Pass-Through Entities

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DC Circuit Ruling Threatens to Topple FERC Tax Allowance Policy

Court rules that FERC policy permitting a tax allowance for pass-through entities may unjustifiably permit “double-recovery” of tax expense. On July 1, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued...more

DC Circuit Decision Likely to Reignite FERC Debate Over Tax Allowance for Pass-through Entities

The recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in United Airlines Inc., et al., v. Federal Energy Regulatory, Case No. 11-1479, July 1, 2016 (United Airlines) will likely reignite a...more

Legislation Revives and Permanently Extends 100% Gain Exclusion for Certain Sales of (C Corporation) Qualified Small Business...

For years now, conventional wisdom has been that, wherever possible, businesses should seek to operate as flow through entities (S corporations or partnerships) for income tax purposes. One rationale for this viewpoint has...more

A Short Summary of Qualified Small Business Stock Tax Benefits and Requirements

Many startups, investors, clients and friends have recently asked about the tax benefits associated with having stock qualify as qualified small business stock (QSBS). This is an important issue that investors, founders and...more

Partnership Audit and Tax Collection Rules Undergo Fundamental Change

Under the default rule, any adjustment to partnership items or allocations among the partners will be determined, and any tax (including interest and penalties) attributable to adjustments will be collected, at the...more

New Partnership Audit Rules Heading Our Way?

The budget bill introduced yesterday includes a proposal to revamp/streamline how partnerships are audited. Specifically, it would repeal the much maligned TEFRA (1982 Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act) rules....more

9th Circuit Disregards Purported Related-Party Partnership

In DJB Holding Corp. the 9th Circuit concluded that a purported related-party partnership was not a bona fide partnership for tax purposes and taxable income was redirected to the taxable C corporation performing the...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - October 2015 #2

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - Federal Acquisition Regulation: Simplified Acquisition Threshold for Overseas Acquisitions - The Department of Defense, General Services Administration, and NASA have issued a proposed rule to...more

Tax Policy Update

NUMBER OF THE WEEK: 10 percent. Rate of the one-time deemed repatriation tax on U.S. multinationals’ foreign earnings under GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s tax plan released Sept. 28. The revenue raised through...more

Pass-Through Business Tax Alert

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue has announced that it will soon begin identifying pass-through business entities that have under-reported income, failed to file PA-20S/PA-65 Information Returns, and failed to maintain...more

Significant Tax Provisions in the 2016-2017 Ohio Budget Bill Affecting Businesses

On June 30, 2015, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed into law the biennial budget bill, Amended Substitute House Bill No. 64 (“HB 64”). The legislation underwent substantial changes during the legislative process such that the...more

IRS Publishes Proposed Regulations Addressing Fracking Services by MLPs

On May 6, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published proposed regulations [REG-132634-14], which if finalized would clarify that income from certain oil and natural gas fracturing (“fracking”) services is “qualifying...more

Tax Policy Update

NUMBER OF THE WEEK: 1,462. The total number of comments received by the Senate Finance Committee’s five bipartisan tax reform working groups in response to the committee’s request for public input on overhauling the nation’s...more

An S-Election for Your LLC: Is it Really the Best of Both Worlds?

For entrepreneurs who want to set up a company and avoid double taxation (i.e., taxation of amounts earned by the company and then taxation of the owners when they receive payments from the company), the choice often comes...more

Guaranteed Payments: the Equivalent of a Salary for LLC Members and Partners

Absent special elections to be taxed differently, partnerships and limited liability companies (referred to herein as “entities”) with two or more partners or members (referred to herein as “owners”) are taxed on a...more

Caught in the Middle: What Is a Supplier Supposed to Do When Its Customers Ask to Use a DBE as a Pass-Through?

Suppliers are caught in the middle of a new enforcement trend in federal, state, and local investigations of disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) fraud. Historically, DBE fraud investigations have focused on the...more

Comment Period Begins for VA Tax Guidelines for Pass-Through Entity Withholding

On October 28, 2014, the Department published draft guidelines for Pass-Through Entity Withholding. These guidelines are now available on the Department’s Guidelines for Pass-Through Entity Withholding website. ...more

Escaping Taxes in Bankruptcy Through S Corporations

Shareholders of financially troubled S corporations may now be able to avoid the flow-through of taxes when the S corporation or its subsidiary files bankruptcy. ...more

FDIC Issues Guidance on Requests by Banks That Are S-Corporations for Dividend Exceptions to Capital Conservation Buffer

The FDIC issued guidance (the “Guidance”; FIL-40-2014) to banks and savings associations that have elected S-corporation tax treatment (collectively, “S-corporation Banks” and each an “S-corporation Bank”) concerning the...more

S Corporations: The Basics

An S Corporation is the same as any other corporation except for the manner in which it is taxed. S Corporations generally do not pay federal income tax but pass the tax liability for their profits through to their...more

Wyden’s Previous Proposals Could Signal Tax Reform Priorities

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) has been a strong advocate for comprehensive tax reform since he joined the Senate Finance Committee in 2005. During his tenure on the Committee, he has introduced a series of comprehensive tax reform...more

New judgment on tax treaty between Germany and the US

Hybrid US S-Corporation eligible for participation exemption. Refund practice of taxes withheld remains to be seen. In a recent judgment (file no. I R 48/12), the German Federal Fiscal Court has commented on Art. 1...more

Final Noncompensatory Partnership Options Regulations Could Affect the Tax Treatment of Penny Warrants and Other Arrangements

Investments in partnerships (and other pass-through entities such as limited liability companies treated as a partnership) often involve the acquisition of warrants, options or other rights to acquire securities. This is...more

In Frank Aragona Trust, Tax Court Holds that Trustees’ Activities as Employees Count for Purposes of Material Participation Under...

The issue of whether a trust has passive or non-passive income from its investment in a pass-through entity has taken on increased importance in light of the tax imposed on net investment income under Code Section 1411 of the...more

IRS Issues Another Significant Ruling on Spin-off of Real Estate

In certain recent transactions, a corporation distributes a subsidiary corporation holding the distributing corporation’s real estate assets to the distributing corporation’s shareholders in a tax-free “spin-off.” Not only...more

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