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  • Thursday, October 1, 2015

    After 12 years since its launch, the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) took part in the Cityscape and it is presumed that it will not be the last time. The DMCC is undeniably Dubai’s most innovative, dynamic and ambitious property developers...
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  • Former Governors Tout State Records On Tax Reform
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    Thursday, September 3, 2015

    The comprehensive tax reform movement, while not completely dead, appears to be on life support, at least until President Obama leaves office. Accordingly, voters who are concerned about this issue are forced to look forward to the next presidential election...
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  • Americans abroad need tax justice too
    Contributed by Lynne Swanson and Victoria Ferauge, first published in 'The Hill'
    Wednesday, May 13, 2015

    "Why are we doing this to folks? Why are we tormenting them in this way?" IRS Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson asked in an address to Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association FATCA Policy Symposium in Washington last year.
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  • Making Citizenship-Based Taxation Reform Easy
    Contributed by Lynne Swanson, first published in 'Tax Connections'
    Wednesday, May 13, 2015

    Heitor David Pinto wants to "make it easy" for Congress to move from citizenship-based taxation (CBT) to residence-based taxation (RBT)...
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  • TIEAs explained
    Contributed by by Dirk De Wolf
    Thursday, January 22, 2015

    Conflict can emerge when a country must access information that may be protected by a foreign legal system, in order to enforce its own laws. These types of conflicts have generally been resolved through the execution of collaborative...
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  • Wednesday, January 21, 2015

    Malta continues to receive glowing reviews internationally as a stable financial services centre of repute within the European Union. Over the past fifteen years, Malta has moved seamlessly from being an offshore to an onshore...
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  • Friday, November 28, 2014

    London Mayor Boris Johnson has a taxing problem. The United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) wants Mayor Johnson to help fund that country’s massive deficit...
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  • Thursday, October 9, 2014

    In this age of fiscal discipline, controlling cash flow and bad debts is as vital to government finances as it is to businesses so it comes as no surprise that HMRC is in the process of introducing its Real Time Information (RTI) system to...
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  • Celebrating 30 years of the BVI International Business Companies Act
    Sylvia Moses, Executive Director, British Virgin Islands International Finance Centre
    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

    Passed on 15 August, 1984, the British Virgin Islands' International Business Companies (IBC) Act – and the subsequent take-up of the BVI IBCs law over the past 30 years – has had a profound, highly positive impact not just on the local BVI economy but also the global financial system.
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  • Monday, August 18, 2014

    It was reported that a "total of 320 professionals who have taken up residence in Malta are benefiting from a maximum tax rate of 15% on their €75,000-plus salaries"...
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  • Friday, August 15, 2014

    Legal Notice 269 of 2014 has amended the Malta Retirement Programme Rules which were originally promulgated in 2012.
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  • Tuesday, August 12, 2014

    By virtue of two legal notices published on the 8th of July, the High Net Worth Individuals Rules (HNWI Rules) have now been amended to reflect the Global Residence Programme threshold, both in terms of tax and property value...
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  • Wednesday, June 25, 2014

    Recently, the Canadian House of Commons passed a law that will implement the United States Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) in Canada. With this law, Canadian financial institutions will turn over to the American Internal Revenue Service (IRS) the bank records of Canadians the U.S. defines as "US persons."
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  • Wednesday, June 18, 2014

    Further to the suspension of the Permanent Residents Scheme in December 2010, the Government of Malta has put in place a scheme for special tax status aimed at attracting internationally mobile, high net worth individuals (HNWI) to become tax resident in our islands and benefit from a favourable tax rate of 15% on any income remitted into Malta.
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  • Wednesday, June 18, 2014

    The form for the submission for tax purposes of part-time, self-employed individuals has been amended by virtue of Legal Notice 186 of 2014 [Part-Time (Forms of Self-Employed) (Amendment) Rules, 2014], therefore replacing the previous form intoto.
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  • FATCA "Sea Change"
    Contributed by Lynne Swanson
    Monday, June 9, 2014

    In recent testimony before the Canadian House of Commons Finance Committee, Queen's University law professor Arthur Cockfield testified the American Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) "is really a sea change" in the long-standing tax information exchange relationship between Canada and the United States.
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  • Wednesday, May 28, 2014

    Inheritance tax is now a 'mass market tax' to be paid by millions of homeowners as the price of properties soar, economists have warned.
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  • Monday, May 12, 2014

    As intellectual property is acknowledged as the dominant asset of most companies, it also becomes the primary collateral. Hardly a day passes without headlines concerning large corporations planning with their intellectual property utilising off-shore structures and commercial strategies enhancing value by consolidating intellectual property rights.
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  • Tax Day in the US
    Contributed by Spencer Blohm
    Friday, April 4, 2014

    April 15th - the Ides of April, and the Day of Reckoning for Taxes Submissions, is coming up fast in the US. While tax revenue is essential to government services, repairing and maintaining government-owned infrastructure and national defense, paying taxes is rarely ever popular with those cutting the checks.
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  • Friday, March 28, 2014

    You may not realize it now but the new EU VAT rules equate to a monumental change in the way e-service companies do business. The changes will affect every aspect of your business model from budget, price, product, payment page, and maybe even staffing levels. Let us take you through seven checks you need to concentrate on as a result of the new EU VAT rules. Remember the rules are to come into effect on January 1, 2015.
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