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July 6, 2015 - 12:49 PM EDT
There Is a Bailout: Obscure Treasury Ruling Provides $8 Billion to Puerto Rico
by Martin A. Sullivan
Despite what the White House says, the federal government is bailing out Puerto Rico.
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July 1, 2015 - 11:37 AM EDT
Texas Comptroller Improves Transparency of Administrative Decisions
by Cara Griffith
On June 1, 2015, Texas adopted several new practices regarding comptroller decisions that will improve the transparency of the state’s tax system by making decisions from hearings before the State Office of Administrative Hearings more accessible.
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July 1, 2015 - 8:13 AM EDT
Lessons on How Not to Run Your Government
by David Brunori
Three Republican governors illustrate all of what is wrong with government.
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June 30, 2015 - 12:01 PM EDT
Jeb Bush Takes a Page From Richard Nixon by Disclosing Personal Tax Returns
by Joseph J. Thorndike
Jeb Bush is poised to take the lead in this year’s race for most transparent candidate, and will release 33 years of personal tax returns on his campaign website this afternoon. It’s a bold move – and a shrewd one. As Richard Nixon discovered 63 years ago, financial disclosure can be embarrassing but it’s also good politics.
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June 26, 2015 - 9:51 AM EDT
Why We Just Sued the IRS – Again
by Christopher Bergin
The IRS better start understanding the need for it to embrace transparency before it becomes a shell of itself.
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June 22, 2015 - 12:03 PM EDT
Supreme Court Could Create $353 Billion Deficit Problem
by Jeremy Scott
The wait continues for the Supreme Court's decision in King v. Burwell -- the Court did not release the opinion on June 22. If the Court decides in favor of King -- basically making residents of 34 states ineligible for healthcare credits -- that will gut President Obama's healthcare reform effort, essentially leaving lawmakers with the choice to either fix or repeal the Affordable Care Act.
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June 5, 2015 - 8:36 AM EDT
Global Tax Harmonization and Other Impossible Things
by Robert Goulder
A group called ICRICT (the Independent Commission for the Reform of International Corporate Taxation) has released a declaration on how to transform the corporate tax from a permissive regime that facilitates double-nontaxation into a durable revenue tool for governments to advance social welfare on a global basis. As you might guess, ICRICT faces a few practical obstacles standing between it and fiscal nirvana.
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September 19, 2014 - 10:07 AM EDT
Renouncing the Dogma of Surrey’s Infallibility
by Ajay Gupta
Treasury’s export of Stanley Surrey’s arm’s-length standard was perhaps the most successful case of ideological conversion in the arena of international tax policy. Even as the United States inches away from that construct, the OECD clings to it with a zeal befitting a convert. Treasury may very well have to renounce the dogma of Surrey’s infallibility before true reform in the global transfer pricing regime can take place.
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July 11, 2014 - 9:39 AM EDT
International Tax Trending
by Mindy Herzfeld
This week’s international tax highlights include Jean-Claude Juncker’s agenda for EU tax policy, changes in the IRS’ international administration, and continued assertiveness by the U.S. and other governments in pursuing tax evasion while BEPS goes into sleep mode.
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News Analysis: Recent Supreme Court Decisions and Judicial Deference

Economic Analysis: U.S. Tax Reform and Puerto Rico

News Analysis: The Hesitation in Adopting Mandatory Binding Arbitration

House Republicans Face Long March to Impeaching Koskinen

Renacci Aims to Revive Camp Approach to Large Partnership Audits

Abolish the Tax Code? What Happens to 501(c)s?

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State Tax Spotlight on Valerie C. Dickerson

Chicago to Apply Lease Transaction, Amusement Taxes to Digital Services

Huddleston to Resign as Head of MTC in August

Ohio Governor Signs Budget With Major Tax Cuts, Vetoes Amnesty Proposal

Michigan Senate Approves Alternative Transportation Funding Package

Anaheim to Consider Extending Tax Break for Disneyland

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News Analysis: Foreign Interest in Singapore Is Strong, Despite BEPS

Airbus Tells EU Parliament Panel of Commitment to Transparency

Greeks Face Troubled Tax Future Regardless of Vote

U.S. DOJ Swiss Bank Non-Prosecution Agreement Total Hits 15

Japan Files Complaint With WTO Over Brazilian Taxes

Take-Away Tacos Taxable in Mexico

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June 24, 2015
Tax Analysts Sues IRS Over Executive Bonus Awards Records
by William Hoffman
Tax Analysts filed suit against the IRS on June 23, asking the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to compel the agency to release records of bonus awards it paid to high-level executives since 2010.

June 16, 2015
Trump's Views on Taxes Are Many and Varied
by Paul C. Barton
Real estate mogul Donald Trump, expected to make an announcement about his presidential plans on June 16, has espoused a wide range of views on tax policy, from wanting to eliminate the national debt by imposing a one-time wealth tax on the richest Americans to imposing a special tax on goods from China.

June 15, 2015
Negotiating a Closing Agreement With a Department of Revenue
by Peter L. Faber
Peter L. Faber is a partner with McDermott Will & Emery in New York. In the debut of his column, In the Trenches, Faber discusses techniques for negotiating closing agreements in tax audit settlements between departments of revenue and taxpayers.

June 15, 2015
U.S. 'Extremely Disappointed' in DPT and BEPS Output, Stack Says
by Lee A. Sheppard and Stephanie Soong Johnston
Someone had to do it. U.S. multinationals hate the new British diverted profits tax (DPT), and someone had to give vent to their frustrations and say it was wrong to get ahead of base erosion and profit-shifting agreements. That someone was Robert Stack, U.S. Treasury deputy assistant secretary (international tax affairs).

June 15, 2015
U.S. May Set CbC Report Deadline Earlier Than OECD
by Kristen A. Parillo
The IRS may require businesses to file their country-by-country (CbC) reports with their U.S. tax returns -- three months earlier than the OECD has recommended, a Treasury official suggested June 12.

June 8, 2015
Alabama Tribe Offers to Pay Taxes in Return for New Gaming Rights
by Eric Yauch
An Alabama tribe looking to expand its gambling operations is offering cash-strapped state officials millions of dollars in new taxes, while simultaneously challenging a local government's attempt to tax casino property.

June 8, 2015
Fiscal Policy Lessons From the States
by Jonathan WIlliams
In this viewpoint, Williams says that states must address unfunded pension liabilities and argues that low-tax states outperform high-tax states on economic issues.

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