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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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IRS Releases August 2016 Interest Rates

The 7520 rate for August 2016 has decreased to 1.4%. The August 2016 Applicable Federal Interest Rates can be found...more

The Proposed Code Section 457 Regulations Have Arrived

On June 22, 2016, the IRS finally issued the long-awaited proposed regulations under Internal Revenue Code (“Code”) Section 457. Code Section 457 applies to deferred compensation plans or arrangements of tax-exempt entities...more

Recent Cases of Interest to Fiduciaries

In the Matter of Estate of Leon C. Chamberlain, 135 A.D.3d 1052 (N.Y. App. Div. Jan. 7, 2016) - Modification of trust terms is appropriate where limitations on investments permitted under trust instrument frustrated the...more

IRS Releases Temporary and Proposed Regulations Under IRC Section 50(d)(5)

On July 21, 2016, the IRS released temporary regulations section 1.50-1T under IRC Section 50(d)(5) of the Internal Revenue Code (the "Temporary Regulations") (TD 9776) that provide guidance regarding: (1) the income...more

Applicable Federal Rates - August 2016

Please see charts below for more information....more

Individually Designed Retirement Plans and the New IRS Determination Letter Program

A qualified retirement plan (hereinafter a “Plan”) must satisfy the requirements of the Internal Revenue Code (“IRC”) in form and in operation. In other words, the documents establishing and governing the Plan must satisfy...more

New Electronic Form 8976 to Alert IRS About Section 501(c)(4) Status; 1023-EZ Application Reduced to $275

The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (“PATH”) Act of 2015, enacted in December 2015, requires organizations to notify the IRS if they desire to operate under Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code (“Code”). (Only...more

IRS Issues Proposed Regulations Under Code Section 457(f)

In June 2016, the IRS issued long-awaited proposed regulations under Section 457(f) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. While the proposed regulations will generally apply to compensation deferred under a plan...more

Spin-Off Revenue Procedure Removes a No-Rule Area and Provides Safe Harbors for Unwinding High Vote/Low Vote Stock Structures

On July 15th, the IRS released Rev. Proc. 2016-40 (the “Rev. Proc.”) removing a recent “no-rule” area with respect to transactions undertaken in anticipation of a spin-off involving high vote/low vote stock classes for the...more

Major Changes in IRS Determination Letter Program Take Effect in 2017

As we reported earlier this year, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is making significant changes to its determination letter program for tax-qualified retirement plans. Last month, the IRS issued Revenue Procedure 2016-37...more

Good News! New 409A Regulations (Yes, Really!) – Part 3: Don’t Fear the (409A) Reaper

On the TV show Futurama, the aged proprietor of the delivery company Planet Express, Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth, had a habit of entering a room where the other characters were gathered and sharing his trademark line,...more

"Proposed Treasury Regulations Raise New Hurdles for Tax-Free Spin-Offs"

On July 14, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Treasury Department proposed new Treasury regulations that, if finalized, would generally become effective for distributions under Section 355 of the Internal Revenue...more

Emerging Trends Newsletter - Q2

We are thrilled to bring you the 2nd installment of Stinson Leonard Street's Emerging Trends newsletter. Recent Delaware Supreme Court Opinion Limits General Personal Jurisdiction for Foreign Corporation - Recent...more

IRS Announces 501(c)(4) Notification Process

The Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") has issued temporary regulations explaining how organizations exempt under Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code must provide notice to the Service within 60 days of...more

IRS Offers New Guidance on Exclusion for Sale of a Principal Residence

In the recently released Private Letter Ruling 201628002, the IRS determined that taxpayers were entitled to partial gain exclusion for the sale of their principal residence. Despite not using the property as their principal...more

Section 355 Guidance: More Clarity and New Tests on Device, Active Trade or Business and Distribution of Control

The recent guidance under section 355 is a significant attempt by the IRS to clarify in a formal way what it historically has been able to do on a case-by-case basis through the private letter ruling process....more

Paying Employees to Opt Out of Insurance? BEWARE

Seyfarth Synopsis: That “win-win” in contract negotiation wherein employees are paid to opt out of employer insurance has become much more complicated thanks to the IRS. Basically, if bargaining parties do not follow new IRS...more

IRS Issues Guidance on Changes to Determination Letter Program for Retirement Plans

The Internal Revenue Service recently issued Revenue Procedure 2016-37, which sets forth in detail the significant changes to the IRS’s determination letter program for qualified retirement plans, which we have written about...more

Treasury and IRS Issue New Spin-Off Proposed Treasury Regulations On Device and Active Trade or Business Requirements

On July 14, 2016, the Treasury Department and the IRS issued proposed regulations under Section 355 on spin-off transactions (the “Proposed Regulations”) that provide guidance with respect to the spin-off device prohibition...more

New Proposed 457 Regulations May Impact Deferred Compensation Arrangements Maintained by Tax-Exempt and Governmental Employers

On June 21, 2016, concurrent with its issuance of proposed regulations under Code section 409A, the IRS also issued proposed regulations under Code section 457, which address deferred compensation arrangements covering...more

FinCEN Assesses Significant Penalty Against Casino for Bank Secrecy Act Violations

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) assessed on July 15 a civil money penalty in the amount of $2.8 million against Hawaiian Gardens Casino Inc., d/b/a The Gardens Casino, for Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) regulatory...more

IRS Confirms – No More Phone Calls (At Least Not Initially)

It has been somewhat of an epidemic. Lots of taxpayers have received calls from persons who claim to be from the IRS and who assert that the recipient of the call has an outstanding federal tax liability. The caller then...more

Safe Harbor Acquisition of Control for Spin-Offs

Code Section 355, and related Code provisions, when applicable, will allow a corporation to spin-off or split-off a subsidiary corporation to its shareholders without triggering gain to the corporation or its stockholders....more

IRS Issues Proposed Regulations Affecting Deferred Compensation Plans of Tax-Exempt Organizations

On June 21, 2016, after more than 15 years of ongoing deliberations, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (the Dept. of Treasury) issued proposed regulations under Section 457 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the Code),...more

IRS Proposes Modifications to Proposed Income Inclusion Regulations under Section 409A

In general, proposed rulemaking issued in December 2008 with respect to income inclusion under Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (available here) provides that if there is a Section 409A violation...more

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