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The Malta Pension Plan – A Supercharged, Cross-Border Roth IRA

Relevant US Tax Principles In the cross border setting, two of the principal goals in international tax planning are (i) deferral of income earned offshore and (ii) the tax efficient repatriation of foreign profits at low or zero tax rates in the United States. For U.S. taxpayers investing through foreign corporations, planning around the controlled … Continue Reading

Inbound and Outbound U.S. Tax Planning – What’s Left After the MLI?

The Multilateral Instrument On June 7, 2017, the formal signing ceremony of the Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (the “Multilateral Instrument” or “MLI”) took place.  Sixty-eight jurisdictions have signed the MLI, with another nine jurisdictions signing a letter indicating their intent to sign the MLI.[1] … Continue Reading

Change in the UK Treatment of Dual-Resident Companies May Affect U.S. Tax Planning

On November 30, 2015, the UK tax authorities at HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) reached an agreement with Jersey about the interpretation of the company residence tie-breaker provision of the Jersey-UK income tax treaty.  After reviewing other income tax treaties that contain similar provisions, HMRC will now take the view that the tie-breaker clause will … Continue Reading

Tax Planning for Chinese Investment in U.S. Real Estate

According to recent estimates, Chinese investors represented the largest group of foreign investors in U.S. real estate in the second quarter of 2015 with $1.9 billion in acquisitions. In the last 12 months, Chinese investors acquired $5.9 billion in commercial U.S. real estate, and Asia was second overall to Europe for foreign investment in U.S. … Continue Reading

Use of Estonia in U.S. International Tax Planning

According to recent estimates, Estonia, which is situated halfway between Stockholm and St. Petersburg, currently has more than 350 start-up technology companies – one for every 3,700 citizens – and the government expects this number to reach 1,000 by the year 2020. This makes Estonia the number one start-up technology country in Europe and one … Continue Reading

Commission Payments to IC-DISC Recharacterized as Non-Deductible Dividends

In Summa Holdings, Inc. v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo 2015-119, the Tax Court recharacterized an exporter’s deductible commission payments made to an IC-DISC as non-deductible dividend payments to the exporter’s shareholders followed by contributions by those shareholders to certain Roth IRAs. The Tax Court mentioned that there was “no nontax business purpose or economic purpose for … Continue Reading

Proposed U.S. Model Treaty Provisions May Dramatically Alter International Tax Landscape

The U.S. Model Income Tax Treaty (the U.S. Model Treaty) generally represents the United States’ opening position in treaty negotiations. As a result, when changes to the treaty are proposed, international tax practitioners should be aware of the potential impact those changes can have on their existing inbound U.S. structures. On May 20, 2015, the Treasury … Continue Reading

Recent Chilean Tax Reform Reinforces Need for U.S. Tax Treaty

Chile is the fifth largest economy in South America and increasingly one of the most significant U.S. trading partners in the region. U.S. foreign direct investment into Chile was $39.9 billion for 2012 (the latest year for which official figures are available). And in 2013, the U.S. exported $17.6 billion of goods and services to … Continue Reading

A Digital Encyclopedia: Bilzin Sumberg’s Blogosphere

Bilzin Sumberg prides itself as being the go-to firm for domestic and international investors and corporations doing business in Florida and beyond. We aim to provide our clients with legal and business insight into the industries and areas they work in through our various blogs, which hone in on key issues or areas of interest … Continue Reading

10th Annual University of Florida International Tax Symposium

On Friday, October 31, I will be speaking at the 10th Annual University of Florida International Tax Symposium held at the University of Florida, Levin College of Law in Gainesville, Florida. I, along with the other speakers, will discuss important topics revolving around current and future international tax policy. The presentation will begin at 8:00 am in … Continue Reading

American Bar Association Business Law Section Annual Meeting

On Thursday, September 11, I will be speaking at the inaugural American Bar Association – New Business Law Section Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois. The ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting is being held from September 11-13 and is ideal for professionals that want to experience an all-inclusive business law programming event. The entirety of … Continue Reading

The Real Tax Benefits of Inverting to Canada

On August 26, Burger King announced that it entered into an agreement to acquire Tim Hortons, Inc., the Canadian coffee-and-doughnut chain, in a transaction that will be structured as an “inversion” (i.e., Burger King will become a subsidiary of a Canadian parent corporation).  The deal is expected to close in 2014 or 2015. The agreement values … Continue Reading

How Windstream Ruling Will Affect Foreign Taxpayers

In general, a REIT is a special purpose entity for U.S. federal income tax purposes that requires at least 75 percent of the value of the entity’s gross assets to consist of real estate assets, cash, cash items, and governmental securities. Although a REIT is subject to federal income tax at regular corporate rates, it … Continue Reading

IC-DISC Benefits Enhanced with Foreign Shareholders

Since the reduction in the individual tax rate on qualified dividends in 2004, the Interest Charge Domestic Sales Corporation (“IC-DISC”) has become an attractive vehicle to obtain a tax incentive for exporting U.S.-produced goods. For individual U.S. and foreign taxpayers, the use of an IC-DISC reduces tax liability by converting a portion of the export … Continue Reading

Local Law Shopping Through “Derivative Benefits”

Unlike U.S. persons who are subject to U.S. federal income tax on their worldwide income, foreign persons generally are subject to U.S. taxation on two categories of income: (i) certain types of passive U.S.-source income (e.g., interest, dividends, royalties and other types of “fixed or determinable annual or periodical income,” collectively known as FDAP), which … Continue Reading

The NYU Summer Institute in Taxation Conference

On Tuesday, July 15, I will be speaking at an NYU School of Continuing Education conference in New York, NY. The Summer Institute in Taxation program is being held from July 14-25 and is ideal for new professionals that want a solid foundation in a specialized area of law or tax practice. Attorneys and accountants … Continue Reading

Bloomberg BNA’s U.S. International Reporting & Compliance Seminar

On Tuesday, May 20th, I will be speaking at a seminar presented by Bloomberg BNA, entitled U.S. International Tax Reporting & Compliance. Held at the Marriot Biscayne Bay in Miami, the conference will also feature speakers from accounting firms Ernst & Young, KPMG and PwC. I will be speaking on “Computing the Gain from the … Continue Reading

Foreign Investment in the U.S. Through Romania Just Became More Interesting

All “modern” income tax treaties concluded by the United States contain a “Limitation on Benefits” (LOB) provision.  The purpose of such a provision is to prevent “treaty shopping.” Romania is one of the few remaining countries that have comprehensive income tax treaties with the United States that do not contain LOB provisions. Romania recently enacted … Continue Reading
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