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International Crackdown: Tax Authorities Look to Employment Structures in Initiating Audits

In structuring their workforces abroad, taxes are a major driving force for employers—and if recent government initiatives are any indicator, employers should take care when considering the tax implications of their staffing...more

Opportunity to reduce import costs into Canada - but you need to act now!

In Budget 2016: Growing the Middle Class, the Government of Canada announced its intention to eliminate tariffs on food manufacturing ingredients, such as those used in the agri-food processing industry, as part of its plan...more

FinCEN Deputy Director: Industry Collaboration Key to Finalizing Customer Due Diligence Rule

On May 16, FinCEN Deputy Director Jamal El-Hindi delivered remarks at the Institute of International Bankers (IIB) Annual Anti-Money Laundering Seminar in New York. The focal point of El-Hindi’s remarks was recent Treasury...more

FinCEN Issues New Beneficial Ownership Regulations

Under the dark cover of the Panama Papers scandal, FinCEN moved quickly to issue its beneficial; ownership regulations. For all of the US regulatory and financial industry bluster, it is about time. The United States stands...more

Tax Treaty Savings Clause Question

Facts: A U.S. citizen and permanent resident of Israel incurs capital gains from the sale of stock of a U.S. corporation. U.S. - Israel Income Tax Treaty Provisions: Article 15, Paragraph 1: “[a] resident of one of...more

Four Things You Need to Know About the Mauritius-India Protocol

International investors have frequently used Mauritius holding companies for their Indian investments, seeking to take advantage of the exemption under the India-Mauritius income tax treaty (the “Mauritius Treaty”) from...more

Outsourced claims handling services attract VAT

The CJEU has confirmed in the Polish referred case of Minister Finansów v Aspiro SA1 that a third party acting on behalf of an insurer in the handling and settlement of claims cannot benefit from the exemption for insurance...more

In Wake of the Panama Papers, Treasury Proposes New Reporting Requirements for Foreign-Owned Legal Entities

On May 10, 2016, the Treasury Department issued proposed regulations that, if approved, will require business entities formed in the United States that are owned by a single foreign person to obtain an employer identification...more

IRS Issues Proposed Regulations That Would Recast Certain Debt Instruments as Equity

On April 4, 2016, the IRS and U.S. Treasury Department, in connection with a package of anti-inversion regulations prompted by news of the recent spate of corporate inversions (particularly the $160 billion Pfizer-Allergan...more

In Wake of Panama Papers Scandal Obama Calls for Stricter Bank Regulations, Tax Rules

In a news conference May 6, President Obama addressed recently announced rules and proposed regulations intended to help the U.S. fight tax evasion and other crimes connected to anonymous offshore companies and accounts. The...more

FinCEN Issues Final Rules for Customer Due Diligence Requirements

On May 11, 2016, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) issued the final version of its long-awaited “Customer Due Diligence Rules” under the Bank Secrecy Act. The final rules impose a new requirement on...more

UK Finance Bill 2016: Royalty Withholding Tax

Domestic UK law imposes a 20% royalty withholding tax on limited types of payment and on specific categories of intellectual property. This year's Finance Bill expands the scope of intellectual property royalties that are...more

Proposed Section 385 Regulations May Dramatically Impact Portfolio Debt Planning

On April 4, 2016, the IRS and Treasury issued proposed regulations under Section 385 (the “Proposed Regulations“). The Proposed Regulations, which were thought to have been a response to post-inversion earnings stripping...more

The Legacy of Michigan Senator Levin and Offshore Taxation Issues

When Senator Levin, the Democrat from Michigan, announced his retirement from the Senate in 2014, you could hear a collective sigh of relief from the corporate business community. Senator Levin had dedicated himself to...more

What Can You Learn in the First Inning?

You might figure that the year I decide to jump back on the Houston Astros bandwagon, they go back in the tank. Last year they were one game away from the American League (AL) Championship. This year they have the third worst...more

FinCEN Finalizes Beneficial Ownership Identification Rules

As part of the U.S. Treasury Department's ongoing efforts to prevent bad actors from using U.S. companies to conceal money laundering, tax evasion, and other illicit financial activities, the Financial Crimes Enforcement...more

WCO Technical Committee on Customs Valuation Sanctions Use of Transfer Pricing Studies

To support the use of transfer pricing studies as an aid in establishing that prices paid or payable are not influenced by the relationship between vendor and purchaser, the World Customs Organization (WCO) has sought for...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.10.16

Big news out of the online lending space, as Lending Club’s chair and CEO—Renaud Laplanche—has resigned after an internal review “showed a violation of the company’s business practices” related to sales of $22 million in...more

Panama Papers: Prosecutors Launch Investigations

When a scandal hits the media like the Panama Papers leak of 11.5 million confidential legal records, we all know what to expect. Criminal investigations, regulatory responses, and of course, congressional hearings of some...more

In Wake of Panama Papers Scandal Obama Calls for Stricter Bank Regulations, Tax Rules

In a recent news conference President Obama addressed rules and proposed regulations announced Thursday intended to help the U.S. fight tax evasion and other crimes connected to anonymous offshore companies and accounts. The...more

IRS Issues Proposed Regulations That Would Recast Certain Debt Instruments as Equity

On April 4, 2016, the IRS and U.S. Treasury Department, in connection with a package of anti-inversion regulations prompted by news of the recent spate of corporate inversions (particularly the $160 billion Pfizer-Allergan...more

Update on The Panama Papers

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) announced that on May 9, it will release selected data purported to be leaked or stolen from the internal records of the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca....more

Brazilian Voluntary Disclosure Program: The Cost of The Medicine for Contaminated Funds

On January 14, a voluntary disclosure program, the Special Regime for Foreign Exchange and Tax Regularization (RERCT), was enacted in Brazil. It gives Brazilian residents an opportunity to voluntarily disclose unreported...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.21.16

Dealbook’s White Collar Watch gives us a legal take on the many challenges, regulatory and otherwise, facing Elizabeth Holmes’ Theranos – NYTimes... The international financial scandal du jour (the Panama Papers) is...more

Proposed IRS and Treasury Regulations Have Broad Implications for Intercompany Debt Structures

On April 4, 2016, the U.S. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued proposed regulations ostensibly aimed at curbing inversions and earnings stripping, by companies located in the U.S. with overseas...more

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