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) [...]

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 [...]

Taxation in Iran

The recent lifting of financial and economic sanctions against Iran opened new opportunities for businesses aiming at expanding in Iran, the second largest economy in the Middle East. Currently, the trade between the EU and Iran amounts to annual EUR 7,5 billion. However, due to the new trade opportunities, this amount is expected to grow four [...]

Will UK Tax Your Castle?

The UK considers introducing a mansion tax which will target the properties that are worth more than £2 million. The owners of such properties will be obliged to pay an annual progressive tax starting from 1% of the property value. The mansion tax regime was proposed by two UK political parties, namely, the Labor Party and [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]