International

  • June 21, 2024

    UK Tax Fraud Cases Rose 49% Over One-Year Period

    The U.K. tax authority launched more criminal cases for tax fraud for the year ended June 30, 2023, increasing 49% from 63 cases for the previous year to 94, Pinsent Masons LLP said Monday.

  • June 21, 2024

    Supreme Court Leaves Lifeline For Billionaire Income Tax

    The U.S. Supreme Court narrowed but did not entirely block the path to billionaire income tax legislation when the majority's opinion declined to weigh constitutional questions about taxing unrealized gains in its decision to uphold a mandatory repatriation levy.

  • June 21, 2024

    USTR Warns Canada After Digital Services Tax Enactment

    The U.S. Trade Representative's Office remains concerned about Canada's enactment of its digital services tax and is weighing options in defense of potential discrimination against U.S. businesses, a USTR official told Law360 on Friday.

  • June 21, 2024

    Fed. Circ. Backs Subsidy Duties For Canadian Wind Towers

    A Canadian wind tower manufacturer can't get a break on countervailing duties despite being upfront about errors in its sales data, with the Federal Circuit ruling Friday that the errors raise the possibility of additional mistakes.

  • June 21, 2024

    US Formally Suspends Part Of Tax Treaty With Russia

    The U.S. government has provided formal notice to Russia suspending, via mutual agreement, parts of the countries' double-taxation treaty.

  • June 21, 2024

    Big 4 Continue Push For Broader Irish Dividend Exemption

    The Big Four accounting firms reiterated support for Ireland's plans to implement a corporate tax exemption for foreign-sourced dividends and foreign branch profits, but they found the latest proposal still too narrow and complicated to qualify for, according to comments released Friday.

  • June 21, 2024

    Norway Seeking Feedback On Undertaxed Profits Rule

    Norway is looking for feedback on a proposal that would implement the undertaxed profits rule, one component of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's 15% corporate global minimum tax plan, the country's Finance Ministry said.

  • June 21, 2024

    OECD Official Sees Amount B Deal Helping With Amount A

    The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development is close to a final deal on a key part of its efforts to establish new international taxing rights under Amounts A and B of its Pillar One plans, according to the organization's tax chief.

  • June 21, 2024

    Taxation With Representation: Travers Smith, Potamitis Vekris

    In this week's Taxation With Representation, RSK Group Ltd. gets a £500 million ($632 million) investment, Boston Scientific Corp. acquires Silk Road Medical Inc., Masdar takes a part of Terna Energy SA, and Tate & Lyle PLC buys CP Kelco from JM Huber Corp.

  • June 21, 2024

    EU Digital Tax Is Backup If Pillar 1 Stalls, French Official Says

    Finalizing the Pillar One agreement to reallocate corporate taxing rights globally should remain a paramount goal, but if the effort stalls, the European Union should revive its plan for a digital tax of mostly U.S.-based tech giants, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said Friday.

  • June 21, 2024

    Next UK Gov't Urged To Ease Private Healthcare Insurance Tax

    Whoever wins the U.K. election on July 4 should introduce tax breaks on private medical insurance to relieve pressure on the National Health Service, a consultancy warned Friday.

  • June 20, 2024

    German Court Convicts 5 In €52M VAT Fraud In Cars, Masks

    Five people who played roles in a value-added tax fraud scheme involving the trade of luxury cars and medical face masks that caused over €52 million ($55.7 million) in losses were convicted by a Berlin court, the European Public Prosecutor's Office announced Thursday.

  • June 20, 2024

    EU Court Rejects Co.'s Portuguese Tax Breaks Appeal

    An appeal contesting a European Commission decision against a Portuguese tax exemption scheme was rejected by the European General Court, which found a Panama-based food company unable to prove why recovering the illegal state aid should be prohibited.

  • June 20, 2024

    China Denies Tax Crackdown As 2 Cos. Report $80M In Bills

    China's tax authority denied a nationwide crackdown on companies' old tax returns Thursday, less than a week after a chemical firm facing 500 million yuan ($69 million) in additional liabilities halted production and a beverage maker reported owing 85 million yuan.

  • June 20, 2024

    UK Tax Pros Largely Support 2027 Carbon Border Tax Plan

    Two groups representing tax professionals welcomed the U.K. government's plan to introduce a carbon border tax on certain carbon-intensive imports by 2027, but specifics regarding both default embedded emissions values and carveouts for smaller businesses must be ironed out, they said.

  • June 20, 2024

    Norway's $95M Yearly Dividend Tax Losses Spur Joint Audit

    Norway's tax agency announced a joint audit with other Nordic tax agencies, saying it loses an estimated 1 billion kroner ($95 million) a year in withholding taxes that should be paid by foreign shareholders on dividends but aren't due to aggressive tax planning.

  • June 20, 2024

    Canada Lawmakers OK Digital Tax, Advance Min. Tax

    Canada's Senate passed a 3% digital services tax that would target the revenue of large technology companies, following through on a plan that has drawn criticism from the U.S. and groups representing American tech giants.

  • June 20, 2024

    UK Tax Gap Continues Downward Trend, HMRC Says

    The U.K. has continued to shrink its estimated tax gap, reaching a new low of 4.8% in the 2022-2023 tax year, following a trend of decreases over the past almost two decades, HM Revenue & Customs said Thursday.

  • June 20, 2024

    G20 Should Not Give Up On Pillar 1, Gentiloni Says

    The Group of 20 rich and developing countries should not give up on the Pillar One agreement to reallocate corporate taxing rights globally, European Union tax commissioner Paolo Gentiloni said Thursday, pointing to a G20 summit in November as crucial.

  • June 20, 2024

    EU Adopts Sanctions On Russian LNG, Oil Tanker Fleet

    The European Union agreed in principle Thursday on the 14th economic sanctions package against Russia since its war against Ukraine began, targeting liquefied natural gas, dual-use goods and technologies, and a fleet of oil tankers from non-EU countries.

  • June 20, 2024

    German Casino Tax Regime Is Illegal State Aid, EU Says

    Germany's special tax system for public casino operators violates the European Union's law on state aid law, the bloc's executive branch and treaty regulator said on Thursday.

  • June 19, 2024

    EU Commission Tells France, Italy To Lower Budget Deficits

    The European Commission told France, Italy and six other European Union countries to rein in their big budget deficits on Wednesday, although their governments can decide themselves on the details of spending cuts and tax hikes.

  • June 19, 2024

    Problems With VAT Law Still Not Resolved, Estonia Says

    Estonia said Wednesday that it continues to have concerns about a proposed change to the European Union's value added tax law, which the small northeastern European country said would hurt small businesses.

  • June 18, 2024

    IRS Guidance Doesn't Perceive Spinoff Abuse, Official Says

    Recent IRS guidance limiting the corporate spinoffs that revenue officials will approve as tax-free ahead of time was designed to reflect the drafters' current views, rather than suggest perceived abuse of these transactions, a U.S. Treasury Department official said Tuesday.

  • June 18, 2024

    Lithuania Legislature Approves Bank Windfall Tax Extension

    The Lithuanian legislature voted to extend a temporary "solidarity tax" on bank profits through 2025, expecting to generate between €50 million ($53.7 million) and €70 million, it said Tuesday.

Featured Stories

  • Supreme Court Leaves Lifeline For Billionaire Income Tax

    Natalie Olivo

    The U.S. Supreme Court narrowed but did not entirely block the path to billionaire income tax legislation when the majority's opinion declined to weigh constitutional questions about taxing unrealized gains in its decision to uphold a mandatory repatriation levy.

  • Labour Manifesto Targets Wealthy To Fill Funding Gaps

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    Labour set out plans in its election manifesto on Thursday to raise a total of more than £8.5 billion ($10.8 billion) in tax reforms that target wealthy taxpayers, although some analysts questioned whether the measures will add up.

  • Digital Taxes May Take Hold Regardless Of Treaty Signing

    Natalie Olivo

    An internationally agreed-upon freeze on digital levies may continue to thaw even if countries meet their impending deadline to sign a related treaty for new corporate tax rules, in part because the accord faces a hazy path to formal ratification.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Litigation Inspiration: Attys Can Be Heroic Like Olympians

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    Although litigation won’t earn anyone an Olympic medal in Paris this summer, it can be worthy of the same lasting honor if attorneys exercise focused restraint — seeking both their clients’ interests and those of the court — instead of merely pursuing every advantage short of sanctionable conduct, says Bennett Rawicki at Hilgers Graben.

  • Lean Into The 'Great Restoration' To Retain Legal Talent

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    As the “great resignation,” in which employees voluntarily left their jobs in droves, has largely dissipated, legal employers should now work toward the idea of a “great restoration,” adopting strategies to effectively hire, onboard and retain top legal talent, says Molly McGrath at Hiring & Empowering Solutions.

  • Fishing Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Atop the list of ways fishing makes me a better lawyer is the relief it offers from the chronic stress of a demanding caseload, but it has also improved my listening skills and patience, and has served as an exceptional setting for building earnest relationships, says Steven DeGeorge​​​​​​​ at Robinson Bradshaw.

  • A Healthier Legal Industry Starts With Emotional Intelligence

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    The legal profession has long been plagued by high rates of mental health issues, in part due to attorneys’ early training and broader societal stereotypes — but developing one’s emotional intelligence is one way to foster positive change, collectively and individually, says attorney Esperanza Franco.

  • To Make Your Legal Writing Clear, Emulate A Master Chef

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    To deliver clear and effective written advocacy, lawyers should follow the model of a fine dining chef — seasoning a foundation of pure facts with punchy descriptors, spicing it up with analogies, refining the recipe and trimming the fat — thus catering to a sophisticated audience of decision-makers, says Reuben Guttman at Guttman Buschner.

  • Circuit Judge Writes An Opinion, AI Helps: What Now?

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    Last week's Eleventh Circuit opinion in Snell v. United Specialty Insurance, notable for a concurrence outlining the use of artificial intelligence to evaluate a term's common meaning, is hopefully the first step toward developing a coherent basis for the judiciary's generative AI use, says David Zaslowsky at Baker McKenzie.

  • Trauma-Informed Legal Approaches For Pro Bono Attorneys

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    As National Trauma Awareness Month ends, pro bono attorneys should nevertheless continue to acknowledge the mental and physical effects of trauma, allowing them to better represent clients, and protect themselves from compassion fatigue and burnout, say Katherine Cronin at Stinson and Katharine Manning at Blackbird.

  • How Attys Can Avoid Pitfalls When Withdrawing From A Case

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    The Trump campaign's recent scuffle over its bid to replace its counsel in a pregnancy retaliation suit offers a chance to remind attorneys that many troubles inherent in withdrawing from a case can be mitigated or entirely avoided by communicating with clients openly and frequently, says Christopher Konneker at Orsinger Nelson.

  • Using A Children's Book Approach In Firm Marketing Content

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    From “The Giving Tree” to “Where the Wild Things Are,” most children’s books are easy to remember because they use simple words and numbers to tell stories with a human impact — a formula law firms should emulate in their marketing content to stay front of mind for potential clients, says Seema Desai Maglio at The Found Word.

  • New Crypto Reporting Will Require Rigorous Recordkeeping

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    The release of a form for reporting digital asset transactions is a pivotal moment in the Internal Revenue Service's efforts to track cryptocurrency activities that increases oversight by requiring brokers to report investor sales and exchanges, say Shaina Kamen and Max Angel at Holland & Knight.