International

  • June 12, 2024

    Digital Taxes May Take Hold Regardless Of Treaty Signing

    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.

  • June 12, 2024

    Feds Strike Deal Ending $7M FBAR Penalty Cases

    The U.S. government agreed to settle a pair of foreign bank account reporting cases in which it had sought a total of $7 million from a former insurance broker and his wife's estate, according to a court order filed Wednesday in California federal court.

  • June 12, 2024

    Groups Push Back On Stock Buyback Tax Test's Scope

    The U.S. Treasury Department's proposed stock buyback tax rules go too far in trying to assess whether the main purpose of a U.S. subsidiary's funding purchase of its foreign parent's stock is to avoid the tax, two groups said in comments released Wednesday.

  • June 12, 2024

    Aussie Senate's Final PwC Report Focuses On Integrity Recs

    Australia's Senate released its final report Wednesday regarding PwC's marketing of confidential draft tax laws to clients, pushing for both consulting firms and the government to assure that the firms, particularly the Big Four, act with integrity.

  • June 12, 2024

    Treasury Issued Over $1B In Clean Vehicle Tax Credits

    The clean vehicle tax credit of up to $7,500 has saved buyers more than $1 billion in total upfront costs since January, the U.S. Treasury Department announced Wednesday, saying the figures represent a major milestone in lowering transportation costs since the incentive was updated in 2022.

  • June 12, 2024

    Italy Investigating €13M VAT Fraud Involving Chinese Fabric

    An Italian judge issued a freezing order against four people and a company as investigations continue into a scheme involving the illegal importation of Chinese fabric that caused over €13 million ($14.1 million) in value-added tax losses, the European Public Prosecutor's Office said Wednesday.

  • June 12, 2024

    New Dutch Gov't Agrees On Top Finance Official

    The incoming right-wing Dutch government has agreed to appoint a conservative politician as finance minister and to maintain a separate position for the state secretary for taxation in order to comply with a recent Netherlands Supreme Court tax ruling on compensation to investors, Dutch media reported.

  • June 11, 2024

    US Issues Sanctions For $50M Guyana Gold Tax Evasion

    Two Guyanese businessmen and a Guyanese official were sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department on Tuesday after a probe into a corruption scheme that helped the businessmen evade $50 million in gold export taxes that should have been paid to Guyana's government, Treasury said.

  • June 11, 2024

    Latvia Renominates EU Trade Commissioner To Retain Role

    The Latvian government has renominated former Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis to retain his European Commission position as the commissioner for trade, the government announced Tuesday.

  • June 11, 2024

    Extension OK'd For Carbon Program Tax Exemption In Norway

    An extension of a program that makes certain carbon emissions tax-exempt for some Norwegian businesses was approved by an official watchdog group Tuesday.

  • June 11, 2024

    Compliance Costs Outweigh Min. Tax Gains, Biz Reps Say

    Multinational businesses are concerned that the burden of complying with the 15% global minimum tax outweighs any potential revenue gains associated with the burgeoning system, tax attorneys and a trade association representative said during a panel Tuesday.

  • June 11, 2024

    House Panel Chair Seeks To End Media Org's Tax Exemption

    The House's top tax writer wants the Internal Revenue Service to revoke the tax-exempt status of a nonprofit Mideast-focused news outlet, telling Commissioner Daniel Werfel that the organization is aiding Hamas.

  • June 11, 2024

    Lawmakers Urge Biden To Back Brazil's Int'l Wealth Tax Plan

    Sen. Bernie Sanders and Democratic lawmakers asked the Biden administration Tuesday to support the global minimum tax on billionaires being proposed by Brazil, which is encouraging the Group of 20 nations to endorse the initiative at its meetings next month.

  • June 11, 2024

    Kostelanetz Partners Talk Benefits Of Atlanta Tax Firm Tie-Up

    Kostelanetz LLP partners Bryan Skarlatos and Todd Welty discuss the firm’s recent combination with Atlanta boutique Welty PC.

  • June 11, 2024

    Democratic Republic Of Congo Joins African Tax Coalition

    The Democratic Republic of the Congo has officially joined the African Tax Administration Forum as its 44th member, the group announced.

  • June 11, 2024

    Tory Tax Cut Plans Raise Questions On Funding Gaps

    The prime minister unveiled plans for £17.2 billion ($21.8 billion) in tax cuts at the launch of the Conservative Party's election manifesto on Tuesday, but a headline cut of two percentage points in the payroll tax was put off for three years — and funding plans left some experts unconvinced.

  • June 11, 2024

    French Tax Law Challenged On Free Movement Grounds

    The European Court of Justice is examining a French law regarding undeclared assets held outside the country to determine whether it is in line with the European Union's law respecting free movement of capital, the EU's official journal said.

  • June 11, 2024

    Sunak Pledges Further Tax Cuts In Election Manifesto

    Rishi Sunak said on Tuesday that his Conservative Party would establish a tax system that "rewards work" by slashing a range of levies if it wins the general election, including another cut in the national payroll tax by 2027.

  • June 10, 2024

    Canadian Gov't Proposes Capital Gains Tax Hike

    A new tax rate on capital gains realized annually above CA$250,000 ($181,700) by individuals and on all capital gains realized by Canadian corporations would go into effect this month under a proposal introduced by Canada's finance minister Monday.

  • June 10, 2024

    Big Tech Urges US Reprisal Over Canada's Impending DST

    The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative should open formal dispute proceedings with the Canadian government in response to a 3% digital services tax that is expected to soon pass in the Canadian Senate, business groups with members in the U.S. tech industry said Monday.

  • June 10, 2024

    UN Aims To Finish Drafting Tax Convention By Fall 2026

    The United Nations should aim to finish a framework convention on international tax cooperation and early protocols that address taxation of the digital economy, cross-border services and high-net-worth individuals by September 2026, according to draft terms of reference open for comment through June 21.

  • June 10, 2024

    3rd Prime Suspect Arrested In €50M Italian VAT Fraud Ring

    The Italian Financial Police arrested a third person suspected of leading a value-added tax fraud scheme involving sales of over 3 million Apple AirPods that caused an estimated €50 million ($54 million) in losses, the European Public Prosecutor's Office said Monday.

  • June 10, 2024

    Authorities Arrest Danish Suspect In €85M VAT Fraud In Kenya

    A Dane suspected of leading an €85 million ($91 million) value-added tax fraud ring was apprehended in Kenya after having fled Denmark late last year, the European Public Prosecutor's Office said Monday.

  • June 10, 2024

    Latvia Parliament Passes Parts Of Minimum Tax Directive

    Under pressure from the European Union, Latvia's Parliament approved a bill transposing portions of the bloc's directive to implement the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's Pillar Two standards to prevent tax base erosion and profit shifting.

  • June 10, 2024

    Singapore Seeks Opinions On OECD's Minimum Tax Plan

    Singapore is seeking public feedback on a proposal that would introduce the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's corporate global minimum tax, the country's Ministry of Finance said Monday.

Expert Analysis

  • Why Supreme Court Should Allow Repatriation Tax To Stand

    If the U.S. Supreme Court doesn't reject the taxpayers' misguided claims in Moore v. U.S. that the mandatory repatriation tax is unconstitutional, it could wreak havoc on our system of taxation and result in a catastrophic loss of revenue for the government, say Christina Mason and Theresa Balducci at Herrick Feinstein.

  • For Lawyers, Pessimism Should Be A Job Skill, Not A Life Skill

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    A pessimistic mindset allows attorneys to be effective advocates for their clients, but it can come with serious costs for their personal well-being, so it’s crucial to exercise strategies that produce flexible optimism and connect lawyers with their core values, says Krista Larson at Stinson.

  • Requiring Leave To File Amicus Briefs Is A Bad Idea

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    A proposal to amend the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure that would require parties to get court permission before filing federal amicus briefs would eliminate the long-standing practice of consent filing and thereby make the process less open and democratic, says Lawrence Ebner at the Atlantic Legal Foundation and DRI Center.

  • 4 Ways To Motivate Junior Attorneys To Bring Their Best

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    As Gen Z and younger millennial attorneys increasingly express dissatisfaction with their work and head for the exits, the lawyers who manage them must understand and attend to their needs and priorities to boost engagement and increase retention, says Stacey Schwartz at Katten.

  • Former Minn. Chief Justice Instructs On Writing Better Briefs

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    Former Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Gildea, now at Greenberg Traurig, offers strategies on writing more effective appellate briefs from her time on the bench.

  • Stay Interviews Are Key To Retaining Legal Talent

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    Even as the economy shifts and layoffs continue, law firms still want to retain their top attorneys, and so-called stay interviews — informal conversations with employees to identify potential issues before they lead to turnover — can be a crucial tool for improving retention and morale, say Tina Cohen Nicol and Kate Reder Sheikh at Major Lindsey.

  • Neb. Justices Should Weigh IRC Terms In Dividend Tax Case

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    Nebraska’s highest court, which will hear oral arguments in Precision CastParts v. Department of Revenue on April 1, should recognize that the Internal Revenue Code provides key clues to defining “dividends received or deemed to be received,” and therefore limits Nebraska’s tax on foreign-sourced corporate income, says Joseph Schmidt at Ryan.

  • Judicial Independence Is Imperative This Election Year

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    As the next election nears, the judges involved in the upcoming trials against former President Donald Trump increasingly face political pressures and threats of violence — revealing the urgent need to safeguard judicial independence and uphold the rule of law, says Benes Aldana at the National Judicial College.

  • Spartan Arbitration Tactics Against Well-Funded Opponents

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    Like the ancient Spartans who held off a numerically superior Persian army at the Battle of Thermopylae, trial attorneys and clients faced with arbitration against an opponent with a bigger war chest can take a strategic approach to create a pass to victory, say Kostas Katsiris and Benjamin Argyle at Venable.

  • What Recent Study Shows About AI's Promise For Legal Tasks

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    Amid both skepticism and excitement about the promise of generative artificial intelligence in legal contexts, the first randomized controlled trial studying its impact on basic lawyering tasks shows mixed but promising results, and underscores the need for attorneys to proactively engage with AI, says Daniel Schwarcz at University of Minnesota Law School.

  • How FinCEN Proposal Expands RE Transaction Obligations

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    Against a regulatory backdrop foreshadowing anti-money laundering efforts in the real estate sector, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network's proposed rule significantly expands reporting requirements for certain nonfinanced residential real estate transfers and necessitates careful review, say attorneys at Fried Frank.

  • Litigation Inspiration: A Source Of Untapped Fulfillment

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    As increasing numbers of attorneys struggle with stress and mental health issues, business litigators can find protection against burnout by remembering their important role in society — because fulfillment in one’s work isn’t just reserved for public interest lawyers, say Bennett Rawicki and Peter Bigelow at Hilgers Graben.

  • Unpacking FinCEN's Proposed Real Estate Transaction Rule

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    Phil Jelsma and Ulrick Matsunaga at Crosbie Gliner take a close look at the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network's recently proposed rulemaking — which mandates new disclosures for professionals involved in all-cash real estate deals — and discuss best next steps for the broad range of businesses that could be affected.

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