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Australian Minister To Help Self-Employed

It seems that you might have made a mistake on the name of the Coalition Minister for Small Business. He is called Bruce Billson. Not Michael!
By Allan Hong on Friday, September 27, 2013


US Senators Urge TPP Provisions Against Currency Manipulation

Some say- the TPP is "the wet dream of the 1". Will it help only the US and Canadian corporations while sucking more good paying jobs out of the US and Canada and replacing them with low paying jobs in undeveloped countries and increase the importation of goods made with those lower paying jobs? Are there protections against this happening? If so, why are the details being kept secret?
By aweetwilli on Friday, September 27, 2013


EU Begins Market Opening Towards Moldova

Europe, let's raise a glass of good Moldavian wine for solidariry!
By valentina on Thursday, September 26, 2013


Surprise Increase To Mexican Mining Royalties

Great blog written very informative it is very helpful for me thanks for the post.
By Appstar Financial on Wednesday, September 18, 2013


Spread-Betting Is The HINWI's Choice For Shorting

Doesn't seem like the spread betting industry is growing much at the much perhaps reflecting a saturated marketplace. There were only 9,000 new traders to the United Kingdom market between 2009 and 2012.More findings here
By Jen on Monday, September 16, 2013


Hong Kong Promotes Itself As Asia's Wine Trading Hub

good information..
By Bhargavisri on Sunday, September 15, 2013


France Tweaks Wealth Tax Cap

So an American who has only worked in the US and who has diligently invested his/her money in various institutions in the US, has never comingled those funds with French funds and who is resident of France is taxed on those assets if they are worth than $1,300,000 euros? But, this is a double taxation and doesn't this go against the France USA Treaty?
By Mary on Saturday, September 14, 2013


HMRC Writes To Employers Over Missed RTI Deadline

RTI yet another expenses system that doesn't remove red tape for businesses. When will the government realise that it isn't up to employers to work out income tax and national insurance it is their job. Just by changing the system to an Income Accounts system most of the bureaucracy is removed ... tax codes go ... employers simply pay gross in come to the employees' nominated bank account ... the bank and government do the rest. Easy and cheap. It would add a few percentage points to GDP see the likes of for more details. RTI is lazy governance allowing HMRC bosses too much control ... wrong system ... too centralised with lack of consumer choice (i.e. no choice) ... just what you expect from a government that says it will give us choice and remove red tape!!!
By Gwil on Tuesday, September 10, 2013


UK Buyers Count Cost Of Stamp Duty

Hmm the uk government doing something for the working people? I'll die before that happens. Blood sucking flith!
By Paul on Friday, September 6, 2013


HMRC Conducts Survey On Real Time Information

Further to my previous comment: it should be noted that the first country to introduce a proper 'Income Account' system via their banks will reap large rewards not just for saving money nationally but also by their software companies selling software to foreign banks. Essentially it is a global system but allows local taxation laws ... you have to think about this to see why but it is the case. Of course the huge reason for doing this is related to data security ... we need our main bank to be a single port of call for online validation and security. You provide only them with your data instead of all and sundry ... they pass data items on only according to strict rules.
By G Stephenson on Wednesday, September 4, 2013


HMRC Conducts Survey On Real Time Information

RTI really is a vast waste of money which does not alleviate the bureaucracy of employing people for SMEs. The solution is to move to an Income Account system, instead of PAYE, this means an individual's current account is allocated the status of 'income account' all payments that are taxable go through the income account as a deposit within a set number of days of the payment being made. This may seem strange that this can work ... but it would ... it has massive implications but can be brought in over a period of time in order to hugely reduce costs, eliminate many errors/accidental frauds, as well as many other benefits. This is all laid out on the web e.g ... if you want to know more please contact me.
By G Stephenson on Wednesday, September 4, 2013


Bill To Extend US Social Security To Puerto Rico

ecosystem and disrespecting our human rights, it's time for a change) To make a long story short, I'm living in Puerto Rico now cant't apply for SSI me being an American-Puerto RIcan born and raised in Newark, NJWrite your comment here...
By miguel martinez on Tuesday, September 3, 2013


India To Crack Down On Duty Free TV Imports

Is this Tax only for new TV or old TV also? Can anybody clarify?
By krishna on Sunday, September 1, 2013


Denmark Unveils Complete Overhaul Of Pensions System

is it true that denmark government impose a new law that those danish pensioners who are married or living together with a person who have other nationality will be cut off from their pension?
By Your name...marissa ortega on Saturday, August 31, 2013


Further IRS Action Needed On New Fraud Detection System

lets see
By smauel jackson on Wednesday, August 28, 2013


Philippines To Collect Taxes From Online Sellers

bakit mag tatax pa.. online barya barya nlng nga kinikita tatax pa?? panu ung benebenta ko cellphone 3k puhunan bebenta ko 3,2k tapos tatax ako 12?? anung nlng kakainin ko dyan abonado pa ako.. imba nyo naman... mag isip naman kayo oh!
By unknown on Wednesday, August 28, 2013


Antigua Discusses Settlement In US Gambling Dispute

If a fineleaf appearsin the heart of the countryI can see, neara glimmer, adelicate whitedream.Francesco Sinibaldi
By Francesco Sinibaldi on Tuesday, August 27, 2013


Swiss Federal Council Opens Tobacco Tax Consultation

the news said yesterday at least 11chf increase per pack
By jan on Thursday, August 22, 2013


Singapore Designates Tax Crimes As Money Laundering

Singapore has a dubious distinction of allowing its corporates to resort to economic and ecological offences using its soil. Without defining what is an economic offence in other WTO members territory is also an offence in Singapore, such hollow talks make no business. As a government, Singapore should have the ability and willingness to compensate for losses of Revenue its business companies have inflicted on other nations, if it really means what it professes.
By SN on Saturday, August 17, 2013


Singapore Looks To Improve Corporate Accounting Standards

Further to comments:No country in the world including Singapore negotiates on Plant
By SN on Saturday, August 17, 2013


Singapore Looks To Improve Corporate Accounting Standards

Further to comments above:Faking the Quarantine requirement documents (PSC) on exports invoice through Singapore which is a forgery of documents of other governments, Most PSC issued by the Singapore based companies except a few are prima fecie fake or a forgery that goes unpunished. No country in the world including Singapore negotiates on Plant
By SN on Saturday, August 17, 2013


Singapore Looks To Improve Corporate Accounting Standards

Singapore is a country that closes its eyes when the corporates in Singapore resort to money laundering in the form of under invoicing of third countries exports to facilitate the transactions through Singapore.In other words, its corporates resort to an act of subversion and economic terror in the economy of importing countries yet Singapore closes its eyes. Few examples: 1, Under invoicing of third countries exports mainly to Indian sub-continent,2, Faking the Quarantine requirement documents (PSC) on exports invoice through Singapore which is a forgery of documents of other governments, Most PSC issued by the Singapore based companies except a few are prima fecie fake or a forgery that goes unpunished. No country in the world including Singapore negotiates on Plant
By SN on Saturday, August 17, 2013


Cyclist Seeks To Slay UK 'Road Tax' Myth

A recent report (2012) found that each registered car in the UK was subsidised by an average of over 2,000 Euro per year, 20,000 Euro per decade, despite paying car-tax (VED) and fuel duty. (2008 figures, 2012 report). subsidy does NOT include congestion costs, estimates range up to £30 bn per year, (caused almost entirely by motor-vehicles).Cyclists benefit the economy in multiple ways. Cycling England demonstrated that 109 cyclists cycling at least three times per week benefit the economy by 1 million pounds over thirty years (2008 report, page 4). understand that cyclists, pedestrians and horse-riders have an inalienable right to use the road, motorists have to apply for a certificate that demonstrates a that the vehic
By ScaredAmoeba on Friday, August 16, 2013


Cyclist Seeks To Slay UK 'Road Tax' Myth

unfair. For instance: a large high-performance vehicle will have more impact per mile than a small petrol car, which in-turn will have more impact than an an electric car.Drivers who drive intelligently and carefully will have a much lower impact than an aggressive driver who lacks the ability to read the road, speeds and drives 'hard' using his brakes as the only means of deceleration.All current motor-vehicles will have a greater environmental impact than a person on a bicycle. So a driver who cycles where possible will inevitably have lower external costs than a driver who drives an identical car identically, but who doesn't cycle.It may come as a shock to some, but cycling has a lower environmental impact than even walking.
By ScaredAmoeba on Friday, August 16, 2013


Cyclist Seeks To Slay UK 'Road Tax' Myth

'the roads are far too dangerous for cycling'? What they mean is roads infested with bad aggressive drivers are scary and have scared the cyclists away. Many car-journeys are under two miles. If the roads weren't clogged with people driving short journeys and parked cars, then of course traffic would flow more easily. Drivers have no-one to blame but themselves.Motoring has what are known as external costs, these are genuine costs, but are not paid-for by the motorist through direct taxes and duties etc. Instead, they are a burden placed on society as a whole and are costs paid-for by the taxpayer. Since not all taxpayers drive and because the externalities vary with the type of vehicle, the driving style and the mileage driven, this sharing-out of disparate external costs is deeply unfa
By ScaredAmoeba on Friday, August 16, 2013


Cyclist Seeks To Slay UK 'Road Tax' Myth

believe that cyclists slow down motorists, I know this is true because cyclists get shouted-at by motorists saying exactly that. It is true that motorists may be temporarily delayed by a cyclist, but motorists rarely show due care in waiting to that they may pass a cyclist safely. Often the reality is that parked vehicles and overcapacity in motorised traffic are the root cause of traffic delays. Motorists often hoot and rev their engine and follow a cyclist dangerously close in an effort to intimidate a cyclist. Motorists who act like that aren't nice people.Having bullied and squeezed their way past a cyclist, they end up trapped behind a queue and are passed by the cyclist again and again.Roads made hostile for cyclists deter people from cycling. Have you ever heard people say that '
By ScaredAmoeba on Friday, August 16, 2013


Cyclist Seeks To Slay UK 'Road Tax' Myth

Many motorists believe they subsidise cyclists and as a result are often in state of rage, rage that may be expressed in hooting, fist shaking and shouting obscenities and worse. The irony is that instead of paying more than their fair share (through paying Vehicle Excise Duty and fuel duty), the reality is that motorists are actually being subsidised, especially by cyclists.As previously mentioned in the above article, Vehicle Excise Duty is a pollution tax, it does not pay for the roads, any more than beer-tax pays for more pubs. However VED, is entirely voluntary, for most people. Most people have no 'need' for large inefficient, over-powered cars that incur high rates of VED, most people could easily manage with a small, band-A car that incurs zero-cost VED.Some motorists seem to b
By ScaredAmoeba on Friday, August 16, 2013


US Study Criticizes Increased CGT Rates

The Tax Foundation's "nonpartisan" character is more apparent than real per Wikipedia.
By Michael on Wednesday, August 7, 2013


ABC Calls For More Efficient Tax System

I was wondering why the government was "urged to commit to lower the corporate tax rate to 25 percent as a priority", before I found out that the Business Council of Australia was "an association of the CEOs of Australia's leading corporations".
By Frank on Wednesday, August 7, 2013


Chinese Xian MA60 Grounded On Safety Concerns

DUSHANBE, July 29, 2013, Asia-Plus -- Tajikistan has temporarily suspended operation of Chinese-made MA-60s after a recent accident at the Dushanbe airport, when MA-60 belonging to Tajik national air carrier, Tajik Air, suddenly “hit earth,” Alisher Rustamov, the head of the Civil Aviation Department, the Ministry of Transport (MoT) announced at a news conference in Dushanbe on July 29.
By Holger on Tuesday, July 30, 2013


UK Tightens Rules Against 'Disguised Employment'

Robert, many thanks for that great article. Everyone, who would like to read more about IR35 can have a look here:
By Jacqueline on Monday, July 29, 2013


Bahamas To Introduce Value Added Tax

they smell their bread for this!
By kingsley on Friday, July 26, 2013


Retailers Oppose Online Sales Tax

Interesting article. Came across another interesting whitepaper on the online sales tax that readers will find very interesting as it offers good advice for retailers on strategies that will ensure they retain a competitive edge "The Marketplace Fairness Act Five proactive strategies remote sellers should consider now" @
By James acge on Thursday, July 25, 2013


Bradbury Carries On About BEPS

Is that really the headline you meant to be published?
By Simon Gray on Wednesday, July 24, 2013


IRS Could Improve Anti-Identity Theft Program

The IRS has serious problems. I have encountered MULTIPLE road blocks during these identity theft case that most people would not even believe! But I would say the most evident and crazy fact is. The IRS issued the fraudulent refund AFTER I reported Id Theft. Which means the theft filed within days of when I filed, I went to file was red flagged called the ID theft Unit to find info out gave them my tax info told them I did not file yet they said I had I told them NOT ME and they still issued the refund! Know what I was told? The IRS issues the refund because they want to catch the thief. At my expense? Stupid!
By Your name...Alice on Saturday, July 20, 2013


Canada Amends Character Conversion Rules

In order to qualify for this grandfathering, the government says manufacturers must follow specific growth limits and such companies as may just not qualify. If the agreement is part of a series, there’s also relief. For example, if an investment fund enters into rolling forward agreements every month, the fund may continue to do so and be entitled to grandfathering, provided that the series of forward agreements concludes prior to the next year.
By William Jones on Tuesday, July 16, 2013


Vietnam Issues Individual Income Tax Law Changes

I think people who live with communist countries already paying lots of taxes even though it's not saying so. They get the lowest salary in the world and they pay the same prices for foods and drinks as people from rich nations. So instead of getting minimum $1000 a month, they get $200 a month. They already pay 75 tax and now the Vietnam government wants to take more from them. Let me remind them of Leninism system that they are teaching in school, everything is for the poor and free . Oh no, they have to pay for schools and hospitals.
By Your name..Tan. on Sunday, July 14, 2013


DMCC's Free Zone Set To Become Biggest In UAE

DMCC is the really comfortable free zone to work from. We are specialized in companies registration in UAE including the companies in
By Andrew on Saturday, July 13, 2013


The Tax Case Against Scottish Independence

Oh, yeah. Scotland "benefits" from unduly high corporate taxes and the sky-high Air Passenger Duty tax charged for flying to Scottish airports. Oh. Wait. No they don't. Did ANYONE expect the UK government to admit that Scotland would benefit from Scotland being able to set, collect and spend its own taxes? Of course not. This is pure mince.
By JRTomlin on Wednesday, July 10, 2013


The Tax Case Against Scottish Independence

designed to help businesses that are strategically important to Scotland – which may well be non important to a larger UK sue to a lower impact on the UK economy than the Scots one.“extra costs for drivers and for alcoholic drink producers.”Scotland is a NET EXPORTER of Oil
By Scott Minto on Wednesday, July 10, 2013


The Tax Case Against Scottish Independence

“Scotland benefits from a unified corporation tax regime and a single tax authority”Under independence Scots would still have a “single tax authority...” the Scottish one! Scotland does not benefit from a central tax regime, it suffers under it... A one size fits all approach as adopted by Westminster has to by its very nature be tailored to meet the needs of the majority of the Population. Within the UK this is structurally and geographically skewed to the south east of England. Its not deliberate, its just demographics, but the net result is to ALWAYS provide a tax system that is not fit for purpose for the economy of Scotland.Independence would at the very least allow us to address that imbalance and assist Scottish business with Fiscal policies, investments and tax reliefs
By Scott Minto on Wednesday, July 10, 2013


US Suspends Business Obamacare Reporting To IRS

Andrew Naugle compares health insurance exchanges to online travel agencies. More at:
By Jeremy Engdahl-Johnson on Tuesday, July 9, 2013


IRS Still Needs To Improve ITIN Review Procedures

Wimp. Pleased with the progress? We got a major stonewall going on. Token measures. Fraudulent returns continue to be accepted. Past reckless actions by IRS workers and tax preparers that gave millions of illegal workers an ITIN are ignored. And we are pleased with the progress.Yo! One or two million undocumenteds filed returns for 2011 claiming ACTCs, and got $4.2 billion in refunds. They have ITINs. They are going to file again. Stopping new W-7 fraud is half a step, at best. What about cleaning up old fraud? Don't be pleased. Be P*ss*d.
By ralphingely on Sunday, July 7, 2013


Šemeta Signals FTT Rate Reduction

Can't get taxes introduced? Lower the rates, then raise them. Semeta said several months ago, "The moment in which we introduce a tax on financial transactions on a global level, of course, everything looks different. Then we can also raise the tax rates." "Then we can also raise the tax rates."
By rhone on Saturday, July 6, 2013


Axe Green Deal, UK Builders Argue

That's all fine and well for those who can afford to fit the measures. There are so many people who cannot afford the £2-3000 required to upgrade their inefficient heating systems. A lower vat rate will make no difference to that kind of job. And let's face it, that is what Green Deal is all about. Not providing builders with extensions and renovations etc.If we have to reduce our carbon usage and reach the targets set (whether you think they are unattainable or not), then heating/boilers/controls and insulation have to be upgraded in all homes that are not up to standard. The Green Deal and similar funding has to work.
By Allan Grierson on Tuesday, July 2, 2013


Cayman Has Nothing To Fear From FATCA

Wishful thinking article. 60 of the money in Cayman is not IRS compliant.
By tom on Saturday, June 29, 2013


IMF Recommends Increased Taxes For Vanuatu

Vanuatu Tourism arrivals by air have been very sluggish in the first 4 months of 2013 with only a marginal increase i (1.8) over 2012Whilst Cruise ship arrivals are some 7 ahead of 2013 but tour operators are reporting that passenger spends are down
By Bryan on Thursday, June 27, 2013


Law to Exclude US Ex-Citizens Judged To Have Avoided Tax

Most Americans are unaware that Americans who live and work outside of America, say in Switzerland for example, must still pay tax on income earned in Switzerland. Why? I get no benefit for paying this tax. Yes, I can still vote for president and in senatorial elections, but I cannot vote in congressional elections, state elections, or local elections. And what about those of us who hold dual citizenship, if I were to turn in my American passport wouldn't I still be able to visit the US under the passport of the country of my birth? In their zeal to appear as if they're doing something, they're only hurting hard working, law-abiding Americans like me.
By WalkingTheTalk on Thursday, June 27, 2013


UK Chancellor Makes Spending Review Statement

For some reason the per cent sign has not reproduced. So it's 4 per cent of pensioners who are frozen and 96 per cent enjoy annual up-rating.
By Jane Davies on Thursday, June 27, 2013


UK Chancellor Makes Spending Review Statement

As the state pension is not a benefit it cannot come under the welfare cuts. State pensions are paid to those who made the mandatory contributions and the money in the NI fund (surplus £28 billion) is not government money it belongs to those who have paid in over a lifetime. The fact that governments past and present discriminate against just 4 of pensioners by freezing their cost of living increases just because of where they live is disgraceful. It is about time this injustice is stopped but of course this theft of the up-rating of the few is ignored by both the ministers and the media, when is someone going to demand that these pensioners are treated the same as the other 96, after all they have paid into the NI fund on the same terms as everyone else?
By Jane Davies on Thursday, June 27, 2013


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