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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

Clues That There are Problems With A 401(k) Plan Provider

by Ary Rosenbaum on

When it comes to illnesses and diseases, there are usually warning signs out there. Whether you can come out healthy from a debilitating illness or disease is dependent on whether you can tell the warning signs. I’ve seen...more

Tax Payment Plans: What Do You Do? (Part 3)

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

If an individual or business owes federal taxes and does not have the current ability to pay these taxes, the IRS can “seller-finance” and offer a payment plan with the taxpayer. The primary benefit of a payment plan is 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

Developments in the U.S. Tax Treatment of UK Charities

by DLA Piper on

The Internal Revenue Service has revoked the U.S. tax exempt status of 195 prominent UK charities by posting their names on a website. These UK charities will find it harder to attract support from U.S. individuals and...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

ATTENTION PROPERTY OWNERS: Your 2017 Property Tax Notices Have Been Mailed To You!

By now, all 67 Property Appraisers in Florida have finalized the 2017 valuations for property taxes. Truth in Millage (TRIM) notices have been sent to all property owners, so these notices have either been received or will be...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

Could A Proposed Federal Law Solve The Misclassification Riddle?

by Fisher Phillips on

For years, businesses have struggled with properly identifying workers as either independent contractors or W-2 employees. The hundreds of thousands of jobs created by the gig economy have complicated matters even further....more

California Supreme Court Declines To Rehear Documentary Transfer Tax Appeal

by Allen Matkins on

In June, I wrote about the California Supreme Court’s disappointing decision in 926 N. Ardmore Ave. v. County of L.A., 2017 Cal. LEXIS 4768 (Cal. 2017). Readers may recall that the Supreme Court applied the concept of a...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

Illinois Court Upholds Cook County’s Beverage Tax Finding It Passes Constitutional Muster and Related Developments

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On July 28, Circuit Judge Daniel Kubasiak dismissed the Complaint filed by the Illinois Retail Merchants Association and a group of retailers challenging the constitutionality of the Cook County, Illinois Sweetened Beverage...more

New partnership audit rules can apply to partnerships, LLCs with only a few partners, members

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Effective in 2018, changes in partnership audit rules may apply the following (and other) consequences to partnerships (including LLCs taxed as such)...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

Immigration Law Update - August 2017

by Clark Hill PLC on

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released the latest Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, on July 17, 2017. Employers will be able to either (1) use this revised version or (2) continue...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

Avoiding HR Pitfalls While Managing Overseas Assignments: Your 10-Point Checklist

More businesses than ever are sending people overseas. The rewards of developing new markets can be great, but the multitude of different legal systems mean there are also bear traps to be avoided—especially on the human...more

Resistance is not Always Futile: New Decision in Ongoing Delaware Unclaimed Property Audit Litigation

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On August 9, 2017, the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (Third Circuit), overruling the US District Court for the District of Delaware (District Court), allowed a claim by a holder seeking to prevent an unclaimed...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

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 21

by Clark Hill PLC on

US Budget Deficit Narrowed to $42.9 Billion in July: The federal budget deficit fell sharp­ly in July from a year earlier, largely because of a quirk in the calendar. The U.S. Treasury Department said that the budget gap came...more

IRS Tax Penalties

by Dickinson Wright on

In a famous saying by Benjamin Franklin, “… but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” In the past 100 years, it would be very safe to add to the end of that quote, “and the Internal...more

How is this not a sin tax?' Cigarette fee questioned by Oklahoma Supreme Court justice

by GableGotwals on

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled a $1.50-a-pack fee on cigarettes passed this session to be unconstitutional, prompting Gov. Mary Fallin to say she believes a special session of the Legislature would be necessary....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

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