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Fifth Circuit Holds that Loss on Abandoned Securities is Ordinary Loss

Wednesday, the Fifth Circuit issued its decision in Pilgrim’s Pride and held that a loss on abandoned securities is ordinary. The Fifth Circuit rejected the IRS’s argument that Section 1234A and Section 165(g) apply to treat...more

Repair Reg Relief for Small Businesses? Not So Fast.

January 1, 2014, marked the date that the final Repair, Maintenance and Disposition Regulations (Regulations) went into effect and apply to any business with material and supplies, repairs or depreciable fixed assets. Since...more

Is a Distribution of Previously Taxed Income “Exempt from Tax”?

A U.S. shareholder of a controlled foreign corporation (CFC) is required to include in its gross income its pro rata share of the CFC’s subpart F income and/or the amount determined under Section 956 with respect to such...more

New York State Division of Tax Appeals Renders Long-Awaited Decision Regarding Corporate Franchise Tax Sourcing of Services and...

For years, both the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance (the “Department”) and the New York City Department of Finance have aggressively sought to classify receipts generated by electronic or online service...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - February 2015

The Supreme Court cast a ray of sunlight for employers by rejecting the use of a problematic inference in adjudicating claims for retiree benefits brought pursuant to collective bargaining agreements. For many years, the...more

Court Rejects “Merger Tax” Litigation Settlements That Benefit Primarily Plaintiffs’ Attorneys and Plaintiffs Who Do Not Represent...

It is no secret that when a public company announces a merger, lawsuits follow. There is nothing inherently wrong with this phenomenon. If the merger price is woefully unjustifiable or if shareholders are not given adequate...more

Oklahoma Tax Commission 2015 Proposed Administrative Rule Changes

The Oklahoma Tax Commission has published proposed changes to the administrative rules with respect to Oklahoma taxes ("OTC Rules") for 2015. The OTC Rules are formal statements of policy written by the Tax...more

Appeal Court Confirms Tax Advisors Do Not Owe Common Law Duty to Indemnify

In Addison & Leyen Ltd v Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP, 2014 ABCA 230, the Alberta Court of Appeal confirmed that tax advisors do not owe a common law duty of contribution and indemnity to recipients of their tax advice when...more

Indiana Department of Revenue Rules Forced Disposition is Nonbusiness Income

In Letter of Finding No. 02-20140306 (Dec. 31, 2014), the Indiana Department of Revenue (Department) determined that income from the sale of two operating divisions of a business pursuant to an order of the Federal Trade...more

Seventh Circuit to Motorola: No Rehearing En Banc

On December 1, 2014, we wrote about the Seventh Circuit’s decision in Motorola Mobility LLC v. AU Optronics Corp., which affirmed dismissal of the vast majority of Motorola’s claims regarding LCD panels....more

ConocoPhillips: FCA Confirms Tax Court’s Jurisdiction to Determine Questions of Timing and the Validity of a Notice of Objection

In ConocoPhillips Canada Resources Corp. v. The Queen (2014 FCA 297), the Federal Court of Appeal overturned a Federal Court decision (2013 FC 1192) and dismissed an application for judicial review by the taxpayer finding...more

McKesson: Taxpayer Files Supplementary Factum

As expected, the taxpayer has filed a Supplementary Memorandum of Fact and Law in its transfer pricing appeal in the Federal Court of Appeal. Earlier, the Federal Court of Appeal allowed the taxpayer’s motion to add a new...more

Delaware Supreme Court Endorses Change of Control Subject Only to a Post-Signing Passive “Market Check” and Overturns Chancery...

On December 19, the Delaware Supreme Court overturned a Delaware Chancery Court decision that imposed a mandatory obligation on a target company to solicit alternative transactions for 30 days despite a prohibition against...more

Court Holds Corporation “Coulda, Shoulda” Revived Itself

California law provides that a domestic corporation that fails to pay certain taxes and penalties may have its corporate rights and privileges suspended. Cal. Rev. & Tax. Code § 23301. While suspended, a corporation may not...more

It’s Your Burden: South Carolina Supreme Court Rejects Department of Revenue’s Application of Alternative Apportionment

The South Carolina Supreme Court issued its decision in CarMax Auto Superstores West Coast, Inc. v. S.C. Dep’t of Revenue, Opinion No. 27474 (S.C. Dec. 23, 2014), holding that the South Carolina Department of Revenue (the...more

Section 363 Sale Order Enjoining Successor Liability Claims Not Subject to Subsequent Attack by State Agencies

A recent decision in the ongoing bankruptcy proceedings for Chrysler has reinforced the authority of a bankruptcy court to interpret its own sale orders, and where appropriate, to enforce such an order by preventing creditors...more

Taxpayer Overcomes New Jersey Amnesty Penalty

The Supreme Court of New Jersey recently affirmed a decision that amnesty and late-filing penalties did not apply to the taxpayers in United Parcel Serv. Gen. Servs. Co. v. Dir., Div. of Taxation, No. 072421 (N.J. Dec. 4,...more

Alabama Tax Developments – 2014 Year in Review

This SALT Alert summarizes the major legislative, judicial, and administrative developments affecting Alabama business taxpayers with respect to income, transactional, and property taxes, as well as several updates on...more

5th Circuit Affirms Look Through of Partnerships for Installment Sale Limitation

In Mingo v. Comm’r the 5th Circuit upheld a Tax Court decision and denied installment sale treatment to the extent the partnership interest sold related to underlying unrealized receivables. The taxpayer sold its interest in...more

Business Privilege Taxes Paid On Leases Refund/Appeal Filing Needed By March/April 2015

On September 19, 2014, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court in Fish, Hrabrick and Briskin v. Township of Lower Merion, No. 1940 C.D. 2013, held that lease receipts are not taxable under local business privilege tax ordinances....more

Fourth District Court of Appeal Holds Sales Tax Against Florida Corporation on Out-of-State Sales is Unconstitutional

In American Business USA Corp. v. Department of Revenue, Case No. 4D13-1472 (4th DCA November 12, 2014), the Fourth District Court of Appeal held that an assessment of sales tax pursuant to a provision in Florida's sales tax...more

Three Strikes…Tax on Cloud Computing Out in Michigan?

If the Department of Treasury (Treasury) was hoping that the Michigan courts would simply overlook the previous two cloud computing losses this year in Thomson Reuters and Auto-Owners, they appear to have been mistaken. Last...more

Secured Creditors Can Appeal to Tax Court on Behalf of a Bankrupt

The Tax Court of Canada recently confirmed in International Hi-Tech Industries Inc v The Queen, 2014 TCC 198, that in certain circumstances a secured creditor can commence or continue a tax appeal on behalf of a bankrupt...more

Pennsylvania Tax Developments - A Reed Smith Quarterly Update: November 2014

This is a brief update on recent Pennsylvania tax developments. Does New Governor Mean More Tax Reform? In the recent gubernatorial election, challenger Tom Wolf (D) defeated incumbent Governor Tom Corbett (R)....more

11th Circuit Holds Real Estate Developer Recognized Capital Gain on Sale of Contract Right

In reversing the Tax Court, the 11th Circuit in Long v. Comm’r allowed a real estate developer favorable capital gain treatment upon the sale of its rights to a land purchase contract for a condominium development, even...more

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