Is there an advantageous tax regime for individuals who have recently arrived in or are only partially connected with the jurisdiction?

Private Client (2nd edition)

Israel Small Flag Israel

The Israeli tax system provides a 10–year tax holiday to new residents and veteran returning residents (persons that were not residents of Israel for more than 10 years) on their foreign source income, as follows:

  1. Ten Year Tax Holiday – 10-year tax exemption to a first time Israeli resident and to a veteran returning resident in respect of all types of foreign source income, including capital gains on assets situated abroad, interest, dividends, allowance, royalties, or rentals; and business and professional income as well as salaries, irrespective of when the assets generating such income were acquired. The exemption also applies to income attributable to the first time Israeli resident under the "Foreign Vocation" rules of "Controlled Foreign Corporation" rules.
  2. During the 10-years period, a tax exemption otherwise applicable to non–residents on capital gains derived from the sale of securities of Israeli companies and from selling rights in an entity most of which assets, directly or indirectly, are located in Israel provided those securities were purchased before such person became a resident.
  3. Reporting Exemption – the Ordinance provides a 10-year exemption from reporting on foreign source income to a first time Israeli resident and to a veteran returning resident. Thus, only income from activities in Israel and from Israeli source would be subject to reporting and taxed according to regular Israeli tax laws.

Other Israeli returning residents (persons that were not residents of Israel for more than 6 years but less than 10 years) are entitled to a 10-year tax exemption in respect to capital gains on assets situated abroad, which were purchased when the returning resident was not an Israeli tax resident. Also, such Israeli returning residents are entitled to a 5-years tax exemption in respect of certain types of foreign source income (excluding business income), as follows:

  • Income from allowance, royalties, or rentals, interests and dividends which were derived from assets situated abroad, which were purchased when the returning resident was not an Israeli tax resident;
  • Income from interests and dividends which were derived from certain types of securities.

With respect to individuals that partially connected with regulations can apply to a temporary presence in Israel. In addition, most double tax treaties of Israel include certain provisions aimed to exempt individuals from tax in Israel, if their presence in Israel is limited to less than 183 days in a tax year. Non-residents with nexus to Israel may benefit from certain deductions not otherwise available to regular residents.

Ireland Small Flag Ireland

Yes, Irish resident non-domiciled individuals may avail of the remittance basis of taxation in respect of their non-Irish / foreign source income and gains, subject to certain restrictions.

This means that Irish source income, and gains arising on the disposal of assets situated in Ireland, will generally be subject to Irish tax, but foreign source income and gains arising on the disposal of assets situated outside Ireland will only be subject to Irish tax to the extent that they are remitted into Ireland, or are deemed to be remitted into Ireland by virtue of specific anti-avoidance legislation. It should be noted that the remittance basis has been discontinued in respect of income from an employment exercised in Ireland with effect from 1 January 2006.

Belgium Small Flag Belgium

Foreign executives, specialised foreign staff or foreign research staff that are appointed to work temporarily in Belgium can apply for a special expatriate tax regime. Eligible persons must prove that they perform activities that require a special knowledge and responsibility, thus executive functions. If approved, they are treated as non-residents and are therefore only taxable on their Belgian source income. The benefits are two-fold: (i) certain expatriate allowances or reimbursements of expenses and (ii) the so-called 'foreign business travel exclusion' are excluded from the taxable basis.

United States Small Flag United States

All individuals taxed as US Persons are subject to the same income taxes. Nonresidents are not subject to income tax on most capital gains or on interest on bank deposits. As noted above, individuals who are not US citizens and are not considered domiciled in the US (separate from the substantial presence test for income taxation) are not subject to gift, estate, or GST tax on non-US property.

Cyprus Small Flag Cyprus

With effect from the 2008 tax year, under article 8(21) of the Income Tax Law of 2002, individuals becoming tax-resident and taking up employment in Cyprus became entitled to an exemption of 20% of their annual income from employment in Cyprus for the first three years of employment. The exemption was limited to €8,550 per annum. In 2012 an alternative exemption was introduced in the form of article 8(23), exempting 50% of the first five years’ income from employment in Cyprus of a person who was not previously resident in Cyprus, provided the income from employment in Cyprus exceeds €100,000 per annum.

In 2015, as part of a package of measures aimed at stimulating the economy, both these exemptions were modified with effect from the beginning of the 2015 tax year. In respect of employments which began after 1 January 2012 the article 8(21) exemption was extended to cover the first five years following the year in which the employment began, but ceases to be available after the 2020 tax year. The article 8(23) exemption for earnings of more than €100,000 was extended from five years to 10. In respect of employments that began on or after January 1, 2015, the article 8(23) exemption is not available to anyone who was resident in Cyprus in any three of the five tax years preceding the year in which the employment in Cyprus began, or to anyone who was resident in Cyprus in the year preceding the year in which the employment began.

Only one of the exemptions can be claimed in any tax year, but the taxpayer may elect from year to year which of the exemptions to claim, as long as the relevant conditions are satisfied, principally that the individual is resident and employed in Cyprus.

Austria Small Flag Austria

There are specific benefits available for individuals entering Austria as a tax residence under specific circumstances.

Bulgaria Small Flag Bulgaria

There are no special regimes for individuals who have recently arrived in or are only partially connected with Bulgaria. Individuals are either residents or non-residents for the purposes of income taxes.

Argentina Small Flag Argentina

There is a differential treatment both in the Personal Income Tax and in the Personal Assets Tax for those individual of foreign nationality whom after duly proven employment reasons reside for no more than five years in Argentina.

Non-residents domiciled in Argentina for employment reasons for a period not exceeding 5 years, will not be considered Argentine residents for tax purposes, for which reason they will be subject to tax only for their income from Argentine source.

In the case of the personal assets tax, the expatriate, despite being temporary domiciled in Argentina, will be taxed only for his assets in Argentina. In this way, if the value of the assets in Argentina of the expatriate does not exceed the minimum subject to taxation (see Question 4 above), it will not be taxable.

Monaco Small Flag Monaco

No.

Italy Small Flag Italy

  1. Forfait tax regime

    Individuals that have been non-resident of Italy in at least 9 of the last 10 years can move to Italy and opt for the forfait tax regime, which provides that:

    i. All foreign-source income and gains are subject to a substitute tax equal to 100,000 Euro per year;

    ii. Foreign assets are not subject to wealth taxes;

    iii. Foreign assets are not subject to inheritance and gift tax;

    iv. Foreign assets are not subject to reporting obligations;

    v. As an exception, foreign-source capital gains on substantial shareholdings realized in the first 5 years of Italian tax residence are subject to income tax according to general rules. As a consequence, during such 5-year period, substantial shareholdings are subject to reporting obligations. This carve out from the scope of the lump sum tax regime is a specific anti-avoidance rule and therefore it may be siapplied, subject to conditions, through an advance ruling procedure.

    The option for the substitute tax regime is effective up to a maximum period of 15 years. The option can be revoked by the individual, but, if revoked, is no longer available.

  2. Impatriate tax regime

    The impatriate regime provides, under specific conditions, for a 50% exemption from income tax for Italian-source income from employment and self-employment for the first year of Italian tax residence and the subsequent four tax years.

Bermuda Small Flag Bermuda

As there are no taxes applied in Bermuda, there is no special tax regime for individuals who have recently arrived.

If an individual is transferring their residence to Bermuda there is a relief from customs duty for personal belongings.

United Kingdom Small Flag United Kingdom

10.1 The remittance basis of UK taxation is available to a UK-resident (§1.5-1.7) individual who is neither domiciled (§1.9) nor deemed domiciled (§1.10) in the UK. The effect of claiming the remittance basis for a tax year (§2.13) is that the non UK income and non UK chargeable gains (§2.7) of the individual for that tax year are only taxed if and to the extent that they are remitted to the UK (§10.3).

10.2 An individual who has been UK-resident (§1.5-1.7) for a certain number of tax years (§2.13) must pay an annual charge to claim the remittance basis (§10.1). The annual charge is £30,000 for an individual who has been UK resident for seven or more of the previous nine tax years, and £60,000 for an individual who has been UK resident for 12 or more of the previous 14 tax years.

10.3 Broadly, the non UK income and non UK chargeable gains (§2.7) of an individual are (subject to certain reliefs and exemptions) remitted to the UK if they are (or anything deriving directly or indirectly from them is) brought to, or received or used in, the UK by (or for the benefit of) the individual, or a spouse, civil partner, cohabitant, minor child or minor grandchild of the individual, or any of a class of other prescribed persons closely connected with the individual. Relief may be available where non UK funds are brought to the UK for investment in a trading company.

Colombia Small Flag Colombia

There is no preferential tax regime for individuals who have recently arrived or are only partially connected with the jurisdiction. However, individuals arriving or partially connected to the jurisdiction after January 1st, 2019 would not be subject to Net Worth Tax as the taxable event is triggered on January 1st, 2019.

Cayman Islands Small Flag Cayman Islands

No.

Germany Small Flag Germany

There are no special tax rules for arrivers.

Singapore Small Flag Singapore

An individual having in Singapore recently can benefit from the Not Ordinarily Resident ("NOR") scheme, if –

  1. He / she is a Singapore tax resident for that year; and
  2. He / she is not a Singapore tax resident for the three consecutive years immediately preceding that year.

An NOR taxpayer can enjoy tax concessions under the scheme for five years from the year in which he / she first qualifies for the scheme. The concessions are –

(a) The taxpayer would not be subject to tax on the portion of employment income corresponding to time spent outside Singapore for business reasons.

(b) Remittances of income earned prior to relocating to Singapore would be tax exempt.

(c) Employer's contribution to non-mandatory overseas pension fund or social security scheme would be tax exempt.

Portugal Small Flag Portugal

The Portuguese law foresees two special and more favorable PIT regimes applicable to individuals who become Portuguese tax residents:

  • the “Programa Regressar” (“Boomerang Program”), which is applicable to (i) individuals who have been Portuguese tax residents in the past and before 2015, (ii) have spent, at least, two years abroad and (iii) become Portuguese tax residents again; and
  • the Non-Habitual Resident (“NHR”) regime, which is applicable to (i) individuals who may or may not have been Portuguese tax residents in the past, but have not been such for, at least the previous 5 years, and (ii) become Portuguese tax residents again or for the first time.

France Small Flag France

Individuals who have recently transferred their tax residence in France benefit from a five-year exemption of ISF on assets located abroad (up to January 1st 2017) and of IFI (as from January 1st 2018) on real estate properties located abroad.

They also benefit from an exemption of gift tax on gifts they receive during the first six years of their residence in France.

Finally exit tax is not due when new resident individuals transfer their tax residence abroad less than six years after their arrival.

Liechtenstein Small Flag Liechtenstein

Lump sum taxation: This is possible instead of wealth and income tax for persons who (i) reside or habitually abode in Liechtenstein for the first time or after at least 10 years of absence from Liechtenstein, (ii) are not Liechtenstein citizens and (iii) do not work in Liechtenstein. For EU/EEA citizens the minimum tax per year in case of lump sum taxation is CHF 300'000 and for non-EU/EEA citizens it is CHF 350'000.

Mexico Small Flag Mexico

No, it does not exist an advantageous tax regime for individuals who have recently arrived in or are only partially connected with the jurisdiction, they will be taxed as any other tax resident or a foreign resident with a source of wealth located in Mexico.

Updated: March 25, 2019