Financial services

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With experience of supporting the financial services community in key financial hubs, across the network, we help organisations navigate complex reporting, governance and regulatory issues to achieve their business objectives.

USA: Proposed FATCA regulations

On 8 February 2012, the IRS issued proposed regulations providing rules pursuant to the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). The proposed regulations are generally consistent with the guidance set out in prior Notices. However, there are significant modifications and refinements.

Issue 11 - RSM Reporting

This eleventh edition features:

South Africa: Transfer Pricing – A Significant Change

With effect from 1 October 2011, South African Transfer Pricing legislation was significantly changed by the implementation of an amended Section 31 to the Income Tax Act 58 of 1962 (”the Act”). The section has now further been amended in terms of the Taxation Laws Amendment Bill 19 of 2011 introduced by the Minister of Finance on 25 October 2011.

Australia: Removal of FBT Concessions for Foreign Executives

The Australian Government’s latest revenue raising measures are again targeting international businesses. The ‘Living away from home’ allowance and other related benefits have been denied concessional tax treatment for international employees along with increased substantiation requirements for all others. Background

USA: Foreign Investment in U.S. Real Estate

Is there a “best” way for a foreign individual to own U.S. real estate?  When planning to acquire U.S. real estate, foreign individuals have a number of ownership alternatives to consider each of which offers its own advantages and disadvantages. There are other items a foreign investor should consider when evaluating the most advantageous method for holding U.S.

Commercial Developments in MERCOSUR

Since its creation in 1991, MERCOSUR (acronym in Spanish for Mercado Común del Sur or Common Market of the South) has been developing at an uneven pace.

Australia: Cross-border transfer pricing reforms

On 24 May, the Government introduced into Parliament the first piece of draft legislation in its reform of Australia’s transfer pricing provisions.

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