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Albermarle: Refund Claims Relating to Foreign Tax Credits

We analyze a recent U.S. Court of Appeals case, Albemarle Corp. v. United States, that affirmed certain refund claims were barred by the statute of limitations. The case involved withholding taxes on payments of interest to Albemarle Corp. from its Belgian subsidiary during the years 1997 to 2001. The court held that the taxpayer’s claims for refunds, attributable to foreign tax credits, were time-barred in certain years.

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Inadequate Gift Description – I.R.S. Tries for a Second Bite at the Apple

What constitutes adequate disclosure? This topic continues to be a source of dispute between taxpayers and the I.R.S. Sheryl Shah and Nina Krauthamer discuss the statute of limitations consequences when a taxable gift that is not “adequately shown.”

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Insights Vol. 1 No. 10: Updates & Other Tidbits

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Israel has announced that it will adopt the Standard for Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information: Common Reporting Standard (“C.R.S.”) issued by the O.E.C.D. in February 2013.

The C.R.S. establishes a standardized form that banks and other financial institutions would be required to use in gathering account and transaction information for submission to domestic tax authorities. The information would be provided to domestic authorities on an annual basis for automatic exchange with other participating jurisdictions. The C.R.S. will focus on accounts and transactions of residents of a specific country, regardless of nationality. The C.R.S. also contains the due diligence and reporting procedures to be followed by financial institutions based on a Model 1 F.A.T.C.A. intergovernmental agreement (“I.G.A.”).

At the conclusion of the October 28-29 O.E.C.D. Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes, about 50 jurisdictions had signed the document. The U.S. was notably absent as a signatory to the agreement. In addition to the C.R.S., the signed agreement contains a model competent authority agreement for jurisdictions that would like to participate at a later stage.