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Further Update on Federal Taxation - Australian Infrastructure Investment and Privatisation

by Jones Day on

Last month, we reported in our White Paper on taxation proposals directed at infrastructure and utility privatisation transactions. Since we wrote, the Commonwealth Treasury ("Treasury") has published a policy paper directed...more

Does “Act” Mean Also a Failure to Act?

by Dechert LLP on

No, says the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in In re Cowen, adopting the minority rule and parting ways with four other Courts of Appeals. The automatic stay provision of the Bankruptcy Code addressed in Cowen...more

California Court of Appeal Holds Doing Business ? Any Activity Engaged In for Pecuniary Gain

On January 12, 2017, the California Court of Appeal held in a published opinion that a taxpayer passively holding a 0.2 percent interest in a California-based limited liability company (CA LLC) was not “doing business” in the...more

O Frabjous Day! Court Holds Passive Member Is Not “Doing Business”

by Allen Matkins on

The State of California imposes its franchise tax on every corporation (other than a bank, financial corporation or exempt corporation) that is “doing business” in California. Cal. Rev. & Tax Code § 23151. This tax is...more

SBA Expands and Clarifies Ability of SBICs to Finance in Passive Businesses

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

New SBA rule affects the holding company and the blocker corporation exceptions for SBICs’ financing passive businesses. On December 28, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) released a Final Rule modifying its...more

Renewable Energy Investor Group Asks FERC to Designate Certain Passive Equity Interests in Public Utilities as “Non-Voting...

On December 9, 2016, a group of investors in renewable energy projects (“Petitioners”) asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to find that certain non-managing (i.e., passive) “tax equity” interests in public...more

Is Being a Real Estate Agent Sufficient to Show Material Participation under the Passive Activity Loss Rules?

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

In the recently decided case of Gragg v. United States, 118 AFTR 2d 2016-5091 (9th Cir. 2016), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that a taxpayer’s activities as a real estate professional were insufficient...more

Final IRS Regulations Clarify That Certain Solar Assets May Qualify as Real Property for REIT Purposes

On August 30, 2016, the IRS issued final regulations that clarify and expand the definition of "real property" for purposes of qualifying as a real estate investment trust (REIT). The final regulations substantially follow...more

Investors Beware: The Bar Is Being Raised on HSR Violations

Under the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Act, parties to transactions meeting certain size thresholds are required to notify the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission and to observe a...more

When the Internal Revenue Code and the FAA Regulations Collide - What Results?

by Sanford Millar on

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) categorizes aircraft owners and operators into different categories. In general, the FAA grants an owner of an aircraft who operates the aircraft for personal use and enjoyment a...more

Development of the practice of charging the person beneficially entitled to income additional tax when income is paid to foreign...

by Dentons on

On 11 July 2016 the Commercial Court of Moscow rendered a decision in case No. ?40-442/15-39-2 under the claim of Credit Europe Bank CJSC (the “Bank”). That decision is yet another judgment on the subject of applying the...more

Can a shareholder who is unable to rely on the HSR passive investor exemption still file a Schedule 13G? Maybe, says the SEC Staff...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On July 12, 2016, the US Department of Justice announced a record $11 million fine against an activist investment firm for improperly claiming an exemption from Hart-Scott-Rodino’s notification and waiting period provisions...more

Limited Liability Company Member Not an Employer Under NC Wage and Hour Act

The North Carolina Wage and Hour Act imposes liability on employers for failure to pay promised wages. The law is modeled after the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, and like the FLSA, individual managers and officers of a...more

FTC Raises Maximum Potential Hart-Scott-Rodino Civil Penalties to $40,000 per Day, an Increase of 150 percent

On June 29, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced new maximum potential civil penalties for violations of various competition and other laws enforced by the FTC, including the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust...more

Court Finds All of a Taxpayer’s Work for His Employer to be Personal Services in a Real Estate Business

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas recently held that all of a taxpayer’s work for his employer, a property management company, counted toward the taxpayer’s satisfaction of the material...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - October 2015 #2

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

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

Commenters Weigh in on Proposed Regulations for Determining MLP Qualifying Income

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

IRS’ proposed MLP regulations generate flurry of specific industry-related comments and spur public hearing. “I’m mad as Hell, and, frankly, I’m not going to take it anymore.” — Paraphrase of concerned citizen and...more

Latest H-S-R Act Enforcement Is a Cautionary Tale for Minority Investors

by Goodwin on

Generally speaking, stock purchases which will cause an investor to hold more than $76.3 million of the target’s voting securities may require a pre-closing notification under the Hart-Scott-Rodino (“H-S-R”) Act. But there...more

FTC Cautions Against Improper Reliance on “Investment-Only” Exemption

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Investment manager Third Point LLC and three of its affiliated funds have entered into a proposed settlement agreement with the federal antitrust authorities for violations of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act...more

Master Limited Partnerships: Proposed Tax Regulations Scale Back Activities Giving Rise to Qualifying Income

The Treasury Department (Treasury) and the Internal Revenue Service (Service) have issued proposed tax regulations (Proposed Regulations) that provide guidance on, and significantly scale back, the types of activities...more

Publicly Traded Partnership Proposed Regulations

by Dechert LLP on

Widely held partnerships are a significant source of funding for oil, gas and certain natural resources projects, but the publicly traded partnership (“PTP”) rules can cause such partnerships to be treated as corporations for...more

IRS Publishes Proposed Regulations for Hedge Fund Reinsurance Arrangements

by BakerHostetler on

In April 24’s Federal Register, the IRS released proposed regulations (REG-108214-15) to restrict when a foreign insurance company’s income can be excluded as passive income by giving a more strict definition for the “active...more

Court Holds Taxpayer is Partner for Self-Employment Tax After Election Out Of Subchapter K

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

The Tax Court recently ruled that a taxpayer was liable for self employment tax based on its status as a partner, even though the partnership had elected out of the partnership tax rules....more

SBICs Given Additional Flexibility to Structure Their Investments

by McCarter & English, LLP on

Summary - The Small Business Administration (SBA) adopted revisions to its regulations, loosening its prohibition on small business investment companies (SBICs) investing in passive businesses. Under the revised...more

Proposed Anti-Inversion Regulations Would Affect Foreign Insurers

by Carlton Fields on

For decades American companies have used so-called “corporate inversions” to lower their tax burdens on foreign-earned income. Typically, the American company is acquired by a foreign company located in a tax-favorable...more

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