International

  • April 24, 2024

    EU Says 3 States Aren't Correctly Following AML Law

    The European Commission said Wednesday that three European Union countries — Ireland, France and Latvia — aren't correctly implementing the bloc's laws against money laundering, meaning that the countries now have two months to correct the shortcomings.

  • April 23, 2024

    Treasury Says Aussie Royalty Ruling Contradicts US, OECD

    Australia's updated draft ruling regarding when payments for the rights to distribute software would be considered royalties conflicts with OECD and U.S. standards on the treatment of such deals, a U.S. Department of the Treasury official said in a letter made public Tuesday.

  • April 23, 2024

    Biz Ownership Law Constitutional, Lawmakers Tell 11th Circ.

    The Corporate Transparency Act is a garden-variety exercise of Congress' powers to address threats to national security, foreign affairs, commerce and tax collection, five Democratic lawmakers told the Eleventh Circuit, disputing a ruling that the law is unconstitutional.

  • April 23, 2024

    DC Circ. Backs Tax Penalties Against Swiss Couple

    A Swiss couple who incurred $500,000 in penalties for failing to report millions of dollars they held in Swiss bank accounts can't get out of paying, the D.C. Circuit ruled Tuesday, rejecting their argument that the IRS didn't properly approve the fines.

  • April 23, 2024

    Int'l Pricing Pact Guidance Is Coming Soon, IRS Official Says

    Updated Internal Revenue Service guidance that would help multinational corporations pursue advance pricing agreements will likely be released in a few months, an agency official said Tuesday.

  • April 23, 2024

    Disney, IBM Stuck With Tax On Royalties, NY Top Court Holds

    New York's highest court rejected Disney and IBM's arguments that the state unconstitutionally denied their attempts to take tax deductions on royalties received from foreign affiliates, holding Tuesday that the law at issue didn't discriminate against interstate commerce.

  • April 23, 2024

    EV Levy Could Blunt Swiss Climate Plan Pains, Report Says

    The first report on the long-term fiscal impact of climate change mitigation measures in Switzerland, released Tuesday, projects a major negative impact on public funds as certain tax sources dry up, but a planned replacement levy on electric vehicles could lessen that effect.

  • April 23, 2024

    Irish Minister Warns Corp. Tax Windfall Still Shrouds Deficit

    Ireland's budget is projected to have an €8.6 billion ($9.2 billion) surplus this year, but the country's finance minister again cautioned Tuesday that without the slowly decreasing windfall corporate tax receipts there would actually be a deficit.

  • April 23, 2024

    Tax Experts Want Cut To Healthcare Insurance Levy

    Tax experts on Tuesday urged the U.K. government to partially suspend a levy on healthcare insurance products, after it revealed record premium tax revenue of £8.1 billion ($10.1 billion) last year.

  • April 23, 2024

    Talk Of Int'l Wealth Tax Fuels Debate On UN Vs. OECD

    Discussion of an international tax on the world's wealthiest individuals has intensified a debate about whether international tax policy would be better steered by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development or the United Nations.

  • April 23, 2024

    EU Parliament OKs Extending Duty-Free Imports From Ukraine

    The European Parliament approved the suspension of the European Union's customs duties and quotas on Ukrainian imports into the EU for one year until June 2025 on Tuesday, overcoming discord in March over farm imports that threatened the deal.

  • April 22, 2024

    Scotiabank Fights To Keep Peru VAT Claim Alive

    The Bank of Nova Scotia urged the World Bank's international arbitration institution in recently released documents not to dismiss the arbitration of its value-added tax dispute against Peru, saying the case raises issues of fact.

  • April 22, 2024

    Congress Can Enact Corp. Transparency, Orgs Tell 11th Circ.

    Congress is empowered to require American companies to report their beneficial owners to the federal government because there is ample evidence they've previously been used to fund hostile foreign actors, evade sanctions and traffic drugs, two think tanks told the Eleventh Circuit in an amici brief.

  • April 22, 2024

    Partnership Can't Claim $22.7M Loss, Tax Court Says

    The U.S. Tax Court on Monday upheld the IRS' decision to deny a $22.7 million loss deduction claimed by a Connecticut partnership, finding that underlying transactions involving a bankrupt Brazilian company's debt obligations amounted to a disguised property sale.

  • April 22, 2024

    Sweden Proposes Tax Breaks Ahead Of Budget Negotiations

    The Swedish Finance Ministry proposed adjusting its so-called expert tax incentive, which businesses use to attract external workers, among a series of tax changes offered up Monday.

  • April 22, 2024

    Trader Behind £1.4B Tax Fraud Thought Trades Were Valid

    A British trader accused of being the mastermind of a fraudulent trading scheme that cost Denmark's tax authority £1.4 billion ($1.7 billion) genuinely believed that the trades worked, his lawyer told a London court on Monday.

  • April 22, 2024

    Finland Discovers €30M In Undeclared Crypto Profits

    Finnish taxpayers made at least €30 million ($32 million) in undeclared cryptocurrency trade profits in 2022, Finland's tax authority said Monday, reminding taxpayers to include such profits in their filings this year.

  • April 22, 2024

    UAE Considering R&D Tax Break, Seeks Feedback

    The United Arab Emirates is seeking public input to help design a possible research and development tax incentive proposal to help drive innovation and growth, its Ministry of Finance said.

  • April 22, 2024

    Austria Eatery Busted 2nd Time On Tax Evasion Suspicion

    A Chinese restaurant in Austria was busted for a second time on suspicion of evading taxes, this time in the amount of €135,000 ($144,000), the country's finance minister announced, declaring that "the Austrian state cannot be an 'all you can eat' buffet for tax fraudsters."

  • April 22, 2024

    EU Probes Tax Breaks To Chinese Solar Panel Companies

    The European Commission has started two investigations into suspected tax breaks and other possibly illegal foreign subsidies to Chinese solar panel companies bidding for public contracts in Romania, notices in the EU's Official Journal showed Monday.

  • April 19, 2024

    KPMG Supports Aussie Pillar 2 Plan, With Reservations

    KPMG supports Australia's plans to implement the OECD's Pillar Two global minimum corporate tax plan in principle, the accounting firm said Friday, but it has some concerns, including with how often the government diverts from the organization's wording.

  • April 19, 2024

    UN Should Eye Unitary Taxes, DSTs For Tax Pact, Report Says

    Governments should use the United Nations tax convention as an opportunity to advance the overhaul of nexus away from transfer pricing and toward formulary apportionment, including digital services taxes, to achieve unitary taxation on corporate profits, scholars at the Brookings Institution said Friday in a report.

  • April 19, 2024

    UK Tax Pros Worried Public Unaware Of Crypto Tax Liabilities

    With the growing interest in crypto-asset trading, a group representing tax professionals in the U.K. said Friday that it is concerned HM Revenue & Customs isn't doing enough to make the public aware of its tax obligations, particularly with the lowered capital gains exemption.

  • April 19, 2024

    IRS Previews New Digital Assets Reporting Form

    The Internal Revenue Service released a draft of a form brokers will have to use for the first time to disclose their digital asset sales to the agency, including instructions for taxpayers whose transactions are subject to the reporting requirements. 

  • April 19, 2024

    DC Circ. Gives Expat's Challenge To GILTI Another Chance

    A D.C. federal court was wrong to dismiss an expatriate attorney's challenge to the global intangible low-taxed income regulations without addressing his argument that he had no other legal avenue, the D.C. Circuit said Friday as it remanded the case to the lower court.

Expert Analysis

  • Curtailing Offshore Tax-Advantaged Investment In China

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    The U.S. government's plans to establish a new outbound investment regime hold the potential to arrest Chinese companies' increasing use of offshore, tax-advantaged locations to raise capital, says David Plotinsky at Morgan Lewis.

  • Cos. May Want To Wait Out US-EU Green Incentives Fight

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    As the European Union considers measures to compete with the Inflation Reduction Act's incentives for U.S. production of clean tech, and EU and U.S. officials discuss a possible compromise, companies in the green sector should consider taking a wait-and-see approach to investment decisions, says Todd Thacker at Goldberg Segalla.

  • India's Budget Proposals May Ease Entry For Certain Sectors

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    India’s recently released budget includes proposals to facilitate doing business in Gujarat International Finance Tec-City and moderate thousands of compliance requirements, opening up new opportunities for foreign businesses in the digital infrastructure, manufacturing and renewable energy sectors, say Mukesh Butani and Seema Kejriwal at BMR Legal.

  • High Court Ax Of Atty-Client Privilege Case Deepens Split

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's recent dismissal of In re: Grand Jury as improvidently granted maintains a three-way circuit split on the application of attorney-client privilege to multipurpose communications, although the justices have at least shown a desire to address it, say Trey Bourn and Thomas DiStanislao at Butler Snow.

  • US-India Advance Pricing Resolutions Should Reassure Cos.

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    The United States' and India's tax authorities' recent resolution of a significant number of pending advance pricing agreements should reduce taxpayer uncertainty, reassure companies of the nations' good working relationship and improve India's investment environment, say Miller Williams and Caroline Setliffe at Eversheds Sutherland.

  • Stock Buyback Excise Tax Guidance A Mixed Bag For SPACs

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    Recent IRS guidance on the new stock repurchase excise tax includes a welcome exception for publicly traded special-purpose acquisition companies but does not exclude redemptions in connection with a de-SPAC transaction, and further guidance is needed to clarify ambiguities around the exception's application, say Olga Bogush and Evgeny Magidenko at ArentFox Schiff.

  • The IRS' APA Rulemaking Journey: There And Back Again

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    Attorneys at Dentons examine recent challenges in which taxpayers successfully argued Internal Revenue Service rulemaking was invalid under the Administrative Procedure Act, how tax exceptionalism and U.S. Supreme Court regulatory deference prompted such challenges, and similar challenges the agency will likely face following this line of cases.

  • ECJ Fiat Ruling Sets Clear Boundaries For EU State Aid Law

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    The European Court of Justice's recent landmark decision in Fiat v. Commission limiting the commission’s attempts to circumvent the lack of EU powers in the area of tax law has important implications in EU state aid law and beyond, say Andreas Reindl and Pietro Stella at Van Bael.

  • Unpacking The Interim Guidance On New Stock Buyback Tax

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    The U.S. Department of the Treasury and Internal Revenue Service's recent notice on applying the newly effective excise tax on stock repurchases provides much-needed clarity on the tax's scope, which is much broader than anticipated given its underlying policy rationale, say attorneys at Eversheds Sutherland.

  • IRS Will Use New Resources To Increase Scrutiny In 2023

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    The new year promises to be a busy one for the Internal Revenue Service, which is poised to apply the boost in funding provided by the Inflation Reduction Act to bolster and expand its enforcement capability, and there are four areas to watch, say attorneys at Skadden.

  • How Japan's Implementation May Change The Pillar 2 Debate

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    Japan’s outline of proposed legislation adopting a primary component of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's 15% global minimum tax will increase pressure on countries — including the U.S. — that have not committed to adopting Pillar Two, says Takato Masuda of Nishimura & Asahi.

  • Foreign Tax Credit Proposal Is Some Help, But More Is Needed

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    New foreign tax credit regulations proposed by the U.S. Treasury Department provided some measure of relief on cost recovery and royalty withholding, two of the most troublesome aspects of the 2021 final foreign tax credit regulations, but the final regulations are still harmful to many taxpayers, making litigation inevitable, say attorneys at Fenwick.

  • IRS' Tax Gap Statistics Don't Paint A Full Compliance Picture

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    The Internal Revenue Service's recent report indicating a widening tax gap sheds important light on tax compliance, underlines key pressure points and provides insights into how tax administration could be improved; but tax gap estimates also have their limits, says Joyce Beebe at Rice University.

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