GCC: it's time to register for VAT

With less than three months to go before businesses in the GCC are expected to start accounting for VAT, businesses should be well on the way to being ready. Whilst the Executive Order has not yet been released, the Federal Tax Authority (FTA) is still pushing ahead with its plans to implement VAT.

A guide to VAT for tech start-ups

Value added tax (VAT) is a sales tax designed to be borne by the end consumer. It can be complex and affects most organisations across the European Union. Although sometimes a cause of compliance headaches for tech companies, being a VAT-registered business can bring its advantages.

Restructuring could radically reduce your capital requirements

For some insurers, acquisition activity has created legal entity structures with a number of different underwriting platforms and locally regulated subsidiaries across jurisdictions. This can result in the cost and inefficiency of multiple regulatory rules, relationships and returns and, when the solvency requirements of all the various subsidiaries are added together, an aggregate capital requirement that can be much higher than that of a single consolidated business.

Re-assuring clients about your control environment

Ship managers need to demonstrate that they not only have the credentials and expertise to effectively manage their clients’ vessels, but also robust systems and controls in place to ensure complete and accurate financial reporting to their auditors, management, investors and other stakeholders. As a result, many organisations are turning to assurance reports such as ISAE3402 and SSAE18.
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