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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Estonian E-Residency

For the last decade, Estonia has been known for its innovative digital solutions and extensive e-governance programs. One of those programs, ‘E-residency of Estonia’, was introduced in 2014 as a tool to attract location-independent entrepreneurs, such as software developers and writers, to the Baltic country. What is e-residency? E-residency provides entrepreneurs from all over the world [...]

France wants back its rich people

The new French government, led by President Emmanuel Macron, announced a tax strategy which aims to significantly reduce the tax rates in the country by 2022. The new programme promises to reduce country’s financial deficit, improve its competitive environment, boost foreign investment, and lure financial institutions and large corporations to move from post-Brexit London to Paris. [...]

Kings or presidents – who pay more tax?

A recent public survey commissioned by the Dutch TV programme “EenVandaag” revealed that more than a half of the Dutch population (62%) would like their royal family, King Willem-Alexander, Queen Máxima and the abdicated Queen Beatrix, to pay tax as regular Dutch residents. The survey was conducted among 26.700 respondents who expressed their opinion about different [...]

Trump’s Corporate Tax Reform

The controversial US president Donald Trump is about to introduce his game-changing tax reform plan, or, as he calls it, something “phenomenal in terms of tax”. During the election campaign and immediately after the elections in November 2016, president Trump signalled about his plans to cut corporate tax rates in order to help businesses that currently [...]