International

  • May 13, 2024

    House GOP Bills Target Foreign Funding To Tax-Exempt Orgs

    The House Ways and Means Committee will vote Wednesday on a package of bills that would increase scrutiny of foreign donations to tax-exempt organizations, including legislation that would require those organizations to publicly report the donations, the Joint Committee on Taxation announced Monday.

  • May 13, 2024

    Income Nixes Exxon's 'Final Loss' Deduction, Court Says

    Exxon's Norwegian operation cannot deduct 900 million krone ($83.2 million) from its fiscal year 2012 taxable income that it spent liquidating an Exxon subsidiary in Denmark, a European court ruled Monday.

  • May 13, 2024

    2nd Circ. Won't Revive UBS Suit Over Disclosed Account Info

    The Second Circuit declined Monday to revive a couple's suit accusing UBS of fraudulently flagging an account to the Internal Revenue Service, finding that any alleged harm resulting from an audit would have been caused by the agency itself.

  • May 13, 2024

    Int'l Authorities Want Increased Anti-Money Laundering Efforts

    Countries need to do more to tackle the "huge illicit profits" being generated by international crime organizations and used for harmful practices such as funding terrorism, the heads of the Financial Action Task Force, Interpol and a United Nations group said Monday.

  • May 13, 2024

    Estonia Needs To Improve Property, Health Taxes, OECD Says

    While Estonia has the lowest ratio of government debt to gross domestic product of any OECD country, it has numerous areas where it could improve its tax system, from broadening its tax base to increasing healthcare funding, the OECD said Monday.

  • May 13, 2024

    EU Initiative Pushes Bloc To Strengthen Carbon Taxing

    The European Commission on Monday officially registered a citizen initiative to focus on accelerating the taxing of greenhouse gas emissions as well as making it more equitable, giving the group behind it a year to meet certain criteria that would force the European Union's executive arm to act.

  • May 13, 2024

    Houston Truck Co. Doesn't Owe $2M Excise Tax, 5th Circ. Told

    A Houston truck company that sells tires made by a Chinese manufacturer doesn't owe $2 million in import taxes because it's not legally the tire importer, the company told the Fifth Circuit in asking it to affirm a ruling that could split circuits.

  • May 13, 2024

    Estonia Objecting To VAT Proposal On 'Neutrality' Grounds

    Estonia is objecting to a proposed overhaul of European Union value-added tax rules because the proposal doesn't respect the principle of "neutrality," the country's finance minister said Monday, casting doubt on the fate of the proposal, which needs agreement by all 27 EU countries to pass.

  • May 13, 2024

    EU Chair Offers Compromise To Clinch Withholding Tax Deal

    The chair of European Union finance ministers offered last-minute concessions to try to persuade holdouts the Czech Republic and Poland to agree to a withholding tax refund law, a document published Monday showed.

  • May 11, 2024

    Gov't Urges 8th Circ. To Uphold 3M's $24M Pricing Adjustment

    The U.S. government asked the Eighth Circuit to uphold a U.S. Tax Court decision allowing the IRS to allocate nearly $24 million from 3M's Brazilian affiliate, arguing the company's appeal involves misplaced reliance on a U.S. Supreme Court decision.

  • May 10, 2024

    5 Goals Gov'ts Have For The UN Tax Convention

    Transfer pricing, country-by-country reporting, wealth taxation, the digital economy and the participation of developing countries in negotiations are topics governments at the United Nations said they want to address during the first session on drafting terms of reference for the Framework Convention on International Tax Cooperation.

  • May 10, 2024

    Austria Eyes Fines For Fake Invoices Used In Tax Fraud

    People creating false invoices in Austria could face fines of up to €100,000 ($108,000) as the country looks to crack down on tax fraud involving fictitious businesses, the country's Ministry of Finance said Friday.

  • May 10, 2024

    DC Tax Atty Can't Use Ch. 7 To Ditch Depo In $19M Theft Suit

    A corporate D.C. tax attorney accused of bilking a former client out of $19 million via a captive insurance scam will be deposed, despite a stay in the Maryland federal case against him and his firm after both filed for bankruptcy.

  • May 10, 2024

    Use Of AI For Tax Comment Letters Poses Ethical Quandaries

    While artificial intelligence can streamline the process of conducting a comprehensive review of complex, IRS-proposed federal tax regulations, tax attorneys must be aware of professional and ethical considerations when using it to help draft comment letters to submit to the agency.

  • May 10, 2024

    Australia Looks To Tweak Tax Exemption For US Entertainers

    Australia wants public comments on a proposal that would simplify the elimination of withholding taxes for U.S. entertainers who make $10,000 or less — or the Australian equivalent — in the country in a given year, the Australian Taxation Office said.

  • May 10, 2024

    Calif. OTA In Untested Area On Ruling That Biz Wants Binding

    A decision by California's Office of Tax Appeals that Microsoft can include 100% of the dividends from foreign affiliates in its California sales factor denominator pleased businesses, who now want the OTA to designate the opinion as precedential, thus binding on it and the state Franchise Tax Board.

  • May 10, 2024

    Osborne Clarke Lawyer To Face Tribunal Over Zahawi SLAPP

    An Osborne Clarke LLP partner who represented Nadhim Zahawi could face a disciplinary tribunal over allegations that he used intimidatory warnings in an attempt to silence a critic who was probing the former Conservative chancellor's tax affairs.

  • May 09, 2024

    Mich. Doctor Ordered To Stay In Jail Until Assets Repatriated

    A Michigan doctor fighting accusations that he failed to report his foreign bank accounts will stay in jail, as a federal court declined to release him Thursday when he didn't comply with an order to deposit over $1 million to cover the judgment against him.

  • May 09, 2024

    Pop Star Shakira's €6.6M Spanish Tax Fraud Case Dropped

    A Spanish court dropped a case alleging that Colombian pop superstar Shakira had willfully defrauded the country of €6.6 million ($7.1 million) worth of taxes in 2018, multiple news outlets reported Thursday.

  • May 09, 2024

    Pension Plans Want Witness Stopped In $2B Danish Dispute

    U.S. pension plans accused by Denmark's tax authority of committing $2.1 billion in fraud against the European country by taking illegal refunds on dividends asked a New York federal court to reject the authority's request to depose a witness who pled guilty in Denmark.

  • May 09, 2024

    Voluntary Carbon Credit Trades Will Trigger UK VAT

    Transactions involving voluntary carbon credits in the U.K. will be assessed value-added tax starting in September, HM Revenue & Customs said Thursday.

  • May 09, 2024

    IRS Turning to Final PFIC Rules This Year, Official Says

    The Internal Revenue Service expects to "begin in earnest" this year on final regulations for partnerships that hold stock in passive foreign investment companies, including guidance that would treat partnerships as an aggregate of their partners, an agency official said Thursday.

  • May 09, 2024

    Country Adjustment Would Undermine Common EU Tax Base

    Allowing countries within the European Union to adjust companies' allocated tax base under proposed rules would undermine the rules' goal of streamlining the corporate tax base, according to business groups. 

  • May 08, 2024

    DOJ Says Man Owes $6.2M After Failing To Report Foreign Biz

    A man owes tax penalties of $6.2 million to the U.S. after failing to disclose his ownership interests in two foreign entities from 1997 to 2004, the government told a California federal court Wednesday.

  • May 08, 2024

    Biz Groups Tell 10th Circ. Economic Substance Doesn't Apply

    The economic substance doctrine doesn't apply when a business considers tax in making a choice between two legally permissible alternatives, two organizations told the Tenth Circuit in their briefs supporting Liberty Global's position in its $109 million tax refund bid.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 5 Reasons Associates Shouldn't Take A Job Just For Money

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    As a number of BigLaw firms increase salary scales for early-career attorneys, law students and lateral associates considering new job offers should weigh several key factors that may matter more than financial compensation, say Albert Tawil at Lateral Hub and Ruvin Levavi at Power Forward.

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