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  • Tax-News Global Trade
    By Tax-News.com Editorial
    Monday, July 30, 2012

    Given that politicians, central bankers and economic commentators frequently tell us that we are in the grip of the worst economic and financial crisis since the 1930s, it is not surprising to see countries turning to protectionism in an attempt to insulate their industries from foreign competition.
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  • Personal Tax Review
    By Tax-News.com Editorial
    Tuesday, July 17, 2012

    In the years preceding the onset of the financial crisis, personal income tax rates were, by and large, on the way down across the OECD member states. However, while some of these countries have managed to maintain, or in some cases modestly reduce, income tax for the low-paid, the highly-paid and the wealthy have become an easy target for governments in their search for revenue, and this has led to upwards pressure on top income tax rates. In this review, we summarise some of the most notable recent examples of this trend.
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  • Staring Over the Fiscal Cliff
    By Tax-News.com Editorial
    Monday, July 2, 2012

    Can a deeply divided United States Congress, in an election year, pull the iron out of the fire and agree on a key tax and spending bill that will save America from toppling over the so-called 'fiscal cliff' next year?
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  • International Real Estate Taxation
    By Tax-News.com Editorial
    Tuesday, June 19, 2012

    In our previous feature on international real estate taxation, we recounted how governments in Europe in particular were becoming increasingly reliant on higher or new property taxes as part of their deficit reduction strategies, and this is a trend that has continued into 2012. However, we are also witnessing property taxes being used in Asia for quite different reasons: namely as a way to cool overheated real estate markets.
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  • Tuesday, May 22, 2012

    The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act is seen by some as a necessary tool to combat unacceptable tax avoidance by US citizens placing money in foreign bank accounts at a time when more ‘patriotic’ taxpayers are paying their fair share towards reducing the federal deficit, and by others as an unlawful incursion by the US government into the legal affairs of sovereign states and another nail in the coffin of individual privacy. Like it or not, however, FATCA, as it is more popularly known, is here to stay.
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  • Tuesday, May 15, 2012

    Faced with strengthening economic headwinds, plunging tax revenues and a wider-than-anticipated budget deficit, Australian Treasurer Wayne Swan has just performed that manoeuvre so familiar to politicians around the world faced with adverse circumstances at budget time – the u-turn.
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  • VAT Review
    By Tax-News.com Editorial
    Tuesday, April 17, 2012

    With governments increasingly coming to rely on revenue from indirect taxation, managing value-added and sales tax exposure has rapidly become one of the most important tax issues facing companies doing business in several jurisdictions, alongside transfer pricing.
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  • Saturday, April 7, 2012

    As is to be expected, with the Eurozone crisis far from resolved, Greece teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, and the US once again facing a federal deficit in excess of a trillion dollars, fiscal developments in the European Union and the US have tended to dominate the tax headlines in recent weeks.
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  • Budget Overview - UK Budget
    By Tax-News.com Editorial
    Tuesday, April 3, 2012

    In this feature, we detail some of the key measures announced by Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne in the 2012 UK Budget affecting business and individual taxpayers...
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  • Budget Overview - Indian Budget
    By Tax-News.com Editorial
    Tuesday, March 20, 2012

    The general consensus among business groups and tax experts is that Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has delivered a pragmatic and balanced budget, but perhaps not the bold one that some argue is required to reverse falling rates of economic growth.
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  • Tuesday, March 6, 2012

    Some important pre-announced changes, as well as some other proposals that have come as something of a surprise to taxpayers and tax experts alike, were announced by South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in his 2012 Budget speech last month.
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  • Budget Review - Obama's Election Budget
    By Tax-News.com Editorial
    Tuesday, February 21, 2012

    United States President Barack Obama has announced his proposed budget for the next fiscal year beginning on October 1, which, with over USD1.5bn in net new revenue from taxes on the wealthy and more spending on job creation and education, will provide his platform for re-election. However, it will also set up another protracted fight with Congressional Republicans adamant that any deficit reduction package should not contain one dime in tax increases.
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  • Transfer Pricing
    By Tax-News.com Editorial
    Tuesday, December 20, 2011

    Facing record deficits and unsustainable levels of debt, governments have spotted an opportunity to raise some easy cash from multinational companies through more frequent scrutiny of transfer pricing practices, and this has become the top tax issue facing business groups trading across national borders.
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  • Malta E-Gaming Review 2011/12
    By Tax-News.com Editorial
    Tuesday, December 13, 2011

    In the autumn of 2000 the Maltese government passed legislation enabling online betting centres to be set up in the country, and this legislation, coupled with provisions from the Income Tax Act written specifically for international companies, made Malta an attractive location for casino and sportsbook operations. Malta became the first EU member state to regulate internet gaming in May 2004 with its Remote Gaming Regulations under the Lotteries and Other Games Act 2001.
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  • Malta Holding Company Review 2011/12
    By Tax-News.com Editorial
    Tuesday, November 29, 2011

    Malta, like Cyprus, has been obliged to dismantle its old 'offshore' companies regime as a trade-off for joining the European Union. EU membership has, however, brought about certain benefits for Maltese companies trading across borders, and, coupled with investment-friendly government policies and some interesting tax planning opportunities, Malta remains one of the most favourable places in the EU in which to locate an international holding company.
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  • Cyprus Shipping Review 2011/12
    Sponsored by Eurofast Taxand
    Monday, November 21, 2011

    The Cypriot shipping industry has experienced strong growth since the creation of the shipping registry in 1963 and several ingredients have combined to make Cyprus one of the most important locations for a variety of maritime-related activities, including a benign tax regime, modern financial and legal infrastructure, low operating costs and geographical location at the junction of three continents.
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  • Tuesday, October 18, 2011

    In recent weeks, efforts to stimulate the US economy have centred on two major pieces of tax legislation introduced into the United States Congress, both having the avowed intention of boosting job creation; but there is considerable doubt whether the proposals will achieve their sponsors' desired outcomes.
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  • Tax-News.com Personal Tax Review
    By Tax-News.com Editorial
    Tuesday, October 4, 2011

    News on the personal taxation front in recent weeks has been dominated by reports of new taxes or increased income tax on the wealthy and high income earners as governments intensify their efforts to rein in budget deficits.
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  • Tuesday, September 27, 2011

    Cyprus is no longer an offshore jurisdiction in the strict sense of the word, but its tax regime, coupled with its location at the cross roads of Eastern Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Asia, an extensive network of double-tax treaties, its membership of the European Union and its sophisticated European business environment and stable economy mean that the island is an ideal place to locate holding, trading and intermediary companies.
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  • International Real Estate Taxation
    By Tax-News.com Editorial
    Tuesday, September 20, 2011

    In this feature, we look back at significant developments in the area of real estate taxation around the world over the past three months, during which time a number of governments have proposed new or increased taxes on property as part of deficit-closing measures.
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