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IRS Proposes PFIC Regulations That Could Characterize Many Foreign Insurance Companies as PFICs

A mere 28 years after Congress enacted the tax rules governing passive foreign investment companies (“PFICs”), the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service have for the first time issued proposed regulations that...more

IRS Publishes Proposed Regulations for Hedge Fund Reinsurance Arrangements

In April 24’s Federal Register, the IRS released proposed regulations (REG-108214-15) to restrict when a foreign insurance company’s income can be excluded as passive income by giving a more strict definition for the “active...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Proposed Regulations Issued On Hedge Fund Reinsurance Transactions

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued proposed regulations addressing what constitutes the “active conduct of an insurance business” for purposes of the passive foreign investment company (PFIC) rules (the...more

Treasury and the IRS Offer a New Take on the PFIC Active Insurance Exception

On April 23, Treasury and the IRS issued proposed regulations interpreting the active insurance exception under the passive foreign investment company (PFIC) rules. Although the release of the proposed regulations did not...more

2015 Federal Budget – Selected Tax Measures

On April 21, 2015, the Minister of Finance presented Canada’s long-awaited 2015 Federal Budget (the 2015 Budget). The 2015 Budget includes a number of taxpayer-friendly measures, including limited relief from Canadian source...more

Focus: PI Insurance – Conformity Certification – New Rules

Many undertakings operating in the professional indemnity insurance sector traditionally offer policies covering the civil liability of certified chartered accountants and bookkeepers arising from the issue of conformity...more

Cayman Insurance Law Amendments Enhance Captive Flexibility

On January 16, 2015, the Cayman Islands published new insurance regulations affecting portfolio insurance companies (PICs). The regulations are designed to provide more flexibility to insurance companies incorporated as...more

FY 2016 Budget Tax Proposals Target Insurance Companies

On February 2, the Obama Administration released its fiscal year 2016 budget (FY 2016 Budget). The hallmarks of the FY 2016 Budget are proposals that would impose (i) a minimum tax on the current foreign earnings of U.S....more

Proposed Anti-Inversion Regulations Would Affect Foreign Insurers

For decades American companies have used so-called “corporate inversions” to lower their tax burdens on foreign-earned income. Typically, the American company is acquired by a foreign company located in a tax-favorable...more

Jamon y Queso (Ham and Cheese) – Offshore Annuity Planning Options for Non-Resident Aliens

I have been active in private placement life insurance since 1999. Over that course of time, while the offshore private placement life insurance industry was getting its start in the late 1990s, Sun Life of Canada introduced...more

IRS Denies Treaty Benefits Despite Lack of Treaty Shopping

In Starr International Company, Inc., v. United States, the taxpayer (“Starr International Company, Inc.” or “SICO”) filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia seeking a tax refund from...more

Bermuda: Taking Charge of the Future - A review of recent legislative changes relating to Trusts and Life Insurance Contracts

Bermuda is a financial centre that is determined to grow, diversify, and improve upon the range and quality of the financial and professional services that it offers to its international clients. This goal is supported...more

New Italian finance law to facilitate company financings

On August 20, 2014, the Decreto Competitività (as converted into Law with amendments, the “Decree”), was published in the Italian Official Gazette (Gazzetta Ufficiale della Repubblica Italiana). The Decree is part of a...more

New FATCA Regulations Address Certain Concerns of the Insurance Industry

On February 20, Treasury and the IRS issued new final and temporary Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) regulations. In brief, the new FATCA regulations provide positive changes with respect to several issues raised...more

Court Holds Excise Tax Does Not Apply to Foreign Retrocessional Reinsurance

In Validus Reinsurance, Ltd. v. United States, No. 13-0109 (ABJ), 2014 WL 462886 (D.D.C. 2014), the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia found that although foreign reinsurance contracts covering certain U.S....more

No U.S. Excise Taxes On Foreign Retrocessions

Foreign retrocession insurance transactions are beyond the reach of IRS excise taxes based on the plain language of 26 U.S.C. § 4371(3), which aims to tax insurance transactions involving policies issued by foreign insurers...more

Legal Alert: IRS Issues Draft FATCA FFI Agreement and Announces Positive New Rules for Insurance Companies

On October 29, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2013-69, which includes guidance to foreign financial institutions (FFIs) entering into FFI agreements with the IRS and a draft FFI agreement. The Notice also...more

A Whiter Shade of Pale -- Building a Private Label Investment Program with Private Placement Life Insurance and Annuities

Overview - Poor John Paulsen! Now that's an oxymoron! He has to be the most radioactive man on the Planet when it comes to tax planning. Everything he touches in business seems to be couched in subversive tax planning...more

Legal Alert: FATCA NFFE Rules Subject Non-U.S. P&C Insurers and Reinsurers to Burdensome Reporting Requirements

The good news is that, under the recently released Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) regulations, most non-U.S. property and casualty (P&C) insurance and reinsurance companies will not be considered foreign financial...more

Legal Alert: New Budget Proposals Once Again Target Insurance Companies

On April 10, the Obama Administration released its fiscal year 2014 budget (FY 2014 Budget). Of note, the FY 2014 Budget includes a number of tax proposals that target insurance companies or that otherwise would have a direct...more

Il Regime Fiscale Delle Polizze Assicurative Estere Offerte In Regime Di Libera Prestazione Di Servizi

La recente Circolare dell’Agenzia delle Entrate n. 41/E del 31 ottobre 2012 è intervenuta a chiarire le modifiche alle disposizioni fiscali in materia di imposte sostitutive sui redditi di capitale di natura assicurativa e di...more

An American in Paris (or Shanghai or Tel Aviv) – Part 3: How to retain your account in a Foreign Financial Institution

In my last installment, I discussed the benefits of a private placement insurance contract (life insurance or annuity) issued by a life insurer domiciled in Puerto Rico – Isla del Encanto – for Americans living...more

An American in Paris (or Shanghai or Tel Aviv) – Part 2: Using Tax-Advantaged Investment to Minimize U.S. Tax Reporting...

If you are an American living overseas, the walls are closing in on you quickly. If your foreign bank hasn’t already closed your account, don’t hold your breath because it is probably coming quickly. A large number of...more

An American in Paris (or Shanghai or Tel Aviv) – Part 1: Using Tax-Advantaged Investment Solutions While Living Overseas

According to the American Citizens Abroad, there are five-seven million American citizens living outside of the United States on a fulltime basis. I for one am green with envy. I grew up in the Panama Canal Zone and know...more

Life insurance and Annuity Planning for Non-Resident Aliens from a U.S. Tax Perspective

Many non resident aliens (NRAs) own U.S. life insurance, i.e. life insurance issued by a life insurer domiciled in the United States. Why is this case? A range of planning reasons explains how this came to be....more

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