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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.  

IRS Issues Guidance on Stock/Cash Dividends for REITs and RICs

On August 11, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service released guidance allowing publicly offered real estate investment trusts and regulated investment companies to distribute earnings in a combination of cash and stock as long...more

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

IRS Warns Of Resurgence Of W-2 Email Scams

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Internal Revenue Service has issued a renewed warning for tax professionals and businesses to beware of a recent increase in email scams targeting employee Forms W-2. According to the IRS, the W-2 scam – called business...more

The Importance of Timely Electing Your Foreign Earned Income Exclusion

Life as an American living abroad can conjure idyllic notions of painting en plein air in Paris or negotiating a last minute deal in Brussels. Not so idyllic, however, is the reality of filing U.S. tax returns from overseas....more

Not a Token Gesture: Compensating Service Providers with Virtual Property

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Questions surrounding the use of virtual currencies and other digital tokens (“tokens”) as compensation came to the forefront last month following formal guidance from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on...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

IRS Provides Guidance on Stock Distributions for Publicly Offered REITs and RICs

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Revenue procedure sets forth requirements for ensuring certain stock distributions are treated as property distributions eligible for dividends paid deduction. On August 11, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)...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

Tax Payment Plans: What Do You Do? (Part 3)

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

If an individual or business owes federal taxes and does not have the current ability to pay these taxes, the IRS can “seller-finance” and offer a payment plan with the taxpayer. The primary benefit of a payment plan is that...more

“Hello? Chicken Little Here. Sky’s falling.”

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

We don’t blame you for hearing that whenever someone warns of employer mandate taxes coming your way.  Nevertheless, we’re donning the chicken suit once again to keep you aware.  This time, we’ll keep it short and mainly...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

Alphabet Soup — Changes to the Affordable Care Act

by LeClairRyan on

With the new Trump administration and Republican control of Congress, there has been a lot of discussion about eliminating the Affordable Care Act and replacing it with a different set of rules. Legislation has passed the...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

Big Tax Court Win for Eaton in Canceled APA Case

by Alston & Bird on

In a significant taxpayer victory, the Tax Court, in a memorandum decision, has ruled in Eaton Corp. & Subsidiaries v. Commissioner that the IRS’s decision to cancel Eaton Corporation’s two advance pricing agreements (APAs)...more

Tax Talk: Volume 10, Issue 2

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

EDITOR’S NOTE - With the failure of health care legislation to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, eyes in Washington, D.C. are now turning to tax reform. Since Congress plans to take August off, any real tax...more

Could A Proposed Federal Law Solve The Misclassification Riddle?

by Fisher Phillips on

For years, businesses have struggled with properly identifying workers as either independent contractors or W-2 employees. The hundreds of thousands of jobs created by the gig economy have complicated matters even further....more

New partnership audit rules can apply to partnerships, LLCs with only a few partners, members

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Effective in 2018, changes in partnership audit rules may apply the following (and other) consequences to partnerships (including LLCs taxed as such)...more

When A Partner May Not Be Acting As A Partner

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

It is not uncommon for a partner to engage in a business transaction with a partnership of which he is a member. If the partner engages in a transaction with his partnership other than in his capacity as a partner, he will be...more

Tax Court Holds that IRS Cancellation of Advance Pricing Agreement was Abuse of Discretion

by King & Spalding on

On July 26, 2017, the Tax Court issued its opinion in Eaton Corp. v. Commissioner, holding that the IRS’s cancellation of two advance pricing agreements (“APAs”) reached with Eaton Corporation (“Eaton”) was “arbitrary and...more

IRS Tax Penalties

by Dickinson Wright on

In a famous saying by Benjamin Franklin, “… but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” In the past 100 years, it would be very safe to add to the end of that quote, “and the Internal...more

Grecian Magnesite Mining v. Commissioner: Foreign Investor Not Subject to US Tax on Sale of Partnership Interest

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In a long-awaited decision, the Tax Court recently held that gain realized by a foreign taxpayer on the sale of a partnership engaged in a US trade or business was a sale of a capital asset not subject to US tax, declining to...more

Failure to Disclose Adjusted Basis on Disclosure Form Costs Taxpayer $33M+ Charitable Deduction

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

Under Treas. Regs. §1.170A-13, taxpayers making substantial noncash charitable contributions are required to disclose information regarding the contribution on Form 8283. ...more

Cumplimiento Fiscal Internacional

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

Detectar, disuadir y responder al incumplimiento internacional son desafíos clave que enfrentan las autoridades tributarias de todo el mundo. El incumplimiento fiscal internacional es un problema significativo reconocido por...more

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