Internal Revenue Service

The United States Internal Revenue Service is a bureau of the United States Department of the Treasury. The IRS is charged with collecting revenue and enforcing the Internal Revenue Code.  
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First Circuit: Sending Form 1099-A Post-Chapter 7 Discharge Does Not Violate the Discharge Injunction

On December 14, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed the New Hampshire Bankruptcy Court and District Courts’ findings that a mortgage lender sending Internal Revenue Service Form 1099-A to a...more

Final Regulations Released Regarding PFIC Ownership Determination and Annual Reporting Requirements

On December 27, 2016, the Treasury Department (Treasury) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released final regulations regarding the determination of ownership of a passive foreign investment company ("PFIC") and regarding...more

IRS Labels Syndicated Conservation Easements as “Listed Transactions,” Adds Disclosure Requirements

In a notice issued December 23, 2016, the IRS named certain syndicated conservation easements as “listed transactions,” a category of transactions which the IRS believes carry a strong potential for abusive tax avoidance....more

Investment Management Update

SEC Issues Guidance on Mutual Fund Fee Structure - The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Investment Management recently issued a guidance update addressing disclosure issues and certain procedural...more

Health Care Reform in Transition While Congress Deliberates

Changes are imminent for the Affordable Care Act and a range of other laws and regulations affecting the health care industry. Ballard Spahr attorneys established a Health Care Reform Initiative in 2008 to monitor and analyze...more

Now You Can Be Up to Your QNEC in Forfeitures

On January 18, 2017, the IRS issued proposed regulations allowing amounts held as forfeitures in a 401(k) plan to be used to fund qualified nonelective contributions (QNECs) and qualified matching contributions (QMACs). This...more

Change is Coming: A Look at Trump and Republican Tax Proposals

Tax reform is coming, and you better be ready. Regardless of how you voted in November, the United States will have a new president Friday and the Republican Party will be in control of both houses of Congress....more

Avoiding COBRA’s Bite: Measures to Counter COBRA Class Actions

With the filing of a class action complaint in late 2016 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. became the latest large company accused of failing to provide adequate notices as...more

Update #1: ACA Reporting Deadlines Extended

This alert concerns the extension of the deadline for distributing and filing Forms 1094 and 1095. If you were not already aware, the IRS announced in Notice 2016-70 that the deadline for employers to distribute ACA...more

Management Contracts Safe Harbors Revisited – IRS Releases Updated Guidance (Again)

Demonstrating the “user-friendly” side of the IRS, on January 17, 2017, the IRS released Revenue Procedure 2017-13 (“Rev. Proc. 2017-13”) (available here) to address many (but not all) of the comments received on the rather...more

Annual Reporting Requirements for Incentive Stock Options and Employee Stock Purchase Plans

Annual Information Statements and IRS Returns - Requirement to Report - For (1) any exercise of an incentive stock option ("ISO") during 2016 or (2) transfer during 2016 of a share previously purchased pursuant to a...more

A Reprieve from Proposed Regulations Related to Valuation of Family Businesses?

In December, we posted a blog discussing a much anticipated hearing held on the Treasury Department’s issuance of proposed regulations under Section 2704 of the Internal Revenue Code (sometimes referred to as the 2704...more

IRS Formalizes Transcripts as Substitute for Estate Tax Closing Letters

In 2005, I discussed how the IRS had posted information on its website that an account transcript notation bearing transaction code “421” could be used to determine that the IRS had concluded its review of a filed estate tax...more

IRS Reduces Built-in Gains Tax Period for REITs to Five Years

One of the key benefits of a real estate investment trust (“REIT”) is that it is effectively a pass through entity for income tax purposes. While a REIT pays tax on its taxable income, it also receives a dividends paid...more

Will Trump Administration Curb the Recent Targeting of Independent Contractors?

A critical but unresolved issue for the motor carrier industry is the continuing viability of the independent contractor truck driver model, which is under siege by state and federal regulatory agencies as well as private...more

Loans Between Related Entities

What Was Intended? Over the last thirty years, I have reviewed the income tax returns of many closely held corporations and partnerships. Quite often, on Schedule L (the balance sheet), I will see an entry for “other...more

Split Dollar Shing-a-Ling! Employing the Concepts of Inter-Generational Split Dollar in Compensatory Split Dollar Arrangements

Overview - In the last ten years, life insurance producers and their counsel have quietly transferred great fortunes with minimal gift and estate taxation using intergenerational split dollar life insurance programs....more

Employee W-4 Forms

Employers are required to obtain a signed IRS Form W-4 when hiring a new employee. Although Form W-4 is revised each year by the IRS to reflect current tax rates, exemption amounts, etc., the form remains valid until an...more

Phishing Scam Targets HR Professionals By Seeking W-2s

With the new year upon us, cyberthieves are once again attempting to prey on unwitting HR professionals, as my colleague William Roberts explained in an article last week for SHRM on phishing. The scam goes like this. As...more

Grant to Public Charity Qualifies as “Unusual Grant” for Public Support Test

Publicly supported charities provide favorable benefits under the Code for both the organization and donors, in contrast with non-publicly supported private foundations. To qualify, the organization must receive a substantial...more

Enforcement of Foreign Tax Claims

In many cases we have handled the taxpayers were dual nationals who have not only failed to adequately disclose and report foreign bank account and income to the IRS, but have also failed to report to the other country. This...more

Tax Season Is in Full Swing: Beware of the W-2 Spear Phishing Scam

Last year we saw an unprecedented number of companies of all sizes fall victim to a W-2 spear phishing scam. The scam usually began with a “spoofing” email that appeared to have been sent by a company’s CEO or CFO to one or...more

The PFIC Regulations Get a Facelift

On December 28, 2016, the Treasury issued final regulations (T.D. 9806) that primarily address passive foreign investment company (PFIC) ownership and reporting rules and largely adopt 2013 proposed (REG-140974-11) and...more

Certain Information Statements for ISOs and ESPPs Due by January 31, 2017

As reported in Part 1 of our 2016 End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” List, Section 6039 of the Code requires employers to provide a written information statement to each employee or former employee and file information returns...more

New IRS Reporting Rule Could Bite Unwary Foreign Investors

There are two main sources of reporting requirements for foreign investors in the United States — the Internal Revenue Service and the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The IRS recently upped its game by requiring reports from...more

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