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Switzerland prepares to ratify the Hague Convention on the choice of court agreements In the meeting of March 30, 2022, the Federal Council opened a consultation (which will end on July 7, 2022) in relation to the Federal Decree that would acknowledge Switzerland’s ratification of the Hague Convention on choice of court agreements. The Convention...
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New Zealand introduces minimum standards for financial reporting of trusts At the beginning of March, the New Zealand Government introduced a series of more stringent disclosure requirements for taxable domestic trusts. At the beginning of March, the New Zealand Government introduced a series of more stringent disclosure requirements for taxable domestic trusts. For income years...
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BO reporting begins in Mexico With the Economic Package for 2022 (Paquete Económico para 2022) Mexico decided to increase its compliance with international reporting standards, with particular reference to automatic exchange of information (AEOI). In fact, as of 1 January 2022, companies, trusts, partnerships and other legal entities have to gather and retain accurate and...
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Minimum substance test under EU shell company directive In December 2021, the European Commission (EC) published its draft Council Directive, amending Directive 2011/16/EU (the Directive) and setting out the rules to prevent the misuse of shell entities for tax purposes. The EC has observed that certain individuals and some businesses direct their income to shell...
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US treasury publishes draft beneficial ownership reporting rule to tackle the use of shell companies The US Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has published a draft rule which will implement the beneficial ownership information reporting provisions of the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA). The Act requires beneficial ownership reporting by domestic and...
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The Federal Council initiates consultation on automatic exchange of information with twelve more partner states On 3 December 2021, the Federal Council initiated the consultation on the introduction of the automatic exchange of financial account information (AEOI) with twelve additional states and territories. The AEOI is scheduled to enter into force on 1 January 2023,...
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DTA amendment in the pipeline for Russia and Switzerland Following Russia’s recent request to revise the existing double taxation agreement (DTA) with Switzerland, the two Countries’ finance ministers have held a meeting to initiate discussion upon the matter. Starting from 2020, Russia has renegotiated a number of DTTs (as with Malta, Luxembourg and Cyprus), increasing...
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Switzerland is consulting on AML Ordinance amendments Switzerland’s federal government has published draft amendments to the Anti-Money Laundering Ordinance (the Ordinance), which aim to implement the measures in the revised Anti-Money Laundering Act (the Act). The Act introduces most of the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF’s) 2016 recommendations for Swiss anti-money laundering (AML) reform, including...
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FINMA encourages trustees and portfolio managers to submit licence applications as soon as possible The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority revealed that as of today only 180 out of around 2,400 portfolio managers and trustees have submitted a licence application required by the Financial Institutions Act (FinIA), which entered into force in January 2020. The...
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The Swiss FDEA releases data on lump-sum taxation The Contribution Division of the Federal department of Economic Affairs (FDEA) has released data  relating to those individuals that have chosen taxation according to worldwide living expenditure (also called lump-sum or global taxation) in Canton Ticino. This survey, carried out every two years, monitors the number of...
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