Category Taxation in South America

Chile Invited to be 31st OECD Member

December 16, 2009 International Tax CooperationTaxation in Chile

President of ChileOn December 15th, Chile was invited to become a member of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Chile will become the 31st member nation of the OECD, and only the second country in Latin America, after Mexico, being a member since 1994. In 2007 the OECD initiated accession negotiations with Chile, Estonia, Israel, the Russian Federation and Slovenia. So far, throughout the two years of negotiations and reviews by 20 OECD Committees, only Chile has fully met the organization’s requirements and standards, and modified the country’s legislations on tax information exchanges and corporate governance. Slovakia was the last member to be accepted into the OECD in 2001.

Announcing the OECD decision, Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General, said “…this is a place where Chil...

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Cayman Islands to Increase Fees and Taxes

October 8, 2009 Offshore TaxationTax HavensTaxation in Cayman Islands  No comments

The Cayman Islands government has tabled a new budget which proposes to raise taxes and fees for the nation, though this has ensured the approval of the British government in attaining the loans necessary for the ailing jurisdiction.

In the face of a KYD40.8 million fall in revenues and a KYD56.2 million escalations in expenditure, the Cayman Islands government had sought assistance in the form of loans. Permission to increase the British jurisdiction’s debt balance was denied by the British government. It was requested that the Cayman Islands increase their tax base or levels to ensure that it does not post a budget deficit in the following fiscal year. With the new budget, permission has been given for the Cayman Islands to pursue and accept rescue loans.

It is estimated by the Cayman ...

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Tax Information Exchange Agreement Update

September 10, 2009 International Tax CooperationOffshore BankingTax HavensTaxation in AustraliaTaxation in British Virgin IslandsTaxation in CanadaTaxation in Cayman IslandsTaxation in EUTaxation in FranceTaxation in GermanyTaxation in IrelandTaxation in LiechtensteinTaxation in MonacoTaxation in New ZealandTaxation in Turks & Caicos IslandsTaxation in UKTaxation in USA  No comments

Since the April G20 summit, over 50 new TIEA agreements have been signed across the globe.

The London G20 Summit, held on the 2nd of April this year, heralded an unprecedented wave of Tax Information Exchange Agreement (TIEA). In what was described as “revolutionary” by Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General, the number of completed TIEAs has almost doubled since their inception in late 2000.
Since the G20 summit, and subsequent global push for greater tax transparency and compliance, the following 53 agreements have been signed.

United States – Monaco (8 September 2009)
Denmark – Turks & Caicos Islands (7 September 2009)
Netherlands – Antigua & Barbuda (2 September 2009)
Denmark – Gibraltar (2 September 2009)
Denmark – Anguilla (2 September 2009)
Germany – Liechtenstein (2 September ...

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Cayman Islands Could Consider Taxes

September 4, 2009 Offshore BankingTax HavensTaxation in Cayman IslandsTaxation in UK  No comments

Budget deficits in the Cayman Islands are forcing the nation’s government to consider the introduction of taxes.

The Cayman Islands, which are undergoing a severe governmental budget deficit, are being encouraged to introduce taxes to its system by the British Government. Facing a budget deficit of US$82, the island nation has sought out loans to meet its financial obligations, such as pension and government worker payments. As it is a British Overseas Territory, the Cayman Islands require British Government approval before increasing their borrowing beyond 80% of its annual revenue.

In a letter dated the 27th of August addressed to McKeeva Bush, leader of the Cayman government,Chris Bryant, British Foreign Office Minister, denied the Cayman Islands permission to expand their borrowi...

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Italy and San Marino Will Sign a Tax Accord

September 3, 2009 International Tax CooperationTaxation in ItalyTaxation in San Marino  No comments

Italy and Republic of San Marino will sign a tax accord by the end of September.

The announcement of the new tax accord between smallest European country Republic of San Marino and Italy was made last week by Italian Economy Minister Giulio Tremonti. This accord is part of an economical program of the governments of Italy and San marino to fight tax avoidance by citizens of these countries.

The third tax amnesty will begin in Italy in mid-September. At the same time the government of San Marino is planning to conduct an emergency census of it’s 31,000 citizens to eliminate foreigners, mainly Italians, claiming to live in San Marino where they enjoy low taxes and strict banking secrecy ...

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