/Tag:VAT

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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% [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Free zone JAFZA expands significantly

Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA) is one of the leading free trade zones in Dubai. JAFZA specializes in providing industrial and logistics solutions to businesses operating in the UAE and internationally. At present, JAFZA accommodates about 7.000 active companies, including a large number of companies that are added to the Fortune Global 500 (an annual ranking [...]

Macedonia has the lowest tax rate in the world

The World Economic Forum (WEF) released the Global Competitiveness Report 2015-2016. The report identifies the competitiveness index of 140 jurisdictions. The competitiveness index is calculated on the basis of various variables, including the total tax rate. The total tax rate measures the amount of taxes and mandatory contributions which should be paid by a business in [...]

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