Tax Avoidance

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Addressing Portability

As we have discussed in previous newsletters, the concept of “portability” introduced in 2012 allows a surviving spouse to use the unused federal estate tax exemption of the first spouse to die, but only if a federal estate...more

"U.S. Corporate Inversion Update"

Numerous US legislative proposals have reacted to the perceived problems of US corporate inversions in which, generally, a parent USco becomes a Forco’s subsidiary. Not content to wait for enacted legislation, the IRS and the...more

IRS Changes Course and Issues Notice 2014-58 on the Economic Substance Doctrine

The economic substance doctrine was historically a judicial doctrine. It was codified by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 in Section7701(o). Although practitioners describe it as a codification,...more

Corporate Inversions and Related Transactions

The past several months have seen a flurry of business activity by and between U.S.- based corporations and foreign competitors. Mergers have been announced between foreign and domestic pharmaceutical companies, drug...more

IRS Use of Customs Hold for International Taxpayers

In a recent Memorandum from the Treasury Inspector General Tax Administration (“TIGTA”) to the IRS TIGTA discussed one of the methods the IRS uses in its efforts to collect delinquent taxes and penalties, namely the Customs...more

FATCA Letters-What Should I Do Now?

As a result of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, (FATCA), the latest estimates are that over 77,000 Foreign Financial Institutions (FFI’s) and over 80 foreign governments have entered into agreements to provide...more

Spruce Credit: Avoidance transactions and the Duke of Westminster

In Spruce Credit Union v. The Queen (2014 FCA 143) the Federal Court of Appeal upheld the lower court’s interpretation and application of the inter-corporate dividend deduction under subsection 112(1) of the Income Tax Act...more

The Gwartz Decision: The GAAR Is Not A Filler

In Brianne Gwartz v. The Queen, 2013 TCC 86, the Crown attempted to utilize the GAAR to recharacterize as dividends certain capital gains which had been realized by a family trust and allocated to the minor-aged taxpayers in...more

HM Revenue & Customs - Tax Evasion Enforcement

There has been much publicity regarding tax avoidance of late in the UK. In the age of austerity, tax avoidance by companies is scruitnised by the press and is a hot topic with the public....more

Financial Services Tax – UK Update from Dechert’s Tax Group - February 2013: Get Ready for the GAAR

Draft clauses to introduce a new general anti-abuse rule (GAAR) into the UK tax code were published as part of the Finance Bill 2013 on 11 December 2012. Some form of general anti avoidance rule was first seriously canvassed...more

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