Recent reports from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) expose the names of people and companies behind what it alleges are "secret offshore structures" that, in some cases, are used to reduce or avoid taxes. Bermuda has responded to the ICIJ reports to delineate fact from fiction.
Eversheds Sutherland provides its observations on the Republican unified tax framework. The framework is intended to serve as a "template" for the tax-writing committees, the House Ways and Means Committee, and the Senate Finance Committee to draft tax reform legislation.
This 5-part checklist lays out a set of fundamental policies and practices 831(b) captives should follow. While the Avrahami 831(b) captive tax case may have been unique, owners need to be following essential protocols. In doing so, they are much less likely to find themselves the subject of an IRS audit.
On August 21, 2017, the US Tax Court decided two companion cases, Avrahami v. Commissioner and Feedback Insurance Company, Ltd., v. Commissioner, 149 T.C. No. 7, which involved issues around the formation and operation of a captive in Saint Kitts and elections under Internal Revenue Code sections 953(d) and 831(b).