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More than half of the Principality of Monaco's revenue comes from its tax system.

Local companies are not taxed on their profits unless 25% or more of their turnover is generated outside Monaco. The rules determining the tax base and payment of Value Added Tax (VAT) are similar to those in France, and are applied with particular vigilance by Monaco's tax authorities since more than 50% of the Principality's current resources comes from VAT alone. Rules on registration duties were recently modified and the inherent tax implications of every transaction should always be carefully considered in advance.

Therefore, the Principality of Monaco has signed many agreements facilitating the exchange of information for tax purposes.

Given the complex regulations and the vital tax implications of transactions completed inside the Principality, CMS advises and supports clients with all their projects, providing them with a range of expertise acquired over many years of practise in Monaco.

Monaco’s location means that there is an increasingly international element to the professional or private legal issues that can arise. Our firm helps you understand the various international agreements to which Monaco is a signatory (conventions for the avoidance of double taxation, exchange of information for tax purposes etc) and advises you on their practical implications.

As well as these advisory services, to ensure that our clients are fully compliant with all the specific requirements of domestic legislation and international law, our experienced team can act on your behalf and handle all the formalities and paperwork to be completed and filed with the Principality’s authorities and other institutions.

Lastly, our firm assists and represents clients in any tax-related pre-litigation or litigation.

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    Business taxation

    With globalisation, markets are becoming increasingly internationalised and so are our clients’ activities, meaning that foreign rules and laws are often involved, especially because of Monaco's location.

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    Real Estate taxation

    The Principality of Monaco is a central part of the global real estate market, with over 450 million euros in new-build sales and 2.2 billion euros in property re-sales in 2016 (source: http://www.imsee.mc/Economie-et-Finance/Immobilier).

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    Tax structuring

    One of the key concerns of every private individual is the acquisition and management of their personal assets. These assets may be held in the form of a non-trading partnership (SCI or SCP) or a company (joint stock company, limited liability company), and can include real estate property in France or in Monaco, and will inevitably have multiple overlapping tax implications.

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