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Skechers, Cost Sharing Arrangements, and Canadian Customs Appraisal

In the first three months of 2015, importers have witnessed major Canadian customs valuation law and policy changes. On January 19, 2015, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) issued Customs Notice 15-001, “Treatment of...more

Bad News About Unfiled FBARs, Another Indictment

A recent indictment by the United States Attorney's office in California illustrates the inter-relationship between curency transfer restrictions, (such as those involving Iran), foreign financial account reporting (the FBAR...more

Treasury and the IRS Offer a New Take on the PFIC Active Insurance Exception

On April 23, Treasury and the IRS issued proposed regulations interpreting the active insurance exception under the passive foreign investment company (PFIC) rules. Although the release of the proposed regulations did not...more

FBAR Case Rules on Unknown Issues

A recent FBAR decision weighs in on some unknown and uncertain penalty issues relating to failure to file FBARs. These issues include...more

CBSA CLVS Seizure Policy Targets Exporters and Ups the Ante on Non-Resident Importers

Background to the Courier Low Value Shipment (CLVS) Program - When goods are purchased through e-commerce or mail order, conventionally Canadian consumers or non-resident importers (i.e., the exporters in most cases)...more

Sham Guaranties Are Hard To Come By

In prior posts I highlighted the difficult position occupied by guarantors of real estate secured loans. In short, while California law extends very strong anti-deficiency protections to borrowers, those same protections can...more

Swiss Bank Settlements-What's Next for U.S. Taxpayer's?

The Department of Justice has released the signed Non-Prosecution Agreement NPA) with Swiss bank BSI SA. The Non-Prosecution Agreement is likely the precursor to enhanced enforcement efforts by the DOJ and IRS against those...more

U.S. Department of Labor Proposes New Fiduciary Standard

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued its highly anticipated, re-proposed regulation addressing when a person providing investment advice with respect to an employee benefit plan or individual retirement...more

The New Section 6501(c)(10) Regulations

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury recently finalized Treas. Reg. § 301.6501(c)-1(g), which interprets § 6501(c)(10)’s extended limitations period (and other associated rules) where a...more

Cash Businesses Must Maintain Records

A recent Tax Court case (Kunkle v. C.I.R.) reiterates the need for cash businesses to maintain proper books and records. "Section 6662 imposes a 20% penalty upon the portion of any underpayment attributable to (among...more

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

Tax: HMRC Publishes Filing Dates for New AIFM Mechanism for Partnership Deferred Remuneration Arrangements - The Finance Act 2014 introduced a provision intended to help partnerships (including LLPs) that are AIFM...more

One Down, One to Go: Illinois Senate Passes Captive Insurance Exemption to Illinois Self-Procurement Tax

On April 21, 2015, the Illinois Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 1573, as amended. As we have previously covered, the amended Bill creates an exemption from the 3.5 percent self-procurement tax and 0.2 percent Surplus...more

IRS Addresses Interaction of Performance Compensation and $1M Compensation Deduction Cap

The IRS recently issued final regulations under Section 162(m), which limits a public company’s deduction of executive compensation in excess of $1M.  The Section 162(m) limits do not apply to performance-based compensation...more

Guinea: New Hydrocarbons Code

The Guinean State Minister of Mines and Geology, Kerfalla Yansané, recently announced a possible launch of a bidding round in 2015 for offshore oil blocks in Guinea under the new hydrocarbons code (the “New Code”). Following...more

Increased Activity Seen Under the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act Is Your Company Prepared?

In April 2015, the California Department of Justice began, for the first time, to send letters to companies regarding compliance with the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act. The Act, effective January 1, 2012,...more

Focus on Private Equity - April 2015

In This Issue: - The Use of Alternative Credit in Europe - Buying and Selling a Craft Brewery in the United States - Excerpt from The Use of Alternative Credit in Europe: As a result of the reduced...more

ESPN Productions Scores Win with Indiana Tax Court’s Ruling Prohibiting Public Access to its Tax Returns and Trade Secrets

On April 9, 2015, ESPN Productions, Inc. recorded its biggest play of the day in the Indiana Tax Court, when the Court granted the Company’s request to seal from public disclosure tax returns, a production services agreement,...more

House Bill 59, Alabama Reinvestment and Abatements Act, Expands Alabama Abatements Significantly

The Alabama Reinvestment and Abatements Act, HB59, Act No. 2015-24 (the “Act”), makes several changes to Alabama abatement law and expands the list of industries and types of projects that are eligible for those abatements....more

District of Columbia’s Transfer Pricing Enforcement Program and Combined Reporting Regime: Taking Two Bites of the Same Apple

In his recent article, “A Cursory Analysis of the Impact of Combined Reporting in the District”, Dr. Eric Cook claims that the District of Columbia’s (D.C. or the District) newly implemented combined reporting tax regime is...more

Are eFax services taxable telecommunications services in Massachusetts?

While Massachusetts’ expansion of its sales tax to include computer-related services was repealed within three months of its enactment, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue continues to take a close look at sales treated...more

Louisiana Excise Tax on Liquor Could More Than Double

The State of Louisiana is facing a severe budget shortfall, and legislators are looking at all avenues to increase revenues. Unfortunately, alcoholic beverages provide an easy target and the state’s excise tax levied on...more

Five Things to Know about New Jersey’s Taxation of Convertible Virtual Currency

On March 10, 2015, the New Jersey Division of Taxation issued Technical Advisory Memorandum TAM-2015-1, explaining its policy regarding convertible virtual currency. - The IRS has held that convertible virtual currency...more

A Phantom Menace for IPO Companies - US Tax Regulations Restrict the Use of Restricted Stock Units

Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code (“Section 162(m)”) provides for a $1 million dollar limitation on the amount of compensation paid to each of certain named executive officers that public companies may deduct in any...more

Don't be Fooled by the Name... The Small BREW Act Could Have a Big Impact on Craft Breweries

The Small Brewer Reinvestment and Expanding Workforce Act, known as the "Small BREW Act", is bipartisan legislation introduced to Congress in early 2015. The overall goal of the Small BREW Act is to revamp the federal excise...more

The Intersection of the FCPA, TI-CPI and Tax Appeals in Brazil

The Transparency International-Corruptions Perceptions Index (TI-CPI) is released each year in November. The TI-CPI rates Brazil as 69th out of 175 countries on its index, coming in with a score of 43 out of 100. I wonder if...more

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