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US House Passes Miscellaneous Tariff Bill

29/4/2016

On April 27, the bipartisan legislation to provide a framework for the approval of import tariff cuts for manufacturers through a renewal of the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill passed the US House of Representatives by a vote of 415 to 2.

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Norway's Tax Refunds For Ship Owners Approved

29/4/2016

The European Free Trade Association Surveillance Authority has approved a Norwegian state aid scheme which grants tax refunds to ship owners.

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France Launches Tourist Tax Search Engine

29/4/2016

So extensive is France's patchwork of tourist taxes that the Ministry of Finance has launched a "search engine" to help tourists, accommodation owners, and tour operators find the right amount to pay.

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EC Expresses Concern Over UK's HGV Levy

29/4/2016

The European Commission has expressed concern that the UK's time-based road charge for Heavy Goods Vehicles discriminates against non-UK hauliers.

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IRS To Improve Tax Refund Offset Program

29/4/2016

Following a report released by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, the US Internal Revenue Service has agreed to revise computer programming and correct its procedures to ensure it identifies all available tax refunds to offset federal tax liabilities.

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EC Asks France To Comply With Judgement On Taxation Of Dividends

29/4/2016

The European Commission has asked that France fully comply with a European Court of Justice ruling on the tax treatment of dividends from non-resident subsidiaries.

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Scottish Labour Pledges 50p Income Tax Rate

29/4/2016

The Scottish Labour Party has said that it would introduce a 50 percent income tax rate for the "richest one percent" if it wins next month's parliamentary elections.

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KPMG Urges Australian Superannuation Tax Reform

29/4/2016

If the Australian Government fails to implement meaningful tax reforms, tax receipts will not cover government spending at any stage over the next 15 years, professional services firm KPMG has warned.

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Ukraine Pursuing Tax Reform

29/4/2016

Ukraine should develop a new, simpler tax system devoid of populism, Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman has said, while stressing that businesses should be given time to adapt to new changes.

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US Bill Would Guarantee Small Businesses Equivalent Tax Cuts

28/4/2016

Vern Buchanan, a senior member of the House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee, has introduced the Main Street Fairness Act to ensure that small businesses receive an equivalent tax rate cut in any future reform of corporate taxation.

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OECD Warns Of 'Brexit Tax'

28/4/2016

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development has warned that if the UK votes to leave the European Union on June 23 it will be paying a "Brexit tax" for years to come.

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Czech Republic Increases Transfer Pricing Oversight

28/4/2016

The Czech tax authority has revealed that transfer pricing inspections carried out last year have resulted in additional tax assessment income of CZK450m (USD18.8m), and that an additional CZK500m was assessed in 2016.

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China Clashes With Australia Over Steel Trade

28/4/2016

Adding to the significant number of global trade disputes involving Chinese steel exports, the Australian Government has accepted two Anti-Dumping Commission recommendations to impose anti-dumping duties on imports from China of steel reinforcing bar and rod in coil.

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Hong Kong Confirms Its AML, Tax Evasion Procedures

28/4/2016

In reply to a Legislative Council question, Hong Kong's Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, K C Chan, confirmed that the Inland Revenue Department will always "take necessary actions against tax evasion and avoidance by taxpayers, based on information possessed by the Department or received from other sources."

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Indonesia Promises Confidential Tax Amnesty Declarations

28/4/2016

Indonesia will preserve the confidentiality of information received from taxpayers under the proposed Tax Amnesty Bill, according to Finance Minister Bambang Brodjoengoro.

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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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