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New York Nexus Widens

Earlier this year, New York State became the latest US state to adopt an economic nexus standard in order to subject an out-of-state corporation to state-level corporate income and franchise tax. New York’s bright-line...more

Time Limitations On Receiving Late Proof Of Foreign Status For Portfolio Interest Exemption Payments

Code Section 871(h) provides non-U.S. persons with a valuable exemption from U.S. income taxes on interest paid on registered U.S. obligations, commonly referred to as the portfolio interest exemption. Before a payor is...more

No UK corporation tax deduction for penalty imposed under the code of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile ("FIA")

In an appeal by HMRC against a decision of the First-tier Tribunal ("FTT"), the Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery Chamber) ("UT") decided that a penalty imposed on McLaren Racing Limited ("McLaren") in respect of a breach of...more

International Tax Compliance Update: Renouncing U.S. Citizenship to Avoid Taxes: Is It Worth It?

As we have reported previously in recent years the United States has intensified its efforts to force United States persons to disclose assets they hold and income they earn abroad. Two prominent examples of these efforts are...more

Part VI – Willful Or Non-Willful Offshore Omissions & Conclusion

Below is Part 6 and the conclusion of my partner, Rick Josepher’s, analysis of the new offshore enforcement environment in light of the new 2014 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Procedures....more

Tariffpalooza 2014

Summer 2014. The living is easy; the Copyright Board is certifying tariffs at a furious pace. As we noted back in May 2014 (Towards Certainty on Webcasting – Re:Sound Tariff 8 Certified), the Board certified Re:Sound...more

Focus on Tax Controversy and Litigation - July 2014

In this issue: - Supreme Court Limits Taxpayer’s Ability to Examine the IRS at a Summons Enforcement Hearing - Court Determines Tax Analysis not Protected by Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product Doctrine...more

Can an OVDP Participant Set Aside a Closing Agreement on the Theory of Duress?

It has been just over five years since the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) offered the first of three offshore voluntary disclosure programs for individuals with undisclosed foreign financial accounts. Since the announcement...more

The IRS’ New 2014 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Procedures (Part 1)

Last weekend I published the introduction to my partner, Rick Josepher’s, analysis of the new offshore enforcement environment in light of the new 2014 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Procedures. Below is Part 1 of his 6 part...more

United States Prevails in WTO Dispute Challenging China's Duties on U.S. Automobiles

Last month, a World Trade Organization (WTO) Panel issued a report favorable to the United States, ruling against Chinese duties on American auto exports. China had imposed tariffs on U.S. cars and SUVs with engine capacities...more

Tax Litigation Update: Eleventh Circuit Holds Clear and Convincing Evidence Standard Applies to Penalties Imposed under IRC § 6701

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, which hears appeals from the federal district courts in Florida, Georgia, and Alabama, ruled earlier this month that in order to impose penalties under IRC § 6701, the government bears...more

DOJ Secures Verdict in Excess of $2 Million for Failure to File FBARs

On Wednesday, May 28, 2014, a jury in Miami issued a verdict against a taxpayer for $2.2 million in fees, interest, and civil penalties for willfully failing to file foreign bank account reports (FBARs) for his Swiss bank...more

Will the Zwerner FBAR Fine Pass Constitutional Muster?

Last week, a federal jury in Miami found that Carl Zwerner had willfully failed to disclose his foreign bank account to the Treasury Department for calendar years 2004, 2005 and 2006. Zwerner now potentially owes the United...more

European Court of Justice judgment on the exemption of foreign investment funds from CIT in Poland

The European Court of Justice has issued a judgment concerning the authority of Poland to grant a corporate income tax (CIT) exemption to investment funds depending on where their registered offices are located. Polish...more

UK’s financial transaction tax challenge – mission accomplished

The UK was challenging the legality of the decision taken by the Council of the European Union to authorise the enhanced cooperation procedure (ECP) to establish an FTT for a subgroup of willing Member States. The UK, and a...more

Prince v ACE: Extra-Territorial Effect Of U.S. Tax Laws?

Should a Canadian court exercise its jurisdiction to hear a class action lawsuit against Air Canada for improperly collecting U.S. travel taxes on ticket purchases in Canada and on air travel in Canada?...more

Luxembourg: recent developments in transfer pricing and tax ruling practice

The Luxembourg tax authorities are currently carrying out transfer pricing audits, particularly for financing companies. When the transfer prices are not substantiated through proper documentation, the Luxembourg tax...more

State + Local Tax Insights -- Spring 2014

In This Issue: - Where’s Walden? Finding Protection under the Due Process Clause - Upcoming Speaking Engagements - CFCs and Subpart F Income in a California Water’s-Edge Election and What’s Wrong with the Apple...more

Stay Ahead Of The Curve When Choosing Desired Tax Treatment

A foreigner starting business in the U.S. usually hires attorneys for visas, leases and licenses. The tax advisor comes later, when returns loom. This tendency is unfortunate because entering the U.S. starts the clock for...more

Focus on Tax Controversy and Litigation - Supreme Court Decides Woods v. Commissioner, Holds for IRS on Jurisdictional and...

In this issue: - US Supreme Court Imposes Valuation-Misstatement Penalty in TEFRA Proceeding - Southern District of New York holds Cooperation with Government Waives Attorney-Client Privilege - IRS Issues...more

Tax Information Exchange Litigation in Offshore Jurisdictions

There have been a number of decisions published recently by the courts in various international financial centres such as Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, Jersey and Singapore, that have considered the meaning and effect of...more

Is Mental Disease or Impairment a defense to “Willfulness” penalties for FBAR purposes?

In a pending civil penalty case in Florida the government puts forth its argument in clear language to describe what constitutes “willful” failure to file a Report of Foreign Financial Account (FBAR). In its Motion for...more

Tax Litigation Update: Eleventh Circuit Reverses Tax Court in Virgin Islands EDP Residency Cases

We have written extensively about the United States Virgin Islands Economic Development Program (EDP) and the litigation it has spawned between and among the IRS, the Virgin Islands Bureau of Internal Revenue (VIBIR), and the...more

No U.S. Excise Taxes On Foreign Retrocessions

Foreign retrocession insurance transactions are beyond the reach of IRS excise taxes based on the plain language of 26 U.S.C. § 4371(3), which aims to tax insurance transactions involving policies issued by foreign insurers...more

New Mandatory Enforcement Process For Information Document Requests in Large Business and International Tax Examinations

On January 2, 2014, the Large Business & International (“LB&I”) Division of the Internal Revenue Service began using a new mandatory enforcement process for delinquent information document requests (“IDRs”) in tax...more

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