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Introduction: The New Age of Transparency

By mid-2009, evidence was emerging that the trust and wealth management industries were adopting to the new age of transparency instigated by the OECD countries in response to the global financial metldown and subsequent economic crisis. Participants in a survey conducted by the Society of Estate and Trust Practitioners agreed that three key trends would develop in the industry over the course of the coming years.

These include:

  • The end of secrecy will mean families will seek out advisors and trustees who can master global tax advice. Economic conditions will mean tax competition between countries will increase and the distinction between offshore and onshore will disappear;

  • The industry will modernise its practices to attract a wider audience; increasing its market share through adopting best practices in investment management and enhancing compliance processes to reduce risk;

  • Products and services will continue to be combined together to create new revenue opportunities for wealth structuring professionals. Trust and Estate Planning practitioners will have to be increasingly innovative to expand the number of strategies in its ‘toolbox’ to create bespoke solutions in higher value structures.

Shortly after the results of this survey were published, STEP released figures which indicated that sentiment was improving amongst practitioners, with 41% of the organization's members predicting that trust and estate business would "improve" or "significantly improve" over the year ahead. This was almost double the number that held this view earlier in the year.

STEP Chief Executive David Harvey said: “The move to positivity among STEP members is a great indicator that, despite the economic downturn and the regulatory environment providing new challenges for trust and estate practitioners, the industry is looking to the future with renewed confidence. Our members are looking to embrace the opportunities afforded by the needs of international families to plan and to be compliant on an increasingly global, rather than national, basis.

The Report

Offshore Trusts Guide: Introduction

Offshore Trusts Guide: Jurisdictions

Bahamas Barbados Bermuda British Virgin Islands Cayman Islands Cook Islands Cyprus Gibraltar Guernsey Isle of Man Jersey Liechtenstein Madeira Malta Mauritius Monaco Nevis New Zealand Panama Seychelles Turks & Caicos Vanuatu


Offshore Trusts News

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Monday 6/12/2021
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US Hikes Thresholds For Tax-Privileged Retirement Arrangements
Tuesday 9/11/2021


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Indonesian Lawmakers Approve Tax Reform Plans
Monday 18/10/2021
Indonesia's lower house of parliament has signed off on a bill that provides for a two-stage hike to the headline value-added tax rate, the cancellation of a planned corporate tax cut, and the introduction of a new top rate of personal income tax.

Netherlands Announces 'Modest' 2022 Budget
Monday 4/10/2021
The Dutch Government has announced changes aimed at improving the tax system in its 2022 Tax Plan, released on September 21.

US Lawmakers Approve New Cryptoassets Reporting Rules
Wednesday 25/8/2021
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Wyden Takes Aim At US Pass-Through Income Tax Break
Friday 6/8/2021
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Hong Kong Explains COVID-19 Reliefs For Tax Debtors
Friday 6/8/2021
Hong Kong's Inland Revenue Department has explained COVID-19 tax concessions available for taxpayers struggling to pay their tax dues and has highlighted upcoming property tax obligations.

Mauritius Announces New Tax Reliefs In 2021-22 Budget
Friday 6/8/2021
Mauritius announced numerous tax relief measures for investors and for wealthy foreign individuals in its newly released Budget.