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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

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

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