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Potential refund of Swedish withholding tax: opportunity for US RICs

In 2012, the Swedish Administrative Court of Appeal concluded that Sweden’s withholding tax rules are not compatible with EC law when Swedish withholding tax is levied on dividend payments made to a Luxembourg SICAV fund. ...more

Minority Shareholders Liable as Transferees for Unpaid Corporate Taxes Due to Wrongdoing of Majority Shareholders

The Tax Court has found two minority shareholders liable to return several million of dividends they received from a corporation when the corporation failed to pay federal income taxes at the direction of majority...more

The Timing of E&P to US Parent Corporations of CFCs

The earnings and profits (E&P) of a corporation dictate the income tax treatment of non-liquidating distributions it makes to its shareholders. Distributions from a corporation to the extent of its current or accumulated E&P...more

Morrison & Foerster Quarterly News Tax Talk - Volume 7, No.4 January 2015

In This Issue: - Congress Passes Year-End Tax Extenders Bill - House Adopts New “Dynamic Scoring” Rule - Foreign Fund Engaged in Lending and Stock Distribution Not Protected by “Trading in Stock or Securities”...more

Tax Reform and the Timber Industry

This alert provides an overview of various timber tax issues in play as part of the tax reform debate. The alert is drawn from several sources, including former House Ways and Means Committee Chairman David Camp’s tax reform...more

The ECB Published a Recommendation on Dividend Distribution Policies

On January 28, the European Central Bank (“ECB”) published a recommendation to establish dividend policies using conservative and prudent assumptions in order, after any distribution, to satisfy the applicable capital...more

Whose Mistake? Ontario Sup. Ct. Rectifies Trust Deed

Most tax rectification cases address situations in which a professional advisor has made a mistake in the planning and execution of a transaction with the result that an unintended tax consequence follows (i.e., payment of a...more

IRS Denies Treaty Benefits Despite Lack of Treaty Shopping

In Starr International Company, Inc., v. United States, the taxpayer (“Starr International Company, Inc.” or “SICO”) filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia seeking a tax refund from...more

IC-DISC Benefits Enhanced with Foreign Shareholders

Since the reduction in the individual tax rate on qualified dividends in 2004, the Interest Charge Domestic Sales Corporation (“IC-DISC”) has become an attractive vehicle to obtain a tax incentive for exporting U.S.-produced...more

FDIC Issues Guidance on Requests by Banks That Are S-Corporations for Dividend Exceptions to Capital Conservation Buffer

The FDIC issued guidance (the “Guidance”; FIL-40-2014) to banks and savings associations that have elected S-corporation tax treatment (collectively, “S-corporation Banks” and each an “S-corporation Bank”) concerning the...more

FDIC Gives Guidance to S-Corporation Banks Regarding Dividends under Basel III

On July 21, the FDIC clarified how it will evaluate requests by S-Corporation Banks to make dividend payments that would otherwise be prohibited under the Basel III capital conservation buffer. New Basel III capital rules...more

California Dividend Statutes Found To Preempt Common Law Claims

Chapter 5 of the California Corporations Code imposes specific limitations on “distributions to shareholders”, a term defined in Corporations Code section 166. Directors who approve the making of any distribution to...more

Term Sheet Math — When Is Your 66 Percent Really 52 Percent?

When negotiating valuation for a financing, an investor may conduct detailed due diligence and present you with a term sheet that reflects multiples, discounts, comparables, and so forth. In the end, you are negotiating for...more

Employee Benefits Developments - June 2014

In This Issue: - Rulings, Opinions, Etc. ..Validating Rollover Contributions: New Guidance - Case ..Stock Drop Case Development: The Supreme Court Rejects The Presumption Of Prudence ..Dividend...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

Spruce Credit: Avoidance transactions and the Duke of Westminster

In Spruce Credit Union v. The Queen (2014 FCA 143) the Federal Court of Appeal upheld the lower court’s interpretation and application of the inter-corporate dividend deduction under subsection 112(1) of the Income Tax Act...more

Statutory Exemption from U.S. Withholding Tax on Dividends Remains

Generally, a non-U.S. taxpayer that is not engaged in a U.S. trade or business is taxable in the United States only on U.S.-source “fixed determinable, annual or periodical” income (FDAP)....more

IRS Chief Counsel Shrugs Off Taxpayer’s Section 956 Gambit

In a recently released Chief Counsel Advice Memorandum (the “Memorandum”), the IRS Office of Chief Counsel (International) addressed an interesting and somewhat creative internal financing structure deployed by a taxpayer...more

The Entrepreneurs Report - Q1 2014

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s experience confirms reports that the market remains positive overall, with up rounds comprising more than three-quarters of all venture deals in Q1 2014, the highest proportion in several...more

Belgium: new "fairness tax"

As from assessment year 2014, dividend distributions made by Belgian companies that do not qualify as SMEs may trigger a new tax, dubbed the "fairness tax.” This new fiscal measure is a separate tax (5.15%) aimed at...more

ASX's Recent Changes: Rights Issue, Dividend and Distribution Timetables

From 14 April 2014, the Australia Securities Exchange (ASX) will introduce changes to timetables for rights issues, dividend and distribution reinvestment plans and other corporate actions. ...more

IRS Signals a Potential End to Its Administrative Pursuit of the Separate Account DRD

On February 4, the IRS issued a new revenue ruling – Rev. Rul. 2014-7 – that indicates that the IRS no longer plans to issue formal guidance concerning the treatment of the dividends-received deduction (DRD) with respect to...more

Prop. Regs. Apply ‘Delta’ Approach For Dividend-Equivalent Payments To Foreign Persons

Section 871(m) was enacted in 2010 to curb the perceived abuse of foreign persons using derivatives — primarily notional principal contracts (NPCs) or swaps — to replicate the ownership of an underlying U.S. equity without...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 6, No. 4 - January 2014

In This Issue: FATCA Developments: Treasury Signs IGAs; IRS Finalizes FFI Agreement; IRS Releases Final and New Proposed “Dividend Equivalent” Regs; IRS Issues Final Swap Assignment Regs; IRS Issues Final “Net...more

Start-Up Raising Capital? Some Common Features of Preferred Shares & Why Some Select Preferred Shares over Convertible Debt

When you start a business and want to attract your first round of financing, Preferred Shares is one product that can be offered to Investors. Many Founders have asked us to explain exactly what Preferred Shares are and...more

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