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Managing Company Tax

This is a follow up to my “How to…” series of articles, where I share some important tips for entrepreneurs when it comes to starting a new business. Now, assuming that you have finalised and written your Business Plan, it is time to consider one of the major costs of running a business: Company Tax

Writing a Business Plan

This is a follow-up to my “How to…” series of articles, where I share some important tips for entrepreneurs when it comes to starting a new business. Now that you, as a SME entrepreneur, have considered the 8 key steps to starting your own business, it’s time to consider your Business Plan. It goes …

Starting a Business

This is the first post for my “How to…” series of articles, where I will be sharing some important tips for SME entrepreneurs when it comes to starting a business. You have heard about how the founders of successful companies such as Facebook, Google, Apple and Uber started off with a visionary idea and …

Global Residence & Citizenship

The rise of the middleclass population has been the platform for the increase of high net-worth individuals (HNWIs) and ultra-high net-worth individuals (UHNWIs) worldwide. These successful individuals and their families are increasingly looking at becoming resident or obtaining citizenship in more than one nation. This decision may be forced upon them by events in their […]

Looking for Florida Real Estate?

Portman International Properties is pleased to announce that it will be acting as sole agent in Malta for Florida-based Miami International Investors. Miami International Investors are investment experts in the Florida real estate market with executive experience in private equity, mergers and acquisitions, and project development. Their primary aim is to combine investment know-how with […]

Managing Disruptive Change

“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” (George Bernard Shaw) Nothing lasts forever and everything, without exception, has a beginning and an end. This is such a truism, so self-evident, and yet we find it so hard to accept. More importantly it also applies to business and to economic situations. I would like […]

Lower Company Tax & Simpler Rules

In a global economy hounded by a peculiarly intermittent and persistent recession, the targeting of corporations conducting international business with higher company taxes and complex rules by the OECD, G20 and EU Commission has become a worrying trend. The justification for this trend is the legitimate and perfectly legal use of tax regulations to minimise tax costs, an […]

EU Tax Transparency Package

A resolution presented to the European Parliament on 18th March by the European Commission on tax transparency measures was passed by 444 votes to 110, with 41 abstentions. A key element of this Tax Transparency Package (TTP) is a …

Double Non-Taxation & The EU Parent-Subsidiary Directive

International tax policy has in the past been focused on the lifting of tax obstacles to trade, in particular the avoidance of double taxation. A new, somewhat divergent initiative being promoted by the EU, and globally, is planned to ensure that individual countries are able to enforce their domestic tax rules beyond their frontiers in […]

Stay Ahead of Cross-Border Taxation

Cross-border transactions may attract taxation in different countries. Understanding your tax points, in situations such as when a holding company in one country holds shares in an operating company in another country, is therefore crucial. Operating Company Taxation A business would normally establish a company in the country where the economic activity is being conducted. […]

EU 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive

“Easy is the descent into Hell, for it is paved with good intentions.” – John Milton in Paradise Lost, 1667 I believe that John Milton’s famous quote is highly relevant to the 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive as it is proposed today. This Anti-Money Laundering Directive will, for the first time, oblige EU member states to keep […]

Brexit & The Empire

I am of the opinion that the whole argument relating to whether Britain should head for a Brexit from the EU centres around the value that member states give to their sovereignty and democracy. The inherent differences in culture and national identity (not to mention language) are part of this equation. There are economic arguments […]

Grexit: Why Not?

Over the past several weeks, we have been inundated with news and updates about the ongoing crisis in Greece, the potential Grexit (Greek exit) from the eurozone and how, if it came to pass, it would spell the beginning of the end of the Euro “experiment”. To this end, I have a question for you: […]

4th EU AML Directive

4th EU AML Directive – The ultimate owners of companies will have to be listed in central registers in EU countries, open both to the authorities and to people with a “legitimate interest”, such as journalists, under a Parliament / Council deal endorsed by …