Category: Offshore Partnerships

Partnership tax rules overhaul by 2018

Changes to partnership taxation are to go ahead with draft legislation now published, effectively clarifying the tax treatment for partnerships to ensure that the principle of taxing the beneficiary of partnership profit applies and to prevent a double reporting burden on investment partnership This measure makes changes to the income… – Continue reading

Foreign person NRA tax withholding

Nonresident Alien NRA tax withholding is applicable to U.S sourced income paid to foreign person and does not apply to payments made to U.S. persons. Foreign persons include nonresident alien individual, foreign partnerships, foreign corporations, foreign estates, and foreign trusts. The tax generally must be withheld from the payment made… – Continue reading

Austria: Ministry Of Finance Issues Guidance On The Alienation Of A Partnership Stake In A Trilateral Setting

On 29 October 2016, the Austrian Ministry of Finance provided interesting guidance on the tax consequences of an alienation of a participation in a Hungarian partner- ship by an Austrian partnership consisting of German partners. The case revolved around an operative Austrian partnership (GmbH & Co KG) with German resident… – Continue reading

Final Response to Non-Dom Consultation Published

In Depth There is mixed news for affected individuals, including far-reaching changes relating to offshore trusts and a further wait (possibly until March 2017) for the rest of the draft legislation. The following are highlights from the government’s response and the draft legislation. Deeming Provisions Deemed Domiciled: Non-doms will become… – Continue reading

Canada: ACB Adjustments For Foreign Affiliate Shares Held Through Partnerships

Recent CRA comments at the May 2014 IFA international tax seminar1 and a subsequently released CRA technical interpretation2 highlight anomalies in the application of subsections 92(4) and (5) of the Income Tax Act (Canada) (the “Act“).3 These provisions address the situation where shares of a foreign affiliate are held by… – Continue reading

VAM partners up with Close Brothers AM

VAM Funds has entered into a partnership with UK-based Close Brothers Asset Management (CBAM) to meet a rising demand for discretionary fund management services from international advisers. The tie-up will see three of CBAM’s products, which are normally available only in the UK, become available internationally through VAM Discretionary Funds…. – Continue reading

Avago’s Pending Broadcom Purchase Taps Arcane Tax Structure

Avago Technologies Ltd.’s pending takeover of Broadcom Corp. taps an arcane tax structure that has being dusted off amid a rise in cross-border mergers. Avago said it is prepared to offer Broadcom shareholders special partnership units that would defer any taxes triggered by the $37 billion tie-up, which was announced… – Continue reading

Is it US taxable income? Unintended consequences when US residents receive assets from their family’s foreign corporations

It is not uncommon for affluent families from certain countries to maintain offshore structures to hold a portion, and often times a significant portion, of their wealth. The reasons for holding assets outside of their country of residence are many, and such assets are frequently held in foreign corporations. As… – Continue reading

Worldwide: Asia Tax Bulletin – January 2015

CHINA China Releases GAAR Administrative Measures Courtesy of Mr Glen Wei, an attorney at law, certified tax adviser, and CPA based in China.China’s State Administration of Taxation (SAT) on December 12 issued Decree 32 (dated December 2) introducing administrative measures for applying the domestic general anti-avoidance rule to special tax… – Continue reading

Dubai Islamic Bank Partners with SAS to Combat Money Laundering

SAS supports Dubai Islamic Bank with Anti-Money Laundering solutions Dubai – SAS, the leader in business analytics software and services, announced its collaboration with Dubai Islamic Bank ( DIB ) to help prevent money laundering among the bank’s customers. SAS will support the bank with Anti-Money Laundering (AML) solutions that… – Continue reading

Tax Planning Considerations for the Purchase of a Residence in the U.S. by Foreign Buyers

Many factors influence a foreign buyer’s decision to purchase residential real estate in the United States. Generally, most of these decisions tend to be driven by concerns over political and economic uncertainty in the buyer’s home country. Most foreigners do not leave their home country, family, and friends for trivial… – Continue reading

British Virgin Islands: Record Keeping Obligations For BVI Companies, Partnerships, Trusts And Other Organisations

BVI Business Companies A1. What is the law on keeping and retaining records? Section 98 of the BVI Business Companies Act 2004 (BCA) has always provided that a BVI business company must keep records that: are sufficient to show and explain the company’s transactions; and will, at any time, enable… – Continue reading

Canada: Partnership Interests And Form T1135: Which Party Should File?

Canadian taxpayers with an interest in a partnership that holds specified foreign property (as defined in subsection 233.3(1)) may face uncertainty when assessing their form T1135 (“Foreign Income Verification Statement”) filing obligations. Depending on the partnership’s structure, either (1) the taxpayer may be required to file form T1135 in respect… – Continue reading

Base erosion and profit shifting – a South African perspective

The concept of base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) has been debated at various international forums following discussions at the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting and the G20 Heads of State summit in Russia last year. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) BEPS Action Plan… – Continue reading

MLPs Can Generate Tax Bills In Retirement Accounts

It’s a surprise to many people that MLPs generate taxable income in retirement plans requiring a tax filing and payment of taxes. Traders and investors are interested in using their IRA and other retirement plan accounts (collectively referred to as “retirement plans”) for making “alternative investments” in publicly traded master… – Continue reading

Another Big Year of MLP ETF Inflows

With U.S. interest rates remaining at historic lows, yield-starved investors have continued allocating massive amounts of capital to exchange traded products offering exposure to master limited partnerships (MLP). So popular are MLP ETFs and exchange traded notes (ETNs) that the asset class has not endured a month of net outflows… – Continue reading

International taxes update – November 2014

High Court refuses special leave application in capital gains tax dispute The High Court has refused the special leave application by the taxpayer in a case involving the liability to capital gains tax (CGT) of a ‘limited partnership’ formed in the Cayman Islands. The application for special leave followed the… – Continue reading

Franken’s Attacks on ‘Fat Cat’ Financiers Backfire

Minnesota Democrat invested in opponent’s tax-inverting company as son’s private equity firm opens shop in Caymans Sen. Al Franken (D., Minn.) is hoping to saddle his Republican challenger with Mitt Romney-esque charges of “vulture corporatism,” but his own investment activities, and those of his son, could blunt those attacks with… – Continue reading

Spain’s Tax Breaks, TD Bank, Ex-UBS Banker: Compliance

The European Union expanded its crackdown on illegal tax breaks, ordering Spain to recover money from companies that benefited from rules encouraging merger activity outside of the country. The European Commission said the Spanish measures unfairly rewarded companies for buying stakes in foreign competitors. Telefonica SA (TEF) last year lost… – Continue reading

Shareholders in BES firms seek information on €1.6m transfer

Cash in companies run by businessman Declan Conway was moved to two offshore companies Shareholders in two Business Expansion Scheme (BES) companies run by businessman Declan Conway have written to him demanding to know why almost €1.6 million was transferred from both firms to a number of offshore entities. Between… – Continue reading

‘Vaccine’ tax avoidance scheme loses in court

A cynical tax avoidance scheme which “abused the reliefs” offered for research into life-saving vaccines to claim back £77m, has been rejected at a second tribunal. HMRC said investors in the scheme used a Jersey registered limited partnership which claimed to be involved in creating and exploiting intellectual property from… – Continue reading

The Real Tax Benefits of Inverting to Canada

On August 26, Burger King announced that it entered into an agreement to acquire Tim Hortons, Inc., the Canadian coffee-and-doughnut chain, in a transaction that will be structured as an “inversion” (i.e., Burger King will become a subsidiary of a Canadian parent corporation).  The deal is expected to close in 2014… – Continue reading

IRS Updates FATCA Withholding Agreements for Foreign Partnerships and Trusts

The Internal Revenue Service has updated the Withholding Foreign Partnership and Withholding Foreign Trust agreements as part of the process of implementing the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, or FATCA. FATCA, which was included as part of the HIRE Act of 2010, requires foreign financial institutions to report on the… – Continue reading

Denmark – A Tax Haven?

Artur Bugsgang, partner at leading Danish law firm LETT looks at Denmark’s tax advantages. Denmark currently ranks fifth in the world in their ease of doing business index. The country is significantly less bureaucratic than the majority of its European neighbours, especially in regard to establishing and operating companies. Despite… – Continue reading