Tax and Accounting Regulations
A coherent offshore planning strategy is essential to maximise the effectiveness of offshore companies. Eltoma can assist by structuring the most tax efficient strategy to satisfy your requirements. Eltoma will guide you as to which jurisdictions offer the best tax structure by identifying the types of tax payable as well as the most favourable, tax efficient jurisdiction in which to incorporate.
Panama has increased its compliancy in recent years. In 2009 Panama converted to using International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) utilising accounting principles that complied with the International Accounting Standards Committee (IASC). This, along with other measures taken, has done much to improve the general perception of Panama as an offshore jurisdiction.
Panama employs a strictly territorial tax system. Due to this the only income earned from Panama is taxed, income derived from outside Panama is not subject to taxation. Below is an overview of the tax and accounting regulations for Panama:
Non-resident companies in Panama are exempt from paying the following:
- Income tax.
- Capital gains tax.
- Interest income tax.
- Sales tax.
- Dividends tax.
Annual franchise tax:
- This is the only tax payable by non-resident offshore companies and is payable on the anniversary of the date of the original incorporation of the company.
- The annual franchise tax is approximately US$300. If the payment is not made before the deadline then a late delivery charge will be made.
International aspects of taxation:
- Panama has concluded mutual legal assistance treaties with the US, Costa Rica, Columbia and a number of other South American countries. These treaties cover serious crime but do not cover fiscal crime. The Panama government does not submit to requests on fiscal matters.
- Panama has agreed to launch negotiations regarding an agreement towards a double tax avoidance agreement with Japan, Singapore and France. These have yet to be concluded.
- A number of anti-money laundering decrees have been agreed and implemented.
Annual reporting requirements:
- There are no statutory accounting and audition requirements for a Panama IBC.
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.