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Developers Turn to Tax Opinion Insurance to Solve the “Starting Physical Work of a Significant Nature” PTC Eligibility Issue

Industry reports suggest that three developers have purchased tax opinion insurance to provide financial assurance to tax equity investors that their projects will be production tax credit (“PTC”) eligible. Use of this...more

Potential Impact of the Tax Reform Act of 2014 on Insurance Companies

On February 26, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) released a “Discussion Draft” of the Tax Reform Act of 2014, which sets forth his much-anticipated tax reform proposals. Of note, the Discussion...more

No U.S. Excise Taxes On Foreign Retrocessions

Foreign retrocession insurance transactions are beyond the reach of IRS excise taxes based on the plain language of 26 U.S.C. § 4371(3), which aims to tax insurance transactions involving policies issued by foreign insurers...more

Death of the Salaried Partner? Wide Ranging Changes to LLP Member Taxation To Come Into Force on 6 April 2014

Wide ranging changes to the way in which LLP members are taxed are due to take effect on 6 April 2014. LLPs and their members, particularly those in professional service and private equity/fund management firms, should,...more

District court finds that insurance premium excise tax does not apply to retrocession transactions

On February 5, 2014, the US District Court for the District of Columbia held that the federal excise tax ("the FET") on insurance and reinsurance premiums does not apply to retrocession insurance transactions. Under a plain...more

Victory for the Taxpayer in Validus: District Court Holds that Federal Excise Tax Does Not Apply to Retrocessions

On February 5, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued its opinion in Validus Reinsurance, Ltd. v. United States, which is the first case to involve a challenge to the IRS’s position on the “cascading”...more

With Tax Season Looming, Appellate Division Refuses to Find Duty to Defend Against IRS Action

In William B. Kessler Memorial Hosp., Inc. v. North River Ins. Co., 2013 WL 6036678 (N.J. Super. Nov. 15, 2013), the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division, rejected the notion that an insurer’s promise to “defend...more

Massachusetts Governor Proposes Insurance Industry Pass-Through Tax

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick released his proposed FY 2015 budget on January 22, 2014. The proposed budget includes a tax provision that is targeted directly at the licensed insurance industry. Currently, income...more

Leaving a Legacy: Divided Tax Court Allows Deductions for Insurance Premiums Paid to Captive Insurance Affiliate

On January 14, the United States Tax Court issued a reviewed opinion in Rent-A-Center Inc. v. Commissioner, 142 T.C. 1 (2014), which held that subsidiaries of Rent-A-Center Inc. (RAC) were entitled to claim deductions for...more

U.K. Autumn Statement 2013

The Chancellor of the Exchequer today delivered a 130-page Autumn Statement that contained a number of surprises, as well as expected updates on areas such as partnership taxation....more

Illinois Appellate Court Respects Characterization of Captive Insurance Company

In Wendy’s International, Inc. v. Brian Hamer, decided earlier this week, the Illinois Appellate Court found that Taxpayer had met its burden and proved that its subsidiary insurance company was a bona fide insurance company...more

Pennsylvania Insurance Department’s Proposed Insurance Holding Company Regulations – Significant Changes Ahead

Pennsylvania insurers should be aware that proposed changes to Pennsylvania’s Insurance Holding Company regulations impose significant new requirements – especially for management agreements, service contracts, tax allocation...more

The Power of Insurance Trusts to Maintain Family Business Assets and Sanity

Life insurance and irrevocable trusts are great tools to ease family business succession issues and mitigate exposure to shareholder oppression and disputes. Irrevocable life insurance trusts (ILIT), in particular, play an...more

Under Construction - September 2013: Arizona Contractors and Design Professionals Receive Additional Protections Under Arizona’s...

For good reason, much of the focus for Arizona contractors during the recently-concluded legislative session was on transaction privilege tax (TPT) reform. That bill, HB 2111, was ultimately signed by the Governor, but only...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update: Week Ending September 20, 2013

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES - ILAN NIEUCHOWICZ & SASHA FUNK GRANAI - Ad Valorem Taxes: presumption that assessment correct lost in ad valorem tax challenge where taxpayer proves by preponderance of evidence either (i)...more

Legal Alert: An Ode to the Actuaries: Tax Court Concludes that Acuity’s Loss Reserves Were “Fair and Reasonable”

On September 4, the United States Tax Court issued its opinion in Acuity v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2013-209. In brief, the court concluded that Acuity’s reserves for unpaid losses and loss adjustment expenses for 2006, as...more

Tax Litigation Update: Second Circuit Decision Limits Deductibility of Life Insurance Dividends

A decision by the United StatesCourt of Appeals for the Second Circuit earlier this month strictly interpreted deductibility I.R.C. § 808(c) as it relates to the deductibility of policyholder dividends paid by life insurance...more

Second Circuit Disagrees with Claims Court and Denies Deduction for Contingent Dividend Liability

On August 1, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held in New York Life Ins. Co. v. U.S., that the taxpayer’s liability for policyholder dividends was contingent, and therefore, was not deductible until the...more

It's Your Business News -- August 2013

In This Issue: Making the ‘Right’ Choice; Top Ten Mistakes Businesses Make Regarding Insurance; and You’ve Got the Job, Details Will Follow. Excerpt from Making the ‘Right’ Choice - You have the idea, you...more

Insurance And Reinsurance Newsletter - Italy

In This Issue: - NEW METHODS FOR NOTIFYING THE TAX REGISTER OF DATA CONCERNING CONTRACTS AND INSURANCE PREMIUMS – ITALIAN INLAND REVENUE MEASURES NO. 51770/2013 OF 30 APRIL 2013 - ILLEGAL DATA EXCHANGE AMONG...more

The Commercial Paper - June 2013: Lender Concerns When Combining Low-Income Housing Tax Credits and New Markets Tax Credits

The respective purposes of the New Markets Tax Credit Program (NMTC) and the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program (LIHTC) are entirely complementary. ...more

Installment Fees May Still be Considered Premium for Tax Purposes Despite Recent California Appellate Decision

A recent California appellate decision (In Re Insurance Installment Fee Cases, 211 Cal. App. 4th 1395) held that an installment fee – i.e, a fee charged to a policyholder who pays premium in installments under a payment plan...more

Tales from the Crypt -- Post-Mortem Planning Using Private Placement Insurance Products

Overview - This article discusses the use of private placement products - private placement deferred variable annuities (PPVA) and private placement life insurance (PPLI)- in post mortem income tax and transfer tax...more

Legal Alert: Senate Finance Committee Hears Testimony on Proposal to Limit Access to Death Master File

On April 16, 2013, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on “Tax Fraud and Tax ID Theft: Moving Forward With Solutions,” including testimony on proposals to restrict access to the Social Security Administration’s Death...more

Legal Alert: New Budget Proposals Once Again Target Insurance Companies

On April 10, the Obama Administration released its fiscal year 2014 budget (FY 2014 Budget). Of note, the FY 2014 Budget includes a number of tax proposals that target insurance companies or that otherwise would have a direct...more

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