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DIFC Court Claims Jurisdiction in Indian bank lawsuit

In a judgment issued on October 30, 2014 by the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Court of First Instance, the court confirmed its jurisdiction over a lawsuit by an expatriate investor, resident in Dubai, United...more

Pay-or-Play: Think Globally

With the effective date of the “pay-or-play” employer mandate just over the horizon, employers who sponsor group health plans are well aware of the layers of complexity presented by the mandate. One of the layers that...more

Limitations On Federal Court Jurisdiction: The Complexities Of Complete Diversity When Foreign Parties Are Involved And FSIA...

In the context of transnational litigation, diversity jurisdiction in a U.S. federal court can be difficult to demonstrate. This is because the typical parties in transnational litigation may include U.S. citizens, U.S....more

Health Care Update

In This Issue: - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Other Congressional and State Initiatives - Other Health Care News - Upcoming Hearings and Markups -...more

INTERPOL Red Notices - Update on Bankers' Use of INTERPOL's Tools to Enforce Private Debts

The UAE banking crisis and its inappropriate involvement with INTERPOL Red Notices, which have been addressed here and here in this blog, appears to drag on still. Parag Deulgaonkar reported recently for Emirates 24/7 that...more

Employee Benefits Developments - March 2014

On January 9, 2014, the Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Treasury (collectively, the “Departments”) issued additional health care reform guidance in the form of Frequently Asked Questions...more

As the Foreign Accounts Tax Compliance Act Takes Hold, U.S. Sees Expatriates at All-Time High

Are you living the American dream … abroad? If so, you may be considering joining forces with Superman and changing your nationality. You face some unique burdens if you earn a cent while soaking up the sun in Saint Tropezor...more

Israel's 10-Year Tax Holiday for Immigrants Is No Tax Haven for Ex-Pats

While Israel welcomes immigrants, and even provides them with tax incentives, it is serious about ending any perceived notion that it is somehow complicit with taxes evaded by its foreign residents in their home country. As...more

Credit for Foreign Taxes Paid Not Available Against New 3.8% Net Investment Income Tax

Previously, many U.S. citizens living abroad eliminated their U.S. income tax liabilities with a credit for foreign taxes paid; however, individuals who are subject to the new 3.8 percent net investment income tax (NIIT) may...more

New U.S. Guidance On Expatriate Health Plans

As discussed in a prior post, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) is currently in the process of finalizing its regulations implementing the Affordable Care Act’s (“ACA”) “Employer Mandate.” The Employer Mandate, which...more

Another Benefits Grab Bag of Guidance and Reminders – Health and Retirement Plans

Preventive Care Expansion for Calendar Plan Year 2015 for Non-Grandfathered or Non-Exempt Plans - The preventive care coverage requirements were updated in September 2013 to include a requirement that there must be...more

New FAQs on ACA Extend Fully-Insured Expatriate Health Plan Transitional Relief by “At Least” Another Plan Year and Clarify Scope,...

As reported, the U.S. Labor Department, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Treasury Department (together, the “Departments”) recently issued additional FAQs regarding implementation of the market...more

Americans Living Abroad Feel Impact of FATCA

According to some international financial experts, recently implemented American tax rates and policies may cause more Americans living abroad to renounce their U.S. citizenship. A recent conference in Israel on the subject...more

Successful Strategies For Doing Business In Asia: Japan

1. What role does the government of Japan play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? Generally speaking, foreigners can conduct business in Japan on an equal legal footing with Japanese citizens. The...more

Leaving Mainland America Yet Remaining in the United States—Puerto Rican Residency as an Alternative To Expatriation

OVERVIEW - One of the news items that generates political fireworks each year is the number and names of famous Americans who renounce their U.S. citizenship. According to the Wall Street Journal, the United States is...more

FATCA Update: IRS Introduces FATCA Registration Portal While Foreign Financial Institutions and U.S. Expatriates Push Back

On August 19, 2013 the Internal Revenue Service officially introduced its new registration portal (available here) to assist Foreign Financial Institutions (“FFI”) as they attempt to comply with the Foreign Account Tax...more

Automatic Visa Revalidation - Skip the Daunting Visa Interview at the U.S. Consulate Abroad

Many global companies regularly send workers to train or attend meetings in Canada or Mexico....more

Boots on the Soil: Labor Challenges in Emerging Market Energy Projects

With forecasts that the total GDP of emerging markets could overtake that of the developed economies by 2014,and at a time where technological advances are transforming the energy business globally, it is easy to see why...more

Global HR Hot Topic - July 2013: Structuring Expatriate Postings

Multinationals inevitably post expatriates abroad. But in setting up expat postings, employers too often either ignore the question of how best to structure the expat assignment or else they struggle with the expat...more

I Want to "Leave" in America - Puerto Rican Residency as an Alternative to Expatriation

Overview - One of the things that generates political fireworks each year is the number and names of famous Americans renouncing their U.S. citizenship. The number is 2012 was about 1800. Regardless of whether you are...more

Editorial: Expatriating From U.S. To Puerto Rico May Make Sense For Some

The United States is one of only two countries in the world that taxes its citizens and residents on their worldwide income. Therefore, a U.S. taxpayer who earns only foreign-source income will be subject to U.S. federal...more

Expatriation Lite: Leaving The U.S. Tax System While Retaining Your Citizenship

As many Miami residents who earn income abroad may be aware, the United States is one of only two countries in the world that taxes its citizens and residents (collectively, “U.S. taxpayers”) on their worldwide income. ...more

Fully-Insured Expatriate Health Plans Get Extra Time to Comply with PPACA

Recognizing that expatriate group health plans may find it impossible, or nearly impossible, to comply with all of the relevant provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA), the U.S. Labor...more

Venezuelans in South Florida: Venezuelan Expatriates Building New Lives In Record Numbers - Great News for Miami

Last fall, when Hugo Chavez won re-election as President of Venezuela, more and more Venezuelans were expected to move here to South Florida. And they have....more

Disclaimer Of Income Interest Was Not Taxable For Nonresident

Code §2501(a)(2) provides that, except as to certain expatriates, U.S. gift taxes do not apply to the transfer of intangible property by a nonresident not a citizen of the United States. This exemption is big enough to drive...more

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