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Hong Kong, ASEAN Conclude Free Trade Talks

by Mary Swire,, Hong Kong

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Hong Kong has announced the conclusion of free trade agreement negotiations with the Association of South East Asian Nations. Read Full Story


Canada Agrees To Exploratory ASEAN Trade Talks

by Mary Swire,, Hong Kong

Monday, September 11, 2017

Canada and representatives from the ASEAN member states have agreed to launch exploratory discussions to determine the potential for a free trade agreement. Read Full Story


Greek Shipping Firms Unhappy With Tax Regime

by Lorys Charalambous,, Cyprus

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Tax regime instability has been cited by Greek shipping companies as a reason why they would consider switching to an alternative jurisdiction, according to a report by EY. Read Full Story


Singapore Saw Tax Revenues Rise In 2016

by Mary Swire,, Hong Kong

Friday, August 25, 2017

The Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore collected SGD47bn (USD34.5bn) in tax revenue for the financial year 2016/17, a five percent increase on the previous year. Read Full Story


Singapore Discusses Digital Economy Tax Challenges

by Mary Swire,, Hong Kong

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Singapore is taking a three-pronged approach to tackling the international tax challenges posed by the digital economy, the country's Senior Minister for Law and Finance, Indranee Rajah, has said. Read Full Story


IMF Discusses Pressure On Singapore's Finances, Tax Regime

by Mary Swire,, Hong Kong

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Singapore could use its significant fiscal reserves to keep its tax rates low while boosting spending, rather than looking to tax hikes, the International Monetary Fund has said. Read Full Story


UK, Netherlands Biggest 'Conduits' For Offshore Investment

by Amanda Banks,, London

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Researchers at the University of Amsterdam have looked at how corporations make use of particular countries and jurisdictions to minimize their tax liabilities. Read Full Story


Switzerland Promoting Tax Transparency Efforts

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

Monday, July 17, 2017

Switzerland has signed an agreement on the automatic exchange of tax information with Singapore, and is this week hosting a working meeting of the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes. Read Full Story


TPP11 Explore Plan B Agreement In Japan

by Mary Swire,, Hong Kong

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Following agreement reached by the remaining signatories to the Trans-Pacific Partnership earlier this year to push ahead following US President Donald Trump's withdrawal of the United States from the pact, Japan has taken the lead with regard to formulating a plan B for the agreement. Read Full Story


New Tax Treaties Key To Aircraft Leasing Growth In Hong Kong, Says Report

by Mary Swire,, Hong Kong

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Hong Kong Financial Services Development Council has released a report calling for the Government to expand its tax treaty network, in particular with countries that have growing aviation industries. Read Full Story



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