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International Tax

  • Update: Lawmakers Abandon Controversial Border-Adjustment Tax Plan

    By MarksNelson on July 31, 2017
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    After months of uncertainty, a controversial tax plan is dead. Last Thursday, Trump administration officials and top congressional lawmakers said in a joint statement the border-adjusted tax will no longer be part of the ongoing negotiations for tax legislation.
  • Effect of a Border Adjustment Tax on the U.S. Economy

    By MarksNelson on June 8, 2017
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    The Trump administration plans to hold more than a dozen "listening" meetings over the next few months with business leaders on tax reform. The White House released its one-page plan back in April and hopes to have a more detailed plan for Congress later this summer. Meanwhile, one component remains front and center —the border adjustment, a proposal to change the ways goods and service are taxed depending on where they are manufactured and where they are consumed. Let’s take a closer look at what is being proposed and what effect it might have on U.S. companies.
  • Doing Business in Qatar

    By MarksNelson on June 9, 2016
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    LEA Global, the second-largest international association in the world is pleased to announce the release of BUSINESS IN QATAR, a complimentary whitepaper detailing the challenges companies face when doing business in the country.
  • Doing Business in Canada

    By MarksNelson on February 16, 2016
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    The whitepaper is intended to assist businesses considering doing business in Canada and provides details about the cultural, governmental, and economic forces in the various regions of the continent.
  • Why Deal Structure Counts, Comparing & Contrasting Asset And Stock Deals

    By MarksNelson on November 3, 2015
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    The merger and acquisition market is picking up along with the performance of the manufacturing sector. If you’re planning to buy or sell soon, you’ll need to negotiate more than just the selling price. This article discusses how deal structure can have a major impact on expected cash flow and exposure to potential liabilities after the dust settles.
  • Using An IC-DISC To Lower Taxes

    By MarksNelson on October 27, 2015
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    Manufacturers and distributors who export products should consider the use of an interest charge domestic international sales corporation (IC-DISC) to reduce their tax burden. This article answers some frequently asked questions about this strategy.
  • Have you ever heard of the Bureau of Economic Analysis?

    By Sara Stubler on June 17, 2015
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    Since learning about the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) BE-10 survey compliance requirement with an upcoming deadline of June 30 for all new filers, many have asked me “How was I supposed to know I needed to file?” I recall a story that someone shared regarding a professional in her twenties who was shocked to learn, several years into her career, that see needed to file Form 1040 annually with the IRS. She responded, “How was I supposed to know?” The need to file an individual tax return may be much more well-known but the BEA doesn’t seem to be doing any more advertising than the IRS on its filing requirements.
  • It’s Foreign Bank Account Reporting Time Again

    By Sara Stubler on June 2, 2015
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    U.S taxpayers with foreign bank or investment accounts that total in excess of $10,000 at any time during the year are required to file FinCEN Form 114 electronically by June 30 each year for the previous calendar year.
  • FATCA compliance costs are spiraling

    By Sara Stubler on February 5, 2015
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    The first full year of FATCA reporting began on January 1 with FATCA reporting deadlines beginning on March 31, 2015. Financial organizations are turning their attention to how to manage their reporting obligations. Complying with FATCA is becoming more expensive than initially expected, according to a recent survey. An increase of 11 percentage points in the number of institutions expecting higher expenses suggests that they are just now beginning to appreciate the complexity and burden of dealing with the law.
  • Looking to do business in the Gulf? Have you considered Bahrain?

    By Sara Stubler on December 15, 2014
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    Recently, we attended a World Trade Center KC meeting on "Doing Business in the Gulf" led by the Embassy of Bahrain. We were impressed with the amount of useful information we were provided, not only pertaining to the benefits of doing business in Bahrain but also its impact on doing business in other countries in the Persian Gulf. According to the embassy representatives, the biggest advantage of Bahrain is that they have one of the most favorable tax regimes in the world. There is no corporate income tax, no personal income tax, no withholding tax, and a free trade agreement with the United States.