New Zealand consists of several islands; the North and South Island plus a number of smaller islands. The capital and seat of government is based in Wellington in the North Island and the overall population is around 4.5 million.
New Zealand has a progressive economy based largely upon banking and finance. In the last 30 years the country has experienced significant structural reform and economic liberalism. There have been several reforms such as the removal of exchange controls allowing the free flow of capital in and out of the country. The government has also implemented various incentives in order to encourage greater investment in New Zealand.
Key benefits of New Zealand:
- New Zealand is a safe, stable and secure country which offers considerable benefits.
- The New Zealand legal system is based on English Common Law
- New Zealand is a full member of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. (OECD)
- New Zealand has an efficient market driven economy with business stability, extensive free trade agreements and active government support for investors.
- New Zealand is perceived as being a legitimate tax jurisdiction whilst providing many advantages of an offshore jurisdiction.
- New Zealand is consistently rated as one of the best places in the world in which to do business
- New Zealand is the first western country to complete a Free Trade agreement with China., The New Zealand China Free Trade Agreement.
- Ease of access to Australia is guaranteed through open market trade agreements.
The Companies Act 1993 governs the creation of a company. These can take the following form:
- Partnerships – Limited Partnership regime is governed by the Limited Partnership Act 2008.
- Joint Ventures
- Foreign Branches
The most common form of entity for foreign investors is the limited liability company.
Gibraltar companies now have to disclose full Beneficial Ownership details to Central Register
Gibraltar is working to implement all EU legislation relating to the 4th Anti Money Laundering Directive into national law, in addition to the current EU legislation on financial supervision and direct taxation, and to this affect, the Government of Gibraltar have established a Central Register of Beneficial Ownership that will be effective from June 26th 2017.
European Commission publishes tax avoidance disclosure directive
The EC (European Commission) has published its draft legislation compelling financial service providers or intermediaries to disclose any international tax planning schemes they have encouraged, enabled or assisted in any way.
OECD publishes compliance review for all non-compliant jurisdictions
The OECDs global tax transparency initiative was launched last year in April 2016, with the purpose of encouraging every jurisdiction across the world to commit to implementation of a CRS (Common Reporting Standard) for automatic exchange of information by 2018, and to sign the Multilateral Convention on the exchanging of tax data. A forum on behalf of the OECD has released the results of its review for jurisdictions it considers to be non-compliant.
EU Parliament Committee release findings & recommendations for current offshore taxation measures
A formal enquiry into the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca has been launched by the European Parliament's Committee, which found gaps in beneficial ownership transparency for trusts and fiduciaries and didn’t meet the EU standard.
2017 G20 summit: Enforcement of taxation highest priority
The 2017 G20 leaders’ summit took place in Hamburg last week where the European Commission Council and leaders discussed the priorities and primary projects for the upcoming summit. EC President Jean-Claude Juncker has stated that advancing the global combat against tax evasion is top of the list.
The EC takes action against advocates promoting tax avoidance schemes
The European Commission has recommended the implementation of a new regulation regarding companies or intermediaries who promote or design cross-border tax planning schemes will going forward be required to provide full disclosure to the tax authorities of their relevant jurisdiction within five days of offering them to clients.
What are the new Beneficial Ownership reporting requirements for BVI companies?
Going forward, a new regulation will require certain British Virgin Islands companies to gather and retain details of Beneficial Owners with 25% or more of the company’s shareholding rights, with an ongoing requirement to keep the details up to date.
Russian citizens can gain Cyprus tax residency by staying only 60 days on island, whats the catch?
Cyprus is once again working to improve its economic desirability and will be able to increase its alternative business base for Russians with good creditworthiness.