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Trump Wants to “Tweak” NAFTA

After meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in early February, President Trump said he plans to “tweak” the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada. Before this announcement, it was unclear whether the...more

Who Will Bear the Brunt of a NAFTA Renegotiation?

President Trump's plans to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) give rise to a number of questions about the future of trade between the United States, Mexico and Canada. While such a move might...more

Tax Reform in 2017? What is in Store for U.S. Businesses

With Republicans in control of the White House and Congress, one of the top priorities is tax reform. President Trump’s tax reform proposal and the House Republicans’ tax reform “Blueprint” suggest many changes to business...more

Reporting A Closely Held U.S. Corporation’s Overseas Activities

We have heard a lot about large, publicly-traded U.S. corporations that have parked trillions of dollars overseas to avoid the payment of U.S. income tax. We have heard how the tax system must be seriously broken to have so...more

"Business Tax Reform All but Certain in US, Europe"

United States - The prospects for business tax reform in the United States were greatly enhanced by the 2016 election results. Reform under Republicans, who control both the White House and Congress, could dramatically...more

House Proposal for Border Adjustability and Relevant WTO Rules

On June 24, 2016, on behalf of the House Republican Caucus, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R -Wis., and House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady, R -Tx., proposed sweeping reforms of the U .S. income and corporate taxes. The...more

Brexit Update: UK as a Holding Company Hub

The United Kingdom is still an attractive location for a holding company, despite the uncertainty over Brexit. ...more

The (Border) Adjustment Bureau: Hold On to Your (Imported) Hats

Retailers would be wise to pay close attention to the upcoming tax-plan deliberations of the 115th U.S. Congress. A proposal currently being considered would adjust the U.S. corporate tax by making imports a non-deductible...more

New Belgian Crowdfunding Law: Requirements and Tax Benefits

The Belgian Law of 18 December 2016 on crowdfunding will enter into force on 1 February 2017. The crowdfunding law creates a specific status for equity and debt crowdfunding platforms (referred to as “alternative...more

BEPS: Update on Action 6 on Treaty Benefits

In our previous post published on 6 December 2016 we described the OECD’s BEPS Project in the context of the publishing of the draft Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and...more

Mexico 2017 Repatriation Tax Amnesty

A new amnesty program to incentivize the repatriation of funds kept abroad by Mexican taxpayers was launched. The program will be open until mid-2017 and participants would be obliged to comply with specific requirements,...more

Border-Adjustable Taxes under the WTO Agreements

This client alert summarizes the World Trade Organization (WTO) disciplines on border adjustable internal taxes and provides a general framework for assessing any future United States corporate tax plan that incorporates a...more

Base erosion and profit shifting - new regulations

International tax issues have never been more prevalent than in today's integrated economic environment and international markets. As the world becomes increasingly globalised and cross-border activities become the norm, the...more

New IRS Reporting Rule Could Bite Unwary Foreign Investors

There are two main sources of reporting requirements for foreign investors in the United States — the Internal Revenue Service and the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The IRS recently upped its game by requiring reports from...more

ITC Solicits Public Comments On MTB Petitions - 45-Day Comment Period Open Until February 24, 2017

The U.S. International Trade Commission (“ITC”) is now accepting public comments on Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (“MTB”) petitions for duty suspensions and reductions that timely were filed with the agency by December 12, 2016,...more

HMRC Publishes Guidance on the Tax Treatment of Clawback of Remuneration in the UK

Since the financial crisis of 2008 / 2009, swathes of new regulations have been introduced governing various aspects of remuneration in the financial services sector. A key feature of these rules is the compulsory clawback of...more

TTB Changes Under the Fall Edition of the Unified Agenda

On December 23rd, 2016 the federal government published its Fall edition of the “Unified Agenda” – a bi-annual compilation of all ongoing federal rulemaking projects. Attached is a copy of the TTB detail from this latest...more

Some Tax Law Changes That Take Effect in 2017

No new tax legislation has come forth yet, but per tax laws passed in prior years, some changes in the law will occur in 2017. Chief among them...more

Amendment Protocol to the India-Singapore Tax Treaty Inked

Capital gains on alienation of shares to be taxable by India. The India-Mauritius tax treaty was amended by way of a protocol signed by the two countries on May 10, 2016—marking a landmark shift in India’s taxation...more

India Amends Capital Gains Tax Treaty With Singapore

The Government of India amended its double taxation avoidance agreement (DTAA) with Singapore on December 30, 2016. The amendment allows the Government of India to levy source-based capital gains taxes on foreign direct...more

Tax Reform in the New Administration

The upcoming change in administration, combined with retained Republican control of both houses of Congress, is expected to result in significant changes in the federal income tax system, on both the domestic and...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Fourth Quarter 2016: UK Autumn Statement 2016: Tax-Related Impact for the Financial Services...

In his first (and last) Autumn Statement, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, announced a number of tax measures affecting the financial services industry, although many of these changes had been the subject of...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Fourth Quarter 2016: The Impact of New U.S. Partnership Audit Rules on Investment...

The U.S. Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 amended the provisions of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (Code), governing partnership audit proceedings. The new provisions are designed to simplify the ability of...more

U.S. Antiboycott Compliance: New Federal List Published

Companies doing business in the Middle East take note: The Treasury Department recently published its quarterly list of countries that currently require participation or cooperation with an international boycott, such as the...more

IRS Finalizes Regulations That Limit Nonrecognition On Certain Outbound Section 367(a) Transfers & Other Outbound Rule Changes

U.S. persons transferring appreciated property to foreign corporations may be eligible for nonrecognition of gain using Section 351 or the corporate reorganization provisions. However, Code §367(a) and its regulations provide...more

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