Category: Israeli Personal Tax Planning

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Nov2017
Israelis in hitech and other industries are often relocated to work abroad. At what time do they become foreign residents? For many years this was a mystery. The Israeli tax law says that dropping Israeli fiscal residency takes at least four tax years – two years in Israel ... Read More

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Nov2017
Israel has seen a wave of exit deals. Exits can be paid for with cash or shares of the acquirer, especially if the acquirer’s shares are publicly traded on a stock exchange – that is as good as cash isn’t it? Not if there is immediate tax to pay and ... Read More

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Oct2017
Are Bitcoins and Other Virtual Currencies Tax-Exempt? In 1964, the Dave Clark Five pop group raised room temperatures with their foot stomping hit “Bits and Pieces”. In 2017, the rise in bitcoin prices is again raising room temperatures. To add to the euphoria, some think there ... Read More

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Oct2017
Information Exchange Gathers Pace The first wave of automatic Common Reporting Standard (CRS) information exchanges has just begun between 49 countries. This is according to an OECD announcement on September 15. The 49 countries include Argentina, Barbados, Belgium, Bermuda, BVI, Cayman Islands, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, ... Read More

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Oct2017
Israel amends all 56 tax treaties In 2018, Israel’s 56 tax treaties may be amended in one go after signing on June 7, 2017 the OECD multilateral instrument (MLI) to implement tax treaty-related measures to prevent base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS). BEPS is the OECD program ... Read More

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Oct2017
President Trump and the Republican party issued a tax reform “framework” plan on September 27. It’s only 9 pages long so we don’t yet have full details and it has yet to be enacted. Given that, what’s in store for US businesses, US Olim, and everyone else?... Read More

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Sep2017
In recent months we have witnessed several exit deals where Israeli hitech companies have been sold for a pretty penny. But suppose some of the consideration payable to the founders and key employees is held back and subject to staying on for a period as an employee ... Read More

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Sep2017
The Israeli Tax Authority published final instructions regarding Reverse Vesting shares on June 5 (Circular 5.2017. This will be of interest to many people in the Start-Up Nation. Until now, founders and key personnel holding 10% or more of a company seemed to miss out on the opportunity ... Read More

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Sep2017
Leon Harris As part of the Israeli budget law for 2017 and 2018, the tax on dividends paid by companies to material shareholders was reduced to 25% in certain circumstances. But the deadline for doing so is October 1, 2017 The dividend tax change accompanies other ... Read More

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Sep2017
Leon Harris The Israeli Tax Authority (ITA) reports that it sent its ace team of bookkeeping examiners to Ben Gurion airport in the early hours of July 25 to check out the taxi drivers, and made a startling discovery.  Not one of the drivers checked accurately recorded ... Read More

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