International

  • May 08, 2024

    A Foley Hoag Co-Chair Joins Litigation Firm As Name Partner

    Litigation and dispute resolution firm Elliott Kwok Levine & Jaroslaw LLP will operate under a new name after welcoming as its newest name partner a former federal prosecutor who most recently co-chaired Foley Hoag LLP's white-collar crime and government investigations practice.

  • May 08, 2024

    UN To Publish Draft Terms Of Reference For Tax Pact In June

    National governments agreed Wednesday to publish the first draft of terms of reference for the United Nations Framework Convention on International Tax Cooperation for a two-week consultation during the week beginning June 3.

  • May 08, 2024

    EU Races To Deals On Withholding Tax, Digital VAT

    European Union countries are trying to clear the final hurdles for deals on May 14 regarding a withholding tax refund law and a package to modernize value-added tax reporting, although some potential vetoes remain after a preparatory meeting, EU sources said Wednesday.

  • May 08, 2024

    Offshore Drilling Co. Demands $70M Refund From IRS

    The IRS wrongfully withheld $69.7 million in tax refunds to an offshore drilling company, despite acknowledging that the refunds are justified by net operating loss carrybacks authorized by a pandemic law and then promising to pay, the company said in Texas federal court.

  • May 08, 2024

    EU Agrees To Send Russian Assets' Revenue To Ukraine

    European Union countries reached a deal Wednesday to transfer the net income from frozen and immobilized Russian state assets to EU funds for rebuilding Ukraine and buying arms for the country, an EU commissioner said.

  • May 08, 2024

    EU Discusses Monitoring Measures Against Tax Havens

    The European Union is considering an annual monitoring process over defensive measures against tax havens in force in the 27 bloc countries, an EU official said Wednesday.

  • May 08, 2024

    Slow Tax Decisions By EU States Are Harmful, Lawmaker Says

    The slow pace of European Union countries in reaching decisions on tax issues harms the bloc's economy, a conservative member of the European Parliament said in a document sent to journalists Wednesday.

  • May 08, 2024

    EU Calls For Responses On Information Exchange Law

    The European Union's executive branch is seeking responses on the law that governs the exchange of information between tax authorities in the group of 27 nations, as a senior EU tax official said it was time to "assess the need for fine tuning."

  • May 07, 2024

    Biz Orgs. Ask 10th Circ. To Toss Economic Substance Ruling

    The Tenth Circuit must not uphold a Colorado federal court's ruling that it didn't need to determine whether economic substance doctrine was relevant before disallowing an intercompany transaction by Liberty Global Inc., three business groups told the Tenth Circuit in briefs Tuesday.

  • May 07, 2024

    India's Top Court Upholds Tax On Employee Perks

    A catch-all provision in India's tax on employee perks does not grant excessive power to the tax authority, and the tax rate on interest-free loans as perks is not unconstitutional, the Supreme Court of India affirmed Tuesday.

  • May 07, 2024

    Industry Groups Suggest Changes To Aussie Reporting Rules

    A coalition of global fund industry associations asked Australia to further amend its proposal for public country-by-country tax data reporting by including, among other measures, a provision that would allow companies to withhold sensitive information, according to a letter released Tuesday by the U.S. Treasury Department.

  • May 07, 2024

    India High Court Says Biz's Tax Refunds Can't Be Held Back

    Indian tax authorities must refund value-added taxes of 225 million rupees ($2.7 million) to a business instead of withholding them to offset future tax liabilities, the country's top court ruled.

  • May 07, 2024

    Latin American, Caribbean 2022 Tax Revenue Up, OECD Says

    Tax revenue in Latin American and Caribbean countries rose in 2022, thanks in large part to gains in the gas and oil sector, but the average tax-to-gross domestic product ratio in the region still lags behind the OECD average, the organization said Tuesday.

  • May 07, 2024

    14 Arrested In €15M VAT Fraud Ring Tied To Lubricating Oil

    Authorities arrested 14 people as part of an investigation into a crime ring that evaded more than €15 million ($16.1 million) in value-added taxes and other levies tied to lubricating oil, the European Public Prosecutor's Office said Tuesday.

  • May 07, 2024

    EU Pauses Drive For Deal On Energy Tax

    The chair of European Union finance ministers gave up attempts to reach an agreement on a landmark energy taxation law because of sharply diverging views among EU countries, a source from Belgium's EU presidency confirmed Tuesday.

  • May 07, 2024

    Austrian Finance Chief Backs Tax Breaks For Full-Time Work

    Austria's finance minister said he backed proposals to use the tax system to encourage individuals to work full time, including freeing overtime work from taxation.

  • May 07, 2024

    Treasury Floats Foreign Trust Reporting Rules

    The U.S. Treasury Department proposed regulations Tuesday that provide guidance on the requirements for individuals to report their transactions with foreign trusts to the Internal Revenue Service, including the receipt of large gifts.

  • May 06, 2024

    10th Circ. Urged To Alter Substance Finding In Liberty Global

    To preserve the stability of federal tax law, the Tenth Circuit should reverse a lower court's finding that it needn't determine the economic substance doctrine is relevant before disallowing a transaction's tax benefits, the National Foreign Trade Council said Monday, supporting telecommunications firm Liberty Global.

  • May 06, 2024

    Man's FBAR Filing Makes Challenge Moot, 7th Circ. Says

    The Seventh Circuit upheld Monday the dismissal of a man's challenge to the constitutionality of filing reports of foreign accounts because after filing the suit, the man reported his bank account, making the case moot.

  • May 06, 2024

    Japan Floats Top Seat For Small Islands At UN Tax Convention

    The United Nations committee responsible for negotiating a framework convention on tax should have a co-chair for small island states in a subgroup that leads drafting of proposals, Japan's government said Monday.

  • May 06, 2024

    Marcum Expands Into Mich. By Adding Croskey Lanni

    Accounting and advisory firm Marcum LLP acquired Detroit-based Croskey Lanni PC, adding six partners and more than 50 associates, Marcum announced Monday.

  • May 06, 2024

    Austrian Tax Investigations Collected €49M In 2023

    Austrian tax investigators carried out 210 investigations in 2023, securing a total of €48.86 million ($52.6 million) in back taxes, with perpetrators possibly owing as much as €100 million in fines, the country's finance ministry said Monday.

  • May 06, 2024

    EU Court Asked To Rule On Italian Nix Of Biz Tax Deductions

    The European Union's highest court was asked to rule on Italy's policy denying Italian parent companies certain tax deductions of corporate taxes paid by their subsidiaries in other EU countries, a question arising from an Italian bank's court challenge, a document published Monday showed.

  • May 06, 2024

    Macron-Backed Group Backs G20 Wealth Tax In Election Pitch

    A group campaigning in the European Parliament elections that is backed by French President Emmanuel Macron supports a wealth tax in the world's largest economies, according to a campaign platform published Monday.

  • May 04, 2024

    IRS Seeks More Info On Purpose Test In Buyback Tax Regs

    The IRS is seeking more information on fine-tuning a test in proposed rules on the stock buyback tax meant to assess whether the principal purpose of a U.S. subsidiary's funding purchase of its foreign parent's stock is to avoid the tax, an agency attorney said Saturday.  

Expert Analysis

  • Key Takeaways From IRS Reversal On FDII Stance

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    The Internal Revenue Service's recent memo regarding allocation of deferred compensation expenses for purposes of foreign-derived intangible income is a departure from the agency's previous position and may have implications beyond the context of deferred compensation, say attorneys at Miller & Chevalier.

  • New Tax Decree Suggests Expansion In Dutch Transfer Pricing

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    A July 1 decree from Dutch tax authorities updating transfer pricing guidance heralds a major change in how intercompany financial transactions are considered for transfer pricing purposes and forebodes significant audit activity, say Monique van Herksen and Clive Jie-A-Joen at Simmons and Simmons.

  • Is NJ's Voluntary Transfer Pricing Initiative Really Voluntary?

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    The New Jersey Division of Taxation's voluntary transfer pricing audit initiative promises penalty abatement to taxpayers that elect to participate and agree to the division's proposed adjustments, but the effective penalties associated with nonparticipation raise questions about the program's voluntary nature, say attorneys at McDermott.

  • Global Tax Chiefs Should Look To US Whistleblower Programs

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    As the Joint Chiefs of Global Tax Enforcement develops its international whistleblower program to address tax evasion and money laundering schemes in new areas like cryptocurrency, it should take lessons from highly successful U.S. programs on which features to include and pitfalls to avoid, say Neil Getnick and Nico Gurian at Getnick & Getnick.

  • What Microcaptive Reporting Ruling May Mean For The IRS

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    In CIC v. Internal Revenue Service, a Tennessee federal court’s decision to set aside an IRS requirement to disclose microcaptive insurance arrangements may be a step toward evidentiary standards to show that the potential for abuse in a lawful transaction is sufficient to support heightened disclosure requirements, says Samuel Lauricia at Weston Hurd.

  • US Should Leverage Tax Rules To Deter Business With Russia

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    The U.S. should further restrict the flow of resources available for the Putin regime's war in Ukraine by denying U.S. businesses that operate in Russia or Belarus foreign tax credits and global intangible low-taxed income preferences, and by terminating its tax treaty with Russia, says Reuven Avi-Yonah at University of Michigan Law School.

  • Justices Must Apply Law Evenly In Shadow Docket Rulings

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    In recent shadow docket decisions, the U.S. Supreme Court has inconsistently applied the requirement that parties demonstrate irreparable harm to obtain injunctive relief, which is problematic for two separate but related reasons, says David Hopkins at Benesch.

  • US Investors Stand To Benefit From Brazil's New Forex Law

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    Brazil's New Foreign Exchange Law facilitates negotiations and reduces bureaucracy for foreign investments, making it a good time for U.S. investors looking for projects with a positive environmental, social and governance impact to allocate funds to Brazilian energy and infrastructure, say Jorge Kamine and Juliana Pimentel at Willkie.

  • A Landmark UK Enforcement Case For Crypto-Assets

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    HM Revenue and Customs' recent seizure of nonfungible tokens from three people under investigation for value-added tax fraud promises to be the first of many such actions against crypto-assets, so investors should preemptively resolve potential tax matters with U.K. law enforcement agencies to avoid a rude awakening, says Andrew Park at Andersen.

  • Simplifying Tax Issues For Nonresident Athletes In Canada

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    Tax compliance can be particularly challenging for nonresident professional athletes playing in Canada, but as NHL contract negotiations approach a close, it's worth looking at some ways the tax burden can be mitigated, say Marie-France Dompierre and Marc Pietro Allard at Davies Ward.

  • Steps For Universities As DOJ Shifts Foreign Influence Policy

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    Notwithstanding Wednesday's U.S. Department of Justice announcement terminating the initiative targeting Chinese influence and raising the bar for criminal prosecutions, universities should ensure their compliance controls meet new disclosure standards and that they can efficiently respond to inquiries about employees' foreign connections, say attorneys at Covington.

  • Why I'll Miss Arguing Before Justice Breyer

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    Carter Phillips at Sidley shares some of his fondest memories of retiring Justice Stephen Breyer both inside and out of the courtroom, and explains why he thinks the justice’s multipronged questions during U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments were everything an advocate could ask for.

  • Corporate Reporting Considerations As Tax Meets ESG

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    With the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing season upon us amid increasing pressure for greater transparency around effective tax rates and tax strategies, multinational companies must decide how they will approach voluntary tax reporting and prepare their responses if they want to control the narrative, say Michael Lebovitz and Jenny Austin at Mayer Brown.

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