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Grecian Magnesite: Tax Court Finds Reliance on a US Tax Advisor Establishes Reasonable Cause

On July 13, 2017, the Tax Court, in Grecian Magnesite, Industrial & Shipping Co., SA v. Commissioner, 149 T.C. 3 (2017), rejected Internal Revenue Service (IRS) arguments that, in order to establish good faith reliance, the...more

Revised LB&I Examination Process Requires Taxpayer’s Written Acknowledgement of Facts for Unagreed Issues

Recently announced changes to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Large Business and International (LB&I) Division’s examination process include a requirement that the audit team issue an Information Document Request (IDR)...more

3/7/2016  /  Audits , Examination Procedures , IRS

New Temporary and Proposed Regulations Offer Welcome Clarification on Application of the Embedded Loan Rule

On May 8, 2015, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service published temporary and proposed regulations under IRC §§ 446 and 956 (T.D. 9719; REG-102656-15), clarifying when nonperiodic payments made pursuant to...more

Legal Alert: The Tax Court Approves the Use of Predictive Coding

On September 17, the U.S. Tax Court, in Dynamo Holdings LP v. Commissioner, 143 T.C. No. 9 (Sept. 17, 2014), held that a taxpayer could use predictive coding, over the objection of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), to...more

Required Summer Reading: Guidance Issued on the Tax Treatment of Guaranteed Minimum Benefit Hedges and Identified Mixed Straddles

The Treasury and the IRS offered two pieces of highly anticipated guidance on July 18 that are particularly relevant to the life insurance industry. ...more

After All the Preparation, It’s Finally Here: FATCA Becomes Effective July 1, 2014

More than four years after Congress enacted the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act of 2010, Pub. L. 111-147, which added the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) provisions to the Internal Revenue Code, FATCA...more

To the Direct Acquirer Belong the Tax Attributes: Proposed Regulations Modify the Definition of Acquiring Corporation for Purposes...

On May 7, Treasury and the IRS published proposed regulations addressing which corporation succeeds to the tax attributes of another corporation that transfers assets in an acquisitive asset reorganization described in IRC §§...more

IRS Declares 2014 and 2015 as a Transition Period for FATCA Administration and Enforcement and Provides an Additional Six Months...

Pursuant to Notice 2014-33 (the Notice), the IRS announced that it will treat calendar years 2014 and 2015 as a transition period for the administration and enforcement of the due diligence, reporting, and withholding...more

5/9/2014  /  Due Diligence , Enforcement , Extensions , FATCA , FFI , IRS

IRS Signals a Potential End to Its Administrative Pursuit of the Separate Account DRD

On February 4, the IRS issued a new revenue ruling – Rev. Rul. 2014-7 – that indicates that the IRS no longer plans to issue formal guidance concerning the treatment of the dividends-received deduction (DRD) with respect to...more

Victory for the Taxpayer in Validus: District Court Holds that Federal Excise Tax Does Not Apply to Retrocessions

On February 5, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued its opinion in Validus Reinsurance, Ltd. v. United States, which is the first case to involve a challenge to the IRS’s position on the “cascading”...more

Legal Alert: The 2013 Tax Litigation Year in Review: Important Events

As we look forward to 2014, we take a look back at the top 10 important tax controversy issues making the news in 2013 that may have continuing importance in the future....more

Legal Alert: U.S. Supreme Court Resolves Circuit Split: Holds Valuation Misstatement Penalty Applies in Partnership Tax Shelter...

On December 3, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously reversed the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and held that (1) a federal district court in a partnership-level proceeding had jurisdiction to determine the...more

Legal Alert: New Extended FATCA Implementation Dates

On July 12, 2013, the IRS, in Notice 2013-43, and the Department of the Treasury in a Press Release of the same date, extended the implementation dates by six months for many of the withholding and account due diligence...more

Legal Alert: The End of an Era: IRS Expands “No-Rule” Policy for Spin-Offs and Other Common Corporate Transactions

On June 25, the IRS expanded its “no-rule” policy with respect to spin-offs and other tax-free corporate separations, liquidations, contributions, and reorganizations. Effective for letter ruling requests received by the IRS...more

6/27/2013  /  IRS , Liquidation , Spinoffs

U.S. District Court Orders Disclosure of Tax Accrual Workpapers, but Protects Opinion Work Product Information

On June 4, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota held that certain information contained in tax accrual workpapers must be disclosed by the taxpayer pursuant to an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) summons,...more

IRS Pressures Build: Budgetary Constraints, the Aging IRS Workforce and Changes in IRS Focus

On April 10, 2013, President Obama released his proposed Fiscal Year 2014 Budget of the U.S. Government. The budget calls for an increase in funding for the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”), which has faced budget cuts in...more

Legal Alert: A Trend Emerging? District Court Disallows $1 Billion of Deductions

Earlier this year, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana upheld the Internal Revenue Service’s disallowance of $1 billion of deductions claimed by Dow Chemical in relation to two transactions...more

Legal Alert: The 2012 Tax Litigation Year in Review: Important Events

The year 2012 was quite an interesting one for tax controversy. Whereas 2011 brought a win for the Treasury on deference issues in Mayo Foundation for Medical Ed. v. United States, 131 S. Ct. 704 (2011), 2012 was the year...more

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