Tag Archives: International Tax

International Tax Breakfast Series: How the Recent Colombian Tax Changes Impact U.S. – Colombia Tax Planning

Join us on February 7th for a new installment of Bilzin Sumberg’s International Tax Breakfast Series. The discussion will cover the recent Colombian tax changes and how they affect U.S.-Colombia Tax Planning. Colombian tax lawyer Camilo Cortes will provide an overview of the changes, which include Controlled Foreign Corporation (CFC) legislation and the introduction of … Continue Reading

International Tax Breakfast Series: Recharacterizing Debt as Equity

The next installment of our International Tax Breakfast Series looks at an area of tax law where the exact application of a proposed rule remains uncertain. Please join us for “Recharacterizing Debt as Equity: How the Proposed Section 385 Regulations Will Impact Traditional Cross-Border Income and Estate Tax Planning.” The breakfast event will be held … Continue Reading

International Tax Breakfast Series: International Tax Planning for Artists, Entertainers & Athletes

Please join us for the next installment of our International Tax Breakfast Series, International Tax Planning for Artists, Entertainers & Athletes, which will be held at our offices next Wednesday, June 1st, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Do you have clients who are artists, athletes, or entertainers? Would you like to add value to … 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 Investments into Brazil

Join us on Wednesday, October 14th at 12:00pm EST for an in-depth joint presentation by tax attorneys Jeffrey Rubinger of Bilzin Sumberg and Fernando Martins of WFaria Advogados on the cross-border tax considerations for  companies doing business in Brazil. During the first part of the discussion, Jeffrey Rubinger will cover some of the basic U.S. tax planning considerations including … 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

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

Death of the “Double Irish Dutch Sandwich”? Not so Fast.

On October 14, 2014, the Irish Minister for Finance released proposals as part of the 2015 Irish Budget that would cause Irish incorporated non-resident (“INR”) companies to be treated as tax resident in Ireland beginning January 1, 2015. The goal is to shut down the use of so-called “Double Irish” and “Double Irish Dutch Sandwich” … Continue Reading

IRS Denies Treaty Benefits Despite Lack of Treaty Shopping

In Starr International Company, Inc., v. United States, the taxpayer (“Starr International Company, Inc.” or “SICO”) filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia seeking a tax refund from the IRS of approximately $38 million.  The refund is allegedly due to an overpayment of U.S. withholding taxes on dividends … Continue Reading

“Return of Basis” Repatriation Strategy Tested in Tax Court

U.S. multinationals literally have trillions of dollars of untaxed earnings purportedly “trapped” offshore because of the associated high U.S. corporate income taxes that would be incurred if these earnings were repatriated to the United States. While a number of strategies have been marketed to, and used by, U.S. multinationals in an attempt to repatriate these … Continue Reading

IRS Taking Closer Look at Section 956 Inclusions

Each “U.S. Shareholder” of a controlled foreign corporation (“CFC”) is required to include in their gross income as a deemed distribution their pro rata share of the amount determined under section 956 for that year (i.e., “Section 956 inclusion”). A Section 956 inclusion is generally equal to the lesser of (i) the amount of “U.S. … 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

Inbound U.S. Tax Planning With Inversions

With all of the recent negative publicity focused on the outbound restructuring of U.S. multinationals engaging in so-called “inversion” transactions (see prior blog “Corporate Inversions Showing No Signs of Slowing Down”), little, if any attention, has focused on the potential tax planning opportunities available in the inbound area resulting from the (likely unintended) consequences of … Continue Reading

Check-the-Box Elections: Relevance in the International Context

One of the most powerful tools in cross-border tax planning is the ability to make a “check-the-box” election.  Pursuant to the entity classification regulations under Internal Revenue Code §7701 (the “check-the-box regulations”), certain business entities are permitted to choose their classification for U.S. federal income tax purposes by making a check-the-box election. The Federal tax … Continue Reading

Corporate Inversions Showing No Signs of Slowing Down

In a corporate inversion, a U.S. corporation (typically the parent of an affiliated group) becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of a foreign corporation (through a merger into the foreign corporation’s U.S. subsidiary) or transfers its assets to the foreign corporation, but at the same time keeps most of its operations in the United States. Inversions … Continue Reading

Retroactive Tax Planning

Converting Subpart F Income into Qualified Dividends U.S. shareholders of foreign corporations are generally not subject to tax on the earnings of such corporations until the earnings are repatriated to the shareholders in the form of a dividend.  Moreover, when a foreign corporation is resident in a jurisdiction with which the United States has a … Continue Reading

Determining Foreigners Insolvency Exception

Can a foreign person exclude foreign-situs assets in determining insolvency exception to cancellation of indebtedness income? With the worldwide global default rate on corporate debt continuing to rise, a taxpayer’s ability to exclude cancellation of indebtedness income from gross income has become increasingly relevant.  This remains true for foreign persons who are also subject to … 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
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