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18.02.2019 Panama introduces criminal liability for tax evasion

On January 31st, 2019, the President of Panama signed the Law on Criminal Responsibility for Tax Evasion.

14.02.2019 The European Commission has approved a new “black list”

The European Commission approved a new list of 23 countries with deficiencies in the fight against money laundering and the financing of terrorism.

07.02.2019 Switzerland and Ukraine - amendments to the agreement on avoidance of double taxation

On January 24th, 2019, Ukraine and the Confederation of Switzerland signed the Protocol on amendments to the agreement on avoidance of double taxation dated 30.10.2000.

28.01.2019 The Netherlands has created a «black list»

On December 28th, 2018 the Dutch government has published a national list of jurisdictions with low tax rates, which will be used as a tool to combat cross-border schemes to dilute the tax base and remove income from taxation.

25.01.2019 Owners of British offshore will be revealed not earlier than 2023 year

The UK government specified the deadline for launching public registries of beneficiaries of companies established in the Overseas Territories.

24.01.2019 Qatar, Saint Kitts and Nevis have joined the OECD BEPS agreement

On January, 18th, 2019, Qatar, Saint Kitts and Nevis have joined the BEPS program on base erosion and profit shifting.

23.01.2019 The EU has made changes in the VAT system for Internet companies

The European Council has adopted new rules designed to facilitate Internet companies to trade within the EU.

17.01.2019 The National Bank of Ukraine has completed the exchange control regulations

In early January 2019, the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) approved the regulations for a proper operation of the new currency regulation system.

09.01.2019 Law on economic substance in the BVI

On January 1st, 2019, Economic substance (Companies and Limited Partnerships) AСT, 2018 entered into force in the British Virgin Islands.

21.12.2018 Malta and Singapore have ratified the Multilateral Convention

On December 21st , 2018, Malta and Singapore deposited their instruments of ratification with the Secretary-General of the Organization for economic cooperation and development, reaffirming their positions on the provisions of the Convention for the implementation of the BEPS Plan.

19.12.2018 Baltic International Bank has been recognized as the best Bank in the CIS and Baltic countries

On December 17th , 2018, Baltic International Bank received the SPEAR’s Russia Wealth Management Awards 2018 as the best Bank in the CIS and Baltic countries in the private banking and wealth management industry.

18.12.2018 Control over cash withdrawals is introduced in the Russian Federation

On December 18th, 2018, the State Duma of the Russian Federation adopted in the third reading the amendments to the Federal Law “On counteracting the legalization (laundering) of criminally obtained incomes and the financing of terrorism”.

14.12.2018 Plan of the FTS for 2019

On December 14th, 2018 the Federal Tax Service (FTS) of the Russian Federation published its Plan of activities for 2019 on the official website.

13.12.2018 The country-to-country exchange reporting between the US and Germany

The USA and Germany signed a statement on the implementation about the exchange country-to-country On December 13th, 2018, reporting during period from 2017.

12.12.2018 Tax residency of companies in the BVI

On December 4th, 2018, the Government of the British Virgin Islands announced the approval of a bill introducing a requirement for companies to have an «economic substance».

11.12.2018 Foreign investors are required to disclose beneficiaries

The Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation signed three resolutions establishing the procedure for disclosing information on the ownership structure of foreign investors planning transactions with Russian business entities, including those of strategic importance for ensuring the country's defense and state security.

05.12.2018 Blockchain-companies in Switzerland will accept deposits

The Swiss financial market supervision authority (FINMA) will grant a fintech-license to companies under section 1b of the banking Act.

04.12.2018 Public access to the register of Directors is closed in the Seychelles

On 30th November, 2018, amendments to the International Business companies Act were adopted in the Seychelles.

03.12.2018 The Federal Tax Agency of the Russian Federation has posted information about companies’ debts

The Federal Tax Agency of Russia has published new sets of the opened data about sums of arrears and debts as per taxes and fees of organizations formed before December 31st, 2017 and not paid till October 1st, 2018.

28.11.2018 Danske Bank is accused of money laundering

On November 28th, 2018, the Danish Prosecutor’s Office for Major Economic and International Crimes filed charges against Danske Bank for violating the Money Laundering Prevention Act.

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