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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

IRS Plans to Shift Risk of Withholding Agent Fraud to the Taxpayer for Foreign Withholding

Chapter 3 of the Internal Revenue Code requires payors (and recipients) of certain types of U.S. source income to withhold tax if the beneficial owner or recipient is a non-U.S. person for income tax purposes. Chapter 4 also...more

"FIRPTA Reform Opens Door to Increased Foreign Investment in US Real Estate"

This afternoon, Reps. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) re-introduced in the House of Representatives a bill to significantly reform the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA). Introduced as H.R....more

IRS Publishes Proposed Regulations for Hedge Fund Reinsurance Arrangements

In April 24’s Federal Register, the IRS released proposed regulations (REG-108214-15) to restrict when a foreign insurance company’s income can be excluded as passive income by giving a more strict definition for the “active...more

Tax Newsletter - January/February 2015 (China & Hong Kong)

In This Issue: To People’s Republic of China: -Draft Foreign Investment Law -New Developments On Indirect Transfers Of Properties By Foreign Investors -Exposure Draft Of Revised Tax Collection And Administration...more

Investment Funds Update – Asia: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key jurisdictions in Asia: Mainland...

Capital gains tax (“CGT”) has been a key issue surrounding the investment by QFIIs and RQFIIs in the Mainland Chinese securities market. Mainland Chinese tax authorities have publicly decided to retrospectively collect CGT...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Proposed Regulations Issued On Hedge Fund Reinsurance Transactions

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued proposed regulations addressing what constitutes the “active conduct of an insurance business” for purposes of the passive foreign investment company (PFIC) rules (the...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

Speakers Highlight Cleveland’s Rust Belt Resurgence, M&A and Global Growth

Cleveland has taken center stage recently due to its resurgence and growth potential. We asked local experts to join us at our annual Executive Focal Point seminar to discuss the local, national and global landscape and what...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 154-Compliance Leadership-Persuasion, Influence, Tools & Tips, Skills and Tips [Video]

In this episode, I discuss some of the tools which a compliance practitioner or CCO can use to further compliance in an organization. ...more

U.S. Companies with Foreign Affiliates Face Looming Reporting Deadline

U.S. companies with material ownership interests in foreign affiliates (including their own subsidiaries) are facing an upcoming May 29, 2015 deadline to file a cumbersome survey with the U.S. Department of Commerce...more

Tax Planning for International Transportation Income

According to the most recent estimates, the quantity of goods carried by containers has risen from around 100 million metric tons in 1980 to about 1.5 billion metric tons in 2012. Out of these numbers, one container in every...more

Skechers, Cost Sharing Arrangements, and Canadian Customs Appraisal

In the first three months of 2015, importers have witnessed major Canadian customs valuation law and policy changes. On January 19, 2015, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) issued Customs Notice 15-001, “Treatment of...more

Bad News About Unfiled FBARs, Another Indictment

A recent indictment by the United States Attorney's office in California illustrates the inter-relationship between curency transfer restrictions, (such as those involving Iran), foreign financial account reporting (the FBAR...more

Treasury and the IRS Offer a New Take on the PFIC Active Insurance Exception

On April 23, Treasury and the IRS issued proposed regulations interpreting the active insurance exception under the passive foreign investment company (PFIC) rules. Although the release of the proposed regulations did not...more

FBAR Case Rules on Unknown Issues

A recent FBAR decision weighs in on some unknown and uncertain penalty issues relating to failure to file FBARs. These issues include...more

CBSA CLVS Seizure Policy Targets Exporters and Ups the Ante on Non-Resident Importers

Background to the Courier Low Value Shipment (CLVS) Program - When goods are purchased through e-commerce or mail order, conventionally Canadian consumers or non-resident importers (i.e., the exporters in most cases)...more

Swiss Bank Settlements-What's Next for U.S. Taxpayer's?

The Department of Justice has released the signed Non-Prosecution Agreement NPA) with Swiss bank BSI SA. The Non-Prosecution Agreement is likely the precursor to enhanced enforcement efforts by the DOJ and IRS against those...more

Warning, Offshore Accounts Holders May Have No Fifth Amendment Protections

In what is becoming an increasingly used attack vehicle, the Department of Justice (DoJ) is using the "required records doctrine" to compel taxpayer's to produce what may be incriminating evidence of ownership or control of...more

EU: Working paper on online gambling EU VAT issues published

The EU VAT Committee has published the working paper in connection with their March discussions on the complex EU VAT issues concerning on-line gambling. It has no force of law. Two points worth picking up in particular...more

Appeal of Tax Court Decision Focuses on Foreign Tax Credit, Tests Scope of U.S.-France Totalization Agreement

Briefing is underway in an appeal by two taxpayers—a married couple with dual citizenship in the United States and France—of a U.S. Tax Court decision denying them foreign tax credits for money they contributed to social...more

BSI Provides Road Map For Future Swiss Bank Agreements

On March 30, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it had entered into a nonprosecution agreement with BSI SA, the first Swiss bank to reach resolution with the U.S. government as to its potential criminal...more

2015 Federal Budget – Selected Tax Measures

On April 21, 2015, the Minister of Finance presented Canada’s long-awaited 2015 Federal Budget (the 2015 Budget). The 2015 Budget includes a number of taxpayer-friendly measures, including limited relief from Canadian source...more

Tax Day Has Passed, But Don’t Forget June 30th!

Now that April 15th has passed, you might be thinking that you are done with tax filings for the year. But, if you have any foreign bank accounts or financial assets overseas, you may be required to file a Form 114 (commonly...more

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