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Tax Court Decides First Micro Captive Case

On August 21, 2017, the Tax Court issued its opinion in two companion cases Benyamin Avrahami and Orna Avrahami v. Commissioner, and Feedback Insurance Company, Ltd. v. Commissioner, 149 T.C. No. 7, holding against the...more

Reversing Course—Proposed Regulations Reverse IRS Ruling Position on Treatment of Income from CFCs and PFICs for RIC Qualification...

On September 27, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) issued proposed regulations (REG-123600-16) (the Proposed Regulations) under section 851 addressing the income test applicable...more

Only the Lonely: “Lonely” Life Insurance Companies Confront New Issues Under Proposed Debt-Equity Regulations

The rules of IRC § 1504 and Treas. Reg. § 1.1502-47 provide the general parameters for determining whether a domestic life insurance company (within the meaning of IRC § 816(a)) may join in filing a consolidated U.S. federal...more

Taking Stock in Related-Party Debt: Regulations Propose Sweeping Changes

On April 4, the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released proposed regulations under IRC § 385 (the Proposed Regulations) that are intended to combat perceived concerns associated with indebtedness between...more

Treasury and the IRS Offer a New Take on the PFIC Active Insurance Exception

On April 23, Treasury and the IRS issued proposed regulations interpreting the active insurance exception under the passive foreign investment company (PFIC) rules. Although the release of the proposed regulations did not...more

IRS Issues Preliminary Section 529A ABLE Plan Guidance

On March 10, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service released Notice 2015-18, which provides advance notification of a provision that is expected to be included in final regulations to be issued under section 529A of the Internal...more

FY 2016 Budget Tax Proposals Target Insurance Companies

On February 2, the Obama Administration released its fiscal year 2016 budget (FY 2016 Budget). The hallmarks of the FY 2016 Budget are proposals that would impose (i) a minimum tax on the current foreign earnings of U.S....more

Legal Alert: Final Rules on Compensation Deduction Limit for Health Insurers

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Department of Treasury (Treasury) have issued final regulations under section 162(m)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (Code), which limit the deduction certain...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

Clock Is Ticking…Relief for Late Filed GRAs Expected to Expire Soon

Time may be running out for taxpayers to correct technically deficient gain recognition agreements (GRAs) under the relief procedure contained in the Directive on Examination Action With Respect to Certain Gain Recognition...more

Whose Risk Is It Anyway? New Revenue Ruling Provides Guidance for Employee Benefits Captives

On May 8, the IRS issued Rev. Rul. 2014-15, 2014-22 I.R.B. 1, which provides guidance in the rapidly expanding area of insuring or reinsuring employee benefits with captives. ...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

FY 2015 Budget Tax Proposals Target Insurance Companies

On March 4, the Obama Administration released its fiscal year 2015 budget (FY 2015 Budget). In keeping with the Administration’s past budgets, the FY 2015 Budget includes a number of tax proposals that target insurance...more

Potential Impact of the Tax Reform Act of 2014 on Insurance Companies

On February 26, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) released a “Discussion Draft” of the Tax Reform Act of 2014, which sets forth his much-anticipated tax reform proposals. Of note, the Discussion...more

New FATCA Regulations Address Certain Concerns of the Insurance Industry

On February 20, Treasury and the IRS issued new final and temporary Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) regulations. In brief, the new FATCA regulations provide positive changes with respect to several issues raised...more

3/3/2014  /  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

Massachusetts Governor Proposes Insurance Industry Pass-Through Tax

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick released his proposed FY 2015 budget on January 22, 2014. The proposed budget includes a tax provision that is targeted directly at the licensed insurance industry. Currently, income...more

DQ’d: New Inversion Regulations Expand the Reach of the Public Offering Rule and Offer a Few Other Surprises

On January 17, Treasury and the IRS published new temporary and proposed regulations under Section 7874 of the Internal Revenue Code that expand the reach of the so-called “public offering rule” of Section 7874(c)(2)(B) to...more

Leaving a Legacy: Divided Tax Court Allows Deductions for Insurance Premiums Paid to Captive Insurance Affiliate

On January 14, the United States Tax Court issued a reviewed opinion in Rent-A-Center Inc. v. Commissioner, 142 T.C. 1 (2014), which held that subsidiaries of Rent-A-Center Inc. (RAC) were entitled to claim deductions for...more

1/20/2014

A Marriage Made in Washington: Treasury and IRS Recognize Same-Sex Marriages for Tax Purposes

On August 29, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor, jointly announced the issuance of Revenue Ruling...more

New Final Regs on Use of Differential Income Stream in Evaluating Cost-Sharing Arrangements

On August 26, 2013, the United States Treasury Department issued new final regulations under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 482. The new regulations provide guidance on the “income method” for determining taxable income...more

Legal Alert: Not Exactly a Day in the Sun: U.S. Court of Appeals Holds Private Equity Fund Is Engaged in a Trade or Business

In Sun Capital Partners III LP v. New England Teamsters & Trucking Industry Pension Fund, No. 12-2312, 2013 WL 3814984 (1st Cir. July 24, 2013), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit effectively found that 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

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