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It Takes Only One Retirement Plan Participant To Sink An Employer

There are a couple of songs that says it takes two, but that’s for love. When it comes to causing grief and heartache for retirement plan sponsor, it only takes one. The one is a plan participant who is adamant of making a...more

IRS Limits Correction Opportunities under Section 409A Proposed Income Inclusion Regulations and Imposes 20% Penalty

In Chief Counsel Advice 201518013 (May 1, 2015) (the "CCA"), the IRS addresses an executive retention bonus that originally vested after three years and was payable in equal installments on the first two anniversaries of the...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

DEADLINE: Foreign Bank Account Reports Due June 2015

Any U.S. person who has a financial interest in or signature authority over one or more foreign financial accounts with an aggregate value over $10,000 (on any day of the year) must report the accounts to the Treasury...more

Uses of Suspicious Activity Reports by the IRS

In a recent conference the Director of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCen) discussed the use of Currency Transaction Reports (CTR's) and Suspicious Activity Reports (SAR's) which are required to be filed by...more

A Plan Sponsor’s Foolproof Way To Getting In Trouble

The foolproof method to getting inves- tigated for tax evasion? Stop filing your taxes. The foolproof method to get hit by a car? Run into mid-town traffic. The foolproof method to get the chicken pox? Don’t take the vaccine...more

A Year’s Review of Massachusetts Tax Cases

Allied Domecq Spirits & Wines USA, Inc. v. Comm’r of Revenue, 85 Mass. App. Ct. 1125 (2014) - In a unique case, the Massachusetts Appeals Court affirmed a ruling of the Appellate Tax Board (ATB) that two corporations...more

Does Your Retention Bonus Plan Violate IRS Code?

In a memorandum released earlier this month, the IRS Office of Chief Counsel ruled that a retention bonus payable to an executive violated Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code ("409A"). The IRS further ruled that the...more

Tax Alert: IRS Untangles Section 163(L) in Cross-Border Hybrid Financing Transaction

“In terrorem” or anti-abuse provisions often receive a lack of judicial and administrative interpretation. Section 163(l) of the Code, enacted in 1997, is no exception, so that even now certain fundamental questions relating...more

The Importance of Fixing Section 409A Compliance Failures Sooner Rather Than Later

A recent Memorandum issued by the Office of Chief Counsel within the Internal Revenue Service demonstrates yet again the perils of failing to comply with Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code. The Memorandum takes the...more

Tax Policy Update

NUMBER OF THE WEEK: 15. The number of minutes it should take most Americans to do their taxes, according to potential GOP presidential candidate Chris Christie in a Wall Street Journal op-ed published last night. ...more

News Alert: "Treasury Department Issues MLP Proposed Regulations on Qualifying Income"

On Wednesday (May 6th, 2015), the Treasury Department published proposed regulations under Section 7704(d)(1)(E) of the Internal Revenue Code that define qualifying activities of publicly-traded partnerships with respect to...more

How an Employer Can “Juice Up” Their 401(k) Plan At Little Or No Cost

I use the word “juice” a lot and it has nothing to do with what I drink. It comes from a Don Rickles line to Robert DeNiro in Casino as to why an incompetent slot machine manager played by Job Bob Briggs has a job there; his...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Proposed Regulations Issued on MLP Qualifying Income

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued proposed regulations addressing master limited partnership (MLP) qualifying income under Section 7704(d)(1)(E) of the Internal Revenue Code. This Locke Lord QuickStudy...more

The Best of a Bad Investment

A recent tax case out of the Fifth Circuit approved a taxpayer’s strategy to make the best of a bad investment. According to the facts of Pilgrim’s Pride v Commissioner, the taxpayer purchased preferred stock from two...more

New Rules on MLPs & Qualifying Income: What Oil Services and Exploration Companies Need to Know

On Tuesday, May 5, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) released proposed regulations defining qualifying income for Master Limited Partnerships (“MLPs”). MLPs are publicly traded partnerships that are taxed as a...more

IRS Comes Out With Proposed Regulations Clarifying the Scope of Assets and Activities That Qualify for MLP Treatment

On May 5, 2015, the IRS issued proposed regulations that provide guidance on whether income from activities with respect to minerals or natural resources is qualifying income for publicly traded partnerships (MLPs). The...more

Upper Tribunal Decision in Samarkand and Proteus

The long-awaited Upper Tribunal Decision in the Samarkand and Proteus case has been published. The case relates to statutory sale and leaseback partnerships with partners claiming losses under the film acquisition relief...more

Marijuana and the Tax Apocalypse

As Californians evaluate the potential for legalization of Marijuana it is important to consider the current state of conflict between state and federal laws and regulations regarding the production, distribution and sale of...more

Washington Court of Appeals: No Transactional Nexus Requirement or Dissociation for Washington B&O Tax

On April 29, 2015, the Washington Court of Appeals issued an important tax decision in Avnet, Inc. v. Washington Department of Revenue, Dkt. No. 45108-5-II. In its most significant holding, the court of appeals effectively...more

For Retirement Plan Providers, It’s All About Making A Connection

If you’ve read an article or two of mine, then you know I’m a big fan of movies. I’ve a big fan of movies as long as I remember and the movies that are my favorites are the ones that make a personal connection to me. The...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Proposed Regulations Issued On Hedge Fund Reinsurance Transactions

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued proposed regulations addressing what constitutes the “active conduct of an insurance business” for purposes of the passive foreign investment company (PFIC) rules (the...more

New York City Legislation Enacts General Corporation Tax Reform

On April 13, 2015, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed New York’s 2015-2016 budget legislation, which, among other changes, conforms the New York City general corporation tax (GCT) to the most significant changes from last year’s...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: New UK Rules on Disguised Investment Management Fees

On April 6, 2015, the United Kingdom’s taxing authority (HMRC) enacted new rules that are designed to close an investment management fee “loophole” that allowed private equity fund managers to avoid taxes on management fees...more

U.S. Companies with Foreign Affiliates Face Looming Reporting Deadline

U.S. companies with material ownership interests in foreign affiliates (including their own subsidiaries) are facing an upcoming May 29, 2015 deadline to file a cumbersome survey with the U.S. Department of Commerce...more

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