Japan Planning Corporate Tax Cut Next Year

Deputy Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura told Bloomberg that, by April 2015, the Japanese Government will begin to make significant cuts to Japan’s high corporate tax rate. Read more

IRS grants 18-month FATCA respite to foreign banks who act in ‘good faith’

The US Internal Revenue Service has announced an 18-month grace period before it begins enforcing the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act against foreign financial institutions (FFIs) that cannot meet FATCA’s requirements. However, the concession is being offered only to banks and other institutions that make ‘good faith’ efforts to follow the reporting and withholding duties imposed by FATCA. The law, enacted in 2010, requires FFIs to identify their American accountholders and report their financial affairs to the IRS, starting on 1 July this year. Those that do not comply, or cannot comply due to the laws of their own jurisdictions, are in theory subject to a 30 per cent withholding tax on all income from US sources. All FFIs that claim compliance with FATCA must also enforce this withholding tax.

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Canadian money in offshore tax havens hits record high

Canadian money stashed in 10 offshore tax havens hit $170 billion in 2013. That’s $15 billion more than in 2012, according to Canadians for Tax Fairness using new data from Statistics Canada. The money flowing to tax havens is growing at a faster rate than investment in non-tax haven countries. At least 40 per cent of all Canadian direct foreign investment is held by the finance and insurance industry.
Three offshore tax havens, Barbados, Cayman Islands and Luxembourg hold more than $124 billion of Canadian money compared to $87 billion in 2010. Read more

Bahamas claims FATCA exemption for foundations

The Bahamas cabinet has approved in principle a Model 1 agreement with the USA to implement the US Foreign Accounts Tax Compliance Act. The announcement follows a ‘productive round of negotiations’ earlier this month during which the US Treasury Department appears to have conceded that foundations will be exempt from FATCA reporting and withholding taxes. ‘Model 1’ means that Bahamian financial institutions will report the affairs of their American clients to the Bahamas tax authorities, who will periodically forward the information to the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

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Australia Signed Tax Agreement with the United States

Australia and the United States have today signed an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) to reduce the burden on Australian financial institutions in complying with the United States’ Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).

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U.S. gives foreign banks more time on anti-tax dodge law

The U.S. Treasury Department on Wednesday gave foreign financial institutions 10 extra days to register with the U.S. government, under a new law to combat offshore tax dodging by Americans that goes into effect on July 1. Read more

Changes in Tax Legislation of Ukraine

On 31 March 2014, Law of Ukraine “On preventing financial catastrophe and creating grounds for economic growth in Ukraine” No. 1166-VII dated 27 March 2014 (the “Law“) came into effect.  Read more

UK demands exemption from EU trust registry plan

The UK government has confirmed that it will oppose clauses in the EU’s Fourth Money Laundering Directive that would force all trusts to identify their beneficiaries in publicly accessible registries. Read more

Luxembourg lowers shipping registration levy

The Luxembourg Government has approved a draft grand ducal regulation lowering registration duties, calculated with reference to the vessel’s tonnage, on the first registration of a ship in Luxembourg. Read more

Kuwait prepares to sign FATCA IGA

Kuwait’s Ministry of Finance has stated its desire to sign a Model 1 Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) to help banks comply with the United States Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). Read more