International

  • 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.

  • May 17, 2024

    Transfer Pricing Deal Needed For Pillar 1, OECD Official Says

    It's crucial for countries to agree on transfer pricing policies under an international profit reallocation agreement known as Pillar One as they work toward their end-of-June deadline to sign a related multilateral treaty, an OECD official said Friday.

  • May 17, 2024

    New Dutch Gov't Outlines Range Of Tax Measures

    The incoming Dutch government has outlined numerous tax measures affecting companies and individuals in its preliminary coalition agreement, a government document showed.

  • May 17, 2024

    UK, Peru Agree To Double-Tax Treaty

    The U.K. and Peru reached a deal on a treaty to prevent double taxation after several years of discussion, the countries said Friday.

  • May 17, 2024

    Taxation With Representation: Wachtell Lipton, Freshfields

    In this week's Taxation with Representation, Nippon Life acquires Corebridge Financial, Crescent Energy buys SilverBow Resources and Uber purchases Foodpanda.

  • May 16, 2024

    Pillar 1 Faces Hard June Deadline, Ex-Treasury Official Says

    An international agreement to reallocate certain corporate profits, known as Pillar One, will likely stall if countries miss their deadline to sign a multilateral treaty by the end of June, a former U.S. Treasury official said Thursday.

  • May 16, 2024

    Australian Lawmakers OK Tougher Corporate Promoter Rules

    Australian lawmakers agreed Thursday to raise maximum penalties on corporations that promote tax avoidance schemes and to introduce a cap on deductions under its petroleum resource rent tax despite concerns from some members, according to documents published by Parliament.

  • May 16, 2024

    P&G Exec Says FDII Uncertainty May Sway Cos.' IP Decisions

    The 2017 tax overhaul's measure for foreign-derived intangible income, a regime that gives tax breaks for domestically held intellectual property, faces uncertainty that could be one factor in keeping some companies from repatriating IP, a tax executive for Procter & Gamble said Thursday.

  • May 16, 2024

    Eaton Must Give Up Personnel Docs In Transfer Pricing Probe

    Eaton must comply with an Internal Revenue Service summons for the personnel records of its foreign employees in the government's transfer pricing investigation of the multinational power management company, an Ohio federal judge ruled Thursday.

  • May 16, 2024

    African Tax Admins Promote Use Of Voluntary Disclosures

    Voluntary disclosure programs have been very effective when countries launch them in anticipation of complying with an international standard on automatic exchanges of financial account information, the African Tax Administration Forum said Thursday in guidance on the programs.

  • May 16, 2024

    Kenya Considering Global Minimum Tax, DST Replacement

    Kenya is considering legislation that would implement the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's corporate global minimum tax as well as repeal and replace the country's digital services tax.

  • May 16, 2024

    Germany's 2024 Tax Revenue Estimate Drops By €14B

    Germany's 2024 tax revenue estimate decreased by roughly €14 billion ($15.2 billion) to €950.3 billion from the estimate made last fall, which its finance ministry said Thursday was due to slower-than-expected economic recovery.

  • May 16, 2024

    Suspected Ringleader Of €2M Cosmetics VAT Fraud Arrested

    The suspected ringleader of a value-added tax fraud scheme at a cosmetics company that caused more than €2 million ($2.2 million) in estimated losses has been arrested by Italian police, the European Public Prosecutor's Office said Thursday.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Reserved Investor Fund Would Plug Gap In UK Finance Market

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    The reserved investor fund recently proposed by HM Treasury has the potential to be a welcome tax-efficient addition to the U.K.’s canon of products for real estate investments, with attractive features for companies and, in particular, large asset managers, say lawyers at Herbert Smith.

  • The Reciprocal Tax Bill Is A Warning Shot At Pillar 2

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    A bill recently introduced in the House of Representatives to reciprocally tax countries deemed to have imposed discriminatory taxes on U.S. citizens and businesses takes aim at countries implementing the global minimum tax treaty known as Pillar Two, with which the U.S. has not complied, says Alan Cole at the Tax Foundation.

  • What Tax-Exempt Orgs. Need From Energy Credit Guidance

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    Guidance clarifying the Inflation Reduction Act’s credit regime, expected from the U.S. Department of the Treasury this summer, should help tax-exempt organizations determine the benefits of clean energy projects and integrate alternative energy investments into their activities, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • How Foreign Info Return Penalty Case May Benefit Taxpayers

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    The U.S. Tax Court's recent decision that the Internal Revenue Service cannot penalize taxpayers for failing to file foreign corporation information returns may give similarly situated taxpayers an opportunity to also avoid penalties, provided they protect their rights before the decision is overturned or mooted by legislation, say attorneys at Arnold & Porter.

  • The Nuts And Bolts Of IRS Domestic Content Tax Credit

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    Recent IRS guidance provides specifics on how renewable energy projects can qualify for bonus tax credits by meeting U.S. domestic content rules, but also creates a qualification framework that will be complicated for project developers to navigate, say Scott Cockerham and Wolfram Pohl at Orrick.

  • Taxing The Digital Economy: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

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    U.S. tech companies should watch for important developments in international taxation, including the resolution of Apple's decade-old state aid case, growing frustration with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's global tax plan and adoption of the digital services tax instead, says Joyce Beebe at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy.

  • Big Tax Changes For Multinational Cos. In Budget Proposal

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    The Biden administration’s fiscal year 2024 budget proposes changes that would materially alter decades-old Internal Revenue Code provisions, requiring a shift in multinational corporations' tax planning strategies comparable to that required after enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, say Xenia Garofalo and Kyle Colonna at Eversheds Sutherland.

  • Senate Credit Suisse Report Puts Attention On Banks, Trusts

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    The Senate Finance Committee's recent finding that Credit Suisse violated a plea agreement struck over its role in enabling offshore tax evasion has important ramifications for banks and trusts, including how they onboard, document and report on transactions relevant to U.S. reporting requirements, say Will Barry and Ian Herbert at Miller & Chevalier.

  • Seeking IRS Accountability For Faulty Microcaptive Notice

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    Like the taxpayers in Standard Insurances v. U.S. seeking to expand earlier wins in microcaptive insurance cases that limit IRS use of improperly obtained information, others should consider ways to hold the agency accountable and provide incentive for it to follow the law going forward, says Joshua Smeltzer at Gray Reed.

  • Biden Admin. Proposals Both Encourage And Thwart EV Adoption

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    While the Biden administration has been aggressively focused on promoting electric vehicles from the start, its recently issued guidance on EV tax credits and its restrictive new auto emissions proposal create a sense of implementation whiplash that may frustrate manufacturers and consumers, says Levi McAllister at Morgan Lewis.

  • The Key Issues Keeping Transfer Pricing A Top Tax Concern

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    Several challenges preventing a global economic reemergence from the pandemic era are making practitioners reevaluate commonly used transfer pricing models, and embrace new technologies and ways of doing business, say Farnaz Amini and Sophia Castro Jurado at Marcum.

  • 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.

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