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IRS Offers Tax Guidance Relating to Money Market Fund Rules

The IRS recently provided relief from the RIC distribution requirement for money market funds that receive contributions in connection with the transition to a floating NAV, enabling RICs to top up their NAVs without having...more

Outsourced claims handling services attract VAT

The CJEU has confirmed in the Polish referred case of Minister Finansów v Aspiro SA1 that a third party acting on behalf of an insurer in the handling and settlement of claims cannot benefit from the exemption for insurance...more

IRS Notice Offers Relief to Issuers of Variable Insurance Products in Response to Pending Money Market Fund Reforms

On May 5, 2016, the IRS issued Notice 2016-32, 2016-21 I.R.B. 1, which affords relief with respect to the application of the diversification requirements of IRC § 817(h) to variable life insurance and annuity contracts...more

DOL Issues Guidance Regarding Interaction Between Affordable Care Act And Fringe Benefit Requirements Under Service Contract,...

The Davis Bacon Act and the Davis Bacon Related Acts (collectively “DBRA”) and the Service Contract Act (“SCA”) impose additional obligations related to fringe benefits and wages on covered contractors. With the passing of...more

What Is The Future Of The Multi-State Allocation Of Nonadmitted Premium Tax Revenue?

In the portion of the Dodd-Frank Act known as the Nonadmitted and Reinsurance Reform Act, Congress established a public policy and stated its desire that “each State adopt nationwide uniform requirements, forms, and...more

Only the Lonely: “Lonely” Life Insurance Companies Confront New Issues Under Proposed Debt-Equity Regulations

The rules of IRC § 1504 and Treas. Reg. § 1.1502-47 provide the general parameters for determining whether a domestic life insurance company (within the meaning of IRC § 816(a)) may join in filing a consolidated U.S. federal...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Senators Introduce SAFE Lending Act - On April 7, 2016, several Democratic Senators introduced the Stopping Abuse and Fraud in Electronic (SAFE) Lending Act, SAFE 2016, which is designed to change the manner in which...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.8.16

The Deal Professor looks back on a wild week of “deal busting” that saw the government [often in the form of Treasury Secretary Jack Lew] put the hurt on Pfizer/Allergan and Halliburton/Baker Hughes alike –...more

Poland: Wealth Tax on Bank and Insurance Assets Effective from 1 February 2016 - On 15 January 2016, the Polish parliament passed...

At the same time, the legislator decreed that this new wealth tax will not affect the terms and conditions governing the rendering of financial and insurance services under contracts concluded prior to 1 February 2016....more

IRS Revokes Ruling That Imposed Excise Tax On Wholly Foreign Reinsurance Transactions

The Internal Revenue Service recently revoked a 2008 ruling that a 1% excise tax under section 4371(3) of the Internal Revenue Code applied to “reinsurance premiums paid by one foreign insurer or reinsurer to another.” The...more

Staffing agency workers and ACA offers of coverage

The final regulations on the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) “pay or play” rules were released on Feb. 10, 2014. Under the rules, there are potential penalties imposed on large employers that do not offer substantially all...more

Disclose of Cash Real Estate Purchases

The purchase of real estate without bank financing presents an opportunity for those with unclean funds to launder those funds and make them appear legitimate, at least in the opinion of the Financial Crimes Enforcement...more

The Best of Intentions: Letters of Intent in the Sale of a Business

The sale of a business often takes several months and generates huge amounts of paperwork. The process culminates in a purchase agreement typically exceeding fifty single-spaced pages full of dense wording....more

Congress Expands and Tightens Section 831(b) Small Insurance Company Election

On December 18, 2015, Congress enacted the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015, making, among other items, several significant changes to the provisions of Internal Revenue Code Section 831(b), which provides...more

SC Court Says Sales Tax Inapplicable to Cellphone Insurance Premiums

During the last few years, many states have undertaken aggressive efforts to collect sales tax on amounts paid for service contracts a/k/a extended warranties, which in most states are deemed not to be insurance products. A...more

The Prospect for a Legislative Fix in the Case of Certain Promoters Using Micro Captives Deemed Abusive by the IRS

Despite a considerable reduction in budget and personnel, the Internal Revenue Service announced earlier this year that it would devote considerable time and effort to crack down on what it views as widespread abusive...more

Potential Penalties Creating Adjustments to Health Care Coverage Plan Offerings

What ACA-related issues have had the most impact on welfare benefit plans and may surface during 2016? JRN: 2015 is the year when the potential to be penalized for not offering employee health care coverage that is both...more

Washington Healthcare Update

On Oct. 8, the House Republican caucus did not select a candidate for Speaker of the House and selection has been delayed. The current Speaker, John Boehner (R-OH), had announced that he would step down and retire from...more

King v. Burwell & Beyond: ACA Litigation Continues

The Supreme Court’s ruling in King v. Burwell resolved what may be the last existential legal threat to Obamacare. The case upheld the extension of premium tax credits in states operating under federally created insurance...more

Tax Policy Update

NUMBER OF THE WEEK: 10 percent. Rate of the one-time deemed repatriation tax on U.S. multinationals’ foreign earnings under GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s tax plan released Sept. 28. The revenue raised through...more

Tax Court Holds that Residual Value Insurance Qualifies as Insurance for Tax Purposes

On September 21, the United States Tax Court held in favor of the taxpayer in R.V.I. Guaranty Co., Ltd. and Subsidiaries v. Commissioner, 145 T.C. No. 9 (2015). The court concluded that the residual value insurance policies...more

The Practical Need for Managers of Micro Captives and the Allure of 'Off Label' Uses

Every tax season, the Internal Revenue Service releases a “Dirty Dozen” list of schemes that it considers abusive and widespread enough to present a systemic threat to its enforcement of the tax laws. This year’s list...more

Playing With Fire: No Liability Coverage For Tax Preparers Who Took Deductions for Illegal Tax Shelters

“Gimme Shelter” is one of the greatest of a lot of great Rolling Stones songs (made greater by Merry Clayton’s gut-wrenching contribution). And, of course, “Gimme Shelter” is a cliché often trotted out in discussions of tax...more

IREG Update - August 2015 #2

Hot Topic: New York Emergency Medical Services and Surprise Bills Law - Earlier this year, New York’s Emergency Medical Services and Surprise Bills Law went into effect (the full text of the bill is available on the...more

Louisiana And North Dakota Adopt Amendments Related To Nonadmitted And Reinsurance Reform Act Of 2010

Louisiana and North Dakota amended their surplus lines statutes in line with the Nonadmitted and Reinsurance Reform Act of 2010 (the “NRRA”), which was included in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act...more

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