The EU Code of Conduct Group (Business Taxation) (“the COCG”) have been working with the Crown Dependencies (Guernsey, Isle of Man and Jersey) to review ‘economic substance’. The EU Code Group concluded that the Isle of Man and Guernsey were compliant with most of the EU principles of good tax governance, including the general principles of “fair taxation”. However, one area that raised concern … more
The Island of Guernsey offers Private Clients confidence in relation to the preservation, protection and growth of their wealth.
Guernsey is a well regulated jurisdiction situated in Europe, between the United Kingdom and France, with excellent travel links to both countries. It is a tax neutral, politically stable jurisdiction with an excellent reputation and a network of multi-jurisdictional … more
IN542 - The Maltese Parliament is Putting in Place the Foundations to Become the 'Blockchain Island'
Malta has, for several decades, been a country committed to new technologies and to welcoming investment in such sectors.
With blockchain it is no different.
At the end of June 2018, the Maltese Parliament unanimously approved three Bills:
The Virtual Financial Assets Bill.
The Technology Arrangements and Services Bill.
The Digital Innovation Authority Bill.
Each of these establishes … more
IN541 - Key Features of the New Double Tax Agreements between the UK and Guernsey, and the UK and the Isle of Man
At the start of July 2018 three new Double Tax Agreements (DTAs) were announced between the UK and the Crown Dependencies (Guernsey, Isle of Man, and Jersey). The three DTAs (from each of the islands) are identical, which was a key aim of the UK Government.
Each of the DTAs cover clauses relating to Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (’BEPS’) and they comply with new international tax standards, … more
The past few years have seen dramatic changes to the taxation of UK residential property in respect of both UK and non-UK residents and detailed below is a summary of the current position (as of July 2018) and proposed changes.
It is important that existing structures (particularly those with foreign company ownership) are continually reviewed to ensure that the anticipated benefits of such … more
Tax on Rental Profit
Overseas investors who are not tax resident and do not carry on a trade in the UK are only liable to pay basic rate income tax (currently 20%) on rental profits during their period of ownership of a UK commercial investment property.
To achieve the favourable tax treatment outlined above, it is important to use an offshore company to acquire the UK property and that … more
IN536 - Advantages of Cyprus Foreign Interest Companies - Including the Right for Employees to Reside in Cyprus
Background and the Cyprus Permanent Residence Scheme
Cyprus offers a Permanent Residence Scheme whereby individuals are granted permanent residence by acquiring property in Cyprus with a minimum value of €300,000. The Dixcart office in Cyprus can provide comprehensive details regarding the Cyprus Residence Scheme.
This programme is proving popular but is not always appropriate as individuals … more
IN538 - Imminent Introduction of the Portuguese Tonnage Tax Scheme for Ships - What benefits will it offer?
The Portuguese tonnage tax and seafarer scheme was approved by the European Commission on 6 April 2018, in line with EU State aid rules, in particular the Guidelines on State aid to maritime transport. The Portuguese measures will enhance the competitiveness of the Portuguese shipping sector and, simultaneously, protect know-how and jobs in the EU maritime transport sector.
The law proposal had … more
IN535 - Consideration of the Jurisdiction of Nevis for the Control and Management of Companies outside the EU
The Requirement for Substance
In recent times a number of leading European countries have sought to limit the use of holding or associated companies outside the EU.
The main reason given has been the lack of real substance being demonstrated in the countries outside the EU.
A Workable Solution to the Problem
Advantages continue to exist through the use of holding companies outside the EU. … more
HN - Three Bills on ‘Distributed Ledger Technology’ (relating to Crypto Currency and Bitcoin) have been Approved by the Malta Parliament
On 26 June 2018, the Maltese Parliament unanimously approved three Bills.
The Virtual Financial Assets Bill -which provides regulation on virtual currencies and initial coin offerings (ICO)
The Technology Arrangements and Services Bill - which is concerned with the registration and certification of technology service providers
The Digital Innovation Authority Bill– which will establish the … more
Corporate entities are established and managed in a number of countries across the world for a variety of reasons. The location chosen for the incorporation and management of a company is a vital factor and integral aspect of the international, commercial planning process.
Business Centres are becoming an increasingly popular feature within international trading centres. They provide an … more
IN533 - The Cyprus Start-Up Visa Scheme - An Attractive Scheme for Technological Entrepreneurs from Non-EU Countries
Cyprus is already attracting global technology companies from all over the world, especially from EU countries, due to relatively low operational costs and its competitive EU-approved regimes for non-domiciled individuals. In addition, entrepreneurs from the EU do not require a resident visa to reside in Cyprus.
In February 2017, the Cypriot Government established a new scheme designed to … more
IN531 - The Importance of a Will - International Clients Need To Consider Their Position Across Jurisdictions
As families become increasingly international, with family members located in different countries, it is vital that appropriate wills are drafted and, subsequently, regularly reviewed and amended to reflect variations in circumstances. Often the jurisdictions where assets are located and/or where family members reside will be subject to change.
Writing A Will
There is no doubt that a will is an … more
IN530 - Portuguese Double Taxation Agreements, Particularly Attractive Agreements and the Madeira International Business Centre
Companies licensed to operate within the legal framework of the Free Trade Zone of Madeira are Portuguese companies. The double taxation agreements (DTAs) concluded between Portugal and its treaty partners generally apply to Portuguese companies registered in Madeira. Not only is access to most of the agreements available, but also access to EU Directives, for instance the Parent-Subsidiary … more
IN529 - Representative of Overseas Business and the Advantages Available when Moving to the Isle of Man
The Isle of Man, United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Republic of Ireland collectively form a ‘Common Travel Area’. In effect this means that travel between each jurisdiction is deemed to be an internal domestic journey and there are no separate immigration controls in place.
This, of course, is not the case for foreign nationals journeying to members of the ‘Common Travel Area’ from overseas. It … more
The Annual Dixcart London Seminar was held in the City of London, at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). Further details regarding Brexit are emerging virtually continuously and these impending changes, as well as others within the UK, have provided an incentive for certain individuals to explore moving elsewhere.
The seminar started by attempting to evaluate the … more
In October 2017 the Government of Malta published a public consultation paper, proposing a new set of rules to regulate collective investment schemes using virtual currency. Further to industry responses, a feedback statement was issued in January 2018.
The Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) has developed and published a ‘rulebook’ to regulate Professional Investor Funds (PIFs) which … more
The Isle of Man has been attracting e-Gaming companies to set up their business on island for almost 20 years. This initiative was based on the need to develop and diversify the island’s economy and to build on the very successful finance sector. The Isle of Man Government and the private sector have spent time and energy to create a ‘fit for purpose’ regulatory framework for e-Gaming companies … more
On 5 April 2018, the St Kitts & Nevis, Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) made an exciting announcement regarding permanent changes to the Economic Citizenship Programme.
Two new options have now been introduced, as detailed below:
Option 1: The New Sustainable Growth Fund
We are delighted to announce the introduction of the New Sustainable Growth Fund (SGF).
This fund has been … more
The 5th EU Anti-Money Laundering Directive
In December 2017, the 5th Anti-Money Laundering Directive, a revision of the 4th Directive, was launched after the Panama Papers leaked the extent to which anonymously owned companies were facilitating money laundering and tax evasion. The aim of the 5th Directive is to further improve transparency in relation to beneficial ownership.
Requirements of … more