Monthly Archives February 2018

European Commission Approaches Digital Tax

February 27, 2018 Taxation in EU

digital taxBRUSSELS – Lawmakers in Europe may soon be deciding on a generic new tax on large digital businesses.

The European Commission is understood to be working on a temporary new tax intended to stop large digital companies from diverting their profits to low-tax jurisdictions without facing any tax obligations.

It is hoped that the new tax will target the online businesses based on where they draw their customers, instead of where they register their offices or settle the arising profits.

The tax is aimed squarely at large firms and will apply only to businesses with global revenues exceeding EUR 750 million per year, with at least EUR 10 million being from an EU country.

The exact rate of the tax has not yet been determined but is currently suggested to be set at between 1 percent and 5 per...

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Property Taxes Shut Doors of Church of the Holy Sepulchre

February 26, 2018 Taxation in Israel

Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem, IsraelJERUSALEM – Property taxes and land sales are at the centre of a growing dispute at one of the holiest Christian sites in Israel.

A dispute is escalating in Israel between Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem and the national and municipal government, with taxation being at the centre of the disagreement.

The current culmination of the disagreement was the temporary closure of the Church to visitors, which was done as a protest by the Church against its perceived mistreatment by the state.

New regulations which are being enacted would remove the tax break currently enjoyed by the Church on all its properties.

The Jerusalem municipal authority is claiming that church-owned businesses and property which are not used as houses of prayer should not be able to enjoy a break from local p...

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Tax Confusions Reign in America

February 23, 2018 Taxation in USA

tax filing usaWASHINGTON D.C. – American taxpayers are confused by their tax obligations, with misunderstandings on what is legal and what isn’t, and even confusion on what their own tax brackets are.

The results of a survey conducted by NerdWallet has shown that many American taxpayers are unaware of the country’s tax rules or even their own tax situation.

The survey results were compiled from the responses provided by 2 000 US adults taxpayers.

It was found that approximately half of all the survey respondents didn’t know their own tax bracket.

Approximately a quarter of the respondents also didn’t know of the new tax bill which was signed into law in 2017.

Along with not knowing their own tax situation, the taxpayers also believed that many legal tax breaks were illegal, such as making extra ...

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Japan Eyes 50% Casino Tax

February 21, 2018 Taxation in Japan

Japan's casino taxesTOKYO – Japan’s upcoming casino rules could come with a hefty tax burden of up to 50 percent.

New information circulating in Japan’s national media indicate that the government intends to introduce some punitive taxes on the revenues earned in casinos across the country.

Casinos are not yet legal in Japan, and, currently, work is being done to legalize and allow the operation of Integrated Resorts which include casino facilities.

The new information indicates that these Resorts will face a tax on their revenues of 30 percent.

Any facilities which see revenues exceeding JPY 300 billion will face a tax of 40 percent, while those with revenues of JPY 400 billion will face an even more punitive tax rate of 50 percent.

The rates are much higher than the 7...

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Israel Clarifies That Cryptocurrency is Not a Currency

February 20, 2018 Taxation in Israel

bitcoin taxTEL AVIV – Cryptocurrency will be taxed as an asset in Israel, meaning that miners will now be considered to be factories.

The Tax Authority of Israel has issued new guidelines on the taxation of cryptocurrency, confirming that profits made from coins will be subject to VAT and capital gains tax.

It was confirmed that cryptocurrency will be regarded as an asset and not a currency for the purposes of taxation.

Due to the consideration, any profits made from the use of cryptocurrency will fall under the scope of capital gains tax, levied at a rate of 20 percent to 25 percent.

Businesses involved in the sale of cryptocurrency or carrying out transactions with cryptocurrency will also face VAT on the transaction, however, that will not extend to private investors.

As cryptocurrency is to b...

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