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Why A Plan Sponsor Should Get A Plan Review

Retirement plan sponsors tend to be reactive rather than pro-active. They would rather not spend money to undergo a plan review and assume everything is fine until they run into a big compliance issue or mistakes are...more

Dollar Financial UK Ltd v HMRC: When Must a Financial Intermediary Charge VAT?

Executive Summary - The decision in Dollar Financial UK Ltd v HMRC [2016] UKFTT 598 will likely be of interest to a range of participants in the lending market, and the financial services sector more generally, because...more

A “Crystal Ball” On Life After The New ERISA Fiduciary Rule

The Department of Labor’s (DOL) new fiduciary rule that is going to go in effect in April 2017 is going to have a profound change in how financial advisors work with their retirement plan clients. It’s unchartered waters,...more

U.K. Autumn Statement 2016: Key Implications for Investment Funds

On Wednesday 23 November 2016, Philip Hammond delivered the U.K. Autumn Statement, which included a number of announcements of relevance to the financial services industry. While relatively few new tax measures were...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

Central Bank launches ORION II platform to authorise all QIAIFs applications - All QIAIFs applications (including ICAVs) will be processed via the CBI’s ORION platform allowing consistency with other legal structures and...more

UK Autumn Statement 2016: finance

In the 2016 Autumn Statement, the UK government confirmed, as previously announced, that from April 2017, it is to cap the amount of tax deductions for interest to the higher of 30% of taxable earnings in the UK or the net...more

CDFI Fund Announces $7 Billion Allocation of New Markets Tax Credits

In Depth - On November 17, 2016, the US Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) announced the largest single round award of New Market Tax Credit (NMTC) allocations...more

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

When I was a teenager, we were told that eating oat bran would lower cholesterol and it didn’t. We’re told that cracking our knuckles will cause arthritis and it doesn’t. We’re told that going outside when it’s cold with wet...more

Year-End Tax Planning with Tax Credit-Funded Scholarships

The Alabama Accountability Act provides state income tax credits to certain donors who make contributions to a state-approved scholarship granting organization (SGO). Alabama’s neediest school children can be helped at little...more

Glaring Problems A Plan Sponsor May Not Be Aware Of When They Think Everything is OK

I knew a family member who would never go to the doctor for preventative care. She always reasoned that if she went to a doctor, that meant she was sick. That meant that her goal was avoiding the doctor at all costs. It’s...more

Quick Guide to REIT IPOs - 2016

Real Estate Investment Trusts (“REITs”) are endlessly inventive. They were first developed in the 1960s as a means for ordinary retail investors to hold interests in real estate. The REIT market has waxed and waned over the...more

Significant Change In CRA Policy Harms Canadian Investors In US LLPs And LLLPs

Earlier this year the Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”) announced its new administrative position that limited liability partnerships (“LLPs”) and limited liability limited partnerships (“LLLPs”) formed under the laws of Delaware...more

Benefit Corporations May Expense Payments to Charities

In a General Information Letter addressing the tax treatment of benefit corporations, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) stated that a taxable benefit corporation may deduct payments to charities as business expenses (and...more

The To-Do List For 401(k) Plans Now: 2016-2017 Edition

Being a retirement plan sponsor is a tremendous responsibility and the problem is that most plan sponsors don’t understand that. Plan sponsors often act passive because they hire retirement plan providers to help them. The...more

Follow the money - the Criminal Finances Bill

The Criminal Finances Bill sets out measures to combat money laundering and tax evasion that will also affect corporate compliance requirements, particularly in the finance and professional services sectors....more

IRS and Treasury Issue Final Regulations Under §385 Classifying Interests in a Corporation

On October 13, 2016, the IRS and Treasury Department issued much anticipated regulations (the “Final” or “Temporary” Regulations) under Internal Revenue Code section 385. These regulations, which consist of both temporary...more

Election 2016: President Trump’s Potential Impact on Business

Now that U.S. President-Elect Donald J. Trump has secured victory and Republicans retained control of Congress, it’s time to take a serious look at the Republican Party platform and its potential impact on business....more

One Step Back, One Step Forward: New Debt-Equity Regulations Narrow Their Focus on Earnings Stripping

Seyfarth Synopsis: On October 13, 2016 the IRS and Treasury Department published over 500 pages of final and temporary regulations under Code Section 385 (the “Final Regulations”). Drafted to curtail tax benefits accrued by...more

2016 End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” List (Part 1) Executive Compensation

As 2016 comes to an end, we are pleased to present you with our traditional End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” Lists. Like last year, we are presenting our “To Do” Lists in three separate Employee Benefits Updates. Part 1 of...more

IRS Issues Proposed Regulations Relating to the Treatment by Regulated Investment Companies of Income from Subsidiaries Investing...

The IRS has recently issued Proposed Regulations under Section 851(b) of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Proposed Regulations”), and a Revenue Procedure that address the treatment to regulated investment companies (“RICs”)...more

401(k) Plan Providers’ Behavior To Avoid That Loses Clients

Over the past 18 years as an ERISA attorney, I have some pretty weird reasons why retirement plan providers get fired. I’ll never get the financial advisor who was fired because the client’s new Chief Executive Officer wanted...more

Criminal Finances Bill Proposes Some Intrusive & Impractical POCA Measures

On 25 October 2016, the Criminal Finances Bill 2016–2017 (the “Bill”) had its second reading in the House of Commons and passed without objection. In addition to containing the proposed new offence of failing to prevent tax...more

The annulment of the CIT exemption for closed-end investment funds

On 31 October 2016, a Bill on the amendment to the Personal Income Tax Act and the Corporate Income tax Act was submitted to the Sejm. The Bill provides, among others, for modified principles of taxation for investment funds,...more

How to Pick Your Retirement Plan Providers

Too often, retirement plan providers are selected at the family dinner table, the golf outing, or at a house of worship. While those are nice places for social gatherings, they are not the ideal place for selecting retirement...more

Foreign Entrepreneurs Series: Part 3 – U.S. Tax Considerations and Planning

This is the third part of our foreign entrepreneurs series. Previously, we discussed the visa options available to foreign entrepreneurs and the importance of making immigration analysis a first-step in the startup process. ...more

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