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O.E.C.D. and European Commission Unveil Proposals on Taxation of the Digital Economy

O.E.C.D. and European Commission Unveil Proposals on Taxation of the Digital Economy

Following the release of the O.E.C.D.’s B.E.P.S. Action Plan and the E.U.’s approval of the Anti-Tax Avoidance Package, the taxation of the digital economy continues to be unfinished business in the international tax arena.   New O.E.C.D. and the European Commission documents mark a milestone, especially the latter, which include two different approaches.  They also highlight the difficulties in achieving a consensus, which seems desirable when implementing measures that increase the tax burden of digital activities.  José Luis Gaudier of Cuatrecasas, Barcelona, delves into the O.E.C.D. and the European Commission approaches to taxing the digital economy.

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Do India’s Amalgamation Revisions Prevent Misuse of Accumulated Losses?

Do India’s Amalgamation Revisions Prevent Misuse of Accumulated Losses?

India’s recent Finance Act addressed a tax planning device intended to reduce or eliminate the imposition of the Dividend Distribution Tax ("D.D.T") that applies when a corporation exercises the right to distribute dividends to shareholders.   The statue targets plans involving an amalgamation between a profitable company and a loss company and prevents the reduction of earnings when the profitable company is the acquiring company.  Does this mean that earnings can be reduced when the loss company is the acquiring company?  Differing views have been expressed by Indian tax advisers.  CA Anjali Kukreja of R.N. Marwah & Co L.L.P., New Delhi, examines both views and explains why one view is technically preferable.

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Managing a Transfer Pricing Exam? Wash Your Hands with Soap and Water

Managing a Transfer Pricing Exam? Wash Your Hands with Soap and Water

For management of a U.S. subsidiary of a foreign parent, the process by which the I.R.S. conducts an examination of a tax return creates a heightened stress level.  It begins with the arrival of an information document request ("I.D.R.") for transfer pricing documentation, which often comes as a surprise to a company.  Typically, two or three years have passed since the close of the year under examination and little is recalled about transactions.  From there, the expressed positions of I.R.S. examiners and management often are at odds.  Drawing on many years of experience in defending intercompany transfer pricing policies, Michael Peggs takes a step back from the fray to examine how opposing, pre-conceived notions on both sides combine with the Semmelweis Reflex to exacerbate what should be a straightforward tax examination.

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The F-1 Visa – Privileged U.S. Tax Status and How to Keep It

The F-1 Visa – Privileged U.S. Tax Status and How to Keep It

Foreign students leaving their home country and arriving in the U.S. for higher education may come across many things that seem alien to them – like the accent, culture, and inexplicably large food portions. But one area where they are treated as the aliens is under U.S. Federal income tax law, where foreign students holding F-1 visas are treated as nonresident aliens who are subject to special tax provisions.  Neha Rastogi and Beate Erwin discuss tax residence status, Federal income tax consequences, and U.S. reporting requirements for holders of F-1 visas.

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Corporate Matters: Profits Interest Basics

Corporate Matters: Profits Interest Basics

In the latest in his series of articles on the relative flexibility of limited liability companies and their desirability for use in many instances, including joint ventures, Simon H. Prisk looks at grants of profits interests as a means of compensating service providers and employees.  If done properly, these incentives can be optimized by favorable tax treatment, achieving the same or better tax results than incentive stock options available to C-corporations and S-corporations.  If done without proper thought and planning, the results may be suboptimal.  

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