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Aug 11, 2014

U.S. Treasury looking at increase in master limited partnerships

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Treasury Department is looking into increased use by companies of the master limited partnership (MLP) as a business structure, a department spokesperson said on Monday, hours after a pioneering user turned its back on the MLP.

Houston-based Kinder Morgan Inc (KMI.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), the biggest U.S. pipeline company, said it will consolidate into a single corporation, folding together its existing organization of several master limited partnerships (MLPs).

Aug 7, 2014

Senator Levin says IRS should stamp out U.S. tax inversion deals

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An influential U.S. senator is encouraging the Internal Revenue Service to stamp out deals that allow companies to relocate their headquarters overseas in search of lower tax rates.

Senator Carl Levin, who has railed for years against tax policies he has labeled costly loopholes, said the Obama administration should not wait for Congress to curtail a growing trend of transactions known as “inversions.”

Aug 5, 2014

Walgreen retreats from plan to move tax domicile abroad

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, Aug 5 (Reuters) – U.S. retailer
Walgreen Co on Tuesday backed away from a plan to
reincorporate abroad to cut its U.S. tax bill, while the Obama
administration said it was considering steps to curb such
corporate tax domicile-shifting deals.

Walgreen, the operator of the largest U.S. pharmacy chain,
will buy the 55 percent it does not already own of European
rival Alliance Boots, but the U.S. company will not use
the deal to move its tax domicile overseas, said a person
familiar with the matter.

Aug 5, 2014

Walgreen retreats from plan to move tax domicile abroad: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. retailer Walgreen Co (WAG.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) on Tuesday appeared to back away from a plan to reincorporate abroad to reduce its U.S. taxes, while politicians again urged the White House to curb deals that shift tax domiciles.

Walgreen, which operates the largest U.S. chain of pharmacies, will buy the 55 percent it does not already own of European drugstore chain Alliance Boots ABN.UL, but it will not move its tax domicile overseas, Sky News reported.

Jul 29, 2014

Democrats urge no U.S. contracts for corporate tax ‘deserters’

WASHINGTON, July 29 (Reuters) – Corporations that move their
tax domiciles abroad would be denied federal contracts under
legislation offered on Tuesday by Democrats in the U.S.
Congress, targeting tax-driven deals known as inversions.

With November’s congressional elections approaching,
Democrats are blasting away at inversions. Few U.S. companies
have done such deals, but as they become more common, they are
attracting more negative publicity.

Jul 28, 2014

Obama could curb corporate ‘inversions’ on his own -ex-U.S. official

WASHINGTON, July 28 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama could
act without congressional approval to limit a key incentive for
U.S. corporations to move their tax domiciles abroad in
so-called “inversion” deals, a former senior U.S. Treasury
Department official said on Monday.

By invoking a 1969 tax law, Obama could bypass congressional
gridlock and restrict foreign tax-domiciled U.S companies from
using inter-company loans and interest deductions to cut their
U.S. tax bills, said Stephen Shay, former deputy assistant
Treasury secretary for international tax affairs in the Obama
administration. He also served as international tax counsel at
Treasury from 1982 to 1987 in the Reagan administration.

Jul 25, 2014

Foreign tax dodge deals have vexed U.S. for decades

WASHINGTON, July 25 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama
called on Thursday for limits on corporate deals known as
inversions in which U.S. companies shift domicile to foreign
countries to avoid U.S. taxes.

Washington has grappled for 30 years with inversions.
Fifty-two such deals have occurred in the past 31 years, half
since the 2008-2009 credit crisis, a Reuters review showed.

Jul 22, 2014

Top U.S. lawmaker wants corporate tax loophole ‘plugged now’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Immediate government action is needed to plug a loophole that allows U.S. corporations to avoid federal taxes by shifting their tax domiciles overseas through deals known as inversions, the head of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee said on Tuesday.

Nine inversion deals have been agreed to this year by companies ranging from banana distributor Chiquita Brands International Inc to drugmaker AbbVie Inc and more are being considered. The transactions are setting a record pace since the first inversion was done 32 years ago.

Jul 21, 2014

U.S. Senate panel to debate wave of corporate tax-avoidance deals

WASHINGTON, July 21 (Reuters) – As more U.S. corporations do
deals to cut taxes by shifting their tax domiciles overseas, the
Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing on Tuesday focused
on these transactions known as inversions.

Nine such deals have been agreed to this year by companies
ranging from banana distributor Chiquita Brands International,
Inc to drugmaker AbbVie Inc and more are being
considered. The transactions are setting a record pace since the
first inversion was done 32 years ago.

Jul 16, 2014

U.S. Treasury urges Congress to act on corporate tax dodge deals

July 16 (Reuters) – Calling for a new sense of “economic
patriotism,” U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew urged Congress on
Wednesday to take steps quickly to discourage U.S. companies
from moving their tax domiciles abroad to avoid federal taxes.

“Congress should enact legislation immediately,” Lew told a
business conference in New York hosted by cable television
channel CNBC. “We should have some economic patriotism here.”