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  • 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 »

  • Dubai - The Land Of The Free Zone

    Dubai - The Land Of The Free Zone

    The emirate of Dubai extends along the Arabian Gulf coast of the United Arab Emirates for approximately 72 kilometres and constitutes just five% of the total area of the UAE. However, heavy investment in infrastructure... Continue Reading »

  • unsurprising teething problems

    unsurprising teething problems

    As corporate tax rates have tumbled, value-added tax rates have tended to climb, as countries shift more of their tax burdens from income to indirect taxation. In the latest example, Russian President Vladimir Putin... Continue Reading »

  • Cyprus Laws and Regulations

    Cyprus Laws and Regulations

    At the crossroads of three continents, Cyprus, with its favorable tax and legal environment, has emerged as major European business hub. In this special feature, we summarize the rules and regulations governing... Continue Reading »

  • A warren of rabbit holes

    A warren of rabbit holes

    There are plenty of things in this life that can do us harm. One of them can be taxation. But not, as conventional wisdom might have it, because taxes are too high, and too difficult to work out... Continue Reading »

  • Banking in UAE

    Banking in UAE

    As befits a country which has emerged as the region's main business, commercial and finance hub, the United Arab Emirates has a large banking market offering services to expat residents, and local and foreign investors... Continue Reading »



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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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Crown Dependencies To Ensure Firms Have Economic Substance

Crown Dependencies To Ensure Firms Have Economic Substance

by Amanda Banks, Lowtax.net, London
17 August, 2018
The Crown Dependencies of Jersey, Guernsey, and the Isle of Man are consulting on proposals to require companies tax-resident in the islands undertaking specific income-generating activities to demonstrate they have sufficient "substance" in the islands
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DIFC Seeking To Establish 'Court Of The Blockchain'

DIFC Seeking To Establish 'Court Of The Blockchain'

by Lorys Charalambous, Lowtax.net, Cyprus
09 August, 2018
Hoping to establish itself as a pioneer in the use and development of blockchain technology, the Dubai International Financial Center has announced its Courts are to work towards the creation of the first "Court of the Blockchain," involving work on how blockchain technology can be used to enforce court rulings and separately on the resolution and mitigation of disputes concerning blockchain-enabled contracts.
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Offshore Financial Regulators Announce Collaborative FinTech Partnership

Offshore Financial Regulators Announce Collaborative FinTech Partnership

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
09 August, 2018
11 financial regulators have announced the creation of the Global Financial Innovation Network, a partnership intended to support businesses to engage in innovative financial technology projects in their territories.
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Jersey To Simplify Rules For Corporate Demergers

Jersey To Simplify Rules For Corporate Demergers

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
26 July, 2018
Jersey's Government recently approved the Companies (Demerger) (Jersey) Regulations 2018, intended to provide a better, clearer, and more flexible framework for company demergers.
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Guernsey Fully Compliant With Latest Tax Transparency Standards

Guernsey Fully Compliant With Latest Tax Transparency Standards

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
26 July, 2018
Guernsey has received an overall rating of "compliant" from the OECD's Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes.
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Abu Dhabi Free Zone Proposes Crowdfunding Regime

Abu Dhabi Free Zone Proposes Crowdfunding Regime

by Lorys Charalambous, Lowtax.net, Cyprus
26 July, 2018
Abu Dhabi Global Market, the low-tax international financial center in Abu Dhabi, has published a consultation paper setting out its proposed regulatory framework for operators of Private Financing Platforms.
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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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