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Absurd Things About 401(k) Plans That Are Actually True

by Ary Rosenbaum on

We drive on parkways and park on driveways. Cigarettes are sold in gas stations even though smoking is prohibited there. Fat chance and slim chance mean the same thing. Phonetic isn’t spelled the way it sounds. When it comes...more

Renewal of U.S. FATCA Registration for Certain Investment Funds by Monday, July 31, 2017

Certain non-U.S. investment funds, including Bermuda funds, which qualify as foreign financial institutions (FFI), must enter into a legal agreement (“FFI agreement”) with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to be treated...more

Holland & Knight's Inaugural Israel Practice Newsletter - July 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

...We invite you to read our inaugural Israel Practice newsletter, in which our authors discuss pertinent American-Israeli topics. As Israel has been a crossroads and a prolific source of new ideas for more than 3,000 years,...more

IRS Retirement Plan Guidance Simplifies Pre-Approved Plans and Provides Roadmap for Individually Design Plan Conversion

by Benesch on

In Revenue Procedure 2017-41, the IRS makes significant changes to the procedures that it will use in reviewing and approving “pre-approved” retirement plans. The revenue procedure applies to almost all types qualified...more

Three Fund Issues That Can Unexpectedly Impact Portfolio Company Investments

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Increasingly complex fund structures and documentation mean that analysing how potential portfolio acquisitions interact with the fund at the top of any deal structure is more important now than ever. Investor Excuse...more

Draft tax legislation for 2017 released

by Hogan Lovells on

Following the 2017 Budget presented before Parliament on 22 February 2017, the draft tax legislation for the specific tax proposals was released on 19 July 2017 for comment. Comments should be made by 18 August 2017. ...more

Pension Plan Sponsors – When “De-Risking”, Select Annuity Providers With Care

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Employer-sponsored retirement plans come in many varieties. For example, under 401(k) and other defined contribution plans, employees and, often, employers may make specific contributions to an employee’s plan account...more

Newsflash: Tax Court Reverses IRS Revenue Ruling

by Dechert LLP on

A recent U.S. Tax Court case, Grecian Magnesite (149 T.C. No. 3, July 13, 2017), has declared invalid the long-standing U.S. government position that a non-U.S. person’s sale of an interest in a partnership (in this case, a...more

Cannabis Industry FAQ

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Can marijuana businesses receive federal copyright protection? Yes. The requirements for registration with the U.S. Copyright Office are that the work is original, creative and fixed in some form of expression. These...more

Employee Loan Or Compensation?

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Everyone recognizes the importance of debt financing to a business. The business needs liquidity to purchase or improve assets, or to pay expenses. It borrows the necessary funds from an institutional lender that requires...more

IRS Scrutiny of Plan Loans Increases, But IRS Provides Helpful Guidance

by Dickinson Wright on

The Internal Revenue Service has increased its level of scrutiny on the limitations imposed on participant loans from defined contribution retirement plans. Internal Revenue Code Section 72(p) generally limits a participant’s...more

Law Enforcement can Follow the Money thanks to the Fifth Pillar of the Final CDD Rule

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

Under the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued a “Fifth Pillar” of the Final Customer Due Diligence (CDD) Rule on May 2016. The covered financial institutions (Banks; Brokers or...more

Stuff in a 401(k) Plan That Doesn’t Look Right

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I always say that if things don’t look right even if they are, it will give people the impression that something is wrong. It’s similar to the expression of: “when there’s smoke, there’s fire.” A plan sponsor can’t afford to...more

ILPA Issues Guidance on “Subscription Lines of Credit and Alignment of Interests”

by Goodwin on

Subscription lines of credit, or capital call facilities – which are just two of the many names given to borrowing arrangements put in place by private fund managers at the fund level – have been in the market for many years...more

Treasury Identifies Significant Regulations Subject to Modification or Repeal

On July 7, 2017, Treasury identified eight significant regulations, including regulations under sections 385 (treatment of certain debt as equity), 752 (partnership liabilities), 367 (outbound transfers of property) and 987...more

Audits of Multifamily Housing Bonds Triggered by Failure to File Form 8703

IRC Section 142(d) requires operators of qualified residential rental properties to file Form 8703, Annual Certification of a Residential Rental Project annually. A number of recent audits of multifamily housing bonds appear...more

Treasury, IRS Deem 2704 Proposed Regulations Put Undue Burden on Taxpayers

by Williams Mullen on

The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the IRS, in Notice 2017-38, have identified the proposed regulations (the “Proposed Regulations”) under § 2704 of the Internal Revenue Code as potentially imposing an undue burden on...more

Office of Tax Simplification Recommendations for Reform of Stamp Duty on Paper Documents

by Goodwin on

On 10 July 2017 the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS), the independent adviser to the government on tax simplification, released its recommendations following its review of stamp duty on paper documents. Whilst the proposals...more

Treasury Dept. Identifies 8 "Significant Tax Regulations" for Review to Reduce Burden

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced on July 7, 2017, in Notice 2017-38 (the Notice) that it has identified as "significant tax regulations" eight sets of U.S. federal tax regulations that were issued between Jan. 1,...more

Creating Content That Will “Click”

by Ary Rosenbaum on

In the old days, newspaper and television advertising were the way that you could get your message across to potential clients and sources for referrals. The only problem is that advertising was and is still cost prohibitive....more

FATCA Update: IRS Publishes FAQs As July 31 FFI Agreement Renewal Deadline Looms

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

We have previously written about the Internal Revenue Service’s publication in late 2016 of an updated “FFI Agreement” to be entered into by foreign financial institutions that wish to remain compliant with the Foreign...more

Condominium Issue with Long-Term Tax-Exempt Bond Financing

by Ruder Ware on

We recently helped a client complete long-term tax-exempt bond financing of a portion of a mixed-use condominium. These projects raise interesting issues. Long story short, if you find yourself in a similar situation, you...more

AML Due Diligence Standards for U.S. Lawyers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Increasingly, international bodies are calling for higher standards for gatekeepers, known in the parlance of the Financial Action Task Force (“FATF”) as “designated non-financial businesses and professions” (“DNFBPs”)....more

Commercial Borrowers Should be Familiar with the Refinance Exemption in Order to Avoid Paying More Taxes than Necessary

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

It is pretty well known that Maryland imposes taxes upon the sale/purchase of real property. The State requires both a recordation tax and a transfer tax to be paid whenever an ownership interest in property is transferred....more

Free Advice For 401(k) Plan Sponsors

by Ary Rosenbaum on

They always say there is no such thing as a free lunch because most of the time, free has strings attached. Even when it comes to retirement plans, that free plan review is usually a sales pitch by a retirement plan provider...more

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