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FACT FILE

A thorough reference file of up-to-date information compiled by our expert editors and arranged in easily accessible sections. The fact file covers taxation and regulation of offshore e-commerce, the facilities and services needed, and reviews the business sectors and functions which can make use of offshore e-commerce
- Taxation of Offshore E-commerce
- Regulation of Offshore E-commerce
- Offshore E-commerce Facilities
- Offshore Professional and Financial Services
- Offshore E-commerce Applications

JURISDICTIONS

The jurisdictions section of Offshore-e-com.com has in-depth analyses of e-commerce in three leading jurisdictions - Bermuda, Gibraltar and the Isle of Man - and has links to summaries of e-commerce development in 25 other offshore jurisdictions
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E-COMMERCE GLOSSARY

The Offshore-e-com.com glossary explains the meaning of many abbreviations and technical terms met with in offshore e-commerce
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BUSINESS GUIDE

No-one likes to pay too much tax, and the overall burden of tax in the world's larger business jurisdictions is heavy not just in itself, but also imposes substantial and worsening administrative burdens on a business. Regulation in general just gets more and more complex, in addition.
Prior to the Internet, there was little that most types of business could do to rduce tax and regulation, although individual owners were often able to go 'offshore' with the proceeds of their work, and increasingly did so as tax levels rose. Individual tax levels have fallen back to some extent, and in some countries, but the taxman has become more efficient, and the classical equation of working onshore and enjoying offshore becomes ever harder to sustain.

The Internet has changed the equation, and this site attempts to explain why and how almost all businesses can substantially reduce their tax bills and preserve wealth by taking advantage of offshore e-commerce. This section in particular offers practical help in choosing a jurisdiction and in setting up an offshore e-commerce operation.

E-SHOP BASICS

Describes how to go about setting up an entry-level e-commerce retailing operation, in case you want to do it yourself.

LOCATION

Describes the criteria that should be applied to choosing an offshore jurisdiction.

GETTING STARTED WITH OFFSHORE E-COMMERCE

Describes the criteria that should be taken into consideration when starting an offshore e-commerce operation.

CASE STUDIES

There are so many variable factors in the situation of each company, including business sector, ownership structure, country of origin, size, capital structure and level of profitability, to name just some, that it is hardly possible to illustrate the principles of offshore e-commerce in any general way. Still, case studies can show typical sequences of steps needing to be taken when going offshore, even if the detail will be different in each case.

The six case studies in this section cover six of the more likely business situations in which offshore has a lot to offer; but the truth is that the Internet has made it possible for almost every business in a high-tax country to get advantage offshore.

For direct assistance with establishing an offshore e-commerce operation, see our E-commerce Business Guide.

- Electronic Products Business to Business Case Study
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- Physical Products Consumer case Study
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Special Features on E-Commerce in Guernsey & Ireland, Gibraltar & Dubai, and Mauritius and Netherlands Antilles are available in the Reports Library along with other previous Special Features.

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Taiwan To Tax Cross-Border e-Commerce, by Mary Swire, Tax-News.com, Hong Kong Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Given the recent rapid development of cross-border transactions over the internet, Taiwan's Ministry of Finance has disclosed it is formulating plans to tax the operations of multinational enterprises engaged in e-commerce in the country. [ FULL STORY ]
UK SMEs Struggle With Complex Tax Regime, by Robert Lee, Tax-News.com, London Friday, August 12, 2016
More than a quarter of the UK's small- or medium-sized enterprises are struggling to deal with tax, finance, and accounting issues, according to a survey by insurance specialists Hiscox. [ FULL STORY ]
Indian Telecoms Firms Seek GST Clarity, by Mary Swire, Tax-News.com, Hong Kong Wednesday, July 27, 2016
The Associated Chambers of Commerce of India has called on the Indian Government to release guidance on how the value added services provided by the telecoms industry will be taxed under the proposed goods and services tax. [ FULL STORY ]
CIOT Warns Over UK Govt's Online VAT Proposals, by Robert Lee, Tax-News.com, London Friday, July 22, 2016
The Chartered Institute of Taxation has recommended that the UK Government rethink its approach to ensuring that online sellers pay the correct amount of value-added tax. [ FULL STORY ]
US Bill Introduced To Halt Online Sales Taxes, by Mike Godfrey, Tax-News.com, Washington Thursday, July 21, 2016
Jim Sensenbrenner, a member (and former chairman) of the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, has introduced legislation to prohibit US states from imposing sales tax collection requirements on individuals with no physical presence in the taxing state. [ FULL STORY ]
Norway's Low-Value Goods VAT Exemption Lawful, Says EFTA, by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels Wednesday, July 13, 2016
The Norwegian value-added tax exemption for low-value goods imported by consumers does not constitute state aid, according to a decision taken by the European Free Trade Association Surveillance Authority. [ FULL STORY ]
China's Online Search Advertising To Be Taxed, by Mary Swire, Tax-News.com, Hong Kong Wednesday, July 13, 2016
On July 8, China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce announced regulations under which paid-for online search results will be classified as advertising, and could therefore be subject to the imposition of value-added tax. [ FULL STORY ]
Alibaba Calls For Digital Free Trade Zones, by Mary Swire, Tax-News.com, Hong Kong Monday, June 20, 2016
During remarks at the recent St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, Alibaba Group Executive Chairman Jack Ma urged that online free-trade zones should be established so that small businesses can participate in world trade. [ FULL STORY ]
India Releases Draft Goods And Services Tax Law, by Mary Swire, Tax-News.com, Hong Kong Friday, June 17, 2016
On June 14, 2016, the Indian Finance Ministry released for stakeholders' comments a draft law to introduce goods and service tax in the country. [ FULL STORY ]
New Measures Announced To Support Chinese Exporters, by Mary Swire, Tax-News.com, Hong Kong Monday, May 16, 2016
In a May 9 guidance document, the State Council announced further measures to increase Chinese exports, including optimizing export tax refund policies. [ FULL STORY ]
No Tax Change For Chinese Taxpayers Abroad: MoF, by Mary Swire, Tax-News.com, Hong Kong Wednesday, April 13, 2016
China's Ministry of Finance has confirmed that the new tax framework covering goods purchased from overseas retailers online is not applicable to the overseas purchases of Chinese tourists. [ FULL STORY ]
China's e-Commerce Tax Changes Come Into Effect, by Mary Swire, Tax-News.com, Hong Kong Tuesday, April 12, 2016
China's new rules that increase the taxes on goods imported online, which were jointly announced by the Ministry of Finance, the General Administration of Customs, and the State Administration of Taxation on March 24, went into effect on April 8, 2016. [ FULL STORY ]
EU Publishes New VAT Action Plan, by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels Monday, April 11, 2016
The European Commission has released an Action Plan on VAT, setting out plans for the next two years to modernize European Union value-added tax rules. [ FULL STORY ]
US Retail Groups Press For Online Sales Tax Legislation, by Mike Godfrey, Tax-news.com, Washington Friday, March 18, 2016
On March 15, more than 20 business associations in the United States sent a letter to Robert Goodlatte (R – Virginia), the Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary, urging that he should markup legislation to give states the option of levying sales taxes on internet transactions. [ FULL STORY ]
Chile, China Continue Talks On Deepening FTA, by Mike Godfrey, Tax-News.com, Washington Monday, March 14, 2016
Officials from Chile and China met on March 10, 2016, to discuss deepening the free trade agreement between the two countries, according to a statement from Chile's Directorate General of International Relations. [ FULL STORY ]
Australia Planning Further Corporate Tax Avoidance Action, by Mary Swire, Tax-News.com, Hong Kong Friday, February 26, 2016
Before a recent Senate Estimates committee, Australia's Tax Commissioner, Chris Jordan, issued a warning to multinationals and large businesses that the Australian Tax Office is to increase its efforts against international tax avoidance in the period to 2019. [ FULL STORY ]
Dutch EU Presidency To Prioritize BEPS Action, by Lorys Charalambous, Tax-News.com, Cyprus Thursday, January 14, 2016
The Netherlands will prioritize action against corporate tax avoidance during its Presidency of the Council of the European Union, from now until the end of June. [ FULL STORY ]
Indian IT Body Seeks Tax Breaks For Start-Ups, by Mary Swire, Tax-News.com, Hong Kong Friday, January 8, 2016
The National Association of Software and Services Companies has urged the Indian Finance Minister to exempt start-ups from direct and indirect taxes, including the minimum alternate tax. [ FULL STORY ]
Italy Extends Reduced VAT Rate To All Digital Publications, by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels Friday, January 8, 2016
A provision within the 2016 Stability (Budget) Law, which took effect on January 1, extends a reduction in Italy's headline 22 percent value added tax rate to four percent for all digital publications, and not just for e-books. [ FULL STORY ]
China Sets Guidelines On FTA Expansion, by Mary Swire, Tax-News.com, Hong Kong Monday, December 21, 2015
On December 17, China's State Council provided guidelines to more quickly establish a global network of high-standard free trade agreements. [ FULL STORY ]
Yahoo Calls Off Alibaba Spin-Off, by Mike Godfrey, Tax-News.com, Washington Friday, December 11, 2015
US search engine company Yahoo! Inc. has announced that it has decided to stop work on its plan to spin-off its remaining shareholding in Alibaba Group, the Chinese online marketplace, following concerns about the market's perception of tax risk surrounding the transaction. [ FULL STORY ]
Singapore, Turkey Sign Free Trade Deal, by Lorys Charalambous, Tax-News.com, Cyprus Thursday, November 19, 2015
The finance ministers of Singapore and Turkey have signed a comprehensive bilateral free trade agreement that will remove the majority of taxes on trade between the two countries over the coming years. [ FULL STORY ]
New Zealand To Levy GST On Online Retailers, by Mary Swire, Tax-News.com, Hong Kong Tuesday, November 17, 2015
The New Zealand Government on November 16, 2015, introduced a bill containing a proposal to levy the goods and services tax on online purchases. [ FULL STORY ]
Countries Agree Common VAT Rules For Digital Services, by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels Monday, November 9, 2015
Representatives from more than 100 countries and jurisdictions have endorsed new OECD International VAT/GST Guidelines, which are intended to establish international standards for the "coherent and efficient" application of value-added tax/goods and services tax to the international trade in services. [ FULL STORY ]
EU May Drop Plan For Uniform VAT Return, by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels Wednesday, November 4, 2015
The European Commission has indicated that it may drop a plan announced in 2013 to introduce a standard VAT return across all EU member states. [ FULL STORY ]
South Korea Mulls Google Tax From 2016, by Mary Swire, Tax-News.com, Hong Kong Tuesday, October 20, 2015
South Korea is considering a "Google Tax" on untaxed profits "earned in" South Korea by large digital firms. [ FULL STORY ]
Estonia Consults With Uber On Tax Framework, by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels Friday, October 9, 2015
The Estonian Tax and Customs Board is collaborating with global technology company Uber on how to tax its on-demand 'ride-sharing' service. [ FULL STORY ]
Singapore, Turkey Agree Free Trade Deal, by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels Thursday, October 8, 2015
Turkey and Singapore have successfully concluded negotiations for a free trade agreement. [ FULL STORY ]
Obama Signs Temporary US Internet Tax Moratorium, by Mike Godfrey, Tax-News.com, Washington Monday, October 5, 2015
On September 30, President Barack Obama signed into law the "Continuing Appropriations Act, 2016" that, while providing funding for the US Federal Government until December 11, 2015, also extends the Internet Tax Freedom Act until the same date. [ FULL STORY ]
EU Launches Debate On Digital VAT Reform, by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels Monday, September 28, 2015
The European Commission has launched a public consultation to identify ways to simplify VAT payments on cross-border e-commerce transactions in the EU. [ FULL STORY ]
 
 
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