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IRS Focus: Offshore Tax Evasion Tops Dirty Dozen List

The IRS issued two New Releases this week that restate its focus on offshore tax evasion. The first was January 29, 2015 which followed the First International Criminal Tax Symposium....more

National Security: Removing Barriers to Intra-Governmental Sharing of Information

The House of Commons in Canada is back in session. The federal Conservative Government wasted no time in introducing sweeping anti-terrorism bill (Bill C-51, the Anti-terrorism Act, 2015). I canvassed the legislative and...more

CBP Designates Preferred Ports of Entry for First-Time Canadian TN and L-1 Applicants

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is the agency charged with overseeing and facilitating international travel and trade across the borders of the United States. The CBP’s mandate includes responsibility over...more

"Insights Conversations: Life Sciences"

A healthy market for M&A activity, particularly cross-border deals, and a strict regulatory environment are the big factors influencing the health and activities of life sciences companies. Skadden partners John T....more

The World Wide Tax Web: FATCA Data Sharing Goes Online

The IRS has unveiled a secure web application, the International Data Exchange Service (IDES), for cross-border data sharing. IDES will allow Foreign Financial Institutions (FFIs) and tax authorities from other countries to...more

Australian Tax Alert: Bitcoin And Crypto-Currencies: Why The GST Law Should Change

The ATO released a draft ruling on the GST treatment of bitcoin transactions on 20 August 2014. A final version of that ruling, GSTR 2014/3, was released on 17 December 2014. While the ruling deals specifically with bitcoin,...more

Currency Conversion Concerns: New York Issues Guidance on Virtual Currencies

On December 5, 2014, the New York Department of Taxation and Finance (Department) released TSB-M-14(5)C, (7)I, (17)S. This (relatively short) bulletin sets forth the treatment of convertible virtual currency for sales,...more

U.S. Department of Commerce Announces Final Tariffs on Chinese and Taiwanese Solar Products

On December 17, 2014, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) announced its final determinations in the antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) investigations of crystalline silicon photovoltaic products (“solar...more

Spotlight On Federal Tax Developments In 2014

This article highlights a number of interesting federal tax developments that were brought to the table during the 2014 calendar year. Developments discussed in this article include the 18-month transitional period for the...more

Expanded WTO Information Technology Agreement Is Set To Offer Significant Economic Benefits To Industry And Users Of Technology...

There has recently been a breakthrough in the negotiations for an expanded Information Technology Agreement (ITA) at the World Trade Organization (WTO). On November 10, the United States and China reached a mutual...more

New German VAT Rules in eCommerce as of January 2015

Although online shop providers had to implement extensive changes to consumer rights (in particular, the new rules regarding the right of withdrawal) on the basis of the implementation of the EU Consumer Rights Directive...more

Tax Challenges Raised by the Digital Economy

On September 16, 2014, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (“OECD”) released a report on Action 1 of the OECD/G20 Base Erosion and Profit Shifting Project (also known as the “BEPS” project) titled...more

U.S.-China ITA Breakthrough May Reduce Tariffs on High-Tech Products

On November 10, United States Trade Representative Michael Froman announced a major breakthrough in negotiations with China to eliminate tariffs on information technology products by expanding the scope of the International...more

IRS Disregards Own Revenue Ruling in Barnes Decision

The Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently affirmed the Tax Court’s 2013 decision in Barnes Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries, T.C. Memo 2013-109, in which the Tax Court applied the step transaction doctrine to...more

25 Ways Manufacturers Can Drive Profitability

Cohen & Company recently hosted “25 Way to Drive Profitability,” a workshop in Youngstown geared specifically toward manufacturers. Beginning with an overview by Rick Schiraldi of the Valley’s manufacturing roots and history,...more

Taxation of Convertible Virtual Currency, Part I: It’s Not Money

Ecuador will soon be the first country in the world to have digital currency issued by a central bank. Although the new Ecuadorian currency won’t necessarily function like Bitcoin, Litcoin, Peercoin and Freicoin, or other...more

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence - October 2014 (Global)

BROADCASTING - France: French legislation on evening advertising on public channels: should we expect another shift in policy? - The main French public service broadcaster, France Télévisions, is calling for lift of...more

VAT Alert: Cross-Border Supplies Of Services Made To VAT Grouped Branches: Skandia America Corp. (USA), filial Sverige (C-7/13)

For VAT purposes, a supply of services from the headquarters of a company to its branch is generally not subject to VAT. This is well-established, and was confirmed in the Court of Justice of the European Union (the "Court of...more

Lame Duck Preview

With the November elections looming, the House and Senate completed their work last week before departing Washington to campaign, leaving any remaining legislative work for the post-election lame duck session. The brief work...more

European Court of Justice: Services by US Corporation to EU Based Branch May Attract Extra VAT Costs

On September 17, 2014, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rendered its judgment in high-profile case C-7/13 upon request for a preliminary ruling in the proceedings Skandia America Corp. (USA), filial Sverige vs....more

International Tax News - August 2014

UKRAINE: NEW ANTI-CRISIS TAX MEASURES - The Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s Supreme Council, has approved amendments to the country’s tax law. Among the changes are amendments affecting the corporate profit tax and excise...more

Brazil revises law on tax treatment of cross-border payments for data centers located abroad

Newly published Brazilian Interpretative Act (Ato Declaratório Interpretativo) N. 7/2014 expresses the Brazilian IRS’s view regarding the tax treatment applicable to cross-border payments for the use of data centers located...more

Tax update: Australian tax and GST treatment of bitcoin and other crypto-currencies

Earlier today the ATO released its long awaited public guidance on the Australian tax and GST treatment of bitcoin and other crypto-currencies. This guidance was originally scheduled to be released on 30 June 2014. It was...more

Cahiers de droit fiscal international: Ukraine Cross-border outsourcing - issues, strategies and solutions

Summary and conclusions - Ukraine is experiencing the fast development of outsourcing industry due primarily to IT outsourcing. This is supported by tax incentives introduced for the IT sector. Ukrainian tax...more

International Tax News - July 2014

BITCOIN FORGES AHEAD: 3 QUICK LOOKS - Bitcoin is a decentralized peer-to-peer payment system that exists virtually and is unlimited by the constraints of countries, government or time. In an age when business leaps...more

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