803, 2018

New chairperson for the National Council of Tax Advisors

On the weekend of 12th-14th of January 2018, the Fifth National Convention of Tax Advisors was held in Warsaw. A new chairperson for the National Council of Tax Advisors was appointed during a vote – [...]

2102, 2018

Initial Coin Offering – BlockChain – Bitcoin Funds

The SLP can be used to setup up a Bitcoin Fund as an Unregulated Alternative Investment Fund An ICO (Initial Coin Offering) is a fundraising method, operating via the issue of digital assets exchangeable against [...]

1802, 2018

Foreign LPs Investing in Australia

There has been a heartening development in the long running uncertainly about the access to treaty benefits for partners in foreign limited partnerships investing into Australia, at least where the foreign LP is actually a [...]

1702, 2018

IRS to Begin Revoking US Passports of Delinquent Taxpayers in 2018!

Starting this month, the IRS will start implementing new procedures required under a 2015 law to crack down on individuals with “seriously delinquent tax debts.” The IRS issued Notice 2018-1 on January 16, 2018, which provides [...]

1502, 2018

Two-tiered Profits Tax Rates Regime in Hong Kong

A two-tiered profits tax rates regime was proposed by the Hong Kong Government during the last quarter of 2017 and the relevant Inland Revenue (Amendment) (No.7) Bill 2017 (the "Bill") was gazetted and introduced to [...]

1402, 2018

Cyprus VAT on Land – Updates by the Tax Department

In November 2017, the Cyprus parliament voted an important amendment to the Cyprus VAT Legislation, which amends the main VAT Law N.95(I)/2000 concerning taxation of building land, in order to align it with the provisions [...]

802, 2018

IRS Urges Travelers Requiring Passports to Pay Their Back Taxes or Enter into Payment Agreements; People Owing $51,000 or More Covered

On January 16, 2018 the IRS further warned that Travelers Requiring Passports to Pay Their Back Taxes or Enter into Payment Agreements; People Owing $51,000 or More Covered.  This month, the IRS will begin implementation [...]

202, 2018

Turkey: 5% of income tax and corporate tax rate deduction would be applied as of 1 January 2018 under certain conditions.

The General Communiqué No: 301 on Income Tax was published in the Official Gazette dated December 23, 2017 and numbered 30279 made explanations on the application of tax deduction to compliant taxpayers. Who are within [...]

2401, 2018

Papua New Guinea Key Compliance Dates for 2018

Shishya, a consulting firm specialising in servicing Asia Pacific markets, has kindly provided the Papua New Guinea Key Compliance Dates for 2018 in an easy to follow table shown below. For more information, kindly visit [...]

2301, 2018

Argentina enacts integral Tax Reform introducing significant changes in decades

Argentina enacted an integral tax reform through Law 27.430 (published on the Official Gazette on December 29th 2017), which became effective as from January 1st 2018. The Law includes changes that would affect the taxation [...]

2001, 2018

Register of Beneficial Owners in Malta

On the 26th December by virtue of Legal Notice 374 of 2017 as of the 1st January 2018 the Registrar of the Registry of Companies shall compile a register of the beneficial owners of each [...]

1801, 2018

Minimum salaries for foreign workers rise 33 percent in Romania

Romanian authorities have increased minimum salary levels for foreign employees by 33 percent as the country prepares for a new system in which employees, rather than employers, will be responsible for social security costs. Effective [...]

1401, 2018

China Withholding Tax Deferral Policy for Foreign Direct Reinvestment

Dividends derived from China by a foreign investor are currently subject to China Enterprise Income Tax in the form of Withholding Tax at 10%.  In order to attract foreign capital flow into China, a preferential [...]

1001, 2018

Double tax treaty for between Cyprus and Saudi Arabia

The Cyprus Ministry of Finance has announced that Cyprus has entered into a double tax agreement with Saudi Arabia for the avoidance of double taxation (‘DTT’), which aims to prevent tax evasion. The DTT was [...]

701, 2018

What the tax reform bill means for individuals

Passive H.R. 1, known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which both houses of Congress passed on Dec. 20, contains a large number of provisions that affect individual taxpayers. However, to keep the cost [...]

2012, 2017

US 2018 Tax Reform -What You Need To Know?

The House passed the final version of the Republican tax bill on Wednesday December 20, 2017, capping off a furious seven-week push to bring about the most sweeping changes to the US tax code in [...]

1812, 2017

Main amendments on Romanian Fiscal Code

Below are the main amendments on Romanian Fiscal Code, to enter into force starting with January 2018. Corporate income tax The current provisions regarding the limited deductibility of interest and net foreign exchange losses are [...]

1512, 2017

Recent UK personal tax developments and news

Scottish income tax Scotland’s draft Budget for 2018/19 has now been released and details of the proposed Scottish tax changes can be found here https://www.budget.scot/ UK Autumn Budget 2017 Last month the UK Government published [...]

1312, 2017

Wake-up Call for Common Australian Discretionary Trust Arrangements

Discretionary trusts are extremely common in Australia, both for the holding of assets, and from an international perspective, more unusually, to carry on business. Such trusts resident in Australia may have non-resident beneficiaries, or non-resident [...]

1112, 2017

VAT on Land: Important Amendment to the VAT Legislation

In November 2017, the Cyprus parliament voted a significant amendment to the Cyprus VAT Legislation (VAT Law – Amending Law No. 3) which amends the main VAT Law N.95(I)/2000 concerning taxation of building land, in [...]

812, 2017

Revised FTP 2015 – India

Revised FTP 2015 – 20 has been amended in such a way that it is in line with the provisions of GST. – BY Central Government vide Notification No. 41/2015-2020 dated 05.12.2017. • SEIS Rate [...]

612, 2017

2018 PNG Budget Commentary from Shishya

Executive summary below: The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Treasury, Hon. Charles Abel handed over the 2018 Budget on behalf of O’Neill-Abel Government at the Parliament this afternoon. Theme of this year budget is [...]

412, 2017

Certain changes on China withholding tax obligations for non-residents

Passive incomes such as dividends, interests, royalties, capital gains derived from China by a non-Chinese tax resident enterprise (“NRE”) are generally subject to China enterprise income tax in the form of withholding tax. Effective from [...]

2111, 2017

Changes to the Malta Residence and Visa Programme

The Malta Residence and Visa Programme (MRVP) provides an excellent opportunity to non-EU Nationals, non-EEA Nationals and non-Swiss Nationals including their dependants to reside, settle or stay indefinitely in Malta. With Malta being an EU [...]

1711, 2017

Tax Amnesty Scheme and New Tax Clearance Process in Papua New Guinea (PNG)

TAX AMNESTY SCHEME The Commissioner General of Internal Revenue Commission(IRC) has notified a temporary relief to businesses in PNG. Who is covered? All persons who are liable to file returns and pay taxes but have [...]