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Canadian Payroll Tax Changes To Cost Jobs

21/10/2014

Canada's budget watchdog has said that the newly announced small business payroll tax credit will create just 800 full-time jobs by 2016, compared with the 10,000 jobs to be lost through the Government's decision to freeze Employment Insurance premium rates until 2017.

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EU Reaches Trade Deal With East African Community

21/10/2014

The European Union has said the conclusion of a new trade deal with the East African Community means that EAC countries no longer have to worry that their improving economic status will lead to the loss of full duty-free and quota-free access to the European market.

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Germany Receives Tax Caution On Legacies To Foreign Charities

21/10/2014

The European Commission has asked Germany to amend inheritance tax legislation that it says results in the discriminatory taxation of legacies to foreign charities.

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Romania Warned By EU On Taxation Of Foreign Companies

21/10/2014

The European Commission has asked Romania to stop the discriminatory tax treatment of foreign legal entities.

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Seychelles Agrees Terms Of WTO Accession

21/10/2014

The terms of Seychelles' accession to the World Trade Organization were agreed on October 17, 2014, concluding 18 years of negotiations.

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Wyden Pushes US Tax Reform As Inversion Activity Slows

21/10/2014

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden has indicated that, as companies appear to be reconsidering inversions following the administrative measures put forward by the Treasury Department last month, he is focused on reforming the US tax code, rather than pressing for immediate anti-inversion legislation.

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British Firms Call For Improved Research Tax Incentives

21/10/2014

The Confederation of British Industry has urged the UK to "supercharge" its research and development tax credit regime.

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NZ Business Leaders Seek More Free Trade Deals

21/10/2014

New Zealand business leaders and executives are calling for the nation to conclude a greater number of free trade agreements, with 81 percent identifying that new agreements would provide substantial opportunities for growth.

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Switzerland To Fill Argentinian Double Tax Treaty Void

21/10/2014

The Swiss Government has forwarded a double tax agreement signed with Argentina to Parliament for its approval. The agreement would replace the terminated agreement of 1997 and contains provisions on administrative assistance in tax matters.

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UK MPs Support VAT Cut For Tourists In Coastal Towns

21/10/2014

Thousands of tourism businesses and more than 60 Members of UK Parliament have backed a campaign to secure a reduced rate of value-added tax for tourism services in coastal towns in the UK.

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Belgian Tax Rules On Collective Investment Funds Challenged

21/10/2014

The European Commission has referred Belgium to the European Court of Justice for the country's "discriminatory" tax treatment of foreign Collective Investment Undertakings.

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Italy, Switzerland DTA Talks Proceeding, Despite Problems

21/10/2014

Switzerland and Italy may agree amendments to their existing double tax agreement by spring 2015, Vieri Ceriani, Italy's chief negotiator, has said.

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US Calls For Greater Japanese Ambition On TPP

21/10/2014

During a telephone conversation with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on October 15, United States President Barack Obama stressed "the need to be bold" in order to move forward the stalled negotiations on Trans-Pacific Partnership tariffs.

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Vietnam Urged To Abandon Corporate Tax Cut Plans

20/10/2014

The International Monetary Fund has advised the Vietnamese Government to abandon its plan to reduce the corporate income tax to 20 percent in 2016.

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Hong Kong, South Africa Sign DTA

21/10/2014

On October 16, Hong Kong and South Africa signed a comprehensive double taxation agreement – the 31st such agreement that Hong Kong has concluded.

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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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