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Ancillary Joint Ventures Involving Taxable and Tax-Exempt Health Care Entities: Addressing the Chilling Effect of IRS Inaction

Tax-exempt health care systems facing growing operating costs and falling revenues frequently explore creation of ancillary joint ventures (AJVs) as vehicles to raise capital, share risk, expand coverage, and provide care...more

November 2014: White Collar Litigation Update

The Future of the Department of Justice’s High Visibility Offshore Tax Evasion Initiative. On August 29, 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) Tax Division announced the Program for Non-Prosecution Agreements...more

New Spanish Regulation for Venture Capital and Private Equity Entities

Changes harmonize Spanish regulations with existing EU regulations and increase the scope of acceptable investment activities for closed-ended investment entities. Introduction - On 12 November 2014 the...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending November 14 & 21, 2014

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - - Harris Act/Inverse Condemnation: dismissal was (1) improper as to landowners’ Harris Act claim because amendments to County’s land use plan were applied specifically to landowners’ property by...more

Foreign Investor Protection v. National Sovereignty: The Pros and Cons of Investor-State Arbitration

United States companies investing abroad stand to gain additional legal protections in the near future from two international treaties currently under negotiation intended to safeguard investments of United States investors...more

Judge Rules Against FTB In “Doing Business” Definition

Over a year ago, I wrote about an Iowa corporation, Swart Enterprises, Inc., which operates a 60 acre farm in Kansas. Swart has no physical presence in California. It owns no real or personal property in California. However,...more

Considerations for Employee Benefit Programs That Benefit Employers and Employees

Employers must compete in the marketplace for talented employees at every level—both in recruitment and retention. It is thus in employers’ best interests to provide employee benefit plans that are attractive to employees and...more

Spanish tax reform: Corporate Income Tax

The new legislation will be applicable for fiscal years starting as from 1 January 2015, although some new measures will only be effective as from 2016. The main objectives of this tax reform are: on one hand,...more

OECD proposes curtailing use of commissionaire and other arrangements that aim to avoid PE status

The OECD Focus Group on the Artificial Avoidance of Permanent Establishment (PE) Status recently issued its Proposed Discussion Draft that proposes 14 possible changes to the definition of a PE under Article 5 of the OECD...more

OECD Proposes Changes to the Definition of Permanent Establishment

As previously reported, the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published a 15-point Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Action Plan that provided a set of recommendations for a coordinated...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

Action 6 – Preventing the Granting of Treaty Benefits in Inappropriate Circumstances

Action 6 of the BEPS Action Plan identified treaty abuse as one of the most important sources of BEPS concern. The report offers alternative model provisions for the prevention of treaty abuse given constitutional and other...more

Base Erosion and Profit Shifting: The Australian Perspective

In July 2013, the G20 Finance Ministers, including Australia, fully endorsed the base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) Action Plan. As a result of the Action Plan, the Australian government encouraged a new commitment to...more

Action 5 - Countering Harmful Tax Practices

Action Item 5 of the BEPS Action Plan commits the Forum on Harmful Tax Practices (“FHTP”) to: “revamp the work on harmful tax practices with a priority on improving transparency, including compulsory spontaneous...more

OECD/G20 Base Erosion and Profit Shifting Project

On September 16, 2014, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (“OECD”) released seven reports addressing certain aspects of the base erosion and profit shifting (“BEPS”) project. The seven BEPS reports...more

An Employer’s “Recipe” for having a Great Retirement Plan

Every good meal needs a good recipe and every good recipe needs good ingredients. While many products out there have secret ingredients (Coca- Cola), others have secret ingredients that aren’t (that Big Mac special sauce is...more

IRS and DOL Issue Guidance on Including Deferred Annuities in Target Date Funds

Guidance addresses nondiscrimination, qualified default investment alternative, and annuity safe harbor rules. On October 24, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) each issued...more

What Goes in the Denominator? Complying with the Allocation Rules for Distributions from Qualified Plans With After-Tax Accounts

Compliance starts with understanding. Understanding the rules set forth in Notice 2014-54, assisted us with the application of the rules in a situation in which a participant was entitled to take a distribution from his...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter

Editor's Overview - As it is well known, in Cigna Corp. v. Amara, 131 S. Ct. 1866 (2011), the U.S. Supreme Court identified several forms of appropriate equitable relief that may be available under Section 502(a)(3) of...more

BVI's FATCA implementation continues

The implementation of the FATCA Intergovernmental agreements (IGAs) signed by the BVI with the US and the UK has taken another step forward by way of amendments to the Mutual Legal Assistance (Tax Matters) Act, 2003 (MLAT)...more

California FTB to Consider Revisions to Combination Regulations for Mixed Financial and Non-Financial Reporting Groups

The California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) has announced the scheduling of an Interested Parties Meeting (IPM) for December 4, 2014 on the topic of possible regulatory efforts regarding the proper treatment of mixed...more

The new Italian Patent Box is also a “Copyright Box”!

DLA Piper welcomes the adoption of a patent box in our country, a measure which has been publicly hoped for by the most relevant stakeholders. The final approval of the Patent Box, expected by the end of the year, will...more

BEPS Tail Shouldn’t Wag Global Investment Dog

I spoke recently on a panel in Tokyo on the future of international tax planning after BEPS (the OECD’s & G20’s Action Plan to counter Base Erosion & Profit Shifting). The panel also featured a senior official at the OECD and...more

FATCA Update: Treasury Clarifies Obligations of Participating FFIs to Report Pre-Existing Accounts

Earlier today, Treasury and the IRS issued yet another correcting amendment to the previously-issued regulations implementing the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). FATCA become effective on July 1, 2014, and...more

Taxation of Convertible Virtual Currency, Part III: Reporting and Penalties for Noncompliance

When it comes to Bitcoins and other convertible virtual assets, anonymity may not be all it’s cracked up to be. For one thing, an underlying assumption is that individuals who keep their financial transactions hidden have...more

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