Financial Regulatory Forum

from Tales from the Trail:

The wishful thinking behind a repatriation tax holiday

June 21, 2011

By Ryan McCarthy

The opinions expressed are his own.

Big U.S. multinationals have a strange sense of timing: apparently, now is the ideal time to fight for a tax holiday. The New York Times on Monday had an in-depth look at the topic of a repatriation tax holiday, with lovely charts and a helpful video detailing the myriad ways corporations cut their tax bills by stashing profits overseas. Given the clamoring about lack of demand in the economy, the deficit talks and swollen corporate cash holdings, the lobbying push seems poorly timed at best.

from The Great Debate:

Taxing spoils of the financial sector

April 22, 2010

If you want less of something, tax it.

That truism is often used as an argument against a tax on profits, or health benefits, or employment, but in the case of the rents extracted from the economy by the financial services industry here's hoping it proves more of a promise than a threat.

Australia tax body may harden stand on private equity

April 21, 2010

   By Victoria Thieberger
   MELBOURNE, April 21 (Reuters) – The Australian tax office has delayed two critical rulings on how private equity firms are taxed, in a move that tax experts say means the office is hardening its stance against private equity. (more…)

from MacroScope:

A “Greed Tax” on banks

April 21, 2010

The International Monetary Fund has done what it was bid by the G20  and come up with proposals for getting banks to pay for the government help they receive when they get in trouble.  You can read the actual wording here, but it comes down to this:

U.S. government to enhance municipal market regulation

March 2, 2010

    WASHINGTON, March 2 (Reuters) – The Internal Revenue Service has agreed to work more closely with the Securities and Exchange Commission to regulate the U.S. municipal bond market, the IRS said on Tuesday, adding the two federal agencies had signed memorandum of understanding. (more…)

ANALYSIS-Private equity firms brace for tax battle

February 8, 2010

   By Megan Davies and Kim Dixon
   NEW YORK/WASHINGTON, Feb 7 (Reuters) – Private equity firms are again being threatened with higher taxes, as a long-running debate over how to classify their profits again becomes a focus for governments desperate for cash. (more…)

Liechtenstein may sign other tax deals – paper

February 5, 2010
Crown Prince Alois sees further deals

Crown Prince Alois sees further deals

   ZURICH, Feb 5 (Reuters) – Liechtenstein may negotiate agreements with countries similar to the one it has with Britain, Crown Prince Alois was quoted as saying in a Swiss newspaper on Friday. (more…)

EU economy, tax nominees may face second grilling

January 14, 2010

By John O’Donnell

BRUSSELS, Jan 14 (Reuters) – One of the European Union’s top lawmakers has said she may demand a second hearing to quiz the bloc’s designated tax and economics chiefs before the committee she leads decides whether to approve their appointments.

Italy says considering further tax amnesty

December 15, 2009

    ROME, Dec 15 (Reuters) – Italy’s government is considering a further tax amnesty following this year’s amnesty, which is scheduled to expire on Tuesday and expected to raise up to 4.0 billion euros in windfall tax revenues. (more…)

Banks expected to swallow most of new UK bonus tax

December 11, 2009

By Steve Slater

LONDON, Dec 11 (Reuters) – Banks are likely to swallow the bulk of the cost of a shock UK tax on bonuses unveiled this week, rather than pass it on to staff or find loopholes, as more countries join the clampdown on payouts, industry experts and sources said.