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November 21, 2014
In the quirky world of international corporate taxation, the online giant Amazon.com--one of the most well-known companies in the world--is arguing that its brand isn't really very valuable.
November 19, 2014
The leader of the UK’s opposition Labour Party, Ed
Miliband, has caused a stir by pledging to introduce a ‘mansion tax’ if he
becomes Prime Minister after next May’s general election. Under the...
November 14, 2014
Reflecting on a busy year for international tax developments, we look back at some of the more notable cases in our inaugural Tax Highlights
of the Year Awards...
October 24, 2014
After months of high-pitched public debate, the White House acted on his own last month to curb corporate tax inversions, as President Obama claimed he the issue was too grave to wait for a...
October 13, 2014
On October 1, 2014, EU
Member States launched the Value Added Tax (VAT) Mini One Stop Shop (MOSS)
online registration portal for cross-border supplies of electronically supplied
services (such as...
October 2, 2014
Below are just a few of the developments covered in Bloomberg BNA's international tax publications this week: The European Commission says Ireland’s transfer pricing tax
September 19, 2014
Starting a new weekly round-up of international
tax news, the International Tax Blog looks at some of the key developments
around the world… The
world watched closely this week as Scotland ...
The OECD Sept. 16 released its first set of deliverables under its Action Plan on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting, a project to rewrite the global tax system in order to curb the kind of tax...
September 12, 2014
On Tuesday, Sept. 16, the OECD
will deliver to the G-20 work on seven items under its 15-point Action Plan on
Base Erosion and Profit Shifting. In anticipation of this release, below is...
September 5, 2014
New Zealand currently does
not have a capital gains tax (CGT) but it is nonetheless
subject to debate with an upcoming election. As New Zealand has a traditionally
low tax approach,...
August 20, 2014
In a recent decision, the UK's First-tier Tribunal has held that a taxpayer can change the reasons underlying an unresolved claim for repayment of output value-added tax, even after the expiry of...
August 18, 2014
Can President Obama deal with corporate inversions-which occur when a U.S. company merges with a foreign competitor in order to create a parent organization with a tax residency abroad--on his own? ...
August 7, 2014
A former employee of Vanguard 's
management company files a petition in New York Supreme Court charging
that the mutual fund giant has operated as an “illegal tax shelter”
for nearly 40 years....
July 18, 2014
Corporate inversions -- when a U.S. company expatriates by merging with a foreign entity, to plant its tax flag off-shore -- have become a political flash point. Driven by many high-profile...
July 3, 2014
Suppose you live in a high-tax state--New Jersey, perhaps--but you decide you're tired of paying taxes there. So you decide you'd rather pay taxes in Florida, where there isn't a state income tax. ...
June 27, 2014
Michael Danilack, who has served the Internal Revenue Services in two key international positions, confirmed June 25 that he plans to resign July 2. Dolores W. Gregory's story, which appeared in the...
June 9, 2014
The debate over whether and how to fix the international corporate income tax system just added another prominent, Nobel Prize-winning voice. Joseph Stiglitz, the former chief economist for the...
May 30, 2014
In the past few years, there have been countless news stories about aggressive tax strategies and hordes of cash being stashed in off-shore havens. The sheer abundance of the stories might obscure...
May 16, 2014
Robert Stack, deputy assistant secretary for international tax affairs with the U.S. Treasury, gave an update on several items in the OECD's project to combat base erosion and profit shifting at...
April 25, 2014
In a recent letter to the United Nations' tax committee, China's State Administration of Taxation (SAT)
made clear its position on service fees: Chinese officials need to be able to verify that...
April 10, 2014
On April 1, Sen. Carl Levin held the latest in a series of hearings examining what he claims are blatant loopholes in the international
tax system. Previous hearings had called executives...
March 14, 2014
Like a parakeet and an
ostrich, a pair of tax proposals from Democrats and Republicans released over
the past few weeks are fundamentally different from afar--but if you start to
February 28, 2014
Eaton Corp. case moves toward trial, Transfer Pricing Report staff writer
Dolores W. Gregory examines several U.S. Tax Court documents that may shed some
light on the IRS’s decision...
February 21, 2014
The Organization for
Economic Cooperation and Development will issue three discussion drafts and
hold four public consultations before the end of May as the organization ramps
January 31, 2014
The OECD has just published its draft of “A Model Template of
Country-by-Country Reporting” that would require companies for the first time
to provide tax administrations with exhaustive...
January 24, 2014
Country-by-country reporting is the
number-one concern for multinational corporations today. The initiative, part
of the OECD’s project on base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS), is on a...
November 29, 2013
Michael Danilack, the U.S. Competent Authority, predicted the Organization
for Economic Cooperation and Development’s efforts to combat base erosion and
profit shifting will increase the pressure...
November 15, 2013
story in the Nov. 14 issue of Transfer Pricing Report on Altera Corp.’s case in
U.S. Tax Court goes to the very heart of a question the OECD is considering in
its plan to combat base erosion...
November 8, 2013
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
will begin its Nov. 12-13 consultation on transfer pricing matters with a
discussion of country-by-country reporting. Action 13 of the...
October 18, 2013
Transfer Pricing Report's Alex M. Parker explores Ireland's plans, announced Oct. 15, to change its tax laws regarding "stateless" income. The Republic of Ireland got a bit of press...
September 19, 2013
Transfer Pricing Report's Dolores Gregory rounds up the latest U.S. Tax Court developments in this story, published in today's issue of Transfer Pricing Report . In transfer pricing cases...
September 5, 2013
Former U.S. Treasury Associate International Tax Counsel David Ernick spoke with Bloomberg BNA Transfer Pricing Report's Kevin Bell last month about the OECD's white paper on documentation. Below is...
July 25, 2013
BBNA subscribers can now stay connected to the Bloomberg BNA Tax and Accounting Center, any time and from anywhere with our new Tax Center App! This free app provides comprehensive,...
July 12, 2013
With the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development to present its plan on base erosion and profit shifting one week from today, a review of what's at stake seems in order. Below is a...
July 5, 2013
“The Internship” isn’t exactly a movie that you’d expect to get into complex issues of international tax. But the dopey, crude comedy – in which Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn play two...
June 27, 2013
Robert Cole, who worked in the field of transfer pricing for many years, died last month at age 81. In addition to improving the field he worked in, Bob also sought to improve Transfer Pricing...
May 2, 2013
The District of Columbia Office of Tax and Revenue scored a significant victory April 23 in a long-running battle to defend its use of a controversial method of transfer pricing. [ BP Products...
April 18, 2013
In today’s issue of Transfer Pricing Report, practitioners from Mayer Brown LLP make a case for seeking a financial services advance pricing agreement, pointing to increased uncertainty under...
April 4, 2013
During Bloomberg BNA and Baker & McKenzie's transfer pricing conference in Paris last month, tax executives spoke about the growing problem of reputational risk and the tendency of the general...
March 21, 2013
Those who work in the transfer pricing area are used to thinking in terms of technical analysis: applying one of the five OECD-sanctioned pricing methods, calculating a range of results from...
February 7, 2013
U.S. double tax negotiations with India are at an impasse, according to IRS Deputy Commissioner (International) Michael Danilack. At the Pacific Rim Tax Institute in Palo Alto, Danilack—the U.S....
January 24, 2013
Today’s issue of Transfer Pricing Report had the following items on advance pricing agreements: 1. U.S. statistics from the Advance Pricing and Mutual Agreement Program director showing that in...
January 17, 2013
Frequently in transfer pricing, taxpayers must look to case law to answer questions not adequately addressed by either the OECD guidelines or the relevant country’s regulations. In the area of...
January 16, 2013
As noted recently by members of an American Bar Association committee, the pricing of related-party guarantee fees is an area of “tremendous uncertainty.” The adoption of the U.S. services...
January 10, 2013
Developments over the past year have done much to awaken public concern about the loss of tax revenue from companies' transfer pricing practices, with hearings in the U.S. Senate and in U.K....
December 13, 2012
In the lead section of today's Transfer Pricing Report, business practitioners and members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's Working Party No. 6 tackle the question of...
December 7, 2012
The OECD’s discussion draft on intangibles has generated more than 1,000 pages of comments from practitioners and business groups, and the debate over many of the positions taken in the draft...
November 30, 2012
In the Nov. 29 issue of Bloomberg BNA’s Transfer Pricing Report, Michael Danilack, the U.S. Competent Authority, confirmed that he is cautious about endorsing advance pricing agreements with...
October 3, 2012
“Taxmaggeden,” new reporting requirements under “Obamacare,” and competing tax reform initiatives are just some of the uncertainties that await corporate tax professionals after the November...
September 6, 2012
Safe harbors have become a big part of the transfer pricing debate over the past year. This is not surprising given the ever-greater need for certainty and the growing discomfort—from some sectors...
August 9, 2012
As reported in today’s issue of Transfer Pricing Report, two recent U.S. Tax Court petitions filed by Altera Corp. almost certainly represent the IRS’s chosen litigating vehicle for the issue of...
July 26, 2012
Almost exactly a year ago, the IRS announced that its Advance Pricing Agreement program would leave the Office of Associate Chief Counsel (International) and merge with the competent authority...
May 4, 2012
The June 6 panel on transfer pricing developments, rather than focusing
solely on the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South
Africa) will consider emerging economies overall.
April 27, 2012
Today, the world’s taxing authorities are looking for more revenue from
increasingly limited sources. Many developing nations, eager for their
fair share of the tax pie, are enacting transfer pricing rules. But what
form should those rules take?
April 19, 2012
Today’s issue of Transfer Pricing Report is a milestone for the publication: we’ve now been reporting on these issues for 20 years! So how have things changed?
April 10, 2012
Multinational companies operating in the BRIC countries face some
daunting challenges. In Brazil, government-imposed profit margins cause
frequent double taxation. In Russia, OECD-style transfer pricing rules
were adopted only last July.
April 3, 2012
The Internal Revenue Service’s annual statutory report on advance
pricing agreements for 2011, released April 2, shows a drop in both
completed APAs and new cases filed, with completions down to 43 from 69
from 2010 and applications down to 96 from an all-time high of 144 the
March 23, 2012
With little in the way of formal guidance from the IRS or the OECD on the issue, expert panelists at the June 6-7 Bloomberg BNA/Baker & McKenzie transfer pricing conference will consider intercompany pricing of management fees, guarantees, and intragroup financing. The discussion will focus on the stringent conditions that multinational companies face in many jurisdictions to deduct certain intercompany service charges and the best practices for minimizing the possibility of double taxation.
March 15, 2012
Multinational companies attempting to plan for the future face the
unprecedented challenges of a continuing global economic crisis and a
constantly changing tax law environment. The pressure for added tax
revenues and the perception that the present U.S. system needs reform
make long-term planning difficult.
March 12, 2012
In his article, “Challenging the Status Quo: The Case for Combined
Reporting,” Michael McIntyre, a professor at Wayne State University Law
School, makes the case for combined reporting with formulary
February 1, 2012
Pascal Saint-Amans, who takes office today as head of the Organization
for Economic Cooperation and Development's Center for Tax Policy and
Administration (CTPA), spoke with Bloomberg BNA correspondent Rick
Mitchell about his outlook on the current global tax scene and his plans
for the CTPA.
June 20, 2011
On June 9, 2011, the IRS announced that the duplicate filing requirement for Form 5472 will no longer be required. In T.D. 9529, 76 Fed. Reg. 33997 (6/10/11), the IRS explained that duplicate reporting in the Form 5472 context is no longer necessary due to technological advances in electronic p
June 17, 2011
At the kick-off to the BNA-Baker & McKenzie transfer pricing
conference June 8, keynote speaker Sam Maruca — the IRS's newly appointed
director of transfer pricing operations — indicated the Service may be
turning its back on the much-criticized September 2007 coordinated issue
paper on cost sharing buy-ins.
June 10, 2011
On May 11, a bipartisan group of six Congressmen introduced H.R. 1834, the Freedom to Invest Act of 2011. The bill, whose lead sponsors are Ways and Means Committee member Kevin Brady (R TX) and Jim Matheson (D UT), would
May 18, 2011
Recent consideration of a repatriation holiday in order to
encourage domestic investment and job creation has largely centered
on differentiation from the 2004 holiday, which, with the benefit
of hindsight, yielded mostly stock buybacks and dividends. The
proposal put forth by Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), which has
As reported in today's Daily Tax Report, IRS Deputy Commissioner (International) Michael Danilack on February 25 discussed the implications of the recent reorganization that created the Large Business & International Division in the IRS.
On February 8 the IRS unveiled its second voluntary disclosure program for U.S. taxpayers with undisclosed foreign financial accounts. The program bears many similarities to the first disclosure program that ended on October 15, 2009, which resulted in approximately 15,000 taxpayers disclosing their offshore
Even as interest in a
U.S. territorial system of taxation finds new life amid
murmurs of comprehensive tax reform the IRS is occupied with
issuing guidance central to a hallmark of the infamous worldwide
system of taxation that the United States currently employs, i.e.
the foreign tax credit. In December 2010
Despite increased efforts to crack down on international tax
cheats, the IRS remains lacking in the use of some of the basic
tools at its disposal. As reported by BNA in the January 26
Daily Tax Report , Swedish broadcaster SVT recently
determined that the Swedish national tax agency
( Skatteverket ) has failed
With the holiday season in full swing and a gush of last-minute
Congressional activity, one would not be remiss for having
overlooked the adoption of T.D. 9508 (75 Fed. Reg.76262 (12/8/10)).
However, the temporary/proposed rules represent welcome news for
foreign holders of U.S. Treasuries. More specifically
There is good news on two fronts for taxpayers considering (or
already seeking) an advance pricing agreement between the United
States in Canada. First, arbitration will apply broadly to the
agreements, and second, more involvement by the U.S. Competent
Authority in cases should help relieve the current backlog in
As editor of BNA's Transfer Pricing Report, I have mixed
feelings whenever transfer pricing news makes it into more
mainstream media outlets, as has been happening more and more
lately. (For recent examples, see a succint and fairly accurate
summary of the Veritas Software case by
After lying low for some time, interest in a U.S. territorial
tax system is reviving. On November 10, Erskine Bowles and Alan
Simpson, the co-chairmen of the President's deficit reduction
commission, released their draft proposal for cutting the deficit
and remaking the income tax. Their plan assumes that tackling
Ireland's low corporate tax rate is under sharp scrutiny
as speculation abounds that the EU is informally pressing for a
rate hike to cut the country's budget deficit and massive debt,
brought on by the 2008 global recession, subsequent bank bailouts,
and years of excessive borrowing. EU Economic Affairs Commissi
governments fairly assess taxes on a multinational company's
cross-border transactions involving highly valuable intangibles for
which no third-party comparables exist? U.S. and Canadian
government officials will provide their views on this topic in the
context of recent changes to the Organization for