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As international tax specialists, Baker Tilly focuses on optimizing our clients’ tax benefits in and outside the U.S. We actively address pressing issues for our global clients and can assist with advising on U.S.-based and local-country matters.

    At a glance

    Our goal is to enhance your ability to stay compliant with global tax laws by aligning your tax strategies to your business goals to strengthen your financial position, now, for tomorrow.

    Global businesses need practical and timely tax advice if they are to adapt and prosper in today's competitive global markets, especially against a backdrop of new and complex international and country-specific tax laws which may include broad anti-avoidance provisions.

    The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act fundamentally changed the way U.S. multinationals are taxed and how they operate abroad. While challenging, U.S. tax reform also opened up opportunities for foreign investors to expand their global operations into the U.S. Whether a U.S. multinational, an inbound company or a global citizen with ties to the U.S., Baker Tilly’s international tax specialists can help effectively navigate through the new tax environment and work to map the best way to protect and enhance the value of global investments and profits.

    With a foundation of strategy and planning, our international tax specialists collaborate to make the most of your resources and provide knowledgeable insight and service in these key areas:

    • Cross-border M&A – Whether it’s a joint venture, restructuring, refinancing or capital-related event, you will encounter some kind of tax-related challenges, especially when deals cross borders. No matter where you are in the investment cycle, we can assist in identifying related tax risks and opportunities for successful expansion into international markets.
    • Transfer pricing/supply chain – In addition to the OECD’s base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) project, increased cross-border activity means most countries are developing transfer pricing rules, regulations and associated penalties to ensure their tax base is not eroded. Our transfer pricing specialists will help you meet rising regulations and the increased variety of intercompany transactions in a pragmatic way.
    • Global mobility – We understand the respective expatriate tax obligations of employers and employees, and we work with our clients to ensure they stay tax compliant and minimize potential liabilities wherever they are working, helping them navigate tax equalization and the foreign earned income exclusion among other issues.
    • International high-net-worth – We work with our global clients to navigate the complex rules related to residency and non-residency, foreign tax credits, and the sourcing and resourcing of income. Additionally, we specialize in ensuring compliance with U.S. passive foreign investment company (PFIC) rules, controlled foreign corporation (CFC) rules, and rules related to disregarded entities (DREs) in the individual context, as well as Section 877A exit tax rules.
    • International trusts and estates – Protecting legacies for high-net-worth individuals can be complex, especially for families living abroad. We support our clients’ overall financial objectives with specialized expertise in trust and private foundation formation, managing international taxes, and dealing with global tax filing requirements.
    • Tax controversy – Our dedicated professionals help companies and individuals confidently face an audit, respond to notices and requests, and strengthen their position with taxing authorities in the U.S. and in foreign jurisdictions.
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    Baker Tilly International introduces PE Tracker: a mobile tool designed to manage permanent establishment risks

    As multinational companies expand, complex business structures can create challenges in relation to managing PE risks. PE Tracker is a one-stop-shop mobile tool designed to help international businesses in answering the question: PE or not PE?

    The PE Tracker is introduced as an update to Tax Mapp, Baker Tilly International’s mobile tax application which includes tax guides for 150 territories and topical tax insights.

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    2018 Year-end tax letter | International taxation