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FBAR Penalties Now Adjusted for Inflation: Abatement/Mitigation Still Possible

If you haven’t filed your Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBARs) on a timely basis, you could be at risk of a higher civil penalty assessment. Inflation-adjusted FBAR penalties are now in effect....more

Applicable Federal Rates - July 2017

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

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Maine to Require Collection of Sales and Use Tax from Remote Sellers

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

The state of Maine has waded into uncharted territory with the passage of a law that requires out-of-state sellers to collect Maine sales and use tax on their sales into Maine even if they do not have a physical presence in...more

Italy Addresses "Carried Interest" Tax Treatment

by Jones Day on

The Italian government has enacted Law Decree no. 50 ("Decree 50"), providing a set of new tax measures aimed at, among other things, attracting investments in Italy. Decree 50 was finally approved by the Italian Parliament...more

Is It a Dividend? Is It a Tax? Could President Trump Care Less?

In February, I posted about the formation of the Climate Leadership Council and its push for what it calls its “Carbon Dividend” plan. In essence, it’s a gradually increasing carbon tax. The plan would be revenue neutral,...more

Saudi Arabia Update - June 2017

by Dentons on

Legal Developments - 10 minute SAGIA License - Companies carrying any foreign ownership in Saudi Arabia are required to have a foreign investment license issued by the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA)...more

Reissuance of Proposed Regulations on Partnership Audit Rules

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) have re-issued proposed regulations (the “Proposed Regulations”) on the new centralized partnership audit rules enacted as part of the Bipartisan...more

Minnesota Legislative Update: From the Capitol to the Courtroom

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Following the adjournment of the 2017 regular session and a short special session, the Legislature passed and presented to Governor Dayton a comprehensive and balanced budget for fiscal years 2018 and 2019, including nine...more

The Scambler Case: Tax Law in Plain English?

A recent decision of the Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery Chamber) (UT) in Scambler and another v HMRC [2017] UKUT 1 (TCC) considers the question of when it is appropriate to look back to earlier versions of tax legislation...more

Tax Provisions in the 2017 Budget Bill

by Smith Anderson on

The General Assembly released today the Proposed Conference Committee Substitute (the “Conference Bill”) for Senate Bill 257, the state budget bill. The Conference Bill is expected to be approved by the General Assembly later...more

The Taxpayer Transparency and Fairness Act of 2017 – A Little Bill May Soon Make Big Changes

by Allen Matkins on

The talk of California tax practitioners over the last week has been all about the legislature’s passage of AB 102. This may be surprising to those who read the bill when it was introduced on January 10 of this year, for the...more

Will It Soon Be Game over for Tax-Exempt Financing of Professional Sports Stadiums?

Public financing, including tax-exempt bond financing, of facilities used by professional sport teams has long been a controversial topic, with advocates and opponents disagreeing over whether the public benefits sufficiently...more

Tax-Exempt Does Not Mean Exempt From Filing Tax Returns

May 15 was the filing deadline for nonprofits operating on a calendar year that are required to file Form 990-series information returns. Many nonprofits mistakenly believe that they are not required to file returns with the...more

Iowa Submits Sweeping 1332 Waiver Seeking Emergency Relief

Overview - On June 12, Iowa submitted a sweeping Section 1332 waiver that would replace the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) premium tax credits with a new state-administered tax credit and a reinsurance program. The state tax...more

Valuation of Illiquid Portfolio Investments – Avoiding Regulatory Risks with Form and Substance

For private fund managers, the valuation of privately-held securities has been subject to heightened regulatory scrutiny. As the IPO on-ramp for private “unicorn” investments has lengthened, fund managers may hold illiquid...more

IRS Reissues Proposed Regulations for Centralized Partnership Audit Regime

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The new rules represent a complete overhaul of partnership audit, assessment, and collection procedures. Taxpayers should review and potentially amend partnership agreements before the new rules are scheduled to take effect...more

Estate Administration Update: A Simplified Procedure for the Portability Election

by Williams Mullen on

Recently, the IRS issued Revenue Procedure 2017-34 (the “Revenue Procedure”), providing a simplified process for certain estates requiring an extension of time to make a portability election under § 2010(c)(5)(A) of the...more

Partnering Perspectives - Summer 2017

As we implement the Eversheds Sutherland combination and expand our ability to serve clients around the globe, our US and international teams are working together to analyze issues impacting clients doing business in multiple...more

What You Can Do To Minimize the Likelihood of Someone Contesting Your Will

by Moskowitz LLP on

In our first two posts in this series, we discussed who has legal standing to challenge a will and what grounds may form the basis of a will contest. In this third and final post on will contests, we will introduce a few...more

Severance Agreements – Three Tax Traps for the Unwary

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Severance agreements – especially severance agreements for terminating executives – are ripe with potential tax planning challenges and opportunities....more

Illinois Appellate Court Blows the Whistle on Serial Relator

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In a bombshell opinion, the Illinois Appellate Court held that a law firm serving both as client and attorney may not recover statutory attorneys’ fees under the Illinois False Claims Act (the Act). In People ex rel. Schad,...more

2017-2018 Legislative Session: Wage Theft and Other Employment Issues

Massachusetts lawmakers continue to debate legislation this session with substantial implications for employers in the Commonwealth. Bills aimed at preventing wage theft by employers, establishing a paid family and medical...more

Trump Tax Proposal Could Create Compensation-Related Opportunities

The Trump administration’s proposed overhaul of the federal income tax system includes a reduction of the maximum federal corporate income tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent. If enacted, the proposal — a one-page outline...more

Tax Reform Delayed Until Later This Summer

by Baker Donelson on

Tax reform, perennially among the GOP's top priorities, has taken a back seat to other, more pressing priorities since an initial burst of interest caused by the Trump Administration's release of a one-page outline in April....more

California Tax Board Reform Bill Approved Yesterday as Part of the State Budget

by Reed Smith on

Yesterday, June 15, the California Legislature approved Assembly Bill 102 (A.B. 102), a bill that drastically overhauls the role of the State Board of Equalization (BOE) as a tax administrator, and as the highest...more

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