Post Election Tax Agenda Leon Harris The Israeli general election is over, the coalition building process has begun. Tax was not exactly the top issue. The Likud party election manifesto called for tax and VAT reductions over the long term without saying how. The Blue and White party manifesto proposes ...
Category: International Tax Planning
February 12, 2019
We all know that the Boston tea partygoers believed they should not pay taxation without representation. But now that democracy has arrived in the USA and most other countries, what (if anything) motivates us to pay taxes? The OECD refers to this motivation to pay tax as “tax morale”. ...
January 27, 2019
Israel is a lot less taxing than it used to be. Following is a summary of the Israeli rates and tax brackets for 2019. Businesses: The regular company tax rate is 23%. The regular dividend tax rate is 30%-33% for 10%-or-more shareholders, 25%-28% for other shareholders, resulting in a combined tax burden on distributed corporate profits of 42.25%-48.41%, subject to any tax treaty. Preferred income derived by preferred industrial and ...
January 27, 2019
There has been high drama in the stock options world. The Israeli Tax Authority (ITA) issued a Circular which appears to aim at exits – IPOs and takeovers – but largely misses. But the ITA also sneaked in a Ruling which appears to encourage Yerida - emigration from ...
January 3, 2019
When US multinationals buy out the shareholders of an Israeli tech company, they often don’t realize that moving the technology out the company subsequently to a group IP affiliate will trigger Israeli tax. That is in addition to any Israeli tax already paid by the selling shareholders, i.e. ...
December 20, 2018
You might think nothing happened at the G20 summit a week ago because Trump ignored Putin, Saudia Arabia was sidelined and Britain is brexiting. In fact, the G20 is a major event at which the leaders of around 85% of the world economy issue directives on a host of ...
December 20, 2018
The Israeli Supreme Court has just shot down the use of a company incorporated in Ramallah (Shai Tzmarot (Oranit) Vs VAT Director Petach Tikva, Civil Appeal 1609/16, handed down November 1, 2018). This was done using the old UK tax concept of central management and control, but with ...
November 20, 2018
The Bank of Israel Bank Supervisory Department published draft new instructions to Israeli banks regarding checks required to ascertain whether money was properly taxed. In 2016 certain tax offenses were made “predicate offenses” under Israel’s anti money laundering rules, which Israeli banks administer. In other words Israeli banks ...
November 19, 2018
Those that look ahead, get ahead. Business profits and taxes need to be monitored regularly, especially towards the tax year-end of December 31. Below is a starter list of planning tips to check out On The Business Side: First, a business plan. What are your goals and are you achieving them? What is ...
November 15, 2018
Pension contributions are important in providing for our retirement years. Below is a brief overview of Israeli tax law rules for 2018. Types of Members The tax law distinguishes between “Privileged” and “Non-privileged” members of a provident fund, who may also be employed or self-employed. A privileged member is one who ...