Pearse Trust Blog
Can the body of international tax rules, which have developed in such an unruly and illogical fashion since the early 20th century, really be transformed into a coherent whole within the space of a few years? The Organisation of Economic Development and Cooperation (“OECD”) seems to think so. Recent developments however, suggest that the OECD may have bitten off more than it can chew with its BEPS project. Read More
In a previous blog we examined the role and powers of trust protectors. We will now examine the relationship between protectors and trustees.
In recent years, settlors are increasingly appointing protectors on the settlement of trusts. There are a number of reasons for such an appointment:
- They may have yet to build a relationship with the proposed trustee;
- They wish to safeguard their wishes on settlement of the trust; and
- To oversee the proper administration of the trust.
You may not be aware of this, but, further to a joint declaration signed in 2013, a ‘Dual Year’ celebration between the UK and Mexico, designed to enhance cultural and economic relations between the two countries is currently underway.
More specifically, the Governments of both countries have designated 2015 as the year of Mexico in the UK and vice versa the year of the UK in Mexico.Read More
Lawmakers across the political spectrum in the United States are generally agreed that the tax code is in need of an overhaul. A comprehensive tax reform plan that both parties in Congress can rally around is proving very elusive, however.
A Complex Code
It has been less than 30 years since the last major simplification of the tax code, and the National Taxpayer Advocate says that the total time burden of tax compliance has reached 6.1bn hours. That is the equivalent of approximately 3.05m employees working 40-hour weeks year-round with just two weeks off. The total cost of complying with the tax code is calculated at USD224.3bn a year.Read More
On 7 May 2015, a General Election will be held to elect the 56th Parliament of the United Kingdom.
Currently, general consensus and polling results suggest that the outcome will be that of a hung parliament with no single party securing the necessary majority required to form the Government. As occurred in 2010, a coalition government of 2 or more parties would be the expected outcome in such an event.
The following represents a short overview of the policies put forward by some of the main parties with regards to taxation and related matters.Read More
Northern Ireland may be permitted to set its own corporation tax rates by April 2017 should the Corporation Tax (Northern Ireland) Bill (the Bill) be passed.
The Bill, published in January 2015, sets out details of the proposed devolution of tax powers to the Northern Ireland Assembly.Read More
This blog provides a summary of the UK corporation tax rates applicable to companies chargeable to corporation tax in the UK.
Amounts Subject To Corporation Tax
Companies resident in the UK, foreign branch profits of UK resident companies and overseas companies managed and controlled from within the UK are subject to corporation tax in the UK.Read More
The 2014/2015 financial year came to an end in New Zealand on 31 March 2015. All entities including companies and limited partnerships operating with the standard accounting period ending of 31 March must be aware of their financial and tax reporting obligations.
Standard Balance Date
The tax year in New Zealand runs from 1 April to 31 March each year, with 31 March being referred to as the “standard balance date”. Entities wishing to operate a financial year with a different balance date, referred to as a “non-standard balance date”, must first seek approval from the Commissioner of Inland Revenue.Read More
Charges which are excluded are as follows:
- A charge in favour of a landlord on a cash deposit given as a security in connection with the lease of land;
- A charge created by a member of Lloyds (within the meaning of Lloyd’s Act 1982) to secure its obligations in connection with its underwriting business at Lloyd’s; and
- A charge that any other act or legislation specifically excludes from registration.
The Bribery Act 2010 (“the Act”) came into effect in the UK on 1 July 2011. The Act supersedes previous bribery legislation, including the Public Bodies Corrupt Practices Act 1889 and the Prevention of Corruptions of Acts 1906 and 1916.
The Act was introduced to modernise the law on bribery in order to enhance the effectiveness by which prosecutors and the courts manage anti-bribery cases.Read More