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Staying Out of Trouble: How to Avoid IRS and DOL Audits

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) conduct different types of benefit plan audits, such as retirement plans and health and welfare plans, and for various reasons. In a presentation, Jeffrey...more

No Gifts in Proposed Partnership Audit Regulations

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

New partnership audit and collection regime rules will soon go into effect, defining who can elect out and enabling the Internal Revenue Service to assess taxes directly against the partnerships it audits. Originally...more

Inter-Company Pricing Practices of Taxpayers with Foreign Affiliates

by Dickinson Wright on

The Internal Revenue Service has increased its scrutiny of inter-company pricing practices of taxpayers with foreign affiliates and has provided agents conducting audits with standard language requesting information about...more

New IRS Rules for Partnership Audits Require Immediate Review of Partnership Agreements

Beginning in 2018, most partnerships (including LLCs and other arrangements treated as partnerships for tax purposes) will be subject to a new “centralized partnership audit regime.” The volume of Internal Revenue Service...more

Some Recent Tax Developments

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

Over the past several months there have been a number of tax developments that might affect PK Law readers...more

Are You Ready for the New Partnership Audit Regime?

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (129 Stat. 584, Public Law 114–74, Nov. 2, 2015, H.R. 1314) (the “Act”) contains a new partnership audit regime the implementation of which will begin for audits of partnership tax returns...more

Internal Revenue Service Updates Golden Parachute Payments Audit Technique Guide, Signaling Key Items IRS May Review on Audit

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In early 2017, the IRS updated its Golden Parachute Payments Audit Technique Guide for the first time since its 2005 issuance. While intended as an internal reference for IRS agents conducting golden parachute examinations,...more

Tax Talk: Volume 10, Issue 2

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

EDITOR’S NOTE - With the failure of health care legislation to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, eyes in Washington, D.C. are now turning to tax reform. Since Congress plans to take August off, any real tax...more

New partnership audit rules can apply to partnerships, LLCs with only a few partners, members

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Effective in 2018, changes in partnership audit rules may apply the following (and other) consequences to partnerships (including LLCs taxed as such)...more

The Costly Tax Consequences of ESOP Disqualification

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

Over the past several years, the IRS has renewed its focus on auditing Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs), in part because of allegedly abusive arrangements (for a quick overview, see Courtney’s ESOP post). Unfortunately,...more

Partnerships Prepare For New Audit Regime

by Cole Schotz on

On November 2, 2015, new partnership audit rules, repealing existing TEFRA rules, were enacted in Section 1101 of the Bipartisan Budget Act (“BBA”). On August 15, 2016, Treasury published temporary regulations (TD 9780, 81...more

New Partnership Audit Rules Apply Beginning January 1, 2018: Is Your Business Ready?

by K&L Gates LLP on

New partnership audit rules will be effective for audits of tax years beginning in 2018. Proposed Treasury Regulations have been released and are expected to be finalized in the next few months. (The comment period is open...more

IRS Issues Guidance To Examiners Handling BBA Partnership Audits

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

As many readers know, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (“BBA”) repeals the long standing TEFRA procedures governing IRS examinations of partnerships. As a result, beginning January 1, 2018, partnerships are subject to a...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

Significant Changes to Partnership Tax Audits Coming in 2018

by Blank Rome LLP on

In less than six months, on January 1, 2018, the new centralized partnership audit rules enacted by Congress as part of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (“BBA”) will go into effect. The new rules were drafted in response to...more

IRS gets upper hand in S corporation compensation audits

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Any compensation the owner receives is subject to FICA tax, which imposes an equivalent burden. And the IRS frequently attacks owners who receive cash distributions from an S corporation, arguing that the distributions were...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

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

Is Your Partnership Ready For IRS Audit Changes?

Businesses across the nation are buzzing about Congressional action on tax reform - action that may not even occur. And yet, many partnerships and limited liability companies (LLCs) have not yet delved into significant IRS...more

Proposed Regulations Re-Released for Centralized Partnership Audit Rules

by Locke Lord LLP on

New partnership audit rules enacted into law on November 2, 2015 (the “Centralized Partnership Audit Rules”) (previously discussed in our QuickStudy: Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 Changes Audit Rules for Private Equity and...more

Proposed Partnership Audit Regulations Reissued in Substantially Identical Form

by Proskauer - Tax Talks on

On June 13, 2017, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) and the Department of the Treasury (“Treasury”) re-released proposed regulations (REG 136118-15) that provide guidance on the new centralized partnership audit...more

501(r) Audits Are Here: What You Need to Know

by Nilan Johnson Lewis PA on

The Affordable Care Act imposed new requirements on tax-exempt hospitals under Section 501(r) of the Internal Revenue Code. Section 501(r) and its implementing regulations present a complex framework intended to promote...more

Protecting Your Qualified Retirement Plan Now that the IRS Determination Program is (Mostly) Closed

A lot has been written over the last few months about what to do now that the IRS has closed its determination letter program for ongoing individually designed tax-qualified retirement plans....more

IRS Implementation of ACA’s Employer Shared Responsibility Provision Falls Short Based on the Results of a Recent Audit

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Based on a recent audit conducted by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), the IRS’ processes and procedures to ensure compliance with the employer information reporting requirements mandated by the...more

IRS Implementation of ACA’s Employer Shared Responsibility Provision Falls Short Based on the Results of a Recent Audit

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Based on a recent audit conducted by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), the IRS’ processes and procedures to ensure compliance with the employer information reporting requirements mandated by the...more

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