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Insights Vol. 6 No. 1: Updates & Other Tidbits

Insights Vol. 6 No. 1: Updates & Other Tidbits

This month, Rusudan Shervashidze and Stanley C. Ruchelman look at several interesting items, including (i) the publication of draft legislation by the Crown Dependencies of Guernsey, Jersey, and Isle of Man calling for the existence of economic substance for resident companies engaged in certain businesses and defining what that means, (ii) the denial of benefits incident to foreign earned income for a military contractor in Afghanistan who maintained a place of abode in the U.S., (iii) an increase in fees charged by the I.R.S. to issue residency certificates, (iv) the establishment of a working group to combat transnational tax crime through increased enforcement collaboration among tax authorities in several countries, and (v) changes to China’s residency rules and the sharing of taxpayer financial information under C.R.S. 

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Tax Home v. Abode – Are They the Same for Code §911 Purposes?

Tax Home v. Abode – Are They the Same for Code §911 Purposes?

Section 911 of U.S. tax law provides certain tax benefits to persons who report foreign earned income.  To be entitled to the benefits, an individual must have a “tax home” abroad, provided that he or she does not have an “abode” in the U.S.  A recent summary opinion by the Tax Court illustrates the difference between those two terms.  Rusudan Shervashidze and Philip R. Hirschfeld explain.

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I.R.S. Advises Scrutiny Required for Partner’s Foreign Earned Income

A partner of a U.S. law firm formed as an L.L.P. may lose expat tax benefits when he is assigned to an office outside the U.S.  The foreign earned income exclusion and the foreign tax credit limitation may not apply to the partner’s full share of partnership profits.  Elizabeth V. Zanet examines an International Practice Unit (“I.P.U.”) published by the I.R.S., which cautions that the U.S. tax treatment of income differs: favorable treatment for guaranteed payments and unfavorable treatment for distributive shares of total profits.

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