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BVI: changes in company law
01/12/2012
In accordance with the changes in the law, it will now be possible to re-use names of companies which have been dissolved or struck off, or where the name has been changed. In the case of bearer shares, in the future registered agents which will have to keep records which show not only the name of the possessor of the shares, but also the beneficial owner.
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Cyprus taken off the blacklist
01/12/2012
In a statement issued on October 31st 2012, the Russian Ministry of Finance confirmed that Cyprus had been removed from its blacklist of tax-haven jurisdictions. This step by the Russians came about as a result of the protocol signed by the two countries on October 7th 2010 on the signing of an agreement for the avoidance of double taxation between them.
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Slovakia: the end of the single tier tax system
01/12/2012
Both companies and individuals in Slovakia will have to pay more tax from January 1st 2013. Corporation tax will be raised from the current 19% to 23%. For individuals, the single tier tax system will come to an end.
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Changes in the Hellenic Bank’s services
01/10/2012
The Hellenic Bank’s internet banking system already offered excellent possibilities for the performance of everyday transactions. The fast, secure and easy to use e-banking system was available 24 hours a day in 3 languages, Greek, English and Russian. The bank’s latest product is a multi-currency account which offers the possibility for the simultaneous management of an account in two or more currencies, while also showing the combined amount actually in the account.
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Hungary: opening of a safe by the tax authorities
01/10/2012
NAV, the Hungarian tax authority, recently carried out an almost unheard of procedure against a Hungarian pensioner, who was a member and the managing director of several companies.
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USA: 104 million dollar reward for the UBS whistle-blower
01/10/2012
The US tax authority (IRS) paid a reward of 104 million dollars to Bradley Birkenfeld, the banker who provided information on the UBS bank’s American clients. Birkenfeld provided the American authorities with internal banking information which would have been impossible to discover from outside.
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Is there really 21 trillion dollars deposited in offshore accounts?
01/10/2012
In July 2012 Tax Justice Network (www.taxjustice.net), a portal advocating the fight against corruption and tax evasion, published a report on the amount of money deposited offshore in tax havens. The report (The Price of Offshore Revisited), written by James Henry, alleges that even modest estimations at the amount deposited in the various “secret tax havens” put the figure at around 21 trillion dollars.
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Cyprus: royalty collector Nr 1
01/07/2012
In accordance with the amendments to the tax laws, income of companies registered in Cyprus arising from royalties will be subject to a tax discount of 80%. According to the earlier laws, such income was subject to the standard 10% rate of profit tax. In line with the new law, however, taking into account the 80% discount, the maximum amount of tax will be 2%.
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Cyprus: modernised Trust law
01/07/2012
On March 8th 2012, the Cypriot Parliament (House of Representatives) passed the International Trusts (Amending) Law of 2012, amending the earlier International Trust Law of 1992 and clarifying many questions, as well as modernising the whole law in accordance with 21st century asset management relations.
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The Seychelles: keeping of accounting records – amendments already
01/07/2012
In accordance with the amendments to the International Business Companies Act of 1994 published on December 27th 2011, every company registered in the Seychelles should have made arrangements regarding the place where the company keeps its documents and records relating to its operations and business transactions within 3 months of the date of publication.
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