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Top 10 rules for compliant non-qualified deferred compensation

By Lori Jones Internal Revenue Code Section 409A regulates nonqualified deferred compensation (NQDC) plans and arrangements, which are commonly used to provide supplemental compensation to key executives. Complying with...more

Development of court practice in tax disputes over accounting of expenses to pay for intragroup services

On 23 May 2016 the Commercial Court of the North Caucasus Region delivered a ruling in the case of Bonduelle-Kuban LLC (the “Company”), No. ?32-8522/2015, in which the court upheld the judgments of the lower courts and...more

Insight on Estate Planning - August/September 2016

In This Issue: - Alternate valuation date: Flexible postmortem planning a plus when markets are volatile - The write stuff: A letter of instructions - Making the most of your GST tax exemption - Estate...more

New Amendments to Pennsylvania’s Unclaimed Property Law (2016)

Significant changes affecting all holders of unclaimed property were included in amendments to Pennsylvania’s Fiscal Code adopted as part of the state’s 2016-17 budget. The amendments establish requirements for the...more

Pennsylvania’s 2016–2017 Revenue Budget Bill Includes Tax Amnesty and Extends Sales Tax to Digital Products

Action Item: A new Pennsylvania tax amnesty program is coming. It was enacted as part of the state’s 2016–2017 budget process. Taxpayers with unfiled state tax returns or returns that need to be amended will be able to pay...more

U.S. Tax Court Gives Strong Boost to Computer-Assisted Review

On July 13, 2016, in Dynamo Holdings Limited P’ship v. Comm’r, the U.S. Tax Court strongly defended the taxpayer’s use of computer-assisted review in a dispute with the IRS. In a 2014 decision in the same case, the Tax Court...more

MTC Annual Meeting Update: MTC Approves Model Sales and Use Tax Nexus Statute

The Multistate Tax Commission (“MTC”) held its Annual Commission Meeting on July 27, 2016. Of note, the MTC voted to adopt the Model Sales and Use Tax Nexus Statute. In addition, the Arm’s-Length Adjustment Service Committee...more

Portability: A Useful Estate Planning Tool

The concept of "portability" in estate planning is the most substantial change to the estate planning landscape for married couples in recent memory. Introduced as a temporary feature by the 2010 Tax Relief Act, portability...more

Further down the rabbit hole we go: Additional guidance released by OECD on the attribution of profits to permanent establishments

Action 7 of the BEPS Action Plan1 tackles the definition of permanent establishment (PE) in order to prevent the artificial avoidance of a PE status through the use of commissionaire arrangements and the specific activity...more

Development of court practice in tax disputes related to grant financing of a Russian company

On 22 July 2016 the Commercial Court of Samara Region delivered a decision in case No. ?55-11332/2016. In that case, the court considered a dispute between SMARTS JSC and the Samara Region Interdistrict Federal Tax...more

Proposed Form 5500 Changes & the new Schedule J: Big Changes for Small Group Health Plans

The US Department of Labor (DOL) has proposed changes to the Form 5500 and schedules that will affect ERISA Title I group health plans of all sizes, but small group health plans should be especially aware of the changes....more

Form 1095-C and I-9 Compliance: How to handle "mismatches"

Employers complying with the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) by filing Form 1095-C increasingly face another question: Are they in compliance with their I-9 obligations? The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires employers with...more

New IRS notification process announced for 501(c)(4) nonprofits

Earlier this month, the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released its long-awaited temporary regulatory framework implementing the new statutory notification requirements placed on 501(c)(4) nonprofit organizations by the...more

Good News! New 409A Regulations (Yes, Really!) – Part 4: Getting Paid

On the TV show Futurama, the aged proprietor of the delivery company Planet Express, Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth, had a habit of entering a room where the other characters were gathered and sharing his trademark line,...more

Treasury Removes a Reporting Trap for Section 83(b) Elections

Taxpayers who receive property as payment for performing services are generally taxable on the value of the property received in the year of receipt. Section 83 may allow such taxation to be deferred when the property...more

Neglecting The Plan That Will Get 401(k) Sponsors Living on The Edge

When you don’t take care of your teeth, they end up rotting. When you don’t take care of your car, it stops running. When you don’t take care of your finances, you end up going broke. So it’s amazing how many 401(k) plan...more

Investment Tax Credit Lessee Income Inclusion Guidance Issued

New Internal Revenue Service (IRS) temporary regulations provide guidance on the income inclusion rules that apply when a lessor elects to treat a lessee as having acquired investment credit property under Treas. Reg. §...more

Property Tax and Valuation Topics: Summer 2016

Interim “Watch Tower” Revaluation After High Sale Upheld - The last citywide revaluation conducted by Milford was as of October 1, 2011. On that date, the residential property at 19 Beach Avenue was valued by the...more

Surplus Lines Clearinghouse Provides Instructions Following The Dissolution Of The Non-Admitted Insurance Multistate Agreement...

In a Special Focus article posted on May 2, 2016, we addressed the uncertain future of the multi-state allocation of non-admitted premium tax revenue. The Non-admitted and Reinsurance Reform Act (NRRA) provides for individual...more

Healthcare Newsletter: Volume 6, Number 1

Recent Developments in Mental Health Benefit Denials - The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (Parity Act) requires health plans to provide the same coverage for mental health conditions as they provide for...more

"IRS Offers Limited Safe Harbors for Recapitalizations Before Spin-Offs"

On July 15, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released a new revenue procedure, Rev. Proc. 2016-40, providing safe harbors for transactions in which a corporation (Distributing) obtains the requisite control of a...more

Final US Treasury Regulations Provide Additional Flexibility in Determining the Tax Implications of Money Market Fund Share...

Final U.S. Treasury regulations under Section 446 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code’), providing for the use of the net asset value (“NAV”) accounting method for transactions in money market fund...more

New Temporary Regulations Deny Basis Increase in Partnership Interests in Lease Passthrough ITC Structures

On July 21, the U.S. Treasury Department (“Treasury”) released temporary and proposed regulations denying a basis increase to equity holders of lessee partnerships and S corporations to account for mandatory income inclusions...more

4 Things Beneficiaries Who Receive IRS Form 8971’s Schedule A Must Know

When someone inherits assets, he or she is supposed to have a tax basis in the inherited asset for income tax purposes equal to the “fair market value” of the inherited asset at the date of death. The IRS is concerned that it...more

Alabama Department of Revenue Now Argues that ALL Software—Canned or Custom—Is Subject to Sales/Use Tax

The Alabama Tax Tribunal (the “Tribunal”) ruled in a recent case that the taxpayer-hospital was entitled to a refund of the sales tax paid on the purchase of software that had been customized for its particular functions...more

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