International

  • May 07, 2024

    14 Arrested In €15M VAT Fraud Ring Tied To Lubricating Oil

    Authorities arrested 14 people as part of an investigation into a crime ring that evaded more than €15 million ($16.1 million) in value-added taxes and other levies tied to lubricating oil, the European Public Prosecutor's Office said Tuesday.

  • May 07, 2024

    EU Pauses Drive For Deal On Energy Tax

    The chair of European Union finance ministers gave up attempts to reach an agreement on a landmark energy taxation law because of sharply diverging views among EU countries, a source from Belgium's EU presidency confirmed Tuesday.

  • May 07, 2024

    Austrian Finance Chief Backs Tax Breaks For Full-Time Work

    Austria's finance minister said he backed proposals to use the tax system to encourage individuals to work full time, including freeing overtime work from taxation.

  • May 07, 2024

    Treasury Floats Foreign Trust Reporting Rules

    The U.S. Treasury Department proposed regulations Tuesday that provide guidance on the requirements for individuals to report their transactions with foreign trusts to the Internal Revenue Service, including the receipt of large gifts.

  • May 06, 2024

    10th Circ. Urged To Alter Substance Finding In Liberty Global

    To preserve the stability of federal tax law, the Tenth Circuit should reverse a lower court's finding that it needn't determine the economic substance doctrine is relevant before disallowing a transaction's tax benefits, the National Foreign Trade Council said Monday, supporting telecommunications firm Liberty Global.

  • May 06, 2024

    Man's FBAR Filing Makes Challenge Moot, 7th Circ. Says

    The Seventh Circuit upheld Monday the dismissal of a man's challenge to the constitutionality of filing reports of foreign accounts because after filing the suit, the man reported his bank account, making the case moot.

  • May 06, 2024

    Japan Floats Top Seat For Small Islands At UN Tax Convention

    The United Nations committee responsible for negotiating a framework convention on tax should have a co-chair for small island states in a subgroup that leads drafting of proposals, Japan's government said Monday.

  • May 06, 2024

    Marcum Expands Into Mich. By Adding Croskey Lanni

    Accounting and advisory firm Marcum LLP acquired Detroit-based Croskey Lanni PC, adding six partners and more than 50 associates, Marcum announced Monday.

  • May 06, 2024

    Austrian Tax Investigations Collected €49M In 2023

    Austrian tax investigators carried out 210 investigations in 2023, securing a total of €48.86 million ($52.6 million) in back taxes, with perpetrators possibly owing as much as €100 million in fines, the country's finance ministry said Monday.

  • May 06, 2024

    EU Court Asked To Rule On Italian Nix Of Biz Tax Deductions

    The European Union's highest court was asked to rule on Italy's policy denying Italian parent companies certain tax deductions of corporate taxes paid by their subsidiaries in other EU countries, a question arising from an Italian bank's court challenge, a document published Monday showed.

  • May 06, 2024

    Macron-Backed Group Backs G20 Wealth Tax In Election Pitch

    A group campaigning in the European Parliament elections that is backed by French President Emmanuel Macron supports a wealth tax in the world's largest economies, according to a campaign platform published Monday.

  • May 04, 2024

    IRS Seeks More Info On Purpose Test In Buyback Tax Regs

    The IRS is seeking more information on fine-tuning a test in proposed rules on the stock buyback tax meant to assess whether the principal purpose of a U.S. subsidiary's funding purchase of its foreign parent's stock is to avoid the tax, an agency attorney said Saturday.  

  • May 03, 2024

    US Resisting More Scoping On Amount B, Economist Says

    In negotiations over the streamlined transfer pricing approach for baseline marketing and distribution functions known as Amount B, the U.S. has resisted calls for additional scoping criteria that would exclude more companies from the safe harbor, a former U.S. Treasury economist said Friday.

  • May 03, 2024

    Foreign Trust Reporting Rules Coming Soon, IRS Official Says

    The Internal Revenue Service is about to issue proposed regulations that will provide guidance on the reporting obligations for individuals who have transactions with foreign trusts, an agency official said Friday.

  • May 03, 2024

    HMRC Director Rejoins KPMG To Boost Tax Dispute Offering

    A former deputy director at HM Revenue & Customs has returned to KPMG as director of KPMG Law's tax disputes teams, the firm has announced.

  • May 03, 2024

    Africa Seeks Early UN Reform On Transfer Pricing, Exchanges

    Legally binding protocols that reform transfer pricing and exchange of information to the benefit of all countries where multinational corporations operate should be developed simultaneously with the U.N. framework convention on global tax, the U.N.'s African bloc, India and others said Friday.

  • May 03, 2024

    Estonia Implements 2 EU Tax Laws After Delays

    Estonia officially enacted two European Union-wide tax measures that it was late putting into national law, both relating to the OECD's standards for global minimum taxation of large companies.

  • May 03, 2024

    Aussie Treasury Seeks Input On Powers After PwC Scandal

    With investigations into PwC Australia's leak of classified tax plan documents ongoing, the Australian government is asking the public whether it thinks its regulatory powers over tax and accounting firms are sufficient, its Treasury announced Friday.

  • May 03, 2024

    New Fiscal Rules Force EU Countries To Limit Deficits

    New European Union fiscal rules that recently kicked in will force EU countries to restrict public budget deficits by better balancing tax revenues with government spending, the European Commission said Thursday.

  • May 03, 2024

    US Trade Position Seen Contradicting Stance In Pillar 1 Talks

    The U.S. trade representative's withdrawal of support for digital trade proposals has caused tax policy observers to worry that the U.S. position on trade is undermining that of U.S. Treasury Department officials negotiating a taxing rights overhaul at the OECD known as Pillar One.

  • May 03, 2024

    Finland's Stance On Swiss Treaty Recalls Ended Portugal Deal

    Finland's plan to renegotiate its tax treaty with Switzerland in response to concerns about pension tax avoidance has some observers worried that the country will cancel that accord as it did a treaty with Portugal in recent years.

  • May 03, 2024

    Taxation With Representation: Skadden, Wachtell, Davis Polk

    In this week's Taxation With Representation, L'Occitane International said its executive director and chair is leading an offer to buy the company's shares he doesn't already own, UMB Financial agreed to purchase Heartland Financial USA, Medline said it agreed to acquire Ecolab's global surgical solutions business and The Mosaic Co. said it agreed to sell its stake in a phosphate production joint venture.

  • May 03, 2024

    IRS Can Assess Foreign Info Disclosure Penalty, DC Circ. Says

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday overturned a major U.S. Tax Court ruling that had struck down the Internal Revenue Service's authority to assess and administratively collect penalties from taxpayers for failing to file an information return on their interests in a foreign corporation.

  • May 03, 2024

    Final EV Tax Credit Regs Add New Battery Tracing Test

    The U.S. Treasury Department unveiled final regulations Friday for the up to $7,500 electric vehicle tax credit that include a more detailed process for automakers to trace the battery supply chain to qualify for the credit's domestic content requirements.

  • May 03, 2024

    German's Austrian Ski Holiday Ends With Arrest In VAT Probe

    A German citizen on a skiing holiday in Austria was arrested over a large-scale value-added tax fraud scheme, the Finance Ministry in Vienna said in a statement on Friday.

Expert Analysis

  • New Tax Decree Suggests Expansion In Dutch Transfer Pricing

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    A July 1 decree from Dutch tax authorities updating transfer pricing guidance heralds a major change in how intercompany financial transactions are considered for transfer pricing purposes and forebodes significant audit activity, say Monique van Herksen and Clive Jie-A-Joen at Simmons and Simmons.

  • Is NJ's Voluntary Transfer Pricing Initiative Really Voluntary?

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    The New Jersey Division of Taxation's voluntary transfer pricing audit initiative promises penalty abatement to taxpayers that elect to participate and agree to the division's proposed adjustments, but the effective penalties associated with nonparticipation raise questions about the program's voluntary nature, say attorneys at McDermott.

  • Global Tax Chiefs Should Look To US Whistleblower Programs

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    As the Joint Chiefs of Global Tax Enforcement develops its international whistleblower program to address tax evasion and money laundering schemes in new areas like cryptocurrency, it should take lessons from highly successful U.S. programs on which features to include and pitfalls to avoid, say Neil Getnick and Nico Gurian at Getnick & Getnick.

  • What Microcaptive Reporting Ruling May Mean For The IRS

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    In CIC v. Internal Revenue Service, a Tennessee federal court’s decision to set aside an IRS requirement to disclose microcaptive insurance arrangements may be a step toward evidentiary standards to show that the potential for abuse in a lawful transaction is sufficient to support heightened disclosure requirements, says Samuel Lauricia at Weston Hurd.

  • US Should Leverage Tax Rules To Deter Business With Russia

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    The U.S. should further restrict the flow of resources available for the Putin regime's war in Ukraine by denying U.S. businesses that operate in Russia or Belarus foreign tax credits and global intangible low-taxed income preferences, and by terminating its tax treaty with Russia, says Reuven Avi-Yonah at University of Michigan Law School.

  • Justices Must Apply Law Evenly In Shadow Docket Rulings

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    In recent shadow docket decisions, the U.S. Supreme Court has inconsistently applied the requirement that parties demonstrate irreparable harm to obtain injunctive relief, which is problematic for two separate but related reasons, says David Hopkins at Benesch.

  • US Investors Stand To Benefit From Brazil's New Forex Law

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    Brazil's New Foreign Exchange Law facilitates negotiations and reduces bureaucracy for foreign investments, making it a good time for U.S. investors looking for projects with a positive environmental, social and governance impact to allocate funds to Brazilian energy and infrastructure, say Jorge Kamine and Juliana Pimentel at Willkie.

  • A Landmark UK Enforcement Case For Crypto-Assets

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    HM Revenue and Customs' recent seizure of nonfungible tokens from three people under investigation for value-added tax fraud promises to be the first of many such actions against crypto-assets, so investors should preemptively resolve potential tax matters with U.K. law enforcement agencies to avoid a rude awakening, says Andrew Park at Andersen.

  • Simplifying Tax Issues For Nonresident Athletes In Canada

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    Tax compliance can be particularly challenging for nonresident professional athletes playing in Canada, but as NHL contract negotiations approach a close, it's worth looking at some ways the tax burden can be mitigated, say Marie-France Dompierre and Marc Pietro Allard at Davies Ward.

  • Steps For Universities As DOJ Shifts Foreign Influence Policy

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    Notwithstanding Wednesday's U.S. Department of Justice announcement terminating the initiative targeting Chinese influence and raising the bar for criminal prosecutions, universities should ensure their compliance controls meet new disclosure standards and that they can efficiently respond to inquiries about employees' foreign connections, say attorneys at Covington.

  • Why I'll Miss Arguing Before Justice Breyer

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    Carter Phillips at Sidley shares some of his fondest memories of retiring Justice Stephen Breyer both inside and out of the courtroom, and explains why he thinks the justice’s multipronged questions during U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments were everything an advocate could ask for.

  • Corporate Reporting Considerations As Tax Meets ESG

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    With the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing season upon us amid increasing pressure for greater transparency around effective tax rates and tax strategies, multinational companies must decide how they will approach voluntary tax reporting and prepare their responses if they want to control the narrative, say Michael Lebovitz and Jenny Austin at Mayer Brown.

  • The Highs And Lows Of Tax Controversy In 2021

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    Lawrence Hill at Steptoe & Johnson reviews the ups and downs of tax controversy practice in 2021, including the continued effects of the pandemic, troubling decisions on attorney-client privilege and an IRS comeback on transfer pricing.

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