International

  • May 21, 2024

    Nixing Green Energy Tax Perks Would Be Tough For Trump

    Former President Donald Trump has vowed to scrap Democrats' signature 2022 climate law should he get reelected in November, but following through on that campaign promise could prove difficult amid bipartisan support for many of the law's clean energy tax incentives and a potentially divided Congress.

  • May 21, 2024

    Wyden Expands Pharma Tax Investigation With Pfizer Inquiry

    Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden asked Pfizer to provide details on its tax practices to explain how the drug company has consistently paid tax rates that are significantly lower than the corporate tax rate in a letter released by the committee Tuesday.

  • May 21, 2024

    CohnReznick Adds PwC Partner To International Tax Practice

    CohnReznick has a new principal in its international tax practice who previously served as a partner at PwC, the firm announced.

  • May 21, 2024

    22 States Tell 11th Circ. Corp. Transparency Act Goes Too Far

    The federal Corporate Transparency Act unconstitutionally displaces state authority and its enforcement would economically harm states and their residents, attorneys general from 22 states told the Eleventh Circuit, urging it to uphold a ruling that struck down the law.

  • May 21, 2024

    Yellen Says US Can't Support Global Tax On Billionaires

    Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said the U.S. can't support Brazil's proposal for the Group of 20 nations to endorse pursuing a multilateral agreement to tax billionaires' wealth at a minimum rate.

  • May 21, 2024

    Italy Needs To Adjust Tax Credits To Limit Debt, IMF Says

    While generous Italian tax regimes such as credits for home improvements have helped the country's economy rebound quickly from the pandemic, they also pose a risk to the country's debt burden and need to be adjusted, the International Monetary Fund said.

  • May 21, 2024

    Strategic Hiring Was The New Normal For BigLaw In 2023

    The 400 largest law firms by headcount in the U.S. grew more slowly in 2023 than in the previous two years, while Kirkland & Ellis LLP surpassed the 3,000-attorney threshold, according to the latest Law360 ranking.

  • May 21, 2024

    The Law360 400: Tracking The Largest US Law Firms

    The legal market expanded more tentatively in 2023 than in previous years amid a slowdown in demand for legal services, especially in transactions, an area that has been sluggish but is expected to quicken in the near future.

  • May 21, 2024

    Portuguese Cos. Appeal EU Court Ruling On Tax Breaks

    Three Portuguese companies have appealed a European Union court's judgment backing a European Commission decision that demanded repayment of tax breaks considered to have been illegal, documents published Tuesday showed.

  • May 21, 2024

    EU Adopts Decision To Send Russian Profits To Ukraine

    European Union countries adopted a formal decision Tuesday to transfer the net income from frozen and immobilized Russian state assets to EU funds for rebuilding Ukraine and buying arms for the war-torn country, a news release said.

  • May 21, 2024

    I Am An Honest Man, British Trader Tells £1.4B Fraud Trial

    Sanjay Shah, a former hedge fund owner who is accused of defrauding Denmark's tax authority out of £1.4 billion ($1.8 billion), told a London court on Tuesday that he is an "honest man" who traded using a legal "loophole."

  • May 21, 2024

    IMF Report Warns UK Against More Tax Cuts

    The United Kingdom should refrain from additional tax cuts unless they are credibly shown to boost economic growth and are offset by measures to cut the deficit, the International Monetary Fund said Tuesday.

  • May 20, 2024

    Transparency Act Violates Constitution, Groups Tell 11th Circ.

    The Corporate Transparency Act's reporting requirements violate the Fifth Amendment's protection against self-incrimination and other constitutional provisions, libertarian think tank Cato Institute and others said Monday in urging the Eleventh Circuit to uphold an Alabama district court's ruling against the law.

  • May 20, 2024

    India's Top Court Says Accounting Body Can Limit Tax Audits

    India's regulatory association for accountants has the authority to limit the amount of tax audits performed by an individual accountant to 60, the Supreme Court of India ruled — even as it canceled ongoing disciplinary proceedings over the restriction because of inconsistent enforcement.

  • May 20, 2024

    IRS Guidance Plan Should Cover Corp. AMT, AICPA Says

    The Internal Revenue Service should provide guidance on the definitions and applications of the 15% corporate alternative minimum tax, among other topics, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants said in comments published by the agency Monday.

  • May 20, 2024

    Turkey Will Introduce 15% Global Minimum Tax, Minister Says

    The Turkish government will introduce the 15% global minimum corporate tax and will not provide any incentives that would allow companies to pay a lower rate, the country's finance minister told its public broadcaster Monday.

  • May 20, 2024

    Isle Of Man Commits To Portion Of Global Minimum Tax

    The Isle of Man plans to introduce legislation implementing the qualified domestic minimum top-up tax portion of the OECD's Pillar Two directive starting in 2025 but is less committed to adopting the income inclusion rule, the island's Treasury said Monday.

  • May 20, 2024

    HMRC Lays Out Registration Rules For Pillar 2

    Companies covered by the U.K.'s implementation of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's Pillar Two global minimum tax directive must register with HM Revenue & Customs within six months of the accounting period that makes them eligible, the agency said Monday.

  • May 20, 2024

    US, Argentina To Carry Out 1st FATCA Info Exchange

    The Internal Revenue Service approved cybersecurity measures by Argentina in a step that clears the way for the first automatic information exchange under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act between the two countries in September, Argentina's revenue service said Monday.

  • May 17, 2024

    Med Device Co. Allowed $160M In Deductions, Tax Court Told

    A tax code provision in place before the 2017 federal tax overhaul changed it allows a medical device manufacturer to claim more than $160 million in deductions for dividends despite the government's attempt to apply the law retroactively, company counsel told the U.S. Tax Court on Friday.

  • May 17, 2024

    Michigan Doctor Seeks Release From Contempt In FBAR Fight

    A Michigan doctor incarcerated for civil contempt in a case in which he was ordered to repay more than $1 million in penalties for failure to report foreign accounts should be freed because he can no longer satisfy the terms of his release, he told a Michigan federal court.

  • May 17, 2024

    Koch-Tied Group Says Transparency Law Offends Federalism

    The Corporate Transparency Act is unconstitutional because it does not regulate interstate commerce yet mandates that state-registered entities disclose personal information, a conservative group affiliated with the billionaire Koch brothers told the Eleventh Circuit on Friday.

  • May 17, 2024

    Credit Suisse Can't Reverse $21.3M Biz Loss Denial

    Credit Suisse cannot carry forward $21.3 million in business losses from 2015-2017 to its 2018 Michigan tax return, a state appeals court said, letting stand a ruling that the bank miscalculated its business income from those years on its returns.

  • May 17, 2024

    New Domestic Content Guidance May Boost Energy Credits

    The U.S. Treasury Department's new guidance on bonus tax credits for clean energy projects that source domestic-made materials and components aims to simplify the process for determining eligibility and spur more development to get those extra incentives.

  • May 17, 2024

    Italian Financial Police Uncover €1B Tax Credit Scam

    The Italian Financial Police placed more than 300 people under investigation after uncovering a scheme to collect more than €1 billion ($1.09 billion) in tax credits designed to promote construction and energy matters, authorities said.

Expert Analysis

  • What Large Language Models Mean For Document Review

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    Courts often subject parties using technology assisted review to greater scrutiny than parties conducting linear, manual document review, so parties using large language models for document review should expect even more attention, along with a corresponding need for quality control and validation, say attorneys at Sidley.

  • Participating In Living History Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My role as a baron in a living history group, and my work as volunteer corporate counsel for a book series fan association, has provided me several opportunities to practice in unexpected areas of law — opening doors to experiences that have nurtured invaluable personal and professional skills, says Matthew Parker at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Private Equity Owners Can Remedy Law Firms' Agency Issues

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    Nonlawyer, private-equity ownership of law firms can benefit shareholders and others vulnerable to governance issues such as disparate interests, and can in turn help resolve agency problems, says Michael Di Gennaro at The Law Practice Exchange.

  • How Taxpayers Can Prep As Justices Weigh Repatriation Tax

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    The U.S. Supreme Court might strike down the 2017 federal tax overhaul's corporate repatriation tax in Moore v. U.S., so taxpayers should file protective tax refund claims before the case is decided and repatriate previously taxed earnings that could become entangled in dubious potential Section 965 refunds, say Jenny Austin and Gary Wilcox at Mayer Brown.

  • OFAC Designation Prosecutions Are Constitutionally Suspect

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    Criminal prosecutions based on the Office of Foreign Assets Control’s sanctions-related listing decisions — made with nearly unfettered discretion through an opaque process — present several constitutional issues, so it is imperative that courts recognize additional rights of review, say Solomon Shinerock and Annika Conrad at Lewis Baach.

  • How The OECD Global Tax Proposal Could Affect M&A

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    Following agreement on the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Pillar Two proposal to introduce a global minimum tax, domestic implementation is expected to have a significant impact on international M&A transactions, with financial modeling, deal structuring, risk allocation and joint venture arrangements likely to be affected, say lawyers at Freshfields.

  • UK Shares-Tax Proposals Offer Long-Awaited Modernization

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    The U.K. government's recent consultation on the introduction of a new tax on transactions in securities raises detailed legal and practical issues, but the prospect of a single digital stamp tax offering both streamlined legislation and administration will be welcomed, say Zoë Arnautov and Mark Sheiham at Simmons & Simmons.

  • IRS Foreign Tax Credit Pause Is Welcome Course Correction

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    A recent IRS notice temporarily suspending application of 2022 foreign tax credit regulations provides wanted relief for the many U.S. multinational companies and other taxpayers that otherwise face the risk of significant double taxation in their international operations, say attorneys at Mayer Brown.

  • IRS Criminal Probe Spells Uncertainty For Malta Pension Plans

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    The IRS’ recent scrutiny of Malta pension plan arrangements — and its unusual issuance of criminal administrative summonses — confirms that it views many of these plans as illegal tax evasion schemes, and the road ahead will not be smooth and steady for anyone involved, say attorneys at Kostelanetz.

  • IRS Announcement Will Aid Cos. In Buyback Tax Planning

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    Recent IRS transitional guidance regarding current requirements for reporting and payment of the stock repurchase excise tax will help corporate taxpayers make decisions about records retention and establishing reserves for future tax payments, say Xenia Garofalo and Kyle Colonna at Eversheds Sutherland.

  • Flawed Analysis Supports Common Law Tax Deficiency Ruling

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    The Colorado federal district court’s recent decision in Liberty Global, holding that the U.S. Department of Justice may assert a common law tax claim without the notice of tax deficiency required by the Internal Revenue Code, relies on a contorted reading of the statute and irrelevant case law, say Loren Opper and Christie Galinski at Miller Canfield.

  • Review Of Repatriation Tax Sets Justices On Slippery Slope

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    The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision to review the constitutionality of the repatriation tax in Moore v. U.S. has implications for many tax rules involving unrealized amounts and could leave the court on the brink of invalidating large swaths of the Internal Revenue Code, say attorneys at Eversheds Sutherland.

  • What To Make Of IRS' New Advance Pricing Guidance

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    Recent guidance on the IRS' goals for its advance pricing agreement system provides helpful insight into review and decision-making procedures for advance pricing agreement requests, but it also raises questions about the IRS' objectives, say Richard Slowinski and Stefanie Kavanagh at Alston & Bird.

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