International

  • June 13, 2024

    Swiss Finance Minister Defends Tax Competition

    Switzerland's finance minister defended tax competition, saying citizens' right to move to lower-tax jurisdictions helps keep public authorities from taxing and spending to excess.

  • June 13, 2024

    EU Scales Back Talks On Proposed Law To Combat Shell Cos.

    European Union countries have broadly agreed to work on a scaled-back legislative proposal to combat shell companies that would give each country more freedom to decide what anti-abuse action to take, an EU official said.

  • June 12, 2024

    Senate Budget Chair Seeks End To Carried Interest Tax Break

    Lawmakers should end the favorable tax treatment of income from carried interest compared with ordinary earned income, Senate Budget Committee Chairman Sheldon Whitehouse said Wednesday.

  • June 12, 2024

    Digital Taxes May Take Hold Regardless Of Treaty Signing

    An internationally agreed-upon freeze on digital levies may continue to thaw even if countries meet their impending deadline to sign a related treaty for new corporate tax rules, in part because the accord faces a hazy path to formal ratification.

  • June 12, 2024

    Feds Strike Deal Ending $7M FBAR Penalty Cases

    The U.S. government agreed to settle a pair of foreign bank account reporting cases in which it had sought a total of $7 million from a former insurance broker and his wife's estate, according to a court order filed Wednesday in California federal court.

  • June 12, 2024

    Groups Push Back On Stock Buyback Tax Test's Scope

    The U.S. Treasury Department's proposed stock buyback tax rules go too far in trying to assess whether the main purpose of a U.S. subsidiary's funding purchase of its foreign parent's stock is to avoid the tax, two groups said in comments released Wednesday.

  • June 12, 2024

    Aussie Senate's Final PwC Report Focuses On Integrity Recs

    Australia's Senate released its final report Wednesday regarding PwC's marketing of confidential draft tax laws to clients, pushing for both consulting firms and the government to assure that the firms, particularly the Big Four, act with integrity.

  • June 12, 2024

    Treasury Issued Over $1B In Clean Vehicle Tax Credits

    The clean vehicle tax credit of up to $7,500 has saved buyers more than $1 billion in total upfront costs since January, the U.S. Treasury Department announced Wednesday, saying the figures represent a major milestone in lowering transportation costs since the incentive was updated in 2022.

  • June 12, 2024

    Italy Investigating €13M VAT Fraud Involving Chinese Fabric

    An Italian judge issued a freezing order against four people and a company as investigations continue into a scheme involving the illegal importation of Chinese fabric that caused over €13 million ($14.1 million) in value-added tax losses, the European Public Prosecutor's Office said Wednesday.

  • June 12, 2024

    New Dutch Gov't Agrees On Top Finance Official

    The incoming right-wing Dutch government has agreed to appoint a conservative politician as finance minister and to maintain a separate position for the state secretary for taxation in order to comply with a recent Netherlands Supreme Court tax ruling on compensation to investors, Dutch media reported.

  • June 11, 2024

    US Issues Sanctions For $50M Guyana Gold Tax Evasion

    Two Guyanese businessmen and a Guyanese official were sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department on Tuesday after a probe into a corruption scheme that helped the businessmen evade $50 million in gold export taxes that should have been paid to Guyana's government, Treasury said.

  • June 11, 2024

    Latvia Renominates EU Trade Commissioner To Retain Role

    The Latvian government has renominated former Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis to retain his European Commission position as the commissioner for trade, the government announced Tuesday.

  • June 11, 2024

    Extension OK'd For Carbon Program Tax Exemption In Norway

    An extension of a program that makes certain carbon emissions tax-exempt for some Norwegian businesses was approved by an official watchdog group Tuesday.

  • June 11, 2024

    Compliance Costs Outweigh Min. Tax Gains, Biz Reps Say

    Multinational businesses are concerned that the burden of complying with the 15% global minimum tax outweighs any potential revenue gains associated with the burgeoning system, tax attorneys and a trade association representative said during a panel Tuesday.

  • June 11, 2024

    House Panel Chair Seeks To End Media Org's Tax Exemption

    The House's top tax writer wants the Internal Revenue Service to revoke the tax-exempt status of a nonprofit Mideast-focused news outlet, telling Commissioner Daniel Werfel that the organization is aiding Hamas.

  • June 11, 2024

    Lawmakers Urge Biden To Back Brazil's Int'l Wealth Tax Plan

    Sen. Bernie Sanders and Democratic lawmakers asked the Biden administration Tuesday to support the global minimum tax on billionaires being proposed by Brazil, which is encouraging the Group of 20 nations to endorse the initiative at its meetings next month.

  • June 11, 2024

    Kostelanetz Partners Talk Benefits Of Atlanta Tax Firm Tie-Up

    Kostelanetz LLP partners Bryan Skarlatos and Todd Welty discuss the firm’s recent combination with Atlanta boutique Welty PC.

  • June 11, 2024

    Democratic Republic Of Congo Joins African Tax Coalition

    The Democratic Republic of the Congo has officially joined the African Tax Administration Forum as its 44th member, the group announced.

  • June 11, 2024

    Tory Tax Cut Plans Raise Questions On Funding Gaps

    The prime minister unveiled plans for £17.2 billion ($21.8 billion) in tax cuts at the launch of the Conservative Party's election manifesto on Tuesday, but a headline cut of two percentage points in the payroll tax was put off for three years — and funding plans left some experts unconvinced.

  • June 11, 2024

    French Tax Law Challenged On Free Movement Grounds

    The European Court of Justice is examining a French law regarding undeclared assets held outside the country to determine whether it is in line with the European Union's law respecting free movement of capital, the EU's official journal said.

  • June 11, 2024

    Sunak Pledges Further Tax Cuts In Election Manifesto

    Rishi Sunak said on Tuesday that his Conservative Party would establish a tax system that "rewards work" by slashing a range of levies if it wins the general election, including another cut in the national payroll tax by 2027.

  • June 10, 2024

    Canadian Gov't Proposes Capital Gains Tax Hike

    A new tax rate on capital gains realized annually above CA$250,000 ($181,700) by individuals and on all capital gains realized by Canadian corporations would go into effect this month under a proposal introduced by Canada's finance minister Monday.

  • June 10, 2024

    Big Tech Urges US Reprisal Over Canada's Impending DST

    The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative should open formal dispute proceedings with the Canadian government in response to a 3% digital services tax that is expected to soon pass in the Canadian Senate, business groups with members in the U.S. tech industry said Monday.

  • June 10, 2024

    UN Aims To Finish Drafting Tax Convention By Fall 2026

    The United Nations should aim to finish a framework convention on international tax cooperation and early protocols that address taxation of the digital economy, cross-border services and high-net-worth individuals by September 2026, according to draft terms of reference open for comment through June 21.

  • June 10, 2024

    3rd Prime Suspect Arrested In €50M Italian VAT Fraud Ring

    The Italian Financial Police arrested a third person suspected of leading a value-added tax fraud scheme involving sales of over 3 million Apple AirPods that caused an estimated €50 million ($54 million) in losses, the European Public Prosecutor's Office said Monday.

Expert Analysis

  • A Vision For Economic Clerkships In The Legal System

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    As courts handle increasingly complex damages analyses involving vast amounts of data, an economic clerkship program — integrating early-career economists into the judicial system — could improve legal outcomes and provide essential training to clerks, say Mona Birjandi at Data for Decisions and Matt Farber at Secretariat.

  • A Look At New IRS Rules For Domestically Controlled REITs

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    The Internal Revenue Services' finalized Treasury Regulations addressing whether real estate investment trusts qualify as domestically controlled adopt the basic structure of previous proposals, but certain new and modified rules may mitigate the regulations' impact, say attorneys at Simpson Thacher.

  • E-Discovery Quarterly: Recent Rulings On Text Message Data

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    Electronically stored information on cellphones, and in particular text messages, can present unique litigation challenges, and recent court decisions demonstrate that counsel must carefully balance what data should be preserved, collected, reviewed and produced, say attorneys at Sidley.

  • Don't Use The Same Template For Every Client Alert

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    As the old marketing adage goes, consistency is key, but law firm style guides need consistency that contemplates variety when it comes to client alert formats, allowing attorneys to tailor alerts to best fit the audience and subject matter, says Jessica Kaplan at Legally Penned.

  • Think Like A Lawyer: Follow The Iron Rule Of Trial Logic

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    Many diligent and eager attorneys include every good fact, point and rule in their trial narratives — spurred by the gnawing fear they’ll be second-guessed for leaving something out — but this approach ignores a fundamental principle of successful trial lawyering, says Luke Andrews at Poole Huffman.

  • The Art Of Asking: Leveraging Your Contacts For Referrals

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    Though attorneys may hesitate to ask for referral recommendations to generate new business, research shows that people want to help others they know, like and trust, so consider who in your network you should approach and how to make the ask, says Rebecca Hnatowski at Edwards Advisory.

  • Unpacking The Bill To Extend TCJA's Biz-Friendly Tax Breaks

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    Attorneys at Skadden examine how a bipartisan bill currently being considered by the U.S. Senate to save the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act's tax breaks for research and development costs, and other expiring business-friendly provisions, would affect taxpayers.

  • Deciding What Comes At The End Of WTO's Digital Tariff Ban

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    Companies that feel empowered by the World Trade Organization’s recent two-year extension of the ban on e-commerce tariffs should pay attention to current negotiations over what comes after the moratorium expires, as these agreements will define standards in international e-commerce for years to come, say Jan Walter, Hannes Sigurgeirsson and Kulsum Gulamhusein at Akin Gump.

  • 4 Ways To Refresh Your Law Firm's Marketing Strategy

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    With many BigLaw firms relying on an increasingly obsolete marketing approach that prioritizes stiff professionalism over authentic connection, adopting a few key communications strategies to better connect with today's clients and prospects can make all the difference, say Eric Pacifici and Kevin Henderson at SMB Law.

  • This Earth Day, Consider How Your Firm Can Go Greener

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    As Earth Day approaches, law firms and attorneys should consider adopting more sustainable practices to reduce their carbon footprint — from minimizing single-use plastics to purchasing carbon offsets for air travel — which ultimately can also reduce costs for clients, say M’Lynn Phillips and Lisa Walters at IMS Legal Strategies.

  • Cum-Ex Prosecutions Storm Shows No Sign Of Abating

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    The ongoing trial of Sanjay Shah in Denmark is a clear indicator that efforts remain focused on holding to account the alleged architects and beneficiaries of cum-ex trading, and with these prosecutions making their way across Europe, it is a more turbulent time now than ever, says Niall Hearty at Rahman Ravelli.

  • Practicing Law With Parkinson's Disease

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    This Parkinson’s Awareness Month, Adam Siegler at Greenberg Traurig discusses his experience working as a lawyer with Parkinson’s disease, sharing both lessons on how to cope with a diagnosis and advice for supporting colleagues who live with the disease.

  • Why Supreme Court Should Allow Repatriation Tax To Stand

    If the U.S. Supreme Court doesn't reject the taxpayers' misguided claims in Moore v. U.S. that the mandatory repatriation tax is unconstitutional, it could wreak havoc on our system of taxation and result in a catastrophic loss of revenue for the government, say Christina Mason and Theresa Balducci at Herrick Feinstein.

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