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Who Bears Withholding Tax When a Settlement of Litigation Agreement Is Silent?

IF A SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT IS SILENT, A DEFENDANT IS NOT REQUIRED TO ‘GROSS UP’ THE SETTLEMENT, AND THE PLAINTIFF WILL SUFFER THE WITHHOLDING TAX BURDEN. What happens when settling parties agree that the defendant will...more

Cyprus and Iran sign Double Tax Treaty

On 4 August 2015, the governments of Cyprus and Iran signed an agreement for the avoidance of double taxation (the Treaty). With the lifting of international sanctions against Iran, Cyprus is now uniquely positioned to act as...more

Successful Strategies for Doing Business in Asia: Korea (Updated)

WHAT ROLE WILL THE GOVERNMENT OF KOREA PLAY IN APPROVING AND REGULATING FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT? The Korean government takes an active, investor-friendly role in approving and regulating foreign direct investment....more

IRS Issues Notice Announcing Intention to Require Gain Recognition on Certain Transfers of Property to Partnerships with Related...

I. Overview - On August 6, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) and the Treasury Department announced their intention in Notice 2015-54 (the “Notice”) to issue regulations (the “Future Regulations”) under...more

Swiss Banks Bank Zweiplus and Banca Stato Have Entered into Non-Prosecution Agreements under the DOJ’s Swiss Bank Program

Two more Swiss banks have reached resolutions with the Justice Department under its Swiss Bank Program. Yesterday, DOJ announced that bank zweiplus ag (Bank Zweiplus) and Banca dello Stato del Cantone Ticino (Banca Stato)...more

Use of Estonia in U.S. International Tax Planning

According to recent estimates, Estonia, which is situated halfway between Stockholm and St. Petersburg, currently has more than 350 start-up technology companies – one for every 3,700 citizens – and the government expects...more

INTERPOL and the tax man

A reader recently sent in the following questions: Can you tell me would the IRS issue a diffusion notice in a civil tax audit involving offshore banking? Would Interpol even accept a diffusion notice on a non criminal...more

Successful Strategies for Doing Business in Asia: Japan (Updated)

WHAT ROLE WILL THE GOVERNMENT OF JAPAN PLAY IN APPROVING AND REGULATING FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT? Generally speaking, foreigners can conduct business in Japan on an equal legal footing with Japanese citizens. The...more

A UK home for private funds? HM Treasury consults on potential amendments to United Kingdom limited partnership legislation

HM Treasury has published a consultation paper setting out proposed reforms to UK limited partnerships law with a focus on private fund structures (the “Consultation Paper”). The consultation includes a draft legislative...more

The Free Port Vladivostok Area

On July 13, 2015, President Putin signed the Federal Law On the Free Port of Vladivostok, as well as two other laws introducing revisions to the current laws required to implement the Law On the Free Port of Vladivostok - the...more

"Treasury Releases Notice Addressing Transactions Involving Related-Party Partnerships"

On August 6, 2015, the Department of the Treasury issued Notice 2015-54 (the Notice) announcing its intent to issue new regulations addressing transactions involving partnerships formed by related parties. According to the...more

FBAR Deadlines Not as Close as You Think: New Tax Bill's Language Points to 2017 as Likely Timetable

Thank you for your interest in the 5th Annual IRS Hot Topic Seminar held in Jerusalem in July. In continuing our efforts to provide timely and extremely important updates on tax matters affecting U.S. citizens and green card...more

International Tax Alert (US): Offshore e-Commerce Service Providers: Changes to Japan's Consumption Tax Act are Going into Effect

Offshore e-commerce service providers should make themselves aware of changes to Japanese law that affect their operations. Pursuant to a recent amendment of the Consumption Tax Act, a new Registration of Foreign...more

FBAR Deadline Will Move to April 15, 2017 for 2016 Year

Beginning with foreign bank account reports (FinCEN Form 114, known as the FBAR) for the 2016 calendar year, FBARs will be due on April 15 of the following year. A six-month extension to October 15 will be available upon...more

IRS Announces Intent to Tax Transfers to Partnerships

On August 6, 2015, the IRS issued Notice 2015-54 (the "Notice"),[1] which states that the IRS and Treasury Department intend to issue regulations under section 721(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the "Code") to...more

Successful Strategies for Doing Business in Asia: Indonesia (Updated)

1. WHAT ROLE WILL THE GOVERNMENT OF INDONESIA PLAY IN APPROVING AND REGULATING FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT? The existing Indonesian Investment Act is Law No. 25 of 2007, passed by the Indonesian House of Representatives...more

Do Recent FBAR Changes Indicate a Softening of the IRS’ Stance Toward Taxpayers with Foreign Financial Accounts?

Bring up the topic of FBARs (Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts) with someone who has foreign financial accounts and the conversation will most likely take a nosedive. With an enforcement regime which can apply...more

A Welcome Change: Congress Finally Conforms FBAR and Tax Return Filing Deadlines

Last week Congress passed, and the President signed, a bill entitled “The Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015.” While this legislation was primarily directed at extending federal...more

Energy Newsletter - August 2015

Falling Oil Prices Are Not the Only Deterrent to Investment in Mexico's Oil Fields - On July 15, Mexico auctioned 14 shallow-water exploration blocks. The auction marked the first time in nearly eight decades that...more

Successful Strategies for Doing Business in Asia: India (Updated)

1. WHAT ROLE WILL THE GOVERNMENT OF INDIA PLAY IN APPROVING AND REGULATING FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT? Historically, India has been a regulated economy since its independence. The government of India (GOI) launched a new...more

Treasury Imposes Toll Charge on Some Transfers of Assets by U.S. Taxpayers to Partnerships with Their Foreign Affiliates

On August 6, 2015, the Treasury and the IRS issued Notice 2015-54, which implements a Clinton-era tax provision intended to prevent U.S. taxpayers from using the partnership provisions of the Code to shift built-in gain on...more

UK Supreme Court Forces HMRC to Rethink its Tax Treatment of Delaware LLCs

Supreme Court rules in favour of taxpayer in landmark case regarding UK tax treatment of Delaware LLCs. On 1 July 2015, the UK Supreme Court handed down a long-awaited ruling in the case of Anson v Commissioners for Her...more

OECD Releases Its Annual Tax Administration Report

On August 11, 2015, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released its annual report addressing global tax administration. The OECD’s stated mission is to “promote policies that will improve the...more

WTO Members Agree to Expand Scope of Information Technology Agreement

On July 24, the World Trade Organization (WTO) announced that 54 WTO members had reached a tentative agreement to expand the scope of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) by adding 201 products, including new-generation...more

Three More Swiss Banks Resolve Their Tax Issues with the United States

The Justice Department continues to announce resolutions with banks under its previously-announced Swiss Bank Program. On August 6, DOJ announced the names of three more Swiss banks receiving non-prosecution agreements:...more

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