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New Tax Court Decision Provides Planning Opportunities for Foreign Investors Investing in U.S. Partnerships

by Mintz Levin on

On July 13, 2017, the U.S. Tax Court issued its opinion in Grecian Magnesite Mining, Industrial & Shipping Co., SA v. Commissioner, in which the Tax Court held that a non-U.S. person who sells an interest in a partnership...more

Taxpayers Bear The Tax Consequences Of Business Decisions

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

It is a basic precept of the tax law that the substance of a transaction, rather than its form, should determine its tax consequences when the form of the transaction does not coincide with its economic reality. This...more

Fifth Circuit Vacates Denial of Charitable Tax Deduction For Conservation Easements

On August 11, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit decided the case of BC Ranch II, LP, et al., v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, which involved charitable tax deductions based on the creation of conservation...more

U.S. Withholding on Synthetic Trades over U.S. Equities—Further Delay of Full Implementation Until 2019 (Notice 2017-42)

In response to perceived abuses in taxpayers’ use of swaps and other derivative transactions (e.g., options, futures or forwards) to avoid withholding tax on U.S. source dividends, Congress added Section 871(m) to the...more

U.S. Tax Court Ruling Exempts Gain on Foreign Partner's Sale of a Partnership Interest

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On July 13, 2017, the U.S. Tax Court issued a decision in Grecian Magnesite Mining, Industrial & Shipping Co., SA v. Commissioner, 149 T.C. No. 3, which could have a significant impact on how non-U.S. investors invest in U.S....more

New Cases Provide Mixed Messages to Conservation Easement Donors

Fifth Circuit encourages flexibility for conservation easement deductions in Bosque Mountain Ranch, while Tax Court makes it difficult for farmers in Rutkoske. Two important conservation easement opinions were handed down...more

Developments in the U.S. Tax Treatment of UK Charities

by DLA Piper on

The Internal Revenue Service has revoked the U.S. tax exempt status of 195 prominent UK charities by posting their names on a website. These UK charities will find it harder to attract support from U.S. individuals and...more

IRS and States Crack Down on POS Systems: Zapper Software

by Bowditch & Dewey on

A good point of sale (“POS”) system is critical for any business engaged in sales to the public and having one in place goes a long way to ensuring that revenue and profits are being reported properly to federal, state and...more

Insurance Agents as Employees? Court Breaks Independent Contractor Precedent

On August 1, 2017, the US District Court for the Northern District of Ohio held that insurance agents working under independent contractor agreements with an insurer were employees for purposes of pursuing pension and other...more

IRS Rejects Investors' Claim for Refined Coal Credits in Technical Advice

by King & Spalding on

In Technical Advice Memorandum 2017-29-020 (July 21, 2017) (the “TAM”), the IRS denied claims by two tax equity investors (the “Investors” or each an “Investor”) for renewable energy tax credits on grounds that the...more

Tips for Drafting Executive Employment Agreements – Tip #4 – Beware of 409A

by Bryan Cave on

This article continues with another tip for drafting executive employment agreements and the importance of consulting counsel. For every well drafted executive employment agreement in the business world, there seem to be...more

Notice 2017-42 Provides for One-Year Extension of Existing Section 871(m) Rules

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On August 4, 2017, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) issued Notice 2017-42 (the “New Notice”) providing taxpayers with relief from certain aspects of the final and temporary regulations...more

Sale of U.S. Operating Partnerships by Non-U.S. Persons May Not Generate ECI—U.S. Tax Court Declines to Follow Revenue Ruling...

by K&L Gates LLP on

In a recently published decision, the U.S. Tax Court declined to follow the longstanding position of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”), articulated in Revenue Ruling 91-32, that a non-U.S. partner’s gain or loss from...more

The FICA Tax Exemption For Non-Resident Aliens In The U.S. Under F, J, M, Or Q Visas

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

A common issue for employers of non-resident aliens authorized to work in the U.S. is whether (and when) such individuals are exempt from FICA taxation. Under the Internal Revenue Code, a nonresident alien (“NRA”) in the...more

Captive Insurance Update | Issue No. 1 | 2017 - A summary of state and federal developments in the captive insurance industry

Changes at the Top - Republican Phil Scott was elected Governor of Vermont in November 2016, having previously served as Lieutenant Governor for six years. Governor Scott has re-appointed Michael Pieciak to serve as the...more

Here is what you need to know about a Domestic Voluntary Disclosure (DVD)

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

DVD can be an option for a Taxpayer without foreign financial accounts or foreign financial issues. It is a choice for Taxpayers that are out of domestic compliance, want to come into compliance and inoculate as much as...more

Supreme Court Clarifies Limits to ERISA Church Plan Exemption

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

On March 27, 2017, the then 8 Supreme Court Justices heard oral arguments for three consolidated cases regarding the outer bounds of the “church plan” exception under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974...more

IRS Rules (Again) That Taxpayers Are Not Entitled to Claimed Refined Coal Credits

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In a highly-anticipated Technical Advice Memorandum (TAM) dated March 23, 2017 and released on July 21, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) ruled that two taxpayers who had invested in a Limited Liability Company that...more

SCORE! for the Boston Bruins – Jacobs v. Commissioner

Like Napolean recognizing that an army marches on its stomach, the owners of the Boston Bruins know a hockey team needs to be well-fed to ensure optimal performance on game day. So, when the Bruins go on the road to play...more

U.S Tax Court Bounces Rev. Rul. 91-32: Sales of Partnership Interests by Foreign Partners May Not be Subject to U.S. Tax

by Dickinson Wright on

The practice of tax law is an exercise of statutory interpretation. A recent opinion of the U.S. Tax Court, Grecian Magnesite Mining, Indust. & Ship. Co. v. C.I.R., 149 T.C. No. 3 (July 13, 2017), is illustrative. Grecian...more

Related-Party Provisions Prevent Deduction by S Corp Shareholders - Tax Update Volume 2017, Issue 4

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Many routine transactions occur between related parties, including the payment or accrual of interest on indebtedness, license fees, salary or benefits to employees and/or shareholders, and trade invoices. The Tax Court...more

Tax Planning for Investment Into the United States Through Hybrid Entities - Tax Update Volume 2017, Issue 4

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The Tax Section of the New York State Bar Association recently issued a report commenting on the appropriate application of treaty limitations to source-country taxation of business profits when the underlying income is...more

Golly Gee—the U.S. Tax Court Ruled That the Cost of a Taxpayer's Microsoft Xbox 360 and a Nintendo Wii Used by His Children Did...

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

In 2015, the U.S. Tax Court issued its ruling in the case of David W. Laudon v. Commissioner, TC Summary Option 2015-54 (2015). The case may not raise or even resolve any novel tax issues, but it reminds us of what is...more

U.S. Tax Court Bounces Rev. Rul. 91-32: Sales of Partnership Interests by Foreign Partners May Not be Subject to U.S. Tax

by Dickinson Wright on

The practice of tax law is an exercise of statutory interpretation. A recent opinion of the U.S. Tax Court, Grecian Magnesite Mining, Indust. & Ship. Co. v. C.I.R., 149 T.C. No. 3 (July 13, 2017), is illustrative. Grecian...more

Grecian: Tax Court Rejects IRS Ruling - Five Things You Need to Know

On July 13, 2017, in Grecian Magnesite Mining, Industrial and Shipping Co. SA v. Commissioner (149 T.C. No. 3 (2017), the U.S. Tax Court concluded that gain recognized by a foreign corporation upon redemption of its interest...more

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