Internal Revenue Service

The United States Internal Revenue Service is a bureau of the United States Department of the Treasury. The IRS is charged with collecting revenue and enforcing the Internal Revenue Code.  
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IRS Issues Proposed Regulations Addressing “Fee Waiver” Arrangements

The proposed regulations may have a significant impact on certain “management fee waiver” arrangements that have become commonplace in the investment management industry....more

Expected IRS Proposed Rules May Curtail Family Gifting

A representative from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently signaled that new rules are expected to be released that could significantly impact taxpayers' ability to claim discounts on gifts of interests in...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: CMS Releases Guidance on Fast Track Process for 1115 Waivers for Medicaid and CHIP... Healthcare.gov CEO Sends Letter to State Insurance Commissioners Concerning 2016 Premium Decisions... Medicare Board of Trustees...more

Proposed Treasury Regulations Offer Guidance on Disguised Payments for Services

Fee waivers by partners for services rendered to their partnerships will now be subject to scrutiny by the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”), pursuant to the Treasury Department’s notice of proposed rulemaking (the...more

IRS Makes Significant Changes to Qualified Plan Determination Letter Program

The IRS has announced significant changes to its qualified plan determination letter program. These changes, which become effective January 1, 2017, impact individually-designed plans. Favorable determination letters...more

Employee Benefits: A Major Curtailment of the IRS Determination Letter Program Will Impose New Compliance Burdens on Sponsoring...

The Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") announced, on July 21, 2015, a major curtailment of its determination letter program for individually designed qualified retirement plans ("Individually Designed Plans") that will impose...more

Proposed Regulations Issued On Management Fee Waivers

On July 22, 2015, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and U.S. Internal Revenue Service issued proposed Treasury Regulations under Section 707(a)(2)(A) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, addressing management...more

The Affordable Care Act’s Reporting Requirements for Carriers and Employers (Part 2 of 24): Yikes! The Costs of Failing to Comply...

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) imposes information reporting rules on providers of minimum essential coverage, e.g., insurance carriers and self-funded plans, and on applicable large employers, i.e., those employers that are...more

Treasury Department and IRS Release Proposed Regulations on Management Fee Waivers

On July 22, 2015, the Treasury Department and the IRS released proposed regulations regarding fee-waiver arrangements commonly used by private investment funds. If finalized, the new rules would recharacterize certain...more

DOL Issues New Guidance on Independent Contractors

The misclassification of employees as independent contractors continues to be a hot issue and to receive attention at the state and federal levels. Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division (“DOL”)...more

Tax Planning When Investing in Distressed Assets

Can private equity firms unwittingly trigger a tax when they invest in distressed assets? A: All taxpayers, including private equity firms, can trigger a tax when investing in distressed assets. This can occur when a...more

Tax Proposals to Eliminate Interest Deductions Miss the Mark

The proposal to eliminate the interest deduction may have a material adverse impact on U.S. middle-market companies. In March, Republican presidential candidate Senator Marco Rubio, together with Senator Michael Lee,...more

When the Fifth Amendment Privilege Doesn't Work-Tax Cases

A recent decision of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals illustrates the futility of expecting that the Fifth Amendment Privilege Against Self-incrimination will shield taxpayers from production of offshore financial records. ...more

“Heads, You Lose! Tails, I Win!” No Matter Which Way You Play It, The Department Of Labor Interpretation Of Independent Contractor...

The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has issued an “Administrator’s Interpretation” that elucidates the DOL’s views on the issue of who is an employee and who is an independent contractor under the Fair Labor...more

Recent Legislative Developments Will Create Headaches and Increase Financial Risks for Mortgage Servicers and Originators

Two recent legislative developments, which have largely gone unnoticed, will dramatically raise the stakes for mortgage servicers and originators who file IRS Forms 1098. First, the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015,...more

IRS Slams Profits Interests In Lieu of Management Fees and More

The IRS issued the much anticipated proposed regulations that severely curtail the practice of a fund manager waiving management fees in exchange for a share of future partnership profits. In essence the regulations tighten...more

Lawsuit by U.S. Presidential Candidate Challenges the Constitutionality of FATCA

Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., along with six current and former U.S. citizens living abroad, filed a lawsuit, July 14, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio challenging the constitutionality of the Foreign...more

Affordable Care Act Reporting Penalties Significantly Increased

On June 29, 2015, President Barack Obama signed the Trade Preferences Extension Act (the Act) into law. In addition to containing several revenue offsets, the Act significantly increased penalties for incorrect information...more

Multiemployer Pension Plans

In this Update Series, we provide continuing updates on the key developments relating to multiemployer pension plans, as well as practical considerations for the companies that participate in them. These union benefit funds...more

Major Changes in IRS Qualified Retirement Plan Determination Letter Procedure Announced

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced that, effective January 1, 2017, the existing procedure for issuance of favorable IRS determination letters for qualified pension, profit-sharing and 401(k) plans will be...more

Proposed IRS Regulations Simplify Section 83(b) Filing Requirements

As explained in a prior blog post, an employee who timely files a Section 83(b) election will be taxed on the fair market value of property transferred (typically restricted stock) to him or her in exchange for services on...more

IRS Issues Proposed Regulations Addressing Management Fee Waivers

Certain arrangements would be recharacterized as ordinary income, rather than as distributive shares of partnership income. On July 22, 2015, the US Treasury Department and the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released...more

IRS Determination Letter Program for Qualified Retirement Plans to Be Significantly Curtailed

In Announcement 2015-19 (Announcement), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has indicated that it is eliminating the staggered five-year determination letter (DL) remedial amendment cycles for individually designed...more

Private Equity and Hedge Fund Managers Take Caution - Proposed Treasury Regulations Threaten Management Fee Waivers

On July 23, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") issued long-awaited proposed regulations discussing the taxation of management fee arrangements commonly used by private equity funds and their management. The proposed...more

Lessons Learned in Conservation Partnerships

The Internal Revenue Code has provided an incentive under Section 170(h) for charitable conservation gifts. Since at least 2002 there has been an interest in combining through partnership those land owners who may have little...more

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