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The Prospect for a Legislative Fix in the Case of Certain Promoters Using Micro Captives Deemed Abusive by the IRS

Despite a considerable reduction in budget and personnel, the Internal Revenue Service announced earlier this year that it would devote considerable time and effort to crack down on what it views as widespread abusive...more

Potential Penalties Creating Adjustments to Health Care Coverage Plan Offerings

What ACA-related issues have had the most impact on welfare benefit plans and may surface during 2016? JRN: 2015 is the year when the potential to be penalized for not offering employee health care coverage that is both...more

Washington Healthcare Update

On Oct. 8, the House Republican caucus did not select a candidate for Speaker of the House and selection has been delayed. The current Speaker, John Boehner (R-OH), had announced that he would step down and retire from...more

King v. Burwell & Beyond: ACA Litigation Continues

The Supreme Court’s ruling in King v. Burwell resolved what may be the last existential legal threat to Obamacare. The case upheld the extension of premium tax credits in states operating under federally created insurance...more

Tax Policy Update

NUMBER OF THE WEEK: 10 percent. Rate of the one-time deemed repatriation tax on U.S. multinationals’ foreign earnings under GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s tax plan released Sept. 28. The revenue raised through...more

Tax Court Holds that Residual Value Insurance Qualifies as Insurance for Tax Purposes

On September 21, the United States Tax Court held in favor of the taxpayer in R.V.I. Guaranty Co., Ltd. and Subsidiaries v. Commissioner, 145 T.C. No. 9 (2015). The court concluded that the residual value insurance policies...more

The Practical Need for Managers of Micro Captives and the Allure of 'Off Label' Uses

Every tax season, the Internal Revenue Service releases a “Dirty Dozen” list of schemes that it considers abusive and widespread enough to present a systemic threat to its enforcement of the tax laws. This year’s list...more

Playing With Fire: No Liability Coverage For Tax Preparers Who Took Deductions for Illegal Tax Shelters

“Gimme Shelter” is one of the greatest of a lot of great Rolling Stones songs (made greater by Merry Clayton’s gut-wrenching contribution). And, of course, “Gimme Shelter” is a cliché often trotted out in discussions of tax...more

IREG Update - August 2015 #2

Hot Topic: New York Emergency Medical Services and Surprise Bills Law - Earlier this year, New York’s Emergency Medical Services and Surprise Bills Law went into effect (the full text of the bill is available on the...more

Louisiana And North Dakota Adopt Amendments Related To Nonadmitted And Reinsurance Reform Act Of 2010

Louisiana and North Dakota amended their surplus lines statutes in line with the Nonadmitted and Reinsurance Reform Act of 2010 (the “NRRA”), which was included in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act...more

Louisiana Cuts Surplus Lines Tax Rate

Louisiana’s legislature recently enacted House Bill 259, which cuts the surplus lines tax rate from 5 percent to 4.85 percent. The law, which also eliminates the insurance commissioner's authority to enter into the...more

UK Summer Budget 2015

On Wednesday, 8 July 2015, George Osborne delivered the UK Summer Budget. The first Budget of the new Conservative government (and the second Budget of 2015), the Summer Budget is wide-ranging in scope and potentially...more

IRS Targets Captive Insurance Companies Owned by Closely-Held and Middle Market Companies

In February 2015, the IRS added certain small or “micro” captive insurance companies to its “Dirty Dozen” list of abusive tax scams for the 2015 filing season. In response to what it sees as an abuse involving a...more

Proposed US Tax Legislation Aims to Curb Hedge Fund Reinsurance

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) has released legislation, the Offshore Reinsurance Tax Fairness Act (ORTFA), which aims to close what he perceives to be a loophole used to exploit an exception to the passive foreign investment...more

Special Focus: What The Insurance Industry Should Know About The IRS’s Campaign Against “Abusive” Micro Captives

Though in the midst of a stifling budget and personnel reduction, the United States Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) recently announced an increased effort to curb what it sees as widespread abusive applications of so-called...more

Excess and Surplus Lines Laws in the United States: Including Direct Procurement Tax Laws and Industrial Insured Exemptions

Preface: States’ Implementation Of NRRA In 2014: The Nonadmitted and Reinsurance Reform Act (“NRRA”) came into effect on July 21, 2011 as part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The...more

Stretched for Resources, the IRS Sets Its Sights on Small Captive Insurers

A "captive" insurance company is an insurer formed for the limited purpose of insuring the risks of its non-insurer owner or owners. A captive can be an effective risk-management tool, especially for costly or unconventional...more

Licensed Insurance Companies Exempt from Maryland Income Tax

Are insurers licensed to do business in Maryland subject to state income tax on profits derived from sources other than insurance policy premiums? That was the question before the Maryland Tax Court in National Indemnity...more

The IRS Turns Up the Heat on Hedge Fund-Backed Reinsurance

After years of inaction, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is throwing up obstacles to enjoying the tax advantages of hedge fund-backed reinsurance. On April 24, 2015, the IRS issued a notice of proposed rulemaking titled...more

D.C. Circuit Holds That Wholly Foreign Retrocessions Not Subject To U.S. Excise Tax

In late May, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit affirmed a grant of summary judgment to a reinsurer in a dispute with the IRS regarding the imposition of U.S. excise taxes on a wholly...more

Validus Affirmed for All the Right Reasons – The FET Does Not Apply to Wholly Foreign Reinsurance Transactions

On May 26, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia affirmed the result of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in Validus Reinsurance, Ltd. v. U.S., 19 F. Supp. 3d 225 (2014), which was the...more

Wholly foreign retrocession premiums not subject to US excise tax

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has affirmed a lower court’s grant of summary judgment in Validus Reinsurance, Ltd. v. United States, in favor of the taxpayer, though on narrower grounds than...more

Validus Wins Round Two: Wholly-Foreign Retrocessions Not Subject to Federal Excise Tax

On May 26, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld a lower court decision and ruled that the IRS could not impose excise tax on certain wholly-foreign retrocessions of insurance. The...more

Plain and Simple: Maryland Tax Court Holds Insurance Company is Exempt from Corporate Income Taxes

Although taxpayers often complain that complying with the tax laws imposed by the numerous state and local taxing jurisdictions that exist in the United States is a burdensome process, many of these tax statutes also provide...more

IRS Proposes Regulations Directed To “Passive” Hedge Fund Foreign Insurance Entities

On April 24, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service proposed regulations directed to “situations in which a hedge fund establishes a purported foreign reinsurance company in order to defer and reduce the tax that otherwise would...more

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