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  • Cyprus has Issued New Tax Circular for Tax Residency in Cyprus

    Cyprus has Issued New Tax Circular for Tax Residency in Cyprus

    March 2017

    The Cyprus Tax Authority’s new tax circular on the issuing of Tax Residency Certificates is expected to increase the demand and interest of investors and other parties for tax residency in Cyprus, Cyprus company formations and investments in Cyprus.

    The circular, which was issued on the 10th of March 2017, states that a person wishing to become a tax resident of Cyprus can apply and get a Tax Residency Certificate at any time during a tax year even though he/she has not completed 183 days in the Republic of Cyprus within the current tax year.

    The Tax Residency Certificate will be issued to a person as long as he/she registers with the Tax Department, obtains a Tax Identification number and submits a declaration signed by him/her stating that he/she intends to stay in Cyprus for one or more periods exceeding in aggregate 183 days in the tax year.

    This is a very attractivetool for investors and other interested parties because they will be able to obtain Cyprus Tax Residency and immediately get a Tax Residency Certificate that will allow them to benefit from the tax treaties agreed by Cyprus at the time they receive income without being subject to any withholding of tax at source.  In addition they will enjoy all the other benefits that the Cyprus tax system has to offer.  With this procedure they will also have flexibility with how to plan their stay on the island so as to meet the 183 days requirement.

    Becoming a tax resident of Cyprus has many benefits both for individual investors as well as for their companies if they choose to transfer them to Cyprus or proceed with the formation of a new company in Cyprus.

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    Cyprus has an attractive and transparent tax regime, is fully compliant with EU, OECD and international laws and regulations. Cyprus provides access to an extensive network of more than 60 Double Tax Treaties while maintaining a corporate tax rate of 12.5%, which is one of the lowest in the EU.  Cyprus is an attractive place for international investors to invest, to set up their business or form a new company that will grow and prosper.

    Some of the main features of the Cyprus tax system:

    • Dividend participation exemption
    • Profits from the trading and disposal of securities (e.g. shares, bonds, debentures) are tax exempt
    • No succession taxes
    • No withholding taxes
    • Individuals who take up residence in Cyprus can apply for non-domicile status which offers significant tax advantages
    • No tax on worldwide dividends and interest income for a period of 17 years for non-domiciled individuals
    • 50% exemption on income from employment in Cyprus for a person who was not previously resident in Cyprus. The exemption applies for ten years, if the income from employment in Cyprus exceeds €100.000 per annum.
    • 20% exemption with a maximum amount of €8.550 annually on income from employment in Cyprus of a person who was not previously resident in Cyprus. For employments commencing during or after 2012, the exemption applies for a period of 5 years starting from the tax year following the year of commencement of the employment with the last eligible tax year being 2020.
    • Low social insurance contributions (7.8% of gross salary) – total employer contributions to various funds amount to 11.5% of gross salaries and total employee contributions to 7.8%.
    • Tonnage Tax for shipping companies
    • Attractive IP regime
    • Notional interest deduction scheme

    Contact one of our officers NOW to get more information about the procedure to obtain Cyprus Tax Residency and a Tax Residency Certificate, the benefits of the Cyprus Tax system or to initiate the incorporation of a Cyprus registered company and start reaping the full benefits of an onshore, low-tax, EU jurisdiction.

    Simply fill in the contact box below or contact us by email on enquiries@fbscyprus.com

  • Piraeus Bank Cyprus Changed its Name and Brand to AstroBank

    Piraeus Bank Cyprus Changed its Name and Brand to AstroBank

    March 2017

    Piraeus Bank Cyprus, at a special event held on 29 March 2017 and in the presence of Minister of Finance Harris Georgiades, unveiled its new name and brand ……AstroBank.

    Piraeus Bank Cyprus was acquired last December by new international investors led by Mr. Maurice Sehnaoui, a Lebanese banker with strong international exposure. This move shows great confidence in the Bank itself but also in Cyprus, its economy and its friendly business environment. An environment that other international investors can also invest in, move their businesses to or form new companies to benefit from the tax and other significant advantages that Cyprus offers.

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    Our Group has been doing business with Piraeus Bank Cyprus for many years for the opening of both personal and corporate bank accounts for our international clientele.  During these years, Piraeus Bank has proved to be one of Cyprus’ most stable and strongest banks, especially during the recent economic crisis. With this move the new investors and owners will transform the bank into Cyprus’ newest, most dynamic player in the local banking scene. The new team will bring to the bank more international experience to enhance the local knowhow and lead the bank forward with a more dynamic growth.

    This move will benefit our existing clientele that already use the bank even more as the bank will be in a position to offer them more competitive products and services to meet their financial needs. Furthermore, this move is a sign for new investors and parties to trust Cyprus, its economy and its banking system and to move their businesses or set up new companies for their international operations and take advantage of the many tax and other benefits that Cyprus offers.

    Contact one of our officers NOW to initiate the incorporation of a Cyprus registered company at the price of ONLY 950 EURO and start reaping the full benefits of an onshore, low-tax, EU jurisdiction. Simply fill in the contact box below or contact us by email on enquiries@fbscyprus.com

  • Cyprus “Non-Dom” Status Boosts Cyprus Company Formations

    Cyprus “Non-Dom” Status Boosts Cyprus Company Formations

    April 2017

    The new status of a physical person, enacted in Cyprus by the Law 119(I)/2015, as “tax resident but non-domiciled” has already boosted the interest of foreign investors  to permanently reside in Cyprus, invest in Cyprus, incorporate a Cyprus Company and enjoy the benefits that the island of Cyprus has to offer.

    The Law, which was enacted on 16/07/2015, gives significant advantages to foreign investors in contrast with what was in force before.

    What was in force before the new legislation for individuals?

    •  A non-tax resident physical person had no obligation to pay Special Defence Contribution (SDC is a tax imposed on income from dividends, interest and rentals earned from both Cyprus and worldwide sources)
    • A tax resident physical person had the obligation to pay Special Defence Contribution on income from dividends, interest and rentals earned from both Cyprus and worldwide sources.

    What is in force following the new legislation for individuals?

    • A non-tax resident physical person still has no obligation to pay as before
    • A tax resident physical person has the obligation to pay BUT ONLY if he/she has his/her domicile in Cyprus.

    Most foreign investors who were born and live outside Cyprus can qualify for the Non-Dom status. Therefore, by becoming a tax resident of Cyprus, but non-domiciled, you can enjoy tax free dividends, interest and rental income on a personal basis for the next 17 years. If the above is combined with a Cyprus company formation and by doing business worldwide through this Cyprus Company, an investor can enjoy 12.5% total tax, both on a company and on a personal level.

    Contact one of our officers NOW to get more information about the procedure to obtain the Non-Dom status, to initiate the incorporation of a Cyprus company and to enjoy the benefits of an EU company, residing in one of the safest destinations in Europe with zero personal tax.

    Simply fill in the contact box below or contact us by email on enquiries@fbscyprus.com

  • Scheme for Naturalization of Non-Cypriot Investors by Exception

    Scheme for Naturalization of Non-Cypriot Investors by Exception

    September, 2016

    On 13th of September 2016 the Cyprus government announced the NEW revised Scheme for Naturalisation of Non-Cypriot Investors by exception.

    The aim of the new Scheme for Naturalisation of Investors is to attract foreign direct investments to the island and at the same time boost the Cyprus economy and Cyprus company formations, which is one of the legal vehicles that third country nationals and European citizens can use to access the opportunities and competitive advantages that Cyprus has to offer.

    By investing at least €2.5m in  Cyprus, a third country national, or even a European citizen, will be able to sign up to one of the best, if not the best, naturalisation schemes of the planet. The citizenship scheme provides a variety of investment options such as real estate, participation in Cypriot companies, alternative investment funds and financial assets or government bonds or a combination of the above.

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    Some of the advantages that an investor can enjoy by signing up to the NEW revised Scheme for Naturalisation of Non-Cypriots by exception are the following:

    • By acquiring the Cyprus citizenship, the investor automatically acquires EU citizenship. Due to the above, an investor has the right to live, work and study in all 28 EU countries. In addition, the investor has the right to security within the European social, health and legal system.
    • High net worth individuals, originating from third countries, who have invested or wish to invest into the European market, by acquiring the Cyprus/European Passport will be able to be close to their investments without facing the problems, delays or the bureaucracy of issuing European visas.
    • By acquiring the Cyprus Passport, investors will be able to travel freely within EU and be close to their business and investments.
    • By acquiring the Cyprus citizenship, investors will be able to take advantage of the many investment opportunities that Cyprus provides.
    • Investors will also be able, if they wish, to live in Cyprus and enjoy one of the safest places on earth and one of the best climates in the Mediterranean.
    • By investing in Cyprus, investors can have access, for their businesses and operations, to a specialised and talented human capital.
    • They can have access to the Cyprus tax system, which is one of the most advantageous tax systems in Europe, offering one the lowest corporate tax rates (12.5%) and with no taxation on their worldwide income from dividends and interest.
    • They can have access to one of the most reliable legal systems in the world, which is surrounded by the most advanced regulatory frameworks of the European Union.
    • This program may also be valuable to European investors who wish to have a second European nationality, in this way waving the uncertainty that some political decisions cause to their business operations or even their everyday lives, e.g. Brexit.
    • Citizens of Cyprus can travel without a visa to 169 countries around the world including European Union Countries, Canada and Australia.

    Click here for the full article and for more details on how to acquire the Cyprus Citizenship.

    Contact one of our officers NOW to get more information about the procedure to obtain Cyprus Citizenship, or to initiate the registration of a company in Cyprus and start realising the return of investing in an onshore, low-tax, EU jurisdiction.

    Simply fill in the contact box below or contact us by email on enquiries@fbscyprus.com

  • Cyprus Company Formations to Rise with Latest Double Tax Treaty Network Update

    Cyprus Company Formations to Rise with Latest Double Tax Treaty

    July 2017

    Cyprus has significantly expanded its double tax treaty network over the past 3 to 4 years and there are continuous efforts to increase it even more.

    Its network now consists of 57 countries, a very significant amount for the island of Cyprus.

    Cyprus’ Tax Treaty partners today are shown below:

    Cyprus DTT   
    ArmeniaGeorgiaMauritiusSpain
    AustriaGermanyMoldovaSweden
    BahrainGreeceMontenegroSwitzerland
    BelarusGuernseyNorwaySyria
    BelgiumHungaryPolandThailand
    Bosnia and HerzegovinaIcelandPortugalUkraine
    BulgariaIndiaQatarU.A.E.
    CanadaIranRomaniaUnited Kingdom
    ChinaIrelandRussiaU.S.A.
    Czech RepublicItalySan Marino 
    DenmarkJerseySerbia 
    EgyptKuwaitSeychelles 
    EstoniaLatviaSingapore 
    EthiopiaLebanonSlovakia 
    FinlandLithuaniaSlovenia 
    FranceMaltaSouth Africa 

    In addition, on 8th May 2017, Cyprus and Luxembourg signed an income and capital tax treaty that is expected to come into force as from 1st January 2018 upon ratification by both parties. Cyprus has also negotiated and agreed double tax treaties with Monaco, Oman and Barbados (only the signing of these is pending).

    Cyprus is currently negotiating the signing of double tax treaties with Netherlands, Sri Lanka, Israel, Jordan, Malaysia, Panama and Vietnam. In addition, it will soon start negotiations with Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Nigeria and Pakistan.

    Given the above, individuals and investors can choose Cyprus to set up their companies and take advantage of this extensive network of double tax treaties as well as the many other tax advantages that Cyprus offers.

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    Tax treaties in Cyprus and most countries legally supersede local tax legislation and, for this reason, they are a useful tax-planning tool to protect businesses and individuals against double taxation of income earned in other countries.

    Many of the tax treaties that Cyprus has signed eliminate or significantly reduce the withholding tax on dividends, interest and royalties. In addition, some of them do not include the clause that gains from the alienation of shares in property-rich companies are taxed in the State where the property is situated. Therefore, any gains arising from the alienation of shares in such companies will be taxed only in the state where the alienator is situated. If the alienator is a Cyprus company, the gains from the sale of such shares are exempt from taxation in Cyprus.

    Other features of the Cyprus tax system:

    • 12.5% corporate tax rate
    • Dividend participation exemption
    • Profits from the trading and disposal of securities (e.g. shares, bonds, debentures) are tax exempt
    • No succession taxes
    • No withholding taxes
    • Individuals who take up residence in Cyprus can apply for non-domicile status which offers significant tax advantages
    • No tax on worldwide dividends and interest income for a period of 17 years for non-domiciled individuals
    • 50% exemption on income from employment in Cyprus for a person who was not previously resident in Cyprus. The exemption applies for ten years, if the income from employment in Cyprus exceeds €100.000 per annum.
    • 20% exemption with a maximum amount of €8.550 annually on income from employment in Cyprus of a person who was not previously resident in Cyprus. For employments commencing during or after 2012, the exemption applies for a period of 5 years starting from the tax year following the year of commencement of the employment with the last eligible tax year being 2020.
    • Low social insurance contributions (7.8% of gross salary) – total employer contributions to various funds amount to 11.5% of gross salaries and total employee contributions to 7.8%.
    • Tonnage Tax for shipping companies
    • Attractive IP regime
    • Notional interest deduction scheme

    Contact one of our officers NOW to get more detailed information about the double tax treaties and their uses, the benefits of the Cyprus Tax system or to initiate the incorporation of a Cyprus registered company and start reaping the full benefits of an onshore, low-tax, EU jurisdiction.

    Simply fill in the contact box below or contact us by email on enquiries@fbscyprus.com

  • Cyprus Tax Residence Status by Staying in Cyprus for 60 Days a Year

    Cyprus Tax Residence

    The Parliament of Cyprus has unanimously approved a bill that amends the rules for determining how an individual can acquire Cyprus Tax Residency.

    The new Cyprus Tax Residency law is expected to strongly increase the demand and interest of investors and other parties for tax residency in Cyprus, Cyprus company formations and investments in Cyprus.

    Click Here to Speak to One of Our Professionals about Cyprus Company Formation and Cyprus Tax Residence

    The Income Tax Law is effectively amended so that an individual, who does not remain in any other country for a period or periods exceeding 183 days in the same tax year and who is not a tax resident in any other country for the same tax year, is considered to be a tax resident of Cyprus, provided that he / she satisfies the following:

    • He / she remains in Cyprus for at least 60 days during the tax year.
    • He / she conducts any business in Cyprus and / or is employed in Cyprus and / or is a director in a company that is tax resident in Cyprus at any time during the tax year.
    • He / she maintains a permanent residence in Cyprus, which can be owned or rented by the individual.

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    Click Here for More Detail on the Cyprus Citizenship by Investment Program

    It is important to note that, under the 60 days Tax Residency Scheme, the individual will not be considered as Tax Resident of Cyprus if, in that year, the conducting of a business and / or employment in Cyprus and / or the holding of a directorship in Cyprus have been terminated.

    For the purposes of calculating the days of stay in Cyprus please note that:

    • The day of departure from Cyprus is considered as one day outside Cyprus.
    • The day of arrival in Cyprus is considered as one day in Cyprus.
    • Arrival in Cyprus and departure from Cyprus on the same day is counted as one day in Cyprus.
    • Departure from Cyprus and return to Cyprus on the same day is counted as one day outside Cyprus.

    Thus, under the new provisions, an incentive is given to an individual who is not a tax resident in any other country for the same tax year to transfer his tax residence to Cyprus and be taxed only on income from the activities the individual exercises in Cyprus.

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    What are the Benefits for an Individual who Acquires Cyprus Tax Residency?

    There are many benefits for an individual who acquires Cyprus Tax Residency, some of the most important ones being:

    • If the individual is considered as non-domiciled then he will be granted an exemption from income tax and special defense contribution tax on dividends and interest received either in Cyprus or abroad for the next 17 years.

    Please Click Here for More Details for the Non-Domicile Status

    • 50% exemption on income from employment in Cyprus for a person who was not previously resident in Cyprus. The exemption applies for ten years if the income from employment in Cyprus exceeds €100.000 per annum.
    • 20% exemption with a maximum amount of €8.550 annually on income from employment in Cyprus of a person who was not previously resident in Cyprus. For employments commencing during or after 2012, the exemption applies for a period of 5 years starting from the tax year following the year of commencement of the employment with the last eligible tax year being 2020.
    • Low social insurance contributions (7.8% of gross salary) – total employer contributions to various funds amount to 11.5% of gross salaries and total employee contributions to 7.8%.
    • Profits from the trading and disposal of securities (e.g. shares, bonds, debentures) are tax exempt
    • No succession taxes
    • No withholding taxes

    There are additional advantages that a Cyprus Tax Resident individual can enjoy:

    • The individual and his / her family can take advantage of an excellent quality of life
    • Cyprus (the “Jewel” of the Mediterranean) has one of the best climates in the world – guaranteed sunshine for most of the year with mild winters
    • Beautiful, unique natural scenery
    • Some of the best beaches in the world
    • Modern airports and seaports
    • Modern roads
    • Good supply of quality housing
    • Relatively low cost of living
    • Low taxation
    • Superb dining
    • Rich cultural, historical and archeological heritage
    • Friendly and warm Cypriot people
    • Huge percentage of Cypriot people speak English
    • Modern shopping malls, water parks, world-class hotels, spas, fine dining, cafes, modern hospitals, excellent schools and more
    • Low crime rate
    • A more relaxed pace of life
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