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Foreign Films Take a TRIP to France

Tax Rebate Changes - In 2016, France increased its efforts to attract foreign films by loosening language restrictions and increasing the amount of tax rebates available for films that are shot in France. In the past,...more

Poland: Wealth Tax on Bank and Insurance Assets Effective from 1 February 2016 - On 15 January 2016, the Polish parliament passed...

At the same time, the legislator decreed that this new wealth tax will not affect the terms and conditions governing the rendering of financial and insurance services under contracts concluded prior to 1 February 2016....more

Withholding Tax Set to Increase

The Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA) subjects foreign sellers to U.S. tax when they sell their interest in real property located in the U.S., including interests in companies that predominately hold real...more

Gifts to a Special Needs Trust Can Be Larger Than You May Think

The federal gift tax system is one of the most misunderstood concepts in special needs planning, and for good reason: it's incredibly complicated. This complexity has resulted in the propagation of one of the most common...more

New IRS Form Required for Estate Basis Reporting Due Feb. 29

On January 29, 2016, just as tax season is heating up, the IRS released the final version of Form 8971 "Information Regarding Beneficiaries Acquiring Property From a Decedent," and its instructions. As a part of the Surface...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Legislature Delays Passage of a Tax Conformity Bill - The Appropriations Committee worked on...more

Greek Shipowners Consider Exodus as Crisis Leads to Proposed Higher Taxes

Greek shipowners facing proposed higher taxes due to the Greek financial crisis are considering an exodus from the country, which would be a blow to the economy and Greek ports such as the Port of Piraeus, pictured above....more

Legal Trends: Tax

Elected in October 2015, Canada’s new Liberal government has proposed a tax platform featuring significant changes, including a four per cent increase (to 33 per cent) in the federal tax rate for individuals on income over...more

Tax Burden of Highest Earning Taxpayers Back on the Rise

This graphic from The Wall Street Journal shows that the share of taxes paid by the top 400 taxpayers is back on the rise (using 2013 tax data), as higher U.S. tax rates take effect....more

Art Basel: implicaciones tributarias para coleccionistas de arte estadounidenses e internacionales

Desde su lanzamiento en 2002, Art Basel Miami Beach se ha transformado en la que muchos consideran la feria de arte más prestigiosa e influyente de las Américas. La edición de 2014 recibió a más de 70 000 visitantes...more

A New Tax System For Managed Investment Trusts

The Tax Laws Amendment (New Tax System for Managed Investment Trusts) Bill 2015 (Bill) was tabled in Parliament on 3 December 2015, along with three supporting bills. If passed in its present form, the Bill will...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

Capital Gains – Not so Taxing for Receivers and Liquidators?

The High Court of Australia has settled an important issue causing Insolvency Practitioners some concern involving Capital Gains Tax (CGT) and when a trustee (which includes Receivers and Liquidators) must retain funds to pay...more

Did You Know…The IRS Concludes That a “Penalty” Is a “Penalty” (Except When It Isn’t)

If you have ever paid a current or ex-employee in a settlement or after a trial or arbitration (and what employer has not?), then you know the importance of properly characterizing the payment for tax purposes. For example,...more

National Innovation & Science Agenda

The Federal Government yesterday released its much anticipated National Innovation and Science Agenda which proposes a series of tax amendments. Early Stage Venture Capital Limited Partnerships (ESVCLPs) and Venture...more

Estate Planning Pitfall - You’re selling your interest in a charitable remainder trust

Recently finalized regulations eliminate a potential tax shelter involving the sale of an interest in a charitable remainder trust. This brief article offers an example of how the tax shelter worked before the new regs and,...more

Summary of the Business License Tax Increase for Contractors in the City of Birmingham

A massive tax increase on contractors located and doing business in the City of Birmingham, Alabama, has been avoided, but recent amendments that go into effect January 1, 2016, still present significant increases and changes...more

Art Basel: Tax Ramifications for American and International Art Collectors

Since its launch in 2002, Art Basel in Miami Beach has become what many consider the most prestigious and influential art fair in the Americas. The 2014 fair saw more than 70,000 international visitors descend on Miami for...more

2016 Updated Rates, Exemptions, and Other Amounts

The IRS has released updated rates, exemptions, and other adjusted figures for the 2016 tax year. I keep summaries of these up-to-date on our firm’s website, and the site has now been updated for 2016. The updates include new...more

2015 Year-End Estate Planning Advisory

In 2015, we continued to experience a period of relative stability in our federal transfer tax system and have been able to plan without expecting imminent significant changes to the system. Under the American Taxpayer Relief...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

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 11.20.15

The US Treasury Department and IRS are joining forces to address corporate tax inversions with the introduction of new measures aimed at “curtailing companies’ ability to avoid United States tax rates if they move to...more

Be Cautious of Late In the Year Mutual Fund Purchases

This is the time of year to be cautious about buying a mutual fund. Many funds pay dividends near the end of the calendar year in December. If you buy one now, and it pays a dividend, you will be paying taxes for 2015 on the...more

Commonwealth Court Approves PA PUC’s Implementation of Distribution System Improvement Charge

The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania issued a decision on November 3, 2015, available here, that has significant implications for public utilities in Pennsylvania seeking to recover costs associated with distribution system...more

OECD/G20 Base Erosion and Profit Shifting Project — Final Reports Released

On October 5, 2015, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (“OECD”) published final reports outlining the “actions” to be undertaken by OECD members as part of the base erosion and profit shifting (“BEPS”)...more

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