Now that we have established why we should care about making International Tax Mistakes, let’s discuss the five strategic traps which would expose you as Business Lawyers to making International Tax Mistakes.
I will follow along in this handout that you all have; hopefully everyone has it. Let’s start with the Business Purity Trap. A Business Purity Trap is an assumption that there is a purely Business Transaction that has no connection to Tax Law whatsoever and because there’s no connection to International Tax Law; obviously, there is no need to ask a Tax Advisor about this Transaction.
You cannot imagine how many times I see this. In one area where I see this most often is Business Formation, when Business Lawyers advise their Clients to form Business Entities and structure Business Transactions in a way that would entail information of different Business Entities throughout the world. Obviously, this gets their Clients into trouble because every Business Transaction has Tax Consequences.
Let me repeat that: Every Business Transaction has Tax Consequences.