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Are Passive Foreign Investments Too Good to Be True?

“Invest in tax-free offshore funds!” Sounds great, right? Each year, many U.S. investors fall for these familiar sales pitches. Other investors are simply looking to diversify risk by investing in offshore...more

Camp Goes All-In with Comprehensive Tax Plan: Highlights, Tax Reform Status and Impact on Taxpayers

On February 26, Representative Dave Camp (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, released his much-awaited comprehensive tax reform plan (the “Camp Proposal”). That proposal seeks to cut marginal tax rates...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 6, No. 4 - January 2014

In This Issue: FATCA Developments: Treasury Signs IGAs; IRS Finalizes FFI Agreement; IRS Releases Final and New Proposed “Dividend Equivalent” Regs; IRS Issues Final Swap Assignment Regs; IRS Issues Final “Net...more

Insight on Estate Planning - August/September 2013: Estate Planning Pitfall - You haven’t reviewed your trusts this year

If an estate plan includes one or more trusts, it’s a good idea to review them in light of recent tax law changes. Higher income taxes — on individuals as well as trusts — may make it advisable to rethink the way the trusts...more

New Tax Increases Make Deferral of Compensation a (More) Valuable Benefit for Many Employees

This article describes how the new additional Medicare tax, tax on net investment income, higher marginal tax rates, and phase-out and reductions of personal exemptions and itemized deductions make the use of compensation...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions - March 29, 2013

Non-Enforcement Matters: - Recent Newsworthy Remarks by the SEC - SEC Issues “Alert” on the Custody Rule - Securities Exchange Act Issues for Exchange-Traded Funds - Mutual Funds’ After-Tax Returns...more

After the Love is Gone – Tax Planning Considerations for Private Equity and Venture Capital Fund Managers in a Post-Carried...

Overview - The issue of carried interest taxation as obscure an issue as it is, has gotten all kinds of attention in the media over the last several years. Most recently, the issue garnered national attention during...more

High Net Worth Family Tax Report, Vol. 8, No. 1 - January 2013

Table of Contents: Remember to file your gift tax return and other follow-up related to 2012 gifts; Review estate plans in light of $5 million exemption becoming permanent; Annual exclusion amount for gifts increased for...more

Fiscal Cliff Legislation Extends Tax Incentive to Invest in Small Businesses

As a result of the recent “fiscal cliff” legislation, otherwise known as the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (2012 Tax Act), many individual investors are expecting future tax increases, either in the form of higher...more

Congress Extends the 100% Tax Exemption for Gain on Certain Qualified Small Business Stock, With Retroactive Effect, Through 2013

On January 2, 2013, President Obama signed into law the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the “Act”). Among its provisions, the Act extends a tax benefit whereby capital gains from the sale or exchange of certain...more

New 3.8% Tax on “Net Investment Income” – IRS Issues Proposed Regulations

The Internal Revenue Service has issued Proposed Regulations under Section 1411 of the Internal Revenue Code providing guidance on the 3.8% additional tax that will be imposed beginning January 1, 2013 on the “net investment...more

New 3.8% Medicare Tax on Investment and Unearned Income Beginning in 2013

Starting January 1, 2013, a new 3.8% Medicare tax will apply to the investment and “unearned income” of individuals, trusts and estates. The tax is intended to apply to income exempt from the regular FICA or self-employment...more

Estate Planning Update - September 2012: New Taxes Make Year-End Income Tax Planning More Important

It is not too early to start planning income tax steps to take before year-end. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act introduced two new taxes that will go into effect January 1, 2013. These are a 3.8 percent...more

Considerations For Tax Planning Opportunities Prior to December 31, 2012

This outline is not intended to be a comprehensive outline, but is intended to be a helpful resource summarizing the federal income tax and cited financial planning opportunities available before December 31, 2012 for...more

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