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Treasury Inspector General Slams IRS for Lack of Strategy Following 2015 Data Breach

In a scathing report published on March 27, 2017, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration blasted the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) following its analysis of the IRS’ steps following a data breach in 2015 that...more

??????FDIC Chairman: A “Culture of Compliance” Begins at the Top

In his remarks during last week’s launch of Case Western Reserve School of Law’s Financial Integrity Institute, FDIC Chairman Martin J. Gruenberg spoke on the historical context of today’s BSA/AML regulatory framework and the...more

A Guide to UK Tax on Commercial Real Estate: Non-Residents

1. Introduction - This client alert provides a summary of key UK tax considerations when a nonresident invests into UK commercial real estate. There are a number of holding structures for investment into UK real estate...more

Saudi Arabia Update - March 2017

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

IRS Will Now Permit DC Plan Hardship Withdrawal Self-Certification Summaries

Two recently published memoranda by the Internal Revenue Service (the IRS) indicate that it is permissible for 401(k) and 403(b) plan sponsors and their third party administrators (TPAs) to rely on participants’ written...more

March Madness: New Private Letter Rulings Address Tax Accounting Issues

In the last few weeks, the Internal Revenue Service (the Service) issued several private letter rulings addressing a variety of tax accounting issues. From bonus depreciation elections to the correct unit of property for...more

New UK Tax Relief Restrictions for Corporate Interest

This briefing provides a high-level summary of the new rules limiting the UK tax deductibility of corporate interest expenses. The new rules apply from 1 April 2017 to interest payments made from that date under new and...more

Public Companies Should Consider Shareholder Reapproval of Section 162(m) Performance Compensation Plans Approved in 2012

As public companies continue to prepare for the 2017 proxy season, we wanted to provide a final reminder of an executive compensation related item that might require shareholder approval in 2017. As reported in Part 1 of our...more

American Health Care Act Pulled From House Floor: No New Legislation to Repeal and Replace ACA

The much-anticipated vote by the U.S. House of Representatives on the “American Health Care Act,” also known as “AHCA” or the “Obamacare replacement bill,” was cancelled last week, leaving many to ask “what now?” As noted in...more

2017 Federal Budget measures affecting the energy industry

There are several measures in this year’s Canadian Federal Budget that directly affect the energy industry. This is a highlight of these proposed changes....more

IRS Warns Schools of Dangerous Email Scam

On March 28, 2017, the IRS warned schools, universities, government entities and tax exempt organizations of a dangerous email scam currently circulating nationwide and targeting employers. According to the IRS, the scammer...more

Tackling GST 'Leakage' is Key to Housing Supply, Affordability

Originally published in Australian Financial Review - March 28th, 2017. If the solution to housing affordability is increased supply, the GST rules for develop-to-rent (D2R) projects is a part of the problem. "New...more

The Importance of Defensive Tax Planning and Defensive Tax Return Preparation

Executive Summary: The Importance of Defensive Tax Planning - Tax reform is in the news again. But until we achieve significant tax reform it is essential that individuals, trusts and estates, and businesses with incomes...more

Important Information on W-2/SSN Data Theft Scam

A dangerous email scam currently is circulating nationwide and targeting employers, including tax exempt entities, universities and schools, government and private-sector businesses. The scammer poses as an internal executive...more

Charitable Income Tax Deductions: The Rockefeller Edition

Billionaire David Rockefeller passed away this week at the age of 101. According to Forbes magazine, during his lifetime, the well-known philanthropist gave away nearly $2 billion....more

IRS Synchs Excise Tax to DOL's Enforcement Policy on Fiduciary Rule

The IRS released guidance this week announcing that it will not apply IRC § 4975 excise taxes (15% on prohibited transactions) and related reporting requirements “with respect to any transaction or agreement to which the...more

IL Supreme Court Avoids Ruling on Constitutionality of Hospital Exemption

The Illinois Supreme Court has issued an opinion in Carle Foundation v. Cunningham Township, the case involving the constitutionality of the statute granting hospitals a special property tax exemption. In remanding this case...more

The IRS Provides Updated Guidance on Hardship Distributions

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued updated audit guidelines for its agents regarding the substantiation requirements for hardship withdrawals from 401(k) and 403(b) plans. This guidance is welcome news for...more

Budget 2017: Changes to Canadian Exploration Expense and Flow-Through Shares

Canadian exploration expenses (CEE) are certain types of expenses incurred by oil and gas, mining and renewable energy corporations. CEE is 100 percent deductible in the year the expense is incurred. Certain types of CEE also...more

Benefits Litigation Update – Spring 2017

Welcome to the Spring edition of Benefits Litigation Update, brought to you by The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) and the law firm Epstein Becker & Green. As a new Congress, and a new executive branch, work on major...more

The Tax Man Cometh For Bitcoin - NC Privacy Blog Talks To Digital Assets Tax Policy Coalition Counsel Cameron Arterton

A federal judge recently ruled that America’s largest Bitcoin service was obligated to provide the Internal Revenue Service with extensive transactional records concerning the financial transactions of its members. The...more

The Affordable Care Act is here to stay

In the last few weeks we have talked to hundreds of employers about the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which was proposed in the U.S. House of Representatives on March 6. Many of you have asked about the AHCA, how it might...more

Benefactors Beware: Fake Charities Included in IRS List of Top Tax Scams for 2017

Every year, the IRS issues its “Dirty Dozen” Tax Scams list, a compilation of tactics and devices used by scam artists against taxpayers. While the threat exists year-round, the IRS promulgates the list ahead of filing...more

Tax Tips

Internal Revenue Service Temporarily Holding Off on Issuing New Regulations - The Internal Revenue Service is temporarily holding off on issuing new rules while evaluating the impact of executive orders from President...more

Double whammy: Federal estate tax repeal could substantially increase tax for California residents

With all of the talk about potential repeal of the federal estate tax, many people have decided to postpone further estate planning, hoping that the repeal will occur. However, Californians should hold out no such hope....more

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