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BEPS and Allocation of Taxing Rights

The allocation of taxing rights between jurisdictions is a major international tax issue. The current analysis of this issue has largely been set in motion by the OECD/G20 base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) project and by programs that other international organizations have initiated. It’s important to consider whether jurisdictions… Read more »

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Is Your Company’s Tax Department a De Facto Family Office?

Many of today’s family offices began as the back office of a privately held company. In such companies, tax department staff members often provide services to the company’s owners and become indispensable. As a result, long after the operating business is gone, the back office lives on in the form… Read more »

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Refund Claims—Don’t Leave Money on the Table
The Expert: Rob Kovacev

Refund claims for open tax years are an often overlooked opportunity to ensure that a taxpayer takes advantage of tax benefits to which it is entitled. The recent tax reform legislation makes refund claims more valuable, particularly for tax benefits that will be reduced or eliminated beginning in 2018. It… Read more »

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OECD Corporate Tax Rates

Compared with the thirty-four other countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), until recently the United States boasted the highest corporate tax rate, but with the signing of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 in December, the United States significantly lowered its rate from thirty-five… Read more »

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Cherry Blossoms, Maybe; Tax Reform, Finally; TEI’s Midyear Conference, Always!

March Madness puts most of us in mind of the NCAA basketball tournament. But Washington offers March madness of a wholly different sort, one that stretches the bounds of unpredictability far beyond the usual debt ceiling dance or legislative cliffhangers. “Fake news” and “hyperbolic opinion” have become the new normal.… Read more »

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Managing Multiple Generations Within Your Department or Team

The one question TEI members most often ask us, the co-chairs of the emerging tax professionals subcommittee, is how to deal with and manage the millennials within their departments and teams. We get asked this question so often, in fact, that the first meeting-in-a-box our subcommittee developed centered on this… Read more »

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Tax and Benefits Considerations for Service Providers for Family Offices

Family offices compete for talent with the top investment advisory firms, investment banks, law firms, accounting firms, other family offices, and other organizations. These talented service providers are typically sophisticated and well aware of tax-efficient and creative ways that individuals are compensated in the general marketplace (including private equity and… Read more »

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A Look Back at 2017—and Ahead to 2018

Welcome to 2018 and the first installment of Emerging Tax Professionals (ETP) Update. We are thrilled to have been given the opportunity to share with you the latest news from the ETP subcommittee in this recurring column in Tax Executive. As we sat down to write this inaugural column, we… Read more »

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U.S. Tax Reform: History in Review

With the recent signing of new tax reform legislation in the United States and its implications sweeping through in-house tax offices—not to mention the entire nation—it’s easy to lose sight of how we got to this point. Taxation in the United States has been controversial since before the country’s independence,… Read more »

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Fraser Reid

“It’s for tax reasons.” You’ve heard that expression before. For Fraser Reid, vice president, taxation, at Teekay Shipping (Canada) Ltd., it was a turning point in his career. Here’s how Reid explains it: “When I was completing my thirty months of articling for my chartered accountant (CA) designation in the… Read more »

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