Jeffrey L. Rubinger

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“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

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

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

Synthetic Investment in U.S. Real Estate by Foreign Investors

According to recent reports, foreign investment in commercial U.S. real estate exceeded $38.7 billion in 2013 – a 40 percent increase over 2012. Leading the way in 2013 were investors from Canada, China, Australia, Germany, and Singapore. This represents a dramatic increase from the 2009 collapse of the U.S. real estate markets, which caused foreign investments … 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

Affirmative Use of U.S. Partnerships in Inbound Tax Planning

A “U.S. shareholder” of a controlled foreign corporation (CFC) is required to include in its gross income its pro rata share of a CFC’s “subpart F” income, regardless of whether such income is distributed.  In general, a CFC is a foreign corporation that is more than 50 percent owned (directly, indirectly or constructively) by “U.S. … 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

Tax Planning for the Privatization of the Space Industry

The privatization of the space industry has seen dramatic growth in recent years, and it appears that more significant developments are on the horizon. During 2013, SpaceX (the space exploration company founded by Elon Musk, co-founder of PayPal and Tesla Motors) successfully launched a major communications satellite into orbit for a private satellite operator, and became … 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

The High-Tax Exception and Malta’s Refund System

A Match Made in Heaven U.S. shareholders of foreign corporations are generally not subject to U.S. federal income tax on the earnings of such corporations until those earnings are repatriated to the shareholders in the form of a dividend.  Where a foreign corporation is classified as a “controlled foreign corporation” (“CFC”), however, its “United States … 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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