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Investment in real estate: France-German double tax treaty changes

On 31 March 2015, the Governments of France and Germany signed an amendment to the France-German treaty dated (the “Treaty”), which will have an impact in the future for certain investments in real estate. For France, this...more

New Russian CFC Rules Will Impact Inbound U.S. Tax Planning

According to recent estimates, the number of wealthy Russians investing in the United States ballooned in 2014 as a result of political turmoil and a disintegrating ruble causing Russians to seek a safe haven for their wealth...more

"Senate Finance Committee Takes Unanimous Step Toward FIRPTA Reform"

On February 11, 2015, the Senate Finance Committee unanimously approved a significant reform to the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA). The proposal demonstrates the continued bipartisan legislative...more

Trade Policy Update

Ambassador Michael Froman, the United States Trade Representative, was the witness at hearings last week by the Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committee on “President Obama’s 2015 Trade Policy Agenda.” In...more

IRS Simplifies Tax Reporting for Individuals With Canadian Retirement Plans

Under Article XVIII(7) of the United States-Canada Tax Treaty, a U.S. citizen or resident may elect to defer U.S. income taxation on income accruing under a Canadian registered retirement savings plan (RRSP) or registered...more

OECD/G20 Base Erosion and Profit Shifting Project

On September 16, 2014, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (“OECD”) released seven reports addressing certain aspects of the base erosion and profit shifting (“BEPS”) project. The seven BEPS reports...more

International Tax News - October 2014

AUSTRALIA TO REFORM TAX TREATMENT OF EMPLOYEE STOCK AWARDS: 5 TAKEAWAYS FOR US-BASED COMPANIES - The Australian government has committed to reform the tax treatment of employee stock awards as part of its Industry...more

IRS Simplifies Procedures for Favorable Tax Treatment on RRSPs and RRIFs

The IRS has finally made it much easier for taxpayers who hold interests in either of two popular Canadian retirement plans—registered retirement savings plans (RRSPs) and registered retirement income funds (RRIFs)—to get...more

IRS Denies Treaty Benefits Despite Lack of Treaty Shopping

In Starr International Company, Inc., v. United States, the taxpayer (“Starr International Company, Inc.” or “SICO”) filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia seeking a tax refund from...more

France, Luxembourg amend tax treaty, affecting investment structures of Luxembourg vehicles holding French real estate

The French and Luxembourg governments have signed a new amendment to the French-Luxembourg tax treaty that will significantly impact the investment structures involving Luxembourg vehicles holding French real estate assets....more

New Amendment To The France-Luxembourg Tax Treaty: Capital Gains On Sale Of Real Estate Entities Will Be Taxable In The State...

Based on the press release issued by the Luxembourg Ministry of Finance (MoF), the amendment allocates the right to tax capital gains realised upon the sale of stock, shares or other rights in companies, trusts or any other...more

Investment in French real estate: France-Luxembourg double tax treaty changes

On 5 September 2014, the Governments of France and Luxembourg signed an amendment to the France-Luxembourg treaty dated 1 April 1958 (the “Treaty”), which will have an impact in the future for certain investments in French...more

Editorial: Qualifying for Treaty Benefits Under the “Derivative Benefits” Article

Foreign persons are subject to U.S. federal income tax on a limited basis. 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...more

Crackdown on Tax Treaty Abuses

Tax authorities throughout the world are cracking down on taxpayers – individuals and corporations – that utilize some aggressive tax planning strategies....more

Tax Newsletter - May/June 2014 (China & Hong Kong)

Editorial Note: Welcome to our redesigned Tax Newsletter. You will notice we have streamlined the publication and will now publish bi-monthly instead of quarterly. For major developments that may be highly...more

New judgment on tax treaty between Germany and the US

Hybrid US S-Corporation eligible for participation exemption. Refund practice of taxes withheld remains to be seen. In a recent judgment (file no. I R 48/12), the German Federal Fiscal Court has commented on Art. 1...more

The IBC Act – the building of a nation

Although nobody knew it at the time, the inception of the BVI’s International Business Company Act occurred at some point during the year 1976. Nobody now recalls the exact date, except that it was during the summer.It is...more

Retroactive Tax Planning

Converting Subpart F Income into Qualified Dividends - U.S. shareholders of foreign corporations are generally not subject to tax on the earnings of such corporations until the earnings are repatriated to the...more

Statutory Exemption from U.S. Withholding Tax on Dividends Remains

Generally, a non-U.S. taxpayer that is not engaged in a U.S. trade or business is taxable in the United States only on U.S.-source “fixed determinable, annual or periodical” income (FDAP)....more

Swiss Bank Pleads Guilty In Alleged Tax Evasion Conspiracy

On May 19, the DOJ announced that a Swiss bank pleaded guilty and entered into agreements with federal and state regulators to resolve a multi-year investigation into the bank’s alleged conspiracy to assist U.S. taxpayers in...more

"OECD Outlines Plans to Prevent Double-Tax Treaty Abuse"

On March 14, 2014, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published a discussion draft report on preventing double-tax treaty abuse (the Treaty Report). The OECD supplemented this release on March...more

Federal Ministry of Finance publishes model for future double tax treaties

Germany provides insight into its tax treaty negotiation policy. The German Federal Ministry of Finance has followed the lead of the United States, Austria and Belgium and has published a model double tax treaty for...more

"Notice 2013-78: IRS Proposes Revisions to Competent Authority Process"

On November 22, 2013, the IRS issued Notice 2013-78, which contains draft Revenue Procedures applicable to requests for competent authority (CA) assistance. The IRS requested comments by March 10, 2014. The Revenue Procedure...more

International Tax News - November 2013

US-SWISS VOLUNTARY DISCLOSURE PROGRAM: DEADLINES ARE LOOMING – SWISS BANKS NEED NOT PANIC, BUT MUST ACT SWIFTLY AND THOUGHTFULLY - The recently announced voluntary bank disclosure program between Switzerland and the...more

U.K.-Cayman IGA Signed

The United Kingdom (U.K.) has published an agreed intergovernmental agreement (IGA) with the Cayman Islands. The IGA was signed on 5th November and is intended to improve international tax compliance by providing for domestic...more

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