Monthly Archives January 2017

Seeing Poverty Doesn’t Lead to Sympathy

January 18, 2017 Taxation in USA

Poverty and taxesWASHINGTON D.C. – Seeing poverty does not make people more sympathetic or willing to support taxes on the rich.

A new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America has shown that exposure to poverty makes individuals less willing to support taxes on wealthy taxpayers.

The study was based on a set of controlled experiments where participants were asked to sign a petition calling for extra taxes on extremely wealthy individuals.

In the study the environment was controlled to vary the levels of poverty seen at the time that the participants were asked to sign the petition.

It was found that exposure to poverty resulted in a decreased willingness by participants to support increased taxes on the incomes and wealth of well-off ...

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Israel Slaps Capital Tax on Bitcoins

January 16, 2017 Taxation in Israel

Cryptocurency in IsraelTEL AVIV – Transactions involving Bitcoins in Israel could be treated as barter transactions, and profits from coin sales could be charged a capital gains tax.

Late last week the Israeli Tax Authority issued a circular detailing the authority’s stance on the taxation of cryptocurrencies, saying that the Bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies shall be treated as assets when sold.

Cryptocurrencies are often considered to fall into a legal grey area for the purposes of taxation, with some countries classifying them as financial instruments, or currency, or an equivalent of a currency, or an asset.

The ITA has now decided that any cryptocurrency sold in Israel shall be regarded as the sale of an asset, and, subsequently, will carry a potential capital gains tax obligation.

The profits made fr...

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WHO Calls for Hike on Cigarette Taxes

January 13, 2017 International Tax Cooperation

Cigarette taxes should be hikedGENEVA – More than 66 million smokers worldwide would drop the habbit, if excise taxes on cigarettes were bumped up slightly.

Minor increases in the taxes levied on the sale of cigarettes worldwide could raise billions in extra tax revenues, while also saving millions of lives, according to the results of a new study released jointly by the World Health Organization and the U.S. National Cancer Institute.

It was estimated in the report that smoking results in approximately 6 million death each year, and carries a global financial burden equivalent to USD 1 trillion in healthcare costs and lost productivity.

It is estimated that global excise taxes on tobacco generated USD 269 billion between 2013 and 2014, and less than USD 1 billion of the collected total was diverted to tobacco preventi...

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Macau Advised to Cut Gambling Taxes

January 11, 2017 Taxation in China

gambling taxesMACAU – Macau needs to reduce the taxes on VIP gamblers, or face the risk of losing out to other gambler-friendly countries in the region.

According to the results of new research conducted by Wang Changbin, an academic at the Gaming Teaching and Research Centre of the Macao Polytechnic Institute, the government of Macau should lower its taxes on gambling, in order to stay competitive in Asia.

Currently the overall tax burden faced by Casinos in Macau equates to an average of 39 percent on all gambling revenues, although the exact rate may vary based on the exact nature of the gambling and the clientele.

Wang Changbin suggested that Macau could investigate the feasibility of implementing a tax model similar to the one used in Singapore.

Gambling taxes in Singapore are currently set at 15...

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Petrol Taxes Dropping Globally

January 10, 2017 International Tax Cooperation

Taxes on petrolLONDON – Despite an international commitment to reducing emissions levels, the average rate of tax on petrol sales has fallen since 2003.

On January 9th a new study published in the international journal Natural Energy claimed that since 2003 the levels of taxation on petrol has fallen, despite a worldwide dialogue regarding the need to reduce emissions levels and global warming.

According to the results of the study, between 2003 and 2015 the average tax on petrol in 157 countries fell by 13 percent.

It was also shown that in the countries where taxes dropped or subsidies rose, the total level of consumption of petrol increased.

While only a third of countries saw a decrease in taxes, the overall impact of the tax drops was enough to outweigh the tax increases seen across the rest of ...

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