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June 26, 2013

Family business should not be confused with small business in the US

Size matters in the US, which is home to some of the world’s biggest family businesses. The country’s five largest family-controlled firms – Walmart, Ford, Cargill, Koch Industries and Comcast – had combined revenues of $911.9 billion (€694.8 billion) in 2012, more than Indonesia’s GDP.

June 18, 2013

Business has lost its way; modern businesses say that as long as they haven’t broken the law, they’ve done nothing wrong. So, is it time for big companies to learn a bit of humility?

In his classic book After Virtue the philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre paints a picture of a world where some cataclysmic event has occurred that has somehow destroyed our understanding of science.

The body of knowledge which had been built up over thousands of years has been torn apart and only bits and pieces of it have survived. In this dystopia, our understanding of the world around us is fragmented and confused.

April 11, 2013

Bernard Arnault, second-gen chief executive of LVMH and France's richest man, has withdrawn his application for Belgian citizenship following continued accusations that he was trying to avoid the new 75% tax levied on incomes of more than €1 million.

Bernard Arnault, second-gen chief executive of LVMH and France's richest man, has withdrawn his application for Belgian citizenship following continued accusations that he was trying to avoid the new 75% tax levied on incomes of more than €1 million.

"I explained several times that I would remain a resident in France and that I would continue to pay my taxes there. In vain – the message did not get through," Arnault told French newspaper Le Monde in an interview on 10 April.

March 7, 2012

The Liechtenstein Disclosure Facility may have been in the news a lot recently, but many accountants in the UK are still unaware of the benefits it may offer wealthy families and individuals.

The Liechtenstein Disclosure Facility may have been in the news a lot recently, but many accountants in the UK are still unaware of the benefits it may offer wealthy families and individuals.

That’s according to a recent survey by UK-based accountancy firm Crowe Clark Whitehill, which found that a fifth of accountants do not understand the tax amnesty facility.

Sean Wakeman, a partner in the firm’s tax investigations group, reckons this would deprive wealthy individuals in the UK of a chance to clear up their tax arrears.

September 8, 2011

The US government needs to avoid overstepping the limitations of the tax treaty signed with Swiss authorities or risk causing disturbances to the financial markets, according to a top investment expert.

The US government needs to avoid overstepping the limitations of the tax treaty signed with Swiss authorities or risk causing disturbances to the financial markets, according to a top investment expert.

Steffen Binder, research director at Switzerland’s MyPrivateBanking, told CampdenFB: “If the US tax authorities threaten criminal charges again to get access to information on tax evaders with Swiss accounts, it will heavily unsettle the financial markets. The event with UBS was a special case and one that should not be repeated.”

September 6, 2011

When somebody as eccentric as Liliane Bettencourt, the L’Oreal heiress, says she believes something, you might consider that a reductio ad absurdum of the position. Last week she, along with some other wealthy French people, said that the rich ought to pay more tax.

When somebody as eccentric as Liliane Bettencourt, the L’Oreal heiress, says she believes something, you might consider that a reductio ad absurdum of the position. Last week she, along with some other wealthy French people, said that the rich ought to pay more tax.

February 3, 2011

The UK-based Institute for Family Business has recommended that the rules governing creation of a family business trust be simplified so that families can plan their succession successfully.

The UK-based Institute for Family Business has recommended that the rules governing creation of a family business trust be simplified so that families can plan their succession successfully.

According to IFB, family businesses use trusts to ensure stable management of the business, especially when handing over control to the next generation.

September 10, 2010

A ruling by Mumbai’s high court that has landed UK-based phone operator Vodafone with a huge tax bill could have ramifications for family companies looking to build business interests in India.

A ruling by Mumbai's high court that has landed UK-based phone operator Vodafone with a huge tax bill could have ramifications for family companies looking to build business interests in India.

The high court ruled on Wednesday that the $11 billion (€8.64 billion) sale of mobile phone business Hutchison Essar, a subsidiary of the Li family's Hong-Kong-based Hutchison Whampoa conglomerate, to Vodafone in 2008, is eligible for capital gains tax in India.

July 21, 2010

The offspring of wealthy business owners, or next gens, are facing potentially embarrassing tax demands as they inherit offshore bank accounts from deceased parents, writes Katie Barker.

The offspring of wealthy business owners, or next gens, are facing potentially embarrassing tax demands as they inherit offshore bank accounts from deceased parents, writes Katie Barker. 
 
The problem has risen to the surface in the last few years as governments seek to tighten tax loopholes for wealthy individuals stashing money in offshore centres.
 

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