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Turkey: Draft Guidelines on Consumption Tax

(Mar. 2, 2015) It was reported on February 27, 2015, that Turkey’s Revenue Administration has published draft guidelines on excise taxes. (René Offermanns, Turkey: Draft Guidelines on Excise Duty Published, TAX NEWS SERVICE (Feb. 27, 2015), International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation online subscription database; Özel Tüketim Vergisi (I) Sayili Liste Uygulama Genel TebligÂÂ?i [General Guidelines […]

Turkey: New Individual Income Tax Rates, Blacklist of Taxpayers with Large Amounts of Unpaid Taxes

(Jan. 26, 2015) Turkey’s Ministry of Finance published new rates for individual income tax on December 30, 2014, in the country’s official gazette. The amounts and rates are as follows: Taxable income (in TRL)/Tax on lower amount/Rate on excess over the minimum income in each category: Up to 12,000 (about US$5,120)/ 0/15%; From 12,000 – […]

Faroe Islands; Turkey; United Kingdom: Free Trade Agreement Impacts Fishing

(Jan 13, 2015) On December 16, 2014, the Faroe Islands and Turkey concluded a free trade agreement, the result of a 15-year process. Details had been worked out in September 2014. The agreement was welcomed by Faroese Prime Minister Kaj Leo Holm Johannesen, who signed the document in Ankara with Turkish Minister of the Economy […]

Turkey: Adoption of New Law Aimed at Ending Terrorism and Achieving Social Integration

(Aug. 15, 2014) On July 10, 2014, the Grand National Assembly (Turkey’s parliament) adopted the Law on Ending Terror and Strengthening Social Integration, in six articles. (Berk Çektir, Law on Social Unity Falls Short, TODAY’S ZAMAN (July 20, 2014).) The stated purpose of the Law is to implement solutions to regulate the procedures and principles […]

Turkey: New Amendments to Laws on Judiciary

(Mar. 10, 2014) On February 15, 2014, the Grand National Assembly (GNA) of Turkey passed an omnibus law (Law No. 6524 [in Turkish] (Feb. 15, 2014), GNA website) that amends the following four laws: Law No. 6087 on the High Council of Judges and Public Prosecutors (6087 sayıIı Hâkimler ve Savcılar Yüksek Kurulu Kanunu (Dec. […]

Turkey: Law on Internet Publications Amended

(Feb. 24, 2014) On February 6, 2014, the Grand National Assembly (GNA) of Turkey passed new amendments to Law No. 5651 on Regulation of Publications on the Internet and Combating Crimes Committed by Means of Such Publications (5651 sayili Internet Ortaminda Yapilan Yayinlarin Düzenlenmesi ve Bu Yayinlar Yoluyla Islenen Suçlarla Mücadele Edilmesi Hakkinda Kanun (May […]

Turkey: Constitutional Court Rules on Reasonable Period of Imprisonment for Certain Crimes

(Nov. 4, 2013) The Constitutional Court of Turkey handed down a decision in June 2013 to annul the maximum term of imprisonment for certain crimes that fall under the jurisdiction of the High Criminal Courts. (Constitutional Court Decision No. 2013/084 [in Turkish] (June 4, 2013), Constitutional Court website.) The term of imprisonment upon conviction for […]

Turkey: New Law on Foreigners and International Protection

(Apr. 18, 2013) On April 10, 2013, Turkey’s President, Abdullah Gul, approved the Law on Foreigners and International Protection, to establish a legal framework for migration and asylum. (Turkish President Approves Law on Rights of Foreigners, TURKISH PRESS.COM (Apr. 10, 2013); Yabancilarve Uluslararasi Koruma Kanunu [Law on Foreigners and International Protection], RESMI GAZETE (Apr. 4, […]

Turkey: Law to Combat Financing of Terrorism

(Mar. 12, 2013) On February 7, 2013, the Grand National Assembly (Turkey’s parliament) adopted the Law on the Prevention of the Financing of Terrorism. Turkish President Abdullah Gül approved the bill on February 15, and it entered into force the following day. (Sarah Paulsworth, Turkish Parliament Enacts Legislation on Terrorism Financing, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Feb. […]

Turkey: Politicians Banned from Public Service Messages

(Feb. 1, 2013) It was reported on January 24, 2013, that Turkey’s Radio and Television Supreme Council (Radyo ve Televizyonüst Kurulu, or RTÜK) has approved a new regulation that bans politicians from appearing in public service announcements (PSAs). The ban includes the country’s Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (RTÜK Bans Politicians from TV PSAs Despite […]