International

  • May 13, 2024

    EU Initiative Pushes Bloc To Strengthen Carbon Taxing

    The European Commission on Monday officially registered a citizen initiative to focus on accelerating the taxing of greenhouse gas emissions as well as making it more equitable, giving the group behind it a year to meet certain criteria that would force the European Union's executive arm to act.

  • May 13, 2024

    Houston Truck Co. Doesn't Owe $2M Excise Tax, 5th Circ. Told

    A Houston truck company that sells tires made by a Chinese manufacturer doesn't owe $2 million in import taxes because it's not legally the tire importer, the company told the Fifth Circuit in asking it to affirm a ruling that could split circuits.

  • May 13, 2024

    Estonia Objecting To VAT Proposal On 'Neutrality' Grounds

    Estonia is objecting to a proposed overhaul of European Union value-added tax rules because the proposal doesn't respect the principle of "neutrality," the country's finance minister said Monday, casting doubt on the fate of the proposal, which needs agreement by all 27 EU countries to pass.

  • May 13, 2024

    EU Chair Offers Compromise To Clinch Withholding Tax Deal

    The chair of European Union finance ministers offered last-minute concessions to try to persuade holdouts the Czech Republic and Poland to agree to a withholding tax refund law, a document published Monday showed.

  • May 11, 2024

    Gov't Urges 8th Circ. To Uphold 3M's $24M Pricing Adjustment

    The U.S. government asked the Eighth Circuit to uphold a U.S. Tax Court decision allowing the IRS to allocate nearly $24 million from 3M's Brazilian affiliate, arguing the company's appeal involves misplaced reliance on a U.S. Supreme Court decision.

  • May 10, 2024

    5 Goals Gov'ts Have For The UN Tax Convention

    Transfer pricing, country-by-country reporting, wealth taxation, the digital economy and the participation of developing countries in negotiations are topics governments at the United Nations said they want to address during the first session on drafting terms of reference for the Framework Convention on International Tax Cooperation.

  • May 10, 2024

    Austria Eyes Fines For Fake Invoices Used In Tax Fraud

    People creating false invoices in Austria could face fines of up to €100,000 ($108,000) as the country looks to crack down on tax fraud involving fictitious businesses, the country's Ministry of Finance said Friday.

  • May 10, 2024

    DC Tax Atty Can't Use Ch. 7 To Ditch Depo In $19M Theft Suit

    A corporate D.C. tax attorney accused of bilking a former client out of $19 million via a captive insurance scam will be deposed, despite a stay in the Maryland federal case against him and his firm after both filed for bankruptcy.

  • May 10, 2024

    Use Of AI For Tax Comment Letters Poses Ethical Quandaries

    While artificial intelligence can streamline the process of conducting a comprehensive review of complex, IRS-proposed federal tax regulations, tax attorneys must be aware of professional and ethical considerations when using it to help draft comment letters to submit to the agency.

  • May 10, 2024

    Australia Looks To Tweak Tax Exemption For US Entertainers

    Australia wants public comments on a proposal that would simplify the elimination of withholding taxes for U.S. entertainers who make $10,000 or less — or the Australian equivalent — in the country in a given year, the Australian Taxation Office said.

  • May 10, 2024

    Calif. OTA In Untested Area On Ruling That Biz Wants Binding

    A decision by California's Office of Tax Appeals that Microsoft can include 100% of the dividends from foreign affiliates in its California sales factor denominator pleased businesses, who now want the OTA to designate the opinion as precedential, thus binding on it and the state Franchise Tax Board.

  • May 10, 2024

    Osborne Clarke Lawyer To Face Tribunal Over Zahawi SLAPP

    An Osborne Clarke LLP partner who represented Nadhim Zahawi could face a disciplinary tribunal over allegations that he used intimidatory warnings in an attempt to silence a critic who was probing the former Conservative chancellor's tax affairs.

  • May 09, 2024

    Mich. Doctor Ordered To Stay In Jail Until Assets Repatriated

    A Michigan doctor fighting accusations that he failed to report his foreign bank accounts will stay in jail, as a federal court declined to release him Thursday when he didn't comply with an order to deposit over $1 million to cover the judgment against him.

  • May 09, 2024

    Pop Star Shakira's €6.6M Spanish Tax Fraud Case Dropped

    A Spanish court dropped a case alleging that Colombian pop superstar Shakira had willfully defrauded the country of €6.6 million ($7.1 million) worth of taxes in 2018, multiple news outlets reported Thursday.

  • May 09, 2024

    Pension Plans Want Witness Stopped In $2B Danish Dispute

    U.S. pension plans accused by Denmark's tax authority of committing $2.1 billion in fraud against the European country by taking illegal refunds on dividends asked a New York federal court to reject the authority's request to depose a witness who pled guilty in Denmark.

  • May 09, 2024

    Voluntary Carbon Credit Trades Will Trigger UK VAT

    Transactions involving voluntary carbon credits in the U.K. will be assessed value-added tax starting in September, HM Revenue & Customs said Thursday.

  • May 09, 2024

    IRS Turning to Final PFIC Rules This Year, Official Says

    The Internal Revenue Service expects to "begin in earnest" this year on final regulations for partnerships that hold stock in passive foreign investment companies, including guidance that would treat partnerships as an aggregate of their partners, an agency official said Thursday.

  • May 09, 2024

    Country Adjustment Would Undermine Common EU Tax Base

    Allowing countries within the European Union to adjust companies' allocated tax base under proposed rules would undermine the rules' goal of streamlining the corporate tax base, according to business groups. 

  • May 08, 2024

    DOJ Says Man Owes $6.2M After Failing To Report Foreign Biz

    A man owes tax penalties of $6.2 million to the U.S. after failing to disclose his ownership interests in two foreign entities from 1997 to 2004, the government told a California federal court Wednesday.

  • May 08, 2024

    Biz Groups Tell 10th Circ. Economic Substance Doesn't Apply

    The economic substance doctrine doesn't apply when a business considers tax in making a choice between two legally permissible alternatives, two organizations told the Tenth Circuit in their briefs supporting Liberty Global's position in its $109 million tax refund bid.

  • May 08, 2024

    4th Circ. Asks If High Court Ruling Bars Credit Suisse Tipster

    A Fourth Circuit panel questioned Wednesday whether a U.S. Supreme Court ruling prevented it from reviving a whistleblower case by a former Credit Suisse employee alleging the bank helped U.S. citizens evade taxes after paying a $2.6 billion criminal penalty.

  • May 08, 2024

    Auto Cos. Brace For EV Battery Compliance Hurdles

    New federal regulations aimed at shoring up the domestic electric vehicle manufacturing supply chain give automakers a much-needed two-year cushion to navigate a compliance minefield, and to figure out how to reinvigorate the recent waning consumer demand for electric vehicles.

  • May 08, 2024

    Africa Should Solve Own Tax Problems, Nigerian Official Says

    The solutions to Africa's taxation challenges should come from those actually on the continent, not the Western world, the chairman of Nigeria's tax authority said at an African Tax Administration Forum meeting, the authority said Wednesday.

  • May 08, 2024

    EGC Won't Annul EU Decision To Toss Spanish Tax Scheme

    The European General Court will not annul a European Commission decision that a Spanish tax scheme for vessels built in its domestic shipyards must be abandoned because it was incompatible with the European Union's internal market, according to a judgment released Wednesday.

  • May 08, 2024

    Ambulance Co.'s Former Owner Gets 6 Years For Tax Evasion

    The former owner of an ambulance company was sentenced to more than six years in federal prison for failing to pay employment taxes to the federal government and obstructing the Internal Revenue Service as it tried to collect, according to Virginia federal court documents.

Expert Analysis

  • IRS Memo May Change IP Royalty Tax Prepayment Planning

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    A recent Internal Revenue Service advice memorandum finding a taxpayer was not permitted to prepay tax on contingent royalties after contributing intellectual property offshore is a noteworthy departure from earlier guidance that highlights potential differences between actual and deemed licenses, says William Skinner at Fenwick.

  • What IRS Funding Increase Means For Taxpayers

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    The Internal Revenue Service will first use the influx of funding from the Inflation Reduction Act to address customer support and personnel issues, but with over half the money allocated to enforcement, corporations and high-net-worth individuals will face increased scrutiny, say Patrick McCann Jr. and Jasen Hanson at Chamberlain Hrdlicka.

  • 6 Tax Considerations For Life Sciences Collaboration Deals

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    Given recent IRS guidance and changes to certain tax rates and deductions, biotech and life sciences companies entering into collaboration agreements should assess several unique taxation issues affecting matters ranging from research and development expenditures to profit-sharing terms, say attorneys at Orrick and Andersen Tax.

  • Rushed Multilateral Negotiations Caused Two-Pillar Tax Mess

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    Cracks appearing in the two pillars of the 2021 global tax plan stem from a multilateral tax policy process that rushed to issue rules without first resolving fundamental differences between countries or ensuring that the U.S., a key player, could implement them, says Jefferson VanderWolk at Squire Patton.

  • Key Considerations For Seeking Relief From Double Taxation

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    Caroline Setliffe and E. Miller Williams at Eversheds Sutherland lay out the Organization for International Cooperation and Development’s mutual agreement procedure for settling double-taxation disputes, and discuss six factors U.S. taxpayers doing business in multiple countries should consider when determining the most advantageous form of relief.

  • 2 Tax Decisions Hold Key Transfer Pricing Takeaways

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    Richard Slowinski and Stefanie Kavanagh at Alston & Bird discuss two recent decisions in cases against the IRS — Eaton Corp. from the Sixth Circuit and Medtronic from the Tax Court — that may help clarify when the agency can cancel an advance pricing agreement, but leave unanswered questions about which pricing method applies to high-value intercompany licensing transactions.

  • Digital Taxation Is Necessary, But Tough To Manage

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    The U.S. government has started to tackle complex new tax laws as the digital economy continues to grow, but this demands guidelines that will facilitate the growth while protecting investors and the government's finances, say attorneys at Cadwalader.

  • Company Considerations For Cash Award Incentives: Part 2

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    Cash awards can help companies address some issues associated with equity awards to compensate employees, but due to potential downsides, they should be treated as a tool in a long-term incentive program rather than a panacea, say Denise Glagau and Kela Shang at Baker McKenzie.

  • Company Considerations For Cash Award Incentives: Part 1

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    Denise Glagau and Kela Shang at Baker McKenzie discuss what companies must consider when offering cash awards outside of U.S. jurisdictions, and explain how some challenges associated with equity awards may be addressed with cash awards.

  • What AML Bill Could Mean For Firms, Funds And FinCEN

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    If passed, an amendment within Congress’ annual defense bill would expand the list of institutions subject to anti-money laundering regulations, from law firms to investment funds, creating potential rulemaking and enforcement challenges for the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, say attorneys at Arnold & Porter.

  • Unpacking The New Stock Buyback Tax And Its Exceptions

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    Xenia Garofalo and Kyle Colonna at Eversheds Sutherland discuss provisions of the recently enacted tax on corporate stock repurchases, how its exceptions may be applied and what companies should consider when evaluating the cost of new or existing programs.

  • Inside The OECD Transfer Pricing Documentation Guidance

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    The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's recently modified documentation guidelines can assist tax administrations in developing requirements for transfer pricing risk assessments and evaluations, and help multinational entity taxpayers demonstrate satisfaction of the arm's-length principle, says Neil Aragones at Lexis Tax.

  • A Close Look At The Decentralized Effort To Tax Digital Assets

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    Clarity on taxation is one of the biggest hurdles to mass adoption of cryptocurrency, and although digital asset innovation has consistently outpaced worldwide government regulation, recent efforts in the U.S. and elsewhere hint at an emerging standard, says Joshua Smeltzer at Gray Reed.

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