Tuesday 29 July 2014

Update: US Tax Inversion moves may speed up via existing law..

Further to Friday’s blog post below, it appears that Obama may not have to introduce new legislation to prevent current and future tax inversion moves by US multinationals.

In fact, according to an article in The Irish Times, Obama could invoke a 1969 tax law that would restrict foreign companies using inter-company loans and interest deductions to reduce their tax bills. This could remove the key advantages of US companies taking over foreign companies and transferring their tax addresses to a more advantageous tax environment.

In practice, this means that companies* in the acquisition-pipeline will need to radically accelerate the process in order to avoid restrictions.

In other words, the Walgreens – Boots acquisition is now in fast-forward mode… 


* It is not clear whether  historic tax inversion companies will be impacted by the same legislation

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