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Cyprus - a place to relocate!

Cyprus - a place to relocate!

This publication provides an outline of the tax advantages and focuses on the main features of the tax regime, its recent reform, as well as Value Added Tax aspects.

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Thinking about relocating?

Think of Cyprus!

Cyprus is a member state of the European Union since 2004 and has a strong legal and tax system, as well as more than 30 years of experience as an international business centre,with highly qualified professionalsand sophisticated infrastructure. It is a country with a strategic location,long history and culture, as well as nice weather with almost year-round sunshine.

The Cypriot economy, has faced challenges as a result of the economic and banking crisis, however, it is now on a recovery path and it is recording positive growth rates. Dynamic sectors like energy, professional services, tourism, mutual funds, shipping, construction and real estate are enhancing this trend.

This publication provides an outline of the tax advantages and focuses on the main features of the tax regime,its recent reform, as well as Value Added Tax aspects.

Cyprus offers an attractive andefficient tax regime, which features, among others:

  • One of the lowest corporate tax rates in the EU set at 12,5%.
  • An expanding network of double tax treaties.
  • Tax exemption of dividend incomeand the profit on sale of shares and other securities.
  • Option for overseas pensions to be taxed at 5%.
  • 50% tax exemption for all new comer employees with an annual salary of at least €100.000.
  • VAT rate for acquisition ofresidential property can be as lowas 5%.
  • Favourable VAT rates for private yachts and aircrafts as low as 3,26%
  • No transfer fees for property transfers if the transaction is subject to VAT and, if not, a 50% reduction of transfer fees for all transfers.
  • No capital gains tax on gain from sale of properties if these are purchased until 31/12/2016.

Moreover, through the government’s “scheme for naturalization ofinvestors in Cyprus by exception”, the Cypriot citizenship may be acquiredby non–Cypriot investors. Therefore, through this scheme an EU passport can be obtained, within three months, with a minimum investment of €2,5 million.

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