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Exclusion for Qualified Small Business Stock

The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act, passed in December 2015, extended an often overlooked provision of the tax code with the potential to provide significant savings to small business owners and non-corporate...more

Global Tax News: Hard times in the oil patch: tax implications for investors in the era of price fluctuations

The current decline in oil prices, which continues to show no signs of a long-term reversal, is having a great many unexpected and unwanted consequences, many of which may turn into long-lasting troubles for the oil and gas...more

Demystifying Phantom Equity

Phantom equity is a colorful term for a simple concept: compensation that rewards key contributors for increasing the value of the company without the immediate issuance (or even any future issuance) of equity securities....more

Three Restatements Conclude with SEC Enforcement Action

Following a restatement of its financial statements, many firms are investigated by the SEC and later named in an enforcement action. For Weatherford International PLC, three was the charm – following its third restatement in...more

IRS Issues Additional Guidance on REIT Parking Facility Income

In the recently released Private Letter Ruling 201628020, the IRS considered a situation where affiliated entities owned various properties in an office park; the IRS determined that the entities’ income from leasing space in...more

Proposed Bayer-Monsanto merger presents a charitable planning opportunity

The announcement of the Bayer-Monsanto transaction gives shareholders a great opportunity to think about taxes and charitable planning options. Shareholders have seen a $10-$15/share bump since May, and the current...more

Court Rules Coequal Stockholders Owe Fiduciary Duties To Each Other

Stockholders in closely held corporations often operate their companies as if they were partnerships. Does that mean that the stockholders, like partners, owe fiduciary duties to each other?...more

The next chapter - A new bond linking financial returns to environmental or social goals could thrive. But securities law...

Shakespeare’s Juliet may not have ascribed great significance to a name but for securities lawyers and market participants alike there is significance to nomenclature. Social impact bonds, or investments that are intended to...more

Proposed 2704 Regulations: Significant Impact on Valuation Discounts for Family Businesses

Background: On August 4, 2016, the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service issued proposed regulations addressing the valuation of certain business interests for federal estate, gift and generation-skipping tax...more

Treasury Department Issues Final Regulations on Real Property Definition for REIT Purposes

Final regulations establish analytical framework for determining whether assets qualify as real property for purposes of the REIT rules. On August 31, 2016, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)...more

Investing Private Foundation Assets: What Every Foundation Manager Should Know

Those responsible for managing a private foundation’s investment assets may not always understand the unique fiduciary and tax constraints imposed on private foundations and their managers by both state and federal law....more

Introduction of the Empowering Employees through Stock Ownership (EESO) Act

On July 12, 2016, the Empowering Employees through Stock Ownership (EESO) Act (S. 3152) was introduced to the U.S. Senate by Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Dean Heller (R-NV). The Act is intended to make it easier for...more

Qualified Small Business Stock

Entrepreneurs and angel investors often ask whether an investment in a particular start-up will qualify as “qualified small business stock” for purposes of Section 1202 of the Internal Revenue Code (the “IRC”). ...more

Update to August 24th Safe Harbors Client Alert - NEW TRANSITION PERIOD

Update to August 24th Client Alert: Note: As published September 6, 2016 in the Internal Revenue Bulletin, the Internal Revenue Service has extended the transition period with respect to Revenue Procedure 2016-44 to...more

Final IRS Regulations Clarify That Certain Solar Assets May Qualify as Real Property for REIT Purposes

On August 30, 2016, the IRS issued final regulations that clarify and expand the definition of "real property" for purposes of qualifying as a real estate investment trust (REIT). The final regulations substantially follow...more

IRS phases out valuation discounts - planning likely required before the end of 2016

Earlier this month, the US Treasury issued proposed regulations that, when finalized, will significantly increase the transfer tax cost of transferring interests in family-controlled entities to other family members, both...more

IRS Issues New Management Contract Safe Harbors

Almost 20 years ago, the IRS released Rev. Proc. 97-13, outlining multiple safe harbors under which a management contract would not result in private business use of bond-financed proceeds. These safe harbors, while helpful,...more

Important news for family-held businesses: IRS proposes imminent changes in family valuation discounts

On August 2, 2016, the Treasury Department issued Proposed Regulations to Section 2704 of the Internal Revenue Code. These proposed regulations are directed at family controlled entities (many of which hold operating...more

Treasury Department Issues Proposed Regulations on Valuation Discounts

On Aug. 2, 2016, the Treasury Department issued proposed regulations on valuation discounts. These proposed regulations make sweeping changes to the valuation rules for family-owned entities. If the proposed regulations...more

Puerto Rico's Act 20 and Act 22 – key tax benefits

In the midst of a complicated fiscal situation, Puerto Rico continues to attract investors and companies through two extant tax incentive packages: Puerto Rico’s Act 20 – the Promotion of Export Services Act –  and Act 22 –...more

Proposed Treasury Regulations Provide Additional Flexibility, Clarity and Planning Opportunities to Sponsors of Deferred...

The IRS recently issued proposed regulations under Internal Revenue Code Section 457 that address, among other things, the interplay between Code Section 457(f) and Code Section 409A. Additionally, the IRS issued clarifying...more

Brazil tax court decision on withholding of individual income tax on employee stock options: key takeaways for companies

A recent decision by the Brazilian Federal Administrative Tax Court (CARF) partially settles the debate between Brazilian tax authorities and companies regarding the treatment of employee stock options for purposes of...more

Development of the practice on assessing of withholding tax on interest income (coupon yield) payable by a Russian company for...

On 29 June 2016 the Commercial Court of Moscow rendered a decision in the case No. ?40-178650/15-75-1487 under the application of Gazprombank JSC (the “Bank”). The decision contains a number of findings that in future may be...more

Masala bonds - A taste of things to come?

Borrowing by Indian companies from the overseas market or 'External Commercial Borrowings' (commonly referred to as ECBs), is regulated by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and is governed by the various rules specified by the...more

Proposed Regulations under Section 355 Clarify Device and Active Trade or Business Requirements for Tax-Free Spin-offs

On July 15, 2016, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) published proposed regulations that would modify the device and active trade or business requirements for tax-free...more

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