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State + Local Tax Insights -- Spring 2014

In This Issue: - Where’s Walden? Finding Protection under the Due Process Clause - Upcoming Speaking Engagements - CFCs and Subpart F Income in a California Water’s-Edge Election and What’s Wrong with the Apple...more

Stay Ahead Of The Curve When Choosing Desired Tax Treatment

A foreigner starting business in the U.S. usually hires attorneys for visas, leases and licenses. The tax advisor comes later, when returns loom. This tendency is unfortunate because entering the U.S. starts the clock for...more

Focus on Tax Controversy and Litigation - Supreme Court Decides Woods v. Commissioner, Holds for IRS on Jurisdictional and...

In this issue: - US Supreme Court Imposes Valuation-Misstatement Penalty in TEFRA Proceeding - Southern District of New York holds Cooperation with Government Waives Attorney-Client Privilege - IRS Issues...more

Tax Information Exchange Litigation in Offshore Jurisdictions

There have been a number of decisions published recently by the courts in various international financial centres such as Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, Jersey and Singapore, that have considered the meaning and effect of...more

Is Mental Disease or Impairment a defense to “Willfulness” penalties for FBAR purposes?

In a pending civil penalty case in Florida the government puts forth its argument in clear language to describe what constitutes “willful” failure to file a Report of Foreign Financial Account (FBAR). In its Motion for...more

Tax Litigation Update: Eleventh Circuit Reverses Tax Court in Virgin Islands EDP Residency Cases

We have written extensively about the United States Virgin Islands Economic Development Program (EDP) and the litigation it has spawned between and among the IRS, the Virgin Islands Bureau of Internal Revenue (VIBIR), and the...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

New Mandatory Enforcement Process For Information Document Requests in Large Business and International Tax Examinations

On January 2, 2014, the Large Business & International (“LB&I”) Division of the Internal Revenue Service began using a new mandatory enforcement process for delinquent information document requests (“IDRs”) in tax...more

New BVI Arbitration Act now in force

On 17 December 2013 the British Virgin Islands House of Assembly had the third and final reading of the new Arbitration Act 2013, which came into force on 23 January 2014. The new Arbitration Act was part of the work...more

Failed Challenge To Interest Reporting Regulations

In 2012, regulations were issued that require banks to report interest paid on deposits of nonresident alien individuals who reside in countries with an exchange of information agreement with the U.S. (even though such bank...more

Unreported Foreign Gifts and Divorce

In a recently released Chief Counsel Advisory (CCA) the IRS addressed the statute of limitations on assessment of penalties for failure to report gifts from foreign persons. The CCA states...more

The McKesson Case – A Holiday Gift From Justice Boyle Of The Tax Court Of Canada: Ask And You Shall Receive(able) – Canada’s...

On Friday, December 20th, the Tax Court of Canada released the long-awaited and lengthy decision of Justice Patrick Boyle in McKesson Canada Corporation v. The Queen, a case involving transfer pricing adjustments under...more

Divorce: Finding Offshore Assets

One of the more important issues in a divorce proceeding is identifying and dividing community and separate property. The task of asset identification and location may have been made both easier and more complex at the same...more

Taxpayer Wins New York Bank Tax Case: Division of Tax Appeals Determines that Department Violated its Own Published Guidance

In a recent decision, the New York State Division of Tax Appeals soundly rejected a determination by the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance (the "Department") that it could treat a banking corporation’s...more

International Tax Compliance Update: IRS to Issue ”John Doe” Summonses Seeking Information Regarding U.S. Taxpayers with...

On November 7, 2013, United States District Judge Kimba M. Wood of the Southern District of New York, granted authorization to the IRS to issue John Doe summonses to Bank of New York Mellon and Citibank requiring those banks...more

Tax Refund Litigation Update: Court of Federal Claims Relies on “Substance Over Form” Doctrine to Recharaterize Transaction

A decision by the United States Court of Federal Claims originally filed under seal and reissued on October 23, 2013 evidences an important trend in the substance over form doctrine created by the courts to recharacterize...more

District Court Rules for Taxpayer in STARS Case Santander Holdings; Court of Federal Claims Rules for Government in STARS Case...

In this issue: - Swiss Bank Settlement Dilemma - District Court Upholds STARS Transaction Ruling Payment Is Included in Pre-Tax Profit - Court of Federal Claims Holds for Government in BB&T STARS...more

The 3M Case: Can the IRS Overrule the Supreme Court?

3M Company’s challenge to the validity of Treas. Reg. § 1.482-1(h)(2), if successful, could result in refunds for taxpayers that previously followed the Internal Revenue Service’s regulatory guidance purporting to overrule...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - September 16, 2013

UBS Settles RMBS Claims Brought by the FHFA - On September 4, Judge Mariana Pfaelzer of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California entered an order dismissing with prejudice the Federal Housing...more

Massachusetts Rules Against Taxpayer on Treatment of Intercompany Debt—Again

In what is becoming a trend, the Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board (the "ATB") has issued yet another decision denying true debt treatment for an intercompany obligation. In National Grid Holdings, the ATB upheld assessments...more

Canada Considers a New Anti-Treaty-Shopping Rule

On August 12, 2013, Canada’s Department of Finance released a Consultation Paper on Treaty Shopping – The Problem and Possible Solutions. The paper outlines a number of possible measures for combating perceived tax treaty...more

If The Tax Withholding Is Wrong, Don’t Rely On The Employer To Fix It – Part 2

Over a year ago I blogged about the situation of former employees of Verizon who had never worked or resided in the United States but who had U.S. income taxes withheld from payments under benefit plans in which they...more

IRS Gets “John Doe” Summons to Help Foreign Governments

In what may be a presage of actions to come the IRS has asked a court to issue a “John Doe” summons at the request of the Government of Norway. A “John Doe” summons is a court order that compels the receiving financial...more

Courts Continue Literal Interpretation of Subpart F Rules on Income Inclusion

Consistent with prior judicial precedent, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently applied a literal interpretation of the Subpart F inclusion rules based on the plain meaning of Sections 951 and 956....more

Orrick's Derivatives in Review - June 11,2013

The Derivatives in Review highlights important legal, regulatory and other newsworthy developments in the area of derivatives....more

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