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Cadillac Tax: A Levy in Limbo

The future of the Cadillac tax, a key cost-control mechanism and federal revenue source enacted as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), is unclear. Though initially set to take effect in 2018,...more

Spotlight on Tennessee: Department of Revenue's Upcoming April 26 Rulemaking Hearing

On April 26, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. CST, a hearing will be conducted regarding proposed regulations filed by the Tennessee Department of Revenue (Department) with the Secretary of State on February 25, 2016. This rulemaking...more

Proposed Change to North Carolina Excise Tax Law for Wine Shippers

Wine Shipper permittees may soon be able to file excise tax reports on an annual basis in North Carolina, rather than monthly. A proposed bill that would allow wine shippers to file excise tax reports annually is...more

Three Important Alabama Regulatory Developments

Last month, the ADOR proposed a new rule, Rule 810-3-35-.01, in order to simplify the federal income tax deduction available to corporations doing business in Alabama. The ADOR proposed to repeal the current corporate federal...more

Spotlight on Tennessee: Forced Franchise/Excise Tax Variance Upheld by Supreme Court

On March 23, 2016, the Tennessee Supreme Court issued its much-awaited decision in the case of Vodafone Americas Holdings, Inc. et al. vs. Tennessee Commissioner of Revenue....more

IRS Provides Guidance on Suspension of Medical Device Excise Tax

Guidance eases tax filing burdens on medical device manufacturers. On February 24, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published informal guidance on the suspension of the Medical Device Excise Tax through an update...more

Do You Know Where Your Participants Are?

The Department of Labor (“DOL”) has recently implemented an initiative to investigate the manner in which defined benefit plans of large employers comply with the required minimum distribution rules set forth in Section...more

Treasury Green Book Proposals — Private Foundations

The Department of the Treasury has released the Treasury Green Book for Fiscal Year 2017, which provides explanations of the President’s budget proposals. One such proposal (remember…these are just proposals, not actual...more

Massachusetts Net Worth “True Debt” Litigation Moves Forward—Oral Argument Held, Awaiting Decision

With oral argument and briefing complete, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue’s authority to increase the net worth component of a taxpayer’s corporate excise using its “true debt” analysis is under review by the Appeals...more

Provisions Affecting Charities in Proposed Budget

The Administration’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2017 features several proposals that would impact charitable organizations and their donors, including proposals to streamline the private foundation excise tax on net...more

Student Health Plans and ACA Compliance: New Relief for Educational Institutions

Educational institutions face unique issues when complying with the requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). One such issue relates to the administration of student health insurance plans. On February 5, 2016, three...more

Golden Parachute Tax Terror

Smith Anderson's tax group is now offering complimentary presentations. This webinar will provide an introduction to the tax rules related to certain payments to insiders triggered by a change in control of a corporation...more

Recent Revisions to Internal Revenue Code Affecting Alcohol Beverages

In December 2015, President Obama signed into law the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (PATH Act). The PATH Act amends several provisions of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (IRC) administered by the Alcohol...more

IRS Revokes Ruling That Imposed Excise Tax On Wholly Foreign Reinsurance Transactions

The Internal Revenue Service recently revoked a 2008 ruling that a 1% excise tax under section 4371(3) of the Internal Revenue Code applied to “reinsurance premiums paid by one foreign insurer or reinsurer to another.” The...more

ACA Limits on Arrangements that Pay for Employee Coverage

Before the Affordable Care Act (ACA), employers had a wide variety of options when it came to paying for employee coverage. One common design, particularly for smaller employers, was to reimburse employees on a pre-tax basis...more

Federal Tax Advisory: Extraterritorial Taxation: Rev. Rul. 2016-03

Not a State Tax – State tax disputes commonly involve claims that a state cannot tax beyond its geographical boundaries. That principle is at the root of Quill Corp. v. N.D., 504 U.S. 298 (1992), requiring that a...more

Food and Beverage Law Update: January 2016

Key Issues Facing Food Retailers - Compliance and Cybersecurity: Consero Group surveyed the general counsel of Fortune 1,000 companies in June 2015 and learned that 60 percent still lack the proper preparation for a...more

Keeping it Together: Foundations, DAFs, and the Problem of Bifurcated Payments

The end of the year brings a flood of gifts and grants to public charities, as well as perennial questions about how the donor will benefit in return. As a general matter, individual donors may receive “benefits” in...more

European Court of Justice Rules that a Scottish Law Establishing Minimum Unit Pricing for Alcoholic Drinks May Violate EU Law

On 23 December 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) – Europe’s highest court – ruled that a Scottish law establishing minimum unit pricing for alcoholic drinks may violate European Union law. The case...more

ACA Update: Two-Year Cadillac Tax Delay, More Changes Pass in Congress

In a rare display of bipartisan cooperation, Congress recently passed major spending and tax bills, that, among other things, amended the Affordable Care Act’s (“ACA”) so-called Cadillac Tax by delaying its implementation for...more

Congress Delivers on Campaign Promise

The 40% excise tax on high cost health plans, often referred to as the “Cadillac Tax,” has been delayed for two years. President Obama signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016, which contains the following...more

ACA Update: Cadillac Tax Postponed!

The budget and tax package passed by Congress on December 18, 2015, and signed by the President, includes a two-year delay of the controversial excise tax on high-value health plans (a.k.a., the Cadillac Tax), part of the...more

Oregon Revises Tax Rules in Favor of Recreational Cannabis

Earlier this year the Oregon Legislature passed House Bill (HB) 2041, effective as of October 5, 2015. HB 2041 created a stir when it replaced an excise tax on recreational cannabis production with a retail sales tax on...more

Tax Planning Before Turning 70: What You Should Know About RMDs

Tax payers aged 70 ½ or older this year must take a Required Minimum Distribution, or RMD, from their traditional IRAs (Individual Retirement Arrangements), SEP (Simplified Employee Pension) IRAs, SIMPLE (Savings Incentive...more

Private Foundation Can Limit Grant Scholarships to Students Attending Specific Schools

A private foundation that makes a grant to an individual for travel, study, or other similar purposes makes a “taxable expenditure” that is subject to a penalty excise tax under Code Section 4945. However, if the grant is...more

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