International

  • 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.  

  • May 03, 2024

    US Resisting More Scoping On Amount B, Economist Says

    In negotiations over the streamlined transfer pricing approach for baseline marketing and distribution functions known as Amount B, the U.S. has resisted calls for additional scoping criteria that would exclude more companies from the safe harbor, a former U.S. Treasury economist said Friday.

  • May 03, 2024

    Foreign Trust Reporting Rules Coming Soon, IRS Official Says

    The Internal Revenue Service is about to issue proposed regulations that will provide guidance on the reporting obligations for individuals who have transactions with foreign trusts, an agency official said Friday.

  • May 03, 2024

    HMRC Director Rejoins KPMG To Boost Tax Dispute Offering

    A former deputy director at HM Revenue & Customs has returned to KPMG as director of KPMG Law's tax disputes teams, the firm has announced.

  • May 03, 2024

    Africa Seeks Early UN Reform On Transfer Pricing, Exchanges

    Legally binding protocols that reform transfer pricing and exchange of information to the benefit of all countries where multinational corporations operate should be developed simultaneously with the U.N. framework convention on global tax, the U.N.'s African bloc, India and others said Friday.

  • May 03, 2024

    Estonia Implements 2 EU Tax Laws After Delays

    Estonia officially enacted two European Union-wide tax measures that it was late putting into national law, both relating to the OECD's standards for global minimum taxation of large companies.

  • May 03, 2024

    Aussie Treasury Seeks Input On Powers After PwC Scandal

    With investigations into PwC Australia's leak of classified tax plan documents ongoing, the Australian government is asking the public whether it thinks its regulatory powers over tax and accounting firms are sufficient, its Treasury announced Friday.

  • May 03, 2024

    New Fiscal Rules Force EU Countries To Limit Deficits

    New European Union fiscal rules that recently kicked in will force EU countries to restrict public budget deficits by better balancing tax revenues with government spending, the European Commission said Thursday.

  • May 03, 2024

    US Trade Position Seen Contradicting Stance In Pillar 1 Talks

    The U.S. trade representative's withdrawal of support for digital trade proposals has caused tax policy observers to worry that the U.S. position on trade is undermining that of U.S. Treasury Department officials negotiating a taxing rights overhaul at the OECD known as Pillar One.

  • May 03, 2024

    Finland's Stance On Swiss Treaty Recalls Ended Portugal Deal

    Finland's plan to renegotiate its tax treaty with Switzerland in response to concerns about pension tax avoidance has some observers worried that the country will cancel that accord as it did a treaty with Portugal in recent years.

  • May 03, 2024

    Taxation With Representation: Skadden, Wachtell, Davis Polk

    In this week's Taxation With Representation, L'Occitane International said its executive director and chair is leading an offer to buy the company's shares he doesn't already own, UMB Financial agreed to purchase Heartland Financial USA, Medline said it agreed to acquire Ecolab's global surgical solutions business and The Mosaic Co. said it agreed to sell its stake in a phosphate production joint venture.

  • May 03, 2024

    IRS Can Assess Foreign Info Disclosure Penalty, DC Circ. Says

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday overturned a major U.S. Tax Court ruling that had struck down the Internal Revenue Service's authority to assess and administratively collect penalties from taxpayers for failing to file an information return on their interests in a foreign corporation.

  • May 03, 2024

    Final EV Tax Credit Regs Add New Battery Tracing Test

    The U.S. Treasury Department unveiled final regulations Friday for the up to $7,500 electric vehicle tax credit that include a more detailed process for automakers to trace the battery supply chain to qualify for the credit's domestic content requirements.

  • May 03, 2024

    German's Austrian Ski Holiday Ends With Arrest In VAT Probe

    A German citizen on a skiing holiday in Austria was arrested over a large-scale value-added tax fraud scheme, the Finance Ministry in Vienna said in a statement on Friday.

  • May 02, 2024

    Claimed Panama Papers Leaker Fights To Hide ID In €5M Suit

    A person claiming to be the Panama Papers leaker told a federal court they would fear for their life if the court made them disclose their identity in a €5 million ($6.3 million) suit against Germany, protesting a magistrate judge's suggestion that the suit be tossed because the person wouldn't identify themselves.

  • May 02, 2024

    IRS To Boost Audit Rates By 50% On Wealthy, Werfel Says

    The Internal Revenue Service plans to nearly triple audit rates on corporations with assets over $250 million and increase audit rates by more than 50% on wealthy taxpayers with more than $10 million in total positive income by 2026, Commissioner Daniel Werfel said Thursday.

  • May 02, 2024

    Latest Stock Buyback Tax Rules May Still Have Wide Reach

    The U.S. Treasury Department recently floated regulations that narrow an earlier proposal aimed at preventing foreign-parented corporations from circumventing a new excise tax on stock buybacks, but the regulations still characterize avoidance in ways that could include routine intercompany transactions.

  • May 02, 2024

    HMRC Asked To Investigate Firm On Dodging Sanctions

    HM Revenue & Customs should investigate a German-owned garage door manufacturer for violating sanctions by importing products from Belarus into the U.K., but instead authorities brushed off the case and now the company might receive a license, a U.K. lawmaker said.

  • May 02, 2024

    Canada Budget Seeks To Establish Corp. Min. Tax Standards

    Budget proposals submitted to Canada's Parliament by the finance minister would implement the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's global corporate minimum tax standards as part of the country's overarching budget plans.

  • May 02, 2024

    OECD-Asia Group Helping Reform Agenda, OECD Head Says

    A group that brings together countries from the mostly Western Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and Southeast Asia to discuss issues, including tax, is helping countries make changes, the head of the OECD said Thursday.

  • May 02, 2024

    Airlines Slam Increase In German Air Passenger Tax

    The increase in Germany's air passenger tax on May 1 will weaken the country's economy and damage the aviation industry's ability to cut down on its carbon use, an airline group said on Thursday.

Expert Analysis

  • Finding Focus: Strategies For Attorneys With ADHD

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    Given the prevalence of ADHD among attorneys, it is imperative that the legal community gain a better understanding of how ADHD affects well-being, and that resources and strategies exist for attorneys with this disability to manage their symptoms and achieve success, say Casey Dixon at Dixon Life Coaching and Krista Larson at Stinson.

  • Attorneys, Law Schools Must Adapt To New Era Of Evidence

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    Technological advancements mean more direct evidence is being created than ever before, and attorneys as well as law schools must modify their methods to account for new challenges in how this evidence is collected and used to try cases, says Reuben Guttman at Guttman Buschner.

  • 1st Tax Easement Convictions Will Likely Embolden DOJ, IRS

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    After recent convictions in the first criminal tax fraud trial over allegedly abusive syndicated conservation easements, the IRS and U.S. Department of Justice will likely pursue other promoters for similar alleged conspiracies — though one acquittal may help attorneys better evaluate their clients' exposure, say Bill Curtis and Lauren DeSantis-Then at Polsinelli.

  • Tips For Litigating Against Pro Se Parties In Complex Disputes

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    Litigating against self-represented parties in complex cases can pose unique challenges for attorneys, but for the most part, it requires the same skills that are useful in other cases — from documenting everything to understanding one’s ethical duties, says Bryan Ketroser at Alto Litigation.

  • Anticipating Intensified Partnership Enforcement From IRS

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    The Internal Revenue Service's decadeslong difficulties with partnership audits led to the recent announcement of a clear, well-funded, focused initiative, and businesses operating in the partnership form will feel the impact, with definite changes ahead, says Sharon Katz-Pearlman at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Pro Bono Work Is Powerful Self-Help For Attorneys

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    Oct. 22-28 is Pro Bono Week, serving as a useful reminder that offering free legal help to the public can help attorneys expand their legal toolbox, forge community relationships and create human connections, despite the challenges of this kind of work, says Orlando Lopez at Culhane Meadows.

  • The Pop Culture Docket: Judge Espinosa On 'Lincoln Lawyer'

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    The murder trials in Netflix’s “The Lincoln Lawyer” illustrate the stark contrast between the ethical high ground that fosters and maintains the criminal justice system's integrity, and the ethical abyss that can undermine it, with an important reminder for all legal practitioners, say Judge Adam Espinosa and Andrew Howard at the Colorado 2nd Judicial District Court.

  • How And Why Your Firm Should Implement Fixed-Fee Billing

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    Amid rising burnout in the legal industry and client efforts to curtail spending, pivoting to a fixed-fee billing model may improve client-attorney relationships and offer lawyers financial, logistical and stress relief — while still maintaining profit margins, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

  • How Law Firms Can Use Account-Based Marketing Strategies

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    Amid several evolving legal industry trends, account-based marketing can help law firms uncover additional revenue-generating opportunities with existing clients, with key considerations ranging from data analytics to relationship building, say Jennifer Ramsey at stage LLC and consultant Gina Sponzilli.

  • Strategic Succession Planning At Law Firms Is Crucial

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    Senior partners' reluctance to retire, the rise of the nonequity partner tier and generational differences in expectations are all contributing to an increasing number of departures from BigLaw, making it imperative for firms to encourage retirement among senior ranks and provide clearer leadership pathways to junior attorneys, says Laura Leopard at Leopard Solutions.

  • Maximizing Law Firm Profitability In Uncertain Times

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    As threats of an economic downturn loom, firms can boost profits by embracing the power of bottom-line management and creating an ecosystem where strategic financial oversight and robust timekeeping practices meet evolved client relations, says Shireen Hilal at Maior Strategic Consulting.

  • 5th Circ. Ruling Reminds Attys That CBP Can Search Devices

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    The Fifth Circuit’s recent Malik v. Department of Homeland Security decision adds to the chorus of federal courts holding that border agents don’t need a warrant to search travelers’ electronic devices, so attorneys should consider certain special precautions to secure privileged information when reentering the U.S., says Jennifer Freel at Jackson Walker.

  • Enforcement Of International Tax Reporting Is Heating Up

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    Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s February decision in Bittner v. U.S. changed how penalties for failure to report offshore accounts are calculated, recent developments suggest the government is preparing to step up enforcement and vigorously pursue the collection of resulting penalties, say Daniel Silva and Agustin Ceballos at Buchalter.

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