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Validus Affirmed for All the Right Reasons – The FET Does Not Apply to Wholly Foreign Reinsurance Transactions

On May 26, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia affirmed the result of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in Validus Reinsurance, Ltd. v. U.S., 19 F. Supp. 3d 225 (2014), which was the...more

IRS Issues Internal FBAR Penalty Guidance To Ensure Consistency

Shortly before the annual June 30 FBAR filing deadline, the IRS issued penalty guidance for those that miss the foreign bank account reporting deadline. The purpose of the new penalty guidance is to improve the IRS’s...more

U.S. Department of Justice States its Tax Enforcement Priorities

In her recent testimony before Congress Caroline Ciraolo Acting Assistant Attorney General stated the enforcement priorities for the Tax Division. Among the the four areas of focus is Offshore Tax Evasion. "Combatting...more

IRS FBAR Penalty Guidelines Suggest Lower Risk of Multiple “Per Account” and “Per Year” Penalties

Penalties for willful violations of FBAR filing requirements can be as high as 50% of the balance of the subject accounts EACH YEAR. Penalties for nonwillful violations can be as high as $10,000 PER UNREPORTED ACCOUNT per...more

Wholly foreign retrocession premiums not subject to US excise tax

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has affirmed a lower court’s grant of summary judgment in Validus Reinsurance, Ltd. v. United States, in favor of the taxpayer, though on narrower grounds than...more

Validus Wins Round Two: Wholly-Foreign Retrocessions Not Subject to Federal Excise Tax

On May 26, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld a lower court decision and ruled that the IRS could not impose excise tax on certain wholly-foreign retrocessions of insurance. The...more

Patent box concept emerges on the tax reform agenda for US Congress

Key tax writers in Congress are indicating that once Congress disposes of pending trade legislation, they will turn to their top legislative priority: reaching a consensus on international and business reform by the end of...more

Is it US taxable income? Unintended consequences when US residents receive assets from their family’s foreign corporations

It is not uncommon for affluent families from certain countries to maintain offshore structures to hold a portion, and often times a significant portion, of their wealth. The reasons for holding assets outside of their...more

Dubai launches new design and e-commerce hubs

A cornerstone of Dubai's success in attracting businesses and encouraging growth across a diverse range of sectors has been the continued establishment of free zones. These special economic zones offer business-friendly...more

EB What? Considering Other Alternatives to the EB-5 Visa

Overview - The EB-5 Visa program has been widely promoted as a legal basis for foreign business owners to gain conditional residency followed by permanent residency in the United States. The program is a great solution...more

Japan makes significant changes to Consumption Tax Act – steps for offshore e-commerce providers

Japan’s National Diet has passed an amendment to the Consumption Tax Act which includes several important changes that especially affect offshore providers of e-commerce services in Japan. Change in cross-border...more

OECD Discussion Draft on Cost Contribution Arrangements vs. US tax rules on Cost Sharing Arrangements: key comparisons

The OECD has released a Discussion Draft on Cost Contribution Arrangements (CCAs) as part of its ongoing activities related to eliminating Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) by multinational enterprises. This...more

Diverted Profits Tax: counterbalancing the UK's "open for business" agenda?

The UK’s introduction of the diverted profits tax (DPT) has dismayed tax practitioners and their multinational clients. Rushed through parliament (ahead of its dissolution before the general election) and in effect as of...more

Guide To Doing Business in Australia: Taxation (Updated)

TAXATION - It is not possible to give a complete outline of the scope of the taxation system in this guide. A brief outline of the basic taxation principles and some of the major forms of taxation are discussed...more

Australian Tax Update: Australian Budget 2015-2016

The Australian Government has released a measured but significant 2015-2016 Federal Budget. The three main tax changes include a focus on multinational tax avoidance by introducing new targeted non-resident anti-avoidance...more

China’s Tax Authority Issues New Circular to Regulate Payment to Overseas Affiliates

On July 29, 2014, the State Administration of Taxation (SAT) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC or China) released The Notice Regarding the Launch of Tax Anti-Avoidance Investigations on Remittance of Substantial Amounts...more

DEADLINE: Foreign Bank Account Reports Due June 2015

Any U.S. person who has a financial interest in or signature authority over one or more foreign financial accounts with an aggregate value over $10,000 (on any day of the year) must report the accounts to the Treasury...more

Tax Alert: IRS Untangles Section 163(L) in Cross-Border Hybrid Financing Transaction

“In terrorem” or anti-abuse provisions often receive a lack of judicial and administrative interpretation. Section 163(l) of the Code, enacted in 1997, is no exception, so that even now certain fundamental questions relating...more

Tax Incentives Offer Hope for UK Oil and Gas Industry Affected by Low Oil Prices

In the March 2015 Budget, chancellor George Osborne reacted to a significant fall in crude oil prices and to industry calls by reversing a tax hike that he imposed in 2011. This move could provide a lifeline to aging fields...more

IRS Proposes Regulations Directed To “Passive” Hedge Fund Foreign Insurance Entities

On April 24, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service proposed regulations directed to “situations in which a hedge fund establishes a purported foreign reinsurance company in order to defer and reduce the tax that otherwise would...more

Opportunity for Importers of Designer Merchandise to Reduce Duty Exposure

We have recently received a positive ruling from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“Customs”) in response to a protest filed on behalf of one of our clients which is a U.S. subsidiary of a European parent company and...more

The Netherlands: interest in future license grows, tax related parliamentary questions have been posed

Parliamentary questions have been posed in respons to the reports regarding the abundant interest among online gambling operators in a future remote gambling license....more

State and Local Taxation: Headline News and Trends - April 2015

In This Issue: Megatrends and Developments, Business Activity Taxes, Transaction Taxes, Other Issues... ...more

Tax: Tax Considerations for Technology Licenses

The parties to licenses of technology should consider tax issues with such licenses. The following is a summary of some of the tax implications that may arise with regard to technology licenses....more

IRS Proposes PFIC Regulations That Could Characterize Many Foreign Insurance Companies as PFICs

A mere 28 years after Congress enacted the tax rules governing passive foreign investment companies (“PFICs”), the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service have for the first time issued proposed regulations that...more

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