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The Panama Effect: UK Government accelerates proposals to criminalise failure to prevent tax evasion

10 considerations for professionals and corporates worldwide in advance of the new law. Overview - In a move widely seen as a response to the so-called “Panama Papers” revelations, the UK Government has enhanced...more

Amendments to real estate legislation - Quarter 1 of 2016

Amendments to federal laws - Federal Law No. 431-FZ dated 30 December 2015 “On Geodesics, Cartography and Spatial Data and on Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation” The law under...more

Trade & Manufacturing - April 2016

President’s Trip to Cuba Accompanied by Expanded Treasury and Commerce Regulations - On March 20, President Obama arrived in Cuba for an historic visit, marking a significant step in the Obama Administration’s efforts to...more

U.S. PFIC Taxation Exemption to be Narrowed?

The last 15 years have seen the advent of a new reinsurance platform, where hedge funds have sponsored non-U.S. reinsurers, who in turn invest their capital in the sponsoring hedge funds. While there are business rationales...more

Brexit: What are the implications for tax law?

The precise impact of a Brexit on UK tax law is not possible to determine without knowing the terms of the exit negotiated by the UK with the EU and future government decisions. There are various ways the relationship between...more

Energy & Environment Update - March 2016

ENERGY AND CLIMATE DEBATE - Last week there was the glimmer of progress on the Senate bipartisan energy bill, with a hotline request to approve a number of amendments. This came after a compromise agreement announced by...more

Energy & Environment Update - February 2016 #3

ENERGY AND CLIMATE DEBATE - Congress returns this week following the President’s Day holiday, and the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on February 13 has set the stage for a contentious nomination battle in...more

US China Trade War – Dueling US China Antidumping Cases, China’s NME Status, TPP, Aluminum and Congress Failure to let TAAF Fix...

I have been in China for two weeks working on the Solar Cells and Steel Sinks cases. This is an abbreviated February newsletter, which will cover trade and trade policy, including the new trade cases filed in the United...more

BC budget recap

On Tuesday, February 16, 2016, the Government of British Columbia tabled in the legislature their annual budget—Budget 2016. Budget 2016 contains overall good news for British Columbians. Relatively speaking, BC is a...more

Senate Passes Enforce And Protect Act Of 2015 Creating A New Avenue To Combat Evasion Of AD/CVD Duties

On February 11, 2016, the Senate passed the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (H.R. 644) by a 75-20 vote, which previously passed the House on December 11, 2015 by a 256-148 vote. President Obama has...more

FY2017 Budget Proposal Sets Its Sights on Insurance Companies

On February 9, the Obama Administration released its fiscal year 2017 budget proposal (FY2017 Budget). Many of the tax proposals included in the FY2017 Budget closely follow those included in the President’s fiscal year 2016...more

Senate Passes Trade Facilitation And Trade Enforcement Act - Comprehensive Customs bill addresses several key topics

On February 11, 2016, the Senate passed the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (H.R. 644) by a 75-20 vote. Today’s action constitutes acceptance by the Senate of a conference agreement reached by House and...more

Recent Revisions to Internal Revenue Code Affecting Alcohol Beverages

In December 2015, President Obama signed into law the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (PATH Act). The PATH Act amends several provisions of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (IRC) administered by the Alcohol...more

Economic sanctions and trade

Easing of economic sanctions against Iran - The International Atomic Energy Agency’s recent certification that the Government of Iran has met its obligations under the P5+1 Nuclear Agreement resulted in the United States...more

Renewable Energy Update - February 2016

Renewable Energy Focus - PG&E launches program to let all customers go 100 percent solar - Solar Industry Magazine - Feb 3 - Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) has officially launched its previously...more

Leaders Discuss Issues Facing Florida Manufacturers

As part of its ongoing 2016 State of Manufacturing Tour, the National Association of Manufacturers (“NAM”), including CEO Jay Timmons and others, stopped in Tampa, Florida on January 28 and 29, 2016. The visit included tours...more

Focus on Tax Strategies & Developments - January 2016

Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015—the Year-End Legislation f/k/a Extenders - Just in time for Christmas, Congress passed, with bipartisan support, and the President signed, the “Protecting Americans from...more

Could 2016 Be the Year When Congress Finally Addresses Tax Reform?

Like Vladimir and Estragon waiting for Godot, Washington has been waiting for Congress to tackle tax reform. The reason for the lack of action is a fundamental disagreement between Democrats and Republicans over what reform...more

NJ Senators Hold Press Conference on Combined Reporting

New Jersey Senators Lesniak (D), Greenstein (D), and Sarlo (D) held a press conference today concerning combined-reporting legislation that they are sponsoring....more

The Delaware Competes Act Signed Into Law

This week, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed into law HB 235, otherwise known as the Delaware Competes Act of 2016. HB 235 was passed by the Delaware State House of Representatives on January 14, 2016 and the Delaware...more

Energy & Environment Update - January 2016 #2

Energy and Climate Debate - As Washington prepares for snow, energy issues continue to heat up in the second session of the 114th Congress. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chair Lisa Murkowski (R-AK),...more

PATH Act Changes to FIRPTA

The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the “PATH Act,” Division Q of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, P.L. 114-113, enacted December 18, 2015) made some important changes to the U.S. federal income tax...more

Tax changes 2016: The reform which didn't take place. To be continued…

Despite expectations, the tax novelties which became effective from 2016 introduce neither drastic nor systematic changes into tax legislation. At that, the result of long lasting discussions between the legislators, experts...more

Energy & Environment Update - January 2016

Energy and Climate Debate - Following weeks of intense negotiations, Congress approved the $1.1 trillion omnibus appropriations and $680 billion tax extenders package (H.R. 2029), which includes a long-term extension and...more

Permanent U.S. Withholding Tax Rules for Non-US Investors in RICs – A New Distribution Opportunity

U.S.-registered investment companies (“RICs”) historically have had limited success attracting investments from non-U.S. investors, in large part due to U.S. withholding taxes on fund distributions. This has allowed funds...more

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