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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.  

Dealing with Disaster: Issues and Relief for Employee Benefit Plans

by Alston & Bird on

In the period following natural disasters such as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, employer plan sponsors will be faced with any number of hardship-related employee benefit plan administration issues. Many of these involve...more

Section 4980H Large Employer Penalties – IRS Signals the Health Coverage Penalties Remain in Force

by Snell & Wilmer on

Many employers were hopeful that the Code Section 4980H penalties would be repealed now that Republicans control Congress and Trump is in the White House. To date, that has not happened, nor has the IRS announced it will not...more

Staying Out of Trouble: How to Avoid IRS and DOL Audits

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) conduct different types of benefit plan audits, such as retirement plans and health and welfare plans, and for various reasons. In a presentation, Jeffrey...more

Special Rules for Plans due to Hurricane Irma

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

On September 12, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Announcement 2017-13, which provides guidance on the ability of qualified plans to provide plan loans and hardship distributions to people in Florida affected...more

More Hurricane Relief & Expansion of DoL Relief to Hurricane Irma

by Winstead PC on

Leave donation program was extended to assist victims of Hurricanes Irma today. The new leave donation program permits an employee to donate his leave to a charitable organization that is eligible to receive charitable...more

No Gifts in Proposed Partnership Audit Regulations

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

New partnership audit and collection regime rules will soon go into effect, defining who can elect out and enabling the Internal Revenue Service to assess taxes directly against the partnerships it audits. Originally...more

IRS Challenges Ahead For Insurance Producers?

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

A 2017 Tax Court decision, Fleischer v. Commissioner, may call into question a tax planning strategy commonly used by commissioned brokers and salespersons in many industries. This Alert looks at the impact of the decision on...more

Estate Tax Portability – Not So Fast My Friend

by Dickinson Wright on

Many of you have heard of the new Federal estate tax “portability” rule that allows a surviving spouse to effectively inherit any unused federal estate tax exemption of a predeceased spouse. An individual can only use the...more

Audit of Predeceased Spouse Permitted for Purposes of DSUE Adjustment for Surviving Spouse’s Estate

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

A husband died in 2012, and his estate filed a gift tax return to report a deceased spousal unused exclusion (DSUE) and elected portability. The IRS sent a letter to husband’s estate accepting the estate tax return as filed....more

Liquidating A Partnership Interest? Beware The Effects Of Partnership Indebtedness

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Setting the Stage- Over the last couple of months, I’ve encountered several situations involving the liquidation of a partner’s interest in a partnership. Years before, the partnership had borrowed money from a third party...more

Swiss-Domiciled Company Denied Treaty Benefits For Treaty Shopping

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Statutory Background- When a foreign corporation receives dividends from U.S. sources, the income is generally subject to tax at 30%. To avoid double taxation and encourage cross-border investments, the U.S. has entered...more

Tax-Free Cryptocurrency Transactions Could Come with Reporting Obligations

by K&L Gates LLP on

As cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum become more prevalent in investment circles and acceptable for commercial transactions, the United States Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) has said little other than to label...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 26

by Clark Hill PLC on

House Finishes Work on Its Annual Appropriations Bills, For Now: The House narrowly passed a $1.2 trillion package of spending bills to fund the government for Fiscal Year 2018 by a vote of 211-198. Amendments offered to the...more

IRS Urges Foreign Financial Institutions To Renew Their FATCA Registrations

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Internal Revenue Service has issued a reminder to foreign financial institutions to renew their Foreign Financial Institution (FFI) agreement if required. These FFIs have until October 24, 2017 to complete their renewal....more

South Carolina Conservation Easements for Farm and Forestry Property

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

There are 12.9 million acres of commercial forestland in South Carolina. More than half of the forestland is family-owned, and 82% of private owners live on the land. The state also has about 25,000 farms, which encompass 4.9...more

Energy Newsletter - September 2017

by King & Spalding on

Managing Decommissioning Risks in Asian M&A Transactions - By the end of 2026, approximately 134 producing Concessions and Production Sharing Contracts (each, a “PSC”) will have expired in South Asia. It is expected that 900...more

Update on Tax Relief for victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The IRS has extended tax relief to victims of the Hurricanes Harvey and Irma with respect to the filing of 2016 tax returns currently on extension. Eligible businesses, trusts, tax-exempt organizations, and individuals that...more

2017/2018 Estate And Gift Tax Update

by Cole Schotz on

Experts have started to calculate the inflation adjustments to key estate and gift exemption amounts for 2018. Note that these are not the official figures to be released by the IRS, but should be used as a guide. The IRS...more

Extended Due Dates for Hurricane Irma Victims

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

Hurricane Irma blazed a path of destruction through the Caribbean, the Florida Keys, and up through Florida. As a result, the IRS is postponing various tax filing and payment deadlines that occurred starting on September 4,...more

Retirement Plan and Leave Donation Programs During States of Emergencies

by Carlton Fields on

This article should interest employers offering retirement plan benefits or leave donation programs to employees affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, in particular, and in various states of emergencies, in general. It...more

Donating To Employees Affected By Hurricane Harvey

by Strasburger & Price, LLP on

According to a recent estimate from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, companies have pledged more than $157 million to relief efforts addressing the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. But when your own employees are the people in...more

Hurricane Hardship and Loan Relief Also Extended to Hurricane Irma, Pension Relief and a Cybersecurity Update

by Winstead PC on

The Internal Revenue Service (the “Service”) issued and announcement providing relief from verification of the qualification of an individual’s request for a hardship withdrawal or a loan in order for a person to obtain the...more

Help for Hurricane Harvey…and Irma Too

by Bryan Cave on

Employers seeking ways to help employees and their family members affected by Hurricanes Harvey or Irma should consider the various relief made available by the Internal Revenue Service under Announcements 2017-11 and 2017-13...more

“Understanding Your IRS Notice or Letter”

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

That’s the title of a web page that employers may find helpful upon receipt of an IRS communication asserting liability for employer mandate taxes under Code § 4980H. It should have an official notice (“CP”) or letter...more

IRS Warns of Phishing Email Spoofing IRS and FBI

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued a warning alerting the public to a new email phishing scam that looks like a joint notice from the IRS and FBI about new tax laws....more

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