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Top of Mind - October 2014: Editor's Choice

BYOD: cool but dangerous – 3 HIPAA Security Rule challenges, 7 key precautions - Companies and employees like the idea of bring your own device (BYOD) policies that allow employees to use their personal mobiles for...more

Doing Business in Australia

With strong economic fundamentals, a positive outlook, proximity and strong trade links with some of the world’s most dynamic economies, Australia offers a wealth of opportunities for global investors and multinational...more

IRS Simplifies Procedures for Favorable Tax Treatment on RRSPs and RRIFs

The IRS has finally made it much easier for taxpayers who hold interests in either of two popular Canadian retirement plans—registered retirement savings plans (RRSPs) and registered retirement income funds (RRIFs)—to get...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

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

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

An Appreciation for Hedging Your Bets on Deferred Compensation

Under Section 457A of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the “Code”), certain offshore and other entities are limited in their ability to provide tax-effective deferred compensation to providers of services to those...more

Australia Welcomes Changes to the Australian Managed Investment Fund Regime for Foreign Pension Funds

Following its announcement in November 2013, the Australian Government has released draft legislation to enable foreign pension funds to access concessional withholding tax rates under Australia's Managed Investment Trust...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note

In This Issue: - 70 Countries Agree to Share Bank Information in Tax Evasion Probe - Financial Industry Pushes Back Against Proposed ERISA Requirements - Federal Reserve Proposes Tougher Stress Tests for...more

IRS Issues Revenue Ruling on Applicability of Section 457A to Options and Stock Appreciation Rights

On June 10, 2014, the IRS issued Revenue Ruling 2014-18, which holds that nonqualified stock options, as well as stock-settled stock appreciation rights (SARs), do not constitute nonqualified deferred compensation subject to...more

IRS Ruling Allows Tax-Deferred Stock Rights for Fund Managers

Section 457A of the Internal Revenue Code (the Code) generally restricts the ability of offshore funds and other entities domiciled in tax-indifferent jurisdictions to offer tax-advantaged deferred compensation to U.S....more

An Appreciation for Hedging Your Bets on Deferred Compensation: IRS Issues Revenue Ruling 2014-18 Under Section 457A of the...

Under Section 457A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the “Code”), certain offshore and other entities are limited in their ability to provide tax-effective deferred compensation to providers of services to those entities....more

VAT recovery and pension schemes: Where are we now?

HMRC’s policy on reclaiming VAT on investment management and other costs remains under review in the light of two recent decisions from the Court of Justice of the European Union. The first of these cases, PPG...more

Non-U.S. Retirement Plans Must Comply with or Claim Exemption from FATCA by July 1

In January 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published final regulations under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). FATCA is intended to make it more difficult for U.S. taxpayers to conceal assets held in...more

Doing Business in Latin America and The Caribbean: Turks & Caicos Islands

The Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) lie 575 miles southeast of Miami and 39 miles southeast of The Bahamas. There are eight principal inhabited islands which have an estimated population of 35,000. The legal system is based...more

Delhi High Court upholds Centrica ruling: employee secondment may trigger permanent establishment

Multinationals with operations in India should take note of the Delhi High Court’s recently decision in Centrica India Offshore Pvt Ltd., in which it upheld a ruling of the Authority for Advance Rulings that an employee...more

International Transfer Window Now Open for Irish Pensions

The Irish High Court recently considered the transferability of personal retirement savings accounts (“PRSAs”) to overseas jurisdictions. This decision could have important implications for the Irish pensions industry, which...more

VAT Recovery And Pension Schemes - ATP Pension Service A/S

The judgment in ATP PensionService A/S v Skatteministeriet (Case C-464/12) was delivered by the European Court of Justice on 13 March 2014. It was the latest in a line of cases concerning the VAT treatment of costs incurred...more

Cross-Border Update on Investing and Doing Business in the United States

In this Issue: - Indian FDI into the United States - Indian Imports into the United States - Formation of US Subsidiaries - Ownership - Liability of Equity Holders - Management...more

Doing Business in Latin America and The Caribbean: Chili

Chile’s business environment is the result of a policy-driven strategy that has focused on building sound macroeconomic fundamentals and strong institutions, promoting competition and international integration, and creating a...more

Doing Business in Latin America and The Caribbean: Brazil

With more than 196 million inhabitants and over 8.5 million square kilometers, Brazil is the largest country and economy in Latin America (its GNP in 2011 was roughly USD2.07 trillion). It is a federative republic, consisting...more

Doing Business in Latin America and The Caribbean: Bolivia

Bolivia is a country with amazing natural beauty and a diverse landscape, sheltering a fourth of the world’s greatest biodiversity. Bolivia’s riches also include raw material, industrialized material and of course, tourism....more

OECD Proposes Revisions to Tax Treaties to Prevent “Treaty Abuse”

On March 14, 2014, the OECD released a discussion draft for public consultation, BEPS Action 6: Preventing the Granting of Treaty Benefits in Inappropriate Circumstances (the Discussion Draft), as action item 6 in the OECD’s...more

The Boricua Option – The Taxation of Incentive Stock Options (ISOs) as a Puerto Rican Resident - Another Good Reason to Move to La...

Overview - Many professional living and working in Silicon Valley over the last twenty years have become very wealthy as a result of their participation in company stock options plans – qualified and non-qualified....more

Successful Strategies For Doing Business In Asia: Vietnam

1. What role does the government of Vietnam play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? The Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) is the central administrative body that oversees all investment...more

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