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Outsourced claims handling services attract VAT

The CJEU has confirmed in the Polish referred case of Minister Finansów v Aspiro SA1 that a third party acting on behalf of an insurer in the handling and settlement of claims cannot benefit from the exemption for insurance...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - May 2016 #8

FCA announces insider dealing convictions - FCA has announced two convictions in the case it brought as part of Operation Tabernula. Martyn Dodgson, an investment banker, and Andrew Hind, a property developer and...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Senators Introduce SAFE Lending Act - On April 7, 2016, several Democratic Senators introduced the Stopping Abuse and Fraud in Electronic (SAFE) Lending Act, SAFE 2016, which is designed to change the manner in which...more

The “Panama Papers” and the Secret World of Shell Corporations - Reducing Liability Exposure and Seeking Insurance Coverage

A leak of 11.5 million documents from a law firm in Panama may implicate politicians, criminals, and celebrities in sheltering of fortunes in offshore tax havens through the use of shell companies. Called the “Panama Papers,”...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.8.16

The Deal Professor looks back on a wild week of “deal busting” that saw the government [often in the form of Treasury Secretary Jack Lew] put the hurt on Pfizer/Allergan and Halliburton/Baker Hughes alike –...more

U.S. PFIC Taxation Exemption to be Narrowed?

The last 15 years have seen the advent of a new reinsurance platform, where hedge funds have sponsored non-U.S. reinsurers, who in turn invest their capital in the sponsoring hedge funds. While there are business rationales...more

Poland: new tax on banks and other financial institutions

Poland’s Banking Tax Act, introducing a tax on banks and insurance companies in Poland, is in force. The Banking Tax Act applies to selected financial institutions - domestic banks, consumer lending institutions and...more

Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

Using Private Placement Variable Deferred Annuity (GAC) Contracts to Enhance the After-Tax Investment Return of Tax Exempt and Foreign Investors in Direct Lending Investments - Overview - Domestic and foreign...more

FY2017 Budget Proposal Sets Its Sights on Insurance Companies

On February 9, the Obama Administration released its fiscal year 2017 budget proposal (FY2017 Budget). Many of the tax proposals included in the FY2017 Budget closely follow those included in the President’s fiscal year 2016...more

IRS Revokes Ruling That Imposed Excise Tax On Wholly Foreign Reinsurance Transactions

The Internal Revenue Service recently revoked a 2008 ruling that a 1% excise tax under section 4371(3) of the Internal Revenue Code applied to “reinsurance premiums paid by one foreign insurer or reinsurer to another.” The...more

Federal Tax Advisory: Extraterritorial Taxation: Rev. Rul. 2016-03

Not a State Tax – State tax disputes commonly involve claims that a state cannot tax beyond its geographical boundaries. That principle is at the root of Quill Corp. v. N.D., 504 U.S. 298 (1992), requiring that a...more

Disclose of Cash Real Estate Purchases

The purchase of real estate without bank financing presents an opportunity for those with unclean funds to launder those funds and make them appear legitimate, at least in the opinion of the Financial Crimes Enforcement...more

Split-dollar Life Insurance – A Tax-Leveraged Derivative for Hedge Fund Managers

The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 ended the not so discrete secret of hedge fund managers, the deferred compensation arrangement with their offshore funds or as the New York Times described, “an unlimited Super...more

U.S. Treasury Seeks to Stanch Flow of Proceeds of Corruption and Other Crimes Into Manhattan and Miami Luxury Real Estate

On January 13, 2016, the U.S. Treasury’s financial intelligence unit, known as the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), announced the issuance of geographic targeting orders (GTOs) to certain unnamed real estate...more

Proposal of significant tightening of the rules on tax credits regarding German equities

On 17 December 2015 the German Ministry of Finance (Bundesfinanzministerium) circulated its consultation draft bill on the reform of fund taxation (‘Ministry’s Draft’). The Ministry’s Draft still contains a complete revision...more

Tax Policy Update

NUMBER OF THE WEEK: 10 percent. Rate of the one-time deemed repatriation tax on U.S. multinationals’ foreign earnings under GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s tax plan released Sept. 28. The revenue raised through...more

Insurance Newsletter September 2015

On May 26, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld a District Court decision and ruled that the Internal Revenue Service could not impose excise tax on certain wholly-foreign retrocessions...more

Tax Policy Update: The Emerging Fall Fiscal Cliff

If you read one thing... - Congress’ tax and budget challenges include funding the government for FY 2016 and a required federal debt ceiling increase to avoid catastrophic default on the nation’s debt. These legislative...more

UK Summer Budget 2015

On Wednesday, 8 July 2015, George Osborne delivered the UK Summer Budget. The first Budget of the new Conservative government (and the second Budget of 2015), the Summer Budget is wide-ranging in scope and potentially...more

Proposed US Tax Legislation Aims to Curb Hedge Fund Reinsurance

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) has released legislation, the Offshore Reinsurance Tax Fairness Act (ORTFA), which aims to close what he perceives to be a loophole used to exploit an exception to the passive foreign investment...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

D.C. Circuit Holds That Wholly Foreign Retrocessions Not Subject To U.S. Excise Tax

In late May, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit affirmed a grant of summary judgment to a reinsurer in a dispute with the IRS regarding the imposition of U.S. excise taxes on a wholly...more

Validus Affirmed for All the Right Reasons – The FET Does Not Apply to Wholly Foreign Reinsurance Transactions

On May 26, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia affirmed the result of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in Validus Reinsurance, Ltd. v. U.S., 19 F. Supp. 3d 225 (2014), which was the...more

Wholly foreign retrocession premiums not subject to US excise tax

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has affirmed a lower court’s grant of summary judgment in Validus Reinsurance, Ltd. v. United States, in favor of the taxpayer, though on narrower grounds than...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Validus Court of Appeals Decision - Wholly-Foreign Retrocessions Not Subject to Federal Excise Tax

On May 26, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld a District Court decision and ruled that the Internal Revenue Service could not impose excise tax on certain wholly-foreign retrocessions...more

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