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Swiss-Domiciled Company Denied Treaty Benefits For Treaty Shopping

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Statutory Background- When a foreign corporation receives dividends from U.S. sources, the income is generally subject to tax at 30%. To avoid double taxation and encourage cross-border investments, the U.S. has entered...more

Tax Planning for Investment Into the United States Through Hybrid Entities - Tax Update Volume 2017, Issue 4

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The Tax Section of the New York State Bar Association recently issued a report commenting on the appropriate application of treaty limitations to source-country taxation of business profits when the underlying income is...more

Do You know that the US might have a Tax Sharing Information Agreement with your Country?

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

The US has Tax treaties and Tax Information Exchange Agreements (TIEAs) with certain countries that provide, upon request, for the exchange of U.S. income information regarding their citizens or residents. There are...more

IRS Announces Tax Treaties Resulted in Low Withholding Rates to Foreign Individuals and Entities

In the 2017 Statistics of Income Bulletin, the IRS reported that foreign recipients of U.S. source income from treaty countries had an average withholding rate of 13.9% compared to 25.6% for payments made to residents of...more

Proposed Regulations on Foreign-Owned U.S. Disregarded Entities

On May 10, 2016 the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) published proposed regulations that, if finalized, will treat a domestic disregarded entity wholly owned (directly or indirectly) by a foreign person as a corporation...more

Change in the UK Treatment of Dual-Resident Companies May Affect U.S. Tax Planning

by Bilzin Sumberg on

On November 30, 2015, the UK tax authorities at HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) reached an agreement with Jersey about the interpretation of the company residence tie-breaker provision of the Jersey-UK income tax treaty. After...more

IRS Unveils New Competent Authority Procedures

by Alston & Bird on

In the recent Rev. Proc. 2015-40, the IRS describes updated competent authority procedures for taxpayers seeking certain U.S. treaty relief. The new procedures, effective for requests on or after October 30, 2015, supersede...more

"IRS Implements Final Changes to Advance Pricing Agreement Process"

On August 12, 2015, the IRS issued Rev. Proc. 2015-41, which sets out the procedures for pursuing advance pricing agreements (APAs). The new revenue procedure replaces Rev. Proc. 2006-9 and finalizes revenue procedures...more

"IRS Implements Final Changes to Competent Authority Process"

On August 12, 2015, the IRS issued Rev. Proc. 2015-40, which revises the procedures for obtaining competent authority (CA) assistance concerning issues arising under U.S. income tax treaties. This revenue procedure replaces...more

Planning For Qualified Dividend Income When Taking Foreign Companies Public - Tax Update Volume 2015, Issue 2

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Where Qualified Dividend Treatment Is Important, Serious Consideration Should Be Given to Ensuring the Company Is Eligible for Treaty Benefits Before Taking It Public. Dividends generally are taxed at ordinary income...more

IRS Simplifies Tax Reporting for Individuals With Canadian Retirement Plans

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

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

IRS Simplifies Procedures for Favorable Tax Treatment on RRSPs and RRIFs

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

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

by Bilzin Sumberg on

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

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

by Bilzin Sumberg on

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

"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

IRS proposes changes to Competent Authority and APA procedures: comments requested by 3/20/2014

by DLA Piper on

The IRS has published for comment two draft revenue procedures that change the existing process for US taxpayers requesting Competent Authority relief under the Mutual Agreement Procedures (MAP) and other provisions of US...more

International Tax News - November 2013

by DLA Piper on

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

Favorable IRS ruling for US taxpayer on application of US - Cyprus tax treaty

by DLA Piper on

In a recent internal legal memorandum (the ILM), the IRS concluded that a US individual was entitled to treat dividends received from a Cypriot holding company with no Cypriot ownership as qualified dividend income (QDI), and...more

The 180-Day Rule for Canadian Visitors – Law or Legend?

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

How Many Days Can I Be in the United States? We get inquiries from time to time from seasonal “snowbirds,” as well as from sales personnel, account managers, and others who make frequent and/or lengthy trips to the United...more

When Is A Statutory Benefit A ‘Treaty Benefit’? When IRS Says So!

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Since Section 1(h)(11) was enacted as part of the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003, questions have been raised on exactly how to interpret the section's legislative history. Under this provision, a...more

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