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Importance of China’s VAT Reform

China, one of the world’s most powerful economies, has recently implemented a significant tax reform. In May 2016, the Chinese business tax (BT) was effectively replaced with value-added tax (VAT). The tax reform aims to ease the tax burden on companies and assist the Chinese economy in shifting from labor-intensive manufacturing to service-oriented industries. For a [...]

The Success of the Indonesian Tax Amnesty Program

Indonesia, one of the biggest economies in Southeast Asia is implementing an ambitious tax amnesty program that aims to repatriate assets from tax heavens. Thus, the country hopes to reduce social inequality, stimulate its economic growth, and increase tax compliance on a sustained basis. The program includes tax incentives and immunity from prosecution in return for [...]

Georgia amends its Tax Code

Georgia continues to increase its level of attraction as a business hub. On the 1st of January 2017, the latest amendments of the Georgian Tax Code came into force. The new fiscal regime is simplified and made more liberal, in order to stimulate the country’s economic growth. In order to improve its investment environment, Georgia took [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Luxembourg Announces Tax Amnesty Plan

Luxembourg has recently announced its first tax amnesty plan for undeclared income. The temporary tax amnesty scheme for 2016-2017 aims at “laundering” tax evaders and regulating “assets and income held by persons with tax residence in Luxembourg.” According to the current Luxembourg legislation, sanctions for a willful tax fraud and evasion include (i) a fine of [...]

Italian Taxpayers Voluntary Disclose €30 Billion of Funds

In the end of 2014, Italian government approved provisions on money laundering and tax evasion, the so-called Tax Voluntary Disclosure Program. The results of the program are outstanding. As for September 2015, over 2.5 million Italians voluntarily disclosed a total of nearly €30 billion.   The legislation of Voluntary Disclosure aims at stimulating Italians to declare [...]

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