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Tennessee SaaS Ruling Highlights Telecommunications Concerns for SaaS Providers

The Tennessee Department of Revenue recently released Letter Ruling No. 14-05, in which it considered whether certain cloud collaboration services are subject to the state’s sales tax. At a high level, the provider’s...more

Deadline Looming to Amend Your Tax Allocation Agreement

The October 31st deadline to review and revise your tax allocation agreement is rapidly approaching. Banks and their holding companies need to ensure their agreements are in compliance with new regulatory guidance that,...more

Changes to Thin Capitalisation and Non-Portfolio Dividend Exemption Rules

On 16 October 2014, changes to Australia's thin capitalisation and non-portfolio dividend exemption rules received Royal Assent. The changes to the thin capitalisation rules represent a significant tightening of the...more

Tax Court: Storage Not a “Small Business”

The small business deduction (“SBD”) is a tax-preference provided to certain privately-held Canadian corporations, and only in respect of certain types of income. More specifically, the SBD provides for a reduction of the...more

New Scottish property transaction tax: Highest rate band for commercial property announced as 4.5%

John Swinney, the Scottish government's Finance Secretary, has announced the proposed rates and bands for the new Scottish property transaction tax known as the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT). On 1 April...more

Tax Court Strikes Down “DAD” Loss Importation Tax Shelter

In consolidated cases known as Kenna Trading LLC, the Tax Court shut down an attempt to contribute foreign currency losses into a US partnership and syndicate the losses to investors by selling partnership interests followed...more

New Jersey Refund Opportunities Associated with the Deductibility of Other States’ Taxes

On October 2, in PPL Electric Utilities Corporation v. Director, Division of Taxation, No. 000005-2011, the New Jersey Tax Court determined that federal deductions for the taxpayer’s payments of Pennsylvania gross receipts...more

Outstanding Design Flaws in California’s Cap-and-Trade Program

On January 1, 2013, California embarked on a grand experiment with the launch of the world’s most complex cap-and-trade program. Under this program, companies operating in California, such as food processors, power producers...more

B.C. Supreme Court Rescinds Land Transfers

In Re 0741508 BC Ltd and 0768723 BC Ltd (2014 BCSC 1791), the British Columbia Supreme Court (“BCSC”) considered whether rescission should be granted in respect of two real estate transactions in which the applicant...more

IRS Modifies Offshore Filing Procedures

The IRS has issued FAQs relating to the new streamlined procedures for offshore compliance, and for Delinquent International Information Return Submission Procedures....more

Court Weighs in on Deadline for Filing FTC Refund Claims

On September 19, 2014, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims issued its opinion in Albemarle Corp. v. United States, No. 12-184T, holding that it lacked jurisdiction over the taxpayer’s claim for refunds based on foreign tax...more

Inside M&A - Fall 2014

Managing Compliance Risks in M&A Transactions - Buyers can acquire unintended and potentially very damaging liabilities together with target business or assets. Analyzing the financial situation of a target company,...more

Massachusetts Tax Developments: A Reed Smith Quarterly Update (3rd Quarter 2014)

Welcome to the latest Reed Smith Massachusetts State Tax Quarterly Update. In this update, we’ll look back to the developments from the first half of 2014, and look ahead to market-based sourcing and other issues on the...more

Court of Appeal Holds Transfer Tax Applies to Legal Entity Changes in Ownership

In 926 North Ardmore Avenue, LLC v. County of Los Angeles, the 2nd District Court of Appeal held that Proposition 13 changes in ownership prompted by transfers of legal entity interests should also be characterized as “realty...more

Bombay High Court Rules in Favour of Vodafone India in $490 Million Tax Dispute

On 10 October 2014, the Bombay High Court delivered a judgment in favour of Vodafone India Services Private Limited (Vodafone India) in a long-pending USD 490 million tax dispute. The Vodafone India intra-group transaction...more

Cross-Border Investigations Update - October 2014

In This Issue: Cross–Border Enforcement Trends: - Market Abuse - Economic Sanctions - Cross-Border Tax Enforcement - Anti-Corruption - Antitrust - A New Enforcement Environment in...more

Illinois Courts Consistently Enforce Manufacturing Exemption Despite Department of Revenue Opposition

Illinois courts have issued three taxpayer-friendly manufacturing rulings in 2013 and 2014, underscoring the breadth of the exemption from use tax afforded to equipment and chemicals used in the process of manufacturing....more

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

Leases Not Subject to Business Privilege Taxes - Commonwealth Court Case Presents Refund Opportunities

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, in a 5-2 decision, held that the Local Tax Enabling Act ("LTEA") bars taxing jurisdictions from imposing business privilege taxes, on leases or lease transactions. Fish, Hrabick and...more

Public M&A: End Of The False Dawn

With an increase in sizeable, highly strategic public M&A transactions in key markets, we assess the regulatory and market challenges now confronting bidders, from activist shareholders to bid defence mechanisms and tighter...more

Tax Alert: New Chief Counsel Memorandum Revisits Definition of “Obligation” under IRC Section 956

ILM 201436047 - In a recent memorandum, ILM 201436047 (Sept. 8, 2014), the IRS chief counsel seemingly exceeded the scope of its own regulations in advising that the amount of a CFC’s section 956 investment included...more

New Guidance on Economic Substance Doctrine

Notice 2014-58 adds some clarity to when the IRS will assert the strict-liability economic substance penalties and how they will determine the “transaction” that is disregarded under the Section 7701(o) economic substance...more

Lies That Prospective Retirement Plan Providers May Tell You

When we were children, our mothers told us stories that we believed to be true because we always believed what our parents were telling us was the truth. Part of growing up is realizing that a good chunk of what your mom told...more

D.C. Bill Ostensibly Lowers Tax on Capital Gains from QHTC Investments… But How?

On September 23, District of Columbia Council Chairman Mendelson introduced the Promoting Economic Growth and Job Creation Through Technology Act of 2014 (Bill 20-0945 , hereinafter the “Act”) at the request of Mayor Vincent...more

Myanmar Revises Scope Of Prohibited And Restricted Activities For Foreign Investment

On 31 January 2013, MIC issued a notification outlining prohibited and restricted activities for foreign investment (2013 Notification). For further information on the Foreign Investment Law, the Foreign Investment Rules and...more

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