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IRS Loosens Restrictions on Safe Harbors for Management Contracts for Bond-Financed Property

The Internal Revenue Service, in Revenue Procedure 2016-44, has loosened the restrictions on safe harbors for management contracts entered into by governmental issuers of tax-exempt bonds in connection with facilities...more

Indian Government Approves New India-Cyprus Tax Treaty

The Indian government approved a new India-Cyprus tax treaty on August 24, 2016 that will allow the Indian government to tax capital gains on investments routed through Cyprus. This is part of a continuing campaign by the...more

IRS Publishes New Management Contract Safe Harbors for Property Financed with Tax-Exempt Bonds

On August 22, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Rev. Proc. 2016-44, which provides new guidance on the treatment of “management contracts” for purposes of the restrictions on use of property financed with...more

North Carolina Alters Sales Factor for Certain Royalty Recipients

Effective May 11, 2016, the North Carolina General Assembly amended the royalty reporting option contained in Section 105-130.7A(a). As a result of the amendment, even if royalty payments are added back to the royalty...more

Client Alert: New Safe Harbors for Management Contracts of Tax-Exempt Financed Facilities

The Internal Revenue Service on August 22, 2016 released Revenue Procedure 2016-44 which revises the safe harbor guidelines for management contracts of service providers for tax-exempt financed facilities, under which the...more

WTO Panel Report: Russia - Tariff Treatment

A WTO Panel has ruled that the Russian Federation has violated its WTO obligations by imposing duties on certain EU goods in excess of its committed ("bound") rates, in breach of Article II of the General Agreement on Tariffs...more

Management Contracts & Private Business Use–IRS Releases Favorable Guidance

Coming as welcome news to those involved in the municipal bond market, Revenue Procedure 2016-44 provides helpful guidance for governmental issuers and 501(c)(3) borrowers entering into long-term contracts with private...more

Government Set to Overhaul Taxation on Termination Payments

Currently, non-contractual compensation payments made solely on account of termination of an individual’s employment enjoy a favourable tax treatment in two respects – the payment can be made without deduction of income tax...more

IRS Publishes List of Countries Requiring Cooperation with an International Boycott

Non-listed countries can also present compliance issues under both IRS and Commerce Department Requirements. On August 5, the US Department of the Treasury’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published in the Federal...more

With a New Name, MTC Transfer Pricing Program Moves Forward

On August 18, 2016, the Multistate Tax Commission’s Transfer Pricing Committee voted to adopt an Information Exchange Agreement, which permits states to share taxpayer information with other states participating in the...more

A Case for NMTCs in US Territories

Annually, following the release of the New Markets Tax Credit (“NMTC”) Application, the Community Development Financial Institutions (“CDFI”) Fund identifies ten states, plus US territories, that have not received as much...more

Focus on Tax Strategies & Developments - August 2016

Brexit: The Consequences for International Tax Planning - Just over a month has now passed since the referendum in which the United Kingdom voted narrowly to leave the European Union: an event which some have...more

Dubai Airport Freezone Authority

Dubai Airport Freezone (DAFZA) is one of the region’s fastest growing Freezones. Established in 1996, DAFZA is home to over 1,450 companies, covering a range of key industry sectors, including aviation, freight & logistics,...more

Massachusetts SJC Reaffirms Decision Sourcing 100% of Taxpayer’s Loans to Massachusetts — Confirms Opportunity for Out-of-State...

On August 12, 2016, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issued its decision in First Marblehead on remand from the U.S. Supreme Court. The decision reaffirms that many taxpayers that (1) file as financial institutions in...more

Duty of Consistency Doctrine - Effective Sword for the IRS, but Not Likely a Shield for Taxpayers - Tax Update Volume 2016, Issue...

Two recent cases illustrate the IRS’ ability to successfully argue that taxpayers should not benefit from their own mistakes if they result in less tax being paid. Two recent cases highlight the most current view of the...more

No Obligation to File Inaccurate Return to Avoid Failure to File Penalty

A partnership was a partner in a Cayman Islands partnership - that investment made up most of its assets. The Cayman Islands partnership did not file a Form 1065 income tax return and did not give a Form K-1 to the taxpayer...more

AccountingToday Article Provides Tax Primer: “Global Commerce 101”

Owners of small to mid-size U.S. businesses are finding the world is a smaller place, which can be very good for business. However, the opportunities of the international marketplace come with additional responsibilities,...more

New Law on Tax and Social Security Premium Amnesty in Turkey

On August 3, 2016, Turkey passed a detailed new law entitled "Statutory Proposal on Restructuring of Certain Receivables" (the "Law") which offers taxpayers a broad amnesty for most types of unpaid taxes and for unpaid social...more

Will the Panama Papers Lead to Criminal Charges Against U.S. Taxpayers?

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), collaborating with German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, in spring 2016 began leaking approximately 11 million internal documents obtained without permission...more

IRS Issues Guidance to Partnerships Opting-In to New Partnership Audit Regime

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued temporary regulations on August 4, 2016, providing the time, form and manner for partnerships to elect to apply the new partnership audit regime enacted by the Bipartisan Budget Act...more

IRS Issues Guidance to Partnerships Opting-In to New Partnership Audit Regime

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued temporary regulations on August 4, 2016, providing the time, form and manner for partnerships to elect to apply the new partnership audit regime enacted by the Bipartisan Budget Act...more

CRA Provides OTIP Update

The CRA’s Offshore Tax Informant Program (OTIP) was launched in January 2014. From the CRA’s webpage describing the program: Launched as part of the Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) efforts to fight international tax...more

2016 Captive Insurance Update | Issue 2 | 2016

Governor Peter Shumlin (D-Vt.) is not running for re-election this fall, so Vermont will have a new governor in January 2017. In addition, the Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation (DFR), Susan...more

Texas Comptroller’s Office Holds Roundtable on Proposed Regulation Targeting IT, Pharmaceutical Industries

On August 4, 2016, representatives of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts held a limited-invite roundtable to discuss the proposed amendments to 34 Tex. Admin. Code 3.584, relating to the reduced rate available under the...more

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