- Swiss bank account holders lose right to be warned of foreign requests
- Probate formally opened up to accountants
- Constitutional Court of Colombia debates same-sex marriage
Swiss bank account holders lose right to be warned of foreign requests
The Swiss parliament has voted to allow accountholders' information to be disclosed to foreign tax authorities without giving the accountholder advance notice.Read more
The amendment to banking secrecy law was proposed by the Federal Council last August under the threat of OECD sanctions.
Probate formally opened up to accountants
The Lord Chancellor, Chris Grayling, has formally approved the right of chartered accountants and legal executives to offer non-contentious probate services in England and Wales without a solicitor.Read more
The deregulation was recommended by the Legal Services Board (LSB) last December.
Constitutional Court of Colombia debates same-sex marriage
Gay couples' fight for their right to marry is gaining more and more awareness in Latin America. One of the most talked about cases in recent weeks has taken place in Colombia, where an official has refused to marry a gay couple, forcing the country's Constitutional Court to debate on the matter.Read more
Tell me, where did you sleep last night?
Richard Frimston explains why residence can be habit-formingRead more >
FATCA: UK trusts under the UK/US IGA
George Hodgson explains why all UK trusts and trustees urgently need to consider the position of the trusts they administer, reflecting work by STEP, The Law Society of E…Read more >
Web exclusive: Canada axes immigrant trust exemption
The Canadian federal budget was delivered on 11 February 2014 and has brought to an end a tax-planning opportunity for wealthy individuals, explains Michael CadeskyRead more >