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PA Property Tax Reassessment Update

Several counties in Pennsylvania are conducting countywide property reassessments. This update provides status changes for Washington, Blair and Lancaster Counties, along with a set of important deadlines and basic assessment...more

New Jersey Issues Guidance on BEIP Grant Conversion

This month the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (the Authority) provided businesses with guidance, in the form of Frequently Asked Questions, on how to elect to have their unpaid Business Employment Incentive Program...more

Only the Lonely: “Lonely” Life Insurance Companies Confront New Issues Under Proposed Debt-Equity Regulations

The rules of IRC § 1504 and Treas. Reg. § 1.1502-47 provide the general parameters for determining whether a domestic life insurance company (within the meaning of IRC § 816(a)) may join in filing a consolidated U.S. federal...more

Is it Debt or is it Not? Proposed Treasury Regulations Would Significantly Change Debt vs. Equity Analysis

Earlier this month, the IRS and Treasury Department proposed new Treasury regulations (the “Proposed Regulations”) under Section 385 of the Internal Revenue Code. The Proposed Regulations would significantly modify the tax...more

Mississippi Legislature Passes Significant Tax Relief

On April 18, 2016, the Mississippi Legislature passed Senate Bill 2858 and enacted the “Taxpayer Pay Raise Act of 2016.” Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves describes the Act as the largest tax relief package in Mississippi...more

IRS Confirms California “Waiting Time Penalties” Are Not Wages For Federal Income Tax Purposes

A recent IRS information letter confirms that “waiting time penalties” paid under California law are not wages for federal income tax withholding purposes. Section 203 of the California State Labor Code imposes penalties on...more

Cadillac Tax: A Levy in Limbo

The future of the Cadillac tax, a key cost-control mechanism and federal revenue source enacted as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), is unclear. Though initially set to take effect in 2018,...more

New Proposed Regulations Increase Scrutiny on Related-Party Debt

The U.S. Treasury Department (“Treasury”) and Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) recently issued proposed regulations (the “New Proposed Regulations”) governing the federal income tax treatment of debt between certain related...more

Tax and Non-Tax Reasons to be Cautious about “Bad Boy Nonrecourse Carve-out Guarantees” - IRS Backtracks on Recent Conclusion that...

On April 15, 2016 the IRS reversed its controversial position that bad boy guarantees may convert nonrecourse debt into recourse debt. General Legal Advice Memorandum Number AM2016-001 released April 15, 2016 effectively...more

Prince: The Lost Legacy of an Estate Plan Untold

You may not have produced over 30 albums, accrued over $300 million and an equivalent amount of fans as Prince, but, like the recent pop star, you too have a legacy that could impact many individuals around you. The term...more

Tax Court Affirms Use of Intergenerational Split-Dollar Arrangements

The Tax Court, in its decision earlier this month in Estate of Morrissette, examined intergenerational split-dollar arrangements between a mother's revocable trust and three irrevocable dynasty trusts, one established for...more

Burr Alert: Is Tennessee "Retiring" Its Hall Income Tax?

Tennessee has long been known as a retirement friendly state and usually ranks in the Top 10 of any list identifying the best places in the U.S. for retirement. That reputation is about to be enhanced as Tennessee's...more

Update on The Panama Papers

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) announced that on May 9, it will release selected data purported to be leaked or stolen from the internal records of the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca....more

WCO TCCV approves case study on TNMM transfer pricing documentation and customs valuation

During the week of 18-22 April 2016 the World Custom's Organizations Technical Committee on Customs Valuation (TCCV) held its 42nd Session in Brussels. At this session a new instrument was approved by the TCCV that contains a...more

April 30 Deadline for Pre-approved Defined Contribution Plans

This is a follow-up on the IRS’ recent reminder to plan sponsors using pre-approved defined contribution plans (i.e., prototype and volume submitter plans) that they must adopt restated plan documents by the end of this...more

Climate change Regulation Starts to Take Shape in Washington State

In 2015, the Washington Legislature failed to act on Governor Jay Inslee’s cap-and-trade proposal to limit the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change. Since then, all branches of Washington State government, as...more

New ACA, et. al. FAQs Cover Items From “Top” to “Bottom”

On April 20, the “Big Three” agencies (DOL, Treasury/IRS, and HHS) released another set of FAQs (the 31st, for those of you counting at home). Consistent with earlier FAQs, the new FAQs cover a broad range of items under the...more

Tom Brady’s suspension reinstated, so what are the potential Massachusetts tax consequences?

Deflategate and the NFL’s suspension of quarterback Tom Brady for 4 games has been the NFL’s biggest news story of the past two years. On April 25, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled in...more

4 Takeaways from Council on Foundations 2016 Annual Conference

From April 9 to April 12, I had the good fortune to be part of the Council on Foundations 2016 Annual Conference. The Council welcomed nearly 1,400 leaders in the philanthropic sector to Washington, D.C., for plenary programs...more

Obligation to Perform Work and Incur Costs Under Construction Contract is a Section 752 Liability

In a recently issued Private Letter Ruling (PLR 201608001), the IRS determined that a taxpayer-partnership’s obligation to perform work and incur costs under a long-term construction contract constituted a partnership...more

The Panama Effect: UK Government accelerates proposals to criminalise failure to prevent tax evasion

10 considerations for professionals and corporates worldwide in advance of the new law. Overview - In a move widely seen as a response to the so-called “Panama Papers” revelations, the UK Government has enhanced...more

NJ Tax Court Denies Interest Addback Exception - Does Your Company Still Qualify?

In a decision published April 26, 2016, the New Jersey Tax Court in Kraft Foods Global Inc. v. Director, Div. of Taxation ruled that a taxpayer couldn’t deduct interest paid to its corporate parent. The taxpayer’s...more

Tax Review - April 2016

We are proud to present the next edition of our Tax Review which contains a selection of rulings and interpretations that were issued or published in March 2016. We hope that you will find in it information that may prove...more

Sales Tax Revenue Bonds Provide Critically Needed Transportation Funding Source

Funding transportation infrastructure in California is becoming increasingly difficult, as diminished gasoline taxes and other state and federal funding sources continue to be insufficient to provide fully for burgeoning...more

New Examples of Program-Related Investments

The new examples describe additional charitable purposes and PRI terms and structures. On April 21, the Internal Revenue Service and Treasury Department issued final regulations regarding program-related investments...more

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