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Small Business Investors Can Save Big with New IRS Code Amendments

Recent amendments to the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the Code) have significantly expanded the opportunity for tax savings under Section 1202. Section 1202, which was originally added to the Code in 1993, provides relief...more

Modifications to Code Section 409A Regulations

On June 22, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service published proposed regulations under Internal Revenue Code Section 409A, which applies to non-qualified deferred compensation plans and arrangements. The proposed regulations are...more

Deductibility of Transaction Costs for a Target Company: No Safe Harbor in Deemed Asset Deals

On June 10, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service released a Chief Counsel Memorandum dated July 8, 2015, addressing the issue of whether a target S-corporation, which participated in a transaction in which the parties made a...more

Focus on Tax Controversy and Litigation - Treasury and IRS Issue Proposed Regulations Imposing Documentation Requirements Under...

In addition to the discussion of the recently proposed regulations which impose new documentation requirements under Section 385, this month’s issue features articles regarding the Circuit Court decision in Chemtech Royalty...more

EU Council Agrees on Final Anti Tax Avoidance Directive

We wrote in February (European Commission Publishes Anti Tax Avoidance Package) about the draft EU Anti Tax Avoidance Directive (“ATAD”). On 21st June 2016, the EU Council agreed on the final text of the ATAD and it will...more

Venture Capital Coast to Coast – June 2016

VC WATCH - Half-Time 2016: A Glass Half-Empty, or Half-Full? After two record years for venture fundraising and investment, the “bears” among us are already planning for the next down-cycle. Recent headlines...more

Using a Retirement Plan to Start a Business

Ever wanted to start a business using a retirement plan? There’s a way to roll over plan benefits into a new business without paying taxes and penalties, but you have to be careful. Two recent cases illustrate how not to do...more

Rethinking Choice of Entity — Section 1202 Stock

We tax advisors spend plenty of time assessing whether a particular business is better suited operating as a flowthrough entity or as a tax-paying “C corporation.” Flow-through entities generally include sole...more

A "PATH" to Substantial Tax Savings: Qualified Small Business Stock

In the early 1990s, Congress enacted the qualified small business stock (“QSBS”) rules to incentivize equity investments in certain corporations. The QSBS rules reduce the effective federal income tax rate on the gain...more

Waivers of Ownership Limitation Provisions in REIT Charters

I. Why Do REITs Have Ownership Limits in the First Place? - Ownership limitation provisions are designed primarily to protect one of a REIT’s most valuable assets – its status as a REIT under the federal income tax...more

The Mergers and Acquisitions Incentive Scheme for Singapore companies

The mergers and acquisitions (M&A) allowance and stamp duty relief schemes together form the M&A Scheme. This scheme was first introduced in Budget 2010 to encourage companies in Singapore to grow their businesses through...more

IRS Proposed Regulations Under Section 305(c)

In April, the IRS issued proposed regulations interpreting deemed distributions under Section 305(c). Specifically, the proposed regulations would clarify the amount and timing of deemed distributions that result from an...more

Practice Pointers on the Up-C Structure

In a structure commonly referred to as an “up-C,” an existing limited liability company or other partnership form (referred to here for convenience as “LLC”) undertakes a public offering through a newly formed corporation,...more

Launching a Hedge Fund in 2016: An Overview for US Managers

Despite a challenging environment for the hedge fund industry, many institutional investors continue to allocate to hedge funds in a market environment otherwise devoid of promising investment opportunities. While the hedge...more

Georgia Angel Investment Tax Credit

In Georgia, start-ups and new businesses are often able to attract investors, in part, because of Georgia’s “angel tax credit” program. Georgia’s angel tax credit program provides early investors in certain start-ups and new...more

Global Tax News: US Treasury's proposed §385 regulations under extreme scrutiny on Capitol Hill, in corporate tax departments: top...

As part of its ongoing effort to try to curb inversion transactions, the Treasury Department has issued proposed regulations under section 385. Section 385(a) authorizes the Treasury Department to issue regulations that may...more

Legislation Revives and Permanently Extends 100% Gain Exclusion for Certain Sales of (C Corporation) Qualified Small Business...

For years now, conventional wisdom has been that, wherever possible, businesses should seek to operate as flow through entities (S corporations or partnerships) for income tax purposes. One rationale for this viewpoint has...more

Attention Taxpayers: New IRS Rules May Deem Debt to Be Stock

In April, the IRS proposed rules that would treat debt between related corporations as stock for U.S. tax purposes. These rules would apply to all corporations (including regular C corporations, S corporations, foreign...more

IRS Guidance Regarding Money Market Mutual Funds

On July 23, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted amendments to Rule 2a-7 under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, governing the structure and operation of money market mutual funds (MMFs). ...more

Justice Department’s First FATCA Prosecution Yields Guilty Plea

On May 9, 2016, the Justice Department announced that Gregg R. Mulholland, a dual U.S. and Canadian citizen and owner of an offshore broker-dealer and investment management company based in Panama and Belize, pleaded guilty...more

That Debt Isn’t What You Think It Is: New Proposed Debt/Equity Rules Could Be Biggest Change in Corporate Tax Since 1986

The U.S. Treasury Department issued new proposed tax regulations that would re-characterize certain related party debt as equity, resulting in dividend payments rather than tax deductible interest payments. If finalized in...more

FASB modifies accounting rules for stock-based compensation

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has issued Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2016-09, Improvements to Employee Share-Based Payment Accounting, which amends ASC Topic 718, Compensation – Stock Compensation. ...more

Carried Interest: Belgian Ruling Commission Confirms Application Of Stock Option Law

The Belgian Stock Option Law sets out the tax treatment of stock options, thereby eliminating the uncertainty as to the taxable value of the stock options. In the past, the Belgian Ruling Commission has been reluctant to...more

Start Up India: Opportunities for investors and entrepreneurs

On 16 January this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the “Start-up India Action Plan” (“Action Plan”). The Action Plan is the latest in Modi’s moves to revive the Indian economy and generate employment, and follows...more

US targets the use of LLCs to disguise foreign beneficial owners

The United States Department of Treasury issued proposed regulations that, if promulgated, would impose new disclosure obligations on domestic disregarded entities wholly owned by foreign persons (i.e., single-member limited...more

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