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The Trump threat to 401(k) and the reality of it

by Ary Rosenbaum on

When Donald Trump was elected President last November, there were quite a few people who promised gloom and doom as if it was the end of our republic. Despite the tweets and the drama, that really hasn’t panned out yet. Many...more

Tax-Free Cryptocurrency Transactions Could Come with Reporting Obligations

by K&L Gates LLP on

As cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum become more prevalent in investment circles and acceptable for commercial transactions, the United States Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) has said little other than to label...more

IRS Urges Foreign Financial Institutions To Renew Their FATCA Registrations

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Internal Revenue Service has issued a reminder to foreign financial institutions to renew their Foreign Financial Institution (FFI) agreement if required. These FFIs have until October 24, 2017 to complete their renewal....more

What They Don’t Know As A 401(k) Sponsor May Hurt Them

by Ary Rosenbaum on

When I worked at a semi-prestigious law firm, one of the named partners (whose son is a Congressman who was kind enough to offer me a cannoli at a Knicks-Clippers game a few years ago) asked me what my practice was. I told...more

401(k)/403(b) Loan Borrowers – Check Your Paystubs!

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

A recent tax court case, Louelia Salomon Frias, v. Commissioner, TC Memo 2017-139, illustrates why it is good practice to verify that employee loan repayments have been timely deducted. Plan Loan Requirements. An employer...more

It’s the Taxes, Stupid

by Dechert LLP on

In this commentary we have talked about a lot of challenges facing commercial real estate finance and other capital market activities over the years. With more or less “pants on fire” anxiety, we’ve talked about Dodd-Frank’s...more

New guidance to register as “privileged” domestic or foreign investment fund under German investment taxation law

by Dechert LLP on

Pursuant to the new German investment tax act (GITA) that will take effect of 1 January 2018, domestic and foreign resident investment funds may become subject to German corporate income tax with various German source income...more

Bill Introduced In Congress To Exempt Small Bitcoin Transactions From Income Tax

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Two members of Congress have introduced a bill that would exempt from income tax transactions under $600 conducted using Bitcoin or other digital currencies. Currently, the Internal Revenue Service treats digital currencies...more

FinCEN Extends FBAR Relief To Victims Of Hurricane Irma

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

We previously reported that the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) had granted FBAR filing relief to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. FinCEN announced today that Hurricane Irma victims in...more

Internal Revenue Service Provides Helpful Relief to Hurricane Victims

Announcement 2017-11 (Announcement) provides that a tax-qualified employer retirement plan may treat a distribution to a current or former employee covered by the Announcement as on account of hardship or an unforeseeable...more

IRS Issues Hurricane Harvey Relief

by Snell & Wilmer on

In Announcement 2017-11, the IRS relaxed standards for hardship distributions and loans from qualified retirement plans for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. This relief applies to employees or former employees and their...more

Every Day is Bitcoin Pizza Day: What Clients and Estate Planners Need to Know about Virtual Currency

by Murtha Cullina on

The combined value of all of the 867 crypto currencies tracked by CoinMarketCap.com is presently over $161 billion. Only seven years ago, on what is commemorated as “Bitcoin Pizza Day,” Bitcoin, then a new crypto currency,...more

Focusing Just On Fees Can Make 401(k) Plan Sponsors Neglect Other Problems

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Thanks to regulations requiring fee disclosure, media coverage, and a lot of litigation, 401(k) fees are still a huge topic for plan sponsors. Retirement plan providers talk about fees all the time because it’s a huge...more

Protocol Amending the Mexico–Belgium Tax Treaty Published

by Jones Day on

On August 17, 2017, the Protocol amending the Convention for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fraud and Fiscal Evasion ("Tax Treaty") between Belgium and Mexico was published in Mexico's Official Journal...more

Hurricane Harvey and Tropical Storm Harvey: What Kind of Relief May Employers Offer to Affected Employees? What About Hurricane...

by Epstein Becker & Green on

Employers with employees and operations impacted by Hurricane and Tropical Storm Harvey are asking what type of compensation, employee benefits, and tax relief may be available to them and their affected employees. There are...more

Hurricane Harvey Relief for Employees

by Bracewell LLP on

Following Hurricane Harvey and its resulting destruction, many employees are in need of financial assistance and/or early access to retirement funds. We will highlight how employers can make direct financial assistance...more

Hurricane Harvey Relief for Employee Benefit Plans

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Labor relaxed some deadlines for eligible employee benefit plans and expanded the availability of withdrawals and loans for eligible defined contribution plan participants in...more

Bond-Financed Hospitals Must Apply New IRS Rules to Service Contracts

by McDermott Will & Emery on

After nearly two decades of restructuring service agreements to comply with Internal Revenue Service safe harbors, hospitals and other 501(c)(3) organizations are now subject to a new set of guidance and a single safe harbor...more

DOL and IRS Issue Guidance for Employee Benefit Plans Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

In the wake of massive floods caused by Hurricane Harvey, the Department of Labor (DOL), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) have issued initial employee benefit plan guidance. The...more

Congressional Preview - Fall 2017

Summer isn’t quite over yet, but the August recess is coming to an end and Congress returns next week to resume work on a number of outstanding issues, as the Trump Administration continues to aggressively implement the...more

Wealth Management Update - September 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

September Interest Rates for GRATs, Sales to Defective Grantor Trusts, Intra-Family Loans and Split Interest Charitable Trusts - The September § 7520 rate for use with estate planning techniques such as CRTs, CLTs, QPRTs and...more

IRS Provides for Expedited Loans and Hardship Distributions from Retirement Plans

by Jackson Walker on

The IRS announced last week that it will allow victims of Hurricane Harvey and their families to more easily access assets held in employer-sponsored retirement plans. Specifically, the IRS will allow certain retirement plans...more

Funds Talk: September 2017 - Tax Court Declines to Follow Rev. Rul. 91-32

In a recent decision, Grecian Magnesite Mining, Industrial & Shipping Co., SA v. Commissioner, the U.S. Tax Court declined to follow Revenue Ruling 91-32, and held that gain on the sale of an interest in an operating...more

IRS and DOL Provide Relief for Plan Sponsors and Participants Affected by Hurricane Harvey

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Department of Labor (DOL) issued temporary relief on deadlines and procedural requirements applicable to employee benefit plans for employers impacted by Hurricane Harvey. ...more

Debt Dialogue: August 2017 - The IRS Withdraws Proposed ‘Net Value’ Regulations

The IRS announced in July that it has withdrawn proposed regulations (the net value regulations) that provided guidance regarding corporate formations, reorganizations and liquidations of insolvent corporations. Those...more

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