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Insigh: Capital Markets: Tips for Taps

Following a successful bond issuance, an issuer may consider a “tap” issuance as a way to access further funding. White & Case offers some “Tips for Taps” for issuers and underwriters in accessing the capital markets...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – March 2015

A recent European Commission (EC) fining decision against UK-based broker ICAP confirms that companies which merely facilitate a cartel will be tarred with the same brush as those which actually engage in the cartel. The...more

Dealing with Erroneous FATCA Inquiries

A foreign bank asks our client to provide information that the bank is not required to provide IRS under FATCA. There are two possibilities. Our client can provide the information or our client can choose not to provide the...more

The Timing of E&P to US Parent Corporations of CFCs

The earnings and profits (E&P) of a corporation dictate the income tax treatment of non-liquidating distributions it makes to its shareholders. Distributions from a corporation to the extent of its current or accumulated E&P...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

Real Estate Acquisitions in Japan

Interest in acquiring Japanese real estate, such as hotels, office buildings and retail complexes, is increasing due to Abenomics and the depreciation of the yen against major currencies. Japan expects to have a robust estate...more

Highlights from the Toronto Centre CRA & Professionals Group Breakfast Seminar – February 19, 2015

On February 19, 2015, at the Toronto Centre CRA & Professionals Group Breakfast Seminar CRA representatives provided an update on two topics: 1) online CRA e-services, and 2) Regulation 102 and Regulation 105 waivers for...more

IRS Clarification on Non-Willful Conduct Certification for Streamlined Offshore Compliance Procedures: Revisions to IRS Forms...

Many U.S taxpayers are often surprised to discover that they have a U.S. tax reporting obligation on financial accounts or assets held overseas. Once they discover their obligation, there are a number of programs through...more

India Shows a Way

Mr. Akhilesh Ranjan, Joint Secretary Ministry of Finance, and also Competent Authority for the Government of India, spoke this past week at the Pacific Rim Tax Institute, February 19-20, reaffirming India’s commitment to a...more

As Expatriations Increase, Potential Relief for “Accidental” U.S. Citizens

According to Treasury reports, 3,417 U.S. citizens relinquished their U.S. citizenship in 2014, which is more than the number of expatriations reported in prior years. As required by law, the Treasury publishes a quarterly...more

Hong Kong Government to Extend Existing Offshore Funds Tax Exemption to Private Equity Funds

The Hong Kong government has announced in its latest budget a planned extension of the existing offshore funds tax exemption to bring offshore private equity funds investing in or through Hong Kong, within its scope. The...more

Tax Policy Update

NUMBER OF THE WEEK: $160,000. The value of one gift bag at the Oscars on Sunday night. According to the Internal Revenue Service, contents of the gift bags cannot be treated as gifts for federal income tax purposes because...more

CRA Releases Important Transfer Pricing Guidance on Management Fees and Other Intra-Group Services

CRA recently released a new Transfer Pricing Memorandum (TPM-15) giving detailed guidance on CRA’s audit approach to management fees and other charges for intra-group services, including on allocation keys for indirect...more

A Précis On The American Property Tax System

The hundreds of billions of dollars of commercial real estate owned by foreign companies and individuals in the United States requires active management and oversight. This is so whether the property is triple net leased to...more

Hollow Taxpayer Victory When IRS Unlawfully Discloses Taxpayer Information to Japan

By law, the U.S. is not permitted to disclose false return information, even if the release of false return information is authorized by law and treaty. Code Section 7431 imposes liability on the U.S. if it discloses return...more

Google link tax in Italy after Spain?

Google link tax might be reproduced in Italy after the negative experience that led to the shutting down of Google News in Spain as a consequence of the approval of a similar law....more

New Joint Protocol of the Italian Competition Authority and the Italian Tax Police

The Italian Competition Authority and the Italian Tax Police (Guardia di Finanza) signed a new Joint Protocol, which provides increased mutual exchange of information and closer cooperation in the context of investigations...more

US Senate Finance Committee Unanimously Approves FIRPTA Reforms

On February 11, 2015, the Senate Finance Committee approved a bill that would make significant changes to the Foreign Investment Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA), encouraging investment in US real estate in several ways, but...more

How Not to Use Bitcoin

The use of Bitcoin has both legal and potentially illegal applications. Bitcoin is just a contemporary version of the Informal Value Transfer System, (“IVTS”) which in some countries is known as the Hawala. The IVTS has been...more

New York Restaurateur Pleads Guilty to Hiding Money in Swiss Accounts

On February 19, 2015, Georges Briguet, the owner of New York restaurant Le Perigord, pleaded guilty to one count of corruptly endeavoring to obstruct the IRS by concealing the existence of his Swiss bank accounts. According...more

Morrison & Foerster Quarterly News Tax Talk - Volume 7, No.4 January 2015

In This Issue: - Congress Passes Year-End Tax Extenders Bill - House Adopts New “Dynamic Scoring” Rule - Foreign Fund Engaged in Lending and Stock Distribution Not Protected by “Trading in Stock or Securities”...more

Congressional leaders set a deadline for tax reform: key elements in the top proposals

Just prior to leaving Washington for official travel at the end of last week, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) told reporters that he is in constant touch with Treasury Secretary Jack Lew with respect...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Key legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the primary European asset...

CSSF Reminder Regarding Nomination of Depositaries of Bearer Shares - The Luxembourg regulator for the financial services industry (CSSF) has issued a press release and a FAQ in relation to the immobilization of bearer...more

China's Tax Administration Issues New Rules Governing Taxation of Offshore Indirect Transfers

On February 3, 2015, the PRC State Administration of Taxation (“SAT”) released the Announcement of SAT Concerning Several Matters Relating to Corporate Income Tax on Indirect Transfer of Properties by Non-tax Resident...more

Be Careful for What You Wish For! - Reconsidering the Tax Traps of the EB-5 Visa

EB-5 Visas have been widely promoted as a legal basis for foreign business owners to gain conditional residency followed by permanent residency in the United States. Nothing hard to understand about that. The combination of...more

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