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Member-Employees of Limited Liability Companies

Every now and then, the question arises: can an owner of a limited liability company (LLC) also be an employee of that company? The answer boils down to how the LLC elects to be taxed. ...more

Tax Law Extension Good News for Non-corporate Investors

Congress once again temporarily extends the 100 percent capital gains exclusion on “qualified small business stock.” On December 19, 2014, President Obama signed the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 (the 2014 TIPA)...more

Stuff That Won’t Help A Retirement Plan Sponsor Limit Their Liability

As eat belt in a car is useless if the driver or passenger isn’t wearing it. A smoke detector is useless if the batteries are dead. Vitamin C won’t prevent a cold and putting paper on your forehead won’t cure hiccups. For a...more

End of Year Tips for The 401(k) Plan Sponsor

With Thanksgiving done, we look to the holidays and the New Year. While many of us are busy shopping for loved ones, many businesses and individuals have their eye geared to- wards next year. As a retirement plan sponsor, you...more

Pearls of “Wisdom” for 401(k) Plan Providers

I am no genius and I’m sure all of you will agree. I have only been success- ful as an ERISA attorney because of my ambition and an uncanny ability to connect with my audience even though I’m still that shy kid from Canarsie,...more

California Tax Developments - A Reed Smith Quarterly Update (3rd Quarter 2014)

Case Updates - Court finds ownership of LLC membership interest does not constitute doing business in California On November 14, the Fresno County Superior Court determined that Swart, an Iowa-based corporation with a...more

Alert: Conversion of a Postsecondary Educational Institution from a For-Profit to a Nonprofit, Tax-Exempt Entity

The recent announcements that Grand Canyon University would explore nonprofit status and that Corinthian Colleges plans to sell a group of schools to a nonprofit entity have encouraged higher education companies to take a...more

Why Am I Taxed Now on My Future Receipts: The Woes of a Profits Interest

Companies often grant stock options to incentivize employees and so that their interests are aligned with the future success of the company, and partnerships (and limited liability companies taxed as partnerships) are no...more

"Are You Prepared for the Rapidly Approaching Abandoned Property Deadlines?"

Winter is right around the corner. For businesses that have abandoned property on their books (and virtually every operating entity has abandoned property, whether it knows it or not), that means due diligence letters must...more

Valuing a 100% Interest in a Disregarded Entity

One would think that the value of a 100% interest in a disregarded entity would be the same as the net value of the assets of the disregarded entity. Such value of the 100% interest may be relevant for estate or gift tax...more

Stuff That Prospective 401(k) Plan Providers Tell You That’s True

When 401(k) retirement plan providers are courting you, your instinct when listen- ing to the sales pitch is that the provider is telling you only what they want you to hear. However, a good chunk of the time, they aren’t...more

Judge Rules Against FTB In “Doing Business” Definition

Over a year ago, I wrote about an Iowa corporation, Swart Enterprises, Inc., which operates a 60 acre farm in Kansas. Swart has no physical presence in California. It owns no real or personal property in California. However,...more

An Employer’s “Recipe” for having a Great Retirement Plan

Every good meal needs a good recipe and every good recipe needs good ingredients. While many products out there have secret ingredients (Coca- Cola), others have secret ingredients that aren’t (that Big Mac special sauce is...more

IRS provides interim guidance for ACO participation in Medicare Shared Savings Programs and expands safe harbors for management...

On October 24, 2014, the IRS published Notice 2014-67, which expands the Revenue Procedure 97-13 safe harbors regarding management contracts and further provides interim guidance related to a health care organization’s...more

Internal Revenue Service Releases Interim Guidance Regarding Accountable Care Organizations' Use Of Tax-Exempt Bond-Financed...

On October 24, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Notice 2014-67, which provides guidance for determining whether a state or local governmental entity or an organization described by Section 501(c)(3) of the...more

Popular Corporate Tax Reads on JD Supra

Reading recap: a look at some of the most popular Corporate Tax articles on JD Supra right now....more

Why An Employer Can And Should Set Up A Retirement Plan Committee

Being a retirement plan sponsor can be a bit overwhelming and one of the major reasons that retirement plans are mismanaged because there is a lack of management. Retirement plan committees, regardless of the size of the plan...more

Cashing Out of a Partnership – The Joy of Distributions

While partners usually groan upon receiving capital calls, they are delighted to receive distribution checks. However, provisions regarding distributions can be convoluted and require more than perfunctory consideration. Any...more

Documentary Transfer Tax May Be Imposed When A Change of Ownership Occurs For Property Tax Purposes Due To A Transfer Of Ownership...

The Revenue and Taxation Code permits the imposition of a documentary transfer tax when there is "realty sold." The Code also requires entities to report a "change in ownership" of legal entities. In 926 North Ardmore...more

Protecting Your Lake Association

Earlier this year I wrote about a lake association facing liability for activities on a lot maintained by the association and used for lake access. You can review that post. Though there is no way for any individual or entity...more

Qualifying for 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt Status is Tricky

The entities in the following IRS Technical Advice Memorandum and Private Letter Rulings failed to qualify for tax exempt status because they were not operated exclusively for exempt purposes. An organization must be...more

IRS Releases Guidance on Private Business Use, and ACOs and Management Contracts

On October 25, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (the IRS) released Notice 2014-67 that provides interim guidance on (i) participation in the Medicare Shared Savings Program through an accountable care organization (ACO) and...more

Good “Housekeeping” Tips To Minimize A Retirement Plan Sponsor’s Liability

When I was at Stony Brook, there was a Political Science course that I enjoyed called Government Regulation of Business. When it came time to exams, I realized that buying the textbook was a bad idea since the exams were just...more

Business Succession Planning — You Should Have Started Yesterday

You have worked incredibly hard and sacrificed a lot to build your business. No doubt that everyday concerns relating to your business take priority. However, failing to plan for the future can derail all that you have worked...more

Appel: Corporate Inversions Could Mean Big Tax Bills For Shareholders  [Video]

Nov. 3, 2014 -- Allen Appel, Professor at New York Law School and Director of the International Tax Program, talks with Lee Pacchia about corporate inversions....more

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