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The Isle of Man has been awarded the top ‘Compliant’ rating by the global body reviewing tax transparency around the world. The OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes has just published ratings for the 50 countries reviewed to date and the Isle of […]

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According to many a tax haven is a jurisdiction (a state, country or territory) where one or more type of tax is levied at a low rate or not at all. Others have suggested that any country which modifies its tax laws to attract foreign capital could be considered a tax haven. On that basis […]

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In a report published yesterday, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation & Development (OECD) calls for an overhaul of international tax laws, including controversial transfer pricing rules, in an effort to stamp out corporate tax avoidance. The report addressed concerns from many quarters that global companies have opportunities to “profit shift” from high to low tax […]

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Tax evasion is the illegal evasion of any type of tax or duty (so it includes smuggling) by individuals, companies, trusts or other corporate entities. Typically evasion occurs when taxpayers deliberately misrepresent the true state of their affairs to the tax authorities to reduce their tax liability and includes dishonest tax reporting, such as declaring less income, profits […]

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Following on from the success of the recent Liechtenstein Disclosure Facility, which has already resulted in HM Revenue & Customs recovering £363 million in unpaid tax and which is expected to bring in at least ten times that sum over the next five years, the two countries signed a full double taxation agreement (“DTA”) yesterday. […]

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Having agreed to a tax deal with the UK recently, Liechtenstein is now co-operatingwith the US Treasury – mainly to avoid legal action against local banks – by agreeing to a so-called “group request” identifying their US clients. Liechtenstein’s traditional secrecy started to unwind after data stolen from LGT (the bank owned by Liechtenstein’s royal family) […]

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In an ill-informed attack Ed Miliband, leader of the Labour opposition, has called for the EU to take action against the British Crown Dependencies (Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man) which he claims are “tax havens” which are ill regulated and where tax avoidance and tax evasion goes on to the detriment of the […]

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One of the reasons that you won’t often find me commenting on US tax issues is that the US government have a lot of very nasty laws that they are prepared to use on anyone they think might be encouraging their citizens to evade or even just avoid tax – even though tax avoidance is […]

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I think it’s imperative that people get off their butts and travel. I say this because I believe the old dictum that travel broadens the mind. And what this world needs more than anything else right now is “mind broadening”. Travelling to a country gives you a chance to experience life as others live it, […]

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Just over a year ago I wrote about the visit to the Isle of Man undertaken by Vince Cable, then Liberal Democrat Shadow Chancellor who today was appointed Secretary of State for Business and Banking in the new Conservative – Liberal cabinet. Despite having been a stern critic of the island, calling it a tax […]

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One thing that can be clearly seen amid all the arguments over the status of Lord Ashcroft is that neither the press nor the politicians really understand the difference between someone being resident in the UK or being domiciled in the UK. But we shouldn’t really blame them as the subject has long been one […]

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“Transfer pricing” is an increasingly important and contentious area of international tax law. This is because so much of modern world trade involves the transfer of goods, intangibles or services within multinational enterprises (MNEs) – groups of companies or related businesses based in 2 or more countries. Such international trade offers scope for an MNE […]

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In what may be seen as a final act of desperation by a morally, legally and financially bankrupt UK government, the Treasury, having failed to “crack down” on what it sees as tax avoidance by banks (the UK courts don’t agree with HMRC) has now come out with a “Voluntary Code”. Not only is this daft […]

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Investing Offshore can be a very attractive option for the discerning investor who would like to explore other markets, shield his or her investments from potential capital lawsuits, or grow them in a confidential, secure investment not governed by the rules and regulations of their home jurisdiction. Over a year ago I posted an article […]

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The Liberal Democrat Shadow Chancellor has been a stern critic of the Isle of Man, calling us a haven for tax dodgers. He also demanded that the Isle of Man be closed as a ‘tax haven’ and for banks receiving investment from the UK Government to shut offshore operations. Despite that he accepted an invitation […]

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For many years UK taxpayers benefitted greatly by transferring (settling) their assets in offshore trusts, but increasing ant-avoidance legislation has led people to believe that there is no point in using an offshore trust any more. Whilst it is true that the tax advantages are no longer as good and they once were the fact […]

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There are stunned expressions on the faces of Isle of Man politicians, civil servants and business leaders who have just read an official press statement from Stephen Timms, Financial Secretary to the UK Treasury, seen here behind his political master Gordon Brown. After months, indeed years of undisguised hostility, most blatantly with Chancellor Alistair Darling’s […]

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As promised by Gordon Brown at the end of the G20 summit today, the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) has provided a detailed report on progress by financial centres around the world towards implementation of an internationally agreed standard on exchange of information for tax purposes. The list is split into four sections […]

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Anyone setting up a business in Germany has a few problems to overcome. High taxation, high social charges, and high cost of company formation to name just three. That’s why more and more Germans are setting up companies in the United Kingdom. Believe it or not, the UK remains very business friendly. Anyone can set […]

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Whilst Gordon Brown, Alastair Darling and Barack Obama attack the Isle of Man as a “Tax Havens” the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation & Development) praise the Isle of Man. If proof were ever needed that the bully boys of the UK and USA are attacking small offshore countries just to divert attention from their […]

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