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IRS Ruling Creates Opportunities for Tax Savings by Companies With Substantial Real Estate Assets

On July 29, Windstream announced that it plans to spin off certain telecommunications network assets into an independent, publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT). Windstream made the announcement after it obtained...more

‘F’ Reorganization Is Not An Inversion Transaction

The hot tax policy discussion these days is about corporate inversions. Rather than entice capital to stay in the U.S. with favorable tax rates (i.e., using the carrot), it is being proposed to enhance corporate inversion...more

U.S. Tax Developments Affecting Financial Institutions and Products

Recent months have seen significant IRS and judicial developments affecting financial institutions and market participants, including new FATCA changes and proposed regulations on dividend equivalent payments under section...more

Are REITs a Viable Strategy for Communications Companies?

Windstream Holdings, Inc. recently announced plans to spin off its copper, fiber and other fixed real estate assets into an independent publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT). Windstream received a private letter...more

The U.S. Tax Code: Love It, Leave It, Or Reform It!

On July 22, 2014, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing titled, “The U.S. Tax Code: Love It, Leave It, or Reform It!” The general topic of the hearing was international taxation, with a sharp focus on recent and...more

Supreme Court Provides Standard for Evidentiary Hearing in IRS Summons Enforcement Proceeding

On June 19, 2014, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that taxpayers have a right to an evidentiary hearing in an IRS summons enforcement action when the taxpayer “offers some credible evidence supporting his charge” of...more

Supreme Court Decides United States v. Clarke

On June 19, 2014, the United States Supreme Court held that a taxpayer has the right to examine Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officials regarding their reasons for issuing a summons only if the taxpayer points to facts or...more

Statutory Exemption from U.S. Withholding Tax on Dividends Remains

Generally, a non-U.S. taxpayer that is not engaged in a U.S. trade or business is taxable in the United States only on U.S.-source “fixed determinable, annual or periodical” income (FDAP)....more

IRS Chief Counsel Shrugs Off Taxpayer’s Section 956 Gambit

In a recently released Chief Counsel Advice Memorandum (the “Memorandum”), the IRS Office of Chief Counsel (International) addressed an interesting and somewhat creative internal financing structure deployed by a taxpayer...more

DOJ Offshore Enforcement Update: In Landmark Case, Credit Suisse Pleads Guilty, Agrees to Pay $2.6 Billion Penalty; Swiss Bank...

Yesterday, the Department of Justice announced that Credit Suisse AG pleaded guilty to having assisted U.S. taxpayers in evading the payment of U.S. taxes and agreed to pay a penalty of $2.6 billion. Deputy Attorney General...more

IRS Changes Position on Certain Income Earned by State-Chartered Credit Unions

In a recent memorandum (found here), the IRS issued instructions to all exempt organization examiners on the applicability of unrelated business income tax (“UBIT”) to certain income earned by state-chartered credit unions...more

IRS Clarifies "Substantial Risk of Forfeiture"

The Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") recently issued final regulations clarifying whether a substantial risk of forfeiture exists in connection with a transfer of property, such as restricted stock, in connection with the...more

DOJ Waging War Against Offshore Shell Companies

A Florida doctor was recently sentenced to multiple years in prison for income tax evasion. The taxpayer hid income and assets through the use of offshore bank accounts concealed by the use of offshore shell companies. This...more

"IRS Large Business and International Division Increasingly Looks to Chief Counsel's Office to Advance Initiatives"

The Internal Revenue Service Large Business and International Division (LB&I) administers United States tax law for corporations, partnerships and individuals with assets greater than $10 million. These taxpayers typically...more

U.S. Tax Court Ruling in State Conservation Tax Credit Case Requires Income Recognition

In its recently issued opinion in the case of Route 231, LLC v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo 2014-30 (2/24/14), the United States Tax Court (the “Court”) held that a transfer of state tax credits to a 1% member who had contributed...more

New Guidance From IRS On At-Risk Rules For LLC Member Guarantees

The IRS recently released a chief counsel memorandum AM2014-003 on LLC Member Guarantees of LLC Debt and “Qualified Nonrecourse Financing.” These memorandums are very helpful because they provide the IRS’ interpretation of...more

Stay Ahead Of The Curve When Choosing Desired Tax Treatment

A foreigner starting business in the U.S. usually hires attorneys for visas, leases and licenses. The tax advisor comes later, when returns loom. This tendency is unfortunate because entering the U.S. starts the clock for...more

Taxation Of Copyright Sales: Ordinary Income Or Capital Gain?

Tax day presents several interesting questions for copyright holders, not the least of which is how the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will treat income from the sale or exclusive license of a copyright. If a copyright is a...more

Rev. Proc. 2014-24 Provides Taxpayers Relief When Missing Form 1122 On Joining A Consolidated Group

On March 10, the IRS released Revenue Procedure 2014-24, establishing the rules for when the IRS will automatically determine that a subsidiary corporation that had failed to file a properly and timely executed Form 1122,...more

Proposed Section 752 Regulations Would Prohibit Bottom Guarantees And Impose Net Worth Requirements In UPREIT Transactions

The IRS has recently proposed regulations under Section 752 of the Code which, if finalized in current form, would radically change the use of guarantees in partnership transactions. Under these regulations, bottom guarantees...more

Camp Tax Reform Proposal Could Impact Executive Compensation

On February 26, 2014, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) released the proposed Tax Reform Act of 2014 (the Camp Proposal), which would simplify the Internal Revenue Code and...more

Focus on Tax Controversy - Spring 2014

Company Jet Audit Issues: A Word to the Wise - Once a business attains a certain level of success, an aircraft often becomes a valued asset. Public and closely held private companies alike find that the use of a...more

Automatic Consolidated Return Elections

Corporations that are directly or through intervening chains of corporations owned 80% or more by a common parent corporation can file a consolidated income tax return. There are many benefits to such returns, including...more

IRS Revises Directive on IDR Issuance and Enforcement Process

On February 28, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service Large Business and International Division released updated guidance for examiners incorporating and superseding two directives relating to Information Document Requests. The...more

The 3 Most Significant Tax Matters for Multinationals in 2014

What is the most significant tax consideration facing multinationals in 2014? That’s the question we recently put to leading tax advisors, asking for their quick take on the matter as we launch our new 'Need to Know' series....more

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