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Why Delaware Corporations Should Worry About California Law When Making Dividends

When paying a dividend to shareholders, California corporations are subject to Chapter 5 of the California Corporations Code. Corporations incorporated in Delaware and other states may also be subject to Chapter 5 if they...more

Burr Alert: Is Tennessee "Retiring" Its Hall Income Tax?

Tennessee has long been known as a retirement friendly state and usually ranks in the Top 10 of any list identifying the best places in the U.S. for retirement. That reputation is about to be enhanced as Tennessee's...more

Is Your Corporation “Zeroing Out” Income at End of Year Through Bonuses? Watch Out!

For the last few years the IRS has warned taxpayers that it would look closely at year-end bonuses that resulted in “zeroing out” taxable income of a corporation by deducting the bonuses as salary rather than a payment of...more

IRS Proposes Updates to Rules for Deemed Distributions of Stock and Stock Rights

On April 13, 2016, the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued proposed regulations under Section 305(c) of the Internal Revenue Code that would resolve certain issues relating to the amount and timing of deemed distributions...more

Treasury Issues Stringent Inversion Regulations, Proposes Far-Reaching Related-Party Debt Rules

New regulations expand prior guidance reducing tax benefits of inversions. Proposed debt-equity rules will impact even routine intercompany transactions. On April 4, 2016, the US Department of the Treasury (Treasury) and...more

Treasury Targets Related-Party Debt with Proposed Regulations to Treat Debt as Equity

Proposed regulations would establish a sweeping framework to treat debt as equity in an effort to curb the use of “excessive” related-party debt. On April 4, 2016, the US Department of the Treasury (Treasury) and the...more

Should Professional Corporations Consider Making an S Corporation Election – Again?

The United States Tax Court has held that a law firm organized as a professional corporation is liable for accuracy-related penalties for treating year-end bonuses to the shareholder attorneys as compensation (deductible)...more

German Cum/Ex-Trades: Enhanced Risks and Industry-Wide Challenges

The German and international financial industries and their advisors have come under new pressure to investigate so-called 'cum/ex' trades conducted between 2000 and 2012. For many years, tax authorities and criminal...more

Anatomy of a Term Sheet: Series A Financing

A key milestone in the lifecycle of many successful companies (and, admittedly, many unsuccessful companies) is obtaining financing from angel or venture capital investors, but in negotiating with experienced investors...more

US Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System Issues Interim Final Rule Regarding Dividend Payments on Reserve Bank Capital...

The US Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System issued an interim final rule amending Regulation I to implement provisions of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act. The FAST Act reduced the dividend rate...more

Obama's Budget Proposals Expand Application of Net Investment Income Tax and Address Carried Interest

On February 9th, President Obama released his Budget Proposals for 2017 (the "Budget Proposals"). The Budget Proposals include the following proposals that may affect private investment fund managers...more

Law Firm Hit by IRS After Paying out All Earnings as Deductible Compensation to Shareholders

A Chicago law firm operating as a corporation regularly zeroed out its taxable income by making year-end bonuses to its shareholders and deducting such payments as compensation. The IRS attacked the reasonableness of the...more

FY2017 Budget Proposal Sets Its Sights on Insurance Companies

On February 9, the Obama Administration released its fiscal year 2017 budget proposal (FY2017 Budget). Many of the tax proposals included in the FY2017 Budget closely follow those included in the President’s fiscal year 2016...more

European M+A News, Winter 2016

Smart Acquisition Structures For Deals In Germany And The UK - What Are the Criteria for Smart Acquisitions via Corporations? - Inbound investment structures seeking to acquire a German or UK corporation should take...more

MoFo Tax Talk - Volume 8, No. 4

IRS PROVIDES RICS ALTERNATIVES TO ACCOUNT FOR FOREIGN TAX REFUNDS - Generally, when a U.S. taxpayer pays foreign tax, the U.S. taxpayer is entitled to take a credit (a “Foreign Tax Credit”) against the taxpayer’s U.S....more

Significant Changes to U.S. Taxation of REITs and Investments by Non-U.S. Investors in Real Property under the PATH Act

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law an omnibus appropriations bill which included the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the "Act"). In addition to extending or making permanent a number of...more

French Finance Act for 2016 and Amending Finance Act for 2015: The Most Important Changes Affecting Businesses

The French Finance Act for 2016 and Amending Finance Act for 2015 were enacted on December 30, 2015 (the “Acts”). Under the new legislation, the neutralization of the 5% add-backs on dividends within tax-consolidated groups...more

The Built-In Gains Tax - S Corporations Are Gaining Ground

Many business owners are aware that, if a business is operated through a C corporation, the corporation pays tax on the profits and, when the profits are distributed to the shareholders in the form of dividends, the...more

Significant Changes Affecting REITs in The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, an omnibus spending bill, with a division referred to as the Protecting Americans From Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the “Act”), which...more

ECB recommendation on dividends in OJEU

ECB’s recommendation on banks’ dividend distribution policies has been published in the OJEU. It recommends that credit institutions with obligations under the fourth Capital Requirements Directive and Regulation package...more

Legal Trends: Tax

Elected in October 2015, Canada’s new Liberal government has proposed a tax platform featuring significant changes, including a four per cent increase (to 33 per cent) in the federal tax rate for individuals on income over...more

Congress Passes New Tax Laws Affecting REITs - Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015

On December 18, President Obama signed the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015 (the “Act”) into law. The Act provides for a number of favorable and flexible REIT-specific tax provisions, and implements...more

India Eases Rules for Foreign Investment in LLPs

India has relaxed its rules for foreign direct investments (FDI) for limited liability partnerships (LLPs), with a recent abolishment of the requirement of regulatory approval for a foreign-invested LLP in India. This change...more

Be Cautious of Late In the Year Mutual Fund Purchases

This is the time of year to be cautious about buying a mutual fund. Many funds pay dividends near the end of the calendar year in December. If you buy one now, and it pays a dividend, you will be paying taxes for 2015 on the...more

MoFo Tax Talk - Volume 8, No. 3

Final and Temporary Dividend Equivalent Regulations Issued – Some Good, Some Bad, And Some Ugly: On September 17, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) released final and temporary regulations under Section 871(m),...more

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