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IRS To Improve PIN Issuance For Identity Fraud Sufferers

31/10/2014

The Internal Revenue Service has not been providing, as had been agreed, identity protection personal identification numbers to all United States taxpayers who are the victims of tax-related identity theft.

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ACCA Sounds Note Of Caution Over Scottish Tax Devolution

31/10/2014

The timetable, costs and administrative burden associated with the devolution of more tax powers to the Scottish Parliament present the biggest obstacles to major change, according to Chas Roy-Chowdhury, head of taxation at the Association of Chartered Accountants.

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China, Sri Lanka FTA To Be Signed in June 2015

31/10/2014

Sri Lanka's Deputy Secretary to the Treasury S. R. Attygalle has now said that the proposed free trade agreement between Sri Lanka and China will be signed in June 2015, delayed from an expected completion date at the end of this year.

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NZ To Join Global Tax Evasion Crackdown In 2018

31/10/2014

New Zealand will automatically share tax-related information with tax authorities worldwide from 2018, Revenue Minister Todd McClay announced on October 29, 2014.

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Tax Foundation Issues Annual State Tax Climate Index

31/10/2014

The 2015 edition of the State Business Tax Climate Index from the Tax Foundation has been issued. It is intended to enable US business leaders, lawmakers, and taxpayers to gauge the "competitiveness" of their state's tax system.

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Apple Inc Notes Tax Risks In Latest Annual Report

31/10/2014

Technology giant Apple has warned stakeholders, in a recent regulatory filing, that the company's tax bill could rise if the European Commission concludes that tax rulings awarded by the Irish Government included illegal state aid.

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Canada Planning Substantial Family Tax Cuts

31/10/2014

The Canadian Government has announced that so-called "income splitting" will be available from the 2014 tax year, enabling families to split up to CAD50,000 (USD79,975) of their income each year for tax purposes.

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Seychelles Seeks OECD Tax Transparency Endorsement

31/10/2014

Seychelles is preparing to submit a supplementary report to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Global Forum, to communicate measures taken to enhance how the territory exchanges tax information with other jurisdictions in practice.

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Spain Approves Controversial 'Google Tax'

31/10/2014

The Spanish Congress on October 30, 2014, approved a reform of the Intellectual Property Law, including a controversial levy on news aggregators.

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Uganda Must Expand Taxpayer Base, Says IMF

31/10/2014

The expansion of the taxpayer base in Uganda should be the Government's top priority, the International Monetary Fund has said as part of its recent policy review.

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Abbott Rallies Support For Tax Reform

30/10/2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has described the Australian tax system as a "dog's breakfast of divided responsibilities" and called on political parties, state governments, and the business community to join the "fight" for reform.

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Indonesia Hikes Tobacco Excise Tax

30/10/2014

Indonesia will hike tax rates on tobacco products in 2015 to ensure that the nation achieves its excise tax revenue target, the Government said on October 26.

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Concern At IRS Use of Civil Asset Forfeiture Laws

31/10/2014

Following a recent report in The New York Times, lawmakers have expressed concerns about the Internal Revenue Service's use of civil asset forfeiture laws to seize the assets of small business owners.

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Automatic Info Exchange Moves A Step Closer

31/10/2014

On October 29, 2014, 51 jurisdictions signed a Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement on the automatic exchange of information that will enable "early adopters" to begin sharing data by September 2017.

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Italy In EU Deficit Compromise

31/10/2014

The Italian Government has responded to the European Commission's concerns over the extent of its less-than-programmed fiscal deficit reduction in 2015, by offering to compromise by utilizing funds from various existing sources.

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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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