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Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - April 21, 2017 Vol. 1, Issue 5

by Clark Hill PLC on

White House Demands Disrupt Shutdown Negotiations: Congressional leaders' efforts to hatch a massive spending deal have been thrown off course by the Trump administration's 11th-hour intervention, leaving the bipartisan bill...more

Debit cards, Offshore Funds and a John Doe Summons

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

IRS remains committed to its priority efforts to stop offshore tax evasion wherever it occurs. It pursues cases in all jurisdictions of the world. Over the years, numerous individuals have been identified as evading US...more

IRS Targets Globally-Mobile Individuals and Businesses: The Importance of Proactive Planning

IRS targets globally-mobile individuals and businesses through its Global High Wealth Industry Group and its Large Business and International Division. Targeted taxpayers find these audits distracting, taking time from...more

Get Over The Fear Of Hiring An ERISA Attorney

by Ary Rosenbaum on

As an attorney, I’ve heard a lot of lawyer jokes and some of them are amusing. I once said at law school that I now know why lawyers have terrible reputations because I met some of these lawyers at law school. While lawyers...more

Colombia criminaliza la evasión fiscal

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

El 12/29/2016, el Congreso de Colombia aprobó la "Ley 1819 de 2016". La nueva legislación es una reforma tributaria estructural encaminada principalmente a aumentar los ingresos para Colombia....more

Turning Tides

by DLA Piper on

Ukraine is typically seen as an emerging country, blighted by crisis. Ukrainians are all gradually helping to change this stereotype. Here we examine key legal reforms aimed at improving the efficiency and safety of...more

Plan Design And Tax Deductions

by Ary Rosenbaum on

If you’re a retirement plan sponsor, why should you care about plan design? Retirement plan design is one of the most underappreciated facets of the retirement plan business and it really should be appreciated. The reason why...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

China’s infamous shadow banking industry—an $8.5 trillion marketplace that’s sprung up in reaction to the government’s “campaign against financial leverage”—is back and bigger than ever these days....more

IRS Announces End Date for 403(b) Remedial Amendments

Many tax exempt employers sponsor Section 403(b) retirement plans to help their employees save money for retirement. A 403(b) plan offers the ability for an employee to make pre-tax contributions to the plan (similar to the...more

New Due Date for “FBAR” Filings - Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts now due on Tax Day, with auto-extension for six...

Federal law requires U.S. citizens and resident aliens to report world-wide income, including income from foreign trusts, bank and securities accounts. In addition to attaching Schedule B to their tax returns disclosing...more

Government Refuses to Define "willfulness" for FBAR Purposes

by Sanford Millar on

Whether a taxpayer's conduct in failing to report foreign financial accounts is "willful" or "non-willful" makes a huge difference in penalty determination. However the government refuses to publish a definition of...more

Foreign Investment in U.S. Real Property: Gift And Estate Tax Considerations

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Last week, we reviewed the various U.S. federal income tax consequences that may be visited upon a foreign person who owns and operates U.S. real property (“USRP”). Today we will consider the U.S. federal gift and estate tax...more

Two Important New International Tax Filings

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

While not the only international reporting changes that are occurring, there are two significant ones that apply for the current filing season for 2016 returns. First is the FBAR, which reports interests in foreign...more

Blockchain and the Law - Overview of token sales and bitcoin property rights

by Perkins Coie on

On March 29, 2017, Perkins Coie partner Dax Hansen and associate Josh Boehm were invited to the Cyber Initiative at Stanford Law School to deliver a presentation on several cutting-edge legal issues relating to blockchain...more

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

by Dechert LLP on

CSSF Press Release 17/06 Dated 13 February 2017 - The CSSF confirmed that it follows ESMA on its opinion in relation to the requirements for UCITS share classes....more

Bank of Italy Smooths the Path for Direct Debt Investment into Italy via EU Alternative Investment Funds

by McDermott Will & Emery on

International investment funds are set to benefit from measures issued by the Bank of Italy, aimed at facilitating direct investment into the country by EU alternative investment funds....more

What It Takes To Make A Good Retirement Plan

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Good retirement plans don’t happen like accident, like the discovery of penicillin. It requires roles and duties that need to be filled competently. It doesn’t take a genius to make a good retirement, it takes dedication ad...more

Choose Opt Out Option Wisely in Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program

Since 2009, the Internal Revenue Service has offered a variety of offshore voluntary disclosure programs (collectively, OVDP) under which a U.S. taxpayer can disclose previously undisclosed offshore activities. However, these...more

Civil Forfeiture Under Fire – Part II

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In this post, we consider the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General report (OIG Report), released on March 29, 2017, evaluating the DOJ’s oversight of its cash seizure and forfeiture operations. This...more

Tax Considerations For The Closely-Held Foreign Investor In U.S. Real Property – Part II

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Aside from planning for the taxation of U.S.-sourced rental income, the foreigner must plan for the disposition of the USRP pursuant to a sale. The taxation of gain realized by a foreigner on the sale of an interest in...more

SEC Files 13 Touting Actions Charging 27 Persons

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The SEC packaged a group of similar actions, apparently to send a message as it has done in the past. For example, previously the agency packaged a group of custody rule cases together into one announcement, making a point...more

Civil Forfeiture Enforcement Under Fire – Part I

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Forfeiture actions by Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation (IRS CI) based on alleged structuring activity have come under fire, yet again. Specifically, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA)...more

Finnish Supreme Administrative Court ruled on carried interest in private equity structures

by DLA Piper on

On 16 March 2017, the Supreme Administrative Court (SAC) of Finland issued a ruling on the tax treatment of carried interest in a private equity structure. The SAC ruled that carried interest is taxed as income of the limited...more

US Supreme Court’s Ruling Bolsters Taxpayers’ First Amendment Right To Pass Through Fees (and Taxes)

On March 29, 2017, in a unanimous ruling, the US Supreme Court ruled that a New York statute, which prohibits identifying a surcharge to customers for credit card payments, regulates speech and is therefore subject to...more

Availability of Tribal Economic Development Bond Allocations

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Based on a recent Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announcement, the Published Value Cap Limit for Tribal Economic Development Bonds (TEDBs) is steadily shrinking...more

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