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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.

Taxation in Georgia

Georgia, a country in the Caucasus region, is located on a crossroad between European and Asian markets. Due to Georgia’s business advantages, such as a low-cost workforce, a stable political environment, an attractive tax regime, and a well-developed infrastructure, an increasing number of foreign investors choose to outsource their business activities in Georgia. Moreover, in order [...]

European Commission proposes new property regime for international couples

On 2nd of March 2016, the European Commission presented a new proposal regarding the division of joint property of international married couples and registered partnerships. The proposed regime aims to address the current issues related to dividing couples’ joint assets in case of divorce, separation, or death of a partner. Thus, the proposed rules will ease [...]

Free zone JAFZA expands significantly

Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA) is one of the leading free trade zones in Dubai. JAFZA specializes in providing industrial and logistics solutions to businesses operating in the UAE and internationally. At present, JAFZA accommodates about 7.000 active companies, including a large number of companies that are added to the Fortune Global 500 (an annual ranking [...]

The New EU Succession Rules

The new EU Regulation No 650/2012 came into force in 2015 in order to simplify and harmonize the legislation related to succession and wills within the EU. The Regulation aims to address international succession issues. The Regulation applies to persons who die from 17 August 2015 onward. The Regulation aims to avoid parallel succession-related court proceedings [...]

Macedonia has the lowest tax rate in the world

The World Economic Forum (WEF) released the Global Competitiveness Report 2015-2016. The report identifies the competitiveness index of 140 jurisdictions. The competitiveness index is calculated on the basis of various variables, including the total tax rate. The total tax rate measures the amount of taxes and mandatory contributions which should be paid by a business in [...]

Private Austrian Foundations

The Austrian private foundation is a type of legal entity which allows the grantor to determine the internal organization and the aim of the entity. Although most aspects of private foundations resemble those of limited companies, Austrian private foundations provide grantors with a greater flexibility to:(1) protect and maintain assets, (2) tailor the foundation according to [...]

LUXEMBOURG IS DEAD!

On 29 th of February 2016, the Luxembourg government announced a new set of tax measures to be implemented by 2017. The measures will amend the corporate and personal taxation regime. The following amendments in Luxembourg tax legislation may harm the status of Luxembourg as an attractive destination for high net worth individuals: • The individual [...]

Google Keeps EU 10 Billion in Bermuda

Google tax strategies and accountancy practices are widely discussed topics not only in media, but also on a governmental level. News website shave recently disclosed information that, every year, Google sends profits of about EU 10 billion to the Bermuda Island, one of the world’s tax havens offering a 0% corporate tax rate. However, the only [...]

The EU VAT Mini One Stop Shop (MOSS) scheme

On 1st of January 2015, the EU started applying new VAT rules for businesses operating in the fields of (1) telecommunications, (2) broadcasting, and (3) electronic services (e.g., supply of websites, software, databases, films, music, distant teaching, web-hosting). According to the new VAT rules, the services provided by such businesses will be taxed in the country [...]

Why do Icelanders Worship Sumerian Gods?

In Iceland, an increasing number of Icelanders are joining an exotic religious movement called Zuism. Although the Evangelical Lutheran is the official state church in Iceland, around 1% of Iceland’s population has already proclaimed themselves as Zuits, i.e., members of a new religion that worships ancient Sumerian gods. However, this phenomenon is not related to spiritual [...]

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