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The IBC Act – the building of a nation

Although nobody knew it at the time, the inception of the BVI’s International Business Company Act occurred at some point during the year 1976. Nobody now recalls the exact date, except that it was during the summer.It is...more

Foreign Investment In The U.S. Through Romania Just Became More Interesting

All “modern” income tax treaties concluded by the United States contain a “Limitation on Benefits” (LOB) provision. The purpose of such a provision is to prevent “treaty shopping.” Romania is one of the few remaining...more

Report Indicates Wealthy Chinese to Emigrate to US

Many foreigners crave United States citizenship even though it comes with corresponding obligations and responsibilities (i.e., think about tax compliance). CBS News previously wrote about pregnant women from foreign...more

IRS proposes changes to Competent Authority and APA procedures: comments requested by 3/20/2014

The IRS has published for comment two draft revenue procedures that change the existing process for US taxpayers requesting Competent Authority relief under the Mutual Agreement Procedures (MAP) and other provisions of US...more

Favorable IRS ruling for US taxpayer on application of US - Cyprus tax treaty

In a recent internal legal memorandum (the ILM), the IRS concluded that a US individual was entitled to treat dividends received from a Cypriot holding company with no Cypriot ownership as qualified dividend income (QDI), and...more

"New FIRPTA Reform Would Attract Foreign Investment in US REITs"

Yesterday, Reps. Kevin Brady of Texas and Joseph Crowley of New York proposed a major reform to the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA). Introduced as H.R. 2870, the Real Estate Investment and Jobs Act of...more

OECD Launches Action Plan on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting

The OECD released its Action Plan on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) on Friday. The BEPS initiative was launched earlier this year at the request of the G20 to counter alleged abuses by multinational corporations to...more

"Star Wars" – How to Win the Tax Battle When Your Talent Clients Work Abroad

In this article: - Income Tax - Other Foreign Taxes -- Vat And Social Security Taxes - Foreign Tax Credit Planning - U.S. Withholding Obligations - Use Of Loan Out Company -...more

What A Tax Attorney Can Do for You: Understand How Apple, Inc. Legally Does Not Pay Income Tax

When Apple Inc., disclosed that it has not paid any corporate income tax over the past 4 years, it got the government’s attention. Hailed before the Senate, Apple is confident in their tax position because, it is legal. ...more

Legal Alert: A Royal Opportunity: Amendments to New York’s Royalty Expense Add-back Statute Leave the Income Exclusion Intact for...

On March 28, 2013, the New York State Legislature passed budget legislation (S.2609D/A.3009D) that replaces the existing New York State and City related - party royalty add - back requirements with provisions based on the...more

2013 Amendments to United States and Japan Income Tax Treaty

On January 24, 2013, the United States and Japan signed a proposed protocol to amend the existing tax treaty between the two countries, which was entered into in 2003. The amendments, which will take effect when ratified by...more

When Is A Statutory Benefit A ‘Treaty Benefit’? When IRS Says So!

Since Section 1(h)(11) was enacted as part of the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003, questions have been raised on exactly how to interpret the section's legislative history. Under this provision, a...more

Tax Considerations for Employment Lawyers

Okay, let’s admit it—plenty of us had absolutely no interest whatsoever in becoming tax specialists when we started law school. And so here we are, all these years later, serving as employment counsel to our corporate...more

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