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Berkeley shares hit all-time high on higher earnings, dividend

By Brenda Goh LONDON (Reuters) - British housebuilder Berkeley <BKGH.L> said its full-year earnings could rise towards the top end of expectations and accelerated a dividend payout to shareholders, sending its share price to an all-time high.

Britain to tax foreign property investors as London housing bubble looms

By Brenda Goh LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will impose a capital gains tax on foreign property investors from 2015 in a bid to allay fears that wealthy foreign buyers are inflating a London-led property bubble which is pricing locals out of the market.

Beijing, Shanghai divorces soar over property tax

Divorce rates in China's two wealthiest cities, Beijing and Shanghai, have soared after the announcement of a property tax that includes a loophole for couples who split up, figures show. Nearly 40,000 couples divorced in the Chinese capital in the first nine months of this year, jumping 41 percent on the same period in 2012, according to figures released by Beijing's civil affairs officials this month. Similarly, divorces in Shanghai -- where concerns over the tax were high -- leaped almost 40 percent over the same period, data from authorities in the commercial hub showed.

Beijing divorces soar over property tax

Beijing's divorce rate has soared as couples seek to avoid a property tax imposed earlier this year by using a loophole for those whose marriages end, state media reported Tuesday. Nearly 40,000 couples divorced in the Chinese capital in the first nine months of this year, up 41 percent on the same period in 2012, the Beijing Youth Daily said, citing official figures. In March China introduced a nationwide capital gains tax of 20 percent on the profits owners make from selling residential property.

France's Hollande to ease entrepreneurs' capital gains tax

PARIS (Reuters) - President Francois Hollande will propose next week easing entrepreneurs' capital gains tax, an official in his office told French media on Friday, as the Socialist leader struggles to win the confidence of business owners. Hollande's government had planned last year to hike capital gains tax on business owners early in its mandate, but backed down after a high-profile revolt and warnings the move would drive start-up companies abroad.

Henares tightens rules on tax clearance and registration of real state properties

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has amended the rules on the issuance of tax clearance (TCL) and certificate authorizing registration (CAR) of real estate properties following the discovery of the proliferation of anomalous transactions in Region 1.BIR Commissioner Kim Jacinto-Henares said she has received reports about the rise of anomalous one-time transactions (ONETT) involving the “use of fake CARs and TCLs, manipulations of tax declarations of real properties, underdeclaration of consideration in sale and other transactions, and misrepresentations as to the transferors’ st

More bark than bite as Beijing takes aim at housing speculation

By Langi Chiang and Jason Subler BEIJING, March 6 (Reuters) - China's plans to curb property speculation are likely to be more bark than bite, and markets have over-reacted because of the uncertainty over how local governments will implement measures including a 20 percent capital gains tax on house sales.

Greece passes tax increases to appease foreign lenders

* Parliament passes tax reforms demanded under bailout deal * Government calls it "fiscal necessity and responsibility" * Opposition says it is "a plan of destitution" By George Georgiopoulos ATHENS, Jan 12 (Reuters) - The Greek parliament has approved a series of unpopular tax hikes to increase government income, one of the main conditions to qualify for continued aid from its foreign lenders.

ANALYSIS-'Fiscal cliff' deal sours U.S. tax reform outlook

* Hopes dim for 'grand bargain' on taxes, spending * Democrats want more revenue from tax code revamp * Republicans say "cliff" deal means tax debate over * Gridlock may mean corporate tax reform hopes dashed By Kim Dixon and Kevin Drawbaugh
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