If one word can describe the focus of international tax policy today, that word is transparency. Taxing authorities around the world continue to demand increased levels of transparency and reporting from alternative investment funds (AIFs) and other financial institutions with respect to their investors, business operations and transactions. This increased focus on transparency will affect planning and compliance for AIFs, their management companies and investors. Despite the obvious challenges, taking a proactive approach to reporting and planning issues could enhance an AIF’s position in a competitive market. In a two-part guest series, Dmitri Semenov, Jun Li, Lucas Rachuba
and Carter Vinson of Ernst & Young (EY) highlight challenges and recommend steps for AIFs to meet these global planning and reporting challenges. This first article addresses global reporting and areas on which AIFs should immediately focus. The second article will discuss planning and other long-term considerations for hedge funds and other AIFs to consider. For more on tax transparency, see “Understanding the Intricacies for Private Funds of Becoming and Remaining FATCA-Compliant
” (Sep. 12, 2013). For commentary from other EY professionals, see “Critical Components of a Hedge Fund Manager Cybersecurity Program: Resources, Preparation, Coordination, Response and Mitigation
” (Jan. 15, 2015); and “Considerations for Hedge Fund Managers Evaluating Forming Reinsurance Vehicles in the Cayman Islands
” (Sep. 4, 2014).