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IRS Announces Intent to Tax Transfers to Partnerships With Foreign Partners

On August 6, 2015, the IRS issued Notice 2015-54, which states that the IRS and Treasury intend to issue regulations under section 721(c) of the Internal Revenue Code to ensure that, when a U.S. person transfers certain...more

Focus on Tax Controversy and Litigation - Second Circuit Determines that Tax Memo Shared Between Taxpayers and Banks Is Protected...

In addition to the discussion of the Second Circuit’s decision in Schaeffler, this month’s issue features articles regarding the “new” IRS Notices covering “Basket Options” and “Basket Contracts”, the Tax Court’s recent...more

Proposed Regulations Nix Foreign Goodwill Exception to Tax on Outbound Transfers

The IRS and Treasury recently issued proposed regulations under Section 367 with bad news for taxpayers. Citing aggressive taxpayer positions, the proposed rules do away with the foreign goodwill exception and restrict 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

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

A Reverse Morris Trust Ruling

LTR 201542004 at first seems to involve a standard spinoff for the purpose of pursuing a reverse Morris Trust combination of Controlled with a Merger Partner, with the “significant issue” for ruling being a proposed swap of...more

New Regulations on F Reorganizations

In late September, the IRS issued final regulations describing six requirements for a transaction or series of transactions to qualify as a reorganization under Section 368(a)(1)(F) (an “F reorganization”). The IRS...more

Beware Transferee Liability

One of the great features of corporations is that liability in the corporation generally does not extend to its shareholders, including tax liability. Like any rule, though, there is almost always an exception. In this...more

IRS Issues Final Regulations on F Reorganizations

In September 2015, the Treasury Department and the IRS issued final regulations (T.D. 9739) that provide guidance with respect to the qualification of a transaction as a reorganization under Section 368(a)(1)(F) (an “F”...more

California Updates Conformity to Internal Revenue Code, Provides Large Corporate Understatement Penalty Relief

Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 154 on September 30, 2015, updating California’s general conformity to the Internal Revenue Code and providing three new exceptions to the imposition of the Large Corporate...more

Focus on Tax Strategies & Developments - October 2015

Regulatory Developments Under § 367 Affecting Transfers of Appreciated Property to Foreign Corporations - Introduction: On September 14, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) and the Internal Revenue...more

Inside the IRS Plan to Erase Goodwill Tax Exception

On Sept. 14, 2015, the IRS released proposed regulations that would significantly alter the treatment of outbound transfers of foreign goodwill and going concern value by a U.S. person to a foreign corporation. Under the...more

Tax Court Holds that Residual Value Insurance Qualifies as Insurance for Tax Purposes

On September 21, the United States Tax Court held in favor of the taxpayer in R.V.I. Guaranty Co., Ltd. and Subsidiaries v. Commissioner, 145 T.C. No. 9 (2015). The court concluded that the residual value insurance policies...more

Tax Policy Update

The number of working days (in theory) that Congress has left to negotiate and pass a continuing resolution (CR) that would keep the government from shutting down on Oct. 1. Here’s hoping that the Pope’s visit to the Capitol...more

IRS Suspends Private Rulings on Many REIT Spin Off Conversions

The flurry of Opco-Propco REIT conversions has hit a stumbling block this week when the IRS issued a Revenue Procedure announcing a “no rule” policy for a key corporate tax issue for many REIT spin offs. Basically to do a...more

New IRS Guidance Limits Tax-Free Spin-Off Rulings – Implications for REIT Spin-Offs

On September 14, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued Notice 2015-59 (the “Notice”) and Revenue Procedure 2015-43 (the “Rev Proc”; together with the Notice, the “Spin-Off Guidance”). Under the Spin-Off Guidance,...more

Focus on Tax Controversy and Litigation - United States Tax Court Invalidated Treasury Regulation § 1.482-7(d)(2)

In addition to the discussion of the Tax Court’s decision in Altera, this month’s issue features articles regarding Notice 2015-47 “Basket Options” and Notice 2015-48 “Basket Contracts”, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals...more

Tax Review - August 2015

We are proud to present the next edition of our “Tax Review” which contains a selection of rulings and interpretations that had been issued or published in July 2015. We hope you will find the information provided here...more

Treasury and IRS Release Notice 2015-54: Potential Impact on Domestic and Foreign Partnerships

The principal effect of the rules would be to turn virtually any contribution of appreciated property by a US person to a section 721(c) partnership into a taxable gain recognition event. On August 6, the US Treasury...more

Tax Court: Stock based Compensation Costs Need not be Included in International Cost-Sharing Arrangements

The Stunning Altera Case - Employee stock options are an important part of compensation—both as income to the executives and as a deduction for the employer. But when stock options are used by multinational companies,...more

IRS-State Information Sharing Agreements

The IRS published a list of Information Exchange agreements it has with state agencies, a copy of which is available here IRS State Information Exchange Table.pdf The disclosure of this list may help taxpayer's and...more

IRS Establishes 80% Threshold for Energy Companies to Apply When Determining Whether “Substantially All” of a Major Component Has...

On July 6, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Large Business and International Division issued a Directive1 to IRS agents regarding how to determine when a major component pertaining to steam or electric generation property...more

New Law Doubles the Penalties for Failure to File Correct Tax Information Returns and Provide Payee Statements

On June 29, President Obama signed into law the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015. Quietly embedded in Section 806 of this new law is a provision that doubled the cap on penalties, from $1.5 million to $3 million, for...more

New Trade Act Hikes Penalties for Information Return Failures

The newly-enacted Trade Preference Extension Act boosts the penalties for failing to provide accurate information returns to the IRS and payees – such as Forms W-2, 1098, and 1099, as well as Forms 1095-B and 1094-B. The...more

Converting a Profits (or Carried) Interest Into a Capital Interest Tax-Free, Even if it is a Marketable Security

In CCA 201517006 (dated 10/9/14 and released 4/24/15), the general partner of a publicly traded partnership (PTP) had, in addition to its capital interest, a profits interest in the PTP called “incentive distribution rights”...more

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