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Tag: #BEPS

Transfer of Money from Offshore Companies: Why You Should Think about Your Offshore Investments

Published: Viacheslav Ivanenko | 10/07/2018 | blog

The tax authorities of our country (and not only ours) have been trying not for the first year to prove that it is not necessary to work with offshore companies. But business representatives continue to use them for their offshore investments. In this material, let’s talk about the reasons for this “love” and the current trends in the use of offshore companies. Is it legitimate to use offshore structures? Legislation of Ukraine does not prohibit the use of offshore companies. Of course, we are not talking about the situations where taxes are not paid at all (aggressive tax planning). The settlements with partners from offshore companies will undoubtedly cause questions from the tax service. But, we repeat, there is no ban on this kind of transaction. Schemes of work with the use of offshore structures Let’s pay attention to offshore schemes, which have proved to be the most widespread. Let's start with trading schemes. [InsertImageLightGallery path='/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/scheme3.jpg' root='0'] The practical benefit of using this kind of schemes is in a variety of options for optimizing income tax, VAT and customs-related payments in the Ukrainian company....

Hong Kong Intends to Join the OECD’s Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement

Published: Olena Vydysh | 09/02/2018 | news

On February 2, 2018, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region officially formalized the process of ratifying the OECD’s Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement (MCAA). That means that the jurisdiction will join soon the existing multilateral network of data exchange between the tax authorities of many countries and territories around the world. The Hong Kong Tax and Fees Department introduced the Ordinance on Automatic Exchange of Information on Financial Accounts (AEOI), which will optimize the process of obtaining information by the countries with which the jurisdiction agrees to exchange. This refers to the exchange both under the Common Reporting Standard (CRS) and the intercountry reporting exchange under the BEPS Plan. After joining of Hong Kong the Multilateral Agreement, the authorities of the country will be able to pass a rather formal procedure for finalizing the relations with other participants through the OECD secretariat. If we compare this process with the conclusion of separate bilateral agreements with a number of the countries, it is much faster and easier. It is important to note that until the end of this year, the old (bilateral) rules for...

Another 6 Countries Have Joined the BEPS Multilateral Convention

Published: Dmitriy Batrakov | 31/01/2018 | news

On January 24, 2018, another six states signed the Multilateral Convention for the Implementation of Activities under the BEPS Plan (MLI Convention). In this regard, the countries were able to amend promptly their agreements on avoidance of double taxation, taking into account the recommendations developed by the OECD in the framework of the plan of action to counteract the base erosion and withdrawal of profits from taxation. Barbados, Côte d'Ivoire, Jamaica, Malaysia, Panama and Tunisia joined the MLI Convention, after which the total number of signers reached 78. It is also worth noting that Algeria, Kazakhstan, Oman and Swaziland have announced their intention to sign the Convention in the near future. In addition, other jurisdictions are actively working on signing the agreement in June this year, as the press service of the OECD reports. To date, four jurisdictions - Austria, the Isle of Man, Jersey and Poland - have ratified the Convention, which will enter into force three months after the fifth part of jurisdictions transfers the instruments of ratification to storage. The Convention, developed as part of large-scale negotiations involving more than 100 countries and...