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Tag: #Panama

What danger is behind cheap offshore?

Published: Dmitriy Batrakov | 27/04/2018 | blog

Before buying an offshore, potential buyers usually compare the conditions of various vendors - so to speak, “ask the price”. At this stage, many people have the same questions: why are the prices for classic offshore companies so different? In fact, the cost of registration of such a company on the sites of competitors may be 5-10 times different. A tempting low price for an offshore company did not forebode good before, and the situation had worsened over the past year and a half to such an extent that at present, such a purchase might result in criminal prosecution. In this blog, we’ll figure out what forms the price of the offshore, how the sellers manage to reduce it and how relevant is the proverb about “cheap fish” and “bad broth”. What is included in the cost of an offshore company? The real offshore price consists of three important components, such as: Required minimum (cost price). This includes the registration of the company in the state register, payment of state duty, a basic package of documents, registration of the registration address, opening of an account in a local bank, international sending of documents and other mandatory...

The European Union Excluded 8 Countries and Territories from the “Black List” of Offshore Zones

Published: Olena Vydysh | 24/01/2018 | news

The European Union excluded 8 countries and territories from the “black list” of offshore zones, as it was reported on the official website of the Council of the European Union on January 23. The following countries were removed from the list: Barbados, Grenada, the Republic of Korea, Macau, Mongolia, Panama, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates. As it was noted in the message, the exсlusion was justified taking into account the expert assessment of the obligations undertaken by these jurisdictions to eliminate the shortcomings identified by the European Union. In each case, the commitments were backed up by the letters signed at a high political level. At the same time, the above countries and territories belong to a separate category now, subject to close monitoring. We remind that on December 5, 2017 the EU announced its intention to exclude 17 jurisdictions from the “black list” of offshore zones that do not take appropriate measures to ensure financial transparency and combat tax crimes. Thus, 9 of the planned 17 countries and territories remained on the list, namely American Samoa, Bahrain, Guam, Marshall Islands, Namibia, Palau, Saint Lucia, Samoa and Trinidad and...

Panama signed the tax transparency pact for OECD

Published: Sergey Panov | 28/10/2016 | news
Panama bay

Panama in October became the 105th country to sign the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters. The OECD, which sets global standards for the exchange of tax information and tax transparency, said that the signing shows that Panama is currently implementing its cooperation with the international community to ensure transparency. "Panama's decision to sign a multilateral Convention, is a confirmation of its commitment to take the necessary measures to comply with international expectations in the fight against tax evasion," said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría, during the signing ceremony with the Ambassador of Panama in France. "It also sends a clear signal that the international community is united we will continue our efforts for as long as there is nowhere to hide in their efforts to eradicate tax evasion on the shelf.." Global Forum on transparency and exchange of information for tax purposes is expected to publish in early November estimate of peer review, as the legal framework and practices in Panama coincide with existing international standards of transparency and exchange of information on request during the last three...

The European Parliament began inquiries in Panama

Published: Sergey Panov | 29/09/2016 | news
The European Parliament and Panama

The European Parliament began its investigation following the hearing Panamanian documents. Committee of the European Parliament to investigate money laundering, tax evasion (Panama) held its first full meeting on 27 September. It consists of 70 members, including the chairman and four deputies. It will investigate the allegations of wrongdoing and improper administration in the application of European legislation on money laundering, tax evasion and tax avoidance by the European Commission or Member States. Its creation was due to a leakage of 11.5 million documents relating to Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca. Data relating to the ownership of bank accounts and offshore companies in 21 jurisdictions, and cover a period of almost 40 years, until the end of 2015. Parliament said that the journalist Frederic Obermayer suggested that Panama's documents represent only the tip of the iceberg, and argued that EU banks are actively helping their clients evade taxes. Parliament added that the Swiss journalist Oliver Zilmen described the use of the system, including intermediaries, such as, for example, Swiss lawyers who actually run companies, Russian money and banks in Cyprus...

Panama takes further action on tax transparency

Published: Sergey Panov | 14/09/2016 | news
Tax transparency in Panama

Cabinet of Panama On September 6, 2016, approved the legislation providing for the corresponding nation latest international tax transparency initiatives. The legislation would improve fiscal transparency in both the private and public sector, and ensure that the information provided by financial institutions area. In addition, the legislation will allow the Ministry of Economy and Finance, in order to better gather the information necessary to share with other countries and make him improve the supervision of financial statements. The bill will be considered by the National Assembly before the end of the year. September 8, 2016, the World Bank Board of Executive Directors approved a USD300m loan to support Panama's efforts to improve financial management and maintaining international standards of tax transparency. Author: Sergey Panovmanaging partner Finance Business...

Australia investigates tax Panama documents

Published: Sergey Panov | 09/09/2016 | news
Flags of Australia and Panama

In response to the analysis of documents Panama appear serious financial crime task force Australia (SFCT) held a "week of action" against persons suspected of tax evasion. SFCT made 15 unannounced visits to the states of Victoria and Queensland, and executed three search warrants. SFCT was launched in July 2015 and is headed by Australian Federal Police and a representative of the tax office, the Australian Commission on Crime Australian transaction reports, Securities and Investment Commission of Australia. Minister revenues O'Dvayer Kelly said: "Our government built a profile on the basis of more than 1000 Australians found in the leak, and review the information provided to us by other tax jurisdictions, we found taxpayers and advisers related to tax evasion, illegal drugs and corruption." She said at a press conference: "Some of these Australian taxpayers include dignitaries also include professional intermediaries, which include people who work as accountants and lawyers. The information shown significant tax avoidance arrangements that promoters have to their customers. Some of them are very complex and have several levels of offshore companies, fake...

EC applies the Panama Papers Inquiry

Published: Sergey Panov | 14/07/2016 | news
Panama and the European Parliament

The European Parliament's Committee of Inquiry into Money Laundering, Tax Avoidance, and Tax Evasion (PANA) has announced the appointment of its chair and four vice chairs. The constitutive meeting of PANA took place on July 12, 2016. Wenrer Langen was elected chair, with Ana Gomes, Pirkko Ruohonen-Lerner, Fabio de Masi, and Eva Joly to serve as first to fourth vice chairs, respectively. The Committee consists of 65 members, excluding the chair and vice chairs. It will investigate alleged contraventions and maladministration in the application of European Union law with respect to money laundering, tax avoidance, and tax evasion by the European Commission or member states. Its establishment was prompted by the leak of the so-called Panama Papers, the leak of more than 11.5m documents belonging to law firm Mossack Fonseca. The data leaked relates to the ownership of bank accounts and companies in 21 offshore jurisdictions, and covers a nearly 40-year period, through to the end of 2015. The Committee is required to submit its final report by June 8, 2017, when its mandate from the European Parliament will expire. Author: Olena Kutova senior...

Japan-Panama, the tax information exchange

Published: Sergey Panov | 25/05/2016 | news

Japan and Panama have agreed to conclude an agreement on the exchange of tax information. Negotiations for this agreement were launched after the Japan-Panama summit meeting which took place on April 20 this year between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President of Panama Juan Carlos Varela. The two leaders shared the view that Japan and Panama must immediately begin formal negotiations on an agreement on the exchange of tax information. Currently it is likely that Japan will become the first country to sign an agreement on the exchange of tax information with Panama after the leak "Panama Papers" earlier this year. The agreement will include the rules in accordance with the general standard of the automatic exchange of tax information between countries created by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Author: Sergey Panovmanaging partner Finance Business...

Panama agreed to adopt international standards of tax reporting

Published: Sergey Panov | 05/05/2016 | news
Tax reporting Panama

After the European powers threatened to make a raid on tax havens, Panama agreed to join the global standards of tax reporting. Secretary of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Angel Gurria, said that Panama agrees to comply with international standards, in spite of the differences which have arisen in the press, which emphasized Panama's refusal to cooperate in international efforts to curb tax evasion. "We have just received information that a few minutes ago Panama gave publicity that they will join the common accounting standards," he said at a press conference during the spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank in Washington Gurria. "If this is so, then it's really good news, and we welcome this step. It is the silver lining of this incident" said Gurria. Adherence to the common accounting standards will come into force next year. "Panama's path to financial transparency is irreversible," said the Vice-President and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Panama Isabel de Saint Malo. "To this end we willingly and actively support the diplomatic dialogue and internal reforms to address this global problem." ...

Corporate Tax Rate 2016

Published: Sergey Panov | 17/03/2016 | news
Corporate tax in 2016

UK - The Corporation Tax main rate for 1 April 2016 is set at 20%. This rate will fall to 19% for the year beginning 1 April 2017, and to 18% for the year beginning 1 April 2020. Hong Kong - Profits tax levied at rate of 16,5% for companies carrying on business in Hong Kong (and 15% for unincorporated businesses) on relevant income earned in or derived from Hong Kong. Ireland - Standard corporation tax rate on trading income is 12,5% and 25% on non-trading income. Cyprus - Corporate tax rate is 12,5%. Certain types of income subject to Special Contribution for Defense at rates of 17%(dividends), 30%(interest) and 3%(rents). Latvia – Rate is 15%. Belize - All non-CARICOM residents, who have any taxable receipts originating from Belize, or in respect of any service provided in Belize, are required to pay business taxes as follows: Dividends - 15%, Insurance Premiums - 25%, Interest on Loans - 15%, Management fees - 25%, Rental of plant and equipment - 25%, Technical Services - 25%. British Virgin Islands - No income tax. United Arab Emirates - Income tax decrees currently enforced on oil and gas companies and branches of foreign banks. Oil and gas...