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21 Feb 2018
The BVI International Tax Authority has confirmed that the British Virgin Islands Financial Account Reporting System has now been reopened following closures due to hurricanes Irma and Maria and is accepting both Common Reporting Standard and US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act filings. The portal can be accessed from the BVIFARS government website.
The ITA also recently published an updated list of CRS Reportable Jurisdictions for the 2017 reporting year.
15 Feb 2018
The Cayman Islands Department for International Tax Cooperation has issued an advisory dated 1 February 2018 (the "Advisory") announcing that it has published updated lists of the CRS Participating Jurisdictions and CRS Reportable Jurisdictions. We note from the Advisory that the CRS Guidance Notes will be updated later this month to reflect the latest lists and certain other changes regarding CRS.
15 Feb 2018
Chambers and Partners has released its 2018 Global guide to the world's leading law firms and Maples and Calder has secured top spots for nine practice groups across six locations. The firm continues to achieve high rankings in both the individual lawyer and practice group categories, with 65 individual lawyer rankings in this edition.
12 Feb 2018
Further to the issue of the Tax Information Authority (International Tax Compliance) (Country-By-Country Reporting) Regulations, 2017 (the "CbCR Regulations") on 15 December 2017 and our previous client update, the Department for International Tax Cooperation ("DITC") has made further announcements with respect to the CbCR Regulations pursuant to an industry advisory (the "Industry Advisory") dated 2 February 2018. Key points of the Industry Advisory, including the extension of certain notification and reporting deadlines, are set out below.
29 Jan 2018
Finance Act 2017 ("FA 2017") was signed into law by the Irish President on 25 December 2017. It introduces a number of important changes into Irish tax law. Two tax changes are particularly relevant for investors, executives and Irish corporates:
(a) new anti-avoidance legislation which could impact management buy-outs ("MBOs"), corporate restructurings and other exits; and
(b) a tax advantaged employee share option programme (the "KEEP" regime).