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New Duty of Consistency and Basis Reporting Requirement

Under IRC §1014(a), the income tax basis of property acquired from a decedent is generally its fair market value on the date of death, or alternate valuation date if the executor makes an election under IRC §2032. Under Treas...more

IRS sued in putative class action for lax security

Following the IRS’ admission that its data breach was actually larger than it originally reported and caused fraudulent tax returns to be filed affecting over 330,000 taxpayers, the IRS was sued this week in a proposed class...more

Who Bears Withholding Tax When a Settlement of Litigation Agreement Is Silent?

IF A SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT IS SILENT, A DEFENDANT IS NOT REQUIRED TO ‘GROSS UP’ THE SETTLEMENT, AND THE PLAINTIFF WILL SUFFER THE WITHHOLDING TAX BURDEN. What happens when settling parties agree that the defendant will...more

Indiana Tax Court Serves a Sales Tax Exemption To Restaurant Chain for Electricity Used to Warm Food

Electricity used by Qdoba Mexican Restaurants to keep food warm before final preparation and sale was found exempt from sales tax by the Indiana Tax Court. On June 23, 2015, the Indiana Tax Court in Aztec Partners, LLC v....more

Statute of Limitation: Congress Overrules Home Concrete and Retroactively Removes Some Taxpayer Defenses

On July 31, 2015, President Barack Obama signed the Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015 (H.R. 3236; Pub. Law No. 114-41) (the 2015 Act) into law. In addition to extending various...more

New Jersey Revises Guidance: Mere Delivery Doesn’t Exceed P.L. 86-272 After All

On July 30, the New Jersey Division of Taxation (the “Division”) issued a new technical bulletin (TB-79) concerning corporate income tax nexus and the scope of federal immunity under 15 U.S.C.A section 381 (“P.L. 86-272”)....more

Los Angeles Settles Disputed Phone Tax for $92.5M

Recently, a class of plaintiffs settled with City of Los Angeles over its alleged unlawful collection of telephone utility user tax (UUT). The class alleged that the Los Angeles Municipal Code exempted from UUT all amounts...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 6, Issue 8 - August 2015

Court Of Appeals Affirms Revocation Of Tax Exemption For Public Parking Facilities - Reversing a decision by the Appellate Division, the Court of Appeals has held in a 5-2 decision that a charitable organization is not...more

Ninth Circuit: Multiemployer Plan Calling Unpaid Contributions “Plan Assets” Does Not Make Persons Controlling Contribution...

The Ninth Circuit recently held that a multiemployer pension plan (MEP) cannot label unpaid contributions as “plan assets” so as to impose ERISA fiduciary status on persons controlling the payment of employer contributions to...more

The Advantages of Independent State Tax Tribunals

The following is an edited transcript of a discussion at a May 8 meeting of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation’s State and Local Taxes Committee in Washington. Bruce Ely, a partner at Bradley Arant Boult...more

Disparate Impact Claims Fair Game under the Fair Housing Act

The United States Supreme Court, in a five-to-four decision in June, brought housing discrimination law ever-so-slightly more in line with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”) by holding that claims of...more

Alabama Department of Revenue Issues Controversial Proposed Regulation Taxing Out-of-State Vendors

Consistent with Governor Robert Bentley’s public statement last week that he hopes Amazon.com or another internet e-tailer will sue the state of Alabama regarding its position on nexus, the Alabama Department of Revenue...more

UK Supreme Court Decision in Anson v. HMRC Reverses Established Tax Treatment of US LLCs

In its July 1, 2015 decision in the case of Anson v. HM Revenue & Customs (2015 UKSC 44), the Supreme Court of England and Wales ruled that a Delaware limited liability company was “transparent” for UK income tax purposes. A...more

Whose Intent to Evade Tax Is It?

On July 29, 2015, the Federal Circuit, rejecting the Tax Court’s decision in Allen v. Commissioner, 128 T.C. 37 (2007), held in BASR Partnership v. United States, No. 2014-5037, that section 6501(c)’s suspension of the...more

Supreme Court Holds That Disparate-Impact Claims are Available Under the FHA

The Fair Housing Act (FHA) prohibits lenders, brokers, landlords or any other person from discriminating against a person seeking to rent, purchase or secure financing on a home. The FHA specifically prohibits discrimination...more

The Illinois Attorney General Offers To Settle False Claims Act Cases Against Wineries - Just as Reed Smith Obtains Private Letter...

On July 23, 2015, the Illinois attorney general issued a group settlement proposal to the defendants in its Illinois False Claims Act (“IFCA”) prosecutions of numerous out-of-state wineries. For at least the last decade, the...more

Reed Smith Files Amicus Brief on Behalf of the Institute for Professionals in Taxation in Sprint False Claims Act Appeal

On July 21, 2015, Reed Smith LLP, on behalf of the Institute for Professionals in Taxation (“IPT”), filed an amicus brief with the New York State Court of Appeals in People of the State of New York, ex rel. Empire State...more

Recent Cases of Interest to Fiduciaries

In re Estate of House, 2014 Wash. App. LEXIS 3006 (Wash. Ct. App. 2014) - A release waiving any and all claims that the parties may have or may acquire, bars recovery for unknown claims existing at the time the release...more

New Laws in Local Jurisdictions

A number of new laws went into effect in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia as of July 1, 2015. These include the following: In Virginia: Employers are no longer permitted to require workers or job...more

Disparate Impact is Here to Stay: What the Supreme Court's Decision Means for the Multi-Family Industry

On June 25, 2015, Justice Kennedy delivered the Supreme Court’s decision in Texas v. Inclusive Communities Project. In the case, the Court determined that the Fair Housing Act of 1968 includes disparate impact claims. Prior...more

Getting to “Finished” Faster: The Massachusetts Department of Revenue’s Expedited Settlement Process

In April 2014, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (MDOR) rolled out their new Expedited Settlements process. The program is one of three initiatives, which includes Early Mediation and Limited Information Settlements,...more

Failure to File Post-Trial Motions Waives Issues

A panel of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania held that a taxpayer that did not file post-trial motions waived all issues on appeal. M.C.& P.K. Lees, Inc. v. W.R. Capenos, 215 Pa. Commw. LEXIS 282. The purchaser at a tax...more

Employment Law - July 2015 #2

DOL Proposes Major Overhaul of Overtime Rules: Why it matters - Expanding the scope of employees eligible for overtime, the Department of Labor (DOL) released its long-awaited new rules revising the white collar...more

Tax Court Refuses To Reweigh The Evidence, Affirming The Indiana Board Of Tax Review’s Final Determinations Of Land Value For A...

In a pair of related decisions issued July 2, 2015, the Indiana Tax Court once again emphasized that it will not reweigh the evidence on appeal from the final determinations of the Indiana Board of Tax Review....more

Home Sweet Homestead

Suppose a debtor denies owning a home and then gives a false address so creditors don’t find out about the home. Can the debtor still claim the homestead exemption in bankruptcy?...more

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