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IRS Issues Proposed Country-by-Country Reporting Rules!

Ronald Marini

The OECD in October released its final recommendations under its project to combat tax base erosion and profit shifting, which included a plan for having companies file reports in their home jurisdictions detailing their business activities such as taxes accrued, profits and number of employees.

The IRS has now proposed rules requiring large companies to report information for each country of operation including the amount of revenue, profit or loss, capital and accumulated earnings, consistent with OECD recommendations designed to combat base erosion and profit shifting. The rules (REG-109822-15) would apply to U.S. parent companies with at least $850 million in annual revenue for the preceding annual accounting period, for the taxable year beginning on or after the rules are made final, ensuring that, for most companies, they won’t take effect before Jan. 1, 2017.

The proposed regulations affect U.S. persons that are the parent of a MultiNational Enterprise (MNE) group, with annual revenue for the preceding annual accounting period of $850 million or more. Read more

OECD To Release BEPS Package To Stop Tax Avoidance!

The OECD will release the final package of measures for a coordinated international approach to reform the international tax system under the OECD/G20 Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) strategy to tackle tax avoidance by multinational companies on Monday October 5, 2015.

The final outcomes of the BEPS Project will be presented by Pascal Saint-Amans, Director of the OECD Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, during a webcast news conference at 2:00 p.m. (CET).

A technical briefing via webcast on the BEPS deliverables will follow, at 4:00 p.m. (CET).

The OECD/G20 BEPS Project provides governments with clear international solutions to Read more

The OECD Challenges Aggressive Tax Planning

The OECD, in promulgating the discussion draft for action 12 of the base erosion and profit shifting project, sought to have tax authorities mandate disclosure initiatives that target the aggressive tax planning community. The drafters’ goal is to ‘‘rein-in’’ unwarranted activities by enabling tax administrations to challenge both domestic and international aggressive tax schemes. The draft itself, however, has significant limitations:

• It focuses almost exclusively on mass market tax schemes, minimizing the taxing jurisdiction’s potential remedies against perpetrators of individualized, in-house, international schemes;

• It seeks to curtail, rather than expand, tax administrations’ remedies against aggressive Read more

Cloud Computing and Other High Tech Tax Issues

Cutting edge activities challenge tax rules written with different business methods and products in mind. For example, cloud computing raises issues as to how longstanding tax provisions, such as the research tax credit and Section 199 manufacturing deduction apply. This and other current tax topics relevant to high tech companies and their tax advisers are on the agenda for the 31st Annual TEI-SJSU High Tech Tax Institute, November 9 & 10, 2015 in Palo Alto. Additional topics include BEPS Relevance, M&A activities, state tax haven activities, European Union hot topics and how these topics also affect the income tax provision on financial statements.

For the complete agenda and list of speakers, as well as to register, please visit Read more

BEPS – The View From Around the World

We hear a lot about the OECD’s BEPS project (base erosion and profit shifting) and its action items. What is the relevance of “country-by-country” reporting for transfer pricing documentation? Does the statement on harmful tax practices mean that the US should adopt a patent box? The 31st Annual TEI-SJSU High Tech Tax Institute, scheduled for November 9 and 10, 2015 in Palo Alto, will address these questions and more. A BEPS panel will include attorneys from China, Ireland and the U.S. to share how other countries are responding the BEPS project and what it means for your company or clients.  Another panel with practitioners from the UK and Ireland will explore hot topics in the EU. Heather Maloy, (former) Commissioner for the IRS Large Business & International Division will also be speaking, along with numerous other experts on hot tax topics for high tech Read more

Structuring Investment in India – Does Mauritius Holdco Work?

Tax authorities worldwide distaste the word “treaty shopping” as such. In recent times, OECD has worked out guidelines for BEPS and most U.S. tax treaties have “Limitation of Benefit” clause that prevents abusive tax planning. However, there may still be some opportunities available to U.S. investors in India; one such avenue is investing via Mauritius Holdco structures.

A lot of foreign investors prefer to route their investment through Mauritius in India. Since the India- Mauritius double tax avoidance agreement offers exemption from capital gains tax to Mauritian residents. It has been the key incentive provided by the Indo-Mauritius tax treaty where by tax on capital gains is exempted for investors from Mauritius. As per the last finance bill almost 42% of the foreign direct investment into India is routed through Read more

IRS Actively Seeking US Tax Dodgers Abroad!

According to Bloomberg (subscription required) The Department of Justice Tax Division is ramping up an intense crackdown on offshore tax evasion, and people hiding assets overseas should come forward as soon as possible, an agency official said March 6, 2015. Caroline D. Ciraolo , principal deputy assistant attorney general for policy and planning at the division said:

“Time is of the essence,”
“Come in now or face the consequences.”

Speaking at the Federal Bar Association Tax Law Conference, Ciraolo said the government’s reach has extended far beyond Switzerland to jurisdictions including: Read more

Tax Dodgers Beware!

In an effort to crack down on tax evasion the OECD developed what it calls a “New single global standard for the automatic exchange of information between key authorities worldwide.” The standard was approved by the OECD council on 15 July 2014 and is expected to result in an elimination of the secrecy surrounding some banking transactions as it relates to tax matters.
The new standard has been endorsed by more than 60 countries or jurisdictions including the United States, United Kingdom, European Union and Canada and other major jurisdictions already committed to implementation.

The standard requires detailed account information to be provided to governments by financial institutions. The information obtained from the financial institutions will be Read more

Transfer Pricing: 25% Rule of Thumb Not Applicable To Determining Royalty Rates

Attached please find a recent U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit case (September 16, 2014 in VirnetX, Inc. v. Cisco Sys., Inc.) in which a U.S. court finds again the “25 percent rule of thumb” to determine royalty rates inadmissible:

“[W]e agree with the courts that have rejected invocations of the Nash theorem without sufficiently establishing that the premises of the theorem actually apply to the facts of the case at hand. The use here was just such an inappropriate “rule of thumb.” Previously, damages experts often relied on the “25 percent rule of thumb” in determining a reasonable royalty rate in a hypothetical negotiation. That rule hypothesized that 25% of the value of the infringing product would remain with the patentee, while the remaining 75% would go to the licensee. [W]e held the “25 percent rule of thumb” to be inadmissible Read more

47 Countries Declare GATCA Adoption

GATCA Declaration

47 countries and major financial centers on May 6, 2014 declared am automatic exchange of information between their jurisdictions, announced the OECD.  All 34 OECD member countries, as well as Argentina, Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and South Africa endorsed the Declaration on Automatic Exchange of Information in Tax Matters that was released at the May 6-7, 2014 Meeting of the OECD at a Ministerial Level.

The Declaration commits countries to implement a new single global standard on automatic exchange of information (“GATCA”).  The OECD stated that it will deliver a Read more

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