Michael Shulman

Michael Shulman

Shearman & Sterling LLP

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Spin-Off Revenue Procedure Removes a No-Rule Area and Provides Safe Harbors for Unwinding High Vote/Low Vote Stock Structures

On July 15th, the IRS released Rev. Proc. 2016-40 (the “Rev. Proc.”) removing a recent “no-rule” area with respect to transactions undertaken in anticipation of a spin-off involving high vote/low vote stock classes for the...more

7/21/2016 - IRS Recapitalization Revenue Procedure 2016-40 Safe Harbors Share Classes Spinoffs Tax-Free Spin-Offs

Treasury and IRS Issue New Spin-Off Proposed Treasury Regulations On Device and Active Trade or Business Requirements

On July 14, 2016, the Treasury Department and the IRS issued proposed regulations under Section 355 on spin-off transactions (the “Proposed Regulations”) that provide guidance with respect to the spin-off device prohibition...more

7/19/2016 - Business Assets IRS Mortgage REITS Proposed Regulation Spinoffs U.S. Treasury

Proposed Regulations on Related-Party Debt Instruments Would Result in Dramatic Adverse Tax Consequences

On April 4, 2016, the US Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service proposed regulations under section 385 of the Internal Revenue Code that would recharacterize certain related-party debt instruments, in...more

6/3/2016 - Debt Debt Securities Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Proposed Regulation Related Parties

Treasury and IRS Issue Regulations on Inversions and Earnings Stripping

On April 4, 2016, the Treasury Department and the IRS issued temporary regulations under Section 7874 on inversion transactions that added some new restrictions and implemented provisions previewed in two prior IRS notices...more

4/15/2016 - Anti-Inversion Regulations Controlled Foreign Corporations Debt Securities IRS U.S. Treasury

New Partnership Audit Procedures May Dramatically Affect the Assessment and Collection of Taxes Relating to Partnership Activities

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (the “BBA”), which was signed into law in November 2015, includes sweeping changes to the rules governing federal tax audits of entities treated as partnerships for US federal income tax...more

1/29/2016 - Audit Policies K-1 Partnerships Tax Planning TEFRA

Treasury and IRS Issue Additional Inversion Notice

The Treasury Department and the IRS released Notice 2015-79 (the “2015 Notice”) on November 19th to further limit expatriation transactions and to supplement the anti-inversion guidance issued by Treasury and the IRS on...more

11/24/2015 - Corporate Restructuring Foreign Corporations Inversion IRS U.S. Treasury

Final Regulations Under Section 871(m) Clarify Withholding Tax Rules for Equity-Linked Derivatives, Yet Many Challenges Remain

On September 17, 2015, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) issued new temporary and final regulations under section 871(m) of the Internal Revenue Code regarding the imposition of US federal...more

10/14/2015 - Corporate Taxes Derivatives Dividends Equity Securities Equivalency Determinations Final Rules Foreign Equivalency Determination Foreign Nationals HIRE Act ISDA Tax Treaty U.S. Treasury Withholding Tax

IRS Issues Final Regulations on F Reorganizations

In September 2015, the Treasury Department and the IRS issued final regulations (T.D. 9739) that provide guidance with respect to the qualification of a transaction as a reorganization under Section 368(a)(1)(F) (an “F”...more

10/14/2015 - Corporate Conversions Corporate Taxes Final Rules IRS Liquidation Mergers Reorganizations Shareholders Transfer of Assets U.S. Treasury

The Treasury and the IRS Issue Spin-Off Revenue Procedure and Notice Announcing No-Rule Areas That Are Under Study

On September 14th, the IRS released Rev. Proc. 2015 43 (the “Rev. Proc.”) announcing new “no-rule” areas with respect to spin offs involving substantial amounts of investment assets, small amounts of active trade or business...more

9/17/2015 - IRS Real Estate Investments REIT Revenue Procedure 2015-27 Revenue Procedure 2015-28 Spinoffs U.S. Treasury

Is It All Now Transparent? UK Supreme Court Case on Delaware LLCs Leaves Open Questions on Entity Classification for UK Tax...

The UK Supreme Court delivered an unexpected final judgment on 1 July 2015 in the long-running case of Anson v Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs [2015] UKSC 44. Reversing the decisions of the Upper Tribunal...more

7/7/2015 - Corporate Taxes HMRC Limited Liability Companies Tribunals UK UK Supreme Court

United States and Brazil Sign FATCA Intergovernmental Agreement

The United States and Brazil have signed a “Model 1” intergovernmental agreement (“IGA”) with respect to the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (“FATCA”). The Brazilian IGA is intended to simplify FATCA information...more

10/1/2014 - Brazil FATCA IGAs International Tax Issues Tax Evasion

Treasury and IRS Issue Inversion Notice

The Treasury Department and the IRS released Notice 2014-52 (the “Notice”) on September 22nd to limit expatriation transactions. The Notice states that Treasury will issue regulations intended to limit the tax benefits of...more

9/25/2014 - Corporate Taxes International Tax Issues Inversion IRS Tax Evasion U.S. Treasury

FATCA: Implications for Non-US Funds

A general guide in determining the application of FATCA to non-US funds. I. What Is FATCA? FATCA refers to the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (contained in Sections 1471 through 1474 of the US Internal Revenue...more

5/28/2014 - FATCA Income Taxes International Tax Issues Offshore Funds Tax Evasion

New Proposed Regulations Under Section 871(m) Adopt a Single Factor Test but Delay Effective Date Until 2016

On December 4, 2013, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) released new final and proposed regulations under section 871(m) of the Internal Revenue Code regarding the imposition of US federal...more

12/9/2013 - Delays Financial Regulatory Reform Income Taxes IRS Swaps U.S. Treasury

United States Signs FATCA Intergovernmental Agreement With the Cayman Islands

The US Department of the Treasury recently announced that the United States has signed a “Model 1” intergovernmental agreement (an “IGA”) with respect to the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (“FATCA”) with the Cayman...more

12/9/2013 - FATCA IGAs

Cayman Islands Government Announces FATCA Intergovernmental Agreement

The Cayman Islands government announced on August 13, 2013 that it has concluded negotiations with the US government on a “Model 1” intergovernmental agreement (“IGA”) with respect to the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act...more

8/22/2013 - Compliance FATCA Intergovernmental Agreements Tax Reform TIEA

Timeline for Initial FATCA Implementation Extended

The Treasury Department (“Treasury”) and the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) announced on July 12, 2013 a general six-month extension to the timeline for initial implementation of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act...more

7/16/2013 - Delays FATCA FFI Foreign Banks IGAs IRS U.S. Treasury

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