/Tag:corporate tax

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 [...]

Top 5 tax-friendly EU countries for large businesses

According to a recent research conducted by the Dutch financial newspaper “Het Financiële Dagblad”, large European enterprises pay an average corporate tax rate of 23,3% on their profits. The research analyzed the taxation of the 25 biggest firms trading on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange, including Philips, Unilever, ING Group, and Heineken, and assessed their corporate tax [...]

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 [...]

Swiss voters reject proposed Tax Reform

On 12th of February 2017, Switzerland held a referendum  federal bill on Corporate Tax Reform III proposed by the government in 2016. The aim of the reform was to bring the Swiss corporate tax system in line with internationally accepted standards. However, the majority of Swiss voters (over 59%) opposed the proposal, thus letting the future [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Hungarian Trust

On 15th of March 2014, Hungary introduced the legal structure of “trust” in its legal system. Similarly to the Anglo-American trust, the Hungarian trust consists of three actors, namely, the settlor, the trustee, and the beneficiary. The settlor is the owner of the assets, whereas the trustee manages the settlor’s assets. Subject to certain conditions, the [...]

Thousands of Greek companies relocate to Bulgaria

Due to its attractive tax regime, low labor costs, and political stability, Bulgaria is one of the most compelling countries in the EU to outsource business activities.The advantages of Bulgaria are positively evaluated not only by West European countries, but also by neighboring Eastern European countries. One of the most active countries in out flowing business [...]