London, UK

Use of Foreign Trusts in the UK

By Maxine Higgins and Emma Florentin-Lee, Citroen Wells Chartered Accountants

Trusts have a long history in the UK as a means for individuals to protect, control, and manage the use of assets and ultimately how these assets are passed on to the next generation. They have offered tax advantages, although over the years these have been eroded for UK-domiciled trusts. There is still a significant tax advantage for non-UK domiciliaries to transfer their non-UK assets to a non-UK resident trust. This article solely concerns the protection afforded from UK inheritance tax (IHT) but there can also be income tax and capital gains tax mitigation.

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Benefits of Investing in Uruguay

By Natalia Silva Isasmendi, Carle & Andrioli Contadores Públicos

Uruguay is part of the most important commercial axis in South America, which includes Brasilia, Río de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Santiago de Chile, Montevideo, and Buenos Aires. The axis has the largest urban concentration with 400 million people and 68% of Latin America’s GDP.

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Update on South Africa’s Consideration of a Wealth Tax Regime

By Simphiwe Mili, Nolands

In 2015, the Davis Tax Committee was tasked to investigate the relevance of estate duty in the South African (“SA”) tax regime. The committee’s first interim report proposed abolishing estate duty and replacing it with a wealth tax. In 2018, the Davis Tax Committee was tasked with investigating the feasibility of a wealth tax in South Africa and this included investigating whether the wealth tax would perform better relative to estate duty. The debate between the proponents and the opponents of this tax has gained much momentum since 2018 and a specifically interesting debate is how this tax affects inheritance.

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Worcester, USA

Mediating Probate, Trust, and Fiduciary Disputes

By Patricia L. Davidson, Mirick, O’Connell, DeMallie & Lougee, LLP

Probate, trust, and fiduciary litigation is usually contentious. Will contests, breach of fiduciary duty claims, objections to accounts, etc. are often fraught with simmering, often irrational, emotions. Litigation can dissipate family assets and perpetuate conflict, often across multiple generations. Because these disputes involve more than money, “family feuds” are well suited to mediation.

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old opera Frankfurt, Germany

Tax Implications of Beneficiaries of Foreign Trusts Moving to Germany

By Oliver Biernat, Benefitax GmbH

Germany is beautiful and there are many good reasons to move here. Tax advantages are usually not among them and before packing your suitcases you should take a minute or two and consider the tax implications that may have. This is especially true if you own a company abroad where there is no German equivalent (e.g., LLC) or if you are the beneficiary of a foreign trust. The problem is that German tax authorities are very suspicious if you own something they cannot easily understand or rate and there are no clear rules how this is handed tax-wise.

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Bari, Italy

Private Capital: New Trends in Private Clients’ Investments

By Luigi A. M. Rossi, Loconte & Partners

Through the 2019 Italian Budget Law and the so-called decreto crescita (Growth Decree), the Italian government has improved some attractive measures for those who want to invest in the Italian innovative start-ups and small- and mediumsized enterprises (SMEs), granting many tax benefits to the investors, for both individuals and legal entities.

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US passport

While Relinquishing One’s US Citizenship Can Mitigate Estate and Gift Tax Obligations

By Ladidas Lumpkins, Prager Metis International LLC

Relinquishing one’s US citizenship can mitigate an individual’s estate and gift tax obligations, but a “Covered Expatriate”* should plan carefully when disposing of assets. Internal Revenue Code Section 2801 imposes a tax on US citizens or residents who receive certain gifts or bequests from Covered Expatriates (CEs). Even if the property is non-US-situs property, all of it is subject to the 2801 taxing regime.

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Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

Prevention of Risks that Threaten Family Assets

By Prof Sergio Guerrero Rosas, Guerrero y Santana, S.C.

As families accumulate important assets over time, they usually face many risks due to their complex lifestyles. Additionally, the exposure to risky situations concerning their assets and personal wellbeing are much greater than average in comparison to those families and individuals that haven’t begun accumulating important assets.

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Nice, France

The Present Affected by the Past

By Prof Robert Anthony, Anthony & Cie

With all the evolution of legislation in jurisdictions to collect more taxation, this can affect transactions of the past. In addition, international treaties on exchange of information laws on Base erosion profit sharing as well as the transfer pricing interpretation and case laws, make taxpayers lives more and more complicated.

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