Mark Stapleton

Mark Stapleton

Dechert LLP

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Worldwide Exchange of Tax Information: OECD Expands upon FATCA to Add New Requirements

While the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) has focused worldwide attention on U.S. efforts to create a mandatory cross-border exchange of tax information, the enactment of FATCA was not an isolated occurrence. For...more

12/24/2014 - Cross-Border FATCA FFI Intergovernmental Agreements OECD

Changes to the UK Tax Residence Rules for AIFs and Pitfalls to Avoid

In a previous article, we reported that draft legislation had been published to extend the scope of section 363A of the Taxation (International and Other Provisions) Act 2010 to ensure that alternative investment funds (AIFs)...more

10/14/2014 - Alternative Investment Funds Foreign Investment Foreign Investment Fund Tax Planning UK

Update on the EU's Proposed Financial Transactions Tax

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) recently issued a decision rejecting the UK government’s initial legal challenge against the proposed introduction of a financial transactions tax (FTT) in Europe. The...more

6/26/2014 - CJEU EU Financial Regulatory Reform Financial Transaction Tax

UK Enters into Tax Agreements with the Cayman Islands and Other Offshore Jurisdictions

The UK and the Cayman Islands recently entered into an agreement to improve international tax compliance (ITC). Similar to the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), the ITC imposes wide-ranging UK financial reporting...more

3/27/2014 - FATCA International Tax Issues ITC UK

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Fourth Quarter 2013: UK Autumn Statement Brings Mixed Blessings

This year’s Autumn Statement delivered by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in Parliament on 5 December 2013, and the subsequent draft Finance Bill and H.M. Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and H.M. Treasury press releases of 10...more

12/27/2013 - Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive Alternative Investment Funds Deferred Compensation Hedge Funds International Finance Investment Funds Offshore Funds Partnerships Payment-In-Kind Private Equity Funds UK

Pre-Budget Review: Changes to the Taxation of Mixed Partnerships in the UK

Background - HMRC published a consultation document on 20 May 2013 which proposed major changes to the taxation of partnerships. This was of particular relevance to investment management LLPs – and especially to those...more

12/6/2013 - Business Taxes LLPs Partnerships UK

HMRC Consults on Tax Residence of Non-UCITS Funds Managed by UK Managers

HMRC has released a series of consultations regarding financial services taxation. The proposed measures are in line with the Government’s “UK investment management strategy”, a commitment announced in the 2013 Budget to...more

7/25/2013 - AIFM Asset Management Fund Managers HMRC Tax-Residency Certificate UCITS UK

OECD Sets Out Ambitious Global Plan to Tackle Tax Fairness Issues

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) issued an “Action Plan” to tackle “Base Erosion and Profit Shifting” (“BEPS”) on 19 July 2013. The concept of BEPS covers a range of international tax...more

7/24/2013 - Enforcement Actions Fairness Hearings G20 OECD Tax Rates Tax Reform

HM Treasury Rethinks the UK Tax Treatment of Fee Rebates

In a Written Ministerial Statement made in UK Parliament on 21 May 2013, Treasury Economic Secretary Sajid Javid MP announced the Treasury’s intention to make a crucial and very welcome clarification to the recent HMRC Brief...more

5/22/2013

HM Revenue & Customs Consultation Document Poses Significant Tax Challenges for Investment Management LLPs

On 20th May, HMRC published a consultation document which proposes major changes to the taxation of partnerships in the UK. The consultation is particularly relevant to investment management LLPs – and especially to those...more

5/21/2013 - Corporate Taxes Income Taxes Investment Management LLPs Partnerships

Changes to the UK Tax Treatment of Fee Rebates and Trail Commissions

HM Revenue & Customs ("HMRC") this week made a surprise announcement regarding the tax treatment of fee rebates and similar payments made to UK investors in collective investment schemes and other investment products. The...more

3/29/2013

Financial Services Quarterly Report - First Quarter 2013: The European Financial Transactions Tax

The European Commission on 14 February 2013 adopted a proposal for a Directive1 authorising eleven countries – Belgium, Germany, Estonia, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Austria, Portugal, Slovenia and Slovakia (the “FTT Zone”)...more

3/26/2013 - EU European Commission Financial Transaction Tax

Recent ECJ VAT Decisions on Investment Management

Two recent decisions of the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) on the VAT treatment of investment management services illustrate that this is still an area of some uncertainty that is continuing to evolve. The first decision,...more

3/19/2013 - EU Investment Adviser Investment Management Risk Management VAT Exemptions

Financial Services Tax - UK Update from Dechert's Tax Group - February 2013: Adoption of the European FTT

On 22 January 2013, the Council of the European Union adopted a decision authorising eleven countries - Belgium, Germany, Estonia, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Austria, Portugal, Slovenia and Slovakia — to proceed with the...more

2/15/2013 - EU Financial Transaction Tax

Financial Services Tax – UK Update from Dechert’s Tax Group - February 2013: Privilege and Prudence

Legal advice privilege has seized the focus of attention yet again, as a result of the UK Supreme Court’s decision in Prudential delivered on 23 January 2013. In overview, Prudential sought to withhold documents including...more

2/14/2013 - Accountants EU HMRC Legal Advice Privilege Prudential

Financial Services Tax – UK Update from Dechert’s Tax Group - February 2013: Get Ready for the GAAR

Draft clauses to introduce a new general anti-abuse rule (GAAR) into the UK tax code were published as part of the Finance Bill 2013 on 11 December 2012. Some form of general anti avoidance rule was first seriously canvassed...more

2/12/2013 - Anti-Abuse Rule EU GAAR Tax Avoidance The Finance Bill 2013

Financial Services Tax – UK Update from Dechert’s Tax Group: Rule Changes Yield Mixed Blessings for UK Investors in Offshore Funds

UK investors in closely held offshore funds can be directly liable for tax if the fund makes a gain on an underlying asset even if the gain is reinvested by the fund and not distributed to the investor. There is also the...more

2/11/2013 - Capital Gains Double Taxation Investors Liquidation Offshore Funds Privately Held Corporations Section 13 Taxation of Chargeable Gains Act 1992

Financial Services Tax – UK Update from Dechert’s Tax Group - February 2013: FATCA Update – No Duplicate Reporting for Investment...

Following the execution of an inter-governmental agreement (or “IGA”) with the United States in September 2012 and a consultation exercise which closed in late 2012, HM Revenue & Customs (“HMRC”) recently published draft...more

2/8/2013 - EU FATCA HMRC Intergovernmental Agreements Investment Funds Investment Management IRS Partnerships

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