International

  • May 24, 2024

    Court Upholds Limit To Award In Ecopetrol, Texas Co. Dispute

    An arbitration tribunal was within its authority to limit the number of years and the amount that a Houston-based oil company had to reimburse Colombia's state-owned entity, Ecopetrol, for the value-added tax liability of a subsidiary while owned by the company, a New York federal judge determined.

  • May 24, 2024

    CohnReznick Adds Tax Planning Partner From Mazars

    CohnReznick LLP added a top accountant and tax partner from Mazars USA LLP to its roster of tax professionals, the firm announced.

  • May 24, 2024

    Global Minimum Tax Should Be Tied To Inflation, Report Says

    The €750 million ($814 million) annual revenue threshold for businesses to be considered in scope of the OECD's global corporate minimum tax should be indexed to inflation to protect businesses from being wrongly forced to comply, a think tank report said.

  • May 24, 2024

    UK Calls On Belarus To Undo Suspension Of Tax Agreement

    The U.K. is demanding that Belarus reverse a council resolution that suspends provisions of the double-taxation agreement between the two countries starting June 1, according to a statement released by HM Revenue & Customs.

  • May 24, 2024

    IRS Corrects Notice On Bonus Energy Tax Credit Safe Harbors

    The Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Department of the Treasury issued a correction Friday to a notice providing additional safe harbors that clean energy project developers can use to qualify for bonus tax credits for domestically sourcing their steel and aluminum parts.

  • May 24, 2024

    €14M VAT Fraud Scheme In Belgium, Netherlands Busted

    Seven people were arrested in the Netherlands in connection to a value-added tax fraud scheme involving the Belgian subsidiary of a Dutch company fraudulently claiming a €13.7 million ($14.9 million) refund on trades of goods that never happened, the European Public Prosecutor's Office said Friday.

  • May 24, 2024

    EU Withholding Tax Deal Lacks Ambition, Investors Say

    A recently agreed-to streamlining of how cross-border withholding taxes are refunded in the European Union lacks ambition and may not do much to help smaller investors, investor advocates said.

  • May 24, 2024

    Taxation With Representation: Davis Polk, Wachtell, Latham

    In this week's Taxation With Representation, SouthState Corp. buys Independent Bank Group Inc., CyberArk acquires Venafi, Carlyle clinches its fifth Japanese buyout fund, and AuditBoard Inc. agrees to be bought by Hg Capital.

  • May 24, 2024

    Cyprus, Portugal Aim For National Implementation Of Pillar 2

    Cyprus and Portugal both said Friday that they are moving toward putting the minimum tax known as Pillar Two into their national legislation, which EU law requires them to have done by the end of 2023.

  • May 23, 2024

    Premier League Team Goes Down 2-Nil In VAT Bill Appeal

    Premier League soccer team Nottingham Forest must pay its more than £345,000 ($438,000) value-added tax bill, the U.K.'s Upper Tribunal ruled in a decision published Thursday, dismissing an appeal of a lower court ruling that found HM Revenue & Customs filed its tax assessment on time.

  • May 23, 2024

    Italy Adopts Safe Harbor Global Minimum Tax Rules

    Italy has added a temporary safe harbor provision to its implementation of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's global minimum tax to ease the transition for in-scope companies, the country's finance ministry said.

  • May 23, 2024

    White & Case Adds Former A&O Tax Pro In Luxembourg

    White & Case LLP announced it has added a tax partner to its Luxembourg office from A&O Shearman who specializes in international and Luxembourg corporate tax law.

  • May 23, 2024

    Carbon Pricing Generated Over $100B In 2023, Report Says

    Carbon pricing mechanisms worldwide generated a record $104 billion in revenue in 2023, according to a World Bank report, though it said the 75 instruments currently in force are too few and doing too little.

  • May 23, 2024

    Spain, Greece, Sweden Have Tax Policy Problems, EU Says

    The European Union's executive arm called on Spain, Greece and Sweden on Thursday to change tax laws the bloc finds problematic, while also referring a Spanish tax issue to the European Court of Justice.

  • May 23, 2024

    EU Flags Nations For Shortcomings On Pillar 2, Exchange Law

    The European Commission said Thursday that six European Union countries still have failed to implement the global minimum tax for large companies, and it noted that an additional three aren't properly implementing an information exchange law.

  • May 23, 2024

    Yellen Opposes Global Redistribution Of Billionaires' Wealth

    U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen repeated Thursday that she opposes a global minimum tax on billionaires and added that she does not support basing a redistribution of the revenue from such a tax on damage from climate change and related financing needs.

  • May 23, 2024

    G7 Should Agree On Frozen Russian Assets, Yellen Says

    U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said Thursday that the Group of Seven countries should agree now on a concept of how the capital of frozen and immobilized Russian state assets should be used to support Ukraine's war against Russia.

  • May 23, 2024

    EU Could Add Sectors To Border Tax, Commissioner Says

    The European Union should consider expanding its carbon border tax beyond the initial sectors covered, an EU commissioner has said.

  • May 23, 2024

    Akerman Brings On Kilpatrick Tax Ace In LA

    Akerman LLP is boosting its tax team, bringing in a Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP corporate tax and energy tax credit expert as a partner in its Los Angeles office.

  • May 22, 2024

    Justices' CFPB Alliance May Save SEC Courts, Not Chevron

    A four-justice concurrence to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision upholding the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's unique funding scheme last week carries implications for other cases pending before the court that challenge the so-called administrative state, or the permanent cadre of regulatory agencies and career government enforcers who hold sway over vast swaths of American economic life.

  • May 22, 2024

    German Legislature Moves To Update Certain Tax Treaties

    The lower house of Germany's legislature has approved a bill to update multiple bilateral tax treaties as part of the country's implementation of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's project against base erosion and profit shifting.

  • May 22, 2024

    Doctor Must Stay In Jail In Tax Penalty Fight, Gov't Says

    A doctor incarcerated for civil contempt for not paying $1.1 million in penalties for failing to report his foreign accounts should remain in jail until he has done more to comply, the U.S. government told a Michigan federal court Wednesday.

  • May 22, 2024

    Belgium Provides Pillar 2 Reporting Rules

    Belgium's finance ministry has issued guidance on what large multinational entities and domestic groups will need to do to comply with the country's coming registration requirement as part of its implementation of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's global corporate minimum tax.

  • May 22, 2024

    Guernsey Joins Crown Dependencies Moving Toward Pillar 2

    Guernsey will soon take steps to implement the OECD's 15% global minimum tax on large multinational corporations making €750 million ($813 million) annually, in line with fellow U.K. crown dependencies the Isle of Man and Jersey, the island's Finance Ministry said.

  • May 22, 2024

    Property Transfer For Tax Break Not Dishonest, UK Court Says

    Two liquidated London real estate companies failed to convince the United Kingdom Court of Appeal that their former director behaved dishonestly by transferring their holdings to Jersey trusts for less than market value to obtain a tax advantage, according to a judgment released Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • IRS Notice Clarifies R&E Amortization, But Questions Remain

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    The IRS and Treasury Department’s recent notice clarifying the treatment of specified research and experimental expenditures under Section 174 provides taxpayers and practitioners with substantive guidance, but it misses the mark in delineating which expenditures are amortizable, say attorneys at Eversheds Sutherland.

  • Preparing Your Legal Department For Pillar 2 Compliance

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    Multinational entities should familiarize themselves with Pillar Two of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s BEPs 2.0 project and prepare their internal legal tracking systems for related reporting requirements that may go into effect as early as January, says Daniel Robyn at Ernst & Young.

  • What Large Language Models Mean For Document Review

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    Courts often subject parties using technology assisted review to greater scrutiny than parties conducting linear, manual document review, so parties using large language models for document review should expect even more attention, along with a corresponding need for quality control and validation, say attorneys at Sidley.

  • Participating In Living History Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My role as a baron in a living history group, and my work as volunteer corporate counsel for a book series fan association, has provided me several opportunities to practice in unexpected areas of law — opening doors to experiences that have nurtured invaluable personal and professional skills, says Matthew Parker at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Private Equity Owners Can Remedy Law Firms' Agency Issues

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    Nonlawyer, private-equity ownership of law firms can benefit shareholders and others vulnerable to governance issues such as disparate interests, and can in turn help resolve agency problems, says Michael Di Gennaro at The Law Practice Exchange.

  • How Taxpayers Can Prep As Justices Weigh Repatriation Tax

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    The U.S. Supreme Court might strike down the 2017 federal tax overhaul's corporate repatriation tax in Moore v. U.S., so taxpayers should file protective tax refund claims before the case is decided and repatriate previously taxed earnings that could become entangled in dubious potential Section 965 refunds, say Jenny Austin and Gary Wilcox at Mayer Brown.

  • OFAC Designation Prosecutions Are Constitutionally Suspect

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    Criminal prosecutions based on the Office of Foreign Assets Control’s sanctions-related listing decisions — made with nearly unfettered discretion through an opaque process — present several constitutional issues, so it is imperative that courts recognize additional rights of review, say Solomon Shinerock and Annika Conrad at Lewis Baach.

  • How The OECD Global Tax Proposal Could Affect M&A

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    Following agreement on the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Pillar Two proposal to introduce a global minimum tax, domestic implementation is expected to have a significant impact on international M&A transactions, with financial modeling, deal structuring, risk allocation and joint venture arrangements likely to be affected, say lawyers at Freshfields.

  • UK Shares-Tax Proposals Offer Long-Awaited Modernization

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    The U.K. government's recent consultation on the introduction of a new tax on transactions in securities raises detailed legal and practical issues, but the prospect of a single digital stamp tax offering both streamlined legislation and administration will be welcomed, say Zoë Arnautov and Mark Sheiham at Simmons & Simmons.

  • IRS Foreign Tax Credit Pause Is Welcome Course Correction

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    A recent IRS notice temporarily suspending application of 2022 foreign tax credit regulations provides wanted relief for the many U.S. multinational companies and other taxpayers that otherwise face the risk of significant double taxation in their international operations, say attorneys at Mayer Brown.

  • IRS Criminal Probe Spells Uncertainty For Malta Pension Plans

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    The IRS’ recent scrutiny of Malta pension plan arrangements — and its unusual issuance of criminal administrative summonses — confirms that it views many of these plans as illegal tax evasion schemes, and the road ahead will not be smooth and steady for anyone involved, say attorneys at Kostelanetz.

  • IRS Announcement Will Aid Cos. In Buyback Tax Planning

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    Recent IRS transitional guidance regarding current requirements for reporting and payment of the stock repurchase excise tax will help corporate taxpayers make decisions about records retention and establishing reserves for future tax payments, say Xenia Garofalo and Kyle Colonna at Eversheds Sutherland.

  • Flawed Analysis Supports Common Law Tax Deficiency Ruling

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    The Colorado federal district court’s recent decision in Liberty Global, holding that the U.S. Department of Justice may assert a common law tax claim without the notice of tax deficiency required by the Internal Revenue Code, relies on a contorted reading of the statute and irrelevant case law, say Loren Opper and Christie Galinski at Miller Canfield.

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