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Washington Supreme Court Narrows Efficacy of Late Notice Defense

Even when the claims in a lawsuit arguably fall within the coverage terms of the defendant’s liability insurance policy, the circumstances might suggest facts that would establish a defense to coverage. In that case, the...more

Policy Observer - September 2014

All Sums or Pro Rata: Did You Get the Coverage You Bought? In recent decades, liabilities stemming from long-term bodily injury or property damage—as from exposure to asbestos or contamination of the environment—have...more

The Waters of March -The Benefits of Owning Life Insurance within a Cascading Charitable Lead Annuity Trusts (CLATs)

...I recall hearing Bossa Nova as a ten year old at my neighbor’s house in the Panama Canal Zone – Sergio Mendes and Brazil 66. The Waters of March is one of many great songs written by Antonio Carlos Jobim and sung by Elis...more

Can We Talk? Providing Hedge Fund Managers with the Deferral of Carried Interest until Eternity

Overview - The recent passing of Joan Rivers not only requires us to pay tribute to one of the great comedic minds of the last forty-fifty years, but serves as a testimony to professional passion, perseverance and hard...more

New Italian finance law to facilitate company financings

On August 20, 2014, the Decreto Competitività (as converted into Law with amendments, the “Decree”), was published in the Italian Official Gazette (Gazzetta Ufficiale della Repubblica Italiana). The Decree is part of a...more

If I Had a Hammer – A Creative Method for Repatriating Offshore Corporate Profits

In this era of corporate inversions, there seems to be a lot of mud-slinging going around. Congress and the current Presidential administration would like to label large multi-national corporations as traitors. Somewhere...more

Give unto Caesar (but not a Dollar More!)-The Benefits and Planning Dexterity of the Charitable Lead Annuity Trust

Overview - I have to admit that I was a pretty good high school Latin student. In fact it may have been my best subject. When I got to West Point, I was in for very rude awakening. Not only did I realize too late that...more

Captive Insurance: Feds Promote Tax Benefits, but Pay Attention to the Details

Recent IRS rulings and a U.S. Tax Court decision continue to lay a solid foundation for captive insurance companies. However, the tax requirements must be strictly followed. Below we provide an update to assist captives in...more

Favorable Ruling: Taxability of HMOs Under New York City General Corporation Tax

A New York City Tax Appeals Tribunal Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) recently ruled in favor of Aetna, Inc. (Aetna) on whether a health maintenance organization (HMO) was “doing an insurance business” in New York State,...more

Required Summer Reading: Guidance Issued on the Tax Treatment of Guaranteed Minimum Benefit Hedges and Identified Mixed Straddles

The Treasury and the IRS offered two pieces of highly anticipated guidance on July 18 that are particularly relevant to the life insurance industry. ...more

Rules Will Allow Issuance of Longevity Insurance in Retirement Plans

On July 1, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued final rules excluding qualifying longevity annuity contracts (QLACs) from the required minimum distribution rules (RMD...more

IRS Rules Captive Reinsurance Arrangement Involving Retiree Medical Benefits Qualifies as Insurance for Federal Tax Purposes

On May 18, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) ruled that an employer’s wholly owned captive insurance subsidiary could reinsure the employer’s retiree medical benefit risks and still qualify as insurance for federal tax...more

The Construction Advantage – Issue 5

In our fifth issue of The Construction Advantage, we discuss some potential federal tax legislation, the time of accrual for a statute of limitation on an indemnity obligation, and a payment bond case recently decided by a...more

Is SLIMPACT Losing Steam? Tennessee Switches To NIMA

As part of the passage of the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank”) in July, 2010, Congress incorporated the Nonadmitted Insurance and Reinsurance Reform Act (“NRRA”), which provides that...more

Whose Risk Is It Anyway? New Revenue Ruling Provides Guidance for Employee Benefits Captives

On May 8, the IRS issued Rev. Rul. 2014-15, 2014-22 I.R.B. 1, which provides guidance in the rapidly expanding area of insuring or reinsuring employee benefits with captives. ...more

NY DFS Amends Insurance Regulation 41 To Conform With NRRA

The NY DFS announced an amendment to its regulations governing excess line placements to conform with the Nonadmitted and Reinsurance Reform Act of 2010 (“NRRA”), which prohibits any State, other than the insured’s home...more

New York Budget Legislation

On March 31, 2014, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the 2014-2015 New York State Budget (Budget), which results in the most significant overhaul of New York’s franchise tax in decades. The Budget brings...more

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

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