General Anti-Abuse Rule (GAAR) in Cyprus The purpose of the general anti-abuse rule (GAAR) is to discourage artificial arrangements and counteract aggressive tax planning not yet been dealt with through specifically targeted provisions (SAARs). It applies from 1 January 2019 and is in line with the European Anti-Tax Avoidance [...]
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Protocol to the Cyprus-Russia Double Tax Treaty (DTT) On 10 August 2020, Cyprus and Russia concluded the negotiations of a new protocol to amend the existing provisions of the Cyprus-Russia tax treaty. 15% WHT on dividend and interest payments According to the Protocol, the existing withholding tax (WHT) rates [...]
Application of the Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive (ATAD) in Cyprus The ATAD aims to implement the recommendations arising from the OECD/G20 Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Project and also introduce a general anti-abuse rule which is not BEPS related. The ATAD includes anti-avoidance measures in the following areas: A General [...]
Taxation of P2P Interest Income Recently we assisted a European private investor relocating to Cyprus. As part of our pre-arrival planning, we reviewed his worldwide incomes to determine his tax position in Cyprus and his global effective tax rate. Upon review, we determined that the majority of his incomes [...]
Changes on the taxation of intangible assets On 17 July 2020, the Cypriot House of Representatives approved a bill amending the Income Tax Law introducing changes with respect to the taxation of intangible assets. The changes relate to all types of capital-nature intangible assets, other than Intellectual Property (“IP”) [...]
Payment of final tax for 2019 We would like to remind you that the payment deadline for the final tax for the tax year 2019 for companies and self-employed individuals preparing audited financial statements is the 31st of August 2020. Payment of income tax due for 2019 The payment [...]
Payment of 1st provisional tax installment for 2020 We would like to remind you that the payment deadline for the 1st provisional tax installment for the tax year 2020 is the 31st of July 2020. The timely payment of provisional tax can be made through jccsmart.com, the card payment [...]
Amendments to the NID rules On 16 June 2020, an amending Income Tax Law (ITL) was published with respect to the Notional Interest Deduction (NID). The revised NID provisions provide increased tax benefits for Cyprus companies financing their operations through new capital and are in line with the recommendations of [...]
Extended deadlines for the submission of 2019 personal tax returns In accordance with a Decree issued on 5 June 2020, the following deadlines are extended to 30 October 2020: Electronic submission of the 2019 personal income tax return by employees and pensioners (TD1 - Employee) whose gross income exceeds [...]
Tax Incentives for Rent Reductions during 2020 On 2 June 2020, the Cypriot Income Tax Law was amended providing a tax credit to landlords (individuals or companies) so as to voluntarily reduce the rent charged to tenants. The tax credit is equal to 50% of the rent reduction voluntarily [...]