Monthly Archives March 2018

Uzbekistan Says Grow Vegetables or Pay More Tax

March 28, 2018 Taxation in Uzbekistan

Chickens in UzbekistanTASHKENT – Taxpayers in Uzbekistan need to start raising chickens and growing vegetables if they do not want to see their taxes rise.

Last week the local media of Uzbekistan reported that the government has called for a hike to taxes for any landowners who do not use their land efficiently.

The new tax is not aimed at property developers or large-scale developers, but individuals and personal landholders.

The government is attempting to encourage landowners to plant gardens, grow their own vegetables, or raise animals.

The use of land will be evaluated by twice-yearly inspections, which will be conducted by police, tax inspectors, or local persecutors.

Taxpayers found to not be making efficient use of their land will see their property tax obligations tripled.

The call for the taxes o...

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Taxes Are Killing the UK Pub

March 19, 2018 Taxation in UK

Pubs in the UKLONDON – Pubs are a bastion of British culture and need to be considered when forming tax systems, according to campaigners.

Too many British pubs are closing, and a tax change is needed to put an end to the closures, according to a statement by the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra).

Over the second half of 2017 an average of 18 pubs closed each week in the UK, and between 2008 and 2013 a total of 7 000 pubs closed, taking with them approximately 58 000 jobs.

Camra claims that the closures can be attributed largely to the tax burden faced by pubs.

They stated that pubs in the UK face one of the highest rates of beer duty in Europe, along with rising rates of VAT and business tax.

The experts at Carn claimed that the departure of the UK from the EU represents a perfect opportunity for the cou...

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NZ Will Review Smoking Taxes

March 16, 2018 Taxation in New Zealand

taxes on smokingWELLINGTON – Taxes on cigarettes may be leading to inequality and increased rates of crime in New Zealand.

The government of New Zealand has announced that it will review the impact that taxes on tobacco have had on the country, as there are some indications that the measures have not all proven to be good.

Tobacco taxes in New Zealand have consistently risen by 10 percent in January for a number of years.

The hikes are intended to be the main pillar of the government’s smoke-free 2025 policy.

More tax hikes are already scheduled to be enacted up until 2020.

The government will now review what impact the tax hikes have had on the country, and to what extent have the hikes encouraged smokers to quit.

The review will also look at what financial impact smoking has had on smokers and socie...

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Mossack Fonseca Closing Down

March 15, 2018 Taxation in Panama

Mossack FonsecaPANAMA CITY – The scandal behind the Panama Papers has now brought down the firm at the centre of the controversy.

On March 14th the infamous law firm at the centre of the Panama Papers scandal, Mossack Fonseca, announced that they are ceasing their operations.

The Panama Papers scandal revolved around a large collection of documents which were stolen and leaked to media and investigative journalists, which detailed the clients of the firm, and how they used offshore structures to hide their wealth and assets.

In a statement, the firm said: “The reputational deterioration, the media campaign, the financial circus and the unusual actions by certain Panamanian authorities, have occasioned an irreversible damage that necessitates the obligatory ceasing of public operations at the end of the...

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Don’t Forget the VAT, Say UAE Authorities

March 14, 2018 Taxation in UAE

Dubai taxABU DHABI – Businesses in the UAE are being reminded to comply with their new VAT obligations.

The Federal Tax Authority (FTA) of the United Arab Emirates has issued new guidance to all businesses in the area, advising them of their responsibilities as VAT-registered entities.

The main guideline was the reminder that any prices for goods or services displayed, offered, or advertised by the business must be inclusive of all VAT and Excise duties which will be owed on the sale.

The FTA said that not displaying taxes on the sale price is equivalent to misleading consumers.

Any businesses that do not display taxes on its products will be liable to pay a fine of AUD 15 000 per tax which is not already included in the price.

The introduction of VAT in the UAE has hit some minor roadblocks, ...

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