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Imke Gerdes

Imke Gerdes is a partner in Baker McKenzie's New York office, co-chair of the New York and Miami Inclusion and Diversity Committee and a member of the Firm's North America Transfer Pricing Steering Committee. Before joining the New York office, she was a partner in the Firm's Vienna office. Imke is admitted to the German Bar, the New York Bar and she is admitted as tax advisor ("Steuerberater") to the Austrian Chamber for Tax Advisors.

On Thursday, 7 March 2024, the Tax Subcommittee of the House Committee on Ways and Means held a hearing on the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) inclusive framework’s Pillar One project. The hearing marked Congress’ first public inquiry dedicated solely to Pillar One since the release of the draft Multilateral Convention to Implement Amount A of Pillar One (MLC) and the final Amount B report. The same Subcommittee examined both Pillar One and Pillar Two in a July 2023 hearing that featured then-Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Tax Affairs Michael Plowgian.

In Christensen v. United States, the Court of Federal Claims held that a husband and wife could credit French income taxes against their US net investment income tax. Christensen has an immediate and direct impact on taxpayers who are subject to the 3.8% net investment income tax.
Taxpayers who pay the net investment income tax and who reside in treaty jurisdictions should review their treaty positions and evaluate their ability to claim foreign tax credits under an applicable treaty for prior years and going forward.

On 19 September 2023, the EU Commission opened a consultation on its BEFIT Directive, which was published the previous week. BEFIT is the acronym for Business in Europe: Framework for Income Taxation. The initiative, widely considered to replace the EU Commission’s Consolidated Common Corporate Tax Base, will aim to introduce a common set of rules for groups of companies and head offices, based in the EU, to determine their taxable base. The BEFIT proposal could also apply to non-EU-headquartered groups.

Amount B was introduced as a “fixed return” on “baseline marketing and distribution activities” in the October 2020 Blueprint of Pillar One, and was seen as a critical component of the Pillar One deal
Following the long-awaited release of the consultation document on 8 December 2022 and subsequent public commentary received, the OECD/G20 Inclusive Framework on BEPS published a consultation document on Amount B on 17 July 2023, creating renewed momentum and putting Amount B back into the international tax spotlight.

In brief The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (Public Law 115-97) (TCJA) made significant changes to Section 163(j) effective for tax years beginning after December 31, 2017. On December 28, 2018, Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published proposed regulations (“Proposed Regulations”) implementing the amendments to Section 163(j)…

The COVID-19 outbreak has led many countries to implement border controls as a temporary measure to curb infections, and many employers find their employees working from home or in locations outside the jurisdictions where employers typically operate or are located. International travel restrictions affect Boards of Directors and employees of…