monaco might lose its status of personal income tax haven



That Monaco is crowded with celebrities is no piece of statement. Since 1869, when the personal income levy policy became favorable, Monaco attracted actual abounding individuals with aerial grasp income, such as movie stars, sporting stars etc. who became residents of the Principality in adjustment to statement from personal income levy exemption.

Booty, for instance, Roger Moore, Shirley Bassey, Ringo Starr, Karen Mulder, Eva Herzigova, the competition drivers Jacques Villeneuve, David Coulthard, Jenson Button.

But the figure of celebrities is far outnumbered by the figure of bag bodies who adore the country’s levy facilities: the retail tycoon Philip Blooming and the Barclay brothers are Monegasque residents.

Being a resident of Monaco implies proving you accept a abode to alive and are affluent enough to afford a actual aerial standard road of action. And I beggarly really affluent, as a abode to alive in the apartment blocks jammed into two square kilometres, either rented or bought, is decidedly aerial.

Keeping residency implies proving you alive in Monaco at least 6 months and a day per year. If you are affluent, the advantage of being a Monaco resident is that, besides enjoying a sunny, pleasant climate, you can alive at the selfsame age in another country. The Principality is actual close to main airports and is again easily reachable by sea, by car or by train. Thus, being a Monaco resident and working in another country is not alone possible but it’s accessible especially speaking of UK citizens: laws in UK permit a maximum stay of 90 days (without counting the day of departure and that of arrival!) for non-residents. Abounding UK bag bodies reside in Monaco and assignment in the UK without surpassing the 90 days limit so that they are subject to Monaco lawas for taxation.

Having attracted so abounding affluent resulted in a conflict of interests: abounding countries disapprove of this taxation policy, looking at it as an evasion from taxes in their state area. And not entirely wrongly! In actuality, Monaco has been “levy-cheating” a babyish by attracting chief from the aerial levy countries.

Looking at the affair from the perspective of the Principality, seems to me alone adapted to ace shot and succeed to evolve with the few means and resources a state so baby has. Monaco developed from one of the poorest countries in the apple (in the 1860s) into a state with one of the apple’s highest per capita income (around EUR22,000). And it was possible due to a strategic rule of a resourceless country. It is after the state was drastically reduced that this personal income levy policy came into being. Attracting foreign chief alter to one of the main targets for adding to. That’s how the Casino became grand and famous and stress was put on tourism, being raised at luxury levels.

After the alone taxation regulations, in 1963 the Principality came with another financial artifice: no levy for local company profits or dividends. Thus the target was to add to local bag flourishing. This stipulation combined with an almost hermetic data privacy did annihilation else than to access even added foreign investments in Monaco.

So, from the point of appearance of ample economic powers, Monaco should be punished, and so deserves any country daring to action a bigger taxation alternative, putting at a disadvantage their aerial-levy based economy. The OECD has a project on “harmful levy practices” stipulating a set of punitive measures for the non-cooperating jurisdictions.

Invoking almighty dollar laundering and international terrorism tracking, abounding OECD governments advance a policy of chargeless advice exchange that has as main aim limiting the levy competition, beyond the intention to limit levy evasion and to combat austere crime.

Estimated abrogating results of OECD policy:

* Eliminating levy competition would aftereffect in uniformizing taxes to the amount dictated by some governments. Without the possibility of choosing a bigger alternative, there is no astuteness for governments to lessen taxes and accomplish the levy system added efficient.

* This policy would chicken feed the ad hoc status of emigrants that pament taxes alone to their advanced country and would advance the premise that the state still has a adapted to statement from its former state labour. This sounds to me according to a violation of fundamental human rights.

Although in 2004 still on the OECD atramentous list of the levy policy non-cooperating jurisdictions, Monaco has changed its policy regarding the aerial confidentiality of financial data in the ablaze of the expected, recent admission to the Council of Europe (Monaco joined the Europe Council on October 5, 2004 ). Modifications to legislation:

* October 2001: French citizens living in Monaco since 1989 must pament a treasure levy alpha with 2002.

* Advice on French nationals are to be unconditionally provided to the Bank of France when required. Advice may be passed on to the authorities of France or of a third country if all-big.

* 2004: Under EU’s Chief Levy Adjustment, Monaco will impose a witholding levy on the returns on chief such as bank interests earned by EU citizens. The levy quantum will be the selfsame as in Austria, Belgium and Luxembourg (initially 15%). 75% of such revenues will be handed over to the Member State of the respective EU resident. This will be applied alpha with 2005.

* December 2000: Monaco signs the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organised Crime. The treaty stipulates that its members accomplish not permit anonymous accounts requiring identification of customers. Banks must accumulate accurate records of accounts and report any suspicious transaction. Besides, the private constitution enforcement officials are permitted inspection of accounts.


With all these measures, it seems that Monaco’s attraction as a personal income levy haven will decrease. It remans to be seen how all these measures will act on Monaco financial and banking system after becoming operative.


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Originall posted June 21, 2012