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Our Yacht Registration Center provides Cyprus Leasing Structures

Our Yacht Registration Center provides Cyprus Leasing Structures, which constitute a generally acceptable ownership solution.

Owners utilizing our structures will be compliant with their obligations to the Cypriot Government/EU as VAT is paid to them over the life of the structure, albeit at a reduced rate, and the yacht is in free circulation throughout the EU. Use of our Cypriot solution scheme would allow importation and setting of the yacht in free circulation within the EU. Through the use of our Cypriot Solution, a reduced effective tax on acquisition and importation of a yacht is achieved on the basis of the provisions of the EU VAT Directive which provide that the long-term hiring of a means of transport is subject to VAT within the EU only to the extend it is used and enjoyed within the EU. Specifically, when the lessor is a company registered in Cyprus the charge to VAT for the services rendered is subject to the extent the pleasure boat is used within the European Union.  This applies irrespective of the lessee origin, i.e. whether the lessee is a Cypriot or non-Cypriot physical person or company.

Our Cyprus Leasing Solution provides owners with a complete solution due to the following:

  • The Cyprus Tax Authorities will treat the long-term hiring of means of transport on the basis of the provisions of the EU VAT Directive, which provide that the lease of a means of transport is subject to VAT within the EU only to the extend it is used and enjoyed within the EU.
  • Owners are strongly recommended to obtain an official and indemnified tax opinion on the solution from a reputable source. We, YRC as well as our affiliated partners InterTaxAudit who assisted in the development of our Cyprus Leasing Solution will gladly provide its valuable advice.
  • Every Leasing Structure requires pre-approval from the Cyprus Tax Authorities. The Tax Authorities’ intention is to examine any advance ruling applications on a case by case basis. We note that the final approval of the above scheme is upon the discretion of the Tax Authorities.

ИНТЕРПРЕТАЦИЯ СТАТЬИ 5(2)(G) ЗАКОНА О ПОДОХОДНОМ НАЛОГЕ 118(I)2002, С ПОПРАВКАМИ

Налоговый департамент издал циркуляр от 14 ноября 2017 года, в целях разъяснения важной части закона.

Закон предусматривает, что всякий раз, когда компания предоставляет заем или любую другую финансовую помощь своим директорам или акционерам, являющимся физическими лицами, или их супругам или родственникам до второй степени родства, то считается, что у этого лица есть ежемесячное пособие равное девяти процентам (9%) годовых от суммы займа или любой другой финансовой услуги.

Согласно письменному сообщению Налогового комитета Института сертифицированных общественных бухгалтеров Кипра (ICPAC) членам Института сертифицированных общественных бухгалтеров Кипра (ICPAC) (от 04.10.2012), положения этого закона не будут применяться в отношении лиц, не посещающих Кипр, и для тех, кто будет посещать Кипр в течение нескольких дней, пособие будет ограничено пропорционально дням их присутствия на Кипре.

С выпуском данного циркуляра (№ 14), это эта диспенсация отзывается.

По сути, пособие, которое считается предоставленным директорам или акционерам, являющимся физическими лицами, или их супругам или родственникам до второй степени родства, которые не являются налоговыми резидентами в Республике, будет начисляться на весь год, независимо от их срока пребывания в Республике Кипр.

Однако по нашим данным, это относится к отчетным периодам, начинающимся только в 2018 году.

INTERPRETATION OF ARTICLE 5(2)(G) OF INCOME TAX LAW 118(I)2002, AS AMENDED

Tax Department issued a circular on 14 November 2017 to clarify an important part of the law.

The law stipulates that whenever a company grants a loan or any other financial facility to its directors or shareholders who are individuals, or their spouses or their relatives up to the second degree of kindred, then it will be deemed that this person has a monthly benefit equal to nine per cent (9%) per annum on the balance of such loan or any other financial facility.

According to a written communication by ICPAC Tax Committee to ICPAC members (dated 4/10/2012), the provisions of this law would not be applied in respect of individuals not visiting Cyprus and for those that would be visiting for a few days, the benefit would be restricted in proportion to the days of their presence in Cyprus.

By issuing this circular (No. 14), this dispensation is withdrawn.

In effect, the benefit, which is deemed to be granted to directors or shareholders who are individuals or their spouses or their relatives up to the second degree of kindred who are not tax residents in the Republic, will be calculated on the whole year, irrespective of their period of stay in the Republic of Cyprus.

However, we now understand that will come into effect for accounting periods commencing at 2018 onwards only.

International Comparative Legal Guide (ICLG) to Corporate Immigration 2018

Our Firm is pleased to announce that our Managing Director, Mr. Christodoulos G. Vassiliades, as well as our Head of Immigration, Ms. Marianna Pavlides, recently published an article in the ICLG Corporate Immigration Guide: A practical cross-border insight into corporate immigration law, 5th Edition.

To read the publication please click on the link below.

ICLG to Corporate Immigration 5th Edition

CYPRUS SIGNS A NEW TAX TREATY WITH UNITED KINGDOM FOR THE AVOIDANCE OF DOUBLE TAXATION

The Republic of Cyprus has concluded a new Double Tax Treaty with United Kingdom. The treaty was signed on the 22nd of March 2018. The actual publication of the treaty in the Gazette took place on the 2nd of April 2018.

The new treaty shall enter into force upon both Cyprus and United Kingdom exchanging notifications that the formal ratification procedures have been completed. In Cyprus the provisions of the treaty with respect to taxes will have effect on or after 1 January post ratification.

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Maria Kozakou’s Article “Reflections on the ‘Culture’ of Arbitration in Cyprus” made front page on the Litigation & Dispute Resolution guide by Corporate LiveWire website

Maria Kozakou – Advocate, at Christodoulos G. Vassiliades & Co LLC investigates mechanisms of alternative dispute resolution (‘ADR’), and its increasing popularity in Cyprus arbitration scene.

The Article under the title “Reflections on the ‘Culture’ of Arbitration in Cyprus” made front page on the Corporate LiveWire Website Follow this Link

The Article consists of:

  1. History of Formal Peace and Conflict;
  2. The distinction between Domestic Arbitration and International Arbitration;
  3. The characteristics of the legal framework regulating International Arbitration;
  4. The application of ICAL legislation; and
  5. ADR role in Cyprus.

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CYPRUS SIGNS A TAX TREATY WITH JERSEY FOR THE AVOIDANCE OF DOUBLE TAXATION

The Republic of Cyprus has recently concluded a Double Tax Treaty with Jersey. The treaty was signed on 11th July 2016 and was published in the Official Cyprus Government Gazette on 5th August 2016. The Double Tax Treaty is expected to become effective as of 1st January 2017.

The treaty signed is based on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

(OECD) Model Tax Convention for the Avoidance of Double Taxation on Income and on Capital.

The new treaty, together with the treaty signed recently between Cyprus and Guernsey, will contribute to the further development of the trade and economic links between Cyprus and the Channel Islands, as well as with other countries.

Upgrading and expanding the network of Double Tax Conventions, is of high economic and political importance and aims to further strengthen and attract foreign investment in Cyprus as its standing as an international business centre is elevated.

The main provisions of the Double Tax Treaty

Permanent Establishment

The permanent establishment definition included in the treat y is in line with the meaning provided in the OECD model tax convention. In particular, any building site or construction or installation project constitutes a permanent establishment, only if it lasts more than 12 months.

Withholding tax rate on dividend payments

  • 0% withholding tax

Withholding tax rate on interest payments

  • 0% withholding tax

Withholding tax rate on royalties payments

  • 0% withholding tax

Capital Gains Tax

  • Gains from the disposal of immovable property are taxed in the country where the immovable property is situated.

• Gains from the disposal of shares are taxable in the countr y of which the seller is located, irrespective if the value is derived directly or indirectly from immovable property

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Circular 2016/12 – Tax Department: Exemption from the Special Contribution for the Defense Tax on bank accounts

On the 16th of September 2016, the Tax Department issued a circular with regards to the exception from Special Contribution for Defense tax, that is available to owners, charterers or managers of ships who are taxed by virtue of the Merchant Shipping (Fees and Taxing Provisions) Law of 2010 (the “Law).

Article 8(d) of the Law, which regulates the shipowner’s taxation, provides that “No tax shall be imposed or collected ….. (d) other than interest on moneys kept for investment, upon any interest earned on working capital and/or revenue earned by a qualifying owner from a relevant qualifying shipping activity on bank accounts , if such working capital or revenue is used to pay expenses for the financing and/ or the operation and/ or the maintenance of the ship.”

Identical exception is provided for charterers and managers under articles 20(d) and 30 (d).

As per the relevant Circular, the exemption deriving from the above-mentioned articles concerns all taxes, including income tax and special contribution for defense on interest received by or credited to eligible owners, charterers and ship managers in:

  1. Bank accounts that are being used as working capital; or
  2. Bank accounts whose deposited capital constitutes income which derives exclusively from eligible shipping activities,

provided that the relevant bank accounts are being used exclusively for the funding of the eligible shipping activity of the beneficiaries.

It is highlighted that no tax exemption is granted on interest of capital which is being used for investment or for any purpose other than the funding of the eligible shipping activity, even though the capital derives from income of the eligible shipping activity.

Furthermore, no tax exemption is applied on interest of bank accounts of which the beneficiary is not an eligible shipowner, charterer or ship manager.

The provisions of the Taxation of Income Law N.44(I)/2010, as amended, and of the Special Contribution for the Defense of the Republic Law N.117(I)/2002, as amended, is applicable to all other interest which does not fall within the scope of articles 8(d), 20(d) or 30(d).

The interest which is tax exempted under the abovementioned articles concerns interest of the following bank accounts:

  1. Existing accounts of the eligible shipowners, charterers or ship managers;
  2. Any bank account, including the accounts of the eligible shipowners, charterers or ship managers, in which the deposited capital constitutes income exclusively deriving from eligible shipping activity;
  3. Existing bank accounts in the name of Companies of Specific Purpose which are incorporated in order to facilitate the management of the eligible shipping income with the eligible shipowners, charterers or ship managers being the beneficiaries of them;
  4. Any bank account, including the accounts in the name of Companies of Specific Purpose which are incorporated in order to facilitate the management of the eligible shipping income, in which the deposited capital constitutes income exclusively deriving from eligible shipping activity, with the eligible shipowners, charterers or ship managers being the beneficiaries of the accounts.

The eligible shipowner, charterer or ship manager would have to submit a declaration to the bank in which he holds a bank account in order to benefit from the exemption from the special contribution for the defense tax. The relevant declaration shall make reference only to the bank accounts that are eligible to benefit from the tax exemption as provided above. In case that only a part of the funds of the account is eligible for tax exception, the shipowner, charterer or ship-manager may request return of the Special Contribution for the defense tax which corresponds to that amount.

 

Ourania Vrondou’s Article “Crowdfunding: The Move Towards Online Value” made front page on the Trademark Lawyer Website

Ourania Vrondou, Christodoulos G. Vassiliades & Co LLC investigates the process of crowd funding, and how it is an advantageous way to build and protect your brand in today’s technologically shrewd society.

The Article under the title “Crowdfunding: The move towards online value” made front page on the Trademark Lawyer Website Follow this Link

The Article consists of:

  1. The Possibility of creating a brand from scratch
  2. Enhancing existing brand-value
  3. Tax-Motivated Crowdfunding – The BEPS 5 guidelines
  4. The move towards online value: is it more than a mere mirage?
  5. Conclusion.

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Christodoulos G. Vasilliades & Co LLC publishes Cyprus: International Trusts 2016

Christodoulos G. Vassiliades & Co LLC has published Cyprus: International Trusts 2016. The publication consists of:

  1. Introduction;
  2. Cyprus Trust Law;
  3. Types of Trusts;
  4. Trustees;
  5. Beneficiaries;
  6. International Trusts Law;
  7. Shams;
  8. 1976 Convention on Recognitions and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments (Foreign Judgments (Force Heirship);
  9. Taxation;
  10. Advantages of a Cyprus Trust;
  11. Registration of Trusts.

For further details, read below full publication

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