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New York Issues Two Advisory Opinions Regarding Surplus Lines Insurance

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance (Department) issued two advisory opinions determining that unauthorized non-life insurance corporations (here, surplus lines insurance companies) are subject to insurance...more

New IRS Memo Confirms Tax Treatment of Wellness Programs & Incentives

In a recently released IRS Chief Counsel Memo, the IRS confirmed that wellness incentives are generally taxable. The memo also, indirectly, confirmed the tax treatment of wellness programs more generally....more

Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury Departments Release New Summary of Benefits and Coverage Templates and Accompanying...

The Departments of Health and Human Services (“HHS”), Labor (“DOL”), and Treasury (the “Departments”) have jointly released final changes to the Summary of Benefits and Coverage (“SBC”) template, the Uniform Glossary, and...more

IRS Offers Tax Guidance Relating to Money Market Fund Rules

The IRS recently provided relief from the RIC distribution requirement for money market funds that receive contributions in connection with the transition to a floating NAV, enabling RICs to top up their NAVs without having...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - May 2016 #8

FCA announces insider dealing convictions - FCA has announced two convictions in the case it brought as part of Operation Tabernula. Martyn Dodgson, an investment banker, and Andrew Hind, a property developer and...more

IRS Notice Offers Relief to Issuers of Variable Insurance Products in Response to Pending Money Market Fund Reforms

On May 5, 2016, the IRS issued Notice 2016-32, 2016-21 I.R.B. 1, which affords relief with respect to the application of the diversification requirements of IRC § 817(h) to variable life insurance and annuity contracts...more

HM Treasury Consults on Legislation for Secondary Annuities Market

HM Treasury published a consultation paper on the UK Government’s proposed secondary market due to be introduced in April 2017. The market would extend the recently introduced pension freedoms and flexibilities to...more

Only the Lonely: “Lonely” Life Insurance Companies Confront New Issues Under Proposed Debt-Equity Regulations

The rules of IRC § 1504 and Treas. Reg. § 1.1502-47 provide the general parameters for determining whether a domestic life insurance company (within the meaning of IRC § 816(a)) may join in filing a consolidated U.S. federal...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Senators Introduce SAFE Lending Act - On April 7, 2016, several Democratic Senators introduced the Stopping Abuse and Fraud in Electronic (SAFE) Lending Act, SAFE 2016, which is designed to change the manner in which...more

The “Panama Papers” and the Secret World of Shell Corporations - Reducing Liability Exposure and Seeking Insurance Coverage

A leak of 11.5 million documents from a law firm in Panama may implicate politicians, criminals, and celebrities in sheltering of fortunes in offshore tax havens through the use of shell companies. Called the “Panama Papers,”...more

The Grisly Death of Determination Letters for Individually Designed Plans

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced last year that it would end its staggered five-year remedial amendment cycle system for individually designed retirement plans under the determination letter program due to...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.8.16

The Deal Professor looks back on a wild week of “deal busting” that saw the government [often in the form of Treasury Secretary Jack Lew] put the hurt on Pfizer/Allergan and Halliburton/Baker Hughes alike –...more

The Charitable Split Annuity – A Little Bit Country and a Little Bit Rock and Roll

I have written several articles discussing the powerful tax benefits of pooled income funds in the current low interest environment. I have also written on the tax benefits of charitable lead annuity trusts (CLAT). The pooled...more

U.S. PFIC Taxation Exemption to be Narrowed?

The last 15 years have seen the advent of a new reinsurance platform, where hedge funds have sponsored non-U.S. reinsurers, who in turn invest their capital in the sponsoring hedge funds. While there are business rationales...more

Poland: new tax on banks and other financial institutions

Poland’s Banking Tax Act, introducing a tax on banks and insurance companies in Poland, is in force. The Banking Tax Act applies to selected financial institutions - domestic banks, consumer lending institutions and...more

New York State Division of Tax Appeals Addresses Unauthorized Insurance Company Taxation

A New York State Division of Tax Appeals administrative law judge (ALJ) issued three determinations addressing the tax implications for unauthorized insurance companies, both life and non-life. Significant uncertainty has...more

ACA Suit Challenging Reduction in Hours Allowed to Proceed

Many employers are still working to catch up to and understand the new requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – including the IRS, which has announced automatic extensions to certain reporting requirements for this...more

Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

Using Private Placement Variable Deferred Annuity (GAC) Contracts to Enhance the After-Tax Investment Return of Tax Exempt and Foreign Investors in Direct Lending Investments - Overview - Domestic and foreign...more

CFPB Issues TRID Revision

On February 10, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a correction in the Federal Register to the Integrated Mortgage Disclosures Under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (Regulation X) and the...more

FY2017 Budget Proposal Sets Its Sights on Insurance Companies

On February 9, the Obama Administration released its fiscal year 2017 budget proposal (FY2017 Budget). Many of the tax proposals included in the FY2017 Budget closely follow those included in the President’s fiscal year 2016...more

Poland: Wealth Tax on Bank and Insurance Assets Effective from 1 February 2016 - On 15 January 2016, the Polish parliament passed...

At the same time, the legislator decreed that this new wealth tax will not affect the terms and conditions governing the rendering of financial and insurance services under contracts concluded prior to 1 February 2016....more

How Does the Supreme Court’s Obergefell Decision Affect Your Employee Benefit Plans?

The short answer: No plan amendments are required, but certain plan amendments and operational changes are permitted, and certain operational changes may be required....more

New Rules for 831(b) Captive Insurance Companies

On December 18, 2015, Congress passed the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the PATH Act), as part of a 2016 appropriations bill. The PATH Act includes significant changes to Internal Revenue Code section...more

Health and Welfare Plans: Big Compliance Burdens, Big Penalty Exposures

Health and welfare have been around for a long time, and they are ubiquitous. Employees have come to expect medical, dental, life, and other insurance as part of their benefits packages. Employers offer coverage in order to...more

Asset protection: Back to basics

Asset protection trusts can be highly effective vehicles for protecting wealth in today’s litigious society. But these trusts can be complex and expensive, so they’re not right for everyone. For those seeking simpler asset...more

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