Income Taxes

Income taxes are taxes that are collected on the individual earnings of persons or entities. Depending on the jurisdiction, income taxes are calculated and collected in a variety of ways. Some tax systems collect... more +
Income taxes are taxes that are collected on the individual earnings of persons or entities. Depending on the jurisdiction, income taxes are calculated and collected in a variety of ways. Some tax systems collect income taxes based on a progressive scheme, while others may utilize a proportional or regressive framework. less -
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2016 Updated Rates, Exemptions, and Other Amounts

The IRS has released updated rates, exemptions, and other adjusted figures for the 2016 tax year. I keep summaries of these up-to-date on our firm’s website, and the site has now been updated for 2016. The updates include new...more

Mexico 2016 Tax Reform

The 2016 Tax Bill presented by the President to Congress on September 8, 2015 was approved almost in its original terms by both Chambers of Congress on October 29, 2015 and published in the Official Gazette of the Federation...more

Bank of America as Trustee v. Commissioner of Revenue: Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Will Hear Case in 2016

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) will hear the appeal of Bank of America against the Massachusetts Commissioner of Revenue in 2016. The SJC accepted Bank of America’s application for Direct Appellate Review on...more

The End of the Line – Part I: Year End Tax Planning Strategies

This article is designed to provide an overview of a technique that might allow taxpayers to accomplish significant income tax savings at the end of the 2015 tax year. This planning can be accomplished regardless of whether...more

Is the Charitable Deduction for Trusts Limited to Adjusted Basis?

No, says a U.S District Court. An irrevocable trust received distributions from a partnership in one year and purchased property. In a later year it contributed the property to a qualified charity, after the property...more

Cross-Border Charitable Activities

The Canada-US treaty provides significant relief for cross-border charitable activities. The treaty, and the competent authority agreement that implements it, says that a religious, scientific, educational, or charitable...more

Changing income tax rates in Alberta – planning considerations

In a recent article, we described the changes to income tax rates that the provincial government has enacted and the increase to income tax rates that the incoming federal government has pledged to enact. Due to the magnitude...more

IRS Proposed Regs Redefine the Terms “Husband” and “Wife”

The Supreme Court has recently struck down state bans on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional in Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 US ___ (2015), after previously striking down the federal exclusion of same-sex couples from...more

Another Thought on the Tax Treatment of the Marijuana Industry—Oregon Taxation

In general, the Oregon income tax laws are based on the federal income tax laws. In other words, Oregon is generally tied to the Internal Revenue Code for purposes of income taxation. As a consequence, we generally look to...more

Retiring Abroad: The Lure of the Exotic, the Chore of U.S. Tax Compliance

For anyone who has watched the movie “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” the idea of retiring overseas may be tempting. Glamorous locales exist around the world with warm sands, fragrant breezes and stunning sunsets where...more

Inflation Adjustments for 2016

On October 21, 2015, the IRS released the annual inflation adjustments which will apply to tax year 2016. These adjustments will help determine a taxpayer's tax bracket and available deductions, credits, exclusions, and...more

Commonwealth Court Approves PA PUC’s Implementation of Distribution System Improvement Charge

The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania issued a decision on November 3, 2015, available here, that has significant implications for public utilities in Pennsylvania seeking to recover costs associated with distribution system...more

October Revenue Collections Up

Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) announced today that general fund revenue collections for October were $4 million above what was predicted. October receipts from the individual income tax and sales tax exceeded...more

IRS Announces Modest Tax Provision Inflation Adjustments for 2016

The Internal Revenue Service has announced annual inflation adjustments for a myriad of tax provisions, as well as tax rate schedules, and other changes for tax year 2016. For the complete announcement please see Revenue...more

Before Selecting Business Form, What Is Important To Consider? P.2

In our last post, we began discussing the importance of careful planning when selecting the legal form one’s business will take. As we noted, this decision can impact a number of aspects of the business and its owners. The...more

Partnership Audit Reform Passed into Law

On Monday, November 2, President Obama signed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (the “BBA”) into law, effecting sweeping changes to the rules governing audits of entities treated as partnerships for U.S. federal income tax...more

Simplified Partnership Audit Procedures Radically Alter the Federal Income Tax Treatment of Partnerships

On November 2, 2015, President Obama signed the Budget Act of 2015 (the “2015 Budget Act”), which makes significant amendments to the procedural rules governing federal income tax audits and judicial proceedings that apply to...more

Tax Haven List Repealed by D.C. Council

After being in effect for only a week, the Council of the District of Columbia (Council) unanimously enacted legislation on November 3, 2015 that will repeal the list of tax haven jurisdictions specifically enumerated in the...more

Rectification in a Tax Context: The Intention Standard Prevails

A drafting mistake in an agreement can result in significant and unintended tax consequences. In the recent case of Baytex Energy Ltd. v. Canada (Attorney General) (Baytex), the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta (Court)...more

Taxing the Earnout

Agreements for the sale of privately-held companies often call for part of the purchase price to be paid in the form of an earnout. The earnout provision requires the buyer to pay an additional amount in purchase price after...more

Allocation, Due Diligence, and More Record Keeping! New Draft Regulations on New York State’s Corporate Income Tax Allocation

2014 brought significant corporate income tax reform to New York State. This year, 2015, followed suit and brought many of those same corporate income tax reforms to New York City. To quote Donald Trump, these reforms are...more

Louisiana: Get Your Amnesty Before It's Gone!

Louisiana will offer a tax amnesty from November 16, 2015 to December 15, 2015. Taxpayers that agree to pay delinquent taxes will receive a waiver of 33% of penalties and 17% of interest....more

Fibra E Trusts | Energy and Infrastructure Investment Vehicle

On 29 September 2015, the Fourth Set of Amendments to the Annual Tax Regulations for the 2015 fiscal year (“Tax Regulations”), which create and regulate a new investment vehicle called an energy and infrastructure investment...more

Amnesty for Massachusetts Non-Filers Might Occur in 2016

Taxpayers who failed to file their Massachusetts income tax returns, or who underreported their income, might be given a two-month window in April and May 2016 to enter into a tax amnesty program. The program is still in the...more

Treasury and the IRS Issue Proposed Regulations Implementing Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

In recent guidance, the Department of Treasury and the IRS issued proposed rules that clarify under the Internal Revenue Code (Code) that the terms “spouse” and “husband” and “wife” refer to individuals who are lawfully...more

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