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New Extra-Territorial UK Corporate Criminal Offence of Failing to Prevent Tax Evasion

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A new corporate criminal offence of failing to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion takes effect on 30 September 2017. Corporates in both the UK and abroad will incur strict liability if their employees or other associated...more

No Gifts in Proposed Partnership Audit Regulations

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

New partnership audit and collection regime rules will soon go into effect, defining who can elect out and enabling the Internal Revenue Service to assess taxes directly against the partnerships it audits. Originally...more

Draft Legislation Published on UK Partnership Taxation

by Goodwin on

Earlier this year, HM Revenue & Customs published various ideas to ‘clarify’ the tax treatment of partners in partnerships, as part of its response to a consultation on changes to the taxation of UK partnerships. Draft...more

VAT In the UAE - What Your Business Needs to Do

by Bracewell LLP on

The UAE will introduce value added tax (“VAT”) at the rate of 5% from 1 January 2018. The basic principle underpinning the introduction of VAT is to further improve the economic base of the UAE. This is a significant...more

New guidance to register as “privileged” domestic or foreign investment fund under German investment taxation law

by Dechert LLP on

Pursuant to the new German investment tax act (GITA) that will take effect of 1 January 2018, domestic and foreign resident investment funds may become subject to German corporate income tax with various German source income...more

Google Ireland Limited does not have permanent establishment in France

The Paris administrative court ruled on July 12th, 2017, that Google Ireland Limited did not have to pay $1.3 billion in back taxes in France for the period 2005-2010. The Irish company Google Ireland Limited sells digital...more

The IRS Has a Lien Against Me: What Do You Do? Tax Lien Release and Discharge (Part 6)

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

Where an individual or business owes IRS taxes, Congress has given the IRS a tax lien against all the assets of the taxpayer. The lien covers real estate, homes, furniture, cars, investments, and nearly everything an...more

New IRS Rules for Partnership Audits Require Immediate Review of Partnership Agreements

Beginning in 2018, most partnerships (including LLCs and other arrangements treated as partnerships for tax purposes) will be subject to a new “centralized partnership audit regime.” The volume of Internal Revenue Service...more

Dual-Class Stock Blessed for Spin

by Alston & Bird on

A new Letter Ruling from the IRS brings concerns for corporations looking at a spinoff. Our Federal Tax Group breaks down the guidelines and what they mean. - Dual-class structure - Debt - Delayed transfers LTR...more

Failure to Prevent the Facilitation of Tax Evasion: New United Kingdom Corporate Criminal Offence

by Proskauer - Tax Talks on

As mentioned in our July 2017 edition of UK Tax Round Up, the UK has enacted a new corporate criminal offence of failing to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion. The law comes into effect on 30th September 2017, and...more

Client Alert: Avrahami v. Commissioner: An Important Ruling on Microcaptive Structures

While many were captivated by the solar eclipse on August 21st, the US Tax Court, in Avrahami v. Commissioner, shed judicial light on the tax treatment of what is known as a “microcaptive” insurance company. More...more

Grecian Magnesite Mining: Impact on Investments by Non-US Investors in US Funds

by Morgan Lewis on

US Tax Court decision may facilitate tax-efficient investment structures for non-US investors investing in US operating partnerships, directly or through investment funds....more

Not a Token Gesture: Compensating Service Providers with Virtual Property

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Questions surrounding the use of virtual currencies and other digital tokens (“tokens”) as compensation came to the forefront last month following formal guidance from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on...more

AFRICA - A Legal Guide for Business Investment and Expansion: Tunisia

1. What role does the government of Tunisia play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? The Tunisian government places a priority on attracting foreign direct investment. The Tunisian government...more

Ireland's Revenue releases guidelines on requesting Mutual Agreement Procedure assistance

by DLA Piper on

Ireland has published guidelines for requesting Mutual Agreement Procedure (MAP) assistance. The guidelines, issued in early August, set out the legal basis for requesting MAP assistance as well as...more

Tax Talk: Volume 10, Issue 2

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

EDITOR’S NOTE - With the failure of health care legislation to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, eyes in Washington, D.C. are now turning to tax reform. Since Congress plans to take August off, any real tax...more

AFRICA - A Legal Guide for Business Investment and Expansion: Tanzania

1 .What role does the government of the United Republic of Tanzania play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? The government plays an active role in approving and regulating foreign direct investment....more

Tax Court Holds that IRS Cancellation of Advance Pricing Agreement was Abuse of Discretion

by King & Spalding on

On July 26, 2017, the Tax Court issued its opinion in Eaton Corp. v. Commissioner, holding that the IRS’s cancellation of two advance pricing agreements (“APAs”) reached with Eaton Corporation (“Eaton”) was “arbitrary and...more

Grecian Magnesite Mining v. Commissioner: Foreign Investor Not Subject to US Tax on Sale of Partnership Interest

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In a long-awaited decision, the Tax Court recently held that gain realized by a foreign taxpayer on the sale of a partnership engaged in a US trade or business was a sale of a capital asset not subject to US tax, declining to...more

The Distinction Between Partnership Debt and Partnership Equity

by White & Case LLP on

Insights and strategies in a rapidly changing area for taxpayers who want to be characterized as partners for tax purposes but want an investment that economically is very close to debt. Much ink has been spilled on the...more

IRS Rejects Investors' Claim for Refined Coal Credits in Technical Advice

by King & Spalding on

In Technical Advice Memorandum 2017-29-020 (July 21, 2017) (the “TAM”), the IRS denied claims by two tax equity investors (the “Investors” or each an “Investor”) for renewable energy tax credits on grounds that the...more

Can Foreign Partners Now Exit Partnerships Tax Free?

by Bracewell LLP on

In Grecian Magnesite Mining v. Commissioner (“Grecian Magnesite”) the Tax Court held that a non-U.S. partner's gain from the redemption of its partnership interest was neither U.S. source income nor income effectively...more

Tips for Drafting Executive Employment Agreements – Tip #4 – Beware of 409A

by Bryan Cave on

This article continues with another tip for drafting executive employment agreements and the importance of consulting counsel. For every well drafted executive employment agreement in the business world, there seem to be...more

Eaton v. IRS: Tax Court determines IRS abused its discretion in cancelling two APAs

by DLA Piper on

The Tax Court in Eaton Corporation and Subsidiaries v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo, 2017-147 determined that the IRS abused its discretion in cancelling two unilateral advanced pricing agreements (APAs) covering the transfer of...more

AFRICA - A Legal Guide for Business Investment and Expansion: Ghana

1. What role does the government of Ghana play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? The Government of Ghana continues to promote foreign direct investment in Ghana. In 2013, the Ghana Investment Promotion...more

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