U.S. corporations are going to war in Washington over a Republican “border adjustment” tax proposal meant to boost exports over imports, with lawmakers in Congress coming under pressure from some of the nation’s biggest employers. The political split that is opening, most pronounced in the narrowly divided Senate, could doom the proposal. If it dies, prospects for a thorough tax code reform, a top 2017 goal for Republicans, would be diminished.
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Caterpillar Inc., an American manufacturing icon, used a wholly owned Swiss affiliate to shift $8 billion in profits from the United States to Switzerland to take advantage of a special 4 to 6% corporate tax rate it negotiated with the Swiss government and defer or avoid paying $2.4 billion in U.S. taxes to date, a new report from Sen. Carl Levin, the chairman of the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations shows.
IRS criminal investigations have decreased over the past few years in the wake of a steady staffing decline, with the 2016 fiscal year seeing fewer cases involving identity theft, money laundering and other financial crimes, according to an agency report released Feb. 27, 2017.
The Taxation (Business Tax, Exchange of Information, and Remedial Matters) Bill includes the necessary measures for New Zealand to implement the G20/OECD standard for the Automatic Exchange of Information in Tax Matters, which New Zealand financial institutions will have to comply with, and measures to further strengthen and update New Zealand’s international tax rules with new disclosure requirements for foreign trusts.
H.R. 22, Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), includes amendments to the tax code that would allow authorities to revoke or deny the passport of any U.S. taxpayer who has unpaid taxes in excess of $50,000 or who have not obtained or won’t provide a Social Security numbers which was signed by President Obama on December 4, 2015. It now gives the U.S. government the right to revoke or deny the passports of U.S. persons who owe more than $50,000 in federal taxes (including penalties and interest) effective on January 1, 2016.
In 2016, I discussed in an article the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issuing a Geographic Targeting Orders (GTO) that will temporarily require certain U.S. title insurance companies to identify the natural persons behind companies used to pay “all cash” for high-end residential real estate in the Borough of Manhattan in New York City, New York, and Miami-Dade County, Florida.
The Internal Revenue Service today said avoiding taxes by hiding money or assets in unreported offshore accounts remains on its 2017 list of tax scams known as the “Dirty Dozen.”
Since the first Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP) opened in 2009, there have been more than 55,800 disclosures and the IRS has collected more than $9.9 billion from this initiative alone.In addition, another 48,000 taxpayers have made use of separate streamlined procedures to correct prior non-willful omissions and meet their federal tax obligations, paying approximately $450 million in taxes, interest and penalties.
Previously, we posted Border Tariff or Border Adjustment Tax or US VAT? where we discussed that there’s a lot of talk these days about borders and taxes in Washington. U.S. President Donald Trump wants to hit firms that outsource with a simple tariff on imports. Republicans in Congress have pitched a more complex idea, a border adjustment, built into a corporate-tax overhaul.
Previously we discussed that the IRS hunt for offshore income and accounts continues unabated well beyond UBS. In fact, it’s intensifying and for those who don’t come forward before they are found, being found can be awfully painful. See list of UBS criminal convictions, so far.
Earlier this month, we posted an article, “Border Tariff or Border Adjustment Tax?,” where we discussed that there’s a lot of talk these days about borders and taxes in Washington. U.S. President Donald Trump wants to hit firms that outsource with a simple tariff on imports. Republicans in Congress have pitched a more complex idea, a border adjustment, built into a corporate-tax overhaul.
We previously posted on November 7, 2016 we posted “Swiss Bank Rats Out NYU Business Professor – Results in Fine of $100M & Up To 5 Yrs in Prison” where we discussed that a former client of Credit Suisse Group AG who pleaded guilty to hiding $200 million from U.S. tax authorities was sentenced to seven months in prison after a judge granted him leniency for cooperating with prosecutors, a Justice Department official said.
In September, 2016, we discussed that the European Commission’s probe into Apple, which resulted in an order for the tech giant to pay up to €13 billion ($14.5 billion) in back taxes to Ireland, was prompted by a U.S. Senate investigation, European Union Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said on Friday.