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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 to Begin New Procedure for Initiating Tax-Exempt Bond Audits

In late 2016, the IRS Tax-Exempt and Government Entities Division (“TE/GE”) released a memorandum to its examiners outlining a new procedure for initiating audits of tax-exempt bonds. The Commissioner of TE/GE recently noted...more

New Regulations on Issue Price of Tax-Exempt Bonds

On December 9, 2016, the Department of the Treasury and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published final regulations on the definition of “issue price,” for purposes of the arbitrage rules that apply to tax-exempt bonds....more

IRS Revenue Procedure 2017–13 Safe Harbor Requirements for Services Contracts

IRS Revenue Procedure 2017-13 (the "Revenue Procedure") sets forth, and significantly liberalizes, the requirements for determining whether a contract (a "Services Contract") with a service provider or manager (a "Service...more

Getting Into Compliance with Your Foreign Account Reporting, Part II

In Part I, we listed some of the penalties associated with the failure to report foreign accounts, and what is widely regarded as the best option for coming into compliance – the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP)....more

IRS Sets Deadline for Retroactive Fixes to 403(b) Retirement Plan Documents

In January 2017, the IRS published Revenue Procedure 2017-18 which set March 31, 2020 as the last day to take advantage of the remedial amendment period under Revenue Procedure 2013-22 to retroactively fix defects in 403(b)...more

Getting Into Compliance with Your Foreign Account Reporting, Part I

With the 2015 release of the “Panama Papers,” roughly 11.5 million documents detailing personal financial information of wealthy individuals and identifying nearly 215,000 offshore entities are now available to government...more

March 2017: Client Alert

2016 Proof of Health Insurance: the Form 1095 Wrinkle - Under the current Affordable Care Act (ACA), all Americans must have health insurance. If you receive your health insurance through the ACA marketplace or from...more

"Key Takeaways: Lessons Learned From Tax-Related Whistleblower Litigation and Shareholder Actions"

On March 8, 2017, Skadden hosted a webinar titled “Lessons Learned From Tax-Related Whistleblower Litigation and Shareholder Actions.” The Skadden panelists were tax partners Nathaniel Carden and Armando Gomez, and litigation...more

Court Orders Administrator To Elect Portability

When the IRS enacted the portability election provisions in 2011, which allowed estates of married taxpayers to pass along the unused part of their estate and gift tax exclusion amount to their surviving spouse, it remarked...more

IRS Releases April 2017 Federal Interest Rates

The 7520 rate for April 2017 has increased to 2.6%. The April 2017 Applicable Federal Interest Rates can be found here. Please see full Table below for more information....more

Can the IRS Revoke Your Passport?

Executive Order 13769, President Trump’s notorious travel ban that caused mass confusion and chaos in airports throughout the country, is being revamped following multiple federal court challenges. That travel ban, however,...more

IRS Notice: Conservation Easements for Charitable Giving

In Notice 2017-10, the Internal Revenue Service recently issued guidance on syndicated conservation easement transactions presumed to be used as tax shelters. This addition to the “listed transactions” under Section...more

Tightening the Tax Screws on International IP Structures

For many years prudent international tax planning for multinational enterprises has included structures designed to minimize global taxes by developing or holding intangible property (IP) in foreign subsidiaries located in...more

Reporting Foreign Income: Four Common Misconceptions

The U.S. government has stringent reporting requirements when it comes to foreign assets and income, but many people are still not coming into compliance based on some mistaken beliefs. Here are four common misconceptions...more

February 2017: Client Alert

Tax Calendar - February 28 - Payers must file informational returns with the IRS. (Except certain Forms 1099-MISC with non-employee compensation payments in box 7, which are due before February 1. Excluding...more

Update on 2704 Proposed Regulations and Impact on 2016 Gift Tax Reporting

Following the December 1, 2016 public hearing, the IRS reportedly began working on revisions to and clarifications of the new 2704 proposed regulations. While the uproar from the estate planning and accounting communities...more

A “Thriller” in Tax Court: The Estate of Michael Jackson and IRS Dispute Valuation of Pop Star’s Image

How much were the late King of Pop’s name and image worth when he died? His estate put the figure at $2,105 but the IRS believes the value is at least $434 million. That’s a huge discrepancy and with penalties and interest...more

Applicable Federal Rates - April 2016

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

Stuck at Home: IRS Can Revoke Passports Even for Work Travel

Employers who have employees who travel internationally for business should alert their employees about new IRS procedures concerning passports....more

March Inevitableness? Considering the Legal Consequences of Pay to Student-Athletes

As of this writing, it has been over 850 days since the UConn women’s basketball team has lost a game. When the Huskies last tasted defeat (in an overtime thriller to Stanford on November 17, 2014), football players at...more

Are you paying your children too much to work in the family business? The IRS might think so.

A United States Tax Court recently issued a decision after trial that should serve as a reminder to management and controlling shareholders of family-owned businesses that salaries or other compensation paid to family-member...more

IRS Issues Substantiation Guidelines for Safe-Harbor Hardship Withdrawals

Earlier this year, the IRS issued a memorandum setting forth substantiation guidelines for IRS auditors examining whether a 401(k) plan hardship distribution is “deemed to be on account of an immediate and heavy financial...more

IRS Issues Draft Form and Instructions for Country-by-Country Reports

Country-by-Country (CbC) reporting is now generally required for the ultimate parent of a U.S. multinational enterprise (MNE) for tax years that begin on or after June 30, 2016. On January 11, 2017, the IRS released a draft...more

Tax Update, Volume 2017, Issue 2

THE NEW REGULATIONS EXPAND THE FILING REQUIREMENTS FOR FORM 5472 TO INCLUDE DISREGARDED ENTITIES WITH FOREIGN OWNERS WHEN THERE ARE CERTAIN REPORTABLE TRANSACTIONS. If a non-U.S. person (individual or corporation)...more

Food and Beverage Law Update: March 2017

Legalized Drug Use Impacts the Food and Beverage Industry - In the November 2016 general election, voters in Arkansas, Florida and North Dakota amended their state constitutions to authorize the use of marijuana for...more

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