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Maryland Tax Court Overturns Comptroller's Policy of Limiting Subtraction for Interest Received on Federal Obligations

The Maryland Tax Court recently ruled that a bank was entitled to deduct all of its interest received with respect to federal obligations for Maryland corporate income tax purposes, thereby generating net operating losses...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 7, Issue 8

ALJ holds that a Retailer Must File on a Combined Basis with a Related Intellectual Property Licensing Company - A New York State Administrative Law Judge has held that a retailer must file combined corporate franchise...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 7, Issue 7

ALJ holds NYS Real Estate Transfer Tax Cannot Be Imposed on Sale of 45% Membership Interest in LLC - In an issue of first impression under the New York State real estate transfer tax, a New York State Administrative Law...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 7, Issue 6

New York City Tribunal Rejects City’s Attempt To Forcibly Combine Bank And Its Mortgage Subsidiary - The New York City Tax Appeals Tribunal, affirming a determination of the Chief Administrative Law Judge, has held that...more

New York City Tribunal Rejects City’s Attempt to Forcibly Combine Bank and Its Mortgage Subsidiary

The New York City Tax Appeals Tribunal, affirming a determination of an Administrative Law Judge, has held that Astoria Bank, which engaged in a banking business in New York City, was not required to include in its combined...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 7, Issue 5

Retroactive Application Of 2010 Statutory Amendment Permitted By Tribunal - Reversing the decision of an Administrative Law Judge, the New York State Tax Appeals Tribunal has upheld the constitutionality of retroactively...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 6, Issue 12

NYC Tribunal Rejects Claim That First Amendment Requires Use of Audience Factor for Sourcing Receipts from Credit Ratings - The New York City Tax Appeals Tribunal, reversing an Administrative Law Judge decision, has held...more

"Congress Overhauls Partnership Audit and Litigation Procedures"

On November 2, 2015, President Barack Obama signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (the Act). The Act overhauls the partnership audit and litigation rules in the Internal Revenue Code, repealing both the provisions...more

Conflating tax law and trust law: The strange case of Ciampa v. Bank of America.

Under the Internal Revenue Code, an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) may be a trust. See 26 U.S. Code § 408(a). Or it may be a custodianship. See sub-section (h) to §408. Here is sub-section (h) verbatim: FOR PURPOSES...more

Focus on Tax Strategies & Developments - October 2015

Regulatory Developments Under § 367 Affecting Transfers of Appreciated Property to Foreign Corporations - Introduction: On September 14, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) and the Internal Revenue...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 6, Issue 10

State Tax Department Releases Draft Article 9-A Nexus Regulations Under Corporate Tax Reform - The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance has released draft amendments to the Article 9-A corporate franchise...more

Altera: Tax Court Invalidates Section 482 Regulation on Administrative Law Grounds

In Altera, the U.S. Tax Court invalidated regulations under Section 482 requiring participants in qualified cost-sharing agreements to include stock-based compensation costs in the cost pool to comply with the arm’s-length...more

Tax Court: Stock based Compensation Costs Need not be Included in International Cost-Sharing Arrangements

The Stunning Altera Case - Employee stock options are an important part of compensation—both as income to the executives and as a deduction for the employer. But when stock options are used by multinational companies,...more

"Tax Court Invalidates Stock-Based Compensation Amendment in Altera"

On July 27, 2015, the U.S. Tax Court, in Altera Corp. and Subsidiaries v. Commissioner, 145 T.C. No. 3, invalidated a 2003 amendment to Treas. Reg. §1.482-7(d)(2) (2003 Amendment) that required controlled participants in a...more

Department of Justice Reprioritizes Asset Seizure in Structuring Cases But Risks Remain

On December 23, 2014, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina filed a Complaint for Forfeiture In Rem seeking to forfeit $107,702.66 belonging to Lyndon McLellan, the owner of L&M Convenient Mart...more

Luxleaks - Challenging the challenges to tax rulings in the EU

The European Commission's recent state aid crusade against so-called sweet deals in the form of tax rulings may have unwelcome consequences never contemplated by the Commission....more

What is a Security? Even the SEC Can’t Always Tell

On February 27, 2015, an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) determined that, contrary to claims by the SEC, interests in an LLC that invested in conservation easements as a tax deduction mechanism were not “securities” within the...more

ALJ: New York NOL Deduction Does Not Apply When Tax Is Not Paid on Income Base

A New York State Division of Tax Appeals administrative law judge (ALJ) recently determined that a banking corporation was not required to hypothetically use a net operating loss (NOL) deduction to decrease its entire net...more

Qualifying for 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt Status is Tricky

The entities in the following IRS Technical Advice Memorandum and Private Letter Rulings failed to qualify for tax exempt status because they were not operated exclusively for exempt purposes. An organization must be...more

Selling Privately Held Businesses – Interview with Stephen Gulotta, Managing Member, Mintz Levin's New York Office

Attorney Stephen Gulotta, Managing Member of Mintz Levin's New York office, discusses the importance of advance planning in the sale of privately held companies. ...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 4, Issue 10 - October 2013

In This Issue: Despite Incorrect Advice from NYS Tax Department, Conference Request Held to Be Untimely; Corporate Officer Liable for Sales Tax Despite Creditor’s “Sweep Arrangement” with Corporation; Charter Yacht Not Eligible for Commercial Vessel Exemption from Use Tax; New York City Obtains Injunction Against Sale of Untaxed Cigarettes; and Insights in Brief. Excerpt from Despite Incorrect Advice from NYS Tax Department, Conference Request Held to Be Untimely: In Matter of Kevin Ryan and Paullina Simons, DTA No. 824835 (N.Y.S. Tax App. Trib., Sept. 12, 2013), the New York State Tax Appeals Tribunal affirmed the dismissal of the taxpayers’ petition by the Administrative Law Judge, and found that their request for a conciliation conference was untimely, since it had not been filed within the required 30-day period to contest an assessment containing a fraud penalty. Please see full issue below for more information. more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 4, Issue 9 - September 2013

In This Issue: Gain on Sale of Non-New York Leaseholds Held Properly Sourced to New York Based on Business Allocation Percentage; Tribunal Reverses Dismissal and Allows Case to Proceed Before ALJ; Federal Court Dismisses Challenge to Tax Penalties Under Comity; When Does Interest Start to Run on a Tax Refund?; and Insights in Brief. Excerpt from Gain on Sale of Non-New York Leaseholds Held Properly Sourced to New York Based on Business Allocation Percentage - A New York State Administrative Law Judge held that a nonresident shareholder in a corporation that elected New York S corporation status should have included his pro rata share of the gain from the S corporation’s sale of four Pennsylvania leasehold interests in his New York source income, based on the S corporation’s business allocation percentage. Matter of Steven E. Breitman, DTA No. 824268 (N.Y.S. Div. of Tax App., Aug. 1, 2013). Please see full issue below for more information. more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 4, Issue 8 - August 2013

In This Issue: ALJ Disallows Combined Filing in Absence of Substantial Intercorporate Transactions; Court Rejects Constitutional Challenge to Tax Credit Deferral Legislation; New York City Loses Another Transfer Tax Case Involving the “Reconstitution” of a Housing Cooperative; and Insights in Brief Excerpt from ALJ Disallows Combined Filing in Absence of Substantial Intercorporate Transactions - In Matter of Knowledge Learning Corporation and Kindercare Learning Centers, Inc., DTA Nos. 823962 & 823963 (N.Y.S. Div. of Tax App., June 27, 2013), a New York State Administrative Law Judge held that, because the companies did not establish they had substantial intercorporate transactions, they could not file combined returns, and that an inquiry into distortion that might arise on separate returns was “not the proper analysis” after the statute was amended in 2007. While the conclusion regarding lack of substantial intercorporate transactions was very fact-based, and arose in substantial part from the judge’s concern about the absence of documentary evidence to support oral testimony, the second conclusion – that distortion is not the proper analysis – is not supported by the Department’s own regulations and pronouncements. Please see full issue below for more information. more

The Plight of Billionaires Looking For New Havens to Shield Assets

The Plight of Billionaires Looking For New Havens to Shield Assets by James F. McDonough, Jr. on July 30, 2013 In a recent article in Wealth Management, the author David de Jong and Robert Lafranco describe the difficulty billionaires face in providing a safe haven to shield assets. For example, they point out the troubles of Dimitry Rybolovelev who is Russia’s 14th richest person and is embroiled in a multi-jurisdiction divorce action with his wife. The lawsuits provide a window into the offshore structures and secrecy jurisdictions that billionaires use to manage, preserve or conceal their assets. A desirable offshore jurisdiction has several characteristics. In the past, bank secrecy, nominee shareholders or bearer shares and no annual reporting were of primary importance in the selection process. Other desirable features include: (1) a low or no income tax; (2) taxing income earned within its borders; (3) a stable political environment; (4) adherence to the rule of law; (5) a strong banking sector; (6) access to income tax treaties if needed for business and investment; (7), little or no wealth (transfer) taxes; (8) and a flexible roster of entities, such as trusts, foundations, corporations, companies and partnerships.more

N.Y. ALJ Holds Taxpayer’s Motives for Acquiring Stock and How Stock Is Used Irrelevant in Determining Investment Capital

A New York administrative law judge recently held in Matter of C.V. Starr & Co., Inc. that income received by a taxpayer from its ownership of common stock was investment income. In so holding, the ALJ addressed an important issue for many New York taxpayers and concluded that a taxpayer’s motive or intent for acquiring and holding stock and the manner in which the taxpayer used that stock are irrelevant to the determination of whether that stock qualifies as investment capital for corporate income tax purposes.more

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