International

  • May 16, 2024

    Pillar 1 Faces Hard June Deadline, Ex-Treasury Official Says

    An international agreement to reallocate certain corporate profits, known as Pillar One, will likely stall if countries miss their deadline to sign a multilateral treaty by the end of June, a former U.S. Treasury official said Thursday.

  • May 16, 2024

    Australian Lawmakers OK Tougher Corporate Promoter Rules

    Australian lawmakers agreed Thursday to raise maximum penalties on corporations that promote tax avoidance schemes and to introduce a cap on deductions under its petroleum resource rent tax despite concerns from some members, according to documents published by Parliament.

  • May 16, 2024

    P&G Exec Says FDII Uncertainty May Sway Cos.' IP Decisions

    The 2017 tax overhaul's measure for foreign-derived intangible income, a regime that gives tax breaks for domestically held intellectual property, faces uncertainty that could be one factor in keeping some companies from repatriating IP, a tax executive for Procter & Gamble said Thursday.

  • May 16, 2024

    Eaton Must Give Up Personnel Docs In Transfer Pricing Probe

    Eaton must comply with an Internal Revenue Service summons for the personnel records of its foreign employees in the government's transfer pricing investigation of the multinational power management company, an Ohio federal judge ruled Thursday.

  • May 16, 2024

    African Tax Admins Promote Use Of Voluntary Disclosures

    Voluntary disclosure programs have been very effective when countries launch them in anticipation of complying with an international standard on automatic exchanges of financial account information, the African Tax Administration Forum said Thursday in guidance on the programs.

  • May 16, 2024

    Kenya Considering Global Minimum Tax, DST Replacement

    Kenya is considering legislation that would implement the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's corporate global minimum tax as well as repeal and replace the country's digital services tax.

  • May 16, 2024

    Germany's 2024 Tax Revenue Estimate Drops By €14B

    Germany's 2024 tax revenue estimate decreased by roughly €14 billion ($15.2 billion) to €950.3 billion from the estimate made last fall, which its finance ministry said Thursday was due to slower-than-expected economic recovery.

  • May 16, 2024

    Suspected Ringleader Of €2M Cosmetics VAT Fraud Arrested

    The suspected ringleader of a value-added tax fraud scheme at a cosmetics company that caused more than €2 million ($2.2 million) in estimated losses has been arrested by Italian police, the European Public Prosecutor's Office said Thursday.

  • May 16, 2024

    EU Tax On Excess Corp Profits Could Yield €107B, Study Says

    A European Union tax on excessive corporate profits could yield about €107 billion ($116 billion) to partly finance the common EU budget or other urgent investments, leftists in the European Parliament said Thursday.

  • May 16, 2024

    Treasury Provides Extra Relief For Bonus Energy Tax Credits

    The U.S. Treasury Department provided additional safe harbors Thursday that clean energy project developers can use to qualify for bonus tax credits for domestically sourcing their steel and aluminum parts in response to the Biden administration's new trade restrictions on solar products from China.

  • May 16, 2024

    Lithuania PM Wants Frozen Russian Assets To Help Ukraine

    Lithuania's prime minister said Thursday that Russia's frozen assets should be used to help Ukraine fight off aggression from its larger neighbor, saying that a recent European decision to use profits from frozen assets should be only a first step.

  • May 15, 2024

    Russian Gas Ex-CFO Can't Nix $44M FBAR Suit, Judge Rules

    The former chief financial officer of a Russian gas company who was sentenced to seven years in prison for hiding money in Swiss banks can't escape the government's civil suit seeking nearly $44 million in reporting penalties, a Florida federal judge ruled Wednesday.

  • May 15, 2024

    EU Court Upholds Ruling Against Spanish Ship Tax Scheme

    The European Union's General Court upheld Wednesday a European Commission ruling that a Spanish tax scheme for ships constructed in the nation's domestic shipyards was incompatible with the EU's internal market.

  • May 15, 2024

    Schulte Roth Adds Ex-Kleinberg Kaplan Partner To Tax Group

    Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP added a former Kleinberg Kaplan Wolff & Cohen PC partner with a focus on private investment funds to its tax group in New York.

  • May 15, 2024

    3 Key Takeaways From Floated Foreign Trust Reporting Rules

    Proposed rules for reporting transactions with foreign trusts recently issued by the U.S. Treasury Department provide breathing room on disclosure requirements for certain offshore retirement accounts, but leave open some questions about classification. Here, Law360 breaks down three sections of the proposed foreign trust reporting regulations.

  • May 15, 2024

    South African Tax Official Says Data Swaps Too Limited

    South Africa's requests to exchange information on taxpayers with authorities around the world are often denied for criminal investigations of tax crimes, while automatic exchanges sometimes lack the full identifying information of taxpayers, the commissioner of the country's tax agency said Wednesday.

  • May 15, 2024

    Taxpayers Let Down By HMRC Digital Service, Says Watchdog

    HM Revenue and Customs has let down taxpayers by failing to deliver better online services, according to a report published on Wednesday by the public spending watchdog.

  • May 15, 2024

    Swiss Seek Feedback On Crypto Information Exchange

    Switzerland's executive body, the Federal Council, is seeking feedback from the public on its plan to adopt two Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development standards that will update the country's automatic exchanges of information to account for crypto-assets, it said Wednesday.

  • May 15, 2024

    11 Arrested In €25M Italian VAT Fraud Case

    Italian police arrested 11 suspects in a value-added tax fraud ring involving electronic products that resulted in losses of over €25 million ($27.2 million), the European Public Prosecutor's Office said Wednesday.

  • May 15, 2024

    Gentiloni Warns EU States Not To Be Too Harsh With Budgets

    European Union tax commissioner Paolo Gentiloni warned EU countries Wednesday not to be too aggressive with budget cuts, even as some may have to take a more restrictive fiscal stance this year and next than had been planned. 

  • May 15, 2024

    German Finance Minister Wants Lower Tax Burden

    Germany's finance minister said he would like to see the tax burden lowered as part of a broader push to make life less burdensome for industry as the country tries to stimulate economic growth.

  • May 15, 2024

    EU Finance Ministers Plan Road To Tax Revamp

    European Union finance ministers agreed on a work program to implement about 40 measures to improve business financing, including a targeted makeover of tax systems in member countries covering corporate taxes, capital gains and tax breaks for interest payments.

  • May 14, 2024

    A Fifth Of Big Cos. Use Tax Transparency Standard, Org. Says

    About a fifth of the largest 1,000 public companies worldwide have voluntarily used a public country-by-country reporting standard created by an international independent standards organization, the nonprofit said Tuesday.

  • May 14, 2024

    Law Prof Comes To Treasury's Aid In 3M Transfer Pricing Fight

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury did not act arbitrarily when it wrote transfer pricing regulations that allowed the government to disregard foreign legal restrictions on royalty payments when allocating income to 3M from an affiliate, a law professor told the Eighth Circuit on Tuesday.

  • May 14, 2024

    Solarium Sunbaths Not Tax-Free Wellness, Sweden Says

    After receiving multiple questions about whether paying to sunbathe in a solarium is eligible for Sweden's tax-free wellness allowance, the country's tax agency said Tuesday that such activity is not eligible.

Expert Analysis

  • Why Supreme Court Should Allow Repatriation Tax To Stand

    If the U.S. Supreme Court doesn't reject the taxpayers' misguided claims in Moore v. U.S. that the mandatory repatriation tax is unconstitutional, it could wreak havoc on our system of taxation and result in a catastrophic loss of revenue for the government, say Christina Mason and Theresa Balducci at Herrick Feinstein.

  • For Lawyers, Pessimism Should Be A Job Skill, Not A Life Skill

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    A pessimistic mindset allows attorneys to be effective advocates for their clients, but it can come with serious costs for their personal well-being, so it’s crucial to exercise strategies that produce flexible optimism and connect lawyers with their core values, says Krista Larson at Stinson.

  • Requiring Leave To File Amicus Briefs Is A Bad Idea

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    A proposal to amend the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure that would require parties to get court permission before filing federal amicus briefs would eliminate the long-standing practice of consent filing and thereby make the process less open and democratic, says Lawrence Ebner at the Atlantic Legal Foundation and DRI Center.

  • 4 Ways To Motivate Junior Attorneys To Bring Their Best

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    As Gen Z and younger millennial attorneys increasingly express dissatisfaction with their work and head for the exits, the lawyers who manage them must understand and attend to their needs and priorities to boost engagement and increase retention, says Stacey Schwartz at Katten.

  • Former Minn. Chief Justice Instructs On Writing Better Briefs

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    Former Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Gildea, now at Greenberg Traurig, offers strategies on writing more effective appellate briefs from her time on the bench.

  • Stay Interviews Are Key To Retaining Legal Talent

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    Even as the economy shifts and layoffs continue, law firms still want to retain their top attorneys, and so-called stay interviews — informal conversations with employees to identify potential issues before they lead to turnover — can be a crucial tool for improving retention and morale, say Tina Cohen Nicol and Kate Reder Sheikh at Major Lindsey.

  • Neb. Justices Should Weigh IRC Terms In Dividend Tax Case

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    Nebraska’s highest court, which will hear oral arguments in Precision CastParts v. Department of Revenue on April 1, should recognize that the Internal Revenue Code provides key clues to defining “dividends received or deemed to be received,” and therefore limits Nebraska’s tax on foreign-sourced corporate income, says Joseph Schmidt at Ryan.

  • Judicial Independence Is Imperative This Election Year

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    As the next election nears, the judges involved in the upcoming trials against former President Donald Trump increasingly face political pressures and threats of violence — revealing the urgent need to safeguard judicial independence and uphold the rule of law, says Benes Aldana at the National Judicial College.

  • Spartan Arbitration Tactics Against Well-Funded Opponents

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    Like the ancient Spartans who held off a numerically superior Persian army at the Battle of Thermopylae, trial attorneys and clients faced with arbitration against an opponent with a bigger war chest can take a strategic approach to create a pass to victory, say Kostas Katsiris and Benjamin Argyle at Venable.

  • What Recent Study Shows About AI's Promise For Legal Tasks

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    Amid both skepticism and excitement about the promise of generative artificial intelligence in legal contexts, the first randomized controlled trial studying its impact on basic lawyering tasks shows mixed but promising results, and underscores the need for attorneys to proactively engage with AI, says Daniel Schwarcz at University of Minnesota Law School.

  • How FinCEN Proposal Expands RE Transaction Obligations

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    Against a regulatory backdrop foreshadowing anti-money laundering efforts in the real estate sector, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network's proposed rule significantly expands reporting requirements for certain nonfinanced residential real estate transfers and necessitates careful review, say attorneys at Fried Frank.

  • Business Litigators Have A Source Of Untapped Fulfillment

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    As increasing numbers of attorneys struggle with stress and mental health issues, business litigators can find protection against burnout by remembering their important role in society — because fulfillment in one’s work isn’t just reserved for public interest lawyers, say Bennett Rawicki and Peter Bigelow at Hilgers Graben.

  • Unpacking FinCEN's Proposed Real Estate Transaction Rule

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    Phil Jelsma and Ulrick Matsunaga at Crosbie Gliner take a close look at the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network's recently proposed rulemaking — which mandates new disclosures for professionals involved in all-cash real estate deals — and discuss best next steps for the broad range of businesses that could be affected.

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