Saturday, January 12, 2008

North Cyprus Apartments Secrets

By William Marind

Self-employed persons must possess academic or professional qualifications, which are in demand in Cyprus and do not crate competition to the local population. People of Cypriot origin or the foreign wives of Cypriot citizens are not regarded as foreigners. Residence permits are issued to the following providing that certain criteria are met.

The banking system in Cyprus closely follows the British pattern. The banks have many branches throughout the island which are efficient, modern and well equipped with the latest technology. Non-Cypriot citizens may open foreign currency and local deposit accounts without difficulty, although you will also find branches of many international banks at your disposal. Major credit cards, such as those within the Visa and Mastercard networks, are widely accepted in Cyprus.

Transactions and payments are simply made through your foreign deposit account. The Cyprus currency system is based on the decimal system. One Cyprus Pound is divided into 100 cents. Coins range in value from one cent to 50 cents and four bank notes are in circulation: 1, 5, 10 and 20.

Compared with other international financial centres, Cyprus offers a distinct benefit in the form of double taxation treaties. Agreements with an increasing number of countries eliminate the double taxation of income earned in any one of these countries. In practice, the tax levied by one country is credited against the tax levied in the taxpayer's country of residence. Where different tax rates apply, the tax payer will ultimately not pay more than the higher of the two rates of the respectively countries.

Such treaties combined with very favourable tax rates for international business entities in Cyprus open the doors to significant tax planning opportunities. The fact that Cyprus is not considered a tax haven but rather a country offering tempting tax incentives expels the distrust that international tax havens often arouse.

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