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Tax Rates Around the World 2019
(Note: Only the underlined countries are currently ready)
(Last partial update May 31, 2018)
1. In countries in which VAT is charged at a number of different rates, the rate in the table is the highest rate.
2. The rates in the Table do not include Local tax, if it exists.
3. Social security rates are the highest rates. Unlike income tax social security contributions are generally imposed on income up to a ceiling.
Tax and Business News 2019
Tax Updates Archive
- Israel Credit Rating
The credit rating agency S&P's changed on February 4, 2019 Israel's already high –AA credit rating from temporary to constant. The new rating will enable Israel to get loans in the global market in a low interest rate. February 2019.
- U.K. November Job Report
The office for national statistics reported on January 22, 2019 that 32.53 million people were employed in November 2018, a rise of 328,000 compared to a year earlier. January 2019.
- U.S. December Job Report
The U.S. labor department reported on January 4, 2019 that 312,000 new jobs were added in December 2018, compared to a preliminary estimate of 184,000 new jobs. January 2019.
- Bahrain V.A.T. Regime
Starting January 1, 2019 a 5% V.A.T rate will be imposed in Bahrain. From that date the regime will apply only for businesses with a turnover exceeding BD 5 million. Two other stages for smaller businesses will apply later in 2019. December 2018.
- U.S. Interest Rate Rise
The U.S. federal reserve raised on December 19, 2018the interest rate by 0.25% to 2.5%. The present rise is the fourth rise in 2018, Two additional rises are expected in 2019. December 2018.
- Israel Share Warrants Taxation
According to a new circular by the Israeli tax office regarding taxation of share warrants in case of exit or public offering will rise from current 25% to a rate similar to labor taxation, about 50% for senior employees. December 2018.
- Switzerland Pakistan Tax Treaty
The 2017 double tax treaty, DTA, between the two countries entered into force on November 29, 2018. According to the DTA the tax withholding rates will be 10%/20% for payments of dividends, 10% for payments of royalties and interest. December 2018.
- U.S. October Job Report
The U.S. labor department reported on November 2, 2018 that 250,000 new jobs were added to the U.S. economy in October, compared to a preliminary forecast of 200,000 new jobs. November 2018.
- Israel Interest Rate Rise
The Israeli central bank raised on November 26, 2018 the interest rate from 0.1% to 0.25%, the first rise for the last seven years. November 2018.
- U.K. 2018 Budget
According to the 2018 budget the corporate income tax rate will be reduced from 19% to 17% starting April 1, 2010.A new 2%digital serve tax will be imposed from the same date. November 2018.
- U.S. September Job Report
The U.S. labor department reported on October 5,2018 that 134,000 new jobs were added to the American economy in September, compared to a forecast of 185,000 new jobs. October 2018.
- Italy Credit Rating Downgrade
Moody's credit rating agency downgraded on October 19, 2018 Italy's credit rating from Baa2 to Baa3.The agency changed Italy's outlook from negative to stable. October 2018.
- Turkey September Inflation
According to the Turkish statistical office the consumer price index in September 2018 rose by 24.52% compared to September 2017, the highest rise since August 2003. October 2018.
- Russia V.A.T. Rise
Starting January 1, 2019 the standard V.A.T. rate will rise from the current 18% rate to 20%. The reduced 10% rate will remain unchanged. October 2018.
History of Taxation
Tax has an extremely long-established history. The ancient Egyptians appointed Tax Masters who increased the burden on the Children of Israel - slaves under Egyptian domination. As a general rule, tax is the source that is best exploited by government. It is imposed on individuals and companies to finance services that the State is obligated to provide and to meet its goals....More info
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The Development of Bookkeeping.
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