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Hybrid Mismatches – UK Proposals for Implementing the BEPS Recommendations

The United Kingdom made its first substantive commitment arising out of the base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) initiative on 3 December 2014, with the release of a consultation paper on implementing the agreed G20-...more

Happy Holidays – There is a Budget Deal, Now Look Out

The just passed budget deal known as Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 contains a reduction in funding for the IRS. The Bill provides a reduction in total IRS funding of $346 million less than last...more

The use of offshore SPVs in Shariah compliant transactions post-FATCA

In recent years and in the wake of the global financial crisis, international financial centers (IFCs) such as the British Virgin Islands (BVI) and the Cayman Islands (Cayman) have faced unprecedented political and regulatory...more

Minerals Matter - Autumn 2014

Welcome to the latest edition of Minerals Matters. Whilst the economic picture has certainly improved over the last six months, there have been a number of stops and starts along the way. Data suggests further...more

OECD Countries Agree To Share Tax Information

On October 29, representatives from 51 countries, having met at the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes, agreed to address tax havens in exchange for transparency in tax information....more

Orwell’s 1984 30 Year Later

Welcome to 1984 30 years later! One of the most famous quotes from George Orwell’s 1984 is “Big Brother is Watching You.”. This quote is more true now than at any time in past. At the just concluded Global Forum on Tax...more

Appel: Corporate Inversions Could Mean Big Tax Bills For Shareholders  [Video]

Nov. 3, 2014 -- Allen Appel, Professor at New York Law School and Director of the International Tax Program, talks with Lee Pacchia about corporate inversions....more

Land and Buildings Transaction Tax: Residential and non-residential property

The Land and Buildings Transaction Tax ("LBTT") will replace Stamp Duty Land Tax ("SDLT") in Scotland on 1 April 2015. LBTT is being introduced under the Land and Buildings Transaction (Scotland) Act 2013 ("the 2013 Act"),...more

China’s State Administration of Taxation actively advances the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting 2014 Deliverables

In September 2014, China’s State Administration of Taxation (SAT) released a Chinese translation of the full text of the G20/OECD Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) 2014 Deliverables. This was followed in October 2014...more

Guide To Doing Business in New Zealand: Taxation

TAXATION - It is not possible to give a complete outline of the scope of the taxation system in this guide. A brief outline of the basic taxation principles and some of the major forms of taxation are discussed below....more

Death of the “Double Irish Dutch Sandwich”? Not so Fast.

On October 14, 2014, the Irish Minister for Finance released proposals as part of the 2015 Irish Budget that would cause Irish incorporated non-resident (“INR”) companies to be treated as tax resident in Ireland beginning...more

Luxembourg draft budget for 2015 submitted to Parliament

On 15 October 2014, the Luxembourg Minister of Finance submitted the draft budget for 2015 (the Budget Bill) to the Parliament. The Budget Bill does not overhaul the Luxembourg corporate tax environment, however, it proposes...more

Guide To Doing Business in New Zealand: Regulation of Foreign Investment

REGULATION OF FOREIGN INVESTMENT - One of the first matters a foreign company or investor must consider when planning to invest in New Zealand is the impact of New Zealand’s foreign investment policy....more

B.C. Supreme Court Rescinds Land Transfers

In Re 0741508 BC Ltd and 0768723 BC Ltd (2014 BCSC 1791), the British Columbia Supreme Court (“BCSC”) considered whether rescission should be granted in respect of two real estate transactions in which the applicant...more

Bye Bye Brazil! - Tax Planning Considerations for Brazilian Investment in the United States: Part 3 - Inbound Investment Real...

As an undergraduate at West Point, I was a Spanish and Portuguese major. My Brazilian “thing” had already started a decade earlier as a ten year old growing up in the Panama Canal Zone seeing Pele play for his Brazilian team...more

Bombay High Court Rules in Favour of Vodafone India in $490 Million Tax Dispute

On 10 October 2014, the Bombay High Court delivered a judgment in favour of Vodafone India Services Private Limited (Vodafone India) in a long-pending USD 490 million tax dispute. The Vodafone India intra-group transaction...more

United States and Brazil Sign FATCA Intergovernmental Agreement

The United States and Brazil have signed a “Model 1” intergovernmental agreement (“IGA”) with respect to the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (“FATCA”). The Brazilian IGA is intended to simplify FATCA information...more

Scotland Votes No - What does a “No” vote mean for businesses from a tax perspective?

Scotland has voted against independence. However, it is clear that changes will be made to grant further taxation powers to Scotland. So, despite the "No" vote, major changes are still on the horizon which could impact...more

Treasury and IRS Issue Inversion Notice

The Treasury Department and the IRS released Notice 2014-52 (the “Notice”) on September 22nd to limit expatriation transactions. The Notice states that Treasury will issue regulations intended to limit the tax benefits of...more

Skandia: Intra-Company Supplies Treated as Taxable Transactions for VAT Purposes by the Court of Justice of the European Union

On 17 September 2104, the Court of Justice of the European Union (the “CJEU”) gave its preliminary ruling in the case of Skandia America Corporation USA, Sweden Branch v Skatterverket (C-7/13) (“Skandia”). The decision of...more

International Tax News - September 2014

BASE EROSION PROFIT SHIFTING PROJECT RECOMMENDATIONS TO COMBAT TAX AVOIDANCE BY MULTINATIONALS - At the request of the G20 Leaders, the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) has been considering...more

New Treasury rulemaking aims to curb advantages of inversion - will this affect your deal?

Yesterday, following a summer during which a number of major American companies announced plans to invert (i.e., shift their tax domiciles overseas following cross-border mergers), the US Treasury Department issued a notice...more

International Tax Alert: OECD Releases BEPS Papers

Yesterday saw the release of the first set of deliverables under the OECD’s project on base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS). These constitute the “building blocks” for an internationally agreed and co-ordinated response...more

Bandfield Confirms Aggressive FATCA Enforcement Tactics

On Sept. 9, 2014, in U.S v. Robert Bandfield et al., federal prosecutors in the Eastern District of New York announced the indictment of a U.S. citizen and others, including offshore corporate service providers (CSPs) and...more

Dutch Tax Plan 2015 and other changes in Dutch tax law

Today, the Dutch Ministry of Finance published its Tax Plan 2015 (hereinafter: Tax Plan). The Tax Plan primarily has an impact on citizens of the Netherlands, especially employees. The impact for the business community...more

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