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Australia Negotiates Chinese FTA Coal Tariff Exemption

26/10/2014

After a meeting with the Chinese Minster of Finance Lou Jiwei, Australia's Treasurer Joe Hockey indicated that, under the terms of the proposed free trade agreement between the two countries, Australia will be exempted from China's new tariffs on imported coal.

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Mining Firms Urge Cuts In Zambia's New Royalty Rates

24/10/2014

The increased mining tax framework included in Zambia's 2015 Budget earlier this month has been subject to criticism as, according to the Chamber of Mines of Zambia, it will reduce the country's attraction for mining investment and reduce employment.

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EU Value-Added Tax Reforms Closing The VAT Gap

26/10/2014

The European Commission has published its latest VAT Gap study, which shows that an estimated EUR177bn (USD223.9bn) in value-added tax revenues was lost due to non-collection or non-compliance in 2012 – a figure equal to 16 percent of expected VAT revenues.

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HMRC Dispatches Advance Payment Notices

26/10/2014

HM Revenue and Customs has used its new "accelerated payments" powers to issue more than 600 demands for the upfront payment of GBP250m (USD402m) in disputed tax.

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Hungary Announces Tax Plans For 2015

24/10/2014

Hungary's Government has announced details of the country's tax plans for 2015, including an expansion of sectoral taxes and a further shift from income taxes to consumption taxes.

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IRS Announces 2015 Pension Plan Limitations

26/10/2014

The Internal Revenue Service has announced the cost-of-living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for US pension plans and other retirement-related items for the 2015 tax year.

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Sweden Proposes Tax Hikes In 2015 Budget

24/10/2014

Sweden's Finance Minister, Magdalena Andersson, on October 23, 2014, presented the 2015 Budget containing a number of tax increases.

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Czech Lawmakers Approve New Reduced VAT Rate

26/10/2014

The Czech Senate on October 22, 2014, approved a draft bill to introduce a third value-added tax rate of ten percent.

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Ireland Publishes 2014 Finance Bill

26/10/2014

Irish Finance Minister Michael Noonan has published the 2014 Finance Bill, which gives effect to the tax reforms announced in his Budget and introduces a number of new anti-avoidance measures.

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Italian Voluntary Disclosure Law Passes First Parliamentary Hurdle

24/10/2014

By the wide margin of a 250-76 vote on October 16, the Chamber of Deputies of the Italian Parliament passed a decree law to introduce a voluntary disclosure program for undeclared assets and funds held abroad or in Italy.

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Germany's Tax Income Continues To Rise

23/10/2014

Germany's tax revenue increased 4.7 percent year-on-year in September 2014, according to data from the Ministry of Finance.

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Accountants Discuss Scottish Tax Powers

23/10/2014

The Institute of Chartered Accountants Scotland has said that the issues involved in devolving further tax powers to Scotland are wide ranging and complex.

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Australia Reports Progress On Easing Tax Compliance Burden

23/10/2014

Australia's Minister for Small Business, Bruce Billson, has provided an update on efforts by the Government to reduce the tax compliance burden on businesses.

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Colombia, Panama Agree To Sign TIEA

23/10/2014

The Colombian Government announced on October 21, 2014, that it will remove Panama from its blacklist of non-cooperative territories after the two countries agreed to sign a tax information exchange agreement.

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HMRC Continuing Construction Sector Compliance Drive

23/10/2014

HM Revenue and Customs's yield from tax investigations into construction companies jumped by seven percent to a record GBP131m (USD209m) in the fiscal year 2013-14, according to NoPalaver Group, an accountancy firm.

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The Report

Offshore Trusts Guide: Introduction

The History of Offshore Trusts
Development of Professional Competence in the Jurisdictions
What Future for the Trust?
The New Age of Transparency
The Swiss Association of Trust Companies
The Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners

Offshore Trusts Guide: Jurisdictions

Bahamas

Bahamas: Legal Framework and Formation Rules and Fees
Bahamas: 2006 Private Trust Companies Legislation

Barbados

Barbados: Legal Framework and Formation Rules and Fees
Barbados: Supervisory and Licensing Regime and Fees

Bermuda

Bermuda: Legal Framework and Formation Rules and Fees
Bermuda: Supervisory and Licensing Regime and Fees

British Virgin Islands

British Virgin Islands: Legal Framework and Formation Rules and Fees
British Virgin Islands: Special Trusts Act 2003
British Virgin Islands: The Trustee Act 2003
British Virgin Islands: :Supervisory and Licensing Regime and Fees
British Virgin Islands: New Laws on Private Trust Companies
British Virgin Islands: New Private Trust Company Regulations

Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands: Legal Framework and Formation Rules and Fees
Cayman Islands: Supervisory and Licensing Regime and Fees

Cook Islands

Cook Islands: Legal Framework and Formation Rules and Fees
Cook Islands: Supervisory and Licensing Regime and Fees

Cyprus

Cyprus: Legal Framework and Formation Rules and Fees
Cyprus: Supervision, Licensing and Tax

Gibraltar

Gibraltar: Legal Framework and Formation Rules and Fees
Gibraltar: Legislation, Regulation and Supervision

Guernsey

Guernsey: Legal Framework and Formation Rules and Fees
Guernsey: Trusts Law 2007

Isle of Man

Isle of Man: Legal Framework and Formation Rules and Fees
Isle of Man: Supervisory and Licensing Regime
Isle of Man: Uses Clients and Tax Treatment

Jersey

Jersey: Legal Framework and Formation Rules and Fees
Jersey: Supervisory and Licensing Regime
Jersey: Trusts Amendment Act 2006
Jersey: Foundations

Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein: Legal Framework and Formation Rules and Fees
Liechtenstein: Regulation Supervision and Transparency
Liechtenstein: Characteristics of Liechtenstein Trusts
Liechtenstein: Foundations

Madeira

Madeira: Legal Framework and Formation Rules and Fees

Malta

Malta: Legal Framework and Formation Rules and Fees
Malta: The Trust and Trustees Act 2004

Mauritius

Mauritius: Legal Framework and Formation Rules and Fees
Mauritius: Characteristics of the 2001 Trusts Act
Mauritius: Additional Provisions of the 2001 Trusts Act
Mauritius: Tax Treatment

Monaco

Monaco: Legal Framework and Formation Rules and Fees

Nevis

Nevis: Legal Framework and Formation Rules and Fees

New Zealand

New Zealand: Legal Framework and Formation Rules and Fees
New Zealand: Review of the Law of Trusts
New Zealand: Taxation of Trusts

Panama

Panama: Legal Framework and Formation Rules and Fees
Panama: Requirements for Acting as Trust Company in Panama

Seychelles

Seychelles: Legal Framework and Formation Rules and Fees

Turks & Caicos

Turks & Caicos: Legal Framework and Formation Rules and Fees
Turks & Caicos: The Voidable Dispositions Ordinance

Vanuatu

Vanuatu Legal Framework and Formation Rules and Fees





 
 
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