Tax

World Finance spoke to Thierry Afschrift, founder of Afschrift Law Firm and university professor, about how tax lawyers can respond to a changing European environment

The changing face of European taxation

World Finance spoke to Thierry Afschrift, founder of Afschrift Law Firm and university professor, about how tax lawyers can respond to a changing European environment

In keeping with much of Europe, Belgium’s tax system has been subject recently to a shift of important proportions, as policymakers there look to boost entrepreneurship and reduce the financial burdens weighing on lesser earners. The “Belgian tax shif...

Although the British Virgin Islands is often seen as an offshore tax haven, a closer look shows such opinions may be overstated

Dispelling offshore myths

Although the British Virgin Islands is often seen as an offshore tax haven, a closer look shows such opinions may be overstated

There is a stereotypical image of the so-called ‘tax haven’ for ‘shady people to put their money’. While it is true that BVI Finance enjoys warm, sunny weather year round, the similarities with the stereotype stop there. BVI is a sophisticated, co...

The idea of a maximum wage seldom gets a mention in mainstream policy discussion, but it should

The maximum wage deserves maximum attention

The idea of a maximum wage seldom gets a mention in mainstream policy discussion, but it should

The minimum wage debate has captured the public’s imagination not just in the US – where low earners have taken to the streets bearing placards and bad things to say about their employers – but also in Britain, where a recent hike has been likened t...

The organisation’s Global Forum on transparency and exchange of information for tax purposes released compliance reviews for the Czech Republic, Kazakhstan and Morocco

OECD publishes compliance ratings on tax transparency

The organisation’s Global Forum on transparency and exchange of information for tax purposes released compliance reviews for the Czech Republic, Kazakhstan and Morocco

The first phase of the reports on Kazakhstan and Morocco examined the countries' legal and regulatory framework for transparency and exchange of information. Morocco was successful and able to move to the next round of the assessment process - the aim ...

Brazil's plans for higher inheritance and income taxes, and a new asset tax, could push high net worth individuals out of the country, says the Intercorp Group MD

Leonardo Braune: Brazil’s tax reforms risk alienating HNWIs

Brazil’s plans for higher inheritance and income taxes, and a new asset tax, could push high net worth individuals out of the country, says the Intercorp Group MD

Brazil's multi-layered tax system is long overdue for reform. And the country is finally trying to simplify its processes, says Leonardo Braune, Managing Director of Intercorp Group. But by bringing Brazil's taxes in line with jurisdictions like the US an...

Amid mounting pressure last year, the US launched a supposed crackdown on tax inversion. But it might not have been as far-reaching as was made out, and with good reason

America’s crackdown on tax avoidance: will it work?

Amid mounting pressure last year, the US launched a supposed crackdown on tax inversion. But it might not have been as far-reaching as was made out, and with good reason

The recent G20 crackdown on tax avoidance by funnelling profits through tax havens has sparked a variety of reactions – not least from the likes of tech giants including Google, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft, whose representative lobby groups have raise...

The tax management profession in Brazil is thriving, and one firm that has risen above the rest in this sphere is Intercorp Group

Intercorp: Multi-jurisdictional legislation pays off

The tax management profession in Brazil is thriving, and one firm that has risen above the rest in this sphere is Intercorp Group

Challenged daily by having to deal with the difficult task of preserving wealth by helping both individuals and corporations legitimately minimise their tax liability, the tax management profession in Brazil is not always plain sailing. Very few firms are...

World Finance speaks to PwC Sweden about whether the OECD's 15-point tax action plan will reduce tax avoidance

PwC Sweden on the OECD’s tax action plan

World Finance speaks to PwC Sweden about whether the OECD’s 15-point tax action plan will reduce tax avoidance

As news of Starbucks, Google and other multinational corporation’s purported tax avoidance hit the headlines in Europe, regulators struggled to effectively respond to the public outcry - that is, until now. The regulatory antidote to the hysteria has be...

Despite political uncertainty, the UK remains one of the most attractive places to do business in Europe, providing you have the right guidance

LEXeFISCAL: the UK remains a safe bet for investment

Despite political uncertainty, the UK remains one of the most attractive places to do business in Europe, providing you have the right guidance

In spite of the recent anti-political grumbles of its electorate, the UK remains one of the safest bets for individuals and companies looking to invest their money. A long-standing democracy with a highly respected legal system and a friendly attitude to ...

“Make the money, then worry about paying the tax,” says the tax researcher, arguing that with businesses sitting on cash piles with no investment plans, there’s no point cutting corporation tax

Richard Murphy: Companies have forgotten how to make money

“Make the money, then worry about paying the tax,” says the tax researcher, arguing that with businesses sitting on cash piles with no investment plans, there’s no point cutting corporation tax

Zero corporation tax - a concept put into practice in many of the world's top tax havens: the United Arab Emirates, Cayman Islands, and the British Virgin Islands. Places that have been less affected by the global financial downturn. Is there a correlatio...

The global tax system continues to grow in complexity. Thierry Afschrift, Partner at Afschrift law firm, tells World Finance how recent changes are affecting the industry

Afschrift: how to navigate new waves of tax regulation

The global tax system continues to grow in complexity. Thierry Afschrift, Partner at Afschrift law firm, tells World Finance how recent changes are affecting the industry

Joint initiatives like the OECD/G20 base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) project, and the US crackdown on tax inversions demonstrate authorities increased commitment to clamping down on incidents of tax evasion and avoidance. As governments try to reco...

For as long as leaders from low-income countries are excluded from the solution, tax avoidance will inflict costly and sometimes life-threatening consequences on millions of individuals

The true costs of tax avoidance

For as long as leaders from low-income countries are excluded from the solution, tax avoidance will inflict costly and sometimes life-threatening consequences on millions of individuals

Politicians have been all-too-eager to label 2014 a milestone year for action on tax avoidance, with many of the world’s leading economies having introduced measures to wheedle out any loopholes and shame offending parties. As a result, many a major nam...

PwC Sweden: corporations must adjust to tax changes

The global tax environment has changed rapidly, so multinational corporations must adjust their approach accordingly and adapt to the coming regulatory changes

There are currently several ongoing regulatory changes within the international tax arena. The OECD base erosion and profit shifting project (BEPS) – initiated in 2012 – is looking at whether and why multinational corporations’ taxable profits are b...

Over the last few years coverage over tax avoidance has gained widespread attention in the press. By clarifying the processes used in the UK it will however, allow for adverse risk to be avoided

Where now for UK tax avoidance?

Over the last few years coverage over tax avoidance has gained widespread attention in the press. By clarifying the processes used in the UK it will however, allow for adverse risk to be avoided

I have been a tax advisor now for 33 years. Our profession led a low-key, well-respected existence ally. In the last 18 months, this has changed and we have been repeatedly in the national press. The first revelations concerned the comedian, Jimmy Carr, ...

World Finance speaks to Clifford Frank, Senior Partner at LEXeFISCAL, about how to deal with tax, the new UK government crackdown on avoidance and international jurisdictions

LEXeFISCAL on the UK’s tax benefits

World Finance speaks to Clifford Frank, Senior Partner at LEXeFISCAL, about how to deal with tax, the new UK government crackdown on avoidance and international jurisdictions

Tax is more often than not one of the main headaches for people and companies alike. World Finance speaks to the author of 3 Ways to Settle Your Tax about why every taxpayer has the right to organise their affairs to minimise the tax they pay – even maj...

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