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Tax and Jurisdictions

October 24, 2013

Culture, education and the cost of living are all factors to take into consideration before emigration, but when it comes to tax incentives Switzerland is the top domicile – at least if you’re an entrepreneur.

Culture, education and the cost of living are all factors to take into consideration before emigration, but when it comes to tax incentives Switzerland is the top domicile – at least if you’re an entrepreneur.

According to the Global Opportunities report, released by BDO this week, the UK has the next most appealing tax regime, followed by Monaco.

The report said an entrepreneur should be looking primarily for tax benefits on dividends taken from their personal company, or capital gains realised on the sale of a company.

April 11, 2013

Bernard Arnault, second-gen chief executive of LVMH and France's richest man, has withdrawn his application for Belgian citizenship following continued accusations that he was trying to avoid the new 75% tax levied on incomes of more than €1 million.

Bernard Arnault, second-gen chief executive of LVMH and France's richest man, has withdrawn his application for Belgian citizenship following continued accusations that he was trying to avoid the new 75% tax levied on incomes of more than €1 million.

"I explained several times that I would remain a resident in France and that I would continue to pay my taxes there. In vain – the message did not get through," Arnault told French newspaper Le Monde in an interview on 10 April.

March 21, 2013

Cuts to corporation tax and a £2,000 (€2,300) allowance towards employer national insurance contributions are among the measures most likely to affect family businesses in the latest UK budget. 

Cuts to corporation tax and a £2,000 (€2,300) allowance towards employer national insurance contributions are among the measures most likely to affect family businesses in the latest UK budget.

George Osborne, the chancellor of the exchequer, announced corporation tax would be reduced to 20% from April 2015 – making the UK tax system "one of the most competitive in the G20", according to the UK's coalition government.

March 8, 2013

Family offices are being warned it is “risky” to ignore the introduction of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act next year. 

Family offices are being warned it is “risky” to ignore the introduction of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act next year.

Tom Humphreys, head of the federal tax practice group at law firm Morrison & Foerster, said the US government is “marching along fairly deliberately to implement Fatca” on 1 January 2014. It has signed a number of inter-governmental agreements with countries recently.

January 25, 2013

Bernard Arnault’s complicated fiscal dealings in Belgium are all designed to keep luxury goods giant LVMH well under the Arnault family's control and not to avoid France’s proposed 75% super-tax, according to the company.

Bernard Arnault’s complicated fiscal dealings in Belgium are all designed to keep luxury goods giant LVMH well under the Arnault family's control and not to avoid France’s proposed 75% super-tax, according to the company.

The response from LVMH came as the patriarch of French industry again faced attack from the French public after further details of his financial plans and efforts to gain Belgian citizenship were revealed.

July 23, 2012

The rich and their families are hiding more than $21 trillion (€17.36 trillion) in offshore tax havens, equivalent to around $250 billion in lost tax revenues for governments, according to a report released on Sunday.

The rich and their families are hiding more than $21 trillion (€17.36 trillion) in offshore tax havens, equivalent to around $250 billion in lost tax revenues for governments, according to a report released on Sunday.

Conducted for the Tax Justice Network, a pressure group that campaigns against tax havens, the study drew on data from the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the Bank for International Settlements and national treasuries.

June 26, 2012

Austerity? What austerity? In the wake of the 2008 credit crisis, the weathy have rarely had it so good. According to surveys by Royal Bank of Canada/Capgemini and Boston Consulting Group, global net worth has recovered over the last four years.

Austerity? What austerity? In the wake of the 2008 credit crisis, the weathy have rarely had it so good.

According to surveys by Royal Bank of Canada/Capgemini and Boston Consulting Group, global net worth has recovered over the last four years. Their assets suffered a slight fall in Europe to $10 trillion (€8 trillion) in 2011, said RBC, but the actual number of millionaires rose to 3.2 million, thanks to growth in Russia, Switzerland and the Netherlands.

March 7, 2012

The Liechtenstein Disclosure Facility may have been in the news a lot recently, but many accountants in the UK are still unaware of the benefits it may offer wealthy families and individuals.

The Liechtenstein Disclosure Facility may have been in the news a lot recently, but many accountants in the UK are still unaware of the benefits it may offer wealthy families and individuals.

That’s according to a recent survey by UK-based accountancy firm Crowe Clark Whitehill, which found that a fifth of accountants do not understand the tax amnesty facility.

Sean Wakeman, a partner in the firm’s tax investigations group, reckons this would deprive wealthy individuals in the UK of a chance to clear up their tax arrears.

February 9, 2012

Giving ultra-high net worth families and individuals in the UK more time to come clean about their assets in Liechtenstein is an “important development”, according to a top legal expert.

Giving ultra-high net worth families and individuals in the UK more time to come clean about their assets in Liechtenstein is an “important development”, according to a top legal expert.

But Philip Marcovici, a former partner at Baker & McKenzie, told CampdenFB that waiting until the end of the deadline to disclose tax arrears could be “dangerous”.

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