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U.S Tax Court Bounces Rev. Rul. 91-32: Sales of Partnership Interests by Foreign Partners May Not be Subject to U.S. Tax

by Dickinson Wright on

The practice of tax law is an exercise of statutory interpretation. A recent opinion of the U.S. Tax Court, Grecian Magnesite Mining, Indust. & Ship. Co. v. C.I.R., 149 T.C. No. 3 (July 13, 2017), is illustrative. Grecian...more

Related-Party Provisions Prevent Deduction by S Corp Shareholders - Tax Update Volume 2017, Issue 4

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Many routine transactions occur between related parties, including the payment or accrual of interest on indebtedness, license fees, salary or benefits to employees and/or shareholders, and trade invoices. The Tax Court...more

Tax Planning for Investment Into the United States Through Hybrid Entities - Tax Update Volume 2017, Issue 4

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The Tax Section of the New York State Bar Association recently issued a report commenting on the appropriate application of treaty limitations to source-country taxation of business profits when the underlying income is...more

IRS Appeals Will Now Offer “Virtual” Taxpayer Conferences

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Internal Revenue Service’s Office of Appeals has announced that it will soon unveil a pilot project affording taxpayers and their representatives the opportunity to have a “virtual” face-to-face option for taxpayer...more

Golly Gee—the U.S. Tax Court Ruled That the Cost of a Taxpayer's Microsoft Xbox 360 and a Nintendo Wii Used by His Children Did...

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

In 2015, the U.S. Tax Court issued its ruling in the case of David W. Laudon v. Commissioner, TC Summary Option 2015-54 (2015). The case may not raise or even resolve any novel tax issues, but it reminds us of what is...more

U.S. Tax Court Bounces Rev. Rul. 91-32: Sales of Partnership Interests by Foreign Partners May Not be Subject to U.S. Tax

by Dickinson Wright on

The practice of tax law is an exercise of statutory interpretation. A recent opinion of the U.S. Tax Court, Grecian Magnesite Mining, Indust. & Ship. Co. v. C.I.R., 149 T.C. No. 3 (July 13, 2017), is illustrative. Grecian...more

Recent U.S. Tax Court Case Reverses Long Held IRS Position Regarding Taxation of Sales of Partnership Interests by Foreign...

by Locke Lord LLP on

Following the inauguration of the new administration in January 2017, many investors were anticipating the passage of a transformative tax reform bill at some point in 2017. Although legislative tax reform is seemingly...more

Getting into trouble with the DOL and the IRS maybe just bad luck

by Ary Rosenbaum on

As an ERISA attorney for almost 19 years, I have seen a lot of strange things that plan sponsors have done to risk the ire of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Department of Labor (DOL)...more

Overview of IRS Penalties for Individuals with Foreign Bank Accounts and Investments

by Blank Rome LLP on

Earlier this spring, the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") Large Business and International Division identified several "campaigns" or areas where it plans to focus its audit resources. One campaign involved taxpayers who...more

Worker Classification Update

by Clark Hill PLC on

On July 20, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") issued a reminder for small businesses on the importance of correctly classifying workers as employees or independent contractors. Employers failing to do this correctly...more

Grecian: Tax Court Rejects IRS Ruling - Five Things You Need to Know

On July 13, 2017, in Grecian Magnesite Mining, Industrial and Shipping Co. SA v. Commissioner (149 T.C. No. 3 (2017), the U.S. Tax Court concluded that gain recognized by a foreign corporation upon redemption of its interest...more

The US Tax Court Rejects IRS Position That Non-US Partners Are Taxed on Sales of Partnership Interests

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The US Tax Court earlier this month issued a decision that rejected a 25-year old IRS Revenue Ruling and held that gain from the sale or other disposition by a non-US person of an interest in a partnership that is engaged in...more

Big Tax Court Win for Foreign Investors in U.S. Partnerships

by Alston & Bird on

A foreign investor, not engaged in a U.S. trade or business, can sell stock in a U.S. corporation without fear of U.S. tax liability (with the notable exception of stock in certain U.S. corporations heavily invested in U.S....more

Foreign Partner Not Taxable on Partnership Sale

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Private equity and venture capital funds often invest in portfolio companies that are formed as partnerships or limited liability companies. But these investments create certain problems for foreign limited partners (LPs) in...more

Reorganization Of Insolvent Corporations: Has A New Day Dawned? Nope

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Withdrawal of Proposed Regulations- Earlier this year, the President directed the Secretary of the Treasury to review all “significant tax regulations” issued on or after January 1, 2016, and to take steps to alleviate the...more

Potential Risks From Pet Therapy Programs

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Pet therapy programs have been expanding throughout the country, based largely on the increasing recognition that humans benefit from the human-animal bond. The human-animal bond is defined by the American Veterinary Medical...more

Partnerships Prepare For New Audit Regime

by Cole Schotz on

On November 2, 2015, new partnership audit rules, repealing existing TEFRA rules, were enacted in Section 1101 of the Bipartisan Budget Act (“BBA”). On August 15, 2016, Treasury published temporary regulations (TD 9780, 81...more

Did you know that Form 8938 filing obligations apply to Specified Domestic Entities?

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

A US Person that owns US entities like corporations or partnerships that conduct cross-border business may have a Form 8938 (Statement of Specified Foreign Financial Assets) filing obligation. IRS defines Specified...more

Disposition of U.S. Partnership Interest Will Not Result in Effectively Connected Income to Foreign Partner

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

What happens when a foreign individual or corporation sells an interest in a partnership that is engaged in a U.S. trade or business? The Internal Revenue Code does not directly answer this question - the answer lies at the...more

Renewal of U.S. FATCA Registration for Certain Investment Funds by Monday, July 31, 2017

Certain non-U.S. investment funds, including Bermuda funds, which qualify as foreign financial institutions (FFI), must enter into a legal agreement (“FFI agreement”) with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to be treated...more

Grecian Magnesite: Tax Court Finds Reliance on a US Tax Advisor Establishes Reasonable Cause

On July 13, 2017, the Tax Court, in Grecian Magnesite, Industrial & Shipping Co., SA v. Commissioner, 149 T.C. 3 (2017), rejected Internal Revenue Service (IRS) arguments that, in order to establish good faith reliance, the...more

IRS Retirement Plan Guidance Simplifies Pre-Approved Plans and Provides Roadmap for Individually Design Plan Conversion

by Benesch on

In Revenue Procedure 2017-41, the IRS makes significant changes to the procedures that it will use in reviewing and approving “pre-approved” retirement plans. The revenue procedure applies to almost all types qualified...more

Tax Court Overrides Key Revenue Ruling on the Tax Treatment of the Sale of U.S. Partnership Interest by Foreign Persons

by King & Spalding on

In a July 13, 2017 opinion, the United States Tax Court in Grecian Magnesite Mining, Industrial & Shipping Co., SA v. Commissioner refused to follow the long-held IRS position found in Revenue Ruling 91-32 (“the “Revenue...more

New Partnership Audit Rules Apply Beginning January 1, 2018: Is Your Business Ready?

by K&L Gates LLP on

New partnership audit rules will be effective for audits of tax years beginning in 2018. Proposed Treasury Regulations have been released and are expected to be finalized in the next few months. (The comment period is open...more

ACA Compliance Validation (ACV) System: Ready for Prime Time?

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

ACA “repeal” proposals at this point seem like zombie extras – walking dead, and none of them purports to repeal employer mandate taxes that accrued in 2015. Collection is coming; only the timing is in question. ACV 2.0 is...more

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