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Importance of China’s VAT Reform

China, one of the world’s most powerful economies, has recently implemented a significant tax reform. In May 2016, the Chinese business tax (BT) was effectively replaced with value-added tax (VAT). The tax reform aims to ease the tax burden on companies and assist the Chinese economy in shifting from labor-intensive manufacturing to service-oriented industries. For a [...]

The Success of the Indonesian Tax Amnesty Program

Indonesia, one of the biggest economies in Southeast Asia is implementing an ambitious tax amnesty program that aims to repatriate assets from tax heavens. Thus, the country hopes to reduce social inequality, stimulate its economic growth, and increase tax compliance on a sustained basis. The program includes tax incentives and immunity from prosecution in return for [...]

Georgia amends its Tax Code

Georgia continues to increase its level of attraction as a business hub. On the 1st of January 2017, the latest amendments of the Georgian Tax Code came into force. The new fiscal regime is simplified and made more liberal, in order to stimulate the country’s economic growth. In order to improve its investment environment, Georgia took [...]

Setting up in the EU after Brexit

Why should British entrepreneurs set up a company in the EU after Brexit? The 23rd of June 2016 is a landmark date in the EU political history. During a referendum held on that day, more than a half of the British voters expressed their wish to leave the European Union. The main reason for Brexit was [...]

Poland reduces Corporate Income Tax

On 1st of January 2017, the new amendments of the Polish Corporate Income Tax (CIT) and Personal Income Tax (PIT) acts entered into force. The major legislative change refers to reducing the CIT rate for small corporate taxpayers and start-up businesses. According to the new amendments, companies which report gross sales of less that EUR 1,2 [...]

Free Zones in Georgia

Georgia, a gateway between Europe and Asia is a compelling jurisdiction, which offers competitive business advantages to start-ups and established enterprises. In order to maintain economic growth, enhance industrial competitiveness, and attract foreign investment, the Georgian government adopted a law providing for the establishment of four free industrial zones in strategic locations, namely, the sea port [...]

Report Reveals The Top Wasters of Taxpayers’ Money

The World Economic Forum (WEF) regularly assesses the competitiveness of 138 world economies. The assessment encompasses indicators, such as business infrastructure, macroeconomic environment, labor market efficiency, innovation, and efficiency of governmental spending. In this article, we will focus on the latter. Inefficient governmental spending may include, for example, irrelevant research projects, redundant investment in public safety [...]

Belgium fails to reform its corporate tax regime

After long and intense negotiations, the Belgian federal government announced new tax measures, which will become effective on 1st of January 2017. Although the government was planning to reform the corporate tax regime, the new measures do not alter the rate of the current corporate tax (33.99%). The reforms have been postponed for an indefinite period [...]

The Gulf Cooperation Council

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is a regional, political, and economic organization uniting six Middle East monarchies – Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. The alliance was established in 1981 with the purpose of enhancing the interconnection, coordination, integration, and security of its members. At present, the GCC possesses around 50% [...]

Inheritance Taxation in Bulgaria Extremely Low

Bulgarian citizens who inherit property worldwide and foreign individuals who inherit movable and immovable property located in Bulgaria are subject to Bulgarian inheritance tax. Inheritance taxation in Bulgaria is governed by Articles 29 to 43 of the Local Taxes and Fees Law. Who is paying inheritance tax? The following persons are subject to inheritance tax: (1) [...]

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