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IRS Announces Intent to Tax Transfers to Partnerships With Foreign Partners

On August 6, 2015, the IRS issued Notice 2015-54, which states that the IRS and Treasury intend to issue regulations under section 721(c) of the Internal Revenue Code to ensure that, when a U.S. person transfers certain...more

Implementation of EU P/S Directive GAAR; Dutch Decree regarding adaptation period for currently existing ATR's

Due to the adoption of the amended EU Parent-Subsidiary Directive into Dutch law, more specifically the EU Parent-Subsidiary Directive's general anti-abuse rule (GAAR), certain currently existing Advance Tax Rulings (ATRs)...more

Global Tax News - November 2015

HANDS OFF DIGITAL CURRENCIES! CANADA’S SENATE CALLS FOR A LIGHT REGULATORY APPROACH Formerly considered a gimmick for geeks and gamers, digital currencies, such as Bitcoin, have grown into a worldwide phenomenon...more

Focus on Tax Controversy and Litigation - Second Circuit Determines that Tax Memo Shared Between Taxpayers and Banks Is Protected...

In addition to the discussion of the Second Circuit’s decision in Schaeffler, this month’s issue features articles regarding the “new” IRS Notices covering “Basket Options” and “Basket Contracts”, the Tax Court’s recent...more

Proposed Regulations Nix Foreign Goodwill Exception to Tax on Outbound Transfers

The IRS and Treasury recently issued proposed regulations under Section 367 with bad news for taxpayers. Citing aggressive taxpayer positions, the proposed rules do away with the foreign goodwill exception and restrict the...more

Second Circuit Determines That Tax Memo Shared Between Taxpayers and Banks Is Protected Under the Common Interest Doctrine and...

On November 10, 2015, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit unanimously held in a published opinion that (i) the attorney-client privilege was not waived by appellants-taxpayers who shared a group of documents,...more

Consultation over Fixed Cap on UK Tax Deductibility of Corporate Interest Expense: Plucking the Feather in the Cap?

The UK Government launched a consultation on 22 October 2015 regarding the UK corporate tax rules for interest deductibility. The consultation seeks views on the design of a general limitation for UK corporation tax...more

Abolition of Luxembourg IP Box Regime

On 14 October 2015, the Luxembourg Minister of Finance presented a bill to Parliament on the state budget for 2016. This bill contains several proposals affecting corporate taxpayers. One of the main proposals is the...more

Five Considerations Before Selling a Vineyard or Winery

Whether to sell a vineyard or winery is one of the most significant decisions an owner will make. There are financial, career, lifestyle, and other factors that go into the choice, and the calculation is different for each...more

Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 Changes Audit Rules for Private Equity and Hedge Funds

On November 2, 2015, the United States Congress enacted the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (the Act) to fund the federal government. Among other provisions, the Act significantly modifies how the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)...more

Rectification in a Tax Context: The Intention Standard Prevails

A drafting mistake in an agreement can result in significant and unintended tax consequences. In the recent case of Baytex Energy Ltd. v. Canada (Attorney General) (Baytex), the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta (Court)...more

A Reverse Morris Trust Ruling

LTR 201542004 at first seems to involve a standard spinoff for the purpose of pursuing a reverse Morris Trust combination of Controlled with a Merger Partner, with the “significant issue” for ruling being a proposed swap of...more

Allocation, Due Diligence, and More Record Keeping! New Draft Regulations on New York State’s Corporate Income Tax Allocation

2014 brought significant corporate income tax reform to New York State. This year, 2015, followed suit and brought many of those same corporate income tax reforms to New York City. To quote Donald Trump, these reforms are...more

Australian Tax Update - October 2015

The Chevron decision provides critically important guidance on both the 'old' (Division 13) and 'new' (Subdivision 815-A) transfer pricing laws in Australia. While not dealing specifically with Subdivisions 815-B to D, the...more

Proposed rules under section 707 governing disguised compensation for services

The proposed Department of Treasury regulations under IRC section 707(a)(2)(A) set forth standards to determine when a payment arrangement to a partner shall be treated as disguised compensation. Section 707(a) generally...more

Single Sales Factor Apportionment May Be Coming to North Carolina

In the last two years, the General Assembly has enacted major changes to North Carolina’s corporate income tax law, including significant rate reductions, elimination of numerous incentive credits and replacement of North...more

The EC Challenge on Tax Rulings. Why it’s Important that Your Business Acts Now in Relation to EU Challenges to Tax Rulings

21 October 2015: Following state aid investigations, the European Commission has ordered Luxembourg and the Netherlands to recover unpaid taxes of €20-30m from each of Fiat and Starbucks. The Commission has confirmed that...more

North Carolina General Assembly Week in Review

Governor Pat McCrory signed eight bills into law this week, leaving less than 25 bills awaiting his signature. The Governor has until October 30th to sign or veto the remaining bills. However, if the Governor takes no action...more

European Commission adopts first two decisions in EU tax probe in push for corporate tax reform

On 21 October, the European Commission (“EC”) adopted its first decisions in its investigation into Member States’ tax rulings. The investigation, which began in June 2013, has also targeted tax rulings given to Apple and...more

The European Commission’s New Pandora’s Box – Reopening Final Tax Rulings as a Form of “State Aid”

In Short - The European Commission (Commission) has adopted a decision on 21 October 2015 on the tax rulings – also referred to as “comfort letters” – granted by Luxembourg to Fiat Finance and Trade (FFT) and by The...more

Tax Evasion Vs. Tax Planning/Avoidance: Knowing The Difference Is Important

Last time, we began speaking about recent recommendations made by an international organization regarding tax avoidance which will reportedly make it harder for businesses to take advantage of tax law. As we noted, the...more

Tax Newsletter - July/August 2015 (China & Hong Kong)

Welcome to the latest issue of our Tax Newsletter. As you may be aware, much has happened since our last issue. In this issue, we highlighted a number of developments in both the PRC and Hong Kong that could be of legal and...more

EU Prohibits "Fiscal Aid"

The European Commission has ruled that two decisions made by national tax authorities artificially reduced the tax burden on the companies involved. ...more

Recent Amendments to the Goods and Services Tax/Harmonized Sales Tax (GST/HST)

Section 156 election for closely-related parties - As the last quarter of 2015 approaches, it is important for advisors and registrants to be aware of the new requirement to file elections in respect of any...more

New Regulations on F Reorganizations

In late September, the IRS issued final regulations describing six requirements for a transaction or series of transactions to qualify as a reorganization under Section 368(a)(1)(F) (an “F reorganization”). The IRS...more

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