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State Income Tax Implications of Base Broadening Components of House and Senate Tax Reform Bills

by McDermott Will & Emery on

While there are differences between the House and Senate tax reform bills that remain to be worked out between the two chambers, both bills are positioned to broaden the tax base and reduce the tax rate. This article...more

House Tax Bill Would Fundamentally Change Executive Compensation and Employee Benefit Practices

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On November 2, 2017, the House Ways and Means Committee unveiled the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Bill”), which, if enacted, could dramatically impact certain aspects of executive compensation and employee benefit issues. The...more

Anti-Inversion Regulations Held to Violate Administrative Procedure Act

by King & Spalding on

On September 29, 2017, the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas struck down a 2016 temporary regulation designed to limit corporate inversions(the “Rule”). Rule was simultaneously issued as a...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - July 2017

by King & Spalding on

Ambassador Lighthizer Visits Congress To Discuss The President’s Trade Policy Agenda - In June, the Senate Finance Committee and Ways and Means Committee of the House of Representatives held hearings on the new...more

WTO Panel Report: Russia - Tariff Treatment

by White & Case LLP on

A WTO Panel has ruled that the Russian Federation has violated its WTO obligations by imposing duties on certain EU goods in excess of its committed ("bound") rates, in breach of Article II of the General Agreement on Tariffs...more

Washington ALJ Upholds B&O Assessment on German Company’s Royalty Income

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On May 31, 2016, the Washington Department of Revenue (DOR) Appeals Division released a Determination (No. 15-0251, 35 WTD 230) denying a German pharmaceutical company’s business and occupation tax (B&O) protest. The...more

Solar Installer Update: Commerce Issues Preliminary Results in the 2nd Administrative Review of 2012 Antidumping and...

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On January 8, 2016, the U.S. Department of Commerce (through its International Trade Administration or ITA office) published a notice of Preliminary Results in the 2nd annual Administrative Review for the 2012 and...more

European Commission adopts first two decisions in EU tax probe in push for corporate tax reform

by White & Case LLP on

On 21 October, the European Commission (“EC”) adopted its first decisions in its investigation into Member States’ tax rulings. The investigation, which began in June 2013, has also targeted tax rulings given to Apple and...more

The European Commission’s New Pandora’s Box – Reopening Final Tax Rulings as a Form of “State Aid”

In Short - The European Commission (Commission) has adopted a decision on 21 October 2015 on the tax rulings – also referred to as “comfort letters” – granted by Luxembourg to Fiat Finance and Trade (FFT) and by The...more

Tax Court: Stock based Compensation Costs Need not be Included in International Cost-Sharing Arrangements

The Stunning Altera Case - Employee stock options are an important part of compensation—both as income to the executives and as a deduction for the employer. But when stock options are used by multinational companies,...more

BSI Account Holders Now Face 50 Percent Penalty On All Undisclosed Offshore Accounts

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On Monday, March 30, 2015, the Department of Justice (the "Department") announced its first settlement under the Swiss Bank Program, potentially exposing thousands of U.S. taxpayers to a steep 50 percent penalty for failure...more

BSI Is First Bank to Reach Resolution in DOJ’s Program for Swiss Banks

by BakerHostetler on

BSI of Lugano, Switzerland, became the first bank to earn a non-prosecution agreement under the U.S. DOJ’s Program for Swiss Banks, paying a penalty of $211 million. First announced on August 29, 2013, the program offered...more

Luxleaks - Challenging the challenges to tax rulings in the EU

by DLA Piper on

The European Commission's recent state aid crusade against so-called sweet deals in the form of tax rulings may have unwelcome consequences never contemplated by the Commission....more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Key legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the primary European asset...

by Dechert LLP on

EU Passes New Council Directive to Implement “EU-FATCA" - The Council Directive passed by the EU on 1 December 2014 implements the OECD’s Common Reporting Standard (CRS) in Europe. The Directive has to be implemented...more

Canada makes Changes to its Customs Administrative Monetary Penalty System

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On January 20, 2015, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) issued revisions to its Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS), found in Memorandum D22-1-1 Administrative Monetary Penalty System....more

"Challenging the IRS Anti-Inversion Notice: A Hollow Threat"

On September 22, 2014, Treasury and the IRS issued Notice 2014-52, 2014-42 I.R.B. 712 (the Notice), announcing their intention to issue regulations aimed at blunting certain of the benefits from so-called inversion...more

Luxleaks - The next level

by DLA Piper on

Until recently, the Luxemburg Government had resisted the European Commission's attempts to disclose the beneficiaries of tax rulings. It had even taken the information injunction to the EU Court of Justice. This has now...more

Fiscal state aid: atomic alarm!

by DLA Piper on

On 5 November 2014, a group of investigative journalists ("ICLG") placed approximately 540 rulings granted by the Luxembourg tax administration to some 340 companies active in a large number of industries (energy, financing,...more

Corporate tax exemption for U.S. investment funds investing in Poland Based on the ECJ C-190/12 case

by DLA Piper on

On 10 April 2014, the European Court of Justice ("ECJ") issued a judgment in case C-190/12 concerning the authority of Poland to grant corporate income tax ("CIT") exemption to investment funds depending on where their...more

Administrative and criminal violations involving the same fact: the recent positions of the European Court of Human Rights and of...

by DLA Piper on

The European Court of Human Rights takes a stand on the ne bis in idem principle intervening on the relationship between administrative and criminal violations involving identical facts. Two recent decisions give interesting...more

Taxpayer Wins New York Bank Tax Case: Division of Tax Appeals Determines that Department Violated its Own Published Guidance

by Reed Smith on

In a recent decision, the New York State Division of Tax Appeals soundly rejected a determination by the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance (the "Department") that it could treat a banking corporation’s...more

The Plight of Billionaires Looking For New Havens to Shield Assets

by James McDonough on

The Plight of Billionaires Looking For New Havens to Shield Assets by James F. McDonough, Jr. on July 30, 2013 In a recent article in Wealth Management, the author David de Jong and Robert Lafranco describe the...more

How Tobin Tax and certain regulatory duties affect Block Trades in Italy

by White & Case LLP on

Italian Law No. 228 dated December 24, 2012, which approved the 2013 budget, contemplates, among others, a new tax applicable to certain financial transactions (the “Tobin Tax”). The Tobin Tax will apply to transactions,...more

CRA Releases New APA Report

by Dentons on

This is the eleventh year in which the CRA has issued such a report, which is generally intended to enhance taxpayer awareness of the APA program and to describe (i) current operational status, (ii) relevant changes, and...more

American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012: Tax Implications for U.S. Taxpayers Living Abroad

Although the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (“Fiscal Cliff Legislation”) passed last week does not contain any sweeping changes targeted at U.S. taxpayers living abroad, a number of provisions are relevant to such U.S....more

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