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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

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

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

Reed Smith's Government Contracts Weekly Rundown - April 2015 #4

Here is a rundown of last week’s top developments related to government contracts to get you back on track and ready for this week....more

Bitcoin and the Like: Tax Considerations

Virtual currency is a new, untested, and unregulated asset. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) defines “virtual currency” as a digital representation of value that functions as a medium of exchange, a unit of account, and/or...more

Japan: Significant Changes In Consumption Tax

Raise in Consumption Tax Rate Postponed - On November 18, 2014, Shinzo Abe, the Japanese Prime Minister, officially announced that the increase of the consumption tax rate which was originally planned to occur in October...more

IRS Focus: Offshore Tax Evasion Tops Dirty Dozen List

The IRS issued two New Releases this week that restate its focus on offshore tax evasion. The first was January 29, 2015 which followed the First International Criminal Tax Symposium....more

National Security: Removing Barriers to Intra-Governmental Sharing of Information

The House of Commons in Canada is back in session. The federal Conservative Government wasted no time in introducing sweeping anti-terrorism bill (Bill C-51, the Anti-terrorism Act, 2015). I canvassed the legislative and...more

CBP Designates Preferred Ports of Entry for First-Time Canadian TN and L-1 Applicants

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is the agency charged with overseeing and facilitating international travel and trade across the borders of the United States. The CBP’s mandate includes responsibility over...more

"Insights Conversations: Life Sciences"

A healthy market for M&A activity, particularly cross-border deals, and a strict regulatory environment are the big factors influencing the health and activities of life sciences companies. Skadden partners John T....more

The World Wide Tax Web: FATCA Data Sharing Goes Online

The IRS has unveiled a secure web application, the International Data Exchange Service (IDES), for cross-border data sharing. IDES will allow Foreign Financial Institutions (FFIs) and tax authorities from other countries to...more

Australian Tax Alert: Bitcoin And Crypto-Currencies: Why The GST Law Should Change

The ATO released a draft ruling on the GST treatment of bitcoin transactions on 20 August 2014. A final version of that ruling, GSTR 2014/3, was released on 17 December 2014. While the ruling deals specifically with bitcoin,...more

Currency Conversion Concerns: New York Issues Guidance on Virtual Currencies

On December 5, 2014, the New York Department of Taxation and Finance (Department) released TSB-M-14(5)C, (7)I, (17)S. This (relatively short) bulletin sets forth the treatment of convertible virtual currency for sales,...more

U.S. Department of Commerce Announces Final Tariffs on Chinese and Taiwanese Solar Products

On December 17, 2014, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) announced its final determinations in the antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) investigations of crystalline silicon photovoltaic products (“solar...more

Spotlight On Federal Tax Developments In 2014

This article highlights a number of interesting federal tax developments that were brought to the table during the 2014 calendar year. Developments discussed in this article include the 18-month transitional period for the...more

Expanded WTO Information Technology Agreement Is Set To Offer Significant Economic Benefits To Industry And Users Of Technology...

There has recently been a breakthrough in the negotiations for an expanded Information Technology Agreement (ITA) at the World Trade Organization (WTO). On November 10, the United States and China reached a mutual...more

New German VAT Rules in eCommerce as of January 2015

Although online shop providers had to implement extensive changes to consumer rights (in particular, the new rules regarding the right of withdrawal) on the basis of the implementation of the EU Consumer Rights Directive...more

Tax Challenges Raised by the Digital Economy

On September 16, 2014, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (“OECD”) released a report on Action 1 of the OECD/G20 Base Erosion and Profit Shifting Project (also known as the “BEPS” project) titled...more

U.S.-China ITA Breakthrough May Reduce Tariffs on High-Tech Products

On November 10, United States Trade Representative Michael Froman announced a major breakthrough in negotiations with China to eliminate tariffs on information technology products by expanding the scope of the International...more

IRS Disregards Own Revenue Ruling in Barnes Decision

The Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently affirmed the Tax Court’s 2013 decision in Barnes Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries, T.C. Memo 2013-109, in which the Tax Court applied the step transaction doctrine to...more

Taxation of Convertible Virtual Currency, Part I: It’s Not Money

Ecuador will soon be the first country in the world to have digital currency issued by a central bank. Although the new Ecuadorian currency won’t necessarily function like Bitcoin, Litcoin, Peercoin and Freicoin, or other...more

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence - October 2014 (Global)

BROADCASTING - France: French legislation on evening advertising on public channels: should we expect another shift in policy? - The main French public service broadcaster, France Télévisions, is calling for lift of...more

VAT Alert: Cross-Border Supplies Of Services Made To VAT Grouped Branches: Skandia America Corp. (USA), filial Sverige (C-7/13)

For VAT purposes, a supply of services from the headquarters of a company to its branch is generally not subject to VAT. This is well-established, and was confirmed in the Court of Justice of the European Union (the "Court of...more

Lame Duck Preview

With the November elections looming, the House and Senate completed their work last week before departing Washington to campaign, leaving any remaining legislative work for the post-election lame duck session. The brief work...more

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