International

  • June 07, 2024

    Chile Says Filing Restriction Program Stopped $203M In Fraud

    Chile's tax agency said Friday that its strategy for blocking value-added tax fraud via fraudulent invoices prevented the disbursement of 186 billion Chilean pesos ($203 million) of incorrect value-added tax credits since the start of 2023 through April 2024.

  • June 07, 2024

    Taxation With Representation: Vinson, Latham, Ropes & Gray

    In this Week's Taxation with Representation, Waste Management buys Stericycle, Becton Dickinson pays $4.2 billion for Edwards Lifesciences' critical care products unit, Aquiline Capital Partners raises over $3.4 billion in fund capital, and Bain Capital buys PowerSchool Holdings.

  • June 07, 2024

    Swiss Launch Consultation On Data Exchange Law

    The Swiss government said Friday that it has begun a consultation on a law concerning the international exchange of salary data, which it says is needed to support laws pertaining to the taxation of cross-border workers.  

  • June 07, 2024

    Tax Discriminates Against Risky Assets, Dutch Court Says

    The Netherlands must compensate investors for a tax on investment income that discriminates against riskier assets by using calculations of fictitious returns, the Dutch Supreme Court said.

  • June 06, 2024

    Medtronic Urges 8th Circ. To Back Its Transfer Pricing Method

    Medical device maker Medtronic reiterated Thursday its bid for the Eighth Circuit to revive its method for pricing intangible property that was licensed to a Puerto Rican affiliate, arguing the government's concessions show why the company's approach is more reliable.

  • June 06, 2024

    Oil Cos. Stifle Bids For Tax Transparency, SEC Letters Show

    At least three oil companies have stifled proposals initiated by the nonprofit Oxfam America for public country-by-country reporting of business activities, profits and taxes this year, according to letters from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission obtained by Law360.

  • June 06, 2024

    Australia Seeking Feedback On Tax Returns For Biggest Cos.

    The Australian Taxation Office said it is reaching out to advisory firms and other groups about plans to introduce a supplementary goods-and-services tax form for the country's biggest companies.

  • June 06, 2024

    Fox Rothschild Brings On Tax Pro From Atlanta Boutique

    Fox Rothschild LLP has added an attorney in Atlanta from tax law boutique Wiggam Law to strengthen the firm's taxation and wealth planning department.

  • June 06, 2024

    EU Must Improve Country-By-Country Reporting, Group Says

    While there has been an uptick in voluntary country-by-country public disclosures, the large multinational corporations that do so make up just 2% of all large companies and account for less than 5% of global revenue and profits, necessitating further improvements, an EU-funded research group said Thursday.

  • June 06, 2024

    Co. Did Not Abuse UK-Ireland Tax Agreement, Tribunal Affirms

    The fact that an Ireland-based company benefited from the U.K.-Ireland double-taxation agreement when it acquired an £83.5 million ($106.8 million) investment doesn't mean it entered the transaction only for tax benefits, the U.K.'s Upper Tribunal said, affirming a lower court.

  • June 06, 2024

    Pharma Co. Should Get Hungarian Rebate, ECJ Adviser Says

    Danish pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk's mandatory payments into the Hungarian health system should reduce the company's tax base for value-added tax payments, an adviser to the European Union's highest court said Thursday. 

  • June 06, 2024

    Switzerland, Italy Agree To Permanent Rules For Remote Work

    Switzerland and Italy have established permanent rules regarding the taxation of cross-border workers, replacing a temporary arrangement that was agreed to last year, the Swiss government said Thursday.

  • June 05, 2024

    Nigeria Holding US Binance Exec Hostage, Lawmakers Say

    The White House's hostage negotiator should begin seeking the release of a top executive at cryptocurrency exchange Binance whom the Nigerian government is holding personally liable for tax evasion charges against the company, the House Foreign Affairs Committee's chairman has said.

  • June 05, 2024

    German Draft Bill Would Adjust Tax Laws To EU Rules

    Changes could be coming to a number of German tax laws, including some spurred by European Union law and both national and international case law, Germany's Finance Ministry said Wednesday.

  • June 05, 2024

    Win May Embolden IRS Use Of Economic Substance Doctrine

    The IRS' successful wielding of the economic substance doctrine to characterize multinational telecommunications corporation Liberty Global's sophisticated set of intercompany deals as an abusive tax shelter could encourage the agency to apply similar analysis to even the most basic tax transactions.

  • June 05, 2024

    Streamers To Be Hit With 5% Charge On Canadian Revenue

    Streaming services such as Netflix and Disney+ soon will be required to contribute 5% of their Canadian revenues to the country's broadcasting system, which could generate CA$200 million ($146 million) a year, Canada's government said, drawing the ire of the National Foreign Trade Council.

  • June 05, 2024

    Gov't UK ISA Savings Proposal Gets Cold Shoulder

    More financial firms on Wednesday warned that the U.K. government's plans to give consumers a new tax break for investing in U.K. companies was unworkable, adding it could conflict with the Financial Conduct Authority's consumer protection rules.

  • June 05, 2024

    EU Corp. Tax Proposal Delayed By Uncertainty On OECD Plan

    European Union countries' negotiations on a proposal to streamline corporate taxation have been delayed because of a lack of clarity on implementation of the OECD's global minimum tax and the design of the accompanying reallocation of taxing rights, a top European Commission tax official said Wednesday.

  • June 05, 2024

    OECD Official Hopes Pillar 2 Ends Some 'Wasteful' Incentives

    The introduction of the global minimum corporate tax known as Pillar Two should lead to the end of some "wasteful" incentives that narrow the tax base, an official from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said Wednesday.

  • June 05, 2024

    Labour's Pension Tax Plans Backed By Fiscal Research Body

    An influential economics think tank has backed plans by the Labour Party to reintroduce the lifetime allowance, arguing that there should be a cap on the tax-free accumulation of pensions wealth.

  • June 04, 2024

    Full DC Circ. Asked To Weigh Foreign Info Disclosure Penalties

    A D.C. Circuit panel made questionable assumptions about congressional intent when it revived the IRS' authority to assess and administratively collect penalties related to undisclosed foreign corporations, a businessman said Tuesday in asking the full appellate court to hear his case.

  • June 04, 2024

    Australian Court Upholds Ex-Chinese Citizen's $7.7M Tax Bill

    An Australian court upheld an AU$11.5 million ($7.7 million) tax bill from the Australian Taxation Office to a former Chinese citizen after determining he failed to provide enough evidence to support his alternative tax liability calculation.

  • June 04, 2024

    Calif. OTA Rejects Couple's Claim Of Bolivia Residency

    A California couple owes additional state income tax on a retirement account distribution, the state Office of Tax Appeals said in an opinion released Tuesday, rejecting the pair's assertion that they were domiciled in Bolivia at the time.

  • June 04, 2024

    EU OKs Italian Renewable Energy Plan Funded By Levy

    The European Commission said Tuesday that it approved Italy's plan to introduce a levy on the electricity bills of final consumers to fund construction of renewable energy plants, finding the benefits far outweigh any potential damage to competition and trade.

  • June 04, 2024

    Spain Sends Pillar 2 Bill To Legislature After EU Pressure

    The Spanish government announced Tuesday it has sent a bill to its legislature that would transpose the European Union directive to implement the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's global minimum tax on large corporations following pressure from the bloc.

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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