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This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC requested comment on the development of a consolidated audit trail this week, a concept long discussed. The audit trail would enable regulators to track trading activity in the U.S. markets. Enforcement initiated...more

PCAOB Evaluates Audit Firm Communications with Audit Committees

On April 5, the PCAOB issued a report regarding compliance with Auditing Standard No. 16, Communications with Audit Committees (AS No. 16), based on its inspections of issuer audits during its 2014 inspection cycle. AS No. 16...more

Changes to IRS Partnership and LLC Audit Rules

Recent history has seen a proliferation of health care organizations—including tax-exempt organizations, for-profit companies, and physician practice groups—that have joined together to take advantage of different synergies...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission prevailed at trial in a market manipulation case. The trial followed a series of settlements and a grant of summary judgment in the Commission’s favor as to one defendant. The remaining defendant, a former NFL...more

Department Of Labor Audits Are Focusing On Plan Procedures For Locating Missing Vested Participants

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has increased its examinations of the procedures of defined benefit and defined contribution retirement plans for locating and paying out benefits to terminated vested participants whom the...more

"SEC Issues Concept Release Seeking Feedback on Business and Financial Disclosure Requirements"

On April 13, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a concept release seeking feedback on ways to modernize the business and financial disclosure requirements of Regulation S-K. The 341-page release...more

Best in Law: Get Out in Front on Possible Environmental Violations

It’s no secret that businesses must run a gauntlet of federal, state and local environmental regulations in order to successfully operate in California. But the hardest test may be when a business suspects that it may be...more

Commissioner Pai Seeks Information on Potential Lifeline Abuse

Commissioner Pai is seeking to identify other wireless ETCs that were allegedly engaged in practices similar to those detailed in the FCC’s recent Notice of Apparent Liability (NAL) issued against Total Call Mobile. In a...more

Next Steps: Helping Your Organization Implement the New Medicare Overpayment Rule - Part II

On February 12, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published a final rule that explains the requirements for providers and suppliers reporting and returning overpayments under Medicare Parts A & B (the...more

MTC Arm’s-Length Adjustment Service (Part II): “An Expression of Grief, Pity, or Concern”

Executive Summary - ..Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) transfer pricing program moving forward in some fashion; ..Priority includes information sharing among participating states (and possibly their third party...more

New Partnership Tax Audit Rules

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 establishes new rules (the “New Partnership Audit Rules”) for the conduct of federal income tax audits of partnerships and the assessment and collection of income taxes resulting from such...more

SEC Emphasizes Need for Documentation of Why Significant Deficiency is not a Material Weakness

The SEC recently announced settled administrative proceedings against Magnum Hunter Resources Corporation (MHR), the former chief financial officer and chief accounting officer of MHR, the engagement partner on MHR’s external...more

Spotlight on Mississippi: Supreme Court Rules Against Department of Revenue's Claimed Entitlement to Deference

The Mississippi Supreme Court recently declined to give deference to the findings of the Department of Revenue in Miss. Dept. of Revenue v. Hotel and Restaurant Supply because the Department's findings were contrary to the...more

Like Santa Claus, the IRS Keeps a List of Who Has Been Naughty or Nice: It Is the Time of Year When the IRS’s Naughty List Gets...

Every year, around the April 15 individual tax return filing deadline, a story appears in the press highlighting the tax woes of famous people. The Government undoubtedly issues these press releases to encourage taxpayers to...more

IRS Sets Short Fuse for Comments, Guidance on New Partnership Audit Rules

As if it wasn’t going to be busy already, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) has set Tax Day, April 15, 2016, as the due date for comments on significant new partnership audit rules. This new law, which was enacted as part...more

Dangerous Curves: How Transit Companies Can Navigate Fed Safety Audits

Let trucking and bus companies, and shippers of hazardous materials, beware: Federal safety audits can be hazardous to your company’s overall and financial health....more

Partnership Audits of Private Equity Firms on the Rise

There has been buzz in the tax and private equity communities about the rise in audits of private equity firms by the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”). This has been fueled by the restructuring of the IRS’ Large Business &...more

340B Drug Discounts: Potential HRSA Policy Shift May Limit Eligibility for Preferred Pricing

The 340B drug pricing program requires drug makers to offer covered outpatient drugs to safety net hospitals and certain other designated healthcare providers at discounted prices. A potential shift in how the governing...more

Did the Tribunal Expand the Jurisdiction of the Division of Tax Appeals?

In Matter of Grand Central JT VT (March 10, 2016), the Tax Appeals Tribunal decided a fairly routine tax case as to whether the taxpayer maintained adequate books and records in a sales tax audit and whether the Audit...more

Apple’s Conflict Minerals Smelters Nearly 100% Audited

Apple has filed its Form SD for the year ended December 31, 2015. It includes this disclosure: The combination of training, public reporting and a ticking clock drove the number from 82 smelters and refiners...more

Predicting How the New Partnership Audit Rules Will Affect S Corporations and Their Shareholders

This column has three focal points: S corporations (of course!), the new partnership audit procedures and Jeanne Dixon. Yes, that Jeanne Dixon—the self-professed psychic who claimed to have predicted the assassination of...more

California Division of Workers’ Compensation Takes Action Against TPAs and Will Increase Audits of TPAs in 2016

The Audit and Enforcement Unit of the California Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) issued a press release recently indicating it will be conducting more target audits in 2016 to address utilization review (UR)...more

Changes to IRS Partnership and LLC Rules

You may have heard that the IRS’s ability to audit partnerships (including multi-member LLCs) will be greatly enhanced due to changes made by the recent Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. The IRS will be ramping up its...more

Global Private Equity Newsletter - Spring 2016 Edition: Recent Changes to Rules Governing Tax Audits of Partnerships

Congress recently amended the rules governing tax audits of partnerships that file U.S. partnership returns, including U.S. partnerships (and limited liability companies treated as partnerships) and certain non-U.S....more

Human Resources Audits Prove To Be An Effective Risk Management Tool

One of the largest investments an organization makes is in its employees. As organizations grow and evolve, often Human Resources policies and procedures lag behind and are a last area of concern. Experience has repeatedly...more

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