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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 [...]

Brussels does not like dancing!!

Brussels Municipality has adopted and enforced tax on ‘usual dancing parties’, which has immediately been called ‘one of Europe’s more obscure fiscal levies’. As result, owners of cafés, bars, and music clubs where dance parties are being held are obliged to pay EUR 0,40 for every person swinging on the dance floor per night. The dancing [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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) [...]

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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