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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.

Thousands of Greek companies relocate to Bulgaria

Due to its attractive tax regime, low labor costs, and political stability, Bulgaria is one of the most compelling countries in the EU to outsource business activities.The advantages of Bulgaria are positively evaluated not only by West European countries, but also by neighboring Eastern European countries. One of the most active countries in out flowing business [...]

Offshore firms own 40.000 properties in London

A research conducted by the British newspaper The Guardian demonstrates that the offshore ownership of properties in London has increased with 9% over the last 10 months. At present, companies registered in tax havens, such as Panama, Liechtenstein, Cayman Islands, and the British Virgin Islands, own around 40.000 commercial and residential buildings in Greater London. The [...]

US NOT VERY TAX FRIENDLY…

According the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the United States has the highest corporate income tax rate in the world. Corporate profits in the US are taxed at rather outrageous corporate tax rates, averagely 39,1%. Therefore, an increasing number of large American corporations, including Apple and Google, chose to relocate their businesses overseas to [...]

Silent Partnerships in Macedonia

Macedonia offers numerous opportunities to international business investors. In addition to low tax environment, governmental incentives for companies operating in high-tech sector, and other corporate benefits, Macedonian law allows the formation of silent partnerships. The opportunity to become a silent partner may be of interest to persons who would like to receive income without the need [...]

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 [...]

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