Tax Avoidance

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European Commission Publishes Anti Tax Avoidance Package

On 28 January 2016, the European Commission published a draft Anti Tax Avoidance Package in order to ensure increased tax transparency and effective taxation within, and outside of, the EU. The package includes a proposed...more

Global Tax News - February 2016

The European Commission has released its highly anticipated anti-tax-avoidance package. The package, released January 28, 2016, contains proposed rules and recommendations to avoid aggressive tax planning within the...more

European Commission Proposes an Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive

The proposed Council Directive marks another, significant, though likely problematic, step towards tackling tax avoidance across Member States. Background - The European Commission (the Commission) has been moving...more

European Commission releases anti-tax-avoidance package – practical takeaways

The European Commission has released its highly anticipated anti-tax-avoidance (ATA) package. The package, released January 28, 2016, contains proposed rules and recommendations to avoid aggressive tax planning within...more

EU Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive Published: Implications For Corporate Taxpayers In Belgium

On 28 January 2016 the EC published the proposal for a so-called Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive. It applies to all taxpayers which are subject to corporate tax in an EU Member State, including corporate taxpayers without...more

Highlights of Tax Code Amendments in 2016

On 20 October 2015 the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan signed into law amendments to the Tax Code 2000, which are effective from 1 January 2016....more

Urgent: Address Your Tax Issues or Risk Losing Your Passport!

American passport holders now have another reason to get their tax affairs in order. New IRS Code § 7345 was added with the passing of the "FAST Act" or Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act. A goliath of a law, the new...more

Owe Federal Taxes? Your U.S. Passport Could Get Yanked

If you have fallen behind with the Internal Revenue Service, you now have a new concern to keep you up at night. In addition to penalties, interest, liens, and levies, under a new federal act just signed into law on December...more

IRS Continues Focus on Corporate Inversions

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) continues its focus on perceived abuses in corporate inversion transactions. On November 19, the IRS released Notice 2015-79, which places new limitations on the ability of a U.S....more

Congress Passes Law Revoking Passports of Those with “Seriously Delinquent Tax Debt”

On December 3, 2015, Congress passed a bill requiring the IRS to notify the State Department of any taxpayer with “seriously delinquent tax debt” and requiring the State Department to revoke that taxpayer’s passport until the...more

Gulag America

A few years back, Congress passed FATCA. While purportedly aimed at reaching money of tax evaders hidden offshore, a practical effect has been it is nearly impossible for U.S. persons to hold or open bank or brokerage...more

2015 Autumn Statement and Spending Review Released

The statement is tax light, but there is continued focus on carried interest. On 25 November, the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne made a number of tax-related announcements in the 2015 Autumn Statement and...more

IRS Issues More Anti-Inversion Rules

Following on its prior Notice 2014-52 anti-inversion guidance, the IRS has issued new Notice 2015-79 to further limit (i) inversion transactions that are contrary to the purposes of the Section 7874 anti-inversion rules and...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – November 2015

A company that helps with or facilitates a cartel is at just as much risk of sanctions and penalties as are the actual cartelists. This was confirmed by the EU’s highest court (the European Court of Justice (ECJ)) on 22...more

Tax Haven List Repealed by D.C. Council

After being in effect for only a week, the Council of the District of Columbia (Council) unanimously enacted legislation on November 3, 2015 that will repeal the list of tax haven jurisdictions specifically enumerated in the...more

Tax Evasion Vs. Tax Planning/Avoidance: Knowing The Difference Is Important

Last time, we began speaking about recent recommendations made by an international organization regarding tax avoidance which will reportedly make it harder for businesses to take advantage of tax law. As we noted, the...more

OECD Publishes Final BEPS Project Reports

A focus on hybrid arrangements, interest deductions, treaty abuse and permanent establishment structures. On 5 October 2015, the OECD published its highly anticipated final reports in relation to Base Erosion and Profit...more

International Organization Addresses Issue Of Tax Avoidance

At the beginning of the week, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development—an international organization founded to advise industrial nations on economic policy—proposed a plan to address what has become an...more

Australian Tax Alert: Australia Pursues Multinational Tax Avoidance

In the context of the imminent release of the OECD report to G20 finance ministers (in October 2015) dealing with its final recommendations on the Base Erosion Profit Shifting (BEPS) Action Plan, Australia has introduced...more

Treasury and IRS Issue New Temporary Treasury Regulations

On September 2, 2015, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued new temporary Treasury regulations addressing the application of Internal Revenue Code Section 956 to certain...more

Italian Tax Reform

The Italian Government has recently approved a new decree, which reshapes the definition of abuse of law and tax avoidance and changes the rules on the statute of limitations in the event of tax crimes. The decree also...more

The “Reed Amendment” and Admissibility to the United States: Will I Be Barred From Reentry After Renunciation?

A common concern about renunciation of U.S. citizenship is that of admissibility to the United States thereafter. Many people tell me that they have read about a permanent ban on reentry to the United States following...more

Lawsuit by U.S. Presidential Candidate Challenges the Constitutionality of FATCA

Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., along with six current and former U.S. citizens living abroad, filed a lawsuit, July 14, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio challenging the constitutionality of the Foreign...more

The Budget comes but twice a year

One joy of UK Parliamentary democracy is watching the annual budget with its howling Government MPs, roaring Opposition MPs and ritual interventions of the Deputy Speaker to allow the Chancellor to finish off his speech....more

IRS Targets Use of Basket Option Contracts and Basket Contracts by Hedge Funds and Other Taxpayers as Tax Avoidance Transactions

On July 8, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued two notices (Notice 2015-47, 2015-30 IRB 1, and Notice 2015-48, 2015-30 IRB 1) targeting the use of Basket Option Contracts and Basket Contracts as tax avoidance...more

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