Legal & Regulatory

ASEAN Regulatory Brief: FATCA, GST, and a New DTA Protocol

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In this ASEAN Regulatory Brief, we look at some of the important regulatory changes taking place in Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia during the second half of August.

Singapore’s New Amendments to the Companies Act: the Annual Audit Exemptions for Small Firms Explained

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Qualifying small companies in Singapore can now benefit by foregoing a yearly financial burden – annual audits. The new regulations arise from the amendment of Singapore’s Companies Act in October, 2014 – the most sweeping change made since the law’s original promulgation in 1967.

Indonesia Expands List of Pioneer Industries Eligible for a Tax Holiday

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Indonesia’s Ministry of Finance (MOF) has announced that it will extend its list of “pioneer” industries that qualify for tax holidays. Such companies are eligible to receive a 70 percent exemption from income tax for between five and 15 years, as well as additional financial incentives. The proposed changes should take effect later this month.

The Three Most Common IPR Mistakes for SMEs in ASEAN

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There are very few SMEs that would not take the issue of intellectual property rights (IPR) seriously in their home countries, but IPR legislation can be opaque when they move overseas. Here we take a look at the top 3 IPR mistakes SMEs make in ASEAN.

ASEAN Regulatory Brief: CIT e-Filing, GST, Relaxed Investment Regulations, and Adjusted Reference Prices for Imports

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In this ASEAN Regulatory Brief, we look at some of the important regulatory changes taking place in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand during the month of August.

Philippines Expands E-filing of Tax Returns, Mulls Personal Income Tax Reduction

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Over the past year, the Philippines has been making great strides in improving its business environment. Chief among these improvements has been the government’s efforts to simplify the country’s tax system. The Southeast Asian nation is now continuing its efforts to improve the system of e-filing tax returns and the promotion of its use by businesses throughout the country.

ASEAN Regulatory Brief: GST and Income Tax Exemptions, FTA, Tightening Inheritance and Gift Tax Regulations

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In this ASEAN Regulatory Brief, we look at some of the important regulatory changes taking place in Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Thailand during the month of July.

ASEAN Regulatory Brief: RCEP, Import Tax, Inheritance tax, SEZs, Soft Drinks Tax, and Fuel Tax

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In this ASEAN Regulatory Brief, we look at some of the important regulatory changes taking place in the ASEAN-RCEP trade negotiations, Thailand, Malaysia, and the Philippines during the month of June.

Rule of Law in ASEAN: Not All Appealing

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ASEAN has shown mixed results in the 2015 Rule of Law Index, published by the World Justice Project (WJP), an initiative of the American Bar Association. The rankings are based on the results of 1,000 people surveyed in each jurisdiction, and reflect some regional variation within jurisdictions.

Indonesia to Change Luxury Goods Tax, Mulls Raising PIT-Exempt Threshold

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Several items will soon be exempt from Indonesia’s luxury tax. The country is also considering raising the individual income tax-free allowance by 50%.

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