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Stop-Loss Policies, How Low Can You Go?

by Bryan Cave on

On April 5, the “Self-Insurance Protection Act” passed the House and moved to the Senate. This bill, if enacted, would amend ERISA, the Public Health Service Act and the Internal Revenue Code (the “Big 3” statutes containing...more

Be Wary of Designs to Avoid Employment Taxes through Wellness Plan Benefits

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

We are aware that employers are being marketed various types of benefit arrangements designed to reduce the employer’s tax obligations by using a combination of wellness programs, voluntary benefits, and cafeteria plans. Not...more

QDOT-ting I's and Crossing T's: Estate Tax Planning for Non-United States Citizen Spouses

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Individual and corporate citizens from countries around the world have moved to North Carolina and contributed materially to our state's economic, educational, and cultural growth. Foreign direct investment ("FDI") in North...more

FICA Taxes and Administrative Traps for Employers

by Sullivan & Worcester on

The nuances of the Social Security and Medicare tax system – collectively FICA taxes – continue to confound and increase the potential liability of employers who are not well versed in this area....more

Tackling Tax Reform – Where We Are and Where We’re Headed

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This is the first of a series of posts on Tax Reform. In this series, I will be covering: what Tax Reform means, the legislative process for enacting it, the likely timing of its arrival, the estate & gift tax and income tax...more

DOL Health & Welfare Plan Audit Response and Protection: Reducing Risk Exposure to Avoid Costly Penalties

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In a recent presentation, McDermott attorneys discussed how to prepare responses for a Department of Labor (DOL) investigative audit of a company’s health and welfare plan, including required documentation and procedures, DOL...more

Procedural Oversight by IRS Turns Out to Be a Good Weapon for Taxpayers

Good news for taxpayers: a procedural requirement on the IRS’s part that historically had not been strictly enforced has recently risen above the surface. Taxpayers under audit, in particular those litigating in Tax Court,...more

Check Your Decommissioning Costs - a Federal Court Narrows the Scope of Eligible Section 172(f) Decommissioning Costs

On March 27, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida ruled that disposal fees paid by NextEra Energy Inc. and its subsidiary, Florida Power & Light Co. (NextEra or taxpayer) into the Nuclear Waste...more

Public Companies Should Consider Shareholder Reapproval of Section 162(m) Performance Compensation Plans Approved in 2012

by Snell & Wilmer on

As public companies continue to prepare for the 2017 proxy season, we wanted to provide a final reminder of an executive compensation related item that might require shareholder approval in 2017. As reported in Part 1 of our...more

Charitable Income Tax Deductions: The Rockefeller Edition

by Bryan Cave on

Billionaire David Rockefeller passed away this week at the age of 101. According to Forbes magazine, during his lifetime, the well-known philanthropist gave away nearly $2 billion....more

IRS Synchs Excise Tax to DOL's Enforcement Policy on Fiduciary Rule

by Burr & Forman on

The IRS released guidance this week announcing that it will not apply IRC § 4975 excise taxes (15% on prohibited transactions) and related reporting requirements “with respect to any transaction or agreement to which the...more

Double whammy: Federal estate tax repeal could substantially increase tax for California residents

With all of the talk about potential repeal of the federal estate tax, many people have decided to postpone further estate planning, hoping that the repeal will occur. However, Californians should hold out no such hope....more

Tax Reform – Proposed Legislation Protecting Affordable Housing

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

After legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act was pulled from the House floor last Friday, news headlines across the country began reporting that tax reform is next on the Trump Administration’s agenda. As noted in our...more

GOP Proposes Allowing Charities to Take Political Sides

by McGuireWoods LLP on

While speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast on Feb. 2, President Donald J. Trump vowed to “totally destroy” the Johnson Amendment. This pledge was seconded by House Ways and Means Committee Chair Kevin Brady, R-Texas, in...more

Michigan Treasury Issues Revised Interpretation of Unitary Business Groups Following LaBelle Decision

by Varnum LLP on

On February 28, 2017, the Michigan Department of Treasury issued guidance in response to the Supreme Court's denial of Treasury's application to appeal LaBelle Management, Inc v Michigan Department of Treasury, 315 Mich App...more

"Key Takeaways: Lessons Learned From Tax-Related Whistleblower Litigation and Shareholder Actions"

On March 8, 2017, Skadden hosted a webinar titled “Lessons Learned From Tax-Related Whistleblower Litigation and Shareholder Actions.” The Skadden panelists were tax partners Nathaniel Carden and Armando Gomez, and litigation...more

"Key Takeaways: Corporate Governance Series — Key Trends in Executive Compensation, Employment Law and Compensation Committee...

On February 28, 2017, Skadden hosted a webinar titled “Key Trends in Executive Compensation, Employment Law and Compensation Committee Practices.” The Skadden panelists were labor and employment law partner David Schwartz,...more

Can the IRS Revoke Your Passport?

by Moskowitz LLP on

Executive Order 13769, President Trump’s notorious travel ban that caused mass confusion and chaos in airports throughout the country, is being revamped following multiple federal court challenges. That travel ban, however,...more

DOL Announces Temporary Enforcement Policy and Proposes to Extend Application of Rules Under Best Interest Contract Exemption by...

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In response to a February 3, 2017 memorandum by the President to the Secretary of Labor, on March 2, 2017, the DOL proposed to extend for 60 days the applicability date for final rules on the Best Interest Contract Exemption...more

IRS Opposes Granting of Certiorari in Cases Addressing Definition of Return

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Two petitions for certiorari are pending before the Supreme Court of the United States, asking the Court to resolve the question of whether a tax return filed after an assessment by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is a...more

Fun with Roth IRAs: New Sixth Circuit Decision Blesses Aggressive Tax Planning

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

A recent decision by the Federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals expands the potential for Roth IRAs to be used to protect income from corporate and shareholder level tax....more

The Walking Dead - Using Private Placement Variable Deferred Annuity Contracts to Enhance the Investment Return in Life Settlement...

by Gerald Nowotny on

Overview - I have always been a film fan. Growing up in the Panama Canal Zone, one of my Mother’s jobs for the Panama Canal Company was serving as the manager of the Balboa Theater. We used to watch initial screenings of...more

IRS will not Quit

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

Voluntary compliance is the foundation of our US tax system. Taxpayers determine the correct amount of their tax and complete appropriate returns, rather than the Government determine their tax for them. According to the...more

The Future Of Proposed IRS § 2704 Modifications Is Uncertain

Proposed changes to Internal Revenue Code (IRC) § 2704, which would impact the valuation of transfers of family business interests at death, come at an interesting time politically given the Trump Administration’s desire to...more

Healthcare Legal News: Vol 7, Number 1

by Dickinson Wright on

Expansion Of Practice Autonomy Of Physician Assistants - As part of a flurry of activity at the end of 2016, Public Act 379 was enacted by the Michigan legislature and signed by Governor Snyder. That Act amends various...more

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