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Italy plans a 10-year tax holiday for residents of Sicily, Sardinia and Calabria

People who dream about spending more time in Southern Italy, enjoying its delicious cuisine and sunny climate, may get a new tax-friendly opportunity. The Italian government has proposed a 10-year tax break for Italian and foreign retirees who move to live in the southern regions of the country, namely, Sicily, Calabria, and Sardinia. The new policy [...]

Uganda first to introduce a Gossip Tax

The world has witnessed various weird taxes, such as the Russian tax on beards, the tax on Chinese immigrants into Canada, the English tax on fireplaces and windows. Uganda, a country in East Africa, decided to add a new tax to the world list of unusual taxes. More specifically, Uganda will tax 5 eurocent per day [...]

Belgians pay fines and taxes for showing their national flag

The Belgian national soccer team started their participation in the World Cup in Russia with two consecutive wins, one against Panama and one against Tunisia. To support their national team, many Belgians have put flags on their cars, windows, balconies, and clothes. However, the Belgian government does not seem happy with this waive of patriotism. The [...]

10 jurisdictions with no inheritance tax

There is a growing social movement arguing that people should become wealthy by working hard, and not by inheriting wealth from their relatives. That is why many governments impose significant inheritance taxes, also known as “death taxes”. To illustrate, in Belgium’s Brussels capital region, a spouse or a child of a deceased person may be required [...]

After Brexit, the EU countries will pay more tax to the EU

In a few months, the United Kingdom (UK) will not only leave the European Union (EU), but will also stop paying contributions to the EU budget. This will put the EU in a difficult position as the UK is one of the most important “sponsors” of the EU. More specifically, as a result of Brexit, the [...]

Types of Investments Needed to Get Residency in Costa Rica

To be able to live in Costa Rica for more than 90 days, you must qualify as well as establish legal residency. There are several ways of getting residency in Costa Rica. Our focus here is on getting residency through investment. Costa Rica's immigration laws are better than most countries. The country is open to people [...]

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 [...]

Germany: A Surprising Bitcoin Tax Haven

For many investors, 2017 marked the first year they seriously got into Bitcoin. What had been a novelty that was only understood and traded by geeks, barged into the mainstream consciousness with a 1,308% rise in value. And where the money flows, the legislators go. They may be a little slow to catch up, but that [...]

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 [...]

Italy: Approved flat taxation of foreign income

In December 2017, the Italian parliament approved a new Italian law which introduced a flat taxation on foreign income generated by new non-domiciled Italian residents. To benefit from the regime, the qualifying individuals need to submit applications to the Italian tax authorities. Scope Taxpayers whose applications have been approved are subject to a flat tax on [...]

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