Category: North America

Canada: Treaty Shopping: MIL, MLI And ALTA Things In Between

On February 12, the Federal Court of Appeal (FCA) released its decision in The Queen v. Alta Energy Luxembourg S.a.r.l.1 (Alta Energy), a case that represents an attempt by the Canadian tax authority to relitigate the issue of whether Canada’s domestic general anti-avoidance rule (GAAR) can apply to curtail so-called “treaty shopping”.2   ... - Continue reading

GRI issues international corporate tax reporting standard

The Global Reporting Initiative has issued a new international tax reporting standard that aims to ensure multinational companies are much clearer about how much they pay in taxes, and where. While the standard has no legal force, it could influence the ongoing debate in the U.S. and abroad on how… – Continue reading

Ukraine, U.S. ratify agreement on FATCA de-offshorization

The bill foresees that the Ukrainian banks will open information about the accounts of U.S. citizens in this country; Ukraine, on the other hand, will not be able to get the respective information about Ukrainian accounts in the States The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has passed the document about ratification… – Continue reading

US IRS tells banks not to close accounts just because of missing tax ID number: FATCA

The US Internal Revenue Service has eased the rules of FATCA compliance by telling banks overseas that they are not required to close the accounts of their accidental Americans clients who have not provided their tax identification number by January 2020. FATCA was passed in 2010 and forces banks wanting… – Continue reading

‘Who is buying Seattle?’: New report issues warnings on Seattle’s luxury housing boom

Seattle’s luxury housing boom will worsen inequality and affordability in the city, according to a new report, which calls for officials to require more transparency on who is actually buying luxury real estate in the area. The report — “Who is Buying Seattle? The Perils of the Luxury Real Estate… – Continue reading

United States: Senators Introduce Bill To Require Reporting Of Beneficial Ownership Information

A bipartisan group of senators introduced a bill which would impose federal beneficial ownership reporting requirements for legal entities established under state law, intended to assist law enforcement in fighting money laundering and terrorist financing ("AML/CFT"). ... - Continue reading

Accidental Americans’ sue France over FATCA disclosure rules

A group representing French-American taxpayers  has filed a complaint against France with the European Commission over its compliance with the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), in a bid to avoid being blacklisted by French banks starting in January. France is a signatory to an agreement to give the… – Continue reading

Mexico 2020 tax reform: big changes proposed for foreign companies doing business in Mexico

On September 8, the executive branch of the Mexican government introduced Mexico 2020 tax reform, proposing far-reaching changes to the Mexican income tax, value-added tax, and Federal Tax Code. ... - Continue reading

Foreign investors inject $143.6 million in t-bills since July

KARACHI: Foreign portfolio investors invested $143.633 million in treasury bills from July onwards as the present government started betting on overseas funds into debt securities to finance budget deficit and refinance maturities. The State Bank of Pakistan’s (SBP) latest data showed that outflow from portfolio investors amounted to $5.808 million… – Continue reading

FATCA blamed for one in five US expats planning to give up passport

One in five US citizens living abroad are on the verge of giving up their passports according to a survey published by US tax consultants Greenback. The Greenback survey – which was conducted by more than 3,000 US expats – studies the expat community’s opinions on taxation, citizenship renunciation, and… – Continue reading