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Belgian tax authorities cannot screen payment cards

On 2nd of February 2018, the court of first instance in Antwerp announced a ruling prohibiting the Belgian investigative tax authority Bijzondere Belastinginspectie (BBI) from obtaining information about payment transactions from payment service providers without a specific evidence of tax fraud. The background of the case The Belgian payment processor Wordline N.V. together with other five [...]

Tax Freedom Day in Bulgaria

Bulgaria has one of the earliest Tax Freedom Days in the EU. In 2018, Bulgarians will celebrate this day on 13th of May. It means that a Bulgarian employee has to work in total 132 days per year to pay all applicable taxes. To break down the entire period of working for taxes, Bulgarians work 35 [...]

UAE out of the EU blacklist!

On 23rd of January 2018, the EU finance ministers decided to amend the EU blacklist of non-cooperative jurisdictions, also known as tax havens. The initial list was made available in December 2017. In total, eight jurisdictions were removed from the list, including Barbados, Grenada, the Republic of Korea, Macao, Mongolia, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), [...]

The New U.S. Tax System

On 22nd of December 2017, the U.S. president Donald Trump signed a ‘Tax Cuts and Jobs Act’, which introduces the most drastic changes of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code since 1986. The new U.S. tax bill, which becomes effective in 2018, includes a wide range of tax reforms that changes the rates of individual and corporate [...]

Tax exemption on small cryptocurrency transactions in U.S.

Transactions using cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, receive more and more attention from tax authorities. Some of the developed countries have already introduced laws requiring Bitcoin traders to report their transactions for taxation purposes. For example, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) started a hunt for users of cryptocurrencies as a relatively small number of those users [...]

New Dutch Tax Plans

After long political discussions and negotiations, four major Dutch political parties reached an agreement and formed a coalition. The new Dutch government will likely be presented to the public on 26th of October 2017. The coalition presented its policy plans for 2017-2021. Together with changes in the fields of employment, education, healthcare, immigration policy, the coalition [...]

Gibraltar introduces a legal framework for cryptocurrency businesses

Introduction Regulation, use, and taxation of cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, are topics that receive an increasing interest among businesses and regulatory authorities. Despite their speculative and risky nature, the number of cryptocurrencies steadily increases. To illustrate the extent of the cryptocurrency buzz, it is sufficient to note that, in August 2017, investors invested more than USD [...]

Costa Rica: interesting for asset protection and tax purposes?

Costa Rica is an attractive investment destination in Latin America for many reasons, including successful economic performance, social achievements, and stable fiscal environment. The most significant feature of the current Costa Rican taxation system is that it operates on the basis of the territoriality principle. Therefore, companies and individuals based in Costa Rica are taxed only [...]

Is the Netherlands a tax haven?

According to a recent report entitled “Tax Battles: the dangerous global race to the bottom on corporate tax” that has been released by Oxfam International, five European countries fall within the list of the world’s fifteen most prominent corporate tax havens. These European countries are the Netherlands (third position), Switzerland (fifth position), Ireland (sixth position), Luxembourg [...]

Can the taxman identify owners of cryptocurrencies?

Capital gains obtained through transactions using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies gradually become subject to taxation in more and more countries all over the world. Taxable persons in those countries are required to declare transactions with cryptocurrencies in their annual tax returns. A failure to do so may result in heavy sanctions. However, can the taxman effectively [...]