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Creating Physical Presence & Capital Requirements for Cyprus Shell Company Crackdown

Recently, the Cyprus Central Bank issued guidance to banks & credit institutions, advising them of the new mandatory refusal to take on new clients or to continue servicing existing accounts with so-called shell or letter-box companies.


How the UK is Combating Offshore Culture & How it Could be Doing More

Typical tax haven destinations such as BVI, Jersey and Switzerland have always been in the spotlight from profiting off of helping clients circumvent legislation in their jurisdiction of residence for decades.


Keeping Europe Up-to-date with the Latest Legal & Financial Technology

The financial world is undergoing a technological revolution, with approximately 3 trillion financial deals entered into using digital ledger technology (DLT) and smart contracts within the next five years.


Notional Interest Deduction: A Useful Tool for Cyprus Companies

The corporate income tax rate of a Cyprus-resident company is 12.5% on its global taxable revenue, with unilateral credit for related foreign tax suffered. Moreover, non-Cyprus residents are not liable to pay Cyprus withholding taxes on payments. Frequently, the effective corporate tax rate is much lower, or even as low as nil, due to various tax exemptions and allowances.


5 Important Considerations When Starting a New Business

According to commercial regulations in many common law jurisdictions, Directors have a duty of care requiring them to act in good faith for the company’s best interest, and using reasonable consideration of all available options before acting.


Dormant Companies: A Definition by the Cyprus Inland Revenue Dept

Following Circulars No.2011/11 and No.2011/5, this article will explain what a "dormant company" is, its symptoms and consequent requirements. The following is an extract from PART 1.7 of the "Company Income Statement" form (EP 4), whereby a definition of a dormant company is considered to be a company that meets the following conditions:


Troika Lenders Visit Cyprus Following Withdrawal From Bailout Programme

Representatives from the troika of Cyprus’ international lenders, the International Monetary Fund, European Commission and the European Central Bank, recently visited Cyprus for conducting their 4th post-scheme investigation following the islands recent withdrawal from the economic adjustment programme as agreed with the terms of the bailout.


The EC's Plans to Reduce NPLs in Europe May be Beneficial for Cyprus

Last month, the European Commission proposed an ambitious and comprehensive package of measures to tackle non-performing loans (NPLs) in Europe, making the most out of the promising progress already made in reducing risks in the banking sector.