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June 3, 2009

One of the best ways to reduce inheritance tax (IHT) on your death is to give away assets during your lifetime. The problem is, a gift can trigger a large capital gains tax (CGT) bill if the asset has gone up in value during your period of ownership. That has always been a big disincentive to lifetime giving.

Save inheritance tax and reduce your capital gains tax bill
One of the best ways to reduce inheritance tax (IHT) on your death is to give away assets during your lifetime. The problem is, a gift can trigger a large capital gains tax (CGT) bill if the asset has gone up in value during your period of ownership. That has always been a big disincentive to lifetime giving.

April 30, 2009

Last week’s UK budget has been widely seen as a political budget designed to set the parameters for the country’s general election, due next year. Chancellor Alistair Darling’s headline-grabbing increase in interest rates for the wealthy (the top rate is now 50%) was certainly a knee-jerk reaction to political rather than economic problems.

Last week's UK budget has been widely seen as a political budget designed to set the parameters for the country's general election, due next year. Chancellor Alistair Darling's headline-grabbing increase in interest rates for the wealthy (the top rate is now 50%) was certainly a knee-jerk reaction to political rather than economic problems.

April 9, 2009

The UK has long been known as a tax haven for foreign nationals looking for a low tax jurisdiction.But despite the benefits of the old rules, a new set of highly complicated rules kicked in as of this week which will be costly to monitor and stay within, for those who wish to remain in the UK.

The UK has long been known as a tax haven for foreign nationals looking for a low tax jurisdiction. It's not that the UK has particularly low taxes. It's the way taxes are applied for individuals considered non-UK domiciled. This favourable position has existed for years, largely due to Britain's colonial past. Some changes were made, largely in the 1990s, with the most significant taking effect from 6 April 2008. So be warned if you're considering a move to the UK.

April 1, 2009

The French government has named family-controlled tyremaker Michelin as one of three businesses it wants to investigate for alleged tax fraud.

The French government has named family-controlled tyremaker Michelin as one of three businesses it wants to investigate for alleged tax fraud. The investigations will focus on banks accounts and foundations that French newspapers are reporting are held in Liechtenstein by Michelin, oil giant Total and sportsbrand Adidas.

March 26, 2009

If you believe the OECD’s rhetoric, tax havens are about to collapse like a house of cards before the onslaught of a G20 determined to retrieve untold trillions of lost revenue. However, the death of tax-efficient jurisdictions and their historic rules on confidentiality is greatly exaggerated.

If you believe the OECD's rhetoric, tax havens are about to collapse like a house of cards before the onslaught of a G20 determined to retrieve untold trillions of lost revenue. After a string of European states including Austria, Luxembourg, Andorra, Liechtenstein and Switzerland agreed to exchange information more freely, OECD director-general Angel Gurria, described this as "an important moment in the history of international tax cooperation."

March 12, 2009

The Liechtenstein government has bowed to international pressure and accepted OECD standards on transparency and information exchange in tax matters. In a declaration, it also confirmed it will support international measures against non-compliance with tax laws.

The Liechtenstein government has bowed to international pressure and accepted OECD standards on transparency and information exchange in tax matters. In a declaration, it also confirmed it will support international measures against non-compliance with tax laws.

The tiny European country, which has a total population of just over 35,000, is run by the Princely House of Liechtenstein, one of the continent's oldest noble families.

February 19, 2009

Banking giant UBS has done a deal with the US Department of Justice whereby it will escape prosecution in exchange for handing over the details of an undisclosed number of its wealthy American clients who it believes have committed tax fraud.

Banking giant UBS has done a deal with the US Department of Justice whereby it will escape prosecution in exchange for handing over the details of an undisclosed number of its wealthy American clients who it believes have committed tax fraud.

The DoJ had previously accused the Switzerland-based bank of conspiring to defraud the US by helping 17,000 Americans hide accounts from the Internal Revenue Service.

November 10, 2008

As part of its probe into member state tax policies, the OECD is asking wealthy individuals what they think of taxation.

As part of its probe into member state tax policies, the OECD is asking wealthy individuals what they think of taxation.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development is trying to ascertain what the wealthy and other interested parties think about tax issues in a bid to put together a series of "best practice" tax policies for high net worth individuals.

August 15, 2008

Hereditary Prince Alois of Liechtenstein has used his country’s National Day as the occasion on which to announce that wealthy foreigners who deposit monies in the principality's bank accounts will face relaxed transparency laws.

Hereditary Prince Alois of Liechtenstein (pictured) has used his country's National Day as the occasion on which to announce that wealthy foreigners who deposit monies in the principality's bank accounts will face relaxed transparency laws.

He said Liechtenstein's tax matters would be based on "a new foundation" that would lead to stronger cooperation in tax matters in line with "international trends".

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