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U.S. Perspective on Intercompany Cross-Border Loans – Follow Best Practices and Avoid Unintended Consequences

When funds are moved through a corporate group, whether to fund an acquisition or the working capital needs of an affiliate, the transfers may be recorded as book-entry advances and not documented or documented at a later...more

The China State Administration of Taxation releases working procedures for indirect transfer rules

In early February, the China State Administration of Taxation (SAT) issued Notice 71. This Notice superseded the provisions in relation to indirect share transfers under the well-known Circular 6982 and has become the key tax...more

Reauthorization of GSP may allow refund of two years of import duties

On June 29, 2015, almost two years after it was allowed to lapse, President Obama renewed the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) trade program. GSP allows duty-free imports into the United States of qualifying goods from...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – July 2015

On 24 June 2015, the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) was defeated in its first attempt at convincing a jury to convict individuals for the UK criminal “cartel offence”. The jury was not persuaded that the two...more

Tax Policy Update

The top estate tax rate under Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ proposal to tax the wealthiest Americans and narrow income inequality in the U.S. The proposal splits the estate tax into four brackets...more

Australian Tax Alert: Investment Manager Regime (IMR) – Bill To Implement Element 3 Is Now Law

Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2015 Measures No. 1) Bill 2015 (the Bill), containing the third element of the IMR, has been passed by the Australian Parliament and received Royal Assent on Thursday 25 June 2015. This...more

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

Luxembourg Infrastructure Investment Vehicles - New Brochure - The Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (ALFI) has issued new technical guidelines regarding “Luxembourg Infrastructure Investment Vehicles”,...more

Australian Employee Share Schemes - More options to share...

From tomorrow, the way in which new employee share scheme awards will be taxed in Australia has changed and for the better. Following on from recent changes to assist companies to meet their corporate compliance obligations,...more

Tax Newsletter - March/April 2015 (China & Hong Kong)

In This Issue: The People's Republic of China: - China Tightens Tax Control Over Cross-Border Intercompany Payments - China Provides Further EIT Incentives For Integrated Circuit Industry - Expansion of...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Second Quarter 2015: Countdown to 1 July 2015: Accessing China and Australia via Hong Kong’s...

On 1 July 2015, two significant developments in the Asian funds space will come into effect. Hong Kong’s Mutual Recognition of Funds Scheme (MRF) with the PRC will – for the first time – allow international managers to...more

Goods and Services Tax in Australia to Apply to Offshore Digital Supplies (and More)

Draft Goods and Services Tax (GST) legislation has been released which seeks to level the playing field by ensuring that digital products and services provided to Australian consumers are subject to GST, whether provided by...more

IRS Issues Last-Minute FBAR Filing Reminder

With the June 30 deadline to file the FBAR form fast approaching, the IRS issued another reminder to taxpayers with bank accounts located outside of the United States. The IRS noted that during 2014, the total number of FBAR...more

IRS New Guidance Significantly Reduces Maximum FBAR Penalties

To moderate the draconian Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) violation penalties under Title 31 of the U.S. Code, the IRS just published guidance that significantly reduces willful and non-willful FBAR violations....more

Formation of Private Equity and Venture Capital Funds

The Cayman Islands has long been the most prominent offshore jurisdiction through which to structure offshore private equity and venture capital funds. Why the Cayman Islands? The attractions for international...more

Tax Policy Update

NUMBER OF THE WEEK: $3 Trillion. The projected addition to the federal deficit over 10 years if Republican presidential hopeful Rand Paul’s flat-tax proposal went into effect, according to a Tax Foundation analysis of the...more

European Commission Launches Action Plan to Review EU Corporate Tax Framework and Close Tax Loopholes

The European Commission’s Action Plan for Fair and Efficient Corporate Taxation in the EU sets out proposals aimed at making corporate taxation in the EU more transparent and efficient, by reforming a system which is seen as...more

FATCA: Making First Submissions and Maintaining Compliance

While the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) became law in 2010, it has been slowly transitioning to implementation, with 2015 being the first year of required reportings. For anyone not familiar with the Act, FATCA...more

24 Months Through the Crystal Ball: Emerging Trends in State and Local Taxation (Part II)

This is the second of two articles guiding taxpayers through the next 24 months of state taxation’s turbulent waters. In this article, we address three additional significant trends. Corporate Income Taxation: Heat and...more

Cassation instance supports tax authorities in Oriflame case

On June 11, 2015, Moscow District Arbitration Court handed down its ruling in the controversial Oriflame case. In the case, the tax authorities challenged the lawfulness of a Russian organization deducting VAT and expenses...more

Focus on Tax Strategies & Developments - June 2015

In This Issue: - Distinguishing Between Captive Insurance and Related Party Derivatives: Chief Counsel Advice Memorandum 201511021 - Achieving Tax-Free ‘Rollover’ Treatment for Certain Shareholders in Acquisition of...more

CBP Offers U.S. Exporters Assistance in Resolving Disputes with Foreign Customs Agencies

Last week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published a Federal Register Notice inviting U.S. exporters to request CBP’s assistance in resolving disputes with foreign customs agencies over the tariff classification or...more

June 30 Deadline: Foreign Financial Account and Asset Reporting Obligations

Do you maintain bank accounts outside the U.S.? Do you own any foreign financial assets, such as foreign stock or a loan to a foreign person? If you do, you should be aware that you may have extra reporting obligations to the...more

How Does the IRS Determine if Conduct is "Willful" or "Non-Willful"?

This Article is a guide for practitioners and taxpayers in deciding whether to apply for the streamline procedures of the IRS's Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program ("OVDP"). The streamline procedures require a certification...more

U.S. Tax Return Filings

IRS News Release IR-2015-70 (April 10, 2015) contains helpful but not exhaustive information about the filing obligations of US citizens and resident aliens abroad. Taxpayers outside the United States can also find helpful...more

IRS Makes Permanent Late Filing Relief for “One-Participant” and Certain Foreign Retirement Plans

The IRS issued guidance making permanent a program providing relief to certain retirement plans from penalties associated with late filings of Form 5500s. The IRS had previously made the program available on a temporary basis...more

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