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Altera: Tax Court Invalidates Section 482 Regulation on Administrative Law Grounds

In Altera, the U.S. Tax Court invalidated regulations under Section 482 requiring participants in qualified cost-sharing agreements to include stock-based compensation costs in the cost pool to comply with the arm’s-length...more

Tax Court: Stock based Compensation Costs Need not be Included in International Cost-Sharing Arrangements

The Stunning Altera Case - Employee stock options are an important part of compensation—both as income to the executives and as a deduction for the employer. But when stock options are used by multinational companies,...more

"Tax Court Invalidates Stock-Based Compensation Amendment in Altera"

On July 27, 2015, the U.S. Tax Court, in Altera Corp. and Subsidiaries v. Commissioner, 145 T.C. No. 3, invalidated a 2003 amendment to Treas. Reg. §1.482-7(d)(2) (2003 Amendment) that required controlled participants in a...more

Department of Justice Reprioritizes Asset Seizure in Structuring Cases But Risks Remain

On December 23, 2014, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina filed a Complaint for Forfeiture In Rem seeking to forfeit $107,702.66 belonging to Lyndon McLellan, the owner of L&M Convenient Mart...more

Luxleaks - Challenging the challenges to tax rulings in the EU

The European Commission's recent state aid crusade against so-called sweet deals in the form of tax rulings may have unwelcome consequences never contemplated by the Commission....more

What is a Security? Even the SEC Can’t Always Tell

On February 27, 2015, an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) determined that, contrary to claims by the SEC, interests in an LLC that invested in conservation easements as a tax deduction mechanism were not “securities” within the...more

ALJ: New York NOL Deduction Does Not Apply When Tax Is Not Paid on Income Base

A New York State Division of Tax Appeals administrative law judge (ALJ) recently determined that a banking corporation was not required to hypothetically use a net operating loss (NOL) deduction to decrease its entire net...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

Selling Privately Held Businesses – Interview with Stephen Gulotta, Managing Member, Mintz Levin's New York Office [Video]

Attorney Stephen Gulotta, Managing Member of Mintz Levin's New York office, discusses the importance of advance planning in the sale of privately held companies. ...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 4, Issue 10 - October 2013

In This Issue: Despite Incorrect Advice from NYS Tax Department, Conference Request Held to Be Untimely; Corporate Officer Liable for Sales Tax Despite Creditor’s “Sweep Arrangement” with Corporation; Charter Yacht Not...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 4, Issue 9 - September 2013

In This Issue: Gain on Sale of Non-New York Leaseholds Held Properly Sourced to New York Based on Business Allocation Percentage; Tribunal Reverses Dismissal and Allows Case to Proceed Before ALJ; Federal Court...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 4, Issue 8 - August 2013

In This Issue: ALJ Disallows Combined Filing in Absence of Substantial Intercorporate Transactions; Court Rejects Constitutional Challenge to Tax Credit Deferral Legislation; New York City Loses Another Transfer Tax...more

The Plight of Billionaires Looking For New Havens to Shield Assets

The Plight of Billionaires Looking For New Havens to Shield Assets by James F. McDonough, Jr. on July 30, 2013 In a recent article in Wealth Management, the author David de Jong and Robert Lafranco describe the...more

N.Y. ALJ Holds Taxpayer’s Motives for Acquiring Stock and How Stock Is Used Irrelevant in Determining Investment Capital

A New York administrative law judge recently held in Matter of C.V. Starr & Co., Inc. that income received by a taxpayer from its ownership of common stock was investment income. In so holding, the ALJ addressed an important...more

Administrative Law Judge Affirms Holding on Alabama SRLY Rule

On August 15, 2012, Chief Administrative Law Judge Bill Thompson issued his long-awaited SRLY ruling, holding that an Alabama consolidated group was entitled to carry forward certain net operating losses (“NOLs”) incurred...more

How Tobin Tax and certain regulatory duties affect Block Trades in Italy

Italian Law No. 228 dated December 24, 2012, which approved the 2013 budget, contemplates, among others, a new tax applicable to certain financial transactions (the “Tobin Tax”). The Tobin Tax will apply to transactions,...more

Some Federal, State, & Employment, Tax Considerations When Deciding on A Business Entity (LLC, Corporation or Sole Proprietorship)

The amount of taxes that you have to pay is one of the key reasons that individuals select one business entity type over another. The term “tax” though is a bit too general for a business as “tax” could refer to federal tax,...more

Congress Extends Exclusion for Investors in Qualified Small Businesses

Among the taxpayer-favorable aspects of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (Act), the 100 percent exclusion from gross income of gain on the sale of Qualified Small Business Stock (QSBS), provided for in section 1202 of...more

UK Tax Law Changes May Affect Fund Industry

Recently proposed changes in UK law could affect private investment funds that operate or have partners, employees or investments in the UK. Many of the proposed changes are included in the draft Finance Bill 2013, which was...more

‘Fiscal Cliff’ Legislation Temporarily Extends Key Provisions for Businesses

As part of legislation enacted in early 2013 to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff,” Congress temporarily extended several beneficial tax provisions for businesses, including the research credit, the active financing exception...more

Union Friendly - Using Collectively Bargained Pension Plans to Maximize Pension Contributions for Closely Held Business Owners

Overview - In the “old days” business owners and employees were able to have good pension plans that did not depend upon the fate of the stock market, i.e. defined benefit plans. We have all heard the stories of New...more

IRS Issues Regulations on Type III Supporting Organizations

Effective December 28, 2012, the IRS published final regulations on the qualification requirements for “Type III” supporting organizations (SOs), and issued temporary regulations that establish a payout requirement for...more

Doing Business In Arizona - A Legal Guide

Contents: Part I: A Brief Factual Look at Arizona: - Population and Job Growth - Personal Income - Exports - Leading Industries - Location - Business Costs - Labor Force - Education -...more

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update -- December 2012

In This Issue: Regulatory Updates - FSOC, FSB Turn Up Heat on SEC on Money Market Fund Reforms; SEC Staff: Beware of BDC Joint Transactions; SEC Reports 3,000 Whistles Blown in FYI 2012; Over 1500 Private Fund Advisers...more

The Top 10 Things That Every Business Owner Should Do At Year-End

As a business owner, all year you have likely been running around acting as manager, developer, business generator, marketer, human resource manager and administrative assistant. Given the numerous roles, it is often tough...more

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