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Golden Visa In Cyprus

In 2016, the Cypriot government revised the laws governing the Golden Visa Program, i.e., a governmental program that allows non-EU citizens who invest in the country to obtain permanent residence in Cyprus. The program aims to attract wealthy foreign citizens to the third most populous island in the Mediterranean. If the program application is approved, permanent [...]

How to arrange a will in Dubai?

A will is a document which explains the manner in which a person’s property will be distributed after his/her death. Deceased’s family members, friends, organisations, and public institutions are the usual beneficiaries of wills. Assets transferred by means of wills may include, for example, money, jewellery, real estate, vehicles, and shares in companies. Expatriates residing in [...]

Citizenship by Investment in Cyprus

In order to boost foreign investment and attract high net worth entrepreneurs, the government of Cyprus has introduced an incentive that allows individuals to obtain Cypriot citizenship in exchange for significant financial investments in the country. The program, which is officially called “Scheme for Naturalization of Investors in Cyprus by Exception”, grants Cypriot citizenship to non-Cypriot [...]

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) [...]

A report reveals the countries with lowest and highest rates of property transfer tax

The Australian accountancy association UHY Haines Norton has recently published a report indicating the countries with the highest and the lowest property transfer taxes. The association examined 26 countries, including G7 jurisdictions and the most prominent world emerging economies. The report estimates the property transfer tax rates applying to the purchase of a residential property that [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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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