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  • surfing the line between order and chaos

    surfing the line between order and chaos

    Given that most taxpayers can connect to the internet, the announcement by the South African Revenue Service (SARS) that it is withdrawing some paper forms to encourage higher rates of e-filing might not be too bad of an idea.. Continue Reading »

  • not quite a postcard

    not quite a postcard

    Here's a conundrum: How do you go about BEPSifying the entire global network of double tax avoidance treaties - or the majority of them at least - without testing out the theory that time is infinite? You use an instrument... Continue Reading »

  • It's all positively Shakespearian

    It's all positively Shakespearian

    If I was to say "would those who actually think the EU's digital taxation plans are a good idea, please stand up" I'd be willing to bet that most of you would be still sitting comfortably. At least those who have an understanding... Continue Reading »

  • the BEPS project's tentacles have spread

    the BEPS project's tentacles have spread

    For better or worse, BEPS has permeated deep into the fabric of the world's tax regimes. You can tell this by the sheer volume of tax developments that are related to, directly or indirectly, the issues discussed in... Continue Reading »

  • telephone operations becoming a dying relic

    telephone operations becoming a dying relic

    Earlier this year, in her annual report to Congress, US National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E Olson remarked that the Internal Revenue Service's telephone operations have become a "dying relic" of taxpayer service... Continue Reading »

  • Residency in UAE & Benefits of Living in Dubai 100% Tax Free

    Residency in UAE & Benefits of Living in Dubai 100% Tax Free

    Foreign workers have been drawn to Dubai, the major business and financial hub of the United Arab Emirates,in their millions for many years, drawn by the UAE's lack of taxes, its career and business opportunities... Continue Reading »

  • A walk in the park

    A walk in the park

    Well, it's been another mixed week for US tax reform. First, the good news. Last week, the Internal Revenue Service announced that, in certain circumstances, relief from tax penalties will be offered to those struggling to... Continue Reading »

  • Perhaps I'm being naive

    Perhaps I'm being naive

    According to US Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), who is Chair of the US Senate Finance Committee, the tax reform is overwhelmingly popular with US taxpayers across the board, from small and large businesses to employees... Continue Reading »

  • Another job for the robots

    Another job for the robots

    Maybe it's because we now live in increasingly fast-paced, on-demand economies, but there seems to be a growing sense of impatience at the pace - or lack thereof - of the OECD's work on some crucial areas of the BEPS... Continue Reading »

  • voters do the funniest things

    voters do the funniest things

    What's this? A political party called Five Star? Founded by who? A comedian? What? In Power?! With who? You mean Silvio's back? And a flat tax? On corporate income too? In Italy?... Continue Reading »



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100 States Now Expected To Swap Taxpayer Data In September

100 States Now Expected To Swap Taxpayer Data In September

by Ulrika Lomas, Lowtax.net, Brussels
06 July, 2018
More than 100 jurisdictions will automatically exchange financial account information in September 2018 after a significant increase in the number of countries participating in the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters, the OECD has said.
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Bahamas, Aruba Hiked Consumption Tax Rate On July 1

Bahamas, Aruba Hiked Consumption Tax Rate On July 1

by Mike Godfrey, Lowtax.net, Washington
04 July, 2018

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Hong Kong Property Levy Payable From July

Hong Kong Property Levy Payable From July

by Mary Swire, Lowtax.net, Hong Kong
04 July, 2018
Hong Kong purchasers of residential and non-residential property are now required to pay a levy of HKD350 (USD45) within 30 days after a conveyance on sale is executed.
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IoM Strengthens Anti-Money Laundering Law

IoM Strengthens Anti-Money Laundering Law

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
26 June, 2018
The Isle of Man Government has announced the Anti-Money Laundering and Other Financial Crime (Miscellaneous Amendments) Act 2018 has received Royal Assent and is now law.
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Jersey Says New Research Paper Debunks Myths Surrounding IFCs

Jersey Says New Research Paper Debunks Myths Surrounding IFCs

by Amanda Banks, Lowtax.net, London
14 June, 2018
Jersey's business promotion agency, Jersey Finance, has published a new discussion paper prepared by a leading UK think-tank, which argues that international financial centers (IFCs) play a vital, positive role in the global economy.
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Cayman Considering Legal Challenge To UK Beneficial Ownership Law

Cayman Considering Legal Challenge To UK Beneficial Ownership Law

by Mary Swire, Lowtax.net, Hong Kong
14 June, 2018
Cayman Premier Alden McLaughlin met with lawyers in London on Monday to discuss the territory's constitutional relationship with the UK in light of UK legislation forcing the territory to set up a publicly accessible register on the beneficial ownership of legal entities.
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Bahamas To Hike VAT To 12 Percent

Bahamas To Hike VAT To 12 Percent

by Mike Godfrey, Lowtax.net, Washington
04 June, 2018
The Bahamas Government has announced that it will hike the value-added tax rate from 7.5 percent to 12 percent from July 1, 2018.
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British OTs Must Introduce Public Beneficial Ownership Registers

British OTs Must Introduce Public Beneficial Ownership Registers

by Mike Godfrey, Lowtax.net, Washington
04 June, 2018
The UK's 14 Overseas Territories must bring in publicly accessible registers concerning the beneficial ownership of legal entities or face having them imposed by the UK, following Royal Assent to the UK Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 on May 23, 2018.
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BVI Planning Challenge To UK's Beneficial Ownership Law

BVI Planning Challenge To UK's Beneficial Ownership Law

by Mike Godfrey, Lowtax.net, Washington
04 June, 2018
The Premier of the British Virgin Islands, Orlando Smith, says his Government has appointed legal counsel to advise on a potential challenge to the UK's move to force its Overseas Territories to set up publicly accessible registers containing information on the beneficial ownership of legal entities.
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DIFC To Update Corporate, Beneficial Ownership Laws

DIFC To Update Corporate, Beneficial Ownership Laws

by Lorys Charalambous, Lowtax.net, Cyprus
04 June, 2018
The Dubai International Financial Centre, the low-tax financial hub, is proposing reforms to the regulation of companies, including imposing new beneficial ownership disclosure requirements.
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