International

  • 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.

  • May 16, 2024

    EU Tax On Excess Corp Profits Could Yield €107B, Study Says

    A European Union tax on excessive corporate profits could yield about €107 billion ($116 billion) to partly finance the common EU budget or other urgent investments, leftists in the European Parliament said Thursday.

  • May 16, 2024

    Treasury Provides Extra Relief For Bonus Energy Tax Credits

    The U.S. Treasury Department provided additional safe harbors Thursday that clean energy project developers can use to qualify for bonus tax credits for domestically sourcing their steel and aluminum parts in response to the Biden administration's new trade restrictions on solar products from China.

  • May 16, 2024

    Lithuania PM Wants Frozen Russian Assets To Help Ukraine

    Lithuania's prime minister said Thursday that Russia's frozen assets should be used to help Ukraine fight off aggression from its larger neighbor, saying that a recent European decision to use profits from frozen assets should be only a first step.

  • May 15, 2024

    Russian Gas Ex-CFO Can't Nix $44M FBAR Suit, Judge Rules

    The former chief financial officer of a Russian gas company who was sentenced to seven years in prison for hiding money in Swiss banks can't escape the government's civil suit seeking nearly $44 million in reporting penalties, a Florida federal judge ruled Wednesday.

  • May 15, 2024

    EU Court Upholds Ruling Against Spanish Ship Tax Scheme

    The European Union's General Court upheld Wednesday a European Commission ruling that a Spanish tax scheme for ships constructed in the nation's domestic shipyards was incompatible with the EU's internal market.

  • May 15, 2024

    Schulte Roth Adds Ex-Kleinberg Kaplan Partner To Tax Group

    Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP added a former Kleinberg Kaplan Wolff & Cohen PC partner with a focus on private investment funds to its tax group in New York.

  • May 15, 2024

    3 Key Takeaways From Floated Foreign Trust Reporting Rules

    Proposed rules for reporting transactions with foreign trusts recently issued by the U.S. Treasury Department provide breathing room on disclosure requirements for certain offshore retirement accounts, but leave open some questions about classification. Here, Law360 breaks down three sections of the proposed foreign trust reporting regulations.

  • May 15, 2024

    South African Tax Official Says Data Swaps Too Limited

    South Africa's requests to exchange information on taxpayers with authorities around the world are often denied for criminal investigations of tax crimes, while automatic exchanges sometimes lack the full identifying information of taxpayers, the commissioner of the country's tax agency said Wednesday.

  • May 15, 2024

    Taxpayers Let Down By HMRC Digital Service, Says Watchdog

    HM Revenue and Customs has let down taxpayers by failing to deliver better online services, according to a report published on Wednesday by the public spending watchdog.

  • May 15, 2024

    Swiss Seek Feedback On Crypto Information Exchange

    Switzerland's executive body, the Federal Council, is seeking feedback from the public on its plan to adopt two Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development standards that will update the country's automatic exchanges of information to account for crypto-assets, it said Wednesday.

  • May 15, 2024

    11 Arrested In €25M Italian VAT Fraud Case

    Italian police arrested 11 suspects in a value-added tax fraud ring involving electronic products that resulted in losses of over €25 million ($27.2 million), the European Public Prosecutor's Office said Wednesday.

  • May 15, 2024

    Gentiloni Warns EU States Not To Be Too Harsh With Budgets

    European Union tax commissioner Paolo Gentiloni warned EU countries Wednesday not to be too aggressive with budget cuts, even as some may have to take a more restrictive fiscal stance this year and next than had been planned. 

  • May 15, 2024

    German Finance Minister Wants Lower Tax Burden

    Germany's finance minister said he would like to see the tax burden lowered as part of a broader push to make life less burdensome for industry as the country tries to stimulate economic growth.

  • May 15, 2024

    EU Finance Ministers Plan Road To Tax Revamp

    European Union finance ministers agreed on a work program to implement about 40 measures to improve business financing, including a targeted makeover of tax systems in member countries covering corporate taxes, capital gains and tax breaks for interest payments.

  • May 14, 2024

    A Fifth Of Big Cos. Use Tax Transparency Standard, Org. Says

    About a fifth of the largest 1,000 public companies worldwide have voluntarily used a public country-by-country reporting standard created by an international independent standards organization, the nonprofit said Tuesday.

  • May 14, 2024

    Law Prof Comes To Treasury's Aid In 3M Transfer Pricing Fight

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury did not act arbitrarily when it wrote transfer pricing regulations that allowed the government to disregard foreign legal restrictions on royalty payments when allocating income to 3M from an affiliate, a law professor told the Eighth Circuit on Tuesday.

  • May 14, 2024

    Solarium Sunbaths Not Tax-Free Wellness, Sweden Says

    After receiving multiple questions about whether paying to sunbathe in a solarium is eligible for Sweden's tax-free wellness allowance, the country's tax agency said Tuesday that such activity is not eligible.

  • May 14, 2024

    Microsemi Calls IRS' Penalty Approval 'Woefully Inadequate'

    An Internal Revenue Service supervisor's sign-off on a transfer pricing penalty for Microsemi was "woefully inadequate" to meet statutory requirements for penalty approval, the semiconductor manufacturer told the U.S. Tax Court.

  • May 14, 2024

    Aussie Budget Proposes Green Credits, Capital Gains Change

    Australia would offer tax credits for hydrogen production and critical mineral mining and update its foreign resident capital gains tax rules as part of a proposed 2024-25 budget released Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Cos. May Want To Wait Out US-EU Green Incentives Fight

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    As the European Union considers measures to compete with the Inflation Reduction Act's incentives for U.S. production of clean tech, and EU and U.S. officials discuss a possible compromise, companies in the green sector should consider taking a wait-and-see approach to investment decisions, says Todd Thacker at Goldberg Segalla.

  • India's Budget Proposals May Ease Entry For Certain Sectors

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    India’s recently released budget includes proposals to facilitate doing business in Gujarat International Finance Tec-City and moderate thousands of compliance requirements, opening up new opportunities for foreign businesses in the digital infrastructure, manufacturing and renewable energy sectors, say Mukesh Butani and Seema Kejriwal at BMR Legal.

  • High Court Ax Of Atty-Client Privilege Case Deepens Split

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's recent dismissal of In re: Grand Jury as improvidently granted maintains a three-way circuit split on the application of attorney-client privilege to multipurpose communications, although the justices have at least shown a desire to address it, say Trey Bourn and Thomas DiStanislao at Butler Snow.

  • US-India Advance Pricing Resolutions Should Reassure Cos.

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    The United States' and India's tax authorities' recent resolution of a significant number of pending advance pricing agreements should reduce taxpayer uncertainty, reassure companies of the nations' good working relationship and improve India's investment environment, say Miller Williams and Caroline Setliffe at Eversheds Sutherland.

  • Stock Buyback Excise Tax Guidance A Mixed Bag For SPACs

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    Recent IRS guidance on the new stock repurchase excise tax includes a welcome exception for publicly traded special-purpose acquisition companies but does not exclude redemptions in connection with a de-SPAC transaction, and further guidance is needed to clarify ambiguities around the exception's application, say Olga Bogush and Evgeny Magidenko at ArentFox Schiff.

  • The IRS' APA Rulemaking Journey: There And Back Again

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    Attorneys at Dentons examine recent challenges in which taxpayers successfully argued Internal Revenue Service rulemaking was invalid under the Administrative Procedure Act, how tax exceptionalism and U.S. Supreme Court regulatory deference prompted such challenges, and similar challenges the agency will likely face following this line of cases.

  • ECJ Fiat Ruling Sets Clear Boundaries For EU State Aid Law

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    The European Court of Justice's recent landmark decision in Fiat v. Commission limiting the commission’s attempts to circumvent the lack of EU powers in the area of tax law has important implications in EU state aid law and beyond, say Andreas Reindl and Pietro Stella at Van Bael.

  • Unpacking The Interim Guidance On New Stock Buyback Tax

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    The U.S. Department of the Treasury and Internal Revenue Service's recent notice on applying the newly effective excise tax on stock repurchases provides much-needed clarity on the tax's scope, which is much broader than anticipated given its underlying policy rationale, say attorneys at Eversheds Sutherland.

  • IRS Will Use New Resources To Increase Scrutiny In 2023

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    The new year promises to be a busy one for the Internal Revenue Service, which is poised to apply the boost in funding provided by the Inflation Reduction Act to bolster and expand its enforcement capability, and there are four areas to watch, say attorneys at Skadden.

  • How Japan's Implementation May Change The Pillar 2 Debate

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    Japan’s outline of proposed legislation adopting a primary component of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's 15% global minimum tax will increase pressure on countries — including the U.S. — that have not committed to adopting Pillar Two, says Takato Masuda of Nishimura & Asahi.

  • Foreign Tax Credit Proposal Is Some Help, But More Is Needed

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    New foreign tax credit regulations proposed by the U.S. Treasury Department provided some measure of relief on cost recovery and royalty withholding, two of the most troublesome aspects of the 2021 final foreign tax credit regulations, but the final regulations are still harmful to many taxpayers, making litigation inevitable, say attorneys at Fenwick.

  • IRS' Tax Gap Statistics Don't Paint A Full Compliance Picture

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    The Internal Revenue Service's recent report indicating a widening tax gap sheds important light on tax compliance, underlines key pressure points and provides insights into how tax administration could be improved; but tax gap estimates also have their limits, says Joyce Beebe at Rice University.

  • How High Court Could Change FBAR Penalty Landscape

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    On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear Bittner v. U.S., a case that will affect many people penalized for failing to file a Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts, and there are important procedural implications should the government's position be reversed, say Reuben Muller and Andreas Apostolides at Cole Schotz.

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