International

  • July 11, 2024

    ABA Attys Seek To Avoid Reporting Foreign Trust Loans

    The American Bar Association's tax, real estate and trust attorneys are seeking to prevent the U.S. Treasury Department from tightening reporting requirements for the exemption of loans from foreign trusts, which are often used by wealthy families and in succession planning, according to a consultation response.

  • July 11, 2024

    Brazilian Tax Agency Probes Refund Fraud Scheme

    Brazilian federal tax authorities and police said Thursday they had conducted a search-and-seizure operation related to the investigation of an income tax refund fraud scheme.

  • July 11, 2024

    Ex-Leaders Ask Biden For Int'l Coordination On Billionaire Tax

    President Joe Biden should get behind Brazil's proposal for the Group of 20 nations to coordinate a minimum tax on billionaires, nearly 20 former presidents and prime ministers from countries such as Canada, France and South Korea said in an open letter.

  • July 11, 2024

    IRS Proposes 'Basket Contracts' As Listed Transactions

    The Internal Revenue Service proposed rules Thursday that would flag so-called basket option contracts as potentially abusive listed transactions, imposing additional reporting requirements under the threat of penalty for individuals and businesses involved in such arrangements.

  • July 11, 2024

    IRS, OECD Officials Detail Expansion Of AI In Tax Work

    The Internal Revenue Service and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development are making great progress in adopting artificial intelligence in tax administration, representatives of both organizations said Thursday.

  • July 11, 2024

    Israel Says Resident Hid $5.5M In Offshore Bank Accounts

    An Israeli resident was released under restrictive conditions Thursday after the government alleged he failed to report foreign bank accounts that held more than 20 million shekels ($5.5 million), according to a statement from the Israel Tax Authority.

  • July 11, 2024

    Tax Haven Biz Revenues Per Worker Still Far Outpace Norm

    Companies recorded median revenues per employee of $1.6 million in low-tax jurisdictions like Ireland, the Cayman Islands and Hong Kong and around $300,000 in all other jurisdictions in 2021, a difference that has narrowed since 2017, the OECD said Thursday.

  • July 11, 2024

    Biz Officials Call For Simpler Tax Rules In Light Of Pillar 2

    Business representatives said Thursday that tax compliance rules need to be simplified as new minimum tax rules, known as Pillar Two, are added to the existing regime.

  • July 10, 2024

    Engineer Who Faced Export Charges Cops To Tax Counts

    A Chinese-born engineer has pled guilty to two counts of filing a false tax return related to allegations that he and his wife omitted gross income from their tax returns between 2015 and 2019, after Texas federal prosecutors initially charged the couple with export violations and fraud. 

  • July 10, 2024

    Portugal Enacts Pillar 2 As Part Of Economic, Tax Package

    Portugal's Council of Ministers approved the minimum tax provision known as Pillar Two in a package of economic and tax measures designed to boost the country's economic growth, the council announced.

  • July 10, 2024

    OECD Publishes Pillar 2 Technical Reporting Language Draft

    The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development published a draft of technical details required to digitally input and disseminate information required for Pillar Two global minimum tax returns Wednesday.

  • July 10, 2024

    Americans Overseas Ask for Clarity In Foreign Trust Regs

    An advocacy group representing U.S. citizens living abroad urged the U.S. Treasury Department to clarify proposed rules for reporting transactions with foreign trusts, contending that guidance should explain which common pension arrangements are exempt from disclosure obligations.  

  • July 10, 2024

    Curtis Mallet-Prevost To Open Law Office In Saudi Arabia

    Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle LLP has obtained a license to practice law in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the firm announced this week.

  • July 10, 2024

    HMRC, CPS Beat Financier's Claim Over Botched Prosecution

    HM Revenue and Customs and the Crown Prosecution Service have beaten claims of malicious prosecution and misfeasance in public office by a corporate financier following a failed criminal fraud case, with a judge finding that they had enough evidence to pursue him.

  • July 10, 2024

    India's High Court Nixes Challenge To Taxing Of Tour Vehicles

    The Indian Supreme Court dismissed a group of petitions challenging border taxes imposed by state governments on tour company vehicles because it said the litigation should have begun in a different court.

  • July 10, 2024

    Attempts To Scrap EU Tax Veto Are Useless, Hungary Says

    Attempts by European Union countries to try to remove the requirement of unanimity for delicate policy decisions such as tax law and adding new EU member states are futile, Hungary's minister for European affairs said Wednesday.

  • July 09, 2024

    House Panel OKs Tax Breaks For More Education Expenses

    The House Ways and Means Committee sent several education-related tax bills to the full House of Representatives on Tuesday, including legislation that would make additional elementary and secondary school expenses eligible for tax-advantaged education savings accounts.

  • July 09, 2024

    Irish Budget To Allocate €1.4B To Fund Tax Measures in 2025

    The Irish government on Tuesday published the details of its €8.3 billion ($9 billion) budget for 2025, including €1.4 billion set aside to fund tax measures.

  • July 09, 2024

    India High Court Says Rights To Sell Liquor Aren't Taxed

    The rights to sell the alcoholic beverage arrack are not taxed because the liquor vendors who purchase them do not fit into the definition of "buyer" under Indian tax law, the Supreme Court of India ruled.

  • July 09, 2024

    Finnish Tax Take Drops Amid Slowing Real Estate Market

    The Finnish government's tax revenue declined 0.4% last year to €42.3 billion ($45.7 billion) as collections from levies on real estate purchases and car registrations each declined by more than 20%, the country's tax authority said Tuesday in a news release.

  • July 09, 2024

    EU, India Wary Of Overlap From UN's Global Tax Work

    Indian and European Union officials agreed during a meeting that the negotiations around a framework convention on international tax cooperation at the United Nations shouldn't overlap efforts of the ongoing OECD-led global tax overhaul, an EU executive department said.

  • July 09, 2024

    UK's Non-Dom Taxpayer Count Increased 7%

    A growing number of taxpayers in the United Kingdom claimed last year that their permanent home is outside the country, qualifying them for a non-domiciled tax exemption in the crosshairs of lawmakers, HM Revenue & Customs said Tuesday.

  • July 09, 2024

    5 Firms Steer $513M Ryan-Altus Cross-Border Tax Deal

    Dallas-based tax services and software provider Ryan said Tuesday it has inked a deal to acquire the property tax business of Altus Group Ltd. for CA$700 million ($513.4 million), enlisting three firms to assist on a deal that will expand its footprint in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K.

  • July 09, 2024

    Maltese Case Tests EU Cooperation To Fight VAT Fraud

    The case of a Maltese man arrested on suspicion of a key role in Sweden's largest value-added tax fraud illustrates how European countries are trying to boost their imperfect cooperation to combat such fraud, which causes billion-euro losses.

  • July 09, 2024

    Mishcon De Reya Adds Blick Rothenberg Partner

    Mishcon de Reya has added a former director from Blick Rothenberg to its corporate tax team in London as a partner, the firm announced in a statement.

Featured Stories

  • French Left's Tax Pledges May Go Unfulfilled

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    The tax policy pledges put forward by the leftist bloc of parties that won the most seats in France's legislative election may not be fulfilled given the bloc's failure to win an outright majority.

  • Top International Tax Cases Of 2024: Midyear Report

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    With a U.S. Supreme Court decision affirming a key 2017 tax provision on repatriation, millions of dollars in FBAR penalties upheld and a French ruling confirming the U.S. government's access to foreign bank accounts, the IRS stacked up important court victories on international enforcement in the first half of 2024. Here, Law360 reviews those and other significant rulings from the past six months.

  • How Reshaped Circuit Courts Are Faring At The High Court

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    Seminal rulings from the U.S. Supreme Court's latest term will reshape many facets of American society in the coming years. Already, however, the rulings offer glimpses of how the justices view specific circuit courts, which have themselves been reshaped by an abundance of new judges.

Expert Analysis

  • States Should Loosen Law Firm Ownership Restrictions

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    Despite growing buzz, normalized nonlawyer ownership of law firms is a distant prospect, so the legal community should focus first on liberalizing state restrictions on attorney and firm purchases of practices, which would bolster succession planning and improve access to justice, says Michael Di Gennaro at The Law Practice Exchange.

  • After Chevron: Uniform Tax Law Interpretation Not Guaranteed

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    The loss of Chevron deference will significantly alter the relationship between the IRS, courts and Congress when it comes to tax law, potentially precipitating more transparent rulemaking, but also provoking greater uncertainty due to variability in judicial interpretation, say Michelle Levin and Carneil Wilson at Dentons.

  • Texas Ethics Opinion Flags Hazards Of Unauthorized Practice

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    The Texas Professional Ethics Committee's recently issued proposed opinion finding that in-house counsel providing legal services to the company's clients constitutes the unauthorized practice of law is a valuable clarification given that a UPL violation — a misdemeanor in most states — carries high stakes, say Hilary Gerzhoy and Julienne Pasichow at HWG.

  • How To Clean Up Your Generative AI-Produced Legal Drafts

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    As law firms increasingly rely on generative artificial intelligence tools to produce legal text, attorneys should be on guard for the overuse of cohesive devices in initial drafts, and consider a few editing pointers to clean up AI’s repetitive and choppy outputs, says Ivy Grey at WordRake.

  • Industry Self-Regulation Will Shine Post-Chevron

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's Loper decision will shape the contours of industry self-regulation in the years to come, providing opportunities for this often-misunderstood practice, says Eric Reicin at BBB National Programs.

  • 3 Ways Agencies Will Keep Making Law After Chevron

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    The U.S. Supreme Court clearly thinks it has done something big in overturning the Chevron precedent that had given deference to agencies' statutory interpretations, but regulated parties have to consider how agencies retain significant power to shape the law and its meaning, say attorneys at K&L Gates.

  • Atty Well-Being Efforts Ignore Root Causes Of The Problem

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    The legal industry is engaged in a critical conversation about lawyers' mental health, but current attorney well-being programs primarily focus on helping lawyers cope with the stress of excessive workloads, instead of examining whether this work culture is even fundamentally compatible with lawyer well-being, says Jonathan Baum at Avenir Guild.

  • Unpacking The Circuit Split Over A Federal Atty Fee Rule

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    Federal circuit courts that have addressed Rule 41(d) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure are split as to whether attorney fees are included as part of the costs of a previously dismissed action, so practitioners aiming to recover or avoid fees should tailor arguments to the appropriate court, says Joseph Myles and Lionel Lavenue at Finnegan.

  • After A Brief Hiccup, The 'Rocket Docket' Soars Back To No. 1

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    The Eastern District of Virginia’s precipitous 2022 fall from its storied rocket docket status appears to have been a temporary aberration, as recent statistics reveal that the court is once again back on top as the fastest federal civil trial court in the nation, says Robert Tata at Hunton.

  • Recruitment Trends In Emerging Law Firm Frontiers

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    BigLaw firms are facing local recruitment challenges as they increasingly establish offices in cities outside of the major legal hubs, requiring them to weigh various strategies for attracting talent that present different risks and benefits, says Tom Hanlon at Buchanan Law.

  • How Associates Can Build A Professional Image

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    As hybrid work arrangements become the norm in the legal industry, early-career attorneys must be proactive in building and maintaining a professional presence in both physical and digital settings, ensuring that their image aligns with their long-term career goals, say Lana Manganiello at Equinox Strategy Partners and Estelle Winsett at Estelle Winsett Professional Image Consulting.

  • Firms Must Rethink How They Train New Lawyers In AI Age

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    As law firms begin to use generative artificial intelligence to complete lower-level legal tasks, they’ll need to consider new ways to train summer associates and early-career attorneys, keeping in mind the five stages of skill acquisition, says Liisa Thomas at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Think Like A Lawyer: Always Be Closing

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    When a lawyer presents their case with the right propulsive structure throughout trial, there is little need for further argument after the close of evidence — and in fact, rehashing it all may test jurors’ patience — so attorneys should consider other strategies for closing arguments, says Luke Andrews at Poole Huffman.