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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.  

Is a Business Tax Reform Game Plan Beginning to Take Shape?

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Substantial tax reform is underway and the business community is intently awaiting details of this activity with the aim of positioning themselves to maximize opportunities and minimize any costs or risks that reform may...more

Projected Estate and Gift Tax Exemptions for 2018 – How Much Can You Transfer?

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

The Consumer Price Index was released by the Labor Department in August 2017. Not everyone anxiously awaits the release of these numbers but the experts have now made estimates of how they will impact estate, gift, and...more

IRS Issues Proposed Guidance on the Definition of Registered Form

by Dentons on

On September 15, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued proposed regulations (REG-125374-16) amending the definition of obligations that are in registered form to take into account current market practices and...more

IRS and DOL issue retirement plan relief for hurricane victims

by Dentons on

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has provided welcome relief to individuals affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The relief permits plan sponsors to temporarily relax restrictions on hardship withdrawals, participant...more

IRS Announces Benefits Relief For Hurricane Victims

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the IRS provided some employee benefits-related relief to plan sponsors and participants. That relief was then extended to the victims of Hurricane Irma....more

IRS Offers Tax Relief for Those Impacted by Irma, Including for 1031 Exchanges

President Trump’s declaration of a major disaster in Florida and Georgia as a result of Hurricane Irma provides important tax relief for those residing in these states. This declaration provides automatic relief for those...more

I Owe Joint Taxes with My Spouse: What Do You Do? Innocent Spouse Relief (Part 8)

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

Married couples may file a joint federal income tax return together, reporting their joint income and expenses. The benefit of a joint return is that the overall tax rate may often be lower. However, if a joint return is...more

Does investing in a PFIC make sense given FATCA reporting?

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

Since FATCA’s implementation in 2010, investing in a Passive Foreign Investment Company (PFIC) is a questionable decision. PFICs are reportable investments and their tax regime is punitive. Under FATCA, US Taxpayers’...more

IRS, PBGC and DOL Provide Additional Hurricane Relief

The IRS issued an announcement paralleling the relief granted to Hurricane Harvey victims to those in Florida affected by Hurricane Irma. Announcement 2017-13 (the “Announcement”) relaxes hardship distribution standards for...more

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

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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

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