News and Reviews

Hong Kong Companies Now Total Over 900,000

August 9, 2011, 10:30 / Advisory / Jurisdiction: Hong Kong

According to figures released by the Company Registry, the number of companies registered in Hong Kong at the end of June this year reached above 900,000.

EC Seeks Closure Of Savings Tax Loopholes

August 5, 2011, 10:30 / Advisory / Jurisdiction: Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Andorra, San Marino, European Union

The European Commission has asked the Council for authorization to begin negotiating changes to agreements signed in 2004 by Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Andorra and San Marino on the taxation of savings income received by European Union (EU) residents under the Savings Tax Directive.

US delays reporting rule for foreign banks

August 4, 2011, 11:40 / Advisory / Jurisdiction: USA

The US Internal Revenue Service has responded to pressure from foreign governments and banks by delaying a controversial law that requires financial groups to report their American clients to the US tax authorities.

Crown dependencies no longer blacklisted

July 27, 2011, 09:45 / Advisory / Jurisdiction: Guernsey, Jersey, the Isle of Man

Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man were among a number of offshore jurisdictions on a withdrawn US “blacklist".

Urgent measures for Italian financial stabilization

July 27, 2011, 09:40 / Advisory / Jurisdiction: Italy

On July 17, 2011, the Italian parliament enacted Law Decree n. 98/2011 (the Decree"), concerning urgent measures for Italian financial stabilization. The decree introduced a number of changes to existing tax law, the main features of newsalert.

Hong Kong Investors To Pay Chinese Dividend Tax

July 25, 2011, 09:40 / Advisory / Jurisdiction: Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong’s Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau (FSTB) has confirmed that dividends paid to Hong Kong investors by companies in mainland China will be subjected to a 10% withholding tax.

Latvia has ratified tax treaty with Russia

July 20, 2011, 15:50 / Advisory / Jurisdiction: Latvia, Russia

On 9 June 2011, the Latvian parliament ratified the Latvia-Russia double tax treaty signed in Moscow on 20 December 2010. The treaty is planned to come into force on 1 January 2012 after being ratified by the Russian State Duma.

Ukraine's New Anti-Corruption Law

July 19, 2011, 15:43 / Advisory / Jurisdiction: Ukraine

On 1 July 2011, the new Law of Ukraine "On the Prevention of and Counteraction against Corrupt Practices in Ukraine" (the "New Law") entered into force (except for certain provisions concerning income declaration by state officials, which will become effective on 1 January 2012).

Liechtenstein Presents EU Withholding Tax Figures

July 19, 2011, 10:10 / Advisory / Jurisdictions: Liechtenstein

According to the Liechtenstein administration, the withholding tax levied on interest income paid to European Union (EU) taxpayers in the Principality amounted to around CHF9.6m (EUR7.8m) in 2010. This figure compares to approximately CHF14.4m (EUR11.7m) derived from the withholding tax in 2009, the administration states.

Amount of deposits with ABLV Bank exceeds EUR 2 billion

July 18, 2011, 12:00 / Banking

At the end of the last week, the amount of deposits attracted by our bank exceeded EUR 2 billion.