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About Iven De hoon

Iven De Hoon wrote a number of books and articles on taxation. His trademark is a smooth, open style. Even the toughest subjects become understandable and captivating. Next to asset planning, his biggest passion is international taxation, especially everything offshore. He has, without a doubt, become the offshore specialist of the Benelux.

Multinationals prefer low-tax over no-tax countries

Changing paradigms In the last five years, there has been a steady increase of the number of multinationals who prefer to register their subsidiaries in low-tax jurisdictions, and not in no-tax jurisdictions. In this regard, Allen Tan, the leader of the tax practice division of a leading law firm in Singapore, stated: “The days of picking [...]

EU cuts the blacklist of tax havens

On the 2nd of October 2018, the Council of the EU revised the EU’s list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions. During the revision, 3 jurisdictions, namely, Liechtenstein, Peru, and Palau, were removed from the so-called “EU blacklist of tax havens”. Liechtenstein and Peru were de-listed because they were admitted as compliant with the commitments regarding international tax [...]

Greece uses drones to find tax fraud

The Greek tax authorities announced that they used surveillance drones to document tax violations on the island of Santorini. The drone operation lasted one day and aimed at collecting evidence indicating that operators of nine tour boats were not giving tax receipts to their customers. The collected evidence revealed 145 tax violations amounting to 25,000 euros [...]

Italy plans a 10-year tax holiday for residents of Sicily, Sardinia and Calabria

People who dream about spending more time in Southern Italy, enjoying its delicious cuisine and sunny climate, may get a new tax-friendly opportunity. The Italian government has proposed a 10-year tax break for Italian and foreign retirees who move to live in the southern regions of the country, namely, Sicily, Calabria, and Sardinia. The new policy [...]

Georgia – Free Zone destination

What is a Free Zone? A Free Zone is a part of the territory (in this case of Georgia) with defined borders and a special status granted by law. The main feature of the special status for a Free Zone, usually implies tax privileges. Free Zones are used as a Foreign Direct Investment („FDI“) attraction tool [...]

Uganda first to introduce a Gossip Tax

The world has witnessed various weird taxes, such as the Russian tax on beards, the tax on Chinese immigrants into Canada, the English tax on fireplaces and windows. Uganda, a country in East Africa, decided to add a new tax to the world list of unusual taxes. More specifically, Uganda will tax 5 eurocent per day [...]

Belgians pay fines and taxes for showing their national flag

The Belgian national soccer team started their participation in the World Cup in Russia with two consecutive wins, one against Panama and one against Tunisia. To support their national team, many Belgians have put flags on their cars, windows, balconies, and clothes. However, the Belgian government does not seem happy with this waive of patriotism. The [...]

10 jurisdictions with no inheritance tax

There is a growing social movement arguing that people should become wealthy by working hard, and not by inheriting wealth from their relatives. That is why many governments impose significant inheritance taxes, also known as “death taxes”. To illustrate, in Belgium’s Brussels capital region, a spouse or a child of a deceased person may be required [...]

After Brexit, the EU countries will pay more tax to the EU

In a few months, the United Kingdom (UK) will not only leave the European Union (EU), but will also stop paying contributions to the EU budget. This will put the EU in a difficult position as the UK is one of the most important “sponsors” of the EU. More specifically, as a result of Brexit, the [...]

E.U. may include U.S. in the list of tax havens

The news agency Bloomberg reported that the E.U. has ordered a “fast-track” investigation of the U.S. taxation practices in the light of the E.U. initiative to create a list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions (the so-called “E.U. black list of tax havens ”). According to Bloomberg, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) was requested by [...]

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