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Rules of Succession in Dubai

What law governs? The main source of law in the UAE is Sharia in which all laws are formulated and based on. It is considered a public order. The governing law for succession in the country is UAE Federal Law No. 5 of...more

Italy introduces a 'New Resident' regime to attract high net worth individuals

On March 8, 2017, Italian tax authorities released the implementation rules to the newly introduced Italian “new resident” regime to attract high net worth individuals to Italy. The primary benefit of the regime is an annual...more

Saudi Arabia Update - February 2017

Legal developments - Fines and penalties for employers - This month witnessed increased pressure on employers in Saudi Arabia in the form of fines and penalties, including...more

New electronic labour contracts – What you need to know

The Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (the Ministry) has introduced a new system to administer the employment relationships of expatriate workers in Qatar following implementation of Law 21 of...more

Trump Administration's Perception in the UK

It’s fair to say that Donald Trump’s surprise victory in the US Election in November was not universally welcomed. In the UK, it was widely reported that as the result unfolded, the Canadian immigration website crashed...more

Saudi Arabia Update - January 2017

Legal developments - Government's payments of the remaining dues to the private sector - As a result of the crash in oil prices in mid-2014, the Saudi government was forced to cancel projects and delay payments to...more

The High Cost of Being Noncompliant with the Internal Revenue Code

The IRS currently offers the following five programs for noncompliant taxpayers: (i) the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP), (ii) Streamlined Domestic Offshore Procedures, (iii) Streamlined Foreign Offshore...more

Saudi Arabia Update - October 2016

Legal developments - Nitaqat counts 60-year-old expats as two employees - Saudization is the colloquial term used to refer to Saudi Arabia’s official government policy of encouraging the employment of Saudi Arabian...more

2017 Inflation Adjustments

Rev. Proc. 2016-55 has provided adjusted figures for 2017 for tax items subject to inflation adjustments....more

UK Tribunal Allows Expatriate to Bring Claims in the UK

In Jeffrey v. The British Council 2016, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (“EAT”) ruled that an employee who had an “exceptional degree of connection” with the United Kingdom could bring claims in the UK even though he had been...more

Singapore Ranks #1 in Recent Survey of Expats

A most interesting report showing results of a survey was just released by HSBC. In the Expat Explorer Survey, created to measure which countries are the most enjoyable to expats, HSBC shares results in three categories –...more

US Citizenship Renunciation Procedures in Canada

The US constitution protects a US citizen from automatic loss of citizenship. Expatriation can only occur through the voluntary, intentional commission of an expatriating act that is stipulated by statute. A person who...more

Saudi Arabia Update - September 2016

As per the new Companies Law that came into effect on 2 May 2016 and which we have described in previous updates, single owner LLCs may be formed – whereas previously a minimum of two shareholders was required....more

If you are an “Expat”, or thinking about “Expatriating”, think about this!

Thinking about giving up your US citizenship pending the results of the Presidential election in November 2016? Concerned because you have been an “Expat” for a long time and have not filed US Tax returns? Just realized that...more

Thinking About Renouncing Your U.S. Citizenship?

If you are U.S. citizen residing in Canada who is considering renouncing U.S. citizenship, in all likelihood you will have to wait well into calendar year 2017 to be given the opportunity to do so. In 2015, a record...more

Breaking the Expat Myth in the United Arab Emirates

With the transient nature of this country, there are a number of misconceptions about the UAE criminal law, especially among expatriates. Hassan Elhais, Legal Consultant in Dubai, Femina ME’s guest columnist, tells us about...more

Waves of Guidance and Benefit Plan Developments Worth Watching

Notices on Second Round of Privacy and Security Audits are Out, Expat Plans, OON Surgery Center Billing Issues, and New Nondiscrimination Rules for Federal Contractors, New ERISA Civil Monetary Penalties, COBRA Notices and...more

More Clarity on Expatriate Health Plans and the ACA

Expatriate health plans have been surprisingly difficult to reconcile with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Proposed regulations set to take effect in 2017 provide some useful guidance to U.S. employers that sponsor expatriate...more

Issue 100: Agencies Propose ACA Regulations on Expatriate Plans and Excepted Benefits

This is the one-hundredth issue in our health care reform series of alerts for employers on selected topics in health care reform. (Our general summary of health care reform and other issues in this series can be accessed by...more

Be Alert Middle East: Oman update

Three key development that employers in Oman need to be aware of include...more

New Policies and Practices for Hiring Expatriates in China

With more and more expatriates working in China, and some even applying for long-term residence permits, complicated applications procedures have been deemed an impediment to attracting more talented expatriates. In later...more

¿Ha recibido una Carta FATCA?

Muchos Expatriados Estadounidenses están recibiendo Cartas FATCA de los bancos del extranjero alrededor del mundo. Los bancos están enviando estas cartas en anticipación al Reporte FATCA del IRS para reportar la información...more

Have You Received a FATCA Letter?

Many U.S. expatriate taxpayers are receiving “FATCA” letters from offshore banks around the world. The banks are sending the letters in anticipation of their I.R.S. FATCA reports of U.S. taxpayer offshore financial...more

Saudi Arabia Update – May 2016

Legal developments - Labor law developments - This month, a number of changes to Saudi Arabia’s labor and employment law regime have occurred. Implementing Regulations of the amended Labor Law - As we have...more

The Hidden Cost Of “Going Home” — the Expatriation Tax for Long-Term Permanent Residents Who Return to Their Home Countries

People immigrate to the United States for many different reasons. Many come here for work reasons and, somewhere along the way, obtain permanent resident status, otherwise known as holding a “green card.” They may work in the...more

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