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International Tax News - August 2014

UKRAINE: NEW ANTI-CRISIS TAX MEASURES - The Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s Supreme Council, has approved amendments to the country’s tax law. Among the changes are amendments affecting the corporate profit tax and excise...more

IRS Amends Revenue Ruling 81-100 to Permit Participation in Group Trusts by Puerto Rico Plans and Insurance Company Separate...

The Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) issued Revenue Ruling 2014-24 (the “Ruling”). The Ruling amends Revenue Ruling 81-100, the ruling that established the requirements applicable to a tax-qualified group trust. The...more

No UK corporation tax deduction for penalty imposed under the code of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile ("FIA")

In an appeal by HMRC against a decision of the First-tier Tribunal ("FTT"), the Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery Chamber) ("UT") decided that a penalty imposed on McLaren Racing Limited ("McLaren") in respect of a breach of...more

The BEPS Initiative: Redefining International Tax Planning?

Technology companies frequently possess an international tax footprint before expanding their domestic tax footprint. That may soon change as the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and its G20...more

What Does a Fiduciary Do When Advised of an Offshore Account?

On June 18, 2014 the IRS announced changes to the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP). The changes include the following...more

How Windstream Ruling Will Affect Foreign Taxpayers

In general, a REIT is a special purpose entity for U.S. federal income tax purposes that requires at least 75 percent of the value of the entity’s gross assets to consist of real estate assets, cash, cash items, and...more

FATCA Alert: IRS Issues Final Version of the Form W-8BEN-E and Accompanying Instructions

On June 25, 2014, the IRS finally issued the instructions to the new version of Form W-8BEN-E, an 8-page withholding certificate to be completed by foreign entities. Previously, foreign individuals and most foreign entities...more

Forget About Hiding Money Offshore!

On July 21, 2014 the OECD released the full version of a new global standard for the exchange of financial information in tax matters “OECD\Standard for Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information in Tax Matters”...more

Legal framework for FATCA in the Russian Federation

Special Alert: On 30 June 2014 Law No. 173-FZ “On specifics of financial operations with foreign citizens and legal entities, on amendments to the Code of the Russian Federation on Administrative Offences (…)” dated 28 June...more

International Tax Compliance Update: Renouncing U.S. Citizenship to Avoid Taxes: Is It Worth It?

As we have reported previously in recent years the United States has intensified its efforts to force United States persons to disclose assets they hold and income they earn abroad. Two prominent examples of these efforts are...more

U.S. Tax Developments Affecting Financial Institutions and Products

Recent months have seen significant IRS and judicial developments affecting financial institutions and market participants, including new FATCA changes and proposed regulations on dividend equivalent payments under section...more

Local Law Shopping Through “Derivative Benefits”

Unlike U.S. persons who are subject to U.S. federal income tax on their worldwide income, foreign persons generally are subject to U.S. taxation on two categories of income: (i) certain types of passive U.S.-source income...more

Verkhovna Rada approved anticrisis tax measures

On 31 July 2014 Verkhovna Rada approved Law #4309a "On amendments to Tax Code of Ukraine and other legislative acts (on improvement of certain provisions)" (Law). The law was signed by the President on 1 August 2014...more

Inbound U.S. Tax Planning With Inversions

With all of the recent negative publicity focused on the outbound restructuring of U.S. multinationals engaging in so-called “inversion” transactions (see prior blog “Corporate Inversions Showing No Signs of Slowing Down”),...more

Part V - Minimizing Risk Of Criminal Prosicution By Meeting Requirements For A Voluntary Discover In IRM 9.5.11.9

Below is Part 5 of my partner, Rick Josepher’s, analysis of the new offshore enforcement environment in light of the new 2014 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Procedures....more

Treasury’s FinCEN Proposes Rules Forcing U.S. Financial Institutions to Collect Data for FATCA Reciprocity

On July 30, 2014, the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) proposed rules requiring U.S. financial institutions to collect “Customer Due Diligence” information, including identifying the true...more

International Tax News - July 2014

BITCOIN FORGES AHEAD: 3 QUICK LOOKS - Bitcoin is a decentralized peer-to-peer payment system that exists virtually and is unlimited by the constraints of countries, government or time. In an age when business leaps...more

The U.S. Tax Code: Love It, Leave It, Or Reform It!

On July 22, 2014, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing titled, “The U.S. Tax Code: Love It, Leave It, or Reform It!” The general topic of the hearing was international taxation, with a sharp focus on recent and...more

Puerto Rico: A Haven for Manufacturers?

Perhaps not surprisingly to those familiar with the tropical island, manufacturing remains a key driver of economic activity in Puerto Rico. Indeed, manufacturing accounts for 45% of Puerto Rico’s GDP (compared to 11% in the...more

New Spanish Tax Regime for Qualifying Bond Offerings May Boost High-Yield Bond Markets

New rules will facilitate privately held companies’ access to bond financing and reassure Spanish investors. On June 28, 2014, Law 10/2014, on the organization, supervision and solvency of credit institutions (Law...more

Creating and Registering Security Interests Over Assets of a BVI Business Company

Entering into security financing transactions with BVI Business Companies (BCs) is a familiar part of the global financial services landscape given the use and presences of BCs. The ease of use of BCs in these types of...more

Focus on Private Equity - July 2014

In This Issue: - Latin American Private Equity on the Rise - Tax Considerations When Acquiring Non-U.S. Portfolio Companies—Mitigating Subpart F Inclusions - Private Equity Funds at Higher Risk of...more

Time For a New Home?

The high number of companies, mostly U.S., eyeing acquisitions or ventures that will allow them to redomicile their business in the UK and Ireland is a major theme of this report. Mostly, it is about tax. But there is quite a...more

The Many Benefits of British Virgin Islands Investment Funds

One of the main reasons the British Virgin Islands (BVI) is often chosen as a jurisdiction for investment managers to set up their fund vehicles is the flexibility the legislative regime provides for structuring these funds....more

False Foreign Gift Claims and Wire Fraud

A scheme that some dual national taxpayers have used involves claiming exemption from foreign jurisdiction taxation because they are U.S. taxpayers and then not reporting the offshore account or its income as required by U.S....more

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