International

  • April 10, 2024

    IRS' DOJ Referral Rules 'A Disaster,' Sen. Whitehouse Says

    The IRS protocols for referring cases to the U.S. Department of Justice are "a disaster" for enforcing laws against bankers and other actors who help U.S. taxpayers evade taxes, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse said Wednesday during a hearing on offshore tax evasion before the Senate Budget Committee.

  • April 10, 2024

    Belgium's Anticipated Green Tax Break Carries Some Doubts

    A proposal working its way through the Belgian Parliament would create opportunities for investors in green and sustainable technologies, but questions about the long-term durability of the measure, which would offer an expanded deduction for such investments, could weigh on its popularity and effectiveness.

  • April 10, 2024

    EU Gave €46B In State Aid As Tax Breaks In 2022

    European Union countries gave their companies tax breaks worth about €46 billion ($49.4 billion) in state aid in 2022, some to weather the fallout from the Ukraine war and the COVID-19 pandemic and other aid to promote infrastructure projects or environmental protection, a European Commission report said.

  • April 09, 2024

    Treasury Proposes Long-Awaited Stock Buyback Tax Rules

    The U.S. Treasury Department proposed a pair of long-awaited rules Tuesday that detail the calculation and reporting of a new excise tax assessed to publicly traded corporations that recently bought back their own shares of stock on the open market.

  • April 09, 2024

    Healthcare Co. Can't Sue Ex-Exec For Causing Canada Tax Hit

    A Colorado federal judge shot down a pharmacy automation company's suit alleging its former chief commercial officer cost it nearly CA$1.2 million ($907,000) in Canadian taxes by not telling his employer he had moved out of the country, saying the company hasn't shown it suffered any damage as a result.

  • April 09, 2024

    Poland Adopts Digital Platform Reporting Rules

    Poland's Council of Ministers approved a measure Tuesday implementing the European Union's tax information reporting procedures for digital platform operators, known as DAC7, the country's tax authority said.

  • April 09, 2024

    UK Court Affirms Sweet VAT Ruling For Jumbo Marshmallows

    Jumbo-size marshmallows are not candy like regular marshmallows because they're meant to be roasted, so they qualify for a value-added tax exemption for food, the U.K. Upper Tribunal ruled in upholding a lower court's findings.

  • April 09, 2024

    BCLP Says It Had No Obligation To Man's Family In Tax Fight

    Global law firm Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner was under contract to represent only a family's patriarch and thus shouldn't be liable for taxes resulting from advising him to transfer £242 million ($307 million) in assets to his wife, then to his sons, the firm told a London court.

  • April 09, 2024

    France, Luxembourg Extend Old Tax System To 2023 Income

    French residents working in Luxembourg don't yet have to account for a new system for avoiding double taxation included in an updated treaty between the two countries, but there will a final extension for the previous system, the French finance ministry said Tuesday.

  • April 09, 2024

    Greece Adopts Global Minimum Tax Directive After Pressure

    Greece has officially implemented the global corporate minimum tax spearheaded by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, after being reprimanded this year by the European Commission.

  • April 09, 2024

    EU Lawmakers OK Revised Deal On Imports From Ukraine

    European Union lawmakers agreed on a revised deal to extend the suspension of the bloc's customs duties and quotas on Ukrainian imports until June 2025 after some EU countries had rejected a previous deal.

  • April 09, 2024

    Adviser Group Wants Limitations Added To EU Disclosure Law

    A group that represents tax advisers in Europe said Tuesday that it wants the European Union's executive branch to add limitations to a major disclosure law designed to combat cross-border tax evasion, saying the law puts too high a burden on them.

  • April 09, 2024

    Labour Party Pledges £5.1B Tax Crackdown If Elected

    Britain's opposition Labour Party pledged Tuesday to raise £5.1 billion ($6.5 billion) by closing tax loopholes and cracking down on tax avoidance schemes if it wins the next election, expected later this year.

  • April 08, 2024

    Tax Court Upholds $11M In Foreign Reporting Penalties

    The U.S. Tax Court on Monday mostly upheld $11 million in foreign reporting penalties against a man who admitted he hid money overseas, but the court declined to overturn its ruling that the IRS lacks authority to assess certain foreign reporting penalties.

  • April 08, 2024

    CPAs Want Treasury To Delay Beneficial Ownership Registry

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury should delay enforcement of beneficial ownership information reporting requirements while courts hear cases challenging the Corporate Transparency Act, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and 54 state CPA societies said.

  • April 08, 2024

    Siblings Sentenced Over £1M UK Film Tax Fraud

    Two brothers who fraudulently filed for more than £1 million ($1.3 million) in U.K. film and value-added tax refunds for movies actually made in the U.S. — and in one case, never existed — were each sentenced Monday to seven years in prison, HM Revenue & Customs said.

  • April 08, 2024

    EU Tax Single Filing Would Aid Small-Biz Trade, Official Says

    A proposal allowing small businesses in the European Union to file a single tax return with the administration of the business' head office as opposed to with every member country where the entity does business would cut compliance costs and encourage trade, an EU official said.

  • April 08, 2024

    EU Expansion Question Shines Light On Tax Voting Procedure

    The question of whether the European Union should expand beyond its current 27 member countries is putting the spotlight on the bloc's voting practices, raising concerns that the current unanimity requirement for tax policy changes would become unmanageable with a larger group.

  • April 05, 2024

    Monopolies Will Raise Prices Under Minimum Tax, Expert Says

    The 15% global minimum tax will worsen the problems that monopolistic companies impose on economies because raising taxes on a company that lacks competition will lead it to raise prices, an academic expert on tax havens said Friday during a conference.

  • April 05, 2024

    Ireland Issues Example Of Dividend Exemption Proposal

    The Ireland Department of Finance released a hypothetical example Friday to help guide further discussions on the country's planned implementation of a participation exemption from Irish corporation tax for foreign dividends.

  • April 05, 2024

    Irish Finance Dept. Seeks 2 Sovereign Funds For Tax Surplus

    The Irish Department of Finance introduced a bill that would establish two sovereign wealth funds in Ireland as a way to take advantage of the country's surplus generated in part by corporate windfall taxes.

  • April 05, 2024

    Contrasts Emerge Between Taiwan Tax Bill, Regular Treaties

    A bill pending in the Senate would lay the groundwork for double-tax relief and other treaty-like arrangements with Taiwan, but the unique legislative process and relatively reduced content could cast uncertainty over the unofficial accord's ultimate fate.

  • April 05, 2024

    UK Urges Delay In Claiming Pensions Until Rules Change

    The U.K. tax authority has warned people to delay claiming their pensions until after Saturday, when the lifetime allowance is abolished, while the government clarifies technical changes to the legislation.

  • April 05, 2024

    EU Executive To Probe Complaint About Hungarian Retail Tax

    The European Commission will look into a complaint it received about a Hungarian tax on the retail sector, the European Union's executive branch confirmed Friday.

  • April 05, 2024

    18 Crime Gangs Specialize In VAT Fraud, Europol Says

    Eighteen major criminal gangs in the European Union specialize in value-added tax fraud, having end-to-end control over the entire criminal process, the EU's law enforcement agency said Friday.

Expert Analysis

  • Unpacking FinCEN's Proposed Real Estate Transaction Rule

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    Phil Jelsma and Ulrick Matsunaga at Crosbie Gliner take a close look at the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network's recently proposed rulemaking — which mandates new disclosures for professionals involved in all-cash real estate deals — and discuss best next steps for the broad range of businesses that could be affected.

  • Think Like A Lawyer: Forget Everything You Know About IRAC

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    The mode of legal reasoning most students learn in law school, often called “Issue, Rule, Application, Conclusion,” or IRAC, erroneously frames analysis as a separate, discrete step, resulting in disorganized briefs and untold obfuscation — but the fix is pretty simple, says Luke Andrews at Poole Huffman.

  • How New EU Tax And Transfer Pricing Rules May Affect M&A

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    Companies involved in mergers and acquisitions may need to adjust fiscal due diligence procedures to ensure they consider potential far-reaching effects of newly implemented transfer pricing measures, such as newly implemented global minimum tax and European Union anti-tax avoidance directives and proposals, says Patrick Tijhuis at BDO.

  • How Firms Can Ensure Associate Gender Parity Lasts

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    Among associates, women now outnumber men for the first time, but progress toward gender equality at the top of the legal profession remains glacially slow, and firms must implement time-tested solutions to ensure associates’ gender parity lasts throughout their careers, say Kelly Culhane and Nicole Joseph at Culhane Meadows.

  • 7 Common Myths About Lateral Partner Moves

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    As lateral recruiting remains a key factor for law firm growth, partners considering a lateral move should be aware of a few commonly held myths — some of which contain a kernel of truth, and some of which are flat out wrong, says Dave Maurer at Major Lindsey.

  • 6 Pointers For Attys To Build Trust, Credibility On Social Media

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    In an era of information overload, attorneys can use social media strategically — from making infographics to leveraging targeted advertising — to cut through the noise and establish a reputation among current and potential clients, says Marly Broudie at SocialEyes Communications.

  • US-Chile Tax Treaty May Encourage Cross-Border Investment

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    Provisions in the recently effective U.S.-Chile bilateral income tax treaty should encourage business between the two countries, as they reduce U.S. withholding tax on investment income for Chilean taxpayers, exempt certain U.S. taxpayers from Chilean capital gains tax, and clarify U.S. foreign tax credit rules, say attorneys at Kramer Levin.

  • A Post-Mortem Analysis Of Stroock's Demise

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    After the dissolution of 147-year-old firm Stroock late last year shook up the legal world, a post-mortem analysis of the data reveals a long list of warning signs preceding the firm’s collapse — and provides some insight into how other firms might avoid the same disastrous fate, says Craig Savitzky at Leopard Solutions.

  • SG's Office Is Case Study To Help Close Legal Gender Gap

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    As women continue to be underrepresented in the upper echelons of the legal profession, law firms could learn from the example set by the Office of the Solicitor General, where culture and workplace policies have helped foster greater gender equality, say attorneys at Ocean Tomo.

  • Reimagining Law Firm Culture To Break The Cycle Of Burnout

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    While attorney burnout remains a perennial issue in the legal profession, shifting post-pandemic expectations mean that law firms must adapt their office cultures to retain talent, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

  • Cayman Islands Off AML Risk Lists, Signaling Robust Controls

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    As a world-leading jurisdiction for securitization special purpose entities, the removal of the Cayman Islands from increased anti-money laundering monitoring lists is a significant milestone that will benefit new and existing financial services customers conducting business in the territory, say lawyers at Walkers Global.

  • The Legal Industry Needs A Cybersecurity Paradigm Shift

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    As law firms face ever-increasing risks of cyberattacks and ransomware incidents, the legal industry must implement robust cybersecurity measures and privacy-centric practices to preserve attorney-client privilege, safeguard client trust and uphold the profession’s integrity, says Ryan Paterson at Unplugged.

  • As Promised, IRS Is Coming For Crypto Tax Evaders

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    The IRS is fulfilling its promise to crack down on those who have neglected to pay taxes on cryptocurrency earnings, as demonstrated by recently imposed prison sentences, enforcement initiatives and meetings with international counterparts — suggesting a few key takeaways for taxpayer compliance, say attorneys at BakerHostetler.

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