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New Proposed Regulations Increase Scrutiny on Related-Party Debt

The U.S. Treasury Department (“Treasury”) and Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) recently issued proposed regulations (the “New Proposed Regulations”) governing the federal income tax treatment of debt between certain related...more

China Customs authorities enhance monitoring of intercompany prices and royalty payments

China’s General Administration of Customs (GAC) has released an amendment to the Import and Export Declaration Documents Standards. Among many changes, the Amendment now requires Chinese entities with importing and exporting...more

The Panama Papers: Managing Corporate Risk and Uncertainty

On April 3, 2016, it became public that an anonymous source had leaked 11 million confidential documents, known as the “Panama Papers,” belonging to the Panama-headquartered international law firm Mossack Fonseca. As more of...more

The Panama Papers: Taking a New Look at an Old Problem

On April 3, 2016, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (“ICIJ”) published more than 11.5 million documents connected to Mossack Fonseca, a Panama law firm that helped establish offshore financial...more

Panama Papers: Looking Below the Headlines

The media loves a scandal. In the banking and compliance world, the latest scandal to hit the media was the Panama Papers. The Panama Papers is surprising in scope – Panama has become the favorite financial haven for money...more

The Global Spotlight on Transparency: Renewed Focus on Tax and Financial Regulatory Enforcement in Singapore

The global spotlight on transparency in tax and financial reporting has come to Singapore, signalling cause for renewed focus on compliance for investors and global business operators. On 6 April, the Singaporean Ministry of...more

International Tax Advisory: New Temporary Regulations Continue the Fight Against Inversions

On April 4, the Treasury released temporary regulations to attack (and prevent) inversions. Aimed at transactions designed to avoid the purposes of Sections 7874 and 367 and certain post-inversion avoidance transactions, the...more

Early Stage Investment Tax Incentives Bill Introduced

As an update to our Legal Insight of December 2015 'New Tax Incentives for Early Stage Investment', on 16 March 2016 the Turnbull Government introduced legislation providing significant tax incentives to promote local and...more

Treasury Department Issues Temporary and Proposed Regulations to Curb Inversions and Earnings Stripping

On April 4, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department issued temporary and proposed regulations formalizing rules contained in Notices 2014-52 and 2015-79 limiting corporate tax inversions, as well as...more

MTC Arm’s-Length Adjustment Service (Part II): “An Expression of Grief, Pity, or Concern”

Executive Summary - ..Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) transfer pricing program moving forward in some fashion; ..Priority includes information sharing among participating states (and possibly their third party...more

CRA Provides Update on Efforts to Combat Tax Evasion

Following the release of the “Panama Papers” and the Canadian federal government’s budget announcement that additional resources will be directed to the CRA to collect existing tax debts and combat tax evasion, the CRA has...more

New Partnership Tax Audit Rules

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 establishes new rules (the “New Partnership Audit Rules”) for the conduct of federal income tax audits of partnerships and the assessment and collection of income taxes resulting from such...more

"Proposed Treasury Regulations Dramatically Alter Existing Debt/Equity Law"

On April 4, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Treasury Department proposed new Treasury regulations that, if finalized, would become retroactively effective to April 4, 2016, and dramatically alter the tax...more

Potential Refund Opportunity: Recent Michigan Business Tax Ruling Clarifies the Meaning of ‘Indirect’ Ownership

The Michigan Court of Appeals has held that Treasury cannot use the constructive ownership rules of IRC § 318 to determine whether a group of entities meets the threshold for mandatory combined reporting under the Business...more

New Temporary Inversion Regulations

The IRS once again is targeting inversions, and this time there have been immediate tangible results. The IRS issued temporary regulations on Monday targeting inversion transactions. An inversion occurs where a foreign...more

M&A Update: Broad Anti-Inversion Rules Released

On April 4, 2016, Treasury released new rules making it more difficult for some U.S. companies to invert (“Serial Inversion Regulations”), Proposed Regulations limiting the effectiveness of “earnings stripping” techniques...more

IRS Sets Short Fuse for Comments, Guidance on New Partnership Audit Rules

As if it wasn’t going to be busy already, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) has set Tax Day, April 15, 2016, as the due date for comments on significant new partnership audit rules. This new law, which was enacted as part...more

Partnership Audits of Private Equity Firms on the Rise

There has been buzz in the tax and private equity communities about the rise in audits of private equity firms by the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”). This has been fueled by the restructuring of the IRS’ Large Business &...more

5 Reasons Why Incorporating Your Business is the Right Play

Agitated that the NBA is now prohibiting him from using Stickum during games (even though he’s been doing so for years), Dwight Howard wants to find a permissible product that he can use to grip the basketball.  Dwight thinks...more

Navigant’s Consulting’s Report on Residential Solar Misconstrues Value of Tax Attributes

Navigant Consulting on February 19 submitted a report, Solar Project Return Analysis for Third Party Owned Solar Systems, to the Arizona Public Service (APS). The thesis of the report is that residential solar developers are...more

Businesses Locating in Expanding Keystone Innovation Zone May Qualify for Tax Credit

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney recently announced a significant expansion of the University City Keystone Innovation Zone which is intended to attract new businesses into Center City Philadelphia. Now may be the time to...more

Global Tax News - March 2016

China expands VAT reform to new sectors: launch date – May 1 With the announcement by Premier Li, industry players are now looking forward to the long-awaited new VAT policies applying to the construction, real estate,...more

South Dakota Takes NCSL Challenge, Enacts Sales Tax Nexus Law

In February, we discussed how the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) circulated a letter to all the states encouraging them to enact laws to challenge the physical-presence standard for sales tax nexus...more

The IRS Releases CCA 201606027

On February 5, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Chief Counsel Advice 201606027 (the 2016 CCA) in which the IRS concluded, among other things, that guarantees by a partner of a partnership’s liabilities that...more

Oklahoma Tax Commission 2016 Proposed Administrative Rules Changes

The Oklahoma Tax Commission (“Tax Commission”) has published 2016 proposed changes to its administrative rules with respect to Oklahoma taxes ("OTC Rules"). The OTC Rules are formal statements of policy written by the...more

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