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  • Cayman and the OECD Tax Convention

    September 19, 2013
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    Cayman has formally requested to be included in the OECD Model Convention — quite an old document that has regained momentum in recent months given the financial difficulties in which most countries find themselves. From a Cayman perspective there would be little benefit to attempt to engage in a debate on the merits of this initiative.  The fact is...

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  • FATCA: Are you affected?

    September 16, 2013
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    Were you born in the United States? Possess a Green Card? Or perhaps just have an address in the US but you are a Cayman Islands resident?  If any of these criteria apply to you, FATCA, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, may well have an impact on your life. FATCA has the potential to affect thousands of Cayman...

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  • How Should Multinationals Be Taxed?

    August 30, 2013
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    The recent attack on the tax policies of corporations becomes close to ridiculous when politicians argue that companies that try to avoid taxes (legally) are “socially irresponsible” and “immoral."

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  • Change can bring opportunity and crisis

    August 29, 2013
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    By Gonzalo Jalles, CEO Cayman Finance Gerard Depardieu hosts a bash in his Belgium home. The Stones release their album “Exile on Main St.” David Bowie moves to Switzerland. Dart moves to Cayman. What do all these events have in common? Attempts to tax top earners at 83% in the UK during the 70’s coincided with a significant number...

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  • Protecting the heart of the Cayman economy

    August 23, 2013
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    By Gonzalo Jalles, CEO Cayman Finance According to the latest ESO report, the Financial Services industry directly contributes 41.9% of the economy of the Cayman Islands, followed by Professional, Scientific & Technical Activities at 13.8% (which includes the accounting and legal professions) and Real Estate at 8.8%. Hotels and Restaurants directly account for only 5.6%. Now, imagine for a...

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