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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

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

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

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

Ticking all the Right Boxes! Irish Collective Asset Management Vehicles Act 2015 Signed into Law

The eagerly anticipated Irish Collective Asset-management Vehicles Act 2015 (the “ICAV Act”) was signed into law in March 2015 and the first Irish Collective Asset-management Vehicles (“ICAVs”) have been authorised by the...more

Proposed U.S. Model Treaty Provisions May Dramatically Alter International Tax Landscape

The U.S. Model Income Tax Treaty (the U.S. Model Treaty) generally represents the United States’ opening position in treaty negotiations. As a result, when changes to the treaty are proposed, international tax practitioners...more

New Option for Late FBARs – Just File It!

An often overlooked filing obligation is the annual June 30 requirement to file the FBAR form for taxpayers with foreign bank accounts aggregating over $10,000. Late FBARs are a consistent problem and the IRS has a long...more

Foreign Citizen Living In the U.S.? Remember Your FBAR

If you are a foreign citizen that is considered to be a resident for U.S. income tax purposes, you need to be aware that your U.S. tax filing obligation is not limited to the income tax return. U.S. taxpayers (including...more

Delinquent FBAR Reporting and How to Come Forward? Fact and Choice of Method Really Matter!!!

FBARS for 2014 are Due and MUST BE FILED by June 30, 2015 - There are three approaches to coming forward and filing delinquent FBAR's (Report of Foreign Financial Account). They are...more

IRS Reminds Taxpayers with Foreign Assets of Their FBAR/FATCA Obligations As Key Deadline Approaches

Today the Internal Revenue Service issued two public notices reminding taxpayers of their obligations to report foreign assets as the June 30 FBAR deadline fast approaches. Each notice referred to the extensive guidance...more

Australian Tax Alert – Victoria Introduces 3% Stamp Duty Surcharge For Foreign Purchasers Of Residential Property

As announced in the Victorian 2015-16 budget, a bill introducing an additional 3% stamp duty surcharge on "residential property" purchases by "foreign purchasers" was introduced into the Victorian parliament on 5 may 2015....more

Tax Policy Update

NUMBER OF THE WEEK: 61. The number of countries that have signed on to implement the OECD’s multilateral agreement for the automatic exchange of tax information, in conjunction with the ongoing Base Erosion and Profit...more

Didn’t File an FBAR? Don’t Panic

As I discussed in a prior blog post, if you have more than $10,000 in a foreign bank account, you are obligated to file Form 114 (commonly known as an FBAR). Failure to make this filing can result in significant civil...more

Two More Swiss Banks Reach Resolutions with U.S. Government

Today the Justice Department announced that Société Générale Private Banking (Suisse) SA (SGPB-Suisse) and Berner Kantonalbank AG (BEKB), have reached resolutions under the department’s Swiss Bank Program. With today’s...more

Kruger: FX Derivatives Gains/Losses Taxed Only When Realized

In Kruger Incorporated v. The Queen (2015 TCC 119), the Tax Court held that the taxpayer could not value its foreign exchange options contracts on a mark-to-market basis, with the result that certain losses were not...more

The IRS Turns Up the Heat on Hedge Fund-Backed Reinsurance

After years of inaction, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is throwing up obstacles to enjoying the tax advantages of hedge fund-backed reinsurance. On April 24, 2015, the IRS issued a notice of proposed rulemaking titled...more

June 30, 2015 Filing Deadline Approaches to Report Foreign Financial Accounts

Individuals and organizations with a financial interest in or signature authority over a foreign financial account, in which the aggregate value of the accounts exceeded $10,000 at any point in 2014, may need to file FinCEN...more

Three Acquitted In UK Trial For Alleged Nigerian Corruption

On May 27, a London jury found three employees of Swift Technical Solutions Ltd (Swift) not guilty of corruption charges in connection with alleged corrupt payments to tax officials in Nigeria. The SFO announced the verdict...more

Launch of Mutual Recognition of Funds Between Mainland China and Hong Kong

On 22 May 2015, the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong (SFC) and the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) signed a Memorandum of Regulatory Cooperation on Mainland-Hong Kong Recognition of Funds, which...more

Update on IRS Treatment of Civil FBAR Penalties: A Move Toward Fairness

Recently, the IRS released an internal memorandum to employees providing interim guidance on FBAR (Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts) penalties. It reminds IRS examiners that when they assert FBAR penalties, the...more

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