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Incoming FCA chair admits ‘judgment error’ over tax avoidance scheme

By: Helen Burggraf | 21 Feb 2018

Charles Randell, a former City lawyer who has been named the incoming chairman of the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority, is in the middle of a media storm…

OECD warns of potential to mis-use citizenship-by-investment to avoid CRS

By: Helen Burggraf | 20 Feb 2018

Citizenship-by-investment schemes, which are becoming increasingly popular in many parts of the world as a means of encouraging inward investment by high-net-worth foreigners, “can offer a backdoor…

New Zealand raising bar to foreign property owners, with tax on gains

By: Helen Burggraf | 19 Feb 2018

New Zealand lawmakers are introducing a disincentive to foreigners seeking to buy New Zealand residential property as an investment, by raising the threshold at which tax will…

American renunciations down in 2017 after 4-year climb to 2016 record

By: Helen Burggraf | 12 Feb 2018

For the first time in five years, the number of Americans who renounced their citizenships fell slightly in 2017 from the previous year, which had been a…

‘Accidental Americans’ in France looking to French gov’t for help

By: Helen Burggraf | 12 Feb 2018

A group of French citizens who – as they insist on putting it – the US government considers to be Americans as well are looking to rally the…

Man U’s Alexis Sánchez gets suspended sentence for tax fraud

By: Helen Burggraf | 07 Feb 2018

Alexis Sánchez, the Manchester United striker, has been given a 16-month suspended jail sentence for tax fraud, but will avoid having to serve any jail time. The 29-year-old Chilean…

Concern over US tax bill’s treatment of expats’ overseas biz interests growing

By: Helen Burggraf | 05 Feb 2018

A clause in the US tax reform bill, which came into force on 1 January, is attracting growing concern in the American expatriate community, as it imposes…

Industry welcomes plans for IHT rules simplification

By: Eugene Costello | 01 Feb 2018

Plans to simply complex inheritance tax rules within the UK have been welcomed by financial services industry commentators. UK chancellor Philip Hammond has written to the Office of Tax Simplification…

Michael Gove hits out at UK water companies over ‘tax haven’ use

By: Helen Burggraf | 01 Feb 2018

Michael Gove, the UK’s environment secretary, has hit out at the country’s privatised water companies over their use of offshore financial arrangements and “opaque financial structures”. The UK’s…

US now world’s ‘second-largest tax haven after Switzerland’: Report

By: Helen Burggraf | 31 Jan 2018

The US has now become the world’s second-largest tax haven, behind Switzerland and just ahead of the Cayman Islands, according to the Tax Justice Network’s latest Financial…

American hit with ‘record’ $14m fine, 6 month prison sentence for failing to file FBARs

By: Helen Burggraf | 30 Jan 2018

A resident of the US state of Connecticut who was originally from Korea has been hit with a “record” civil penalty of $14m, a six month prison…

Landmark non-UK investment life wrapper tax change lauded by AIC

By: Gary Robinson | 26 Jan 2018

The Association of Investment Companies (AIC) has welcomed landmark changes to UK tax rules which will allow investment companies based outside the UK and UK REITs (Real…

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