The Start-Up nation thrives on cash. Where can an Israeli business find financial assistance? Try government sources including the Israel Innovation Authority - formerly the Office of the Chief Scientist and Matimop. Here is a brief overview. Competitive Research and Development: This program offers Israel’s primary financial incentives for R&D activities from ...
January 25, 2018Leon Harris
The Israeli Tax Authority (ITA) has just relaxed its procedure for enabling Israelis in less central locations in Israel to get tax breaks for doing so. The ITA announced on November 7, 2017, that it will now allow “privileged” municipal authorities to send their residents self-initiated but targeted confirmations of residency ...
January 3, 2018Leon Harris
This year Israel introduced new rules for taxing personal “wallet companies” which pay company tax at a rate of 24% in 2017, but no more if profits are left in the company’s bank account. These rules tax deemed dividends, loans to major shareholders and personal services provided via such a ...
January 2, 2018Leon Harris
OECD Deals Get Out of Jail Card On November 8, the OECD issued important guidance on how governments can catch tax evaders and, significantly, what rights taxpayers have. (“Fighting Tax Crime: The Ten Global Principles”). OECD guidance is back-door law in OECD member countries such as Israel. Article 6 of the OECD Convention, ...
December 13, 2017Leon Harris
בשנת 2018 ישראל עומדת לתקן את כל 56 אמנות המס שלה בבת אחת וזאת עקב חתימתה בתאריך 7.6.2017 על אמנה רב צדדית של ארגון ה - OECD על מנת ליישם הוראות הקשורות ל- Base Erosion and Profit Shifting) BEPS). BEPS הינה תכנית מקיפה של ארגון ה-OECD כנגד הזזת רווחים למקומות אופשור (offshore), ...
November 30, 2017Leon Harris
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 ...
November 13, 2017Leon Harris
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, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guernsey, ...
October 24, 2017Leon Harris
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 aimed at preventing offshore ...
October 24, 2017Leon Harris
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? Business Taxation The framework proposes ...
October 4, 2017Leon Harris
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 in the post-acquisition group? Is ...
September 27, 2017Leon Harris