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United States Property Investments under Section 956 of the Code

I. Background and Overall Scope of Section 956 - The overall purpose of section 956 is to tax investments made by CFCs in specified categories of “United States property” on a constructive dividend basis. The...more

Guide to the Russian “Deoffshorization” Law

The Federal Law No 376-FZ dated 24 November 2014 “Concerning the Introduction of Amendments to Parts One and Two of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation (Regarding the Taxation of the Profit of Controlled Foreign Companies...more

New Treasury Regulations Target Corporate Inversions

Last week, the Internal Revenue Service and Treasury Department announced a number of new regulations intended to make it more difficult to qualify for tax advantages associated with inversion transactions and reduce certain...more

The New Landscape for Inversions: IRS and Treasury Change the Rules

The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) and Treasury Department issued Notice 2014-52 (the “Notice”) targeting corporate inversions on September 22, 2014 (the “Notice Date”) in the U.S. Tax considerations are important for...more

U.S. Treasury Department Takes Action to Slow (But Not Stop) Corporate Inversions: A Summary for Executives

What is an inversion? An inversion is a transaction that results in an existing U.S. company becoming a foreign company or becoming a subsidiary of a foreign parent. Historically, inversions involved U.S. companies...more

“Return of Basis” Repatriation Strategy Tested in Tax Court

U.S. multinationals literally have trillions of dollars of untaxed earnings purportedly “trapped” offshore because of the associated high U.S. corporate income taxes that would be incurred if these earnings were repatriated...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

SEC – USAO File Actions Based on Scheme To Conceal Ownership

Building on an undercover sting operation, the SEC filed an enforcement action against two individuals and their controlled entity. They are alleged to have conducted a business which helped shareholders conceal their...more

The Real Tax Benefits of Inverting to Canada

On August 26, Burger King announced that it entered into an agreement to acquire Tim Hortons, Inc., the Canadian coffee-and-doughnut chain, in a transaction that will be structured as an “inversion” (i.e., Burger King will...more

Retroactive Tax Planning

Converting Subpart F Income into Qualified Dividends - U.S. shareholders of foreign corporations are generally not subject to tax on the earnings of such corporations until the earnings are repatriated to the...more

Federal Appeals Court Defines “Instrumentality” Under FCPA

Federal appeals court provides a two-step “control” and “function” analysis for determining whether an entity qualifies as an “instrumentality” under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. On May 16, the U.S. Court of...more

"Eleventh Circuit Addresses Scope of FCPA Coverage of Activity Involving State-Controlled Business Enterprises"

On May 16, 2014, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit provided the first appellate court interpretation of the reach of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) to conduct involving...more

The High-Tax Exception And Malta’s Refund System

A Match Made in Heaven - U.S. shareholders of foreign corporations are generally not subject to U.S. federal income tax on the earnings of such corporations until those earnings are repatriated to the shareholders in...more

Offshore Disclosure: What Needs To Be Disclosed? A Checklist

The following is a list of questions that should lead to the discovery of offshore assets, whether properly reported or not. If you answer yes to any of these questions, then you may have filing obligations and should seek...more

IRS PFIC Regs

The IRS issued definitions and reporting requirements for shareholders of passive foreign investment companies (PFICs) effective December 31, 2013 for US tax returns for 2013 and onwards. The regulations provide guidance for...more

Doing Business in Japan

I am pleased to present to you DLA Piper’s “Doing Business in Japan” Guide. Japan is the world’s third largest economy and remains cutting-edge in business. In 2012, 68 Global 500 Companies were headquartered in...more

Production Includes Growing

A U.S. shareholder of a controlled foreign corporation (CFC) has gross income on its share of the CFC's subpart F income. This income includes “foreign base company sales income” or FBCSI. ...more

Proposed Regulations On Imported Built-In Losses Include Some Controversial Aspects

Proposed Regulations (REG-161948-05, 9/6/13) dealing with the importation of built-in loss properties under Sections 334(b)(1)(B) and Section 362(e)(1) are designed "to prevent erosion of the corporate tax base through the...more

CFTC Grants Relief to CPOs Trading Through Subsidiaries

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) has granted no-action relief from certain reporting obligations to commodity pool operators (CPOs) of registered investment...more

CFTC No Action Letter for Controlled Foreign Corporations

On September 5, the CFTC issued a no-action letter to commodity pool operators of registered funds that trade in commodity interest through wholly-owned controlled foreign corporations (CFCs)....more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - September 9, 2013

Agency Template for Tailored Resolution Plans - On September 3, the FDIC and the Fed released an optional model template for tailored resolution plans required to be submitted by the Dodd-Frank Act. SEC Risk...more

Procurement CFC May Or May Not Generate Subpart F Income

A recent private letter ruling illustrates how a non-U.S. procurement corporation can generate Subpart F income, but also illustrates an exception to the creation of that income....more

NYSBA reports on inconsistencies in currency gain and loss Subpart F issues

The New York State Bar Association’s Tax Section has recently published a report highlighting that, in a variety of commonplace circumstances where a controlled foreign corporation (CFC) engages in certain routine treasury...more

No 15% Qualified Dividend Rate For CFC Inclusion

Back in 2011, we reviewed a Tax Court case that determined that income inclusion under the controlled foreign corporation (CFC) rules, while taxed like a dividend at ordinary income rates, could not qualify for the lower 15%...more

International Tax Impact of American Taxpayer Relief Act

On January 1, 2013, the Senate passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act, H.R. 8 (the "Bill"), by a vote of 89 to 8. Later that same day, the House of Representatives approved the Bill by a vote of 257 to 167. On January 2,...more

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