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The IRS Continues to Face Significant Budgetary Constraints—What Does It Mean To Taxpayers?

The Chief Financial Officer’s Act of 1990 (“1990 Act”) was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush on November 15, 1990. One of the major goals of the 1990 Act was to improve the financial management and to gain better...more

Applying The "Common Legal Interest" Privilege In The Context Of A Financial Transaction

Sophisticated and complex commercial litigation and criminal investigations often involve many participants and their lawyers. In these cases, it is often beneficial for the lawyers to share confidential information pursuant...more

What's Your Audit Risk? It Depends!

Taxpayers who are considering one of the Streamline Procedures (Non-resident or Resident) have been advised by the IRS that their returns are subject to the regular audit selection process even though they must identify their...more

New Rules Adopted for IRS Partnership Tax Audits

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 signed by the President Obama on November 2, 2015, creates a new IRS audit regime for all entities treated as partnerships for federal income tax purposes, including partnerships and limited...more

Early Analysis of New Partnership Audit Rules’ Impact on LIHTC Transactions

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (P.L. 114-74) was signed into law on Nov. 2, 2015. The Act includes a complete overhaul of the procedures that apply to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) audits of partnerships, including...more

Second Circuit Upholds Common-Interest Privilege for Borrower’s Sharing of Legal Advice with Consortium of Lenders

The Second Circuit held last week that a borrower did not waive the attorney-client privilege by providing documents to a consortium of lender banks that shared a common legal interest with the borrower in the tax treatment...more

IRS Audits of Partnerships: Big Changes are Coming

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (the “Act”), which was signed into law on November 2, will drastically change the way entities (including limited liability companies) treated as partnerships for U.S. federal income tax...more

Radical New Partnership Audit Rules

Last week, President Obama signed H.R. 1314, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (the “Legislation”), which dramatically changes the manner in which partnerships (and LLC’s taxed as partnerships) are audited and taxed by the...more

Second Circuit Determines That Tax Memo Shared Between Taxpayers and Banks Is Protected Under the Common Interest Doctrine and...

On November 10, 2015, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit unanimously held in a published opinion that (i) the attorney-client privilege was not waived by appellants-taxpayers who shared a group of documents,...more

Important Revisions to Partnership Tax Audit and Payment Rules

The recently enacted 2015 Budget Act includes a dramatic change in the rules for tax audits of, and the payment of tax deficiencies by, partnerships (including limited liability companies that are taxable as partnerships)....more

Comprehensive Overhaul of Partnership Audit Regime

On November 2, 2015, the Bipartisan Budget Act significantly overhauled the audit regime applicable to U.S. and certain non-U.S. investment fund vehicles that are taxed as partnerships for U.S. federal income tax purposes. In...more

IRS Issues New Partnership Audit Procedures

Included as a revenue offset in the budget legislation (H.R. 1314) signed by President Obama are provisions that simplify the procedure for the Internal Revenue Service to audit and collect adjustments from partnerships. The...more

New Audit Rules May Impose Tax Liability on Partnerships

On November 2, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2015 (the “Act”), which includes major changes to the partnership tax audit rules (the “New Audit Rules”). The Act repeals the current...more

New Tax Audit Regime Constitutes a Sea Change for Partnerships

Legislation impacts tiered partnerships and M&A transactions. Existing partnerships should review operating agreements before new rules take effect. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (the Act), which President Obama...more

Congress Overhauls the Partnership Tax Audit Rules

On November 2, 2015, President Obama signed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (the “Bill”), which repeals the TEFRA Unified Audit Procedures and replaces them with a radically modified “corporate” model for partnership tax...more

Partnership Audit and Tax Collection Rules Undergo Fundamental Change

Under the default rule, any adjustment to partnership items or allocations among the partners will be determined, and any tax (including interest and penalties) attributable to adjustments will be collected, at the...more

President Obama Signs Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015

On November 2, 2015, President Obama signed into law the "Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015" (P.L. 114-74). Among other things, the act eliminates the TEFRA unified partnership rules and the electing large partnership rules, and...more

Partnership-Level Tax Under New Audit Rules

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, signed into law on November 2, 2015, has significantly changed the partnership tax audit rules, effective for tax years beginning after December 31, 2017. Under the current partnership...more

"Congress Overhauls Partnership Audit and Litigation Procedures"

On November 2, 2015, President Barack Obama signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (the Act). The Act overhauls the partnership audit and litigation rules in the Internal Revenue Code, repealing both the provisions...more

Sweeping Change to Partnership Tax Audit Procedures

A major change to partnership audits was signed into place by President Barack Obama on November 2nd following the passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 by Congress on October 30th. Previously, partnerships with more...more

Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 Changes Audit Rules for Private Equity and Hedge Funds

On November 2, 2015, the United States Congress enacted the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (the Act) to fund the federal government. Among other provisions, the Act significantly modifies how the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)...more

New Legislation Makes Sweeping Changes Impacting All Partnerships

All partnerships will be audited at the entity level unless they have 100 or fewer partners AND no partnerships as direct partners. The two-year budget plan passed by Congress on October 30, 2015, and expected to be...more

Nonqualfied deferred compensation plan update

In June 2015, the Internal Revenue Service released updated audit guidelines for nonqualified deferred compensation plans. Basically, audit guidelines are used by the IRS to communicate with the agents in the field who are...more

Congress Passes Partnership Audit Reform – Obama Expected to Sign

Last week the Senate passed H.R. 1314 (The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015), which will completely change the way partnerships (and LLCs taxed as partnerships) are audited.  The House passed the legislation on Wednesday and it...more

Partnership Audit Reform Marches Forward

As part of the current Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, sweeping changes to the partnership audit rules could be imminent. The new rules would greatly simplify the IRS procedures for auditing partnerships and likely increase...more

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