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Protocol between Cyprus and Switzerland to amend Double Tax

On February 3rd, 2022 a circular was issued by the Cyprus Tax Authority (3/2022) notifying of the completion of all legal procedures on behalf of both Cyprus and the Swiss Confederation, enabling the protocol on the avoidance of Double Taxation regarding taxes on income and on capital to come into force.

The protocol in question, which was signed on July 20th 2020, introduced an amendment to the 2014 Double Tax Treaty between the two countries and came into effect on November 3rd, 2021, with a substantial number of provisions also being implemented on the same day…

⏱ FEBRUARY , 2022

Cyprus ratifies Double Tax Treaty with Jordan

On December 17th 2021, Cyprus signed a new tax treaty with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan for the avoidance of double taxation, which was ratified and published in the Cyprus Gazette on December 31st 2021, contributing to the development of economic relations and enhancement of co-operation in tax matters between the two countries.

The Treaty is based on the OECD Model Convention for the Elimination of Double Taxation on Income and on Capital and the UN Model Tax Agreement and it incorporates the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (‘BEPS’) minimum standards.

⏱ JANUARY , 2022

Register of Ultimate Beneficial Owners for Cyprus Companies and Other Legal Entities

On 18 February 2021, the Cypriot Parliament transposed the 5th Anti-Money Laundering EU Directive into domestic legislation, signifying the introduction of a central registry for ultimate beneficial owners of companies and other legal entities.

All parties involved are obliged to register by March 12th,2022 submitting any essential requirements.

⏱ NOVEMBER 19, 2021

Date for the submission of income tax returns extended

July 30th,2021- On July 23rd, 2021 the Tax Department issued an announcement informing all taxpayers that the income tax return for 2020 (T.D.1) for employees and pensioners as well as for the self-employed (T.D.1 for self-employed), with turnover below E70.000 and who are not obliged to submit audited accounts, is available for submission via Taxisnet.

Additionally, the announcement states that the Ministry of Finance intends to issue a decree relevant to the extension of the electronic submission of personal income tax returns for 2020, along with the payment of the income tax due, from September 30th to November 30th, 2021.
The particular extension is expected to apply for the payment of the relevant income tax due.

⏱ SEPTEMBER 9, 2021

Investment Funds

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has allowed entities to invest in India via various routes, such as Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), Foreign Portfolio Investment (FPI), Foreign Venture Capital Investment, Alternative Investment Fund etc. The Foreign Portfolio Investment (FPI) regime is currently the route chosen by many global investors that comply with the regulations.

⏱ JULY 8, 2021

CYPRUS TAX SYSTEM

Cyprus has a modern tax system and company registration is favourable based on the English Companies Act of 1948 (Chapter 113 – Cyprus Company Law), offering predictability in planning with more than 60 double tax avoidance agreements. Registered lawyers liaise with the Registrar of Companies and any parties of interest to facilitate the process of forming a company.

⏱ APRIL 02, 2021
0,4% LEVY ON ALL SALES OF IMMOVABLE PROPERTY

The House of Representatives of Cyprus has voted, unanimously, earlier in February, the imposing of a 0,4% levy on all sales of immovable property.

⏱ MARCH 29, 2021
IDEAS POWERED FOR BUSINESS SME FUND

The EU companies that meet the official description of SMEs, the «Ideas Powered for Business SME Fund» offers financial reimbursement of costs for applications of #trademarks and designs of up to €1, 500 per beneficiary (business). Up to grant will be on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
Check eligibility: HERE

⏱ MARCH 29, 2021

CYPRUS OPEN REGISTRY – EU APPROVED
Cyprus has the only EU-approved “Open Registry” regime and is considered to have a beneficial Tonnage Tax System (TTS), including the three main “maritime transport” tasks; ship owning, ship management and chartering.
⏱ MARCH 5, 2021
EXTENSION ON DEFENCE TAX PAYMENT
The Tax Department in Cyprus issued an extension of the deadline for the payment of the defence contribution on dividend regarding the dividend distribution (0623) for the tax year 2018 as well as the payment of GESY (0723) regarding the specific dividend distribution until April 30, 2021.
⏱ FEBRUARY 23, 2021

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