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Angels in Limbo: Congress and SEC Consider Regulatory Changes with Potential for Profound Effects on Start-Up Investments

Three events occurred during 2013 that have the potential to significantly affect angel investment around the country: (1) the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) lifted the prohibition on general solicitation for...more

Issues with Hiring a Mutual Fund Company as Your 401(k) TPA

In England, British breweries own many of the top beer pubs because watering holes are an effective means of beer distribution. If a business can control the method of distribution of their own products, they can expand the...more

IRS: Investment Fund Managers are Subject to Self-Employment Tax

The Office of Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service (the "IRS") recently issued internal guidance in the form of a Chief Counsel Advice (the "CCA") indicating that the IRS has taken the position that the "limited...more

Tales of a Former TPA Attorney

I was very lucky that when I started as an ERISA attorney in 1998, I worked as a staff attorney for third party administrators (TPAs) because it gave me insight and experience that I could never have gotten as an attorney...more

IRS Internal Memorandum Advises That Self-Employment Tax Applies to Profits From an Investment Manager

On September 5, 2014, the Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released an internal generic legal advice memorandum advising an IRS field agent that the statutorily provided “limited partner” exception to...more

Retirement Plan Professionals That Plan Sponsors Should Avoid

In the Nelson Algren novel, A Walk on The Wild Side, there are 3 important rules of life to follow: “Never play cards with a man called Doc. Never eat at a place called Mom’s. Never sleep with a woman whose troubles are worse...more

Members of Fund Management LLC Denied Self-Employment Tax Exception

In CCA 201436049 the IRS concluded that owners of an investment fund management company LLC were not eligible for the limited partner exception to Section 1402 self-employment taxes. Ultimately the IRS found that the income...more

401(k) Pros That Financial Advisors Should Partner Up With

Starsky had Hutch, Cagney had Lacey, Fred had Ginger, Bogie had Bacall, Bonnie had Clyde, Bert had Ernie, Baskin had Robbins, and Sheriff Bart had the Waco Kid. Whether it’s law enforcement, entertainment, or any type of...more

Proactive Steps Retirement Plan Sponsors Should Take

Retirement plan sponsors have a lot of headaches and liability because of their role as plan fiduciaries. They can sit back and do nothing, thereby increasing their potential liability. They can also be proactive and take...more

Funds Investing in U.S. Manufacturing Companies: Foreign Investor Considerations

Operators of manufacturing companies, especially those considering a sale or capital raise, should understand investors’ concerns regarding direct investment. Today, investment funds with investors and investments in multiple...more

You Might Have a Problem With Your Retirement Plan When…

There are so many situations when you know you have a problem like when you forget to shut off the stove before you left home or when your lock your keys in the car with the engine running or you forget to pick your child up...more

Private Equity's Inversion Excursion: Pepper Hamilton Talks Tax With the Deal  [Video]

In this interview with The Deal’s Jon Marino, Pepper Hamilton LLP's Joan Arnold, a partner who heads the firm's tax group, says Pfizer’s play for AstraZeneca isn’t the only inversion deal being sought. There are no shortages...more

The Small Things that Create the Biggest Problems for 401(k) Plan Sponsors

“For Want of a Nail” is a proverbial rhyme that shows that the smallest of action can have huge consequences later down the line, just like a snowball effect “For want of a nail the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe the horse...more

Mistakes that 401(k) Plan Sponsors Should Avoid, But Do Anyway

The Surgeon General’s report on smoking was released almost 50 years ago and people still smoke cigarettes. We know the effects of cholesterol, heart disease, and the calorie count at many fast food restaurants, yet their...more

From Here to Eternity or San Juan! - Transitional Tax Planning with Pre-IPO or Appreciating Closely Held Stock

Speaking of Eternity, I must admit that I am a big fan of gospel music. While I like old school or traditional gospel, I prefer the newer R&B urban sound popularized beginning with Andrew Crouch and later Fred Hammond and...more

EU Adopts a Parent-Subsidiary Directive Amendment on Hybrid Loans

On July 8th 2014, the European Union’s Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) adopted an amendment to the Parent-Subsidiary Directive (PSD). This amendment is targeted at cross-border hybrid loans and aims to...more

Are You My Partner? Considerations for Structuring Business Transactions

When entering into a business arrangement where revenues are shared between two or more persons, it is necessary to consider whether those parties have become partners either for state law or tax purposes. No express intent...more

The Franchise Tax Board’s Doing Business Legal Ruling – Ex Nihilo, Aliquid Fit

Today’s post will try to put the Franchise Tax Board’s recent Legal Ruling 2014-01 in perspective by imagining the following inquisition by the Franchise Tax Board...more

FDIC Gives Guidance to S-Corporation Banks Regarding Dividends under Basel III

On July 21, the FDIC clarified how it will evaluate requests by S-Corporation Banks to make dividend payments that would otherwise be prohibited under the Basel III capital conservation buffer. New Basel III capital rules...more

Equity Compensation Alphabet Soup – ISO, NSO, RSA, RSU and more

Startups and public companies alike often use equity to help attract, retain and incentivize talented employees and other service providers. The different forms of awards have proliferated in the past several years, though,...more

How Plan Sponsors Can “Reboot” and Improve Their 401(k) Plan

In movies and television, a reboot is a mechanism to discard all previous continuity in a series and start anew with fresh ideas. So all established fictive history is irrelevant to the new storyline, and the series is...more

Plan Sponsor Should Avoid These Retirement Plan Provider “Con Games”

The George Clooney-Brad Pitt trilogy of heist films known as Ocean’s Eleven, Ocean’s Twelve, and Ocean’s Thirteen were remembered for their twist endings, stylish pacing, and lightheartedness. Since the Ocean gang were...more

Plan Sponsors Should Avoid Using Their Payroll Provider as Their 401(k) TPA

I stick to what I know, so I venture very little outside the retirement plan space. I do that because I believe it is less likely to cause trouble. The two largest payroll providers don’t follow that philosophy -- they are...more

Foreign Tax-Exempt Organizations Exempt from Withholding Tax

Investment funds, including private equity funds, often receive capital contributions from tax-exempt organizations. These tax-exempt institutions may include U.S. and foreign pension funds, as well as U.S. and foreign...more

A 401(k) Financial Advisor Shouldn’t Refer a TPA Just Because They’re Cheap

Animal Farm by George Orwell was a clever allegory of the Bolshevik Revolution and the Soviet Union where the oppressed animals overthrew Farmer Mr. Jones, only to start oppress- ing each other. A similar situation is when I...more

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