International

  • June 25, 2024

    Asia, Pacific Tax-To-GDP Ratio Returns To Pre-COVID Level

    Tax revenue in Asia and the Pacific rebounded to pre-pandemic levels in 2022 thanks to boosts in tourism and commodity prices, but the region's average tax-to-gross domestic product ratio is still lagging behind the average OECD ratio, the group said Tuesday.

  • June 25, 2024

    Pension Plans Can't Escape $2B Danish Tax Fraud Dispute

    Two U.S. pension plans made an "extremely strained" contention that Denmark's tax administrator waited too long to accuse them of participating in a $2.1 billion fraud scheme, a New York federal judge said in declining to toss the case.

  • June 25, 2024

    Hong Kong, Armenia Reach Double-Tax Treaty Deal

    Hong Kong signed an agreement with Armenia on a treaty to prevent double taxation as part of a larger goal to establish such treaties with countries participating in China's Belt and Road global infrastructure project, Hong Kong's Inland Revenue Department said.

  • June 25, 2024

    Ex-DOJ Atty Among New Trio At Chamberlain Hrdlicka

    Chamberlain Hrdlicka White Williams & Aughtry has strengthened its tax controversy and litigation practice with the addition of three attorneys in Atlanta, including a former senior trial attorney in the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice for more than three decades.

  • June 25, 2024

    J&J Counsel Urges OECD To Ease Burdens Of Global Min. Tax

    Counsel for Johnson & Johnson on Tuesday urged the OECD and government officials working on the Pillar Two global minimum corporate tax to consider more permanent safe harbor provisions to reduce the compliance burdens associated with the levy.

  • June 25, 2024

    Global Tax Overhaul Won't Squash Competition, US Rep. Says

    The global tax overhaul designed by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development won't eliminate countries competing for companies' investments, a U.S. House lawmaker said Tuesday.

  • June 25, 2024

    EU Leaders To Include Tax Revamp In 5-Year Plan, Draft Says

    A targeted makeover of the tax systems in European Union countries will be part of the bloc's top priorities for the next five years as it aims to improve business financing to sharpen its competitiveness, a draft document suggested.

  • June 25, 2024

    New EU Chair Hungary Eyes Talks On Corp. Tax, But No Deals

    Hungary, the incoming chair of meetings of European Union countries, plans to discuss energy taxation and several proposals on corporate taxation during the next six months but doesn't expect to reach any agreements, according to meeting agendas.

  • June 24, 2024

    Miner Wins $9.6M In Royalty Fight With Colombia

    An international tribunal ordered Colombia to pay $9.56 million to a British mining and metals company following a dispute over royalties collected on a nickel mine, as the tribunal concluded that there had been "irregularities" in the way the country calculated the amount due.

  • June 24, 2024

    UN Tax Work Threatens OECD's Progress, EU Official Says

    The United Nations' efforts to consider international tax issues risk upending the early finished work of countries negotiating a global tax plan at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a top European Commission tax official said Monday.

  • June 24, 2024

    Better Digital Tax Ban In Pillar 1 Treaty, Treasury Official Says

    The final text of a multilateral convention to implement the OECD-designed taxing rights overhaul will include improved language to eliminate existing digital services tax and prohibit prospective ones, a U.S. Treasury Department official said Monday.

  • June 24, 2024

    UN Tax Convention Should Be Crafted Carefully, NFTC Says

    The United Nations' work toward a framework convention on international tax cooperation is welcome but should be done carefully and with continued input from stakeholders, the National Foreign Trade Council said, providing specific areas of feedback.

  • June 24, 2024

    German Banker's Cum-Ex Trial Dropped Due To Health

    The former chairman of M.M. Warburg & Co. KGaA will not face trial for alleged dividend-tax evasion linked to cum-ex transactions spanning from 2006 to 2019 after a German court halted the trial due to his health, according to a Monday court statement.

  • June 24, 2024

    Asia Tax Transparency Generated €1.8B In Revenue In 2023

    Tax transparency measures in 13 Asian jurisdictions collected at least €1.8 billion ($1.9 billion) in extra tax revenue in 2023 alone as such mechanisms continue to be adopted in the region, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development reported Monday.

  • June 24, 2024

    EU Dodges Hungary To Send Ukraine €1.4B In Russian Profits

    European Union foreign ministers agreed Monday to send €1.4 billion ($1.5 billion) of windfall profits from frozen and immobilized Russian state assets in military support to Ukraine next month, finding a legal loophole to bypass a potential veto from Hungary.

  • June 24, 2024

    OECD Tax Plan Issues Still Being Hashed Out, US Official Says

    Both the global minimum corporate tax and taxing rights overhaul plans designed by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development have outstanding issues that stakeholders are attempting to resolve, a U.S. Treasury Department official said at a conference Monday.

  • June 24, 2024

    EU States Turn Down Transfer Pricing Proposal, Report Says

    European Union countries have declined to accept a new law on transfer pricing that the EU's executive proposed last year, a report published by the body representing EU member states showed Monday.

  • June 24, 2024

    French PM Hopeful Sees VAT Stay As Anti-Inflation Tool

    A hopeful to become the next prime minister of France wants to use the suspension of value-added tax to counter the effects of inflation, an outline of policy proposals released Monday showed.

  • June 21, 2024

    UK Tax Fraud Cases Rose 49% Over One-Year Period

    The U.K. tax authority launched more criminal cases for tax fraud for the year ended June 30, 2023, increasing 49% from 63 cases for the previous year to 94, Pinsent Masons LLP said Monday.

  • June 21, 2024

    Supreme Court Leaves Lifeline For Billionaire Income Tax

    The U.S. Supreme Court narrowed but did not entirely block the path to billionaire income tax legislation when the majority's opinion declined to weigh constitutional questions about taxing unrealized gains in its decision to uphold a mandatory repatriation levy.

  • June 21, 2024

    USTR Warns Canada After Digital Services Tax Enactment

    The U.S. Trade Representative's Office remains concerned about Canada's enactment of its digital services tax and is weighing options in defense of potential discrimination against U.S. businesses, a USTR official told Law360 on Friday.

  • June 21, 2024

    Fed. Circ. Backs Subsidy Duties For Canadian Wind Towers

    A Canadian wind tower manufacturer can't get a break on countervailing duties despite being upfront about errors in its sales data, with the Federal Circuit ruling Friday that the errors raise the possibility of additional mistakes.

  • June 21, 2024

    US Formally Suspends Part Of Tax Treaty With Russia

    The U.S. government has provided formal notice to Russia suspending, via mutual agreement, parts of the countries' double-taxation treaty.

  • June 21, 2024

    Big 4 Continue Push For Broader Irish Dividend Exemption

    The Big Four accounting firms reiterated support for Ireland's plans to implement a corporate tax exemption for foreign-sourced dividends and foreign branch profits, but they found the latest proposal still too narrow and complicated to qualify for, according to comments released Friday.

  • June 21, 2024

    Norway Seeking Feedback On Undertaxed Profits Rule

    Norway is looking for feedback on a proposal that would implement the undertaxed profits rule, one component of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's 15% corporate global minimum tax plan, the country's Finance Ministry said.

Featured Stories

  • Supreme Court Leaves Lifeline For Billionaire Income Tax

    Natalie Olivo

    The U.S. Supreme Court narrowed but did not entirely block the path to billionaire income tax legislation when the majority's opinion declined to weigh constitutional questions about taxing unrealized gains in its decision to uphold a mandatory repatriation levy.

  • Labour Manifesto Targets Wealthy To Fill Funding Gaps

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    Labour set out plans in its election manifesto on Thursday to raise a total of more than £8.5 billion ($10.8 billion) in tax reforms that target wealthy taxpayers, although some analysts questioned whether the measures will add up.

  • Digital Taxes May Take Hold Regardless Of Treaty Signing

    Natalie Olivo

    An internationally agreed-upon freeze on digital levies may continue to thaw even if countries meet their impending deadline to sign a related treaty for new corporate tax rules, in part because the accord faces a hazy path to formal ratification.

Expert Analysis

  • After A Brief Hiccup, The 'Rocket Docket' Soars Back To No. 1

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    The Eastern District of Virginia’s precipitous 2022 fall from its storied rocket docket status appears to have been a temporary aberration, as recent statistics reveal that the court is once again back on top as the fastest federal civil trial court in the nation, says Robert Tata at Hunton.

  • Recruitment Trends In Emerging Law Firm Frontiers

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    BigLaw firms are facing local recruitment challenges as they increasingly establish offices in cities outside of the major legal hubs, requiring them to weigh various strategies for attracting talent that present different risks and benefits, says Tom Hanlon at Buchanan Law.

  • How Associates Can Build A Professional Image

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    As hybrid work arrangements become the norm in the legal industry, early-career attorneys must be proactive in building and maintaining a professional presence in both physical and digital settings, ensuring that their image aligns with their long-term career goals, say Lana Manganiello at Equinox Strategy Partners and Estelle Winsett at Estelle Winsett Professional Image Consulting.

  • Firms Must Rethink How They Train New Lawyers In AI Age

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    As law firms begin to use generative artificial intelligence to complete lower-level legal tasks, they’ll need to consider new ways to train summer associates and early-career attorneys, keeping in mind the five stages of skill acquisition, says Liisa Thomas at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Think Like A Lawyer: Always Be Closing

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    When a lawyer presents their case with the right propulsive structure throughout trial, there is little need for further argument after the close of evidence — and in fact, rehashing it all may test jurors’ patience — so attorneys should consider other strategies for closing arguments, says Luke Andrews at Poole Huffman.

  • Litigation Inspiration: Attys Can Be Heroic Like Olympians

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    Although litigation won’t earn anyone an Olympic medal in Paris this summer, it can be worthy of the same lasting honor if attorneys exercise focused restraint — seeking both their clients’ interests and those of the court — instead of merely pursuing every advantage short of sanctionable conduct, says Bennett Rawicki at Hilgers Graben.

  • Lean Into The 'Great Restoration' To Retain Legal Talent

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    As the “great resignation,” in which employees voluntarily left their jobs in droves, has largely dissipated, legal employers should now work toward the idea of a “great restoration,” adopting strategies to effectively hire, onboard and retain top legal talent, says Molly McGrath at Hiring & Empowering Solutions.

  • Fishing Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Atop the list of ways fishing makes me a better lawyer is the relief it offers from the chronic stress of a demanding caseload, but it has also improved my listening skills and patience, and has served as an exceptional setting for building earnest relationships, says Steven DeGeorge​​​​​​​ at Robinson Bradshaw.

  • A Healthier Legal Industry Starts With Emotional Intelligence

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    The legal profession has long been plagued by high rates of mental health issues, in part due to attorneys’ early training and broader societal stereotypes — but developing one’s emotional intelligence is one way to foster positive change, collectively and individually, says attorney Esperanza Franco.

  • To Make Your Legal Writing Clear, Emulate A Master Chef

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    To deliver clear and effective written advocacy, lawyers should follow the model of a fine dining chef — seasoning a foundation of pure facts with punchy descriptors, spicing it up with analogies, refining the recipe and trimming the fat — thus catering to a sophisticated audience of decision-makers, says Reuben Guttman at Guttman Buschner.

  • Circuit Judge Writes An Opinion, AI Helps: What Now?

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    Last week's Eleventh Circuit opinion in Snell v. United Specialty Insurance, notable for a concurrence outlining the use of artificial intelligence to evaluate a term's common meaning, is hopefully the first step toward developing a coherent basis for the judiciary's generative AI use, says David Zaslowsky at Baker McKenzie.

  • Trauma-Informed Legal Approaches For Pro Bono Attorneys

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    As National Trauma Awareness Month ends, pro bono attorneys should nevertheless continue to acknowledge the mental and physical effects of trauma, allowing them to better represent clients, and protect themselves from compassion fatigue and burnout, say Katherine Cronin at Stinson and Katharine Manning at Blackbird.

  • How Attys Can Avoid Pitfalls When Withdrawing From A Case

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    The Trump campaign's recent scuffle over its bid to replace its counsel in a pregnancy retaliation suit offers a chance to remind attorneys that many troubles inherent in withdrawing from a case can be mitigated or entirely avoided by communicating with clients openly and frequently, says Christopher Konneker at Orsinger Nelson.