Category: International Tax Planning


On May 31, 2020, the governments of Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) signed an income tax treaty for the avoidance of double taxation and prevention of fiscal evasion. This follows on from the Abraham Accords including the  “Treaty of Peace, Diplomatic Relations and Full Normalization between the UAE and ... Read More
June 2, 2021Leon Harris


On May 21, 2021 a ceasefire ended the latest 11 day conflict between Israel and Hamas-ruled Gaza, known as Operation Guardian of the Walls. The loss of civilian lives was a tragedy for all sides. An IDF spokesman said on Israeli TV that the ceasefire may be considered a success ... Read More
May 23, 2021Leon Harris


The OECD presented on October 8, 2021, an updated version of its “Two Pillar” package of proposals for reforming international taxation of larger multinational enterprises (MNEs). This package now is supported by 136 countries representing over 90% of global GDP, after Ireland, Estonia and Hungary reluctantly fell into line. Will your group’s ... Read More
March 31, 2021Leon Harris


Janet Yellen’s International Tax Policy – Will It Affect You? Dr Janet Yellen is a very important person who was appointed Secretary of the US Treasury on January 26, 2021. At the US Senate Finance Committee hearing on her nomination 5 days earlier, Janet Yellen answered an array of questions, providing ... Read More
February 26, 2021Leon Harris


As nearly everyone knows, it is no easy matter getting money into Israel. Olim are especially exposed to this issue. The problem is not moving the money, it is being allowed by your Israeli bank to use it.  The banks have become the anti-money laundering goal-keepers of Israel. They have been ... Read More
January 27, 2021Leon Harris


Is the Israeli Tax Authority (ITA) too tough on taxpayers? If so, what can be done about it? The ITA has a habit of using its clout, as well as administrative tax circulars, tax rulings (published and unpublished) and reportable tax positions to lay down the its version of what the ... Read More
January 14, 2021Leon Harris


New UK-EU Trade Deal Vs. Old Israel-EU Free Trade Agreement After voting for Brexit back in 2016 and much acrimony, the UK finally reached a trade deal with the EU on December 24, known as the Trade & Cooperation Agreement. It should apply from the beginning of 2021. The new UK-EU deal ... Read More
December 28, 2020Leon Harris


With coronavirus and possible elections on our mind, it is easy to forget that the Israeli tax year ends soon, on December 31. There may be many things to consider including those outlined briefly below. The Big Picture: The pandemic means the Israeli government is confronted with rising expenditure on corona grant ... Read More
December 15, 2020Leon Harris


Corona Business Update Sep 16, 2020 On Sunday September 13, the Israeli Cabinet imposed a general lockdown starting from Friday September 18 at 2pm, until October 11. Most businesses can continue to operate without accepting visitors according to new rules drawn up by the Finance Minister. It seems essential businesses can continue ... Read More
September 16, 2020Leon Harris


The Israeli government is deliberating whether to go for another general lockdown or make do with local lockdowns based on a “traffic light” color system. Every business needs to plan their activity accordingly. What can we glean from recent statistics? The R Factor: In corona times, an important statistic is the R ... Read More
September 4, 2020Leon Harris