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Controversial Debt-Equity Regulations Finalized With Limited Fixes, Concessions and Reservations by Government

On October 13, 2016, Treasury and the IRS issued important new final and temporary regulations (the “Regulations”) under section 385 of the Internal Revenue Code addressing the treatment of intercompany debt for U.S. federal...more

401(k) Sponsors Say Their Plan is OK, but They Really Have No Idea

When I was dating my wife, she asked me if I had a good credit score and I said I did. I never checked my credit score, but I paid all my bills in full and on time. Of course when I got a copy of my credit report, my credit...more

Treasury Targets Tax Deferral in Leveraged Partnership Structures with New Regulations

The Treasury issued new final, temporary and proposed regulations that take aim at, and significantly reduce the effectiveness of, leveraged partnership structures intended to achieve tax deferral to the contributing partner....more

IRS Releases November 2016 Interest Rates

The 7520 rate for November 2016 has remained at 1.6%. The November 2016 Applicable Federal Interest Rates can be found below....more

Partnership Tax Audit Reform and Private Funds

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 that was signed into law on November 2, 2015, made extensive changes to the rules that apply to partnership audits and the mechanics for collecting taxes resulting from an audit. These...more

Trek Beyond To The Future of 401(k) Plans

While I prefer Star Wars, I still have an affinity for Star Trek. Gene Roddenberry’s vision of the future was a hopeful one while the science fiction genre prior to his tome had a bleak future. The original series and the...more

Corporate Finance Alert: SEC Staff Continues to Focus on Non-GAAP Financial Disclosures

In recent months, companies have experienced greater scrutiny of their use of non-GAAP financial measures by the staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). This greater scrutiny follows the release earlier...more

Trusts and Estates Newsletter - October 2016

Connecticut Has a New Power of Attorney Act - A financial Power of Attorney (“POA”) is a document by which an individual can grant another individual (an “agent”) authority to act on his or her behalf with respect to...more

New Partnership Liability and Disguised Sale Regulations

Key Points - - Final, temporary and proposed regulations issued on October 5, 2016, address complex rules dealing with partnership disguised sales and debt allocation rules under Sections 707 and 752 of the Internal...more

New Regulations Dramatically Alter Partnership 'Disguised Sales' and Allocation of Partnership Liabilities

On October 4, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department issued a sweeping package of proposed, temporary and final regulations under the Internal Revenue Code that, among other things, significantly...more

Plan Sponsors Should Know Their “Hat” as Retirement Plan Fiduciaries

I love baseball jerseys and I also love New Era on-field Major League Baseball hats. Speaking of hats, a retirement plan sponsor wears many hats when they main a retirement plan. Plan sponsors know they wear the hat of the...more

The Luxembourg indirect tax administration confirms the VAT treatment of director fees

On 30 September 2016, the Luxembourg indirect tax administration (LTA) issued a circular n°781 confirming that director fees are subject to VAT (the Circular). As reported in our previous e-alert on this matter circulated in...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

The Laurita Rules for 401(k) Plan Providers.

Once upon a time in the 401(k) world, I knew a man named Richard A. Laurita. I worked with Rich (as his friends called him) for two different third party administration (TPAs) firms for over 9 years and he had the most...more

IRS Addresses RIC Qualification Matters Related to Derivatives and Use of Blocker Corporations

On Wednesday, September 28, the IRS and Treasury Department proposed regulations under Section 851 of the Code that, if finalized, could prospectively invalidate dozens of private letter rulings treating subpart F and passive...more

IRS and Treasury Issue Guidance Regarding CFC and PFIC Investments by RICs

The recently proposed regulations, if finalized, would govern the treatment of RICs’ income inclusions in respect of CFCs and PFICs for purposes of the income test applicable to RICs; in related guidance, the IRS also...more

How 401(k) Plan Sponsors Can Improve Their Plan At Little Cost

There are many ways that a retirement plan sponsor can improve their 401(k) plan, but they usually balk when it comes to the time and the money needed to rectify it. With so many issues regarding their business especially the...more

Retirement Plan “Hustlers” That Retirement Plan Sponsors Should Avoid

There are three important rules of life in the Nelson Algren novel, A Walk on The Wild Side: “Never play cards with a man called Doc. Never eat at a place called Mom's. Never sleep with a woman whose troubles are worse than...more

Tax Considerations for BDC Consolidation Transactions [Video]

In this video, Dechert tax partner Jeffrey S. Sion examines several important tax considerations related to business development company (BDC) consolidation transactions, including the pros and cons of taxable and tax-free...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

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

Concerns For Who You Pick As Your 401(k)’s TPA

I was very lucky that when I started as an ERISA attorney in 1998, I worked as a staff attorney for a third party administrator (TPA). It gave me insight and experience that I could never have gotten as an attorney working...more

Treasury Proposes Regulations That Would Require Private Trust Companies to Establish or Enhance AML Programs and to Identify...

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) published proposed regulations on August 25, 2016 that would require certain private trust companies utilized by high net worth individuals,...more

Ten Key Legal Issues to Consider When Moving Stateside

Stateside - Even before the uncertainties following the Brexit referendum result, a move to the U.S. was an attractive proposition for high growth UK businesses. Common language, similar culture, access to capital and a...more

Mistakes A Retirement Plan Provider Should Avoid Making

The history of business is littered with big companies making huge mistakes that either forced them out of business or made them quite smaller. Just ask Kodak, who did nothing with the fact that they invented the first...more

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