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Trial of Art Dealer Accused of Tax Fraud and Money Laundering by French Tax Authorities Ends With Judgement of Acquittal

On 12 January, the Paris Criminal Court acquitted Guy Wildenstein, who was facing the possibility of two years in prison and a €250 million fine, and other members of his family as well as their trustees and advisors who were...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

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

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

New Tax Information Exchange Agreement Between the United States and Argentina

The governments of Argentina and the United States signed on December 23rd, 2016, a new tax information exchange agreement (“TIEA”). Jack Lew, U.S. Treasury Secretary, stated that the TIEA will allow for important...more

Bankers, Do your US Clients tell you everything that you need to know?

Given the information publicly revealed by “Panama Papers”, and recent IRS reminders to out-of-compliance US Taxpayers to come into full compliance with their federal tax obligations, it is critical that Bankers and Financial...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

The High Cost of Being Noncompliant with the Internal Revenue Code

The IRS currently offers the following five programs for noncompliant taxpayers: (i) the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP), (ii) Streamlined Domestic Offshore Procedures, (iii) Streamlined Foreign Offshore...more

World Bank publishes Transfer Pricing Handbook for developing countries

On 23 December 2016, the World Bank Group published a transfer pricing handbook "Transfer Pricing and Developing Economies: A Handbook for Policy Makers and Practitioners". The Handbook, which comprises eight chapters...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

"The New UK Corporate Offence of 'Failure to Prevent the Facilitation of Tax Evasion': Implications for Fund Managers and...

The U.K. government expands its crackdown on tax evaders and the persons who assist them, by targeting businesses who fail to prevent tax evasion....more

¿Sabe usted el propósito de los Procedimientos de Presentación de Cumplimiento Racionalizados?

Procedimientos Racionalizados de Presentación de Cumplimiento (Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedures) es una de las opciones disponibles para los contribuyentes Estadounidenses con activos e ingresos financieros...more

Do you know the purpose of the Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedures?

Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedures (Streamlined) is one of the options available for US Taxpayers with unreported foreign financial assets and income. It is intended for the Taxpayers that have acted non-willfully. ...more

¿Sabe usted por qué y cómo entrar en el Programa de Divulgación Voluntaria de Cuentas en el Extranjero (OVDP)?

A través del Programa de Divulgación Voluntaria de Cuentas en el Extranjero (OVDP – Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program), el IRS permite a los Contribuyentes que no están en cumplimiento intentionalmente revelar las cuentas...more

Do you know why and how to make an Offshore Voluntary Disclosure?

Through its Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP), IRS permits noncompliant taxpayers to disclose Willfully unreported offshore accounts and related income. The “key” word for OVDP is Willful. Unlike the Streamlined...more

Reckless Indifference Is Enough For Willfullness Finding For Puroses Of FBAR Nonfiling Penalties

A husband and wife had an accounting in Switzerland at UBS AG, into which they deposited commissions from camera sales and also directed some of their international customers to make deposits. In 2007, the tax year at issue,...more

Brazil and Switzerland agree to automatic exchange of financial account information in tax matters

The Governments of Brazil and Switzerland have released a joint declaration expressing their intent to introduce, on a reciprocal basis, an automatic exchange of financial account information in tax matters based on the OECD...more

Cuando FATCA y los Programas de Amnistía Fiscal se cruzan, ¿será demasiado tarde para los contribuyentes Estadounidenses?

Instituciones Financieras extranjeras (FFIs) y las autoridades fiscales de los países anfitriones le han proporcionado al IRS con una segunda ronda de informes de información sobre cuentas financieras mantenidas por los...more

When FATCA and Tax Amnesty Programs intersect, will it be too late for US Taxpayers?

Foreign Financial Institutions (FFIs) and host country tax authorities have provided IRS with a second round of information reports on financial accounts held by US Taxpayers. This exchange of information is automated and...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 7, Issue 12

FDIC Adopts New Recordkeeping Requirements for Large Banks – Modifies Original Proposal as to Brokered CDs - In November 2016, the FDIC approved a final rule establishing recordkeeping requirements for insured...more

FATCA: Final Deadline to Obtain a GIIN for Sponsored Investment Funds

Key Points - - Transitional relief for non-U.S. investment funds that have been previously permitted to provide only a sponsor’s GIIN to avoid incurring FATCA withholding ends on December 31, 2016. - U.S....more

Much-Anticipated Section 871(m) Dividend Equivalent Guidance Provides Promised Transition Relief

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) has released Notice 2016-76, providing anticipated guidance and transition relief for certain dividend equivalent transactions described in section 871(m) of the U.S. Internal...more

Dollar Financial UK Ltd v HMRC: When Must a Financial Intermediary Charge VAT?

Executive Summary - The decision in Dollar Financial UK Ltd v HMRC [2016] UKFTT 598 will likely be of interest to a range of participants in the lending market, and the financial services sector more generally, because...more

FATCA and CRS: 2016 Year End Reminders and a Look Ahead to 2017

As 2016 comes to a close, U.S. FATCA is almost fully phased-in, U.K. FATCA is being phased-out and the Common Reporting Standard (“CRS”) is nearing the first anniversary of its effective date. What began as a concept in 2010...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

Central Bank launches ORION II platform to authorise all QIAIFs applications - All QIAIFs applications (including ICAVs) will be processed via the CBI’s ORION platform allowing consistency with other legal structures and...more

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