Businesses and residents will now be charged 10% corporate tax and 5% individual income tax in Mount Vema according to a new policy introduced by the government this week. The policy also includes a new rule on pension which is now taxed at 5% with immediate effect.
The decision was made last week by the Government, to clarify on any misconception, that the Kingdom of Mount Vema will be an offshore tax haven. His Mount Vema Majesty’s government wanted to reasure government bond investors and partners that it runs the territory in accordance with internationally recognised principles of good governance.
The Kingdom of Mount Vema will have much lower taxes in comparison to other countries, but it will not be a tax-free territory, in addition to income, all residents will pay tax in the form of VAT on all goods and services plus ISN contributions. Furthermore, corporations will face a tax on profits – unless they can demonstrate that their turnover is generated outside of the confines of His Mount Vema Majesty’s realm.
According to the new pension rule, the Mount Vema State Pension will be based on ISN contribution record. From April 2, 2019 you will need 10 years of ISN contributions to be eligible for the Mount Vema State Pension.
Mount Vema Retirement and Pension
Within the Mount Vema society, a person may retire at whatever age they please. However, based on the old-age pension rules of the Kingdom of Mount Vema 65 is the retirement age. The point where a person stops employment completely.
What You Will Get
The full Mount Vema State Pension is currently 120.15 golles per week. The actual amount you get depends on the record of your ISN contributions. The amount according to the new pension rule can be higher if you have over a certain amount of Additional State Pension or if you defer (delay) taking your State Pension.
If you have other income like a personal pension or a workplace pension, you can still get a State Pension, which is paid every 4 weeks into an account of your choice. You’re paid in arrears for the last 4 weeks.
You will not get your new State Pension automatically, as you have to claim it. You should get a letter no later than 2 months before you reach State Pension age, telling you what to do. If you do not get an invitation letter, you can still make a claim, online, over the phone (note: you must register your telephone number online before you call) or in Person (at the nearest consular office of the Kingdom of Mount Vema) if you are based outside Mount Vema.
You’ll get a proportion of the new State Pension if you have between 10 and 35 qualifying years. For example if you have 20 qualifying years on your ISN, you will need to divide 120.15 by 35 and then multiply by 20.
The State Pension will increase each year by earnings – the average percentage growth in wages (within the economy of Mount Vema) or by prices – the percentage growth in prices in Mount Vema as measured or to be measured by the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) 2.00%
If you cannot work, you may get ISN credits - for example because of illness or disability, or if you’re a carer or you’re unemployed. For example, you can get ISN credits if you claim other types of state benefits and allowances. You might also be able to pay voluntary ISN contributions if you want to increase your State Pension amount or if you have never paid into the system. You might also be able to inherit an extra payment on top of your State Pension if you’re widowed, but you will not be able to inherit anything if you remarry or form a civil partnership.
What is the ISN (Internal Security Number)
The Mount Vema ISN (Internal Security Number), is a unique number issued to everyone working within the jurisdiction of the Kingdom of Mount Vema, paid out of the financial system of His Mount Vema Majesty's realm.
Temporary numbers T-ISNs, and permanent ISNs are issued to enable people to keep the same one all their lives. The system makes sure that what people pay, when paid out of the Mount Vema financial system is properly recorded against their name, by HMVM Revenue Services.
Every Internal Security number is different, and was made shorter this year. Now made up of letters and fewer numbers like this: T-ISN or ISN10-000-000-MV. The Internal Security number will never change even if the person leaves the Mount Vema employment system, goes abroad, marry, register as a civil partner, change name, etc, except when the number is issued temporarily (T-ISN) for people who employment with Mount Vema corporations will not require them to relocate to the Kingdom of Mount Vema in the future.
Who uses the Internal Security Number?
A person will have to give his or her Internal Security Number to: HMVM Revenue Services (His Mount Vema Majesty’s Revenue Services), the employer, the Mount Vema Department in charge of pensions, the legal aid services, the state benefits services for Mount Citizens overseas, and other international services including health insurance, education and professional training. Internal Security contributions are deducted from wages by employers.
When to apply for an Internal Security number - ISN.
If you have been offered employment in Mount Vema, you must apply for a Mount Vema ISN (Internal Security Number), by filling out the relevant form and submit. Just like a Mount Vema bank account which you cannot work until you have one, you cannot work until your ISN number have been issued.
A 5% duty on all property transactions off-plan was introduced by the Government today as a temporary policy to raise more than 10 billion golles in foreign exchange within a period of five years to help finance the construction of the City of Mount Vema infrastructures.
When it comes to raising long term capital, the Government never seems to run out of options. The more the entities of the Kingdom of Mount Vema come of age, the more the government’s pocket get deeper with the ability to raise finances for just about any project it wishes to fund. This weekend the Treasury has decided to look for revenues in one of the fastest growing business within the Mount Vema economy, the Off-Plan Property Market.
The value of all City of Mount Vema Off-Plan real estate is 1.6 trillion golles (about $2 trillion US dollars) according to estimates released last year by the Royal Mount Vema Reserve Bank based on the number of properties to be built and its current value.
The overall cumulative value of all residential and commercial off-plan real estate, and estimated gains are calculated by measuring the difference between the estimated cumulative real estate off-plan values as of the end of 2020 and anticipated cumulative real estate values at the end of 2025.
The Mount Vema property market is building on positive momentum that has begun with off-plan sale (people buying and selling off-plan assets almost on daily bases for profit). The demand comes after news that the Mount Vema government will aim to maintain sales of off-plan assets to no more than 10% of all development units. The rest are reserved to let, or to be used to raise funds to meet liquidity needs to maintain a sustainable supply and a healthier market that could result in annual appreciation of between 3 percent and 5 percent. That makes the Mount Vema off-plan market a growing business.
Current rates and the growing economy is helping bring buyers into the off-plan property market, boosting demand and driving prices up, according to a report from the Ministry of National Development and Land Maintenance. Mount Vema real estate although off-plan, is already highly valuable. The 1.6 trillion golles total value of the Kingdom of Mount Vema entire projected property stock and the Vema Seamount territory itself is more than the combined gross domestic products (GDP) of some well-developed countries.
The temporary 5% stamp duty introduced will be made permanent in 2025 not as Duty on Off-Plan, but as Stamp Duty on Property Transactions. It will remain on the statute book from 2025 although it will be substantially altered, which may include loans to be secured against real estate, according to sources familiar with the development plans.
The treasury could have used other options to raise capital including currency swaps, considering that large parts of the City of Mount Vema will be built outside Mount Vema. Another option would be, with its marine life alone, the territory is an asset that represents a value that can be converted into cash as collateral at any time to enable His Mount Vema Majesty’s Government to raise finance to pay for the country’s obligations at any time. But the government makes very little use of this option as it forms part of His Mount Vema Majesty’s Reserves and requires the approval of the Sovereign – The Vema Seamount Authority, who is not likely to grant his Royal Seal Approval when funds can be raised elsewhere.
Off-Plan Stamp Duty - How and when to pay
You must pay the tax within 14 days of completion to ‘HMVM Revenue Services’. If you have a solicitor, agent or conveyancer, they’ll usually file your return and pay the tax on your behalf on the day of completion and add the amount to their fees.
Law of the Sea Treaty (United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea)
MARPOL 73/78 (International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships)
The Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961
The Vienna Convention on Consular Relations 1963
The Right to Self-Determination
Many believe because our community is not a member of the United Nations and is only just over a decade old, doing business with the Kingdom of Mount Vema is not possible for foreign nationals and foreign companies seeking to take advantage of the business opportunities the floating city project is creating. Nothing could be further from the truth. The territory doesn't need a United Nations membership to function as a sovereign territory, or to exercise its inalienable right for self-determination