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Audit Chances

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

As in the past, PK Law reports on the Internal Revenue Service’s (“IRS”) data book (IR 2017-69) regarding a taxpayer’s chances of undergoing an audit. The annual data book reflects data collected during the fiscal year 2016...more

Drafting In The Details

by Dickinson Wright on

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently affirmed that the devil really is in the details in a case that illustrates the importance of ensuring that deal documents accurately reflect the parties’ agreed upon terms with...more

IRS Announces Disagreement with Ninth Circuit’s Holding on Completed Contract Method of Accounting

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

The IRS recently announced its disagreement with the Ninth Circuit’s ruling that, with respect to planned communities, the 95% test under the completed contract method of accounting applies on a development-wide basis rather...more

Russia clarifies procedures for Bilateral Advance Pricing Agreements

by DLA Piper on

On 17 March 2017 the Ministry of Finance of Russia (MoF) posted a draft order on the procedure for conclusion of bilateral advance pricing agreements (APAs) with the authorised bodies of foreign states. This draft order fills...more

LLC Membership Interest Purchase Treated As Asset Purchase

by Dickinson Wright on

A buyer of a business often will prefer to purchase assets rather than equity interests in order to, among other things, obtain a step-up in the tax basis of the assets of the business equal to its purchase price. The buyer...more

Belgium: IP tax incentive - implementing the nexus approach and broadening the scope of application

by DLA Piper on

In 2007, Belgium introduced a patent income deduction (PID) for Belgian companies (and permanent establishments of foreign companies) that derive income from or by means of patents and supplementary protection certificates....more

The Australian Government significantly expands ATO powers to fight multinational tax avoidance: Legislation introduced for 40 per...

by DLA Piper on

The Australian Government introduced legislation (DPT legislation) into Parliament on 9 February 2017 to implement a further component (second limb) of the United Kingdom–style diverted profits tax (DPT), with effect from 1...more

Delaware Supreme Court Affirms Energy Transfer’s Termination of Merger Agreement for Lack of Tax Opinion

by White & Case LLP on

Resolving a dispute surrounding one of the largest M&A deals of 2015, the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed the Delaware Chancery Court's decision allowing Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. to terminate its proposed acquisition of...more

Rating – the road to revaluation: Reform

by Dentons on

The new rating list goes live on 1 April 2017. This last article in Dentons' rating series explores whether the rating system, post revaluation, is sufficient, or whether further reform is required....more

Saudi Arabia Update - March 2017

by Dentons on

Legal developments - The Kingdom continues its move towards e-government services - Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs considers issuing temporary licenses online for multiple activities - The Ministry of...more

HMRC publishes responses to the consultation on Partnership taxation

by Goodwin on

The result of the HM Revenue & Custom's consultation on UK partnership taxation was released on 20 March, this is important for both fund partnerships and fund managers structured as LLPs which file UK tax returns. Although...more

Senegal's New Mining Code

by DLA Piper on

Senegal has officially introduced its new mining code, which has been a work in progress since 2012 when proposals were first made to revise the former mining code introduced in 2003. In recognising the potential that the...more

Luxembourg Real Estate -Tax and Legal Developments

by Dentons on

This brief report provides a summary of the most recent Luxembourg legal developments that currently affect and will be affecting real estate practitioners throughout 2017....more

A Quiet UK Budget for Asset Managers, But Other Recent Tax Changes Shouldn’t Be Forgotten

by Proskauer - Tax Talks on

After numerous UK tax changes affecting asset managers over the past few years – not least the wholesale re-vamping of the tax treatment of carried interest and other fund participations for investment fund managers – the UK...more

Fun with Roth IRAs: New Sixth Circuit Decision Blesses Aggressive Tax Planning

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

A recent decision by the Federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals expands the potential for Roth IRAs to be used to protect income from corporate and shareholder level tax....more

House Blueprint’s Destination-Based Cash Flow Tax: A Primer

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The election of Donald Trump in November has substantially increased the likelihood of major tax reform in the near future. While it is uncertain what shape such reform will take, there has been renewed interest in the...more

Protecting Tax Deferral for A Contribution to A Partnership

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

When a taxpayer (“Taxpayer”) sells a property (“Property”) with a fair market value (“FMV”) in excess of Taxpayer’s basis in Property in exchange for cash in an arm’s-length transaction, the amount of gain that he realizes on...more

Key Takeaways: Prospects for US Business Tax Reform — What You Need to Know

On February 16, 2017, Skadden hosted a webinar titled “Prospects for U.S. Business Tax Reform: What You Need to Know.” The Skadden panelists were M&A partner Stephen Arcano; global tax co-head Eric Sensenbrenner; and tax...more

Pending Alabama Tax Legislation (2017 Regular Session) State and Local Tax Alert: Alabama Edition

The House and Senate have each met a total of six legislative days thus far. There are therefore 24 legislative days remaining in the 2017 Regular Session. The House will reconvene on Tuesday, February 28 at 1:00 p.m. The...more

Business Appraisers Spar Over Tax Rates, Market Approach and Other Key Issues in Fair Value Buy-Out Case

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

As promised in the postscript to last week’s post about the appellate ruling in the Gould case, affirming Justice Platkin’s order granting the oppressed minority shareholder’s dissolution petition involving a pair...more

When A “Tax Free” Exchange May Not Be Free of Tax

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

“Tax free” – two words that often bring great delight when they are spoken by a tax adviser to the owner of a business, whether he is considering the disposition of a single asset, or of substantially all of the assets, of...more

Singapore Eases Regulatory Regime for VC Funds to Promote Financing for Start-Ups

by Morgan Lewis on

The Monetary Authority of Singapore has proposed a simplification of the authorisation process and regulatory framework for venture capital managers—with the goal of supporting start-ups....more

N.Y.’s 2018 Budget Proposal: Tax Proposals To Watch

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Last month, Governor Cuomo presented his budget proposal for NY State’s 2017- 2018 fiscal year. Included in the proposal were a number of tax provisions that should be of interest to closely-held businesses and their owners....more

Ratings – the road to revaluation

by Dentons on

On 1 April 2017 the business rates revaluation will take effect. This in itself is cause for significant concern. However, the ratings world is currently a maelstrom of upheaval and controversy, such that the revaluation is...more

Tax Reform in 2017? What is in Store for U.S. Businesses

by Snell & Wilmer on

With Republicans in control of the White House and Congress, one of the top priorities is tax reform. President Trump’s tax reform proposal and the House Republicans’ tax reform “Blueprint” suggest many changes to business...more

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