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American Family Plan—Summary of Certain Key Tax Components

On Wednesday April 28, 2021, President Joseph R. Biden announced the American Families Plan, designed to expand access to education, child care, and health care, among other initiatives. The White House released a fact sheet outlining the plan, and Biden detailed the plan in an address to Congress. The American Families Plan would be funded by increasing tax enforcement on corporations and high-income taxpayers, enforcement of which would be supported by newly enhanced information reporting from financial institutions. The initiatives would also be funded by raising taxes on high-income taxpayers, including (i) increasing the top income tax rate to 39.6% from 37%, (ii) increasing the capital gains rate to 39.6% from 20% for those earning $1 million or more, (iii) eliminating a step-up in basis for gains in excess of $1 million, (iv) eliminating the carried interest loophole, (v) eliminating the special real estate tax break on gains greater than $500,000, (vi) extending the limitation that restricts excess business losses, (vii) and ensuring those making over $400,000 pay the same consistent 3.8% Medicare tax. These proposals are summarized in this Alert.

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EU Blacklist – Cayman Islands off, Anguilla and Barbados on: Impact for Asset Managers

Practices: Tax

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In a keenly anticipated development the Cayman Islands was removed from the EU list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions (the “EU blacklist”) on 6 October 2020 after adopting reforms relating to private funds in September 2020.

This will be welcome news for asset managers with Cayman entities in their structures as their tax compliance concerns return to a pre-2020 ‘normal’. Such asset managers will no longer have to worry about the restrictive, and possibly even punitive, consequences of the defensive measures EU member states are required to adopt by the end of the year, or the additional exercise of evaluating every transaction involving a cross-border deductible payment between an EU or UK entity and the Cayman entity to determine if there is a DAC 6 reporting obligation. We expect that it is less likely that the Cayman Islands will be added to the blacklists of individual member states such as the French list of Non-cooperative States and Territories. However, it remains to be seen whether the Cayman Islands’ fleeting addition to the EU blacklist will have any longer term negative associations for certain investors that may prioritise reputational concerns.

Anguilla and Barbados have been placed on the EU blacklist after peer review reports downgraded each of Anguilla’s and Barbados’ compliance ratings in relation to the international standard on transparency and exchange of information on request. Please refer to our previous article on the potential impact for asset managers of having blacklisted entities in their structures (available here).

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