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China State Council Approves Adjustment of Special Access Management Measures in Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone

Following the big change where registration was replaced by filing for establishment applications of companies excluded in the Negative List, China State Council further approves adjustment of the special access management...more

Prorated Expenses, Finally Deductible

As of October 17, 2014, expenses incurred abroad on a prorated basis with parties that are not income tax payers in Mexico will be fully deductible to the extent certain requirements are met. The foregoing is pursuant to a...more

Are Passive Foreign Investments Too Good to Be True?

“Invest in tax-free offshore funds!” Sounds great, right? Each year, many U.S. investors fall for these familiar sales pitches. Other investors are simply looking to diversify risk by investing in offshore...more

The Singapore-India Connection: A Robust Past and a Compelling Future

In determining the optimum gateway for investing into India, reliance on industry data may be the most prudent opening gambit. Data released by India's Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion peg Mauritius and Singapore...more

Tax Law Blog: IRS Revises Offshore Voluntary Compliance Programs

As of July 1, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has implemented several changes to the streamlined filing procedures for offshore compliance, as well as the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP). These programs...more

Former UBS Banker Trial Begins in Florida

Opening statements were heard on Tuesday and the first government witness testified yesterday in the trial of ex-UBS AG banking executive Raoul Weil. Prosecutors have sought to show him as the driving force behind the bank’s...more

FATCA Alert

In recent years, the United States has increased initiatives to counter tax evasion committed by U.S. persons who are not reporting and paying U.S. income tax on earnings derived from foreign financial assets. The Foreign...more

Changes to Thin Capitalisation and Non-Portfolio Dividend Exemption Rules

On 16 October 2014, changes to Australia's thin capitalisation and non-portfolio dividend exemption rules received Royal Assent. The changes to the thin capitalisation rules represent a significant tightening of the...more

Tax Court Strikes Down “DAD” Loss Importation Tax Shelter

In consolidated cases known as Kenna Trading LLC, the Tax Court shut down an attempt to contribute foreign currency losses into a US partnership and syndicate the losses to investors by selling partnership interests followed...more

IRS Modifies Offshore Filing Procedures

The IRS has issued FAQs relating to the new streamlined procedures for offshore compliance, and for Delinquent International Information Return Submission Procedures....more

Tax Lessons from Reality Stars on What Not to Do

Two reality stars recently made headlines for being prosecuted for tax crimes and fraud. In both cases, the reality stars surely knew that consequences were coming: one was the subject of an IRS criminal investigation, and...more

Bye Bye Brazil! - Tax Planning Considerations for Brazilian Investment in the United States: Part 3 - Inbound Investment Real...

As an undergraduate at West Point, I was a Spanish and Portuguese major. My Brazilian “thing” had already started a decade earlier as a ten year old growing up in the Panama Canal Zone seeing Pele play for his Brazilian team...more

Bombay High Court Rules in Favour of Vodafone India in $490 Million Tax Dispute

On 10 October 2014, the Bombay High Court delivered a judgment in favour of Vodafone India Services Private Limited (Vodafone India) in a long-pending USD 490 million tax dispute. The Vodafone India intra-group transaction...more

Cross-Border Investigations Update - October 2014

In This Issue: Cross–Border Enforcement Trends: - Market Abuse - Economic Sanctions - Cross-Border Tax Enforcement - Anti-Corruption - Antitrust - A New Enforcement Environment in...more

Changes to the UK Tax Residence Rules for AIFs and Pitfalls to Avoid

In a previous article, we reported that draft legislation had been published to extend the scope of section 363A of the Taxation (International and Other Provisions) Act 2010 to ensure that alternative investment funds (AIFs)...more

Bye Bye Brazil! - Tax Planning Considerations for Brazilian Investment in the United States: Part II – Additional Income Tax...

I have mentioned in prior articles my affiliation with the South Florida law firm Osborne and Osborne, PA in Boca Raton. Back to the beginning! Boca Raton is where I started right out of the Army in 1987. I moved to Miami for...more

Tax Alert: New Chief Counsel Memorandum Revisits Definition of “Obligation” under IRC Section 956

ILM 201436047 - In a recent memorandum, ILM 201436047 (Sept. 8, 2014), the IRS chief counsel seemingly exceeded the scope of its own regulations in advising that the amount of a CFC’s section 956 investment included...more

Put Another Notch in the DOJ Gun

In the history of the old west when gun fighters survived a gun fight they might put a “notch” in their pistol as a badge of honor. Well the U.S. Department of Justice can put another notch in its weapon of choice, threat of...more

Doing Business in Australia

With strong economic fundamentals, a positive outlook, proximity and strong trade links with some of the world’s most dynamic economies, Australia offers a wealth of opportunities for global investors and multinational...more

FATCA Notebook: Former IRS Chief, Taxpayer Advocate Criticize FATCA; Switzerland Moves Toward Greater Transparency

First, former acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller speaks out against FATCA and suggests that the benefits of the new information reporting regime imposed by FATCA may not outweigh its costs. An article published by...more

Japan – BVI TIEA comes into force on 11 October

Further to our previous bulletin, following the Notification Ceremony on 11 September the Tax Information Exchange Agreement (TIEA) between the Government of Japan and the Government of the British Virgin Islands will come...more

Treasury Makes Life Easier for Holders of Canadian Retirement Account Interests

Treasury automates the process for U.S. taxpayers making an election to defer taxation of Canadian RRSPs and RRIFs and to eliminate some information reporting requirements as to those accounts. ...more

IRS Simplifies Procedures for Favorable Tax Treatment on RRSPs and RRIFs

The IRS has finally made it much easier for taxpayers who hold interests in either of two popular Canadian retirement plans—registered retirement savings plans (RRSPs) and registered retirement income funds (RRIFs)—to get...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - October 2014 #2

In this issue: - Derivatives - Bank Prudential Regulation & Regulatory Capital - Recovery & Resolution - Bank Structure - Shadow Banking - Financial Services - Excerpt...more

Forensic Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner Pleads Guilty to Concealing UBS Account

On October 3, 2014, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office press release and court records, Howard Bloomberg, a forensic accountant and certified fraud examiner, pleaded guilty to one count of failure to file an FBAR reporting...more

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