Category: General Business

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Mar2020

Is ESOP a Fable?

Israeli hitech employees are highly motivated people who regularly work wonders of a technological nature. Part of that motivation comes from employee share option plans (ESOPS) which may provide a tax break if things go well in the tech company concerned But on the tax side, there have been developments that ... Read More
March 18, 2020Leon Harris

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Mar2020
The Tzfat Magistrates Court has just ruled that a lien (bank freeze) slapped on an unsuspecting taxpayer by the Israeli Tax Authority (ITA) was against the law and defamatory. The ITA was given 30 days to pay damages and costs!! (Case 2692-08-18 issued February 16, 2020). This case will be of ... Read More
March 18, 2020Leon Harris

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Jan2020
The Israeli Tax Authority (ITA) has issued a new generic Ruling allowing a streamlined procedure for B2B (business to business) e-commerce supplies by foreign businesses to Israeli businesses (Ruling 6369/18). The tax or lack thereof on e-commerce is a hot topic. On June 21 this year, the US Supreme Court ruled in the ... Read More
January 30, 2020Leon Harris

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Sep2019
Calling all Brits! Wondering what the future holds? You are invited to our upcoming seminars - “Israel InSight”. Discover what hope and inspiration Israel offers Olim and other insightful people. Sep 18 6.30 pm - Manchester “The Shrubberies” / Sep 19 6.30 pm - London JW3 Also available for Private Meetings Specialist UK ... Read More
September 6, 2019Leon Harris

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Apr2019
On April 11, Israelis and others were riveted to their TV screens and YouTube as the Beresheet spacecraft  reached the Moon and nearly landed successfully. This was a major achievement and nobody was hurt. Beresheet means in the beginning. An early question coming to mind is if Bereshhet had made ... Read More
April 18, 2019Leon Harris

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Apr2019
Post Election Tax Agenda Leon Harris The Israeli general election is over, the coalition building process has begun. Tax was not exactly the top issue. The Likud party election manifesto called for tax and VAT reductions over the long term without saying how. The Blue and White party manifesto proposes to encourage ... Read More
April 12, 2019Leon Harris

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Feb2019
On or around January 21 this year, the Israeli Tax Authority (ITA) saw fit to issue to many Israeli taxpayers demands to file “missing” online annual tax returns going back many years, typically 2008-2012. This may be a nightmare scenario - being forced to find and report income and expense documentation ... Read More
February 12, 2019Leon Harris

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Feb2019
We all know that the Boston tea partygoers believed they should not pay taxation without representation. But now that democracy has arrived in the USA and most other countries, what (if anything) motivates us to pay taxes? The OECD refers to this motivation to pay tax as “tax morale”.  A recently ... Read More
February 12, 2019Leon Harris

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Feb2019
After much debate, the Gemachim Law was passed by the Knesset and published on January 13, 2019 (Book of Laws 2782). A Gemach is a Jewish free-loan fund which subscribes to the positive Torah Commandment regarding lending money (Exodus 22:24) and the Torah prohibition against charging interest  (Leviticus 25:37). That is unless a business ... Read More
February 12, 2019Leon Harris

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Jan2019
Israel is a lot less taxing than it used to be. Following is a summary of the Israeli rates and tax brackets for 2019. Businesses: The regular company tax rate is 23%. The regular dividend tax rate is 30%-33% for 10%-or-more shareholders, 25%-28% for other shareholders, resulting in a combined tax burden on distributed corporate profits of 42.25%-48.41%, subject to any tax treaty. Preferred income derived by preferred industrial and tech enterprises ... Read More
January 27, 2019Leon Harris