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All the latest news and updates from the world of tax. We look at new trends in achieving tax-efficiency while assuming expatriate status, the ways in which double taxation can be avoided, the use of investment wrappers to reduce tax liability, planning tips for South African Expat Tax laws and for those with existing ties to America, we keep you abreast of FATCA and the ways in which the disruption to your life, and personal liability can be eased. Taxation for expats is a complex area, we aim to make sure our readers are au courant with the latest developments in the intricacies of tax efficiency

phishing

Millions Targeted With Phishing Emails From Tax Scammers

More than 2.5 million British taxpayers have reported that scammers posing as tax officials have tried to steal their cash and personal identities during...
Tax

Confusion As New SA SARS Expat Tax Changes Come Into Force

The last tax season before the dreaded expat tax rules bite is underway in South Africa. Changes to the rules detailing who must file a...
tax relief

Tax Breaks Boost Profits For The Smarter Investor

Smart investors want their cake and to eat it too - that means looking for great returns that are boosted by tax breaks. UK taxpayers...
property taxes

Expats Face Another Stealth Property Tax

Unwary expats are facing another property stealth tax when they sell investment property at a profit. HM Revenue & Customs proposes to cut tax relief...
FATCA Tracker

FATCA List – June 2019

The US Internal Revenue Service’s list of foreign financial institutions reporting under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) grew by 3,038 in May. The...
Inheritance tax

IHT Pension Tax Case Goes To Supreme Court

A long-running court battle over how inheritance tax rules apply to pension transfers will now be decided in the Supreme Court. HM Revenue & Customs...
South Africa

Protesters Want Personal Tax Made Public In South Africa

Personal tax has always been just that - but campaigners in South Africa want to make the tax filings of every citizen public. The Alternative...
Tax

You Don’t Stop Paying Taxes When You Retire

If you think you stop paying taxes when you retire, then think again and be ready to see the tax man swipe a large...
stamp duty

Stamp Duty Is Too Confusing And Unfair, Claim Tax Experts

Tax experts have slammed the government’s new stamp duty surcharge for non-residents as unfair on expat couples. The new rules call for non-residents to pay...
loan

Contractors Pay £1bn To HMRC Over Disputed Loan Charges

Expats who took advantage of borrowing money from their contractor companies rather than taking salaries to minimise tax are under siege from the UK...
Income Tax

Tax Dilemma Faces South African Expats

South African expats face a tax dilemma from next year - pay a hefty tax of up to 45% on their worldwide income or...
Questions

Is Financial Emigration A Good Tax Strategy For SA Expats?

Many South African expats are hoping that financial emigration solves the problem of paying tax on the money they earn outside the country due...
FATCA Tracker

FATCA List – May 2019

The US Internal Revenue Service’s list of foreign financial institutions reporting under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) grew by 6,651 in April. The...

British Tax Man Can Reach Out To Expats, Court Decides

The long arm of the British tax man can reach out to expats in other countries, a court in London has decided. The UK Court...
South Africa Expat Tax

South Africa Expat Tax

South African Expat Tax is the new rule by South Africa's South African Revenue Service. Find out below what it means to you and...
tax pay

Come Clean About Stealth Taxes, Urges Think-Tank

Successive Chancellors of the Exchequer have stealthily increased tax rates for hundreds of thousands of high earners by freezing, a think-tank study has revealed. Economists...

Grieving Families Pay Record £5.6 Billion Inheritance Tax

Families have paid a record £5.6 billion inheritance tax despite the government increasing tax breaks. In the 2018-19 tax year, the IHT tax take increased...
South Africa

South Africa Expats Sleepwalking Into Tax Problems

The way South Africa expats pay tax is changing and many may be sleepwalking into financial trouble without realising what is happening. From March 2020,...

Companies Will Suffer Most From South Africa Tax Reform

Financial experts fear new tax rules for expats will blight the South Africa economy. The rules abolish the country’s expat tax exemption for South African’s...
FATCA Tracker

FATCA List – April 2019

The US Internal Revenue Service’s list of foreign financial institutions reporting to them under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) increased by 4,440...

The Expat Brexit Survey

The Expat Brexit Survey

Have your say about Brexit and how leaving the European Union will affect your life, work and retirement, take a few minutes to give...

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