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 [...]

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 [...]

The Gulf Cooperation Council

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is a regional, political, and economic organization uniting six Middle East monarchies – Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. The alliance was established in 1981 with the purpose of enhancing the interconnection, coordination, integration, and security of its members. At present, the GCC possesses around 50% [...]

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 [...]


Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), is not only the cultural and political center of the country, but also one of the major commercial and industrial areas in the UAE. Abu Dhabi hosts six free zones offering advantageous business environment to foreign investors. MasdarCity Free Zone (MCFZ), a global clean-technology cluster,which specializes [...]

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 [...]