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AFRICA - A Legal Guide for Business Investment and Expansion: Angola

1. What role does the government of Angola play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? Foreign direct investment is a highly-regulated sector in Angola. In August 2015, the Angolan Government enacted Law...more

Grecian: Tax Court Rejects IRS Ruling - Five Things You Need to Know

On July 13, 2017, in Grecian Magnesite Mining, Industrial and Shipping Co. SA v. Commissioner (149 T.C. No. 3 (2017), the U.S. Tax Court concluded that gain recognized by a foreign corporation upon redemption of its interest...more

The US Tax Court Rejects IRS Position That Non-US Partners Are Taxed on Sales of Partnership Interests

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The US Tax Court earlier this month issued a decision that rejected a 25-year old IRS Revenue Ruling and held that gain from the sale or other disposition by a non-US person of an interest in a partnership that is engaged in...more

Big Tax Court Win for Foreign Investors in U.S. Partnerships

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A foreign investor, not engaged in a U.S. trade or business, can sell stock in a U.S. corporation without fear of U.S. tax liability (with the notable exception of stock in certain U.S. corporations heavily invested in U.S....more

Foreign Partner Not Taxable on Partnership Sale

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Private equity and venture capital funds often invest in portfolio companies that are formed as partnerships or limited liability companies. But these investments create certain problems for foreign limited partners (LPs) in...more

Tariff Charge reduction for electric vehicles

by Dentons on

The past 29th of June of 2017, the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism issued Decree 1116 of 2017, by which it established the following tariff charges...more

Did you know that Form 8938 filing obligations apply to Specified Domestic Entities?

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

A US Person that owns US entities like corporations or partnerships that conduct cross-border business may have a Form 8938 (Statement of Specified Foreign Financial Assets) filing obligation. IRS defines Specified...more

Disposition of U.S. Partnership Interest Will Not Result in Effectively Connected Income to Foreign Partner

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

What happens when a foreign individual or corporation sells an interest in a partnership that is engaged in a U.S. trade or business? The Internal Revenue Code does not directly answer this question - the answer lies at the...more

UK Tax Round Up - July 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

UK Tax News and Developments - Conservative legislative agenda set out in Queen's Speech - Following the UK general election on 8 June 2017, at which the Conservative party won the largest number of seats but lost its...more

Renewal of U.S. FATCA Registration for Certain Investment Funds by Monday, July 31, 2017

Certain non-U.S. investment funds, including Bermuda funds, which qualify as foreign financial institutions (FFI), must enter into a legal agreement (“FFI agreement”) with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to be treated...more

Grecian Magnesite: Tax Court Finds Reliance on a US Tax Advisor Establishes Reasonable Cause

On July 13, 2017, the Tax Court, in Grecian Magnesite, Industrial & Shipping Co., SA v. Commissioner, 149 T.C. 3 (2017), rejected Internal Revenue Service (IRS) arguments that, in order to establish good faith reliance, the...more

Tax Court Overrides Key Revenue Ruling on the Tax Treatment of the Sale of U.S. Partnership Interest by Foreign Persons

by King & Spalding on

In a July 13, 2017 opinion, the United States Tax Court in Grecian Magnesite Mining, Industrial & Shipping Co., SA v. Commissioner refused to follow the long-held IRS position found in Revenue Ruling 91-32 (“the “Revenue...more

Tax Court Rejects IRS’ Position in Rev. Rul. 91-32

Grecian Magnesite Mining, a Greek corporation (GMM), owned an interest in Premier Chemicals LLC, a Delaware limited liability company classified as a partnership for US income tax purposes (Premier). Premier conducted a trade...more

People with significant control regime: expanded scope and more regular reporting

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Changes to the UK's regime for the disclosure by companies of their significant controllers (the PSC regime) took effect on 26 June 2017. The changes ensure that UK legislation is compliant with the EU's Fourth Anti-Money...more

Tax impact of the repeal of the foreign employment income exemption on South African professionals

by Hogan Lovells on

The Taxation Laws Amendment Bill 2017 (2017 TLAB) was published for public comment on 19 July 2017. One of the changes proposed is the repeal of the so-called foreign employment income exemption, contained in section...more

Draft tax legislation for 2017 released

by Hogan Lovells on

Following the 2017 Budget presented before Parliament on 22 February 2017, the draft tax legislation for the specific tax proposals was released on 19 July 2017 for comment. Comments should be made by 18 August 2017. ...more

Polish Ministry of Finance publishes a draft bill proposing significant changes to corporate income tax

by DLA Piper on

The Polish Ministry of Finance has published a draft bill that proposes significant changes to, among other things, the Act on Corporate Income Tax (Bill). Its aim is to close loopholes in the corporate tax system. The Bill...more

Newsflash: Tax Court Reverses IRS Revenue Ruling

by Dechert LLP on

A recent U.S. Tax Court case, Grecian Magnesite (149 T.C. No. 3, July 13, 2017), has declared invalid the long-standing U.S. government position that a non-U.S. person’s sale of an interest in a partnership (in this case, a...more

Corporate Inversions

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

A multinational corporate group headed by a U.S. parent corporation is often at a competitive disadvantage compared to a multinational corporate group headed by a foreign corporation. While a multinational corporate group...more

US Tax Court Exempts Gain on Sale of a Partnership Interest

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Decision could open planning opportunities for non-US partners regarding sale of a partnership interest. The Grecian Magnesite Mining, Industrial & Shipping Co., SA v. Commissioner 1 case — which the US Tax Court decided...more

U.S. Exports of Whiskey, Juice, and Dairy Products to Europe Targeted for Retaliation against President Trump’s Plans to Limit...

by Hogan Lovells on

U.S. trading partners have begun to signal their plans to consider retaliatory measures in response to President Trump’s Section 232 Investigations on steel imports. In particular, European Union (EU) officials recently...more

Impact of the Multilateral Instrument on U.S. Taxpayers

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Nearly 70 countries have signed the OECD’s multilateral instrument – but the U.S. isn’t one of them. Our International Tax Group takes stock of how the MLI will prevent base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) and what it all...more

Office of Tax Simplification Recommendations for Reform of Stamp Duty on Paper Documents

by Goodwin on

On 10 July 2017 the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS), the independent adviser to the government on tax simplification, released its recommendations following its review of stamp duty on paper documents. Whilst the proposals...more

IRS Identifies 8 Burdensome Regulations for Reform

Responding to a Trump Executive Order, the Treasury Department has reviewed all significant tax regulations issued after December 31, 2015 and identified eight regulations to be reformed to mitigate the burden that the...more

Treasury Dept. Identifies 8 "Significant Tax Regulations" for Review to Reduce Burden

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced on July 7, 2017, in Notice 2017-38 (the Notice) that it has identified as "significant tax regulations" eight sets of U.S. federal tax regulations that were issued between Jan. 1,...more

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