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Tax Newsletter - July/August 2014 (China & Hong Kong)

Welcome to the latest July/August 2014 issue of our Tax Newsletter. We saw a number of legislative developments taken place in the PRC and Hong Kong in the past two months that might bring about legal and tax...more

Russia: Secondment is beyond the Law?

Prior to 2014, secondment arrangements had not been clearly regulated by either Russian labor or civil law, with many Russian companies operating under the pretense that as long as it is not forbidden, it might as well be...more

European Court of Justice: Services by US Corporation to EU Based Branch May Attract Extra VAT Costs

On September 17, 2014, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rendered its judgment in high-profile case C-7/13 upon request for a preliminary ruling in the proceedings Skandia America Corp. (USA), filial Sverige vs....more

Base erosion profit shifting project recommendations to combat tax avoidance by multinationals

At the request of the G20 Leaders, the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) has been considering 15 key elements to be addressed by 2015 for a co-ordinated international approach to combat tax...more

International Tax Alert: OECD Releases BEPS Papers

Yesterday saw the release of the first set of deliverables under the OECD’s project on base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS). These constitute the “building blocks” for an internationally agreed and co-ordinated response...more

ML Strategies Energy & Environment Update: Week of 9/15/2014

ENERGY AND CLIMATE DEBATE - Congress is in Washington this week for an intense few days before recessing until after the November elections. The House will vote September 17 on the continuing resolution (H.J....more

Bandfield Confirms Aggressive FATCA Enforcement Tactics

On Sept. 9, 2014, in U.S v. Robert Bandfield et al., federal prosecutors in the Eastern District of New York announced the indictment of a U.S. citizen and others, including offshore corporate service providers (CSPs) and...more

IRS Updates to the Streamlined Compliance Procedures under the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program: New Forms Standardize the...

On June 18, 2014, the IRS announced sweeping changes to the 2012 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP). Since that time, additional clarification on procedural requirements has been issued. Most recently, as of August...more

Dutch Tax Plan 2015 and other changes in Dutch tax law

Today, the Dutch Ministry of Finance published its Tax Plan 2015 (hereinafter: Tax Plan). The Tax Plan primarily has an impact on citizens of the Netherlands, especially employees. The impact for the business community...more

OECD Releases 2014 BEPS Deliverables

On September 16, 2014, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released its first seven of 15 deliverables under the OECD/G20 base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) project (the 2014 BEPS Package)....more

IRS Taking Closer Look at Section 956 Inclusions

Each “U.S. Shareholder” of a controlled foreign corporation (“CFC”) is required to include in their gross income as a deemed distribution their pro rata share of the amount determined under section 956 for that year (i.e.,...more

What Financial Advisers and Accountants Should Know About Expanded IRS Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedures for U.S. Taxpayers...

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently announced “major changes” to its offshore compliance programs, including the Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedures (Streamlined Procedures), the delinquent international...more

FATCA Violation Underlies Latest US Tax and Securities Fraud Charges

Indictment demonstrates the strength of US law enforcement efforts to combat offshore fraud and is the first to charge a FATCA violation. On September 9, 2014, in US v. Robert Bandfield, et al., federal prosecutors in...more

Guide To Doing Business in Australia: Taxation

TAXATION - It is not possible to give a complete outline of the scope of the taxation system in this guide. A brief outline of the basic taxation principles and some of the major forms of taxation are discussed below....more

The Mergers & Acquisitions Review: Eighth Edition: Chapter 11: British Virgin Islands

I OVERVIEW OF M&A ACTIVITY - British Virgin Islands (BVI) companies are employed in geographically diverse corporate structures, with the effect that gradually improving global economic conditions have started to...more

New Amendment To The France-Luxembourg Tax Treaty: Capital Gains On Sale Of Real Estate Entities Will Be Taxable In The State...

Based on the press release issued by the Luxembourg Ministry of Finance (MoF), the amendment allocates the right to tax capital gains realised upon the sale of stock, shares or other rights in companies, trusts or any other...more

OECD Publishes its Standards for the Automatic Exchange of Information

On July 21, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published its Standard for Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information in Tax Matters. The report contains the OECD’s model competent...more

Inbound Acquisitions At A Glance - Update 2014

We are delighted to provide you the third edition of our “Inbound acquisitions at a glance” brochure. In today’s increasingly complex business environment, awareness of the tax environment in relevant jurisdictions is...more

Investment in French real estate: France-Luxembourg double tax treaty changes

On 5 September 2014, the Governments of France and Luxembourg signed an amendment to the France-Luxembourg treaty dated 1 April 1958 (the “Treaty”), which will have an impact in the future for certain investments in French...more

Assessing Retroactive Inversion Legislation And Its Risks

The increasing use of corporate inversions, whereby a company via merger achieves 20 percent or more new ownership, claims non-U.S. residence, and is then permitted to adopt that country’s lower corporate tax structure and...more

Streamline Procedure-What does non-willful mean?

In order to use the Streamline Procedures (domestic and non-resident) a U.S. taxpayer must certify that their failure to file a timely FBAR was non-willful. The term non-willful is essentially a “clinical” conclusion based...more

Bermuda: Taking Charge of the Future - A review of recent legislative changes relating to Trusts and Life Insurance Contracts

Bermuda is a financial centre that is determined to grow, diversify, and improve upon the range and quality of the financial and professional services that it offers to its international clients. This goal is supported...more

Editorial: Qualifying for Treaty Benefits Under the “Derivative Benefits” Article

Foreign persons are subject to U.S. federal income tax on a limited basis. Unlike U.S. persons who are subject to U.S. federal income tax on their worldwide income, foreign persons generally are subject to U.S. taxation on...more

How to Avoid Corruption Risks in China [Video]

The recent headlines on China's expanding anti-corruption investigation and enforcement action is a significant event in global anti-corruption enforcement. For companies operating in China, the risks have now increased...more

New York Nexus Widens

Earlier this year, New York State became the latest US state to adopt an economic nexus standard in order to subject an out-of-state corporation to state-level corporate income and franchise tax. New York’s bright-line...more

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