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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

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

Proposed Regulations Dramatically Change U.S. Federal Tax Treatment of Outbound Transfers of Intangible Property

On September 16, 2015, the Treasury Department (Treasury) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published proposed regulations under section 367 and proposed and temporary regulations under section 482 that together would...more

Yosemite: The Park, the Name, and the Lawsuit

As the saying goes, possession is nine-tenths of the law. That other tenth can be pretty complicated, depending on what you’re “possessing.” When you’re arguing with an older brother over who “possesses” the remote control,...more

Unusual Like-Kind Exchanges

Like-kind exchanges are well-known events in the field of investment real estate. The tax law has spent about the last 30 years refining the deferred like-kind exchange, in which the taxpayer is given time to locate the...more

UK Summer Budget 2015

On Wednesday, 8 July 2015, George Osborne delivered the UK Summer Budget. The first Budget of the new Conservative government (and the second Budget of 2015), the Summer Budget is wide-ranging in scope and potentially...more

Goodwill and Section 1031 Exchanges Do Not Mix Well

The goodwill of a business can never be exchanged for the goodwill of another business. Goodwill is not like kind property. Treasury Regulation 1.1031(a)-2(c)(2) makes that crystal clear, providing: "The goodwill or...more

Goodwill Hunting – NOW it’s over

Introduction - On 13 May, the Supreme Court handed down judgment in Starbucks (HK) Limited and another (Appellants) v British Sky Broadcasting Group PLC and others (Respondents) [2015] UKSC 31. The case is significant...more

Former Customers as a Legitimate Business Interest?

When do former customers constitute a legitimate business interest? In a sale of business context, the short answer is, “Pretty much all of the time.” The purchaser of assets and goodwill of a business can, by...more

Trademark Assignments: Keeping it Valid

After a trademark achieves federal registration, ownership of the mark may change hands for a variety of reasons. When a trademark owner transfers their ownership in a particular mark to someone else, it is called an...more

Public Projects and Business Losses – Who Gets What and When?

Most of us have been inconvenienced by road construction or other public works. Streets can be more congested, exits closed, and traffic re-routed, making it more difficult to get to the restaurants, yogurt shops, book...more

OECD/BEPS Intangibles Revisions to Change Character, Treatment of Goodwill

Corporations acquiring intangible assets as part of business combination will no longer be able ignore goodwill in their subsequent restructurings and asset transfers. That’s the upshot from tax authorities from around the...more

Choosing a Trademark

Two-Fold Purpose of Trademarks - Customers know a business and its goods and services by its trademarks. Trademarks are source identifiers that indicate the origin of goods or services in the marketplace and...more

Personal Goodwill Of Employee Reduces Estate Tax Value Of Corporate Stock

The question of “personal goodwill” often comes up in sales of corporate assets. When a business is sold, the shareholder will often seek to sell his or her “personal goodwill” in the business separately from the...more

Goodwill to Pay $100,000 to Settle EEOC Lawsuit for Retaliation

Lawton Store Fired Worker for Testifying on Behalf of Discrimination Victim, Federal Agency Charged - OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Goodwill Industries will pay $100,000 and furnish other relief to settle a long-standing...more

Goodwill Investigating Possible Data Breach

Yesterday it was announced that a number of financial institutions reported tracking what could be a series of credit card breaches involving various Goodwill locations nationally. Goodwill operates more than 2,900 stores...more

Goodwill Owned by a Shareholder Can Provide Tax Planning Opportunities

A recent U.S. Tax Court case reminds us that the personal goodwill owned by the principal shareholder/employee can provide significant tax planning opportunities. Generally, the sale of assets by a "regular" corporation...more

Protecting Your US Business From Unfair Competition by Former Employees Requires Timely and Prudent Action

The potential risks posed to a business by former employees are common to employers worldwide. Whether an employee is working in Jakarta, London or New York at termination of the employment relationship makes little...more

Private Company GAAP Arrives

Two GAAP alternatives for private companies have been released by FASB. The alternatives were created by the Private Company Council, or PCC. ...more

Tax Law Alert: Sales Factor Excludes Amounts Received from the Sale of Goodwill

In a case argued by Stoel Rives, the Oregon Supreme Court upheld the judgment of the Oregon Tax Court in favor of Tektronix, Inc. The Supreme Court ruled that, for purposes of apportioning income, the sales factor excluded...more

Oregon Supreme Court Decides Sales Factor Case

On December 12, 2013, the Oregon Supreme Court issued its decision in Tektronix, Inc. v. Oregon Dep’t. of Revenue. The court held that the taxpayer’s receipts from the sale of goodwill, making up a part of the sale of a...more

Strategies for More Tax-Effective Physician Acquisition Transactions (Presentation)

In This Presenation: - Physician Practice Acquisitions - Overview of Personal and Enterprise Goodwill - Regulatory and Legal Considerations - Practice Acquisitions Involving Personal Goodwill - Valuing...more

Restrictive covenants in the US: navigating the quagmire of enforceability

Post-employment restrictive covenants in the context of employment relationships have long posed challenges for employers. Both the nature of the agreement and the context in which it is entered into impact the enforceability...more

Sutherland SALT Shaker: August 2013 Digest

In this issue: - No Expressions of Goodwill from Arizona Department of Revenue - California Court of Appeal: ITFA Doesn’t Make the CUT - Round We Go: Indiana Denies Taxpayer’s Intercompany “Residual...more

Does A Radio Station Have Goodwill?

A recent Claims Court case addressed whether a radio station's assets include goodwill....more

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