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BEPS and Other Notable Int’l Measures in Draft Senate GOP Tax Reform Plan

BEPS and Other Notable Int’l Measures in Draft Senate GOP Tax Reform Plan

The release of major tax reform legislation in the U.S. is generating great interest around the world. The proposal to cut the U.S. corporate tax rate significantly, and the potentially dramatic effect on international taxation generally, make the legislation that much more important. On November 9, 2017, the U.S. Senate Finance Committee (the “Committee”) released … Read More

How the Common Reporting Standard (CRS) and Global Trends are Affecting Financial Institutions’ Use of Technology

How the Common Reporting Standard (CRS) and Global Trends are Affecting Financial Institutions’ Use of Technology

The drive for global tax transparency continues to gain speed while financial institutions (FIs) also grapple with emerging disruptive financial technology innovations and growing threats to data security. Building on the U.S.-led FATCA regulations, the first wave of reporting for the OECD-led initiative, the CRS, includes 49 jurisdictions undertaking the first exchange of financial information … Read More

BEPS and Other Notable Int’l Measures in Final U.S. House GOP Tax Reform Bill

BEPS and Other Notable Int’l Measures in Final U.S. House GOP Tax Reform Bill

The release of major tax reform legislation in the U.S. is generating great interest around the world. The proposal to cut the U.S. corporate tax rate significantly, and the potentially dramatic effect on international taxation generally, make the legislation that much more important. On November 2, 2017, the Republican members of the U.S. House of … Read More

Belgium Implements Anti-Tax Avoidance Measures

Belgium Implements Anti-Tax Avoidance Measures

On October 27, 2017, Belgium issued an overview of tax reform proposals, several of which implement EU Directive 2016/1164 of July 12, 2016 (ATAD 1) (the “Directive”) regarding hybrid mismatches, controlled foreign companies (CFCs) and limitation on interest deductions. On October 27, 2017, the Belgian Ministry of Finance also announced … Read More

Mexico Announces Release of Online Platform and Forms for Filing Transfer Pricing Documentation

Mexico Announces Release of Online Platform and Forms for Filing Transfer Pricing Documentation

On October 31, 2017, the Mexican tax authority (Servico de Administracion Tributaria or SAT) announced that its online platform and electronic forms will be ready starting on November 1, 2017, for taxpayers to file their new transfer pricing documentation (i.e., country-by-country (CbC) report, master file, and local file). Editor’s Note: This means that there … Read More

Corrected: U.S. May Not Finalize All CbCR Exchange Agreements by 2017 Deadline

Corrected: U.S. May Not Finalize All CbCR Exchange Agreements by 2017 Deadline

On October 27, 2017, a U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Large Business and International (LB&I) official, Theodore Setzer (Assistant Deputy Commissioner – International), said during an ABA Tax Section conference in Washington, D.C. that the IRS may not be able to sign some bilateral competent authority agreements (CAAs) in 2017 with its treaty partners … Read More