Internal Revenue Service

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Focus on Tax Controversy and Litigation - Treasury and IRS Issue Proposed Regulations Imposing Documentation Requirements Under...

In addition to the discussion of the recently proposed regulations which impose new documentation requirements under Section 385, this month’s issue features articles regarding the Circuit Court decision in Chemtech Royalty...more

IRS Issues New Requirements for IVES Participants

On June 23rd, the IRS dropped a bombshell on the lending industry. As of Midnight on July 1, 2016, many lenders will no longer be able to verify directly borrower income except through snail mail. If the IRS sticks to its...more

New Proposed IRS Regulations Have Potential Broad Implications for Deferred Compensation and Severance Arrangements of Tax Exempt...

Action Item: On June 22, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued long-awaited proposed regulations under Section 457 of the Internal Revenue Code that could significantly impact the deferred compensation and...more

Is Mental Incapacity a Defense to Tax Penalties and FBAR Penalties?

The Tax Crimes Handbook of the Office of Chief Counsel, Criminal Tax Division of the Internal Revenue Service defines "Willfulness” as follows: "[a] Willfulness is defined as the "voluntary, intentional violation of a...more

"New Rules Impact Compensation Arrangements of Governmental and Tax-Exempt Entities"

On June 22, 2016, the IRS published much-anticipated proposed regulations under Internal Revenue Code Section 457 impacting certain plans maintained by state or local governments or other tax-exempt organizations that provide...more

IRS Provides New 409A Guidance; New Proposed Regulations Provide Additional Clarity, Warn of Abusive Practices, and Present...

In Depth - Additional flexibility to use Section 409A exemptions - ..Expanded availability of the rules for transaction-based compensation for stock rights and incentive stock options. The final regulations allow...more

Health Update - June 2016

Real-Time Data Analytics in Government Investigations and Reducing Exposure - It is not every day that the words “innovative” and “nimble” are used when referring to an agency of the federal government bureaucracy. Yet,...more

IRS Issues Proposed Regulations under Sections 457(f) and 409A

On June 22, 2016, the IRS issued long-awaited proposed regulations on Section 457(f) plans, as well as additional proposed regulations under Section 409A. ...more

About Pink Cadillacs and SECA Taxes

Peterson v. Commissioner is a case that only a tax person could enjoy. It is a new opinion from the 11th Circuit, decided on May 24, 2016. The court’s opinion is 87 pages long and includes a strong dissent on the majority’s...more

IRS Issues Regulations Affecting Compensation Arrangements at Tax-Exempt Organizations

On June 21, the IRS issued long awaited proposed regulations under Section 457 of the Internal Revenue Code that affect a broad range of compensation arrangements at tax exempt organizations. If a compensation arrangement is...more

Applicable Federal Rates – July 2016

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

Spotlight on Non-Profits: IRS Lowers Tax-Exemption Application User Fees for Certain 501(c)(3) Organizations

In the recently issued Revenue Procedure 2016-22, the IRS announced that it is lowering the user fee associated with the submission of Form 1023-EZ for organizations seeking recognition of their tax-exempt status under...more

Summer Reading More Section 409A Guidance in the Form of Proposed Regulations

On June 22, 2016, the Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (the IRS) published proposed regulations (the Proposed Regulations) that clarify or modify certain specific provisions of the final regulations...more

Flexibility Offered for Deferred Compensation Plans of Tax-Exempt Organizations, Government Agencies

The U.S. Treasury Department has issued two sets of proposed regulations, under Sections 457 and 409A of the Internal Revenue Code, relating to deferred compensation plans of state and local governments and tax-exempt...more

The FBAR and Tax Return are now in Sync!

The filing of the tax return (April 15 for individuals) and Report FinCEN Form 114, known as FBAR (June 30 for all taxpayers) were not aligned, and that there wasn’t an extension available for the FBAR. This disconnect is...more

IRS makes exempt organizations’ Form 990 data available in machine-readable format

On June 16, 2016, the IRS announced that it will be making Form 990s available in machine-readable format through Amazon Web Services. While this information has always been available to the public, it was previously only...more

What You Need to Know About Hospitality REITs

In February 2016, Hilton Worldwide announced its plans to spin off the bulk of its hotel real estate into a publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT) to be owned by its shareholders by the end of the year. The...more

Why Should Hospitals with “Church Plans” Be Concerned Now? - Hospital Industry Viewpoint

Religiously affiliated hospitals and health systems have recently come under attack by private litigants for exercising the right to remain exempt from ERISA requirements. Such hospitals and health systems should assess their...more

All Assets Are Not Created Equal When It Comes to IRA Rollovers (PLR 201547010)

When the taxpayer in PLR 201547010 decided to invest his IRA assets in a partnership, he forgot to check whether his IRA provider was able to hold an interest in a partnership as an investment in the IRAs for which it served...more

Don’t be Phased by Annuity Treatment: Taxation of Distributions During Phased Retirement

On June 10, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2016-39 in response to inquiries regarding the appropriate tax treatment under section 72 of the Internal Revenue Code (the Code) for payments received by an...more

Using a Retirement Plan to Start a Business

Ever wanted to start a business using a retirement plan? There’s a way to roll over plan benefits into a new business without paying taxes and penalties, but you have to be careful. Two recent cases illustrate how not to do...more

IRS Releases July 2016 Interest Rates

The 7520 rate for July 2016 has remained at 1.8%. The July 2016 Applicable Federal Interest Rates can be found below. Section 1274.--Determination of Issue Price in the Case of Certain Debt Instruments Issued for...more

The Stealth Excise Tax Under Section 4980D of the Internal Revenue Code

Most employers are by now well aware of the “pay or play” penalties that may apply if the employer fails to offer coverage to substantially all of its full-time employees or offers coverage that fails to be affordable for...more

IRS Clarifies that Indirect Owners of Disregarded Entities Are Liable for Self-Employment Tax

The IRS recently released temporary regulations clarifying that an employee of a disregarded entity is liable for self-employment tax if the employee is a partner in the partnership that owns the disregarded entity. See...more

Whose Fraud Extends the Statute of Limitations on Assessment?

The IRS generally has 3 years to assess additional tax after a return is filed. Code Section 6501(a).However, an important exception is Code Section 6501(c)(1). Under that provision, if there is fraud in regard to the...more

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