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Renewal of U.S. FATCA Registration for Certain Investment Funds by Monday, July 31, 2017

Certain non-U.S. investment funds, including Bermuda funds, which qualify as foreign financial institutions (FFI), must enter into a legal agreement (“FFI agreement”) with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to be treated...more

Draft tax legislation for 2017 released

by Hogan Lovells on

Following the 2017 Budget presented before Parliament on 22 February 2017, the draft tax legislation for the specific tax proposals was released on 19 July 2017 for comment. Comments should be made by 18 August 2017. ...more

Newsflash: Tax Court Reverses IRS Revenue Ruling

by Dechert LLP on

A recent U.S. Tax Court case, Grecian Magnesite (149 T.C. No. 3, July 13, 2017), has declared invalid the long-standing U.S. government position that a non-U.S. person’s sale of an interest in a partnership (in this case, a...more

Office of Tax Simplification Recommendations for Reform of Stamp Duty on Paper Documents

by Goodwin on

On 10 July 2017 the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS), the independent adviser to the government on tax simplification, released its recommendations following its review of stamp duty on paper documents. Whilst the proposals...more

Treasury Dept. Identifies 8 "Significant Tax Regulations" for Review to Reduce Burden

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced on July 7, 2017, in Notice 2017-38 (the Notice) that it has identified as "significant tax regulations" eight sets of U.S. federal tax regulations that were issued between Jan. 1,...more

FATCA Update: IRS Publishes FAQs As July 31 FFI Agreement Renewal Deadline Looms

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

We have previously written about the Internal Revenue Service’s publication in late 2016 of an updated “FFI Agreement” to be entered into by foreign financial institutions that wish to remain compliant with the Foreign...more

AML Due Diligence Standards for U.S. Lawyers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Increasingly, international bodies are calling for higher standards for gatekeepers, known in the parlance of the Financial Action Task Force (“FATF”) as “designated non-financial businesses and professions” (“DNFBPs”)....more

The UK Double Tax Treaty Passport Scheme – Changes for the UK Loan Market

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The UK Double Tax Treaty Passport (“DTTP”) scheme has recently been extended by HM Revenue & Customs (“HMRC”) to allow both non-corporate borrowers and lenders to enjoy the benefits of the scheme. The aim of the amendments is...more

Cayman Islands FATCA/CRS Deadlines Extended

by Foley Hoag LLP on

On June 22, 2017, the Cayman Islands extended deadlines relating to 2016 FATCA and Common Reporting Standard (CRS) compliance, as follows...more

Conservative Legislative Agenda Set Out in Queen’s Speech

by Proskauer - Tax Talks on

Following the UK general election on 8 June 2017, at which Theresa May’s Conservative party won the largest number of seats but lost its overall majority, the Queen’s Speech setting out the now minority Conservative...more

FBAR Penalties Now Adjusted for Inflation: Abatement/Mitigation Still Possible

If you haven’t filed your Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBARs) on a timely basis, you could be at risk of a higher civil penalty assessment. Inflation-adjusted FBAR penalties are now in effect....more

Italy Addresses "Carried Interest" Tax Treatment

by Jones Day on

The Italian government has enacted Law Decree no. 50 ("Decree 50"), providing a set of new tax measures aimed at, among other things, attracting investments in Italy. Decree 50 was finally approved by the Italian Parliament...more

Donating Fund Interests: A “Why Now?” and “How To” Primer

Due to increased valuation of public and private equities, coupled with the upcoming end of the sunset provision that allows hedge fund managers to defer taxation on fees earned offshore, there is an increased interest among...more

FBAR Penalty Amounts are in the “Best Judgement” of an IRS Examiner

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

The Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) is not a tax form. Its filing is not required by the Internal Revenue Code. It is required by Title 31 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Title 31 is the Bank Secrecy...more

Tax Round Up - June 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

International Tax Developments - BEPS Multilateral Convention signed - On 7 June, officials from more than 60 jurisdictions signed the BEPS Multilateral Convention which will transplant a number of measures in respect...more

Extension and Refinement of the Aircraft Leasing Scheme in Singapore

by Morgan Lewis on

The Aircraft Leasing Scheme in Singapore is to be extended for another five years with refinements to encourage the growth of the aircraft leasing sector. On 20 February 2017, the Minister of Finance, Mr. Heng Swee Keat,...more

2017 OVDP Declines and Withdrawals Campaign: Certain U.S. Taxpayers at Risk of Audit

In 2016, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) released a report which assessed how well that IRS was managing the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP). OVDP is one of the programs taxpayers...more

Proposed Bill Seeks to Transform International Tax Evasion into Money Laundering

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Part II of the Analysis of the Combatting Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing, and Counterfeiting Act of 2017 As we recently blogged, Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Diane Feinstein (D-California) introduced on May 25,...more

Tax incentives in Puerto Rico: a quick introduction

by DLA Piper on

To promote, attract and develop key industries, sectors and activities, Puerto Rico offers a spectrum of economic incentives, among them low fixed income tax rates, partial and/or total tax exemptions, income tax credits and...more

Brussels Regulatory Brief: June

by K&L Gates LLP on

On May 15, 2017, the European Commission (“Commission”) announced it had opened a formal investigation into a global pharmaceutical company for possible abuse of dominant position. The alleged conduct of the company,...more

Senators Propose the Combatting Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing, and Counterfeiting Act

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Diane Feinstein (D-California) introduced on May 25, 2017 a bill, S. 1241, entitled the “Combatting Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing, and Counterfeiting Act of 2017.” Although it is...more

A New Draft REIT Act was Submitted

by K&L Gates LLP on

On May 26, 2017, the Ministry of Finance submitted a new draft act on real estate investment trusts dated May 19, 2017 (“Draft”). Pursuant to art. 1 section 1 of the Draft, REIT shall include joint stock companies: -...more

FATCA Update: FFI Agreement Renewal Function Now Available

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Internal Revenue Service announced today that its FATCA FFI Registration system has been updated to allow foreign financial institutions to renew their FFI agreement with the IRS. Those financial institutions that are...more

Three More Countries Will Now Provide IRS Information On Bank Interest Paid To Nonresident Aliens

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The IRS recently released Revenue Procedure 2017-31 which adds Belgium, Columbia and Portugal to the list of participates in the automatic exchange of information on bank interest paid to nonresident alien individuals for...more

What’s New in Washington: 10 Things You Need to Know

Despite the headlines coming out of Washington, Congress continues to move forward in regular fashion, discussing and acting upon key issues, such as funding the government, addressing the need to raise the debt ceiling and...more

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