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New Trade Legislation Extends Key Duty-Free Tariff Programs, Provides Opportunity for Businesses to Recoup Over $1 Billion In...

On June 29, President Obama signed into law the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 (“the Act”). This legislation extends certain U.S. trade preference programs through which the United States grants duty-free treatment...more

U.S. Perspective on Intercompany Cross-Border Loans – Follow Best Practices and Avoid Unintended Consequences

When funds are moved through a corporate group, whether to fund an acquisition or the working capital needs of an affiliate, the transfers may be recorded as book-entry advances and not documented or documented at a later...more

The China State Administration of Taxation releases working procedures for indirect transfer rules

In early February, the China State Administration of Taxation (SAT) issued Notice 71. This Notice superseded the provisions in relation to indirect share transfers under the well-known Circular 6982 and has become the key tax...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – July 2015

On 24 June 2015, the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) was defeated in its first attempt at convincing a jury to convict individuals for the UK criminal “cartel offence”. The jury was not persuaded that the two...more

Tax Policy Update

The top estate tax rate under Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ proposal to tax the wealthiest Americans and narrow income inequality in the U.S. The proposal splits the estate tax into four brackets...more

Australian Tax Alert: Investment Manager Regime (IMR) – Bill To Implement Element 3 Is Now Law

Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2015 Measures No. 1) Bill 2015 (the Bill), containing the third element of the IMR, has been passed by the Australian Parliament and received Royal Assent on Thursday 25 June 2015. This...more

Tax Newsletter - March/April 2015 (China & Hong Kong)

In This Issue: The People's Republic of China: - China Tightens Tax Control Over Cross-Border Intercompany Payments - China Provides Further EIT Incentives For Integrated Circuit Industry - Expansion of...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Second Quarter 2015: Countdown to 1 July 2015: Accessing China and Australia via Hong Kong’s...

On 1 July 2015, two significant developments in the Asian funds space will come into effect. Hong Kong’s Mutual Recognition of Funds Scheme (MRF) with the PRC will – for the first time – allow international managers to...more

Formation of Private Equity and Venture Capital Funds

The Cayman Islands has long been the most prominent offshore jurisdiction through which to structure offshore private equity and venture capital funds. Why the Cayman Islands? The attractions for international...more

24 Months Through the Crystal Ball: Emerging Trends in State and Local Taxation (Part II)

This is the second of two articles guiding taxpayers through the next 24 months of state taxation’s turbulent waters. In this article, we address three additional significant trends. Corporate Income Taxation: Heat and...more

CBP Offers U.S. Exporters Assistance in Resolving Disputes with Foreign Customs Agencies

Last week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published a Federal Register Notice inviting U.S. exporters to request CBP’s assistance in resolving disputes with foreign customs agencies over the tariff classification or...more

U.S. Tax Return Filings

IRS News Release IR-2015-70 (April 10, 2015) contains helpful but not exhaustive information about the filing obligations of US citizens and resident aliens abroad. Taxpayers outside the United States can also find helpful...more

Guide to Doing Business in New Zealand: The Country and Government (Updated)

THE COUNTRY - New Zealand is an island nation in the South Pacific with a population of approximately four million five hundred thousand people from a diverse range of ethnic backgrounds. A significant majority of the...more

Tax Policy Update

NUMBER OF THE WEEK: 15. The number of member nations now under increased scrutiny from European Union regulators who are aggressively hunting for violations of the EU’s “state aid” rules. The possible violations arise from...more

New Option for Late FBARs – Just File It!

An often overlooked filing obligation is the annual June 30 requirement to file the FBAR form for taxpayers with foreign bank accounts aggregating over $10,000. Late FBARs are a consistent problem and the IRS has a long...more

Delinquent FBAR Reporting and How to Come Forward? Fact and Choice of Method Really Matter!!!

FBARS for 2014 are Due and MUST BE FILED by June 30, 2015 - There are three approaches to coming forward and filing delinquent FBAR's (Report of Foreign Financial Account). They are...more

Tax Policy Update

NUMBER OF THE WEEK: 61. The number of countries that have signed on to implement the OECD’s multilateral agreement for the automatic exchange of tax information, in conjunction with the ongoing Base Erosion and Profit...more

Kruger: FX Derivatives Gains/Losses Taxed Only When Realized

In Kruger Incorporated v. The Queen (2015 TCC 119), the Tax Court held that the taxpayer could not value its foreign exchange options contracts on a mark-to-market basis, with the result that certain losses were not...more

The IRS Turns Up the Heat on Hedge Fund-Backed Reinsurance

After years of inaction, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is throwing up obstacles to enjoying the tax advantages of hedge fund-backed reinsurance. On April 24, 2015, the IRS issued a notice of proposed rulemaking titled...more

D.C. Circuit Holds That Wholly Foreign Retrocessions Not Subject To U.S. Excise Tax

In late May, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit affirmed a grant of summary judgment to a reinsurer in a dispute with the IRS regarding the imposition of U.S. excise taxes on a wholly...more

Launch of Mutual Recognition of Funds Between Mainland China and Hong Kong

On 22 May 2015, the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong (SFC) and the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) signed a Memorandum of Regulatory Cooperation on Mainland-Hong Kong Recognition of Funds, which...more

Due Diligence in Cross-Border Acquisitions Paving the Road to Enter or Run Away From a Deal in Brazil

With the great majority of foreign jurisdictions already adopting U.S.-style acquisition documents in connection with business acquisitions, U.S. investors experience a larger sense of comfort in negotiating their equity...more

Global Tax Enforcement in 2015: What You Need to Know

Tax fraud occurs on a considerable scale that can exceed law enforcement’s ability to detect and punish the conduct. This is true at both the federal and state levels. As of 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) and the...more

Validus Affirmed for All the Right Reasons – The FET Does Not Apply to Wholly Foreign Reinsurance Transactions

On May 26, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia affirmed the result of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in Validus Reinsurance, Ltd. v. U.S., 19 F. Supp. 3d 225 (2014), which was the...more

IRS Issues Internal FBAR Penalty Guidance To Ensure Consistency

Shortly before the annual June 30 FBAR filing deadline, the IRS issued penalty guidance for those that miss the foreign bank account reporting deadline. The purpose of the new penalty guidance is to improve the IRS’s...more

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