The Cyprus Parliament voted on 5 April 2019 the first implementation law in Cyprus of the EU AntiTax Avoidance Directive (ATAD) and specifically on the following areas: Controlled Foreign Company (CFC) rule – effective date 01 January 2019 (Net) Interest limitation rule – effective date 01 January 2019 General Anti-Abuse rule (GAAR) – effective date…

The Special Contribution for Defence rate on the interest income received by Cyprus tax resident domiciled individuals from corporate bonds has been reduced from 30% to 3%. The above amendment to the Special Contribution for Defence Law (“The Law”) was published in the Official Government Gazette on 26 June 2019. According to the amendment of…

The Cyprus Ministry of Finance has announced that Cyprus and Kazakhstan signed a first-time Double Tax Treaty (DTT) on 24 May 2019.  The agreement is based on the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) Model Convention for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Tax Evasion. Main Provisions Withholding tax rate on…

Η οικονομία της Κύπρου έχει κλονιστεί σε μεγάλο βαθμό τα τελευταία χρόνια και παρά τις προσπάθειες ανάκαμψής της, ο τομέας των μη εξυπηρετούμενων δανείων χρήζει ακόμη προσοχής και βελτίωσης. Εν μέρη, λύση στο πρόβλημα δίδει το Μέρος VIA του Νόμου του 1965 (9/1965) που τέθηκε σε εφαρμογή με τον τροποποιητικό Νόμο 142(Ι) 2014 το οποίο…

The revised European Union Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) has been transposed into Cyprus law, as published in the Official Gazette of Cyprus on 7 July 2017. The new law, which will apply in Cyprus from 3 January 2018, introduces significant changes to the Investment Services and Activities and Regulated Markets Law of…

The Double Tax Agreement between Cyprus and Luxembourg has been signed, the first between the two countries.  It will enter into force once it is ratified by Cyprus and Luxemburg.

The Income Tax Law was amended in October 2016, in line with the “modified nexus” approach to the taxation of intellectual property assets.  Transitional arrangements were put in place for intellectual property developed prior to 30 June 2016 with new arrangements being applied for intellectual property developed from 1 July 2016, which follow the modified…

Cyprus signed its first tax treaty with the Kingdom of Bahrain on 9 March 2015. Following the completion of the relevant ratification procedures, the Tax Treaty entered into force on 1st January 2017.

The Cyprus House of Representatives has approved legislation which provides the opportunity to pay overdue taxes in monthly instalments. The new law covers a broad range of taxes including: Value added tax; Immovable property tax; Income tax; Special defence contribution; Capital gains tax; Stamp duty; and Special contribution for employees The new law, which was passed…

The Republic of Cyprus introduced in February 2017 a pilot scheme for the ‘Cyprus Start-up Visa’. The scheme aims to promote start-ups with strong potential for growth, innovation and research, with a view of generating new jobs and enhancing the Cyprus economy. Non-EU nationals are eligible to apply for a Cyprus start up visa (either…