International

  • April 29, 2024

    Poland Pushes Back Mandatory E-Filing After Finding Flaws

    Polish businesses with sales totaling more than 200 million zloty ($50 million) won't have to use the country's electronic invoice system until 2025, with the full rollout delayed until 2026, due to multiple problems uncovered in the system, the country's tax authority said.

  • April 29, 2024

    OECD-UN Initiative Lands Developing Countries $2.3B In Tax

    A joint initiative between the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the United Nations to help developing countries boost tax revenues said Monday that it has generated $2.3 billion in additional revenues and $6.05 billion in additional tax assessments since its 2015 formation.

  • April 29, 2024

    Ex-Man City Player Benjamin Mendy Pays £710K Tax Debt

    Former Manchester City footballer Benjamin Mendy avoided bankruptcy on Monday after paying a £710,000 ($892,000) tax bill minutes before a court hearing to determine whether an order should be made.

  • April 29, 2024

    US Expatriations Plummet In 1st Quarter, IRS Says

    The number of people who expatriated from the U.S. fell nearly 70% during the first quarter of 2024 compared with the previous quarter, the Internal Revenue Service said in a notice published Monday.

  • April 29, 2024

    EU Official Wants Progress On New Revenue Streams

    The budget commissioner of the European Union said Monday that the bloc must make progress toward agreeing on new revenue streams that would give it more diversified sources of income.

  • April 26, 2024

    4 Goals For Gov'ts To Pursue In The UN Tax Convention

    The United Nations' framework convention on international tax cooperation should resolve digital taxation, incorporate tax transparency conventions, seek consensus on tax allocation issues but adopt best practices by simple majority, and help fund development goals, officials and experts told Law360 as governments began negotiations Friday.

  • April 26, 2024

    FedEx Calls Gov't Arguments On Tax Credits Contradictory

    The federal government advanced contradictory arguments in FedEx's $84.6 million foreign tax credits dispute with the Internal Revenue Service, the package delivery giant said in a filing in Tennessee federal court.

  • April 26, 2024

    Ireland Received Nearly €24B In Corp. Taxes In 2023

    Corporations paid Ireland €23.8 billion ($25.5 billion) in taxes in 2023, a 5.3% increase over 2022, making corporate tax receipts the second-largest tax revenue generator in the country, according to the Irish revenue department.

  • April 26, 2024

    PwC Australia Appoints 6 Partners To Guide Scandal Rebound

    PwC Australia announced that it has elected six partners to its governance board as the firm continues to attempt to rebound in the wake of its scandal involving the leak of Australian government documents.

  • April 26, 2024

    HMRC Says Tax Digitalization Plan Will Generate £6.4B

    HM Revenue & Customs said its program to modernize U.K. tax filing is expected to generate £6.38 billion ($7.97 billion) in additional revenue through 2034 after projections last year put it at £3.9 billion.

  • April 26, 2024

    Poland Seeks Input On Bill To Enact Minimum Tax

    Poland, one of a handful of European Union countries that have delayed implementing the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's Pillar Two global minimum tax plan, introduced a proposal for public comment that would enact the regime.

  • April 26, 2024

    Abbott Labs' $417M IRS Bill Isn't Wrong, Tax Court Told

    The Internal Revenue Service denied allegations by Abbott Laboratories that it incorrectly increased the global healthcare giant's income, resulting in a $417 million tax bill, in answering Abbott's lawsuit filed with the U.S. Tax Court.

  • April 26, 2024

    Top EU Judge Sees Lower Court Becoming Like Tax Court

    The lower court of the European Union, the General Court, will over time become a venue that specializes in some tax matters after a reform is put into place, the EU's top judge has said.

  • April 26, 2024

    HSBC Beats Investors' £1.3B Disney Film Scheme Fraud Case

    HSBC fended off on Friday a £1.3 billion ($1.6 billion) fraud claim brought by hundreds of investors who alleged the bank misled them into financing a Disney movie tax relief scheme it developed which turned out to be worthless.

  • April 25, 2024

    Romanian Sanctions On Fuel Violate EU Law, Court Says

    A Romanian law imposing sanctions of €77,000 ($83,000) — 21 times the usual rate of taxation — on fuel placed back into storage is so extreme it violates European Union law, the EU's top court said Thursday.

  • April 25, 2024

    Dutch Tax Authority Aiming To Beef Up Data Security

    The Netherlands' tax authority is introducing more data protection measures based on suggestions from a KPMG report commissioned after signs of possible security threats within the tax administration, it said Thursday.

  • April 25, 2024

    Workers' Effective Tax Rates In OECD Countries Rise Again

    The effective tax rates on labor income in the majority of Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development member countries rose for the second year in a row in 2023, thanks in part to continued inflation, the OECD said Thursday.

  • April 25, 2024

    OECD Says Latvia Must Shift Tax Burden, Limit Fuel Subsidies

    Latvia needs to shift its tax burden off labor and onto other forms of income such as property, and to eliminate harmful subsidies and tax practices around fossil fuels, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said Thursday.

  • April 25, 2024

    OECD Consolidates Past Pillar 2 Guidance Into Single Doc

    The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development published administrative guidance Thursday that consolidates past publications on the interpretation and application of the international minimum tax agreement known as Pillar Two, which countries began implementing this year.

  • April 25, 2024

    EU Parliament Gives Final Approval To AML Package

    The European Parliament has given the final go-ahead to a package of laws to fight money laundering and terrorist financing, creating a single rule book and establishing a dedicated agency for the bloc.

  • April 25, 2024

    Ministers From 4 Countries Back Billionaire Tax

    Government ministers from Germany, Spain, South Africa and Brazil said Thursday that they have backed a global plan to ensure that billionaires pay a minimum amount of tax, arguing that the move is necessary to make the tax system more equitable.

  • April 24, 2024

    EU Court Won't Disturb Spanish Tax Break Rulings

    A Spanish company on Wednesday lost its attempt to legitimize a tax scheme declared illegal by the European Commission when the European Union's General Court rejected its appeal, refusing to disturb prior decisions in the long-running dispute.

  • April 24, 2024

    GOP Reps Seek IRS Nonprofit Info After China Reports

    House Ways and Means Republicans asked the Internal Revenue Service to provide information about how it monitors tax-exempt organizations for possible violations of their status after reports China may be funding and improperly influencing nonprofits, according to a letter sent Wednesday.

  • April 24, 2024

    Treasury Limits Reach Of Look-Through Rule In Final Regs

    The U.S. Treasury Department finalized regulations Wednesday that retain but narrow the scope of a proposal to, in a manner of speaking, look through the corporate owners of real estate investment entities to determine whether they are domestically controlled.

  • April 24, 2024

    Tax Pros Suggest How HMRC Can Assess Digitalization Effort

    HM Revenue & Customs should abide by a set of benchmarks when evaluating tests of its digitalization program for income tax self-assessment forms, two groups representing U.K. tax professionals said.

Expert Analysis

  • How OECD Transfer Tax Initiative Affects Smaller Businesses

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    Small and midsize enterprises with cross-border transactions need to consider redefining tax strategies and operational models in light of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's base erosion and profit shifting initiative, even though the agency's new tax guidelines are aimed at large multinational enterprises, says Ganesh Ramaswamy at Kreston Rangamani.

  • What The New OECD Double-Tax Procedure Statistics Tell Us

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    Monique van Herksen and Clive Jie-A-Joen at Simmons & Simmons consider the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s recent report on double taxation cases resolved in 2020 under the mutual agreement procedure process, and examine whether the process has improved dispute resolution mechanisms since its implementation five years ago.

  • Navigating FCPA Risks Of Minority-Owned Joint Ventures

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    The U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission will likely continue to focus on third-party risks under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, so companies with minority-owned joint ventures should take several steps to mitigate related compliance challenges, say Ben Kimberley at The Clorox Company and Addison Thompson at Covington.

  • Questions To Ask If Doing Business In A Corruption Hot Spot

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    Businesses facing new scrutiny after the U.S. Department of Justice's recently announced task force for combating human trafficking in Central America, the release of the Pandora Papers and continuing fallout from 2019's Panama Papers, should address compliance risks by having employees ask three questions about every transaction, say attorneys at White & Case.

  • How The Global Tax Agreement Could Backfire For Biden

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    If the $3.5 trillion spending package fails, the federal tax code will not conform to the recent 15% global minimum tax agreement spearheaded by the U.S., which would embarrass the Biden administration and could lead to retaliatory tax measures by other nations, says Alex Parker at Capitol Counsel.

  • Pandora Papers Reveal Need For Greater Tax Enforcement

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    The recent Pandora Papers leak is a reminder of the importance of transparency laws and proper funding for enforcement efforts against tax evasion as bad actors increasingly operate in the shadows, says Daren Firestone and Kevin Crenny at Levy Firestone.

  • Parsing New Int'l Tax Reporting Rules For Pass-Throughs

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    Attorneys at Grant Thornton unpack the Internal Revenue Service’s new pass-through entity reporting requirements for international tax matters and the accompanying guidance for penalty relief, and suggest how companies should prepare for what may be the most significant change to the partnership compliance function in decades.

  • A Look At Global Tax Enforcement Developments: Part 2

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    Sean Craig at LexisNexis examines recent investigations by the Joint Chiefs of Global Tax Enforcement and their impact on U.S. taxpayers, as well as the growing significance of transfer pricing disputes and policies for future enforcement.

  • A Look At Global Tax Enforcement Developments: Part 1

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    Sean Craig at LexisNexis looks at how international initiatives, such as the Joint Chiefs of Global Tax Enforcement, are addressing cryptocurrency-related tax evasion, and how the COVID-19 pandemic and increasing demands for governmental welfare programs are driving global tax policy.

  • EU Climate Plan Should Involve Taxing Pollution, Not Borders

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    In order to crack down on greenhouse gas emissions, the European Union proposes to levy carbon emissions at its borders and to overhaul its long-standing energy tax framework, but the latter would hold polluters directly accountable, giving it the better chance for success, says Rebecca Christie at Bruegel.

  • Prepare For Global Tax Regime's New Biz Dispute Risks

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    Companies should take steps to mitigate the business dispute risks of the new international tax framework, which over a hundred countries agreed to in July, as implementing the new regime will be expensive and require substantial organizational restructuring efforts, says Tim McCarthy at Dykema.

  • Prepare For More Audits Of Tax Info And Withholding Filings

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    Financial institutions and other corporate taxpayers should focus compliance efforts on tax information reporting and withholding, given recent indications from the Biden administration that the IRS will increase enforcement, and the administration's need to fund its infrastructure plan and other costly initiatives, say attorneys at Mayer Brown.

  • Anti-Boycott Compliance Still Key In UAE Business Dealings

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    Notwithstanding recent amendments to U.S. anti-boycott laws that reflect the United Arab Emirates' withdrawal from the Arab boycott of Israel, companies doing business in the UAE and elsewhere still need to maintain effective anti-boycott compliance programs to avoid reporting violations or penalties, says Howard Weissman at Miller Canfield.

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