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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.  

Renewal of U.S. FATCA Registration for Certain Investment Funds by Monday, July 31, 2017

Certain non-U.S. investment funds, including Bermuda funds, which qualify as foreign financial institutions (FFI), must enter into a legal agreement (“FFI agreement”) with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to be treated...more

Grecian Magnesite: Tax Court Finds Reliance on a US Tax Advisor Establishes Reasonable Cause

On July 13, 2017, the Tax Court, in Grecian Magnesite, Industrial & Shipping Co., SA v. Commissioner, 149 T.C. 3 (2017), rejected Internal Revenue Service (IRS) arguments that, in order to establish good faith reliance, the...more

IRS Retirement Plan Guidance Simplifies Pre-Approved Plans and Provides Roadmap for Individually Design Plan Conversion

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In Revenue Procedure 2017-41, the IRS makes significant changes to the procedures that it will use in reviewing and approving “pre-approved” retirement plans. The revenue procedure applies to almost all types qualified...more

Tax Court Overrides Key Revenue Ruling on the Tax Treatment of the Sale of U.S. Partnership Interest by Foreign Persons

by King & Spalding on

In a July 13, 2017 opinion, the United States Tax Court in Grecian Magnesite Mining, Industrial & Shipping Co., SA v. Commissioner refused to follow the long-held IRS position found in Revenue Ruling 91-32 (“the “Revenue...more

New Partnership Audit Rules Apply Beginning January 1, 2018: Is Your Business Ready?

by K&L Gates LLP on

New partnership audit rules will be effective for audits of tax years beginning in 2018. Proposed Treasury Regulations have been released and are expected to be finalized in the next few months. (The comment period is open...more

ACA Compliance Validation (ACV) System: Ready for Prime Time?

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

ACA “repeal” proposals at this point seem like zombie extras – walking dead, and none of them purports to repeal employer mandate taxes that accrued in 2015. Collection is coming; only the timing is in question. ACV 2.0 is...more

Tax Court Rejects IRS’ Position in Rev. Rul. 91-32

Grecian Magnesite Mining, a Greek corporation (GMM), owned an interest in Premier Chemicals LLC, a Delaware limited liability company classified as a partnership for US income tax purposes (Premier). Premier conducted a trade...more

Life with Conflict of Interest Starting to be Implemented and Retirement Plan Update

by Winstead PC on

Fee Changes and Disclosures Post Conflict of Interest Regulations Initial Partial Effective Date - The effects of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DoL”) conflict of interest or fiduciary regulation and related prohibited...more

IRS Issues Guidance To Examiners Handling BBA Partnership Audits

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

As many readers know, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (“BBA”) repeals the long standing TEFRA procedures governing IRS examinations of partnerships. As a result, beginning January 1, 2018, partnerships are subject to a...more

Pension Plan Sponsors – When “De-Risking”, Select Annuity Providers With Care

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Employer-sponsored retirement plans come in many varieties. For example, under 401(k) and other defined contribution plans, employees and, often, employers may make specific contributions to an employee’s plan account...more

Newsflash: Tax Court Reverses IRS Revenue Ruling

by Dechert LLP on

A recent U.S. Tax Court case, Grecian Magnesite (149 T.C. No. 3, July 13, 2017), has declared invalid the long-standing U.S. government position that a non-U.S. person’s sale of an interest in a partnership (in this case, a...more

Getting Something for Nothing: IRS Withdraws Proposed “Net Value” Regulations

In June 2005, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a package of proposed regulations providing that certain corporate liquidations, formations and reorganizations would not qualify for nonrecognition treatment if the...more

Good News for Taxpayers: IRS Targets for Reform Burdensome Regulations on Partnerships, Corporations, REITs, Estates, and More

Earlier this year, President Trump issued Executive Order 13789, which ordered the Treasury Department to review all significant tax regulations issued after December 31, 2015 and identify regulations that impose an undue...more

Cannabis Industry FAQ

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Can marijuana businesses receive federal copyright protection? Yes. The requirements for registration with the U.S. Copyright Office are that the work is original, creative and fixed in some form of expression. These...more

US Tax Court Exempts Gain on Sale of a Partnership Interest

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Decision could open planning opportunities for non-US partners regarding sale of a partnership interest. The Grecian Magnesite Mining, Industrial & Shipping Co., SA v. Commissioner 1 case — which the US Tax Court decided...more

Employee Loan Or Compensation?

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Everyone recognizes the importance of debt financing to a business. The business needs liquidity to purchase or improve assets, or to pay expenses. It borrows the necessary funds from an institutional lender that requires...more

IRS Scrutiny of Plan Loans Increases, But IRS Provides Helpful Guidance

by Dickinson Wright on

The Internal Revenue Service has increased its level of scrutiny on the limitations imposed on participant loans from defined contribution retirement plans. Internal Revenue Code Section 72(p) generally limits a participant’s...more

New Bill Could Add Safe Harbor To Definition Of Employee

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In the employee benefits world, a lot can hang on an individual’s classification as an employee. Whether someone is a leased employee, an independent contractor, or a member of the rank and file can have a dramatic impact on...more

Alert: New Tax Court Decision Opens the Door for Tax Planning for Non-US Investors into US LLCs

by Cooley LLP on

On July 13, 2017, the US Tax Court issued a decision which may provide non-US investors more flexibility and potentially better tax outcomes with respect to structuring their investments into US LLCs and partnerships....more

Federal Tax Treatment of Employer-Provided Identity Protection Services

In the wake of several recent high-profile security breaches, employers are increasingly viewing identity theft protection as an essential employee benefit for employees. According to Willis Towers Watson’s 2016 voluntary...more

Meals and Entertainment Expenses Can Be 100% Deductible

In general, a taxpayer may deduct only 50% of its business-related meals and entertainment expenses. This is commonly known as the 50% limit on meals and entertainment expenses. The 50% limit typically applies to the...more

IRS Regulations on the Chopping Block

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

Tax practitioners have complained for years about the ever-expanding scope and complexity of both the Internal Revenue Code and Treasury Regulations. A possible shrinkage in the Treasury Regulations may soon occur....more

Proposed Regulations Limiting Discounts on Family Gifts Targeted for Reform

Last summer, we discussed the IRS’s issuance of new Proposed Regulations under Section 2704 of the Internal Revenue Code, which regulations would severely impact discounts on gifts made to family members. ...more

Texas Data Thieves Sentenced To Prison For $1.8 Million Fraud Scheme

by King & Spalding on

On June 30, 2017, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas announced the sentencing of two men convicted of conspiring to claim up to $1.8 million in fraudulent income tax refunds from the Internal...more

Audits of Multifamily Housing Bonds Triggered by Failure to File Form 8703

IRC Section 142(d) requires operators of qualified residential rental properties to file Form 8703, Annual Certification of a Residential Rental Project annually. A number of recent audits of multifamily housing bonds appear...more

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