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The EU Blacklist and “Tax Haven USA”Beyond an unequivocal stance on climate change, the recent G20 summit also devoted significant attention to the issue of “tax transparency”. The US is currently the only major financial centre...Read more
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Court forbids retroactive CGT assessmentsThe Supreme Administrative Court has ruled that the tax authorities may not levy taxes retroactively. In particular, the “AT” may not apply a new rate of taxation to a taxpayer...Read more
Potential minimum tax on pensions under NHRGovernment is studying a basic levy to Non-Habitual Resident pensions with possible introduction in the 2018 State Budget. According to the Jornal de Negócios, the step under consideration is applying...Read more
Residents in offshore tax havens exempt from “AIMI”Individuals who reside in tax havens and own residential property in Portugal are free from paying the 7.5% surcharge applied to the new Additional Municipal Property Tax (“AIMI”). Only companies...Read more
Golden Visa investments up 15% since JanuaryIn July, Portugal issued 98 Golden Visas, of which 96 were for real estate purchase and two meeting the capital transfer requirement. Since the creation of the programme, SEF (Immigration...Read more

Beyond an unequivocal stance on climate change, the recent G20 summit also devoted significant attention to the issue of “tax transparency”. The US is currently the only major financial centre not to sign up to the Common Reporting Standard (CRS). The G20 communiqué threatens sanctions against countries not meeting the agreed international standards which include the full adoption of CRS.

Will the US give up its opaque stance (“Tax Haven USA”)? Will the OECD and the EU have the courage to blacklist the US if it fails to adopt CRS before 2018? The EU is now actively promoting the CRS as the standard it expects the US - and the rest of the world - to meet. We will watch with interest the EU blacklisting harmonisation process in the coming months.