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Lawyers warned on aggressive tax avoidance

Lawyers warned on aggressive tax avoidance

Solicitors providing tax planning services face greater scrutiny from HM Revenue & Customs and the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), as the UK Government clamps down on aggressive avoidance schemes.

Published : 26, Sep 2017
Case study: how trusts can shield non-doms from new rules

Case study: how trusts can shield non-doms from...

With the UK Government now implementing tougher rules for non-doms, RL360°’s head of technical services Neil Chadwick explores the implications and possible solution using a multi-jurisdictional case study.

Published : 26, Sep 2017
FCA rejects demand to review point of sale disclosure

FCA rejects demand to review point of sale disclosure...

Calls for a review of the complex and lengthy disclosure documents clients receive at the point of sale (POS) have been rejected by the Financial Conduct Authority despite the regulator admitting that customers can get confused.

Published : 26, Sep 2017
The best way forward for fees and commission

The best way forward for fees and commission

A road plan for adviser remuneration is set out by Phil Billingham in the first of a new series looking at how to thrive amid ongoing regulatory change, including reactions from three IFAs across the globe.

Published : 26, Sep 2017
Proceed with caution over pension transfers, FCA told

Proceed with caution over pension transfers, FCA...

Advisers need clarity and reassurance on defined benefit transfers, the FCA has been told by the pensions industry in response to its consultation on update existing guidelines around advising on DB transfers.

Three ways the UK will go beyond EU insurance sales rules

Three ways the UK will go beyond EU insurance...

The main UK regulator has pledged to go beyond the minimum requirements of the European Union’s new Insurance Distribution directive (IDD).

Published : 25, Sep 2017
Four countries that slash non-dom IHT bills

Four countries that slash non-dom IHT bills

Four countries have long-established tax treaties that give UK-non-doms from these jurisdictions a hugely advantageous opportunity to minimise paying inheritance tax on their worldwide assets.

Published : 25, Sep 2017
Gibraltar industry joining forces to tackle stiffer data regs

Gibraltar industry joining forces to tackle stiffer...

The regulatory burden of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has prompted Gibraltar's regulator and insurance association to join forces to tackle the new legislation.

Published : 25, Sep 2017
Analysis: A new regulatory era in the Middle East

Analysis: A new regulatory era in the Middle East...

As the pace of regulatory change in the Middle East shows no sign of letting up, many operators within the region are predicting unprecedented change for financial services.

Published : 25, Sep 2017
Saudi Arabia gets a new bankruptcy law

Saudi Arabia gets a new bankruptcy law

Saudi Arabia is planning to follow the United Arab Emirates in introducing a bankruptcy law to help its efforts to boost foreign investment into the oil-dependent economy, according to the Al Arabiya news channel.

Published : 22, Sep 2017
Lux fund body hits back at politicised scrutiny of delegation

Lux fund body hits back at politicised scrutiny...

Growing scrutiny of European fund managers delegating portfolio management to other EU countries is motivated by “political reasons”, the chairman of the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (Alfi) told International Adviser.

Published : 21, Sep 2017
EU single market to be ‘fragmented’ by MiFID II, says KPMG

EU single market to be ‘fragmented’ by MiFID II,...

Stark differences in regulatory interpretation among the 28 members of the European Union means that far-reaching reforms covering all aspects of the financial markets could end up defying their purpose and result in a “fragmented” single market.

Published : 20, Sep 2017
Guernsey regulator warns client risk is ‘ignored’ by advisers

Guernsey regulator warns client risk is ‘ignored’...

The Guernsey Financial Services Commission has warned that investment risk is still incorrectly explained or ignored altogether by financial advisers.

Published : 20, Sep 2017
Indonesia hunting for hidden wealth

Indonesia hunting for hidden wealth

Indonesia’s mammoth $368bn tax haul has been followed by new regulations aimed at tracing and taxing money that was not declared during the nine-month amnesty that ended in March.

Published : 20, Sep 2017
Accelerated payment demands net £1.3bn for HMRC

Accelerated payment demands net £1.3bn for HMRC...

The UK taxman raked in 21% more cash from accelerated payment notices (APNs) in 2016/17, netting HM Revenue & Customs £1.3bn ($1.76bn, €1.47bn) from individuals and small businesses.

Published : 19, Sep 2017
Portuguese expat pension tax tabled

Portuguese expat pension tax tabled

Expat pensions transferred to Portugal could take a 10% hit under plans being considered by the country’s government.

Published : 18, Sep 2017
Serious Fraud Office closure scrapped

Serious Fraud Office closure scrapped

The UK’s Serious Fraud Office will not be folded into Britain’s version of the FBI after plans by prime minister Theresa May were abandoned.

Published : 18, Sep 2017
Expat pensions on the 'cliff edge'

Expat pensions on the 'cliff edge'Lock icon

The chair of the UK Treasury select committee has called on the chancellor to provide clarity on expat pensions in the event of a “cliff edge Brexit”.

Published : 18, Sep 2017
Who are the world’s biggest tax cheats?

Who are the world’s biggest tax cheats?

A tenth of the world’s total wealth is held in offshore tax havens, with the figure rising to about 15% for Europe and as much as 60% for some Gulf and Latin American countries, new research shows.

Published : 18, Sep 2017
First million tax free, concedes South Africa

First million tax free, concedes South AfricaLock icon

Plans to scrap a tax exemption on overseas earnings have been watered down by the South African Treasury and a tax-free allowance of ZAR1m (£57,143, $76,003, €63,904) introduced instead following pressure from expats and interest groups.

Published : 15, Sep 2017

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