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Rich Belgians massively move to Switzerland

Belgium witnesses a new emigration tendency. Over the last few years, an increasing number of rich Belgian citizens decided to leave the country and relocate to more tax-friendly jurisdictions, such as Switzerland and Luxembourg. According to the Belgian Federal Public Service of the Interior, more than 22.000 Belgians reside in Switzerland. The reported number has increased [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Gibraltar accepts bitcoin as a trading currency

What is bitcoin? Bitcoin is a virtual currency. In comparison with traditional currencies, bitcoin is not controlled by any central authority (e.g., a central bank). New bitcoins are generated by a decentralized process called mining. It involves the processing of bitcoin transactions by using specialized hardware.People who would like to start generating bitcoin have to use [...]

Bulgaria eases restrictions on offshore ownership

While numerous countries all over the world are imposing new restrictions on companies registered in tax havens, the Bulgarian government has recently eased the laws governing offshore ownership. Following the recommendations of the European Commission, the new amendments of the Bulgarian Offshore Law now permit offshore entities to own up to 10% of Bulgarian companies engaged [...]

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 [...]

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