Law firm services webcasts

Previous webcasts

Cash to Accrual Tax Legislation - Get ready!
Original webcast: March 13, 2014

House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp has released his proposal for tax reform. Included in the proposal is the requirement that professional service organizations change from the cash basis to the accrual basis for reporting taxable income. If passed, this change will go into effect on January 1, 2015.

Listen to the playback of this webcast to hear a discussion of the proposed legislation impacting your firm's method of tax accounting, the elimination of the guarantee payment provisions and other issues related to the proposal that may impact law firms. Panelists included: Stanley Kolodziejczak (co-leader of PwC's Law Firm Services practice), David Gaulin (co-leader of PwC's Law Firm Services practice) and Brian Meighan (tax partner in PwC's Washington National Tax Services).

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2013 Year End Planning Webcast
hosted by WestLegalEdcenter, Thomson Reuters
Original webcast date: December 3, 2013

On this webcast, participants learned how their firm and partners may be impacted by the federal and state law changes, what to expect in 2014 and what planning opportunities are available now and for 2014. Specific topics included:
  • 2013 federal tax changes and key considerations
  • Federal tax planning for year end and 2014
  • State tax update
  • Economic nexus and market-based sourcing
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TravelWatch Webcast
hosted by PwC's Law Firm Services
Original webcast date: November 21, 2013

As the need for domestic and international cross-border business travel quickly rises, and tax jurisdictions are looking to alternative methods to raise revenue, your attorneys’ business locations and activities are becoming more and more challenging to monitor for compliance and tax liability exposure. Our panelists provided a thought-provoking discussion of the issues and requirements associated with business travel and short-term work assignments and how PwC’s end-to-end technology solution, TravelWatch, can assist you by monitoring, tracking and reporting travel information to help you efficiently plan for and manage the risks and liabilities associated with these assignments.

For more information on TravelWatch, please contact Rob Cinberg, or JoAnne Davidson.

PwC Law Firm Services Practice Presents Pass Through Entity Tax Reform
Original webcast: April 3, 2013

This webcast discussed provisions to reform the taxation of small businesses and pass through entities. Topics covered:
  • Overview of the changes impacting partnerships
  • Repeal of the guaranteed payment provisions
  • Elimination of the cash method of accounting for service partnerships
  • Reactions from the business community
  • Timeline and likelihood of proposals being in a final tax bill
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China business tax to VAT pilot program installation
Original webcast: August 2, 2012

The State Council of the PRC has announced the B2V Pilot Program to be implemented from the period of 1st of August through the end of 2012 in another 10 provinces and cities in China (namely Beijing, Tianjin, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Anhui, Fujian, Hubei, Guangdong, Xiamen and Shenzhen). It is not explicit from this announcement when the program will be specifically implemented in which of the 10 locations. However, it is expected that the provinces and cities will soon announce their respective implementation date.

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Transfer pricing update: Transfer pricing for law firms
Original webcast: February 9, 2010

In running their global organizations, US based international law firms provide different intercompany services to foreign offices. For tax purposes, these services are subject to transfer pricing rules, along with documentation and reporting requirements. With increased scrutiny by taxing authorities and added emphasis on how taxpayers determine the compensation for services provided between related parties, this webcast addresses the framework and requirements that law firms have to consider in establishing and administering their intercompany transactions.

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Doing legal business in Russia: How to be successful
Original webcast: January 26, 2010

Russia has been one of the fastest growing economies in the world, and despite the difficult times, there continue to be significant business opportunities in Russia. Sustained growth over several years is an indication of the great potential of the Russian market. Many of the key factors driving this growth will continue to be present when the markets recover. To operate successfully it is very important for a law firm to understand peculiarities of doing business in Russia and be aware the most significant legislative changes and minimize potential risks.

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New value added tax rules for law firms
Original webcast: October 7, 2009

The “VAT package” is a substantial reform of European VAT legislation that will go into effect on January 1, 2010. The reform will affect fundamental areas of VAT law such as the determination of the place of taxation for the supply of services. The rules will have a fundamental impact on the VAT treatment of certain services which may impact global law firms e.g. inter-company management services. In addition, the new rules will introduce significant new reporting obligations for the provision of intra EU services.

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Recent developments on taxation of law firms in China
Original webcast: July 22, 2009

Recent Chinese tax changes and requirements substantially affect non-resident law firms providing services to clients in China. This webcast discussed the latest developments and changes in requirements for paying China's Business Tax and Corporate Income Taxes, as well as PwC's view on how firms with offices in China, or firms who are considering opening offices in China, can best comply with these latest requirements.

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