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

Luxembourg Infrastructure Investment Vehicles - New Brochure - The Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (ALFI) has issued new technical guidelines regarding “Luxembourg Infrastructure Investment Vehicles”,...more

Tax Newsletter - March/April 2015 (China & Hong Kong)

In This Issue: The People's Republic of China: - China Tightens Tax Control Over Cross-Border Intercompany Payments - China Provides Further EIT Incentives For Integrated Circuit Industry - Expansion of...more

Carried Interests – Here We Go Again

Following up on last week’s blog post on carried interests, a new bill was introduced Friday in the House of Representatives targeting carried interests. This bill, H.R. 2889, is titled the Carried Interest Fairness Act of...more

Special Focus: What The Insurance Industry Should Know About The IRS’s Campaign Against “Abusive” Micro Captives

Though in the midst of a stifling budget and personnel reduction, the United States Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) recently announced an increased effort to curb what it sees as widespread abusive applications of so-called...more

Formation of Private Equity and Venture Capital Funds

The Cayman Islands has long been the most prominent offshore jurisdiction through which to structure offshore private equity and venture capital funds. Why the Cayman Islands? The attractions for international...more

Publicly Traded Partnership Proposed Regulations

Widely held partnerships are a significant source of funding for oil, gas and certain natural resources projects, but the publicly traded partnership (“PTP”) rules can cause such partnerships to be treated as corporations for...more

FATCA: Making First Submissions and Maintaining Compliance

While the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) became law in 2010, it has been slowly transitioning to implementation, with 2015 being the first year of required reportings. For anyone not familiar with the Act, FATCA...more

Things in a 401(k) Plan That Don’t Look Right

They always say that you should never judge a book by its cover, but people do. People say you shouldn’t judge people by their appearance and they do. Just because something doesn’t look right, doesn’t mean it isn’t right....more

Fairmont: OCA Dismisses Crown’s Appeal in Rectification Case

The Ontario Court of Appeal has dismissed the Crown’s appeal in Fairmont Hotels Inc. v. A.G. (Canada) (2015 ONCA 441). In Fairmont (2014 ONSC 7302), the taxpayer was successful on an application for rectification of...more

Employer’s Excuses About Their Retirement Plan And Why They’re Wrong

When dealing with my children and many adults, I hear many excuses why things don’t get done correctly. No one wants to accept re- sponsibility for their ineptness; they just cling to these excuses. Plan sponsors don’t have...more

Alabama Tax Legislative Summary: 2015 Regular Session; Some Unofficial Predictions For Upcoming Session(s)

The Alabama Senate adjourned late Thursday afternoon, June 4, leaving a number of pending bills on the table. Although the legislature passed a record-setting $6 billion Education Trust Fund budget, the issue that pervaded...more

Ticking all the Right Boxes! Irish Collective Asset Management Vehicles Act 2015 Signed into Law

The eagerly anticipated Irish Collective Asset-management Vehicles Act 2015 (the “ICAV Act”) was signed into law in March 2015 and the first Irish Collective Asset-management Vehicles (“ICAVs”) have been authorised by the...more

Proposed U.S. Model Treaty Provisions May Dramatically Alter International Tax Landscape

The U.S. Model Income Tax Treaty (the U.S. Model Treaty) generally represents the United States’ opening position in treaty negotiations. As a result, when changes to the treaty are proposed, international tax practitioners...more

Foreign Citizen Living In the U.S.? Remember Your FBAR

If you are a foreign citizen that is considered to be a resident for U.S. income tax purposes, you need to be aware that your U.S. tax filing obligation is not limited to the income tax return. U.S. taxpayers (including...more

Small 401(k) Plans Have More Problems Than Larger Ones

Bigger does not mean better, that’s what mom and pop stores say all the time. Sometimes they are right, sometimes they are wrong. When it comes to 401(k) plans, most people would assume that larger 401(k) plans would have...more

Three Acquitted In UK Trial For Alleged Nigerian Corruption

On May 27, a London jury found three employees of Swift Technical Solutions Ltd (Swift) not guilty of corruption charges in connection with alleged corrupt payments to tax officials in Nigeria. The SFO announced the verdict...more

Proposed New UK Tax Rules for Debt Restructuring

1. Executive Summary - The U.K. corporate tax landscape has been undergoing reform for a number of years. A significant part of the changes involves the ongoing modernization of the U.K.’s complex tax regime for...more

As a Retirement Plan Provider, Things You Should Let Go

A few years back, I would hear “Let it Go” from the movie Frozen every 5-7 minutes. It was a great song from a great movie, but it was a little unnerving to hear it 7-10 times on a short car trip. Then it stopped, my children...more

New Requirement to File BE-10: Benchmark Survey of U.S. Direct Investment Abroad

Any U.S. person with a foreign affiliate is required to file the 2014 Form BE-10, Benchmark Survey of U.S. Direct Investment Abroad by June 30, 2015 or face civil penalties between $2,500 and $25,000. Further, a willful...more

Impending Deadline for Bureau of Economic Analysis Surveys May Cause Unprepared U.S. Companies to Be Subject to Penalties

Every five years, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis of the U.S. Department of Commerce (BEA) conducts a “benchmark” survey regarding U.S. direct investment abroad by country and industry. The purpose of the survey is to...more

Electronic Self-Certification for Hardship Distributions is Not Sufficient

In its April 1, 2015 Employee Plans News, the IRS stated that defined contribution plan sponsors must maintain hardship distribution records and that plan sponsors cannot rely on electronic participant self-certification for...more

Plan Sponsors Should Avoid The Dark Side of the Retirement Plan Business

I grew up in New York City and the City of today isn’t like it was when I grew up. They called it Fun City and not because it was fun unless you thought crime was fun. I remember going to take a Washington D.C. bus (because...more

Is it US taxable income? Unintended consequences when US residents receive assets from their family’s foreign corporations

It is not uncommon for affluent families from certain countries to maintain offshore structures to hold a portion, and often times a significant portion, of their wealth. The reasons for holding assets outside of their...more

It Takes Only One Retirement Plan Participant To Sink An Employer

There are a couple of songs that says it takes two, but that’s for love. When it comes to causing grief and heartache for retirement plan sponsor, it only takes one. The one is a plan participant who is adamant of making a...more

IRS Limits Correction Opportunities under Section 409A Proposed Income Inclusion Regulations and Imposes 20% Penalty

In Chief Counsel Advice 201518013 (May 1, 2015) (the "CCA"), the IRS addresses an executive retention bonus that originally vested after three years and was payable in equal installments on the first two anniversaries of the...more

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