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The Australian Government increases pressure on multinational tax avoidance: Diverted Profits Tax introduced

INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW - The Australian Government released draft legislation on 29 November 2016 to implement a UK-style DPT with effect from 1 July 2017. The DPT targets 'significant global entities' (those...more

UK Autumn Statement 2016

This was Chancellor Phillip Hammond's first (and last) Autumn Statement. From Autumn 2017, there will be an Autumn Budget for the coming year, which will enable greater scrutiny of complex tax provisions, followed by a Spring...more

Confirmation of Non Dom Changes in the UK Autumn Statement

New UK Chancellor Philip Hammond gave his first Autumn Statement on 23 November 2016. Whilst there were no further details relating to the reforms of the taxation of non-UK domiciliaries and UK residential property, the...more

Treasury Issues Final Regulations Under Section 956

On November 3, 2016, the Treasury issued final regulations (T.D. 9792) that set forth guidance on when a controlled foreign corporation (CFC) has a deemed repatriation under Section 956 in ...more

Urgent Captive Insurance Alert: IRS Lists 831(b) Micro-Captives as “Transaction of Interest”

On November 1, 2016, via Notice 2016-66 (2017-47 IRB) (link to notice), the Treasury Department and IRS declared certain captive insurance transactions under Code section 831(b) as “transactions of interest.” Commonly...more

Purchasers of NJ Tax Sale Certificates - What You Include in Your Proof of Claim Can Cause a Loss of Your Claim and Lien

In Princeton Office Park, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirmed the bankruptcy and district court rulings that the purchaser of a NJ tax sale certificate forfeited its claim and lien because it included the...more

Recent EU and Luxembourg anti-BEPS developments extending to third countries | Insights | DLA Piper Global Law Firm

EU Commission's ATAD proposal released On 25 October 2016 the EU Commission presented yet another package of corporate tax reforms comprising, inter alia, a proposal on tackling "hybrid mismatches" between the tax...more

European Commission publishes an EU corporate tax system

Today the European Commission published three corporate tax directives that potentially will apply in 27 Member States (28 - UK) of the European Union. These corporate tax directives include: the Common Consolidated Tax Base...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

As the government fiscal year draws to an end, the Commission filed a series of enforcement actions. Those included two insider trading cases, an action alleging violations of the whistleblower provisions, another against a...more

Three Restatements Conclude with SEC Enforcement Action

Following a restatement of its financial statements, many firms are investigated by the SEC and later named in an enforcement action. For Weatherford International PLC, three was the charm – following its third restatement in...more

Battle Heats Up Over Who Can Regulate Tax on International Companies

In a decision that again pits the United States against the European Union in that ongoing battle over which entity can primarily tax international business, Margrethe Vestager, the European Union commissioner for...more

CRA Provides OTIP Update

The CRA’s Offshore Tax Informant Program (OTIP) was launched in January 2014. From the CRA’s webpage describing the program: Launched as part of the Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) efforts to fight international tax...more

Proposed Regulations under Section 355 Clarify Device and Active Trade or Business Requirements for Tax-Free Spin-offs

On July 15, 2016, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) published proposed regulations that would modify the device and active trade or business requirements for tax-free...more

Five key elements of the EU ATA Directive compromise

In late June, the Economic and Financial Affairs Council of the European Union (ECOFIN or the Council) achieved political consensus on the content of the EU Anti-Tax-Avoidance Directive (the ATA Directive). In last month's...more

Brexit: Key Tax Implications for Alternative Investment Funds and Investment Managers

The result of the UK’s referendum of 23 June 2016 was announced today as a victory for ‘Brexit’ - in other words, for the UK to exit the European Union. This decision is expected to have significant ramifications for the...more

EU Council Agrees on Final Anti Tax Avoidance Directive

We wrote in February (European Commission Publishes Anti Tax Avoidance Package) about the draft EU Anti Tax Avoidance Directive (“ATAD”). On 21st June 2016, the EU Council agreed on the final text of the ATAD and it will...more

ECOFIN reaches consensus on EU ATA Directive

On June 21, 2016, the ECOFIN Council agreed on the content of the EU Anti-Tax-Avoidance Directive (ATA Directive). In last month’s voting, ECOFIN was unable to reach consensus on the ATA Directive. This week’s...more

Anti Tax Avoidance Directive

On 21 June 2016, the EU Council reached agreement on the EU Anti Tax Avoidance Directive (“ATAD”). The ATAD is expected to be adopted in a forthcoming ECOFIN meeting, possibly on 12 July 2016. The Council had reached...more

EU: ECOFIN approves implementation of country-by-country reporting in the EU but fails to reach consensus on EU...

EU COUNTRY-BY-COUNTRY REPORTING: ADOPTED On May 25, 2016, the European Union’s Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) voted unanimously in favor of the implementation of proposed country-by-country reporting...more

GAAR in Poland – effective: June/July 2016

On 13 May 2016, the lower chamber of the Polish parliament (Sejm) enacted changes to the Tax Ordinance Act and certain other acts. Among the changes is the introduction of a general anti-avoidance rule ("GAAR"), an abuse of...more

In Wake of Panama Papers Scandal Obama Calls for Stricter Bank Regulations, Tax Rules

In a news conference May 6, President Obama addressed recently announced rules and proposed regulations intended to help the U.S. fight tax evasion and other crimes connected to anonymous offshore companies and accounts. The...more

In Wake of Panama Papers Scandal Obama Calls for Stricter Bank Regulations, Tax Rules

In a recent news conference President Obama addressed rules and proposed regulations announced Thursday intended to help the U.S. fight tax evasion and other crimes connected to anonymous offshore companies and accounts. The...more

Federal Budget Update

The Australian Government continued its attack on Multinational Tax Avoidance with the release of its 2016-2017 Federal Budget. Central to its Budget initiatives is the introduction of a 40% Diverted Profits Tax on large...more

Brussels Regulatory Brief: April

Antitrust and competition - A welcome limitation on the investigatory powers of the Commission when requesting information from companies - On 10 March 2016, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) set aside...more

New Guidance Rewrites Debt/Equity Rules and Further Limits Inversions

The IRS and Treasury Department released a package of temporary and proposed regulations on April 4, 2016 ostensibly aimed at further curbing corporate “inversion” transactions. The regulations cover a wide range of tax...more

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