28 декабря 2017, 16:19

Прозрачный мир. Как будет устроен обмен информацией между Россией и налоговиками по всему миру

Появился список стран, с которыми ФНС России будет обмениваться информацией по стандарту CRS

25 декабря 2017, 11:00

Олигархи разочаровываются в Западе?

Сегодня пришли сообщения о том, что г-н Тимченко, один из наиболее приближенных к Путину олигархов, заявил о своем возвращении в Россию. Он не только сам возвращается, он и до этого 80% времени проводил в России, потому что здесь у него бизнес. Самое главное, говорит о том, что свои капиталы, ранее выведенные за рубеж, он теперь […]

21 декабря 2017, 11:00

Знакомства с властью вредны для бизнеса

Помимо санкционных списков, в которых США будут вводить персональные санкции, готовятся и списки "нежелательных контактов" - людей, с которыми предлагается прекратить любые контакты и общение, хотя в отношении них не будут вводиться санкции. Речь идет об еще одном дискриминирующем уровне - репутационном. Формально человек не подпадает под санкции, но фактически его подвергают остракизму. По всей […]

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29 ноября 2017, 23:46

For FATCA Repeal, It's Now Or Never

Politics is about leverage, and the pending tax reform effort is a prime example. Republicans hold a narrow majority over the Democrats in the Senate, 52 to 48, meaning they can’t afford to lose more than two senators. Otherwise the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is kaput and it’s back to the drawing board.

25 ноября 2017, 13:00

Имущество России будут отнимать?

Некоторые аналитики (Елена Ларина) отмечают, что возникающие противоречия по спасению финансового сектора Британии и получением доходов от британских же оффшоров (на тех же Виргинских островах) снимаются лозунгом: «Британия превыше всего». При этом борьба с оффшорными уклонистами направляется прежде всего не против «коренных англичан», а залетевших на огонёк дельцов из третьих стран. Первая часть рассказа здесь: […]

16 ноября 2017, 02:41

The IRS Is Building a Safe to Hold Trump’s Tax Returns

Departed tax chief John Koskinen explains why even he can't see Trump’s taxes—and why we should ‘beware the collapse of the IRS.’

07 ноября 2017, 21:01

Every Country Is a Tax Haven

The Paradise Papers conjure visions of sunny places for shady people, but most developed countries serve as tax havens of some sort.

07 ноября 2017, 21:01

Every Country Is a Tax Haven

The Paradise Papers conjure visions of sunny places for shady people, but most developed countries serve as tax havens of some sort.

07 ноября 2017, 20:39

Governments Don’t Stand a Chance Against Rich People Who Don’t Like Taxes

After each big financial leak, individuals suffer the brunt of the consequences, but the system remains intact.

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04 ноября 2017, 01:20

Record Number Of Americans Expected To Renounce Citizenship In 2017

Perhaps some of the disaffected Hollywood elites who threatened to leave the country after Hillary's staggering 2016 election loss have actually followed through on their childish temper tantrums after all... According to a Bloomberg note today, a record 6,800 Americans are expected to renounce their citizenship in 2017, a 26% increase YoY and nearly 7x the pace set just 5 years ago. In the third quarter of this year, 1,376 Americans renounced their U.S. citizenship, putting the annual tally on track to top 2016’s record, data from the Treasury Department show.   If this year’s fourth quarter mirrors that of 2016, when 2,365 people chose to expatriate, 2017’s annual tally would be 6,813. That’s a 26 percent rise from 2016’s total of 5,411—which was itself a 26 percent jump from 2015. Of course, the uptick, unfortunately, has nothing to do with disaffected Hollywood elites but rather corresponds with Obama's passage of a 2010 law requiring foreign banks to disclose U.S. citizens. "To some degree it is President Obama’s fault. It was Obama and the Democratic Congress that passed a law in 2010 that forced foreign banks to disclose U.S. citizens," says Mitchel.   When the law was passed, it appeared to be aimed at fat cats who sought to hide money in secret Swiss bank accounts. But today, it could affect nearly any of the 7 million Americans, who Mitchel says live abroad—many of whom are people of modest means. As Fortune pointed out, the United States, unlike almost every other country in the world, taxes people on the basis of citizenship rather than residency.  So even if you spend all of your adult, wage-earning years on a remote tropical island with a 0% tax rate, if you were born in the United States, you still owe Uncle Sam your "fair share."  So, when all those sunbathing tax evaders had their Swiss bank accounts exposed in 2010 they started to renounce their citizenship in record numbers. The cause of the defections, which led the U.S. to say so long last quarter to everyone from Jonathan Abbis to Anna Zwirner, is primarily the U.S. tax system.   When it comes to taxes, the United States is an outlier because, unlike nearly every other country, it taxes people based on nationality rather than residency. While U.S. citizens can claim credits with the IRS for what they pay to foreign tax authorities, those amounts are not always enough to offset what they owe.   U.S. expats also face the burden of annual filings with the IRS with the prospect of stiff penalties if they fail to comply.   According to international tax attorney Andrew Mitchel, those who deliberately fail to report foreign accounts to the IRS can face a fine of $100,000 or half the value of the account—whichever is greater. Meanwhile, there are a range of other penalties for small business owners abroad and for those with assets of more than $30,000.   "The IRS has been very gracious in saying they won’t take more than 100% of your money," says Mitchel, ironically. "These people are terrified they will go bankrupt because of the United States. They just want to get out of the U.S. tax system." And while we know many of you will be disappointed that our disaffected celebs aren't the key driver of the data above, we encourage you to keep an eye on this IRS list of American quitters...perhaps Lena Dunham's name will show up on there yet.

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03 ноября 2017, 15:55

Americans Renouncing Citizenship Hits New Record; Tax Bill Won't Change That

Why are so many Americans renouncing citizenship? Could it be taxes and FATCA?

02 ноября 2017, 16:00

Как Запад борется с офшорами

Одной из самых серьёзных проблем мировой экономики является её теневой сектор – хозяйственная и финансовая деятельность физических и юридических лиц вне сферы регулирования и контроля государства. Один из распространённых видов «тени» – офшоры. Экономики тех стран, где бизнес начинает увлекаться офшорными схемами, становятся неуправляемыми. Вместе с тем офшорные компании могу дестабилизировать экономики, из которых они […]

02 ноября 2017, 14:17

США - борьба с офшорами или за "глобальный офшор"?

Существует замечательный принцип: "Если безобразие нельзя побороть, его нужно... возглавить!" Похоже, что именно им руководствуется Америка, когда ведет борьбу с оффшорами во всем мире. Довольно странным образом ведет, надо сказать.  

29 октября 2017, 06:44

Европа борется с «тенью», а Америка наблюдает

Одной из самых серьёзных проблем мировой экономики является её теневой сектор – хозяйственная и финансовая деятельность физических и юридических лиц вне сферы регулирования и контроля государства. Один из распространённых видов «тени» – офшоры. Экономики тех стран, где бизнес начинает увлекаться офшорными схемами, становятся неуправляемыми. Вместе с тем офшорные компании могу дестабилизировать экономики, из которых они вышли и в которых они обычно продолжают свою деятельность. Например, в США, по оценкам правительства, американские компании, зарегистрированные в офшорных юрисдикциях, недоплачивают в казну по 100 млрд. долл. в год.  В начале текущего десятилетия Вашингтон на весь мир объявил о том, что начинает борьбу с офшорами. По инициативе администрации Обамы в 2010 году Конгресс США принял закон FATCA (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act) – акт о налогообложении иностранных счетов. Его главная цель – препятствовать уклонению от уплаты налогов американских граждан, работающих и проживающих на территории других государств. Это закон экстерриториального действия.

28 октября 2017, 06:45

Европа борется с «тенью», а Америка наблюдает

Одной из самых серьёзных проблем мировой экономики является её теневой сектор – хозяйственная и финансовая деятельность физических и юридических лиц вне сферы регулирования и контроля государства. Один из распространённых видов «тени» – офшоры. Экономики тех стран, где бизнес начинает увлекаться офшорными схемами, становятся неуправляемыми. Вместе с тем офшорные компании могу дестабилизировать экономики, из которых они...

25 октября 2017, 01:01

Joint Statement by the United States of America and the Republic of Singapore

1. President of the United States of America Donald J. Trump hosted Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong at the White House on October 23, 2017.  They affirmed the strong and enduring partnership between the two countries based on mutually beneficial cooperation, especially in the economic, defense, security, and people-to-people spheres.   2. The two leaders noted the important role that the bilateral United States-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (FTA) has played in strengthening the robust economic relations between the United States and Singapore and in expanding trade, enhancing prosperity, and promoting broader relations for the benefit of both countries.  Bilateral trade has almost doubled from pre-FTA levels to reach more than $68 billion in 2016, with a consistent trade surplus for the United States.  The United States is the largest foreign investor in Singapore, and American companies use Singapore as a regional hub for their activities.  Conversely, Singapore is among the largest investors from Asia in the United States.  Both leaders noted the success of the United States-Singapore FTA, which is reviewed regularly to evaluate performance and resolve bilateral issues. 3. The leaders highlighted the strong commercial relationship between the two countries, demonstrated by the signing for the purchase of 39 Boeing wide-body aircraft by Singapore Airlines (SIA), valued at $13.8 billion.  The order will expand and modernize SIA’s fleet to support the increasing demand of business and tourism-related travels, while rewarding innovation and creating jobs in the United States.  They acknowledged the expanded commercial cooperation achieved under the 2016 Memorandum of Understanding on e-Commerce, Smart Cities, Infrastructure and Financial Technology (FinTech).   4. The two leaders affirmed their close and long-standing defense ties as a cornerstone of bilateral relations.  Singapore hosts the rotational deployment of United States military aircraft and U.S. Navy ships to conduct a variety of maritime patrol activities to counter piracy and terrorism, as well as provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in the region.  Singapore trains approximately 1,000 military personnel in the United States each year, including those stationed at training detachments for the Republic of Singapore Air Force’s F-15SG and F-16C/D fighter aircraft, CH-47 Chinook and AH-64 Apache helicopters, and the Singapore Army’s High Mobility Artillery Rocket System.  Singapore has signed more than $5.8 billion worth of defense contracts with U.S. companies in the past three years, and the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) recently received a delivery of F-15SG fighter jets from Boeing.  President Trump thanked Prime Minister Lee for the deployment of four of Singapore’s Chinook helicopters to assist in Hurricane Harvey relief operations in Texas, and Singapore’s search-and-rescue assistance following the August USS John S. McCain tragedy.  5. Both leaders expressed deep concern about the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) continued development of its unlawful nuclear and ballistic missile programs, which pose a grave threat to international peace and security.  They condemned the DPRK’s missile launches and nuclear tests, which are in clear violation of UN Security Council Resolutions (UNSCRs).  The leaders reaffirmed their commitment to fully implement the DPRK UNSCRs and to consider additional measures to compel the DPRK regime to engage in meaningful dialogue about a different future. 6. The two leaders recognized the grave threat posed by the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery, and affirmed that urgent action is needed to address this danger.  Both sides welcomed Singapore’s efforts in non-proliferation and strategic trade control initiatives, such as through its trial of the World Customs Organization’s Cargo Targeting System to strengthen global supply chain security, and decided to consider exploring new areas of cooperation to prevent the global transportation sector from being abused by proliferators.  The United States also welcomed Singapore’s continued support for the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI), such as Singapore’s hosting of the PSI exercise Deep Sabre in late 2016, and the PSI Operational Expert Groups meeting in August 2017. 7. The two leaders pledged to strengthen cooperation to counter the threat of ISIS and reaffirmed the need for all countries to stand shoulder-to-shoulder against the common scourge of global terrorism.  They welcomed the upcoming bilateral Law Enforcement and Homeland Security and Safety Cooperation Dialogue.  As a partner in the fight against ISIS and the first and only Asian country to have contributed both assets and personnel to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, President Trump welcomed Singapore’s commitment to extend its existing contributions to the Coalition, including the deployment of a medical task force in Iraq, KC-135R tanker aircraft, and an Imagery Analysis Team.   8. Recognizing the transboundary nature of cybersecurity threats, the two leaders affirmed the progress made under the 2016 Memorandum of Understanding on Cybersecurity Cooperation.  Both countries affirmed their commitment to work together during Singapore’s 2018 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Chairmanship to secure the digital economy as a key engine for future economic growth.   9. The two leaders supported expanding economic ties through closer cooperation on bilateral tax issues and welcomed continued progress towards the signing of a tax information exchange agreement and a reciprocal intergovernmental agreement to implement the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act.  The negotiations have been substantially completed, and both sides are committed to sign the two agreements as soon as possible, with the aim of doing so by the end of the year.  The leaders noted the two countries would continue discussions on whether to negotiate an Avoidance of Double Taxation Agreement in the future, taking into account double taxation with respect to both American investments in Singapore and Singaporean investments in the United States and our mutual interest in avoiding base erosion and profit shifting by multinationals. 10. Both leaders affirmed the strong bonds of friendship and cooperation between the peoples of the two countries.  They welcomed the continuation of the United States-Singapore Summer Exchange Scholarship Program to foster linkages and new ideas for cooperation between the next generation of young leaders.  The two leaders recognized the success of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) and looked forward to YSEALI events in the future.   11. Both leaders noted concerns about developments in the South China Sea (SCS). They reaffirmed the importance of safeguarding peace and stability, and they reiterated their commitment to upholding freedoms of navigation and overflight, and other lawful uses of the sea.  Consonant with the Sunnylands Declaration, both leaders underscored the importance of the peaceful resolution of disputes, including full respect for legal and diplomatic processes, in accordance with universally recognized principles of international law and the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.  They also reiterated their support for the expeditious conclusion of an effective and binding Code of Conduct in the SCS.   12. The two leaders expressed concern about the humanitarian situation in Rakhine State and on the border between Myanmar and Bangladesh.  Both leaders called for the expeditious delivery of humanitarian assistance to all affected communities, and urged the government of Myanmar to end the violence, ensure the safe, voluntary and dignified repatriation, resettlement, and rehabilitation of displaced persons, and implement in the shortest time possible the recommendations of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State.  They expressed their support for ASEAN's role in working with the government of Myanmar to provide humanitarian assistance to all affected communities. 13. The two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to ASEAN centrality and the importance of strengthening the regional architecture to effectively address common transnational challenges such as maritime security, cybersecurity, and countering violent extremism.  Both sides highlighted the importance of the U.S.-ASEAN strategic partnership and the principles underpinning this relationship, as outlined in the 2016 Sunnylands Declaration.  They welcomed the 50th anniversary of ASEAN’s founding and the 40th anniversary of United States-ASEAN relations and committed to continuing support for joint contributions to the Third Country Training Program aimed at enhancing connectivity and regional resilience.  President Trump looks forward to attending the November multilateral summits in Southeast Asia and offered his full support for Singapore’s ASEAN Chairmanship in 2018.   14. President Trump warmly accepted Prime Minister Lee’s invitation to visit Singapore in 2018, and they both recognized Singapore’s steadfast partnership on issues of mutual interest and shared principles.  Singapore has been an anchor for the presence of the United States in the Indo-Pacific, underpinning regional peace and prosperity for the common benefit of the region and the United States.

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30 июля 2017, 04:30

Ашхабад и Вашингтон будут обмениваться налоговой информацией

США и Туркменистан подписали межправительственное соглашение о выполнении положений закона США "О налогообложении иностранных счетов" (FATCA). Свои подписи под документом поставили посол США Аллан Мастард и министр финансов …

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11 июля 2017, 06:20

Confiscation - The Second Half Of The Government's Pincer

Authord by Jeff Thomas via InternationalMan.com, “Welcome to America, where your assets are literally the government’s business, and freedom is anything but free.”—Claire Bernish, The Free Thought Project For some time, I’ve been forewarning readers that, as the governments of the former “free” world unravel, they’ll introduce capital controls, both to continue to fund their failing policies and to limit the freedom of their citizenries. I’ve envisioned this as a “pincer” of sorts. First, it would be necessary to institute laws that allow authorities to confiscate the assets of anyone whom they “suspected” of a crime. (It’s essential to understand that an actual arrest is unnecessary, as that would allow the individual the opportunity to prove his innocence in a trial. No trial means he can never regain the confiscated assets.)   The second half of the pincer would be a law requiring the reporting of assets - a detailed declaration of all monetary holdings. (Of course, it would not be possible to keep such reporting thoroughly up to date, as it would be ever-changing. This would ensure virtually continual guilt through the failure to report.) Civil Asset Forfeiture In observing the US, we’re witnessing the completion of the pincer. The first half has been in place for some time, under civil asset forfeiture laws. It’s been described as a process in which law enforcement officers take assets from persons suspected of involvement with crime or illegal activity without necessarily charging the owners with wrongdoing. That concept may seem odd to the reader, as, surely, if someone had committed a crime, the authorities would wish to charge him, then see to it that he was tried in court, so that he could be punished for his transgressions. But what if the individual in question was not, in the traditional sense, a criminal; that a law had been written that would effectively define virtually all citizens as criminals? And what if the objective were not to prosecute offenders, but simply to rob them of their possessions? In this light, civil asset forfeiture makes complete sense. First, the authorities decide that they want to take what they desire from others. Then they target an individual who possesses desired assets (i.e., home, car, business, bank accounts, wealth in a safe deposit box, etc.). They then detain the individual, state that he’s suspected of a crime (suspected drug dealer? Terrorist sympathiser? Possible tax cheat?) and seize his assets. In this scenario, the authorities are actually advantaged by not charging the individual. He has no recourse, as he can’t demand his day in court for a charge that hasn’t been laid against him. Therefore, he can’t regain his assets, and they become the property of the authorities. Although civil asset forfeiture never seems to appear on the evening news, it’s not because it’s a minor operation. Indeed, the total annual take now exceeds that of the annual total for burglaries by traditional criminals (those who rob others without a badge). Declaration of Assets Considering the severity of the above, it would be difficult to imagine that civil asset forfeiture laws are only half of the pincer, yet that’s exactly the case. The other half is Senate Bill 1241, which is intended “to improve the prohibitions on money laundering, and for other purposes.” It requires that anyone travelling beyond US borders declare his assets in writing and in detail, plus provide ongoing access to all accounts held by the individual. In essence, it’s providing the government with a license to track your cash, cryptocurrencies, and other assets in perpetuity. Should, at any point, your declaration come into question as to its accuracy, the entirety of those assets could be seized, not just those that were unreported. In addition, you could face a prison sentence of up to five years. The bill also seeks to curtail the individual’s right to travel outside the US. Whilst this may seem to be a less significant loss, as compared to the above, it serves the purpose of making it impossible for the individual to escape the clutches of his government by relocating to another country. He is, in effect, a trapped rat. In addition, he’s a trapped rat who, having lost his assets to arbitrary confiscation, has been crippled economically. He can no longer defend himself, as he no longer has the means to pay an attorney. How This Is Likely to Play Out At present, asset confiscation is undertaken largely at a local level. Police go after many people at random. However, they also have the ability to target specific individuals that they know of, either for personal reasons or because they feel the haul would be substantial. Senate Bill 1241 places the robberies on a national level. It provides a database by which authorities can review possible targets, based upon their assets. It also allows the authorities the opportunity to go after those people who behaved in a manner deemed unacceptable to authorities. For example, a national repository of information would allow authorities to target specific individuals who questioned the government or sought to live independently of governmental controls. Both Aldous Huxley and George Orwell described this concept as being central to the assurance that all citizens would be fully compliant with their rulers’ edicts, 100% of the time. One deviation from acceptable behaviour could result in a total loss of assets and freedom. It would work like this: Like the FATCA legislation in the US, the premise is: An individual is required to provide a detailed report of his wealth (however small). The regulatory body chooses to regard the report as “in error,” or “incomplete.” The law then allows all the assets to be confiscated, including those portions that were correctly reported. Of course, we’d like to think that no reasonable government would abuse power in this way. Unfortunately, history shows that any government that issues a license to itself to rob its citizenry, invariably uses (and abuses) that license. The beauty of such a system is that it need not be enforced often. Once people understand that, at any moment, they could lose everything and have no recourse whatsoever, they learn to keep their heads down and be compliant. From that point on, fear of government is a constant, and the population is effectively under house arrest. In the late eighteenth century, American founding father Thomas Jefferson reportedly stated, “When government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.” When a country degrades to the point that the government can grip its people in the pincers of arbitrary loss of assets, with no chance of recompense through the justice system, it’s safe to say that people can plan on henceforth living in fear. *  *  * The pincer’s grip grows tighter by the day... Unfortunately, the coming global economic crisis will only make the bankrupt US government a more aggressive thief. If you haven’t taken steps to protect your money, it’s almost too late. This is a frightening truth. But if you act now, you can still do something about it. New York Times best-selling author Doug Casey and his team can show you concrete ways to protect your financial freedom. Click here for the details.

30 июня 2017, 14:00

Почему закон о деофшоризации не работает

Вчера российские и зарубежные СМИ распространили сенсационное сообщение агентства Рейтер, касающееся исполнения российскими резидентами закона о так называемых «контролируемых иностранных компаниях» (КИК). Так называется в обиходе закон о внесении поправок в Налоговый кодекс Российской Федерации, принятый в 2014 году. Суть закона проста — российские юридические и физические лица должны декларировать свои зарубежные активы и доходы и исправно платить с них налоги в казну Российской Федерации. Этот закон […]

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28 июня 2017, 13:42

Продление соглашения с IRS по FATCA и как преодолевать трудности при составлении отчета FATCA

Последние новости для сдающих отчетность по форме FATCA 8966.

30 июня 2014, 22:41

Швейцария сдалась: о банковской тайне можно забыть!

Швейцария сдалась: о банковской тайне можно забыть!  В понедельник Швейцария окончательно прощается со статусом страны-хранительницы банковской тайны. Всевид... From: Экономика ТВ Views: 3 0 ratingsTime: 02:35 More in News & Politics