Inheritance Tax Up By GBP 1 Billion

November 24, 2017 Taxation in UK

Inheritance taxLONDON – More people dying and expensive houses mean that the UK government will enjoy an extra GBP 1 billion windfall.

New information released by the UK Office for Budget Responsibility shows that UK taxpayers will soon hand over nearly GBP 1 billion more in inheritance taxes than previously forecast.

In March this year, the government’s own projections showed that between 2016 and 2022 approximately GBP 32.4 billion will be collected from inheritance taxes.

However, this forecast has already been reviewed upward by approximately GBP 900 million over that timeframe.

The increase in the expected collection has been attributed to a higher than forecast mortality rate, and increase in the value of the houses and assets that fall under the scope of the tax, and an improved rate of enforc...

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Singapore Eyes Online Shopping GST

November 23, 2017 Taxation in Singapore

Online shopping taxSINGAPORE – Singapore’s rising government expenditure may soon be financed by a tax on online purchases.

As the spending needs of the government of Singapore grows, authorities may soon look into re-working the current legislation on the collection of Goods and Service Tax.

Currently, any goods or services purchased by a taxpayer from Singapore from an international online retailer, are not liable for GST, unless the cost exceeds SGD 400.

Some experts have suggested that the government may lower the threshold in order to capture more transaction under the net of GST.

While the government has not given any indication of how exactly the changes will work.

However, it is expected that the changes will either require merchants to register for GST in Singapore and collect taxes on behalf of ta...

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Petrol Tax Will Fund Rail in NZ

November 22, 2017 Taxation in New Zealand

petrol taxAUCKLAND – Drivers in New Zealand’s biggest city will soon pay more for petrol, with the extra cots being used to pay for a rail network in the city.

The government of New Zealand will soon implement the first regional fuel tax in the country, according to a statement made by a spokesperson for the national Minister of Transport Phil Twyford.

The Minister of Transport indicated that a tax of NZD 0.10 per litre will be applied to the sale of petrol in commercial petrol stations anywhere in the Auckland region.

The current mayor of Auckland Phil Goff has called on the government to pass the revenues from the tax to the Council.

The funds passed to the Council would be used to pay for improvements to the city’s transport infrastructure.

In particular, the tax would go towards paying for ...

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Japan Exit Tax Will Pay for Safety System

November 21, 2017 Taxation in Japan

First Class Check-in Counter at NRT Narita Airport - Japan AirlinesTOKYO – Japan could soon have a system to keep tabs on all Japanese tourists around the world, paid for by all the international and local tourists leaving the country.

The Japan Tourism Agency is looking at using the revenues raised from a proposed exit tax to fund the development of a system to check on the safety of Japanese tourists travelling abroad.

Currently, the government of Japan is looking at implementing an exit tax of JPY 1 000 per person leaving eh country on a plane or ship, with the charge to be added to the fare paid for the travel.

The Agency hopes to use the funds to create a system which will centrally manage the records and information about Japanese travellers who are overseas.

The new system will allow the government to easily collect information on the status and...

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Thousands of Companies Skipping Taxes in Pakistan

November 20, 2017 Taxation in Pakistan

Pakistan taxesISLAMABAD – While Pakistan’s biggest companies are paying a significant portion of all taxes, thousands of small companies are skipping all of their obligations.

According to information in Pakistan’s recently published Tax Directory 2016, approximately 40 percent of companies in Pakistan did not pay any taxes despite filing tax returns.

In total, 79 700 tax returns were filed by companies and partnerships, with 31 364 companies, and the remainder being made up by partnerships.

The Tax Directory shows that of the businesses that did file returns, approximately 33 000 did not pay any taxes at all.

However, it is noted that the non-payment is an indicator of poor compliance, as the tax rules in Pakistan state that businesses that make a loss must still pay a tax of 1 percent, if they se...

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