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Not a Token Gesture: Compensating Service Providers with Virtual Property

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Questions surrounding the use of virtual currencies and other digital tokens (“tokens”) as compensation came to the forefront last month following formal guidance from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on...more

AFRICA - A Legal Guide for Business Investment and Expansion: Tunisia

1. What role does the government of Tunisia play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? The Tunisian government places a priority on attracting foreign direct investment. The Tunisian government...more

New Property Tax Exemption for All South Carolina Manufacturers

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

The South Carolina Infrastructure and Economic Development Reform Act, 2017 Act 40, was recently enacted and is designed to enhance South Carolina’s economic competitiveness. The Act, commonly referred to as the gas tax bill,...more

Good Corporate Citizen or Simply Paying too Much Property Taxes

by Dickinson Wright on

Notwithstanding that property taxes tend to be one of the more significant operating expenses for commercial property owners, applying the “good corporate citizen” rational, many fail to challenge their assessments. Does that...more

Online Marketplace Sellers Eligible for Significant State Tax Relief

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: For two months beginning August 17, 2017, online sellers of merchandise through Fulfillment by Amazon or a similar marketplace provider are eligible for sales tax and income tax forgiveness in 19 states. Unlike...more

Ireland's Revenue releases guidelines on requesting Mutual Agreement Procedure assistance

by DLA Piper on

Ireland has published guidelines for requesting Mutual Agreement Procedure (MAP) assistance. The guidelines, issued in early August, set out the legal basis for requesting MAP assistance as well as...more

IRS and States Crack Down on POS Systems: Zapper Software

by Bowditch & Dewey on

A good point of sale (“POS”) system is critical for any business engaged in sales to the public and having one in place goes a long way to ensuring that revenue and profits are being reported properly to federal, state and...more

Big Tax Court Win for Eaton in Canceled APA Case

by Alston & Bird on

In a significant taxpayer victory, the Tax Court, in a memorandum decision, has ruled in Eaton Corp. & Subsidiaries v. Commissioner that the IRS’s decision to cancel Eaton Corporation’s two advance pricing agreements (APAs)...more

Tax Talk: Volume 10, Issue 2

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

EDITOR’S NOTE - With the failure of health care legislation to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, eyes in Washington, D.C. are now turning to tax reform. Since Congress plans to take August off, any real tax...more

AFRICA - A Legal Guide for Business Investment and Expansion: Tanzania

1 .What role does the government of the United Republic of Tanzania play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? The government plays an active role in approving and regulating foreign direct investment....more

Massachusetts Issues Proposed Regulations Requiring Remote Sellers to Collect Sales Tax

by WilmerHale on

We previously reported to you that the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR) had revoked Directive 17-1 requiring the collection of Massachusetts sales and use taxes by Internet vendors that meet certain sales thresholds...more

When A Partner May Not Be Acting As A Partner

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

It is not uncommon for a partner to engage in a business transaction with a partnership of which he is a member. If the partner engages in a transaction with his partnership other than in his capacity as a partner, he will be...more

Tax Court Holds that IRS Cancellation of Advance Pricing Agreement was Abuse of Discretion

by King & Spalding on

On July 26, 2017, the Tax Court issued its opinion in Eaton Corp. v. Commissioner, holding that the IRS’s cancellation of two advance pricing agreements (“APAs”) reached with Eaton Corporation (“Eaton”) was “arbitrary and...more

Grecian Magnesite Mining v. Commissioner: Foreign Investor Not Subject to US Tax on Sale of Partnership Interest

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In a long-awaited decision, the Tax Court recently held that gain realized by a foreign taxpayer on the sale of a partnership engaged in a US trade or business was a sale of a capital asset not subject to US tax, declining to...more

Cumplimiento Fiscal Internacional

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

Detectar, disuadir y responder al incumplimiento internacional son desafíos clave que enfrentan las autoridades tributarias de todo el mundo. El incumplimiento fiscal internacional es un problema significativo reconocido por...more

The Distinction Between Partnership Debt and Partnership Equity

by White & Case LLP on

Insights and strategies in a rapidly changing area for taxpayers who want to be characterized as partners for tax purposes but want an investment that economically is very close to debt. Much ink has been spilled on the...more

IRS Rejects Investors' Claim for Refined Coal Credits in Technical Advice

by King & Spalding on

In Technical Advice Memorandum 2017-29-020 (July 21, 2017) (the “TAM”), the IRS denied claims by two tax equity investors (the “Investors” or each an “Investor”) for renewable energy tax credits on grounds that the...more

Gain Realized By Non-Resident Foreign Partner Upon The Sale Of Its Interest In A U.S. Partnership Is Not U.S.-Source Income Unless...

by Roetzel & Andress on

In Grecian Magnesite Mining, Industrial & Shipping Co., SA, v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue (filed on July 13, 2017), the United States Tax Court overturned Revenue Ruling 91-32 (which had been relied on since 1991) and...more

AFRICA - A Legal Guide for Business Investment and Expansion: Nigeria

1 .What role does the government of nigeria play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? Due to the economic benefits that accompany Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), the Nigerian government strives to...more

Can Foreign Partners Now Exit Partnerships Tax Free?

by Bracewell LLP on

In Grecian Magnesite Mining v. Commissioner (“Grecian Magnesite”) the Tax Court held that a non-U.S. partner's gain from the redemption of its partnership interest was neither U.S. source income nor income effectively...more

Tips for Drafting Executive Employment Agreements – Tip #4 – Beware of 409A

by Bryan Cave on

This article continues with another tip for drafting executive employment agreements and the importance of consulting counsel. For every well drafted executive employment agreement in the business world, there seem to be...more

Securitisation in Poland: Legal and tax aspects

by Hogan Lovells on

Securitisation transactions have been receiving increased attention as attractive alternatives for Polish companies, especially those who can derive large pools of receivables from the debtors which are consumers or...more

Tax Implications Of Your Stock Options

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Attracting and retaining high-performing employees is critical to the success of any emerging company. A key ingredient to securing the right talent base is an attractive and aligned remuneration plan....more

Section 338(h)(10) Election – S Corporation Stock Sale Treated as Asset Sale

by Dickinson Wright on

Generally, a buyer in a stock sale does not obtain a step-up (or down) in the basis of the acquired corporation’s assets, unlike in an asset sale. However, if the acquired corporation in a stock sale is an S corporation, an...more

Sale of U.S. Operating Partnerships by Non-U.S. Persons May Not Generate ECI—U.S. Tax Court Declines to Follow Revenue Ruling...

by K&L Gates LLP on

In a recently published decision, the U.S. Tax Court declined to follow the longstanding position of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”), articulated in Revenue Ruling 91-32, that a non-U.S. partner’s gain or loss from...more

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