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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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  • Thursday, March 13, 2014

    Today a small group of Canadians began the long legal process to prevent the Conservative government from helping the United States impose a bad law on Canada.
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  • Friday, February 21, 2014

    The relationship between large corporations and national growth is more prevalent in some countries than in others, with developing nations particularly likely to rely on the backing of international conglomerates. The strength of these bonds will also have a huge impact on the financial market, especially equity or stock based derivatives where physical assets are procured and sold.
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  • Friday, February 7, 2014

    A deadline to offset hefty tax burdens through contributions to a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) is fast approaching for millions of Canadians, as well as Americans with dual citizenship. Only a few weeks remain before the opportunity to save thousands of dollars on taxes closes on March 3rd, 2014. An RRSP provides Canadians, US nationals residing in Canada, as well as permanent residents who earn anywhere above the lowest tax bracket the opportunity to save for their retirement, while reducing their taxable income each year.
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  • Thursday, January 23, 2014

    In his annual address to the media, President Hollande aimed to revive his faltering presidency by announcing a new pact with French businesses. Due to his refusal to address what some have labelled 'un elephant dans la salle', President Hollande focused the entirety of his conference on how he would rescue France's faltering economy, promising a landmark EUR30bn payroll tax cut for French companies in the process.
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  • Interpretation and Application of Tax Treaties
    Contributed by CA. Karnik Gulati
    Friday, January 3, 2014

    A tax treaty is a contract between two or more sovereign governments. Tax treaties are international agreements under public international law. The main objective of tax treaties is avoidance of double taxation and prevention of fiscal evasion.
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  • Friday, January 3, 2014

    Any consumers in the US that employ energy-efficient items in their home, or have switched to a greener hybrid or electric vehicle, likely know that the right appliances and products can result in tax credits from the government. Users may already notice lower energy bills and feel great about their contribution to the green cause, but in addition, these consumers have also been eligible for lowered federal income taxes.
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  • Monday, December 16, 2013

    United States occupies a unique position in the world. Well, almost unique. This distinction is shared with one other country. Eritrea.

    Yet, at the United Nations, U.S. and other countries condemned the tiny African nation for their practice.

    U.S. and Eritrea are the only two countries that tax based on both residence and citizenship. Other countries tax worldwide income of residents, but not citizens living elsewhere.
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  • FATCA Reality Check
    Contributed by Lynne Swanson and Victoria Ferauge
    Wednesday, October 9, 2013

    To the shock of many Europeans, the United States Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) is not just about catching American tax evaders. A U.S. law intended to combat offshore tax evasion by Americans living in United States is instead snaring honest citizens of other countries.
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  • Thursday, October 3, 2013

    The jurisdiction of Malta provides a lot of benefits to structures looking for international tax efficiency. Malta is a country geographically comprised by a group of small islands in the Mediterranean Sea, located in the South of Sicily, and North of Libya.
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  • Tuesday, September 24, 2013

    As everyone in the Offshore Industry knows, Panama has a Tax System that is based on the Territorial Principle of Taxation. This principle that Panama has embraced means that only Panama-sourced income is taxed.
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  • Friday, August 23, 2013

    Research tends to inform us that as individuals we pay much more in tax then we actually need to. However, when it comes to tax planning, it is difficult in the current climate to know where the line between “acceptable” and “unacceptable” tax planning is drawn. This feature does not attempt to suggest where that line is or should be, but to draw attention to the issue of tax planning by highlighting some key developments in this area covered by our sister publication,
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