning up to the airport to discover the morning flight to London is actually the red-eye to Sydney, leaving 10 hours later than advertised... Continue Reading »



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New CbC Reporting Obligations In Seychelles From 2020

New CbC Reporting Obligations In Seychelles From 2020

by Lorys Charalambous, Lowtax.net, Cyprus
05 June, 2019
Seychelles has gazetted legislation for the introduction of new country-by-country reporting obligations that multinational entities will be required to comply with starting in 2020.
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Barbados Introduces Indirect Tax Changes

Barbados Introduces Indirect Tax Changes

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
31 May, 2019
Starting May 1, 2019, Barbados introduced a new obligation on foreign suppliers to charge VAT on supplies to consumers in Barbados.
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Anguilla Launches Consultation On New GST Regime

Anguilla Launches Consultation On New GST Regime

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
31 May, 2019
The Government of the Caribbean territory Anguilla on May 13, 2019, launched a consultation on draft legislation to introduce the goods component of the territory's new goods and services tax.
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EU Removes Three Territories From Tax Blacklist

EU Removes Three Territories From Tax Blacklist

by Ulrika Lomas, Lowtax.net, Brussels
31 May, 2019
The European Council has confirmed that Aruba, Barbados, and Bermuda are to be removed from the EU's list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions.
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BVI Sets Deadlines For CbC, FATCA, CRS Filing Obligations

BVI Sets Deadlines For CbC, FATCA, CRS Filing Obligations

by Mike Godfrey, Lowtax.net, Washington
31 May, 2019
The British Virgin Islands has set out the deadlines for certain submissions required from financial institutions under the OECD's Common Reporting Standard, the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance, and the territory's country-by-country reporting framework.
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Netherlands And Curacao Agree To Tackle Tax Evasion

Netherlands And Curacao Agree To Tackle Tax Evasion

by Ulrika Lomas, Lowtax.net, Brussels
31 May, 2019
The Netherlands and Curacao agreed in a statement signed on May 22, 2019, to include new anti-abuse measures in the tax treaty between the two jurisdictions.
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Crown Dependencies Add To Economic Substance Guidance

Crown Dependencies Add To Economic Substance Guidance

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
10 May, 2019
The UK Crown Dependencies have added to joint guidance issued in December 2018 on the economic substance requirements that are effective for accounting periods commencing on or after January 1, 2019.
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BVI Supporting Firms To Comply With Economic Substance Code

BVI Supporting Firms To Comply With Economic Substance Code

by Mike Godfrey, Lowtax.net, Washington
10 May, 2019
The British Virgin Islands financial services promotional agency BVI Finance has held educational sessions on the new draft Economic Substance Code in the BVI, London, and Hong Kong.
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Malta To Provide Tax Relief For Audiovisual Productions

Malta To Provide Tax Relief For Audiovisual Productions

by Ulrika Lomas, Lowtax.net, Brussels
29 April, 2019
Malta has published two regulations to create tax breaks for audiovisual productions.
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Cayman To Broaden Regulation Of Securities And Investments

Cayman To Broaden Regulation Of Securities And Investments

by Mike Godfrey, Lowtax.net, Washington
29 April, 2019
The Cayman Islands plans to broaden the territory's regulatory regime for securities and investments.
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