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 [...]

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) [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Google Keeps EU 10 Billion in Bermuda

Google tax strategies and accountancy practices are widely discussed topics not only in media, but also on a governmental level. News website shave recently disclosed information that, every year, Google sends profits of about EU 10 billion to the Bermuda Island, one of the world’s tax havens offering a 0% corporate tax rate. However, the only [...]

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 [...]

Dubai Launches Wills and Probate Registry

Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) launched a Wills and Probate Registry based on common law. The Registry aims at simplifying the distribution of assets owned by non-Muslims’ in Dubai upon their decease. The Registry was initiated in order to improve investment environment in Dubai and address the cultural diversity of people who own assets in the [...]