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December 28, 2021

Tax Refunds for Salaried Employees

Tax refunds are not just a matter for the self-employed. In an interview with Israel Hayom to mark the end of the tax year, Harel Perlmutter, the head of our firm’s Tax Department, provides valuable advice on the subject.

October 5, 2021

“Pandora Papers” Scandal: N12 Interview with Harel Perlmutter

The “Pandora Papers” scandal, revealed yesterday, shines a spotlight on the world of tax havens. Firm partner and Tax Department head Harel Perlmutter addresses the issue in an interview with N12.  

September 14, 2021

District Court Ruling: Azrieli Foundation Exempt from Paying Taxes on Dividends

An Israeli district court rejected the Israel Tax Authority’s attempt to force the Azrieli Foundation to pay taxes in the amount of tens of millions of shekels for dividends it received and continues to receive due to its holding in Azrieli Group's shares. The court accepted the tax appeal, which was filed by Barnea Jaffa Lande, and ruled that the Azrieli Foundation,  a non-profit organization that works for the public good in Israel, is not the controlling owner of Azrieli Group and is therefore entitled to a tax exemption. The court ruled, among other things, that the ITA’s position could have a chilling effect in relation to business entities’ support of philanthropic associations. Our firm's  Zohar Lande, Eyal Nachshon, Harel Perlmutter, Nir Ziman, and Omer Keydar represented the Azrieli Foundation throughout the proceedings, which lasted about five years.

August 4, 2021

Tax Facts on Renting Out Apartments in Israel and Abroad – Podcast with Firm Partner Harel Perlmutter on Calcalist Website

Are you renting out an apartment? It is important to be aware of the existing rental income tax tracks, if there is a difference between the taxation of short-term rental apartments and long-term rental apartments, and the rules on renting out apartments abroad. Adv. Harel Perlmutter, partner and head of our firm's Tax Department, addresses all these questions in a comprehensive podcast on the taxation of renting out apartments in Israel and abroad.

June 7, 2021

G7 Countries to Impose Global Minimum Corporate Tax Rate

Last weekend, the leaders of the G7 countries signed an agreement to impose a uniform global corporate tax rate of 15%. Harel Perlmutter, partner and head of our Tax Department, was interviewed by Calcalist about the decision and its impact on Israel.

April 12, 2021

Will Raising the US Corporate Tax Rate Affect Israeli Companies?

The planned corporate tax rate hike in the United States has Israeli investors worried about further developments and the impact on Israeli companies. As an expert in the taxation field, Harel Perlmutter was interviewed by Bizportal on the issue and its implications.

December 9, 2020

Harel Perlmutter Op-Ed: Recognize Childcare Expenses for Tax Purposes

Harel Perlmutter, the head of our Tax Department, has published an op-ed in Globes on the importance of recognizing childcare expenses for tax purposes, particularly now during the coronavirus period.

July 20, 2020

Returning Residents: Welcome Back to Israel?

Each year, many returning residents arrive in Israel. Following the COVID-19 outbreak, the number of people seeking to return to Israel has increased even further. The process of returning to Israel is not simple, and returning residents face enormous difficulties as part of it. A Ynet article on the subject featured an interview with Harel Perlmutter, a partner and the head of the firm’s Tax Department. Harel explained: “Those who return to Israel after less than six years abroad have almost no tax benefits.” He added that “there is a great confusion about the rights and benefits returning residents are eligible to from the National Insurance Institute. Over the years, the benefits for returning returns have been cut back, and this has kept people away from the country.”

June 22, 2020

Barnea Represented Cyberx Shareholder in Microsoft Acquisition

We represented Inven Capital, a Czech-based VC fund and a shareholder in Cyberx Israel, an Israeli IoT ICS cybersecurity startup, in Cyberx's sale to Microsoft for USD 165 million. CyberX has gained tremendous customer growth, with a number of leading companies using its IoT security platform to protect their web facilities. Cyberx has raised about USD 48 million since its inception in 2013. This is Microsoft’s eighth acquisition in Israel in the last decade.

June 14, 2020

All the Tax Considerations Returning Residents Need to Know

Adv. Harel Perlmutter will lecture on a webinar held by Toshav Chozer NPO. The webinar is focused on the tax considerations returning residents to Israel should be familiar with. The decision to return to Israel, normally a very complicated one, has taken on new meaning with the impact of the coronavirus. Harel will discuss all tax rights.

May 20, 2020

Doing Business in Israel – Practical Law

This year, we were once again responsible for preparing the QA guide on doing business in Israel for the Practical Law website. The guide provides an overview of recent key developments that have affected doing business in Israel, including the legal system, foreign investment, employment, tax, competition, privacy, IP, etc.

April 26, 2020

Tax Advice on USD 20 Million Investment in CyberMDX

Our tax team advised the strategic partner Sham (Relyens Group), Europe’s largest insurance and risk management provider for healthcare, on the tax aspects of its USD 20 million investment in CyberMDX, an Israeli healthcare cybersecurity provider that delivers visibility, threat prevention, and operational efficiency for medical devices, IoT, and clinical networks.

April 1, 2020

Israel’s Tax Agency Criticized for Tepid Response to Coronavirus

Harel Perlmutter was interviewed by Tax Notes International following criticism that the reliefs the Israel Tax Authority issued for taxpayers in light of the coronavirus pandemic are insufficient.

January 7, 2020

Hosting the Florida-Israel Business Accelerator

Our firm hosted today a meetup of the Florida-Israel Business Accelerator. Yuval Lazi and Harel Perlmutter met with the participating startups and discussed the challenges and opportunities of working with the US.

December 12, 2019

Meetup for Women in Ecommerce

We hosted today a meetup for female entrepreneurs in the ecommerce field. Harel Perlmutter and Anat Even-Chen lectured to the participants on the taxation and regulatory issues that could affect them.

October 2, 2019

World Tax 2020 Edition

We are proud to be ranked by International Tax Review for the 2020 edition of World Tax in the general corporate tax and private clients categories.

July 28, 2019

Precedential Ruling on Taxation of Real Estate Conveyance to Trusts

Adv. Harel Perlmutter was interviewed by TheMarker following a precedential ruling by the Tel Aviv District Court, which determined that the conveyance of Israeli real estate to a trust is not a tax event. Harel noted that the ruling opens up many interesting ways to plan and manage intergenerational transfers of wealth and real estate, without tax being a negative factor and affecting the process.

July 14, 2019

Barnea Represented Bridgepoint in the Acquisition of Qualitest

Our firm represented the private equity group Bridgepoint in the acquisition of control in the Israeli software testing company Qualitest from Marlin Equity Partners for approx. USD 420 million.

April 23, 2019

Bar Refaeli to Pay Taxes on Millions Earned Abroad

Following the ruling that Bar Refaeli must pay NIS 16 million in income tax, Adv. Harel Perlmutter, the head of our tax team, was interviewed by a popular radio program on 103FM. The Central District Court in Lod rejected yesterday the supermodel's appeal, which was filed following an Israel Tax Authority order that she pay taxes in Israel on millions of dollars in income earned abroad. Refaeli claimed that during the relevant years she spent only six months in Israel, and as a foreign resident, she did not owe any money to the tax authorities. Harel Perlmutter explained the definition of a country of residence, as the trial revolved around the question of whether Refaeli was domiciled in Israel in 2009 and 2010. He also clarified the difference between the civil case and pending criminal charges.

December 25, 2018

A Lecture: Tax 101 for Startups

Adv. Harel Perlmutter lectured today at Ben-Gurion University on startup taxation. The lecture was part of a course for MBA students in the Faculty of Management.
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