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Funds Escape Debt-Equity Regulation Net—For Now

Key Points - - The New Regulations do not apply to debt issued by investment partnership funds, including publicly traded partnership funds, or blockers-at least, not now. - The New Regulations can apply to...more

The 5% Solution: IRS Revenue Procedure 2016-42 Provides Relief for the Probability of Exhaustion Test

Charitable Remainder Annuity Trusts (CRATs) can be a very effective charitable planning tool. Choosing to fund a CRAT can remove assets from the estate of the donor, provide a reliable income stream for a family member and...more

IRS Overhauls the Retirement Plan Correction Program

With the looming end of the determination letter program as we know it, the IRS has issued an updated Revenue Procedure for the Employee Plans Compliance Resolutions System (EPCRS). Released on September 29, 2016, Rev. Proc....more

IRS Releases November 2016 Interest Rates

The 7520 rate for November 2016 has remained at 1.6%. The November 2016 Applicable Federal Interest Rates can be found below....more

IRS Provides Guidance for the Post-Determination Letter Era

In July of 2015, the IRS announced that it would end its regular determination letter program for individually designed plans effective January 1, 2017. At the time of this announcement, many plan sponsors and other...more

Final and Temporary Debt-Equity Regulations Under Section 385 Implement Highly Favorable Changes

On Oct. 13, 2016, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued final and temporary regulations under Section 385 governing the treatment of certain instruments as debt or equity...more

Partnership Tax Audit Reform and Private Funds

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 that was signed into law on November 2, 2015, made extensive changes to the rules that apply to partnership audits and the mechanics for collecting taxes resulting from an audit. These...more

IRS Regulations Clarify Definition of Spouse for Federal Tax Purposes in Light of Obergefell v. Hodges

The IRS has issued final regulations clarifying the definitions of “spouse,” “husband,” “wife,” and “husband and wife” for federal tax purposes. The final regulations now define “spouse,” “husband” and “wife” as any...more

Washington Healthcare Update

1. Congress - Senate - FDA Supports Expanded Authority Over Cosmetics - In an Oct. 5 letter to Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says its current legal authority over...more

Regulatory Update and Recent SEC Enforcement Actions

On June 2, 2016, the SEC announced that it hired Christopher R. Hetner, a cybersecurity expert, as the Senior Adviser to the Chair for Cybersecurity Policy. The hire is indicative of the SEC’s focus on cybersecurity measures...more

Treasury Issues Final & Temporary Section 385 Regulations

On October 13, the Treasury released highly anticipated final and temporary regulations (T.D. 9790) under Section 385, which authorizes the Treasury to devise regulations to determine when an interest in a corporation is...more

Application of Net Investment Income Tax to Section 453A Interest

Although the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has not directly addressed this matter, interest accruing from installment agreements sales under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) section 453A is likely not included in net investment...more

There is life after death...of the Bottom-Dollar Guarantee

Seyfarth Synopsis: On October 5, 2016, the Treasury Department published several pieces of guidance relating to disguised sales, allocation of liabilities, and other partnership tax issues, including “bottom-dollar”...more

Make Your Charity Great Again; Double-Check Your Compliance With State Registration Laws

Earlier this month, the New York Attorney General’s office ordered Donald Trump’s foundation to immediately stop soliciting charitable donations in the state. The attorney general also demanded that the Trump Foundation...more

The IRS Is Checking Hospitals for Compliance with Section 501(r)

The IRS is hard at work reviewing hospitals for compliance with new requirements imposed by section 501(r) of the Internal Revenue Code. A recently released work plan of the IRS Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division...more

Rev. Proc. 2016-44: Greater Flexibility in IRS Safe Harbor for Management Contracts

Recently, the IRS released a safe harbor from private use of tax-exempt bond-financed facilities for management contracts that profoundly changes the safe harbors that have been in place under Rev. Proc. 97-13 for almost 20...more

IRS Examinations: New Guidance and Issue Areas for Tax-Exempt Organizations

Tax-exempt organizations will soon receive guidance regarding the issues most likely to trigger an examination by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), says Sunita Lough, Commissioner of the IRS Tax-Exempt and Government...more

Executor Loses Out on Fees Due to Section 6166 Lien

A personal representative/executor for an estate granted a special estate tax lien under Code §6324A to the U.S. as part of a Section 6166 election to defer payment of federal estate tax. At the time, the executor had been...more

U.S. Taxes and the 2016 Election: More of the Same on the International Front

When it comes to proposed tax reform, the devil is always in the details. Business Taxes - On the business tax front, Mr. Trump’s proposal lowers the corporate tax rate to 15% (from a maximum 35%), while Mrs....more

Prohibited Campaign Intervention: Stay Alert in the Final Stretch

Engaging in any political electoral campaign activity on behalf of or in opposition to a candidate for public office is a prohibited activity for all charities and private foundations that are exempt under Internal Revenue...more

Maintaining Retirement Plan Documents after Revenue Procedure 2016-37

At the 2016 Joint Fall CLE Meeting on October 1, 2016, Andrew Liazos presented on “Maintaining Retirement Plan Documents after Revenue Procedure 2016-37.” As an employer sponsoring a retirement plan, you are required by...more

Trusts and Estates Newsletter - October 2016

Connecticut Has a New Power of Attorney Act - A financial Power of Attorney (“POA”) is a document by which an individual can grant another individual (an “agent”) authority to act on his or her behalf with respect to...more

De-Risking 101

Bank Secrecy Act of 1970 - Requires U.S. financial institutions to assist U.S. government agencies to detect and prevent money laundering by keeping records of cash purchases of negotiable instruments, and file reports...more

MoFo Tax Talk - Volume 9, No. 3

IRS Issues Proposed Regs on RIC Commodity Investments - On September 27, 2016, the IRS issued proposed regulations (the “Proposed Regulations”) providing guidance relating to the income test and asset diversification...more

Beyer Beware: An Examination of a Family Limited Partnership Gone Wrong

The opinion issued on Sept. 29, 2016, in the case of Estate of Edward G. Beyer v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue was the culmination of an estate planning exercise that had an unfortunate ending for everyone involved (other...more

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