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The BEPS Project - International Tax Reform

Monday, October 12th, 2015

In a surprisingly efficient collaboration, governments are hammering the final nails into the coffin of tax avoidance. The final BEPS (Base Erosion and Profit Sharing) Project report was submitted for review on Monday, October 5, 2015, and decisions were announced three days later. G20 more

China Devalues the Yuan

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

On Tuesday, August 11, 2015, China caused quite a stir in the global market by devaluing its currency, the Yuan, in what became the biggest one-day slump in 10 years.

Some commentators suggested that China intentionally created an imbalance in the export industry, to give Chinese manufacturers more

Estate Planning & the Modern Family

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

Maybe the reason the Emmy-winning show ‘Modern Family’ is such a hit isn’t because of the phenomenal writers on the show (although the writers are phenomenal), maybe it’s because the show is more relevant than we think. What if Claire and Phil; Ed and Gloria; Cameron and Mitchell, and all the more

Taxing the Sharing Economy Industry

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

The Tax Man is having a difficult time trying to keep up with the advances in technology and the businesses that take advantage of it. In a world where technology has enabled swift global and communal evolutions, taxation of these evolutions provides challenges.

One such evolution is the ‘ more

The Greek Tragedy

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

As the rest of us are getting into the groove of late summer evenings and barbecues, the Greek economy is quickly going through the shredder. The last two weeks saw the country’s debt crises go from yellow to blazing red.  What happens now that the Greek people said “No” to fiscal austerity? more

The Top Five Asset Protection Mistakes Made by Physicians

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Many of our clients are physicians. Doctors are vulnerable to malpractice lawsuits, often brought by avaricious plaintiffs’ attorneys. With approximately 17,000 medical lawsuits filed each year, most doctors will get sued at least once in their career, with plastic surgeons clocking in at more

The Holy Bank Signs FATCA

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

The Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR) otherwise known as the Vatican Bank is the latest jurisdiction to join the growing list on the FATCA bandwagon. FATCA stands for Foreign Account Tax Compliant Act, a controversial effort by the U.S. government to curb international tax evasion. more

Estate Planning for Art Collectors

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Can you put monetary value on a partitioned art collection? 

A recent decision by the Appeals Court 5th Circuit in the case of Elkins V. the IRS may shed some light on this question and give art collectors and their estate planners an answer to the question above.

Many people, especially more

Multinationals Say Goodbye to the Irish Double and Irish Double with Dutch Sandwich

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

The ‘Irish Double’ and the ‘Irish Double with a Dutch Sandwich’ tax loopholes have provided companies like Google and other big-name players registered in Ireland with a very effective international tax strategy. Due to increasing pressure from the EU and the United States, Ireland has released more

China and Foreign Investment - China To Open More Sectors

Monday, November 10th, 2014

On November 5, 2014, China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) released a draft on the latest revision of restrictions placed on foreign investors looking to participate in China’s market. The most recent revision includes an increase in the number of industries open to more

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