In February 2019 the Cyprus Council of Ministers approved revisions to the Cyprus Citizenship by Investment Programme. These changes include the addition of contributions to research and development within Cyprus and to fund affordable housing on the Island.
Changes with Immediate Effect
Three changes to the programme came into effect immediately:
The minimum amount of time for which the … more
South Africa, currently, hits the headlines for the ‘wrong’ reasons but it remains a jurisdiction where investment, in the correct manner, can be attractive.
The South African economy offers a diversity of sectors and industries. It has a modern and extensive transport infrastructure and labour costs are priced competitively.
These factors, together with the country's significant natural … 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
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
Cyprus is an attractive option for individuals seeking to move their country of residence. It offers a warm climate, good infrastructure, and convenient geographic location. It also offers attractive tax advantages for companies and incentives for individuals through the Cyprus non-domicile regime, as well as benefits for highly paid employees moving to Cyprus.
Cyprus is accessible from Europe, … more
An Alternative Investment Fund (AIF) is a collective investment which raises external capital from a number of investors with a view to investing it for the benefit of those investors. It does not need to be licensed as an Undertaking for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities (UCITS).
Alternative investments include hedge funds, managed futures, real estate, commodities and derivative … more
In July 2017, the Cyprus Parliament voted for an amendment to the current criteria used to determine Cyprus tax residency. In addition to the 183 day rule, a second test is being introduced in relation to an individual’s tax position in Cyprus.
The current “183 day rule” applies to individuals who have physically resided in Cyprus for more than 183 days during one calendar year.
In addition to … more
Cyprus is an attractive option for the relocation of both companies and individuals.
This island offers a warm climate, good infrastructure, convenient geographic location, membership of the EU, tax advantages for companies and incentives for individuals through the Cyprus non-dom regime.
The Cyprus House of Representatives approved new tax laws on 9 July 2015, which took effect on 1 … more
Cyprus Citizenship by Investment is rapidly becoming one of the EU’s most popular residence schemes.
A fast track procedure exists for non Cypriot citizens (and their families) to acquire Cyprus Citizenship by investing €2.5 million* in Cyprus.
*In one specific set of circumstances as detailed below in the financial criteria, the investment required is €2.0 million.
A non-Cypriot citizen … more
At the end of 2016 thousands of Cyprus companies were struck off – as the Cypriot Government recognised that many had been inactive for a number of years.
This Information Note considers why these companies were struck off and explains the relatively straightforward process for a company to be reinstated.
Why were Cyprus Companies Struck Off?
There are two reasons why the Cyprus Registrar of … more
South Africa is one of the most sophisticated and promising emerging markets globally.
The potential offered by the South African economy is evident in its diversity of sectors and industries. It has a modern and extensive transport infrastructure and labour costs are priced competitively.
These factors, together with the country's significant natural resources, have made it a popular country … more
IN436 - Restarting the Clock for Non-UK Domiciles: Why Cyprus, Malta and Portugal are Attractive Jurisdictions to Consider for Relocation
The UK offers an attractive tax regime for up to 15 years for individuals who are resident in the UK but do not have a UK domicile.
Individuals who are UK resident, but not UK domiciled, do not have to pay UK tax on their foreign income and gains, as long as these sums remain outside of the UK.
Individuals may choose to structure their tax affairs so that they cease to be UK tax resident for a … more
Ideal Characteristics for the Location of an International Holding Company
The location of a holding company is an important consideration in any international structure where the objective is to minimise the tax charged on the income flow. Ideally the company should be in a jurisdiction which:
Has a good double tax treaty network, thereby minimising withholding taxes on dividends received. … more
IN275 - A Consideration of Shipping in the Jurisdictions of Cyprus, the Isle of Man, Madeira (Portugal) and Malta
Dixcart can provide clients with a number of alternative ship registration solutions.
This note provides a brief overview of the shipping regimes in Cyprus, the Isle of Man, Madeira (Portugal) and Malta. More detailed information is available on request regarding shipping in each of the jurisdictions considered in this Article.
Cyprus is a major ship management centre attracting … more
Cyprus is becoming an increasingly attractive option for companies and individuals to consider relocating to. Attractive tax incentives exist and Cyprus offers a good corporate and residential location, enviable weather and a sound infrastructure.
On 9 July 2015 the Cyprus House of Representatives approved new tax laws which took effect on 16 July 2015. These changes … more
It is possible for a company to be incorporated in one jurisdiction and to be resident in another. In certain circumstances this can generate tax efficiencies.
It is very important to always ensure that the company is properly managed and controlled from the jurisdiction in which it is resident.
The jurisdictions of Cyprus, Malta and the UK present a number of opportunities, as detailed below. … more
Why Consider the Jurisdiction of Cyprus?
Cyprus is the third largest and third most populated island in the Mediterranean Sea. It is situated to the east of Greece and to the south of Turkey. Cyprus joined the European Union in 2004 and adopted the euro as the national currency in 2008.
Factors contributing to and enhancing the status of the jurisdiction of Cyprus include:
Cyprus is a member … more
Cyprus is an attractive international jurisdiction with a very good holding company regime. Dixcart has an office in Limassol and can therefore efficiently organise the formation and management of companies in Cyprus.
Approximately 13,000 new companies were registered in Cyprus during 2017, bringing the total number of active companies to approximately 217,000.
A number of the benefits … more