While the omnibus spending bill didn’t do much to clarify the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, it did make some corrections to other tax laws. Our International Tax Group discusses some of those corrections for qualified foreign pension funds and the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act of 1980 (FIRPTA). Requirements for qualified foreign pension funds Changes for problematic requirements Corrections to the PATH Act Read the full advisory here. [...]Read more
How did a section of the Internal Revenue Code destined for repeal by both the House and Senate versions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act survive the final Act? Our International Tax Group examines the future application of Section 956 in the wake of the new tax regime. Section 956’s 50-plus-year history The House and Senate versions Scope of application Read the full advisory here. [...]Read more
The IRS abused its discretion when it canceled two advance pricing agreements. Our International Tax Group covers Eaton’s victory in the Tax Court and how it allays concerns about how worthwhile an APA can be. Public and judicial scrutiny Standard of review Where do we go from here? Read the full advisory here. [...]Read more
Our Federal & International Tax Group examines the long-awaited decision in Grecian Magnesite Mining, Industrial & Shipping Co., SA v. Commissioner. While a win for foreign investors in U.S. partnerships, it may not be the final word. Repudiates decades-long position of IRS May have a real impact on U.S. foreign investment May not be the last word on the subject Read the full advisory here. [...]Read more
Nearly 70 countries have signed the OECD’s multilateral instrument – but the U.S. isn’t one of them. Our International Tax Group takes stock of how the MLI will prevent base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) and what it all means for U.S. companies. What is the multilateral instrument? Why didn’t the U.S. sign it? How will it impact U.S. multinationals? Read the complete advisory here. [...]Read more
Unsurprisingly, the IRS got the same result by trying the same thing. Our International Tax Group analyzes the agency's latest effort to use a discounted cash flow analysis to audit a cost-sharing agreement. The difference between #255 million and $3.6 billion Using the comparable uncontrolled transaction method Applying the 2011 cost-sharing regulations Read the full advisory by clicking here. [...]Read more
The Treasury looks to slay Killer B transactions with its newest rules. Our International Tax Group follows the trail of glitches in the regulation.
On September 14, 2015, the government released Notice 2015-59 and Rev. Proc. 2015-43, both relating to Section 355 spinoffs. They respond to government concerns about spinoff transactions that result in the distributing corporation or the controlled corporation owning a substantial amount of cash, portfolio stock or securities, or other investment assets, in relation to the value of all of its assets and its qualifying business assets. In the Notice, the government states that it has become aware, in part through private letter ruling requests, that these transactions may present evidence of device [...]Read more