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Landmark Tax Credit Scholarship Program Upheld by Alabama Supreme Court

On March 2 in an 8-1 decision, the Alabama Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Alabama Accountability Act of 2013 (the “Act”) in Magee et al. v. Boyd et al. The massive 222-page opinion affirmed in part, but...more

"Appeals Court Reverses IRS-Favorable Tax Court Decision in BMC Software"

On March 13, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit unanimously reversed a U.S. Tax Court decision, finding that an account receivable created to implement a transfer pricing adjustment did not constitute...more

U.S. Tax Court Finds Refundable State Credits Result in Taxable Income

The United States Tax Court recently determined that certain refundable tax credits issued by New York in connection with economic development activities (EZ Credits) constituted taxable income to the recipients for federal...more

Massachusetts Tax Developments - A Reed Smith Quarterly Update: March 2015

Welcome to the latest Reed Smith Massachusetts State Tax Quarterly Update. In this update, we’ll look at the most recent developments in Massachusetts corporate tax, sales and use tax, and tax administration; and discuss some...more

Tips and Traps Regarding the Statute of Limitations and Signing Statute Waivers

As you end your telephone conversation with the revenue examiner, you think to yourself, “Thank goodness, this one is finally over!” The audit of your biggest client started over three years ago, and has seemingly dragged on...more

Fifth Circuit Holds that Loss on Abandoned Securities is Ordinary Loss

Wednesday, the Fifth Circuit issued its decision in Pilgrim’s Pride and held that a loss on abandoned securities is ordinary. The Fifth Circuit rejected the IRS’s argument that Section 1234A and Section 165(g) apply to treat...more

Abandonment Losses Back on the Table!

Several years ago, many taxpayers faced with underwater partnerships would abandon their partnership interests, thereby triggering an ordinary loss. This ordinary loss was often preferred over the capital loss that would be...more

Is a Distribution of Previously Taxed Income “Exempt from Tax”?

A U.S. shareholder of a controlled foreign corporation (CFC) is required to include in its gross income its pro rata share of the CFC’s subpart F income and/or the amount determined under Section 956 with respect to such...more

New York State Division of Tax Appeals Renders Long-Awaited Decision Regarding Corporate Franchise Tax Sourcing of Services and...

For years, both the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance (the “Department”) and the New York City Department of Finance have aggressively sought to classify receipts generated by electronic or online service...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - February 2015

The Supreme Court cast a ray of sunlight for employers by rejecting the use of a problematic inference in adjudicating claims for retiree benefits brought pursuant to collective bargaining agreements. For many years, the...more

French Social Taxes: Taxpayers Subject to Social Security Contributions in Another EU Member State Could Claim a Refund

EU resident individual taxpayers who have paid French social taxes (contribution sociale généralisée (CSG), contribution au remboursement de la dette sociale (CRDS) and prélèvements sociaux) on France-originating real estate...more

Court Sustains Treasury’s 2/3 Reduction of Cash Grant for Cogen Open-Loop Biomass Plant

The United States Court of Federal Claims on January 12 rendered an opinion in W.E. Partners II, LLC v. U.S. sustaining the Treasury Department’s reduction by approximately two-thirds of a Cash Grant for a cogeneration...more

Indiana Department of Revenue Rules Forced Disposition is Nonbusiness Income

In Letter of Finding No. 02-20140306 (Dec. 31, 2014), the Indiana Department of Revenue (Department) determined that income from the sale of two operating divisions of a business pursuant to an order of the Federal Trade...more

FirstPay Decision: IRS Bests Trustee in Local Tax Case

A decision last month from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit marks a disappointing end to a decade-long tax case affecting many Washington-area businesses. The case, Wolff v. United States of America, Adversary...more

ExxonMobil Decision by ICSID: A win for ExxonMobil or Venezuela?

On 9 October 2014, an International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) tribunal comprised of H. E. Judge Gilbert Guillaume (President), Professor Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler and Dr. Ahmed Sadek El-Kosheri...more

Seventh Circuit Again Considers Partial Terminations of Retirement Plans

When a tax-qualified retirement plan is terminated, the Internal Revenue Code (Code) generally requires that all participants in the plan be fully vested in their plan benefits. The Code also requires full vesting for those...more

State Supreme Court Rules on Scope of B&O Tax Mortgage Interest Deduction

In 1980, when extending the business and occupation (B&O) tax to financial institutions, the legislature provided a deduction for “amounts derived from interest received on investments or loans primarily secured by first...more

Section 363 Sale Order Enjoining Successor Liability Claims Not Subject to Subsequent Attack by State Agencies

A recent decision in the ongoing bankruptcy proceedings for Chrysler has reinforced the authority of a bankruptcy court to interpret its own sale orders, and where appropriate, to enforce such an order by preventing creditors...more

IRS Examinations of Forms 1040 - What to be Mindful Of in 2015

Taxpayers and representatives need to be mindful that the IRS Appeals Office has implemented what is known as the Appeals Judicial and Culture (AJAC) Project....more

FCA Dismisses Lord Black’s Tax Appeal

Earlier this year, in Black v. HMQ (2014 TCC 12), Lord Conrad Black unsuccessfully argued in the Tax Court of Canada that, due to his U.K. residency status, he should not be subject to Canadian tax on certain income and...more

One 60-Day IRA Rollover Per Year Is The Final Answer

Although the Internal Revenue Code trumps IRS Publications, practitioners tend to use the Publications as the initial resource when handling day-to-day tax issues. However, the Publications were not part of petitioner’s...more

Settlement in RDS/Alatax Class Action Lawsuit Tentatively Approved

In September 2010, a small group of Alabama taxpayers brought a second class action lawsuit against Revenue Discovery Systems/Alatax (“RDS”) alleging that RDS and its auditors committed multiple violations of the Alabama...more

Monthly Benefits Update - November 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Grants Review of ACA Case Involving Premium Subsidies Offered Through Federally Facilitated Exchanges - The Supreme Court granted review in King v. Burwell, a Fourth Circuit case that upheld an IRS...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending November 14 & 21, 2014

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - - Harris Act/Inverse Condemnation: dismissal was (1) improper as to landowners’ Harris Act claim because amendments to County’s land use plan were applied specifically to landowners’ property by...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

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