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November 21, 2014 - 11:12 AM EST
Magnum Opus: “Paying Taxes 2015: The Global Picture”
by Robert Goulder
These days there are comparative metrics for everything, including the varying degrees of efficiency (or lack thereof) in tax regimes around the world. A new, unique report by the World Bank and PricewaterhouseCoopers takes on the ambitious task of tracking tax compliance burdens across 189 economies worldwide.
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November 19, 2014 - 3:15 PM EST
Bad News for State Public Pension Plans
by Cara Griffith
New research has come out revealing the level at which state public pension plans are underfunded, and it’s not good news.
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November 19, 2014 - 12:04 PM EST
Stop Listening to People Like Warren Buffett on Taxes
by David Brunori
Many Americans were enamored by Warren Buffett’s calls for higher taxes, but actions speak louder than words.
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November 17, 2014 - 11:35 AM EST
Why the Upcoming Battle Over Expiring Tax Provisions Matters -- A Lot
by Martin A. Sullivan
Strange as it may seem, the fate of tax reform may depend on how Congress extends expiring tax provisions.
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November 11, 2014 - 4:44 PM EST
Democrats Getting What They Deserve on Medical Device Tax
by Joseph J. Thorndike
Apparently, the medical device tax (MDT) is one of America’s biggest problems. Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has made its repeal one of his top priorities. Device manufacturers are prepping for a victory celebration after bankrolling a multiyear campaign that seems ready to bear fruit. Even Wall Street is getting ready, with analysts noting the upside for device manufacturers.
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November 11, 2014 - 9:01 AM EST
A Republican Königgrätz?
by Jeremy Scott
Republicans control both chambers of Congress again, but they are in danger of being unable to pass significant legislation, tax or otherwise, over the next two years. In 2016 the GOP faces the prospect of being swept away by another Democratic presidential victory and an unfavorable Senate map. Republicans must find a way to pass immigration or tax reform, or discover some other way to rebrand themselves as a party capable of governing to broaden their appeal.
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September 25, 2014 - 2:15 PM EDT
The Hobgoblin of Little Minds
by Christopher Bergin
The Obama Administration has been working feverishly all summer to create a scary new Halloween character for this year: the corporate tax inversion.
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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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April 29, 2014 - 9:00 AM EDT
Dreams of Tax Reform
by Clint Stretch
At the risk of revealing too much of my sentimental side, I have to admit that I’m a huge Patsy Cline fan. So I recently found myself at the small but carefully curated Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Va., which is holding a special exhibit on Patsy’s life and career.
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For Monday, November 24, 2014

Stack Notes 'Tyranny of Bright-Line Rules' in Skinny-Down Rules

IRS Seeks to Address Concerns on APA and MAP Procedures

Whistleblower Counsel Praise Tax Court for Keeping Claim Open

4 New Republicans to Join Ways and Means

Missing Lerner E-Mails May Be Available After All

Work in Developing Short Exemption Form Guiding New Exam Plan

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Chicago Whistleblower Files New Set of Tax-Related False Claims Cases

Tennessee Supreme Court Permits Appeal in Alternative Apportionment Case

Direct Marketing Association Files Reply Brief in U.S. Supreme Court

Nevada Gives Final Approval to Incentives for Tesla and K2 Energy

Louisiana Governor to Use Tax Amnesty Funds for Budget Shortfall

Connecticut's Enacted Tax Cuts on Track Despite Deficit, Governor Says

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News Analysis: Political Developments in BEPS and the EU

OECD Seeks Input on Follow-Up BEPS Treaty Abuse Work

France Investigates HSBC Tax Services to Private Bank Clients

Russian Law on Taxation of CFCs, Foreign Organizations Passes Third Reading

Australia Using Risk-Rating System for Transfer Pricing Audits

News Analysis: Italy's Finance Bill -- Tax as a Tool for Growth

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November 21, 2014
News Analysis: Will London's Mayor Enter the OVDP?
by Ajay Gupta
In news analysis, Ajay Gupta explores the possibility that Boris Johnson, London's present mayor and the United Kingdom's possible future prime minister, will become the next high-profile participant in the IRS's offshore voluntary disclosure program.

November 3, 2014
Illinois Judge Rules Against Chicago 'Whistleblower' in False Claims Case
by Amy Hamilton
Writing that the purpose of the Illinois False Claims Act "is not to penalize frank differences of opinion or innocent errors made despite the exercise of reasonable care," an Illinois circuit court judge has ruled against a Chicago-based law firm serving as the whistleblower in a qui tam tax case.

October 30, 2014
Michigan's Retroactive Repeal of Compact Now an Issue in Multiple Courts
by Amy Hamilton
In news analysis, Amy Hamilton says the Michigan Department of Treasury is raising the issue of the state's retroactive repeal of the Multistate Tax Compact as an intervening event at three court levels, with one upshot being that several taxpayer challenges to the new law are now being pursued concurrently.

October 23, 2014
Should Corporate Inverters Worry About a Federal Contract Ban?
by Lindsey McPherson and Andrew Velarde
While lawmakers and administration officials have focused primarily on proposals to change the tax code when debating how to stop tax-motivated inversions, it is possible they could take action outside the world of taxes and institute a federal contract ban on inverters -- although some observers question whether such a ban would be effective.

October 21, 2014
Koskinen Warns Filing Season Could Be Most Complicated Yet
by William Hoffman
Implementation of new tax laws combined with a tight budget and the possibility of Congress passing a late package of tax extenders threatens to make 2015 "the most complicated filing season before us in a long time, if ever," IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told Tax Analysts during an exclusive interview on October 17.

October 21, 2014
Koskinen Interview Transcript Available
by Tax Analysts
The transcript is available of an October 17 interview of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen at Tax Analysts' offices in Falls Church, Virginia, where he answered questions concerning corporate inversions, the IRS targeting controversy, partnership audits, and the coming filing season, among other subjects.

October 16, 2014
India Seeks to Move Past 'Aggressive Assessments'
by Ajay Gupta
The need to restore India's luster, the imperative of reestablishing the country's preeminence as an offshoring destination, and the importance of presenting a more business-friendly image of its government were all palpable as the weeklong 68th Congress of the International Fiscal Association began on October 12 in Mumbai.

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