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The State Of The Union In 2015 - What To Expect From The 114th Congress

Last night, President Barack Obama delivered his sixth State of the Union Address before a joint session of the 114th Congress. Given six years to the day of his first Inaugural Address, this was his first address to a...more

China Tightens Individual Income Taxation On Capital Gains From Equity Transfer

China's State Administration of Taxation (SAT) recently promulgated the Public Announcement [2014] No. 67, Administrative Measures for Individual Income Tax on Income from Equity Transfers (for Trial Implementation) (Equity...more

Ruling Demonstrates Potential for Inversion Rules to Apply in Inbound Structures

In Private Letter Ruling 201432002 (the “PLR”), the IRS ruled that a foreign-to-foreign “F” reorganization did not implicate the Section 7874 anti-inversion rules. As a result, a foreign corporation (that was 100 percent...more

The World Wide Tax Web: FATCA Data Sharing Goes Online

The IRS has unveiled a secure web application, the International Data Exchange Service (IDES), for cross-border data sharing. IDES will allow Foreign Financial Institutions (FFIs) and tax authorities from other countries to...more

New Russian De-Offshoring Rules. The Impact On Foreign Investors And Russian Businesses

The debate over the strength of the de-offshoring initiatives between Russian Government hard-liners and representatives of the business community seems to have been finally resolved as the Russian lawmakers have adopted...more

Important Deadlines and Reminders for Investment Advisers, Exempt Reporting Advisers, Commodity Trading Advisors and Commodity...

Investment Advisers - Annual Compliance Reviews: All investment advisers registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) are required to review their compliance policies and procedures at least...more

IRS Updates Streamlined Certification Forms; Narrative Explanation Is Mandatory

The Internal Revenue Service has recently updated the certification forms required to be filed by taxpayers seeking to avail themselves of the Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedures. The streamlined program was...more

ExxonMobil Decision by ICSID: A win for ExxonMobil or Venezuela?

On 9 October 2014, an International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) tribunal comprised of H. E. Judge Gilbert Guillaume (President), Professor Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler and Dr. Ahmed Sadek El-Kosheri...more

Tax: About the new import duty

On 28 December 2014 Ukrainian Parliament adopted the Law of Ukraine No73-VIII "On Measures on Stabilizing the Balance of Payments of Ukraine According to Article ??? of GATT 1994" (based on the draft law ?1562) and the Law of...more

Australian Tax Alert: Bitcoin And Crypto-Currencies: Why The GST Law Should Change

The ATO released a draft ruling on the GST treatment of bitcoin transactions on 20 August 2014. A final version of that ruling, GSTR 2014/3, was released on 17 December 2014. While the ruling deals specifically with bitcoin,...more

When Do Non-U.S. Citizens Pay Income Tax And Report Foreign Financial Accounts?

In a series of Frequently Asked Questions releases December 31, 2014, The Congressional Research Service provides some guidance on when non-U.S. citizens may be subject to U.S. income taxes....more

IRS Hammers Offshore Lending and Underwriting Structure

In a recent Chief Counsel Advice, in an extended analysis the IRS determined that an offshore partnership with a U.S. manager that was engaged in the finance transactions was determined to be engaged in a U.S. trade or...more

The Year in White-Collar Crime: A Look Back Helps Us See Ahead

The Justice Department’s white-collar agenda in 2014 was marked by skyrocketing corporate settlements and continued reliance on deferred and non-prosecution agreements, coupled with compliance monitors. Several significant...more

FATCA Update: More Guidance, IGAs, Forms Announced by Treasury and IRS

1. The United States announced the signing of two more Intergovernmental Agreements (IGAs) to implement FATCA. The latest IGAs were signed by the Netherlands and Curacao, and are dated December 18 and 16, respectively. Both...more

Tax Planning Considerations for the Purchase of a Residence in the U.S. by Foreign Buyers

Many factors influence a foreign buyer’s decision to purchase residential real estate in the United States. Generally, most of these decisions tend to be driven by concerns over political and economic uncertainty in the...more

Luxleaks - The next level

Until recently, the Luxemburg Government had resisted the European Commission's attempts to disclose the beneficiaries of tax rulings. It had even taken the information injunction to the EU Court of Justice. This has now...more

Proposed Anti-Inversion Regulations Would Affect Foreign Insurers

For decades American companies have used so-called “corporate inversions” to lower their tax burdens on foreign-earned income. Typically, the American company is acquired by a foreign company located in a tax-favorable...more

The Death Of Hidden Offshore Accounts

The future for offshore tax planning, also known as “aggressive tax planning” is likely to be limited to if not curtailed by the global exchange of information agreement signed in October, 2014 by 51 countries and growing....more

FATCA - A Consolidation of the BVI Mutual Legal Assistance (Tax Matters) Act, 2003

This guide presents a consolidation of the British Virgin Islands Mutual Legal Assistance (Tax Matters) Act, 2003. THE MUTUAL LEGAL ASSISTANCE (TAX MATTERS) ACT, 2003 - Based on the Mutual Legal Assistance (Tax...more

Worldwide Exchange of Tax Information: OECD Expands upon FATCA to Add New Requirements

While the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) has focused worldwide attention on U.S. efforts to create a mandatory cross-border exchange of tax information, the enactment of FATCA was not an isolated occurrence. For...more

Currency Conversion Concerns: New York Issues Guidance on Virtual Currencies

On December 5, 2014, the New York Department of Taxation and Finance (Department) released TSB-M-14(5)C, (7)I, (17)S. This (relatively short) bulletin sets forth the treatment of convertible virtual currency for sales,...more

Bank Leumi Enters Into DPA with U.S. Department of Justice

A major Israeli international bank admitted that it conspired to aid and assist U.S. taxpayers to prepare and present false tax returns to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by hiding income and assets in offshore bank...more

UK Targets Corporate Profits Of Multinational Enterprises With Sweeping Tax Changes

On December 3, the UK Government announced its intention to introduce a new “diverted profits tax” (DPT) to take effect on April 1, 2015. Draft legislation was published on December 10 and is now subject to a public...more

Highlights of Final Regulations for Reporting of Specified Foreign Financial Assets

The Treasury Department has issued final regulations relating to reporting of specified foreign financial assets on Form 8938. The highlights include...more

IRS Simplifies Tax Reporting for Individuals With Canadian Retirement Plans

Under Article XVIII(7) of the United States-Canada Tax Treaty, a U.S. citizen or resident may elect to defer U.S. income taxation on income accruing under a Canadian registered retirement savings plan (RRSP) or registered...more

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