The 5th Anti-Money Laundering EU Directive was transposed into Cyprus legislation through the Prevention and Suppression of Money Laundering Activities Laws of 2017-2021 (the “Law”) on 23 February 2021. According to the Law, companies and any other legal entities incorporated in Cyprus must obtain and maintain accurate and up-to-date information concerning the beneficial owner(s) of the company or legal entity.
After many years of uncertainty, the UK officially left the EU on 31st January 2020. The UK immediately entered into a transition period which is scheduled to last until the end of the year in order to provide time for a new relationship between the UK and the EU to be agreed. During the transition it may seem as if nothing has changed. The UK will remain in the EU Customs Union and Single Market and will continue to apply and be bound by all EU laws. This will include EU laws on free movement of goods, services and capital, competition laws, worker's rights, etc.
A company may have classes of shares, for example, where different shares have different rights i.e. to vote or to receive dividends in return for their capital contributions. Shareholders receive their share of the profits by way of payment of dividend.
V.A.T. is imposed on all imported commodities whether the importer is a person liable to V.A.T. or not. Οn importation, it is considered as an import duty and it is charged and paid at the time at which the import duty is paid according to the customs legislation.