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UAE on EU tax blacklist because of poor communication, UAE banker says

The European Union’s decision to include the United Arab Emirates on its blacklist of tax havens was caused by “lack of communication” between the EU and the UAE government, the head of the UAE Banks Federation said. European Union governments updated a blacklist of tax havens this week, adding the… Read More

EU updates tax haven blacklist, adds UAE, Bermuda

The European Union has published its updated list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes, dubbed the tax haven blacklist, adding ten jurisdictions to the existing five states. The new additions include Bermuda and the UAE. “Those jurisdictions did not implement the commitments they had made to the EU by… Read More

EU to broaden tax haven blacklist, weighs UAE, Bermuda listing

European Union states have added 10 jurisdictions to a draft tax haven blacklist, including the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bermuda, an EU official told Reuters on Tuesday, in a move that would triple the number of listed countries. The measure comes more than one year after the bloc decided… Read More
6th March 2019
AP—Spain and Britain have reached an agreement that sets out stricter rules for companies and citizens operating from Gibraltar, a British overseas territory which Spain considers a colony. As part of the deal, Gibraltar-based companies will be required to pay taxes in Spain if they conduct most of their… Read More
13th February 2019
Finance ministers from smaller European Union states on Tuesday opposed a plan to limit governments’ power to block EU reforms on tax matters, in a move that further reduces the chances of introducing an EU levy on large digital firms. EU countries with smaller populations have for years blocked efforts… Read More
7th February 2019
Former Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has accepted a one-year prison sentence for defrauding the Spanish state of 3.3 million euros (2.8 million pounds), a Spanish court filing showed on Tuesday, although the Portuguese will not serve any jail time. The filing said the tax ministry and Mourinho’s defence team… Read More
6th February 2019
The Cayman Islands has been added onto the Netherlands new low-tax jurisdictions list, dubbed blacklist, of 21 jurisdictions considered to be tax havens, as Amsterdam looks to roll out new measures to combat tax avoidance. Companies registered in the jurisdictions on the list face paying 20.5% tax from 2021 on… Read More
31st January 2019
A Louis Vuitton sales assistant at Selfridges, Manchester, has been jailed for two years and six months over her role in a scheme which involved using the stolen details of unsuspecting customers to make fake VAT claims and cash in on the refunds. The Salford-based woman copied the passport details… Read More
28th January 2019
A new list ranking tax contributions in the UK has named owners of a sportswear enterprise, gambling business and clothing retailers among the country’s estimated top ten taxpayers. Top of the list is JD Sports majority shareholder Stephen Rubin, followed by Bet365 boss Denise Coates and then Sir James… Read More
23rd January 2019
Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly accepted a €18.8m fine and 23-month jail term over tax evasion charges in Spain. The award-winning football player is alleged to have avoided paying tax between 2010 and 2014, in a case centred around image rights deals. Ronaldo is reported to have acknowledged incidents amounting to… Read More
14th January 2019
The United Kingdom has announced the new appointment of Bill Dodwell as Tax Director of the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS). As part of his portfolio, Dodwell will provide’ expert advice, guidance and direction’ to the OTS and its Board as a Non-Executive Member, the Treasury department said. OTS… Read More
3rd January 2019
New rules designed to combat corporate tax avoidance in the European Union have kicked in. As of 1 January 2019, all member states shall apply new legally binding anti-abuse measures which will see authorities tax profits moved to low-tax countries where the company does not have any genuine economic activity… Read More