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IRS private letter ruling on non-conventional real estate assets enables taxpayer to convert to REIT: key points

The Internal Revenue Service recently released a private letter ruling regarding the treatment of certain assets as qualifying “real estate” for real estate investment trust (REIT) purposes. That ruling effectively enabled...more

Ruling Demonstrates Potential for Inversion Rules to Apply in Inbound Structures

In Private Letter Ruling 201432002 (the “PLR”), the IRS ruled that a foreign-to-foreign “F” reorganization did not implicate the Section 7874 anti-inversion rules. As a result, a foreign corporation (that was 100 percent...more

No Private Letter Rulings in These Estate Planning Areas

Taxpayers who have questions about the applicability of tax law can submit a Private Letter Ruling request to the IRS. If the IRS rules, then the taxpayer can rely on the ruling as to how the law applies to their situation...more

New IRS Ruling Benefits Investor-Owned Hospitals

Last month, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a private letter ruling providing a tax benefit to hospitals that own physician practices. The ruling should be of particular interest to hospitals with physician...more

Department Shifts Position on Sourcing of Intangibles

While the Department’s Information Notice focuses primarily on the sourcing of revenues from services, it also addresses the sourcing of receipts from intangibles – in a manner seeming to be directly at odds with previously...more

IRS Private Letter Ruling Addressing Captive Professional Corporations Could Result in Significant “Consolidated” Tax Savings

On December 19, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service published PLR 201451009, favorably ruling that a for-profit management company could include its captive professional corporation as a member of its consolidated group for...more

High Net Worth Family Tax Report, Vol. 9, No. 3

In This Issue: - Tax planning strategies to consider before the end of the year - The IRS announces inflation-adjusted amounts for 2015 - Case update: Taxpayer’s deduction for interest capitalized in loan...more

Tennessee Tax Department Releases Letter Rulings

The Tennessee Department of Revenue recently released several Letter Rulings analyzing various Tennessee tax issues, including the application of sales and use taxes to cloud collaboration services and software consulting...more

IRS Rules That Some Basis in Solar System Must Be Allocated to Structural Functions

On October 31, the IRS released Private Letter Ruling 201444025, which was addressed to a manufacturer of solar systems that are mounted on real estate. The nature of the real estate, along with many other interesting facts,...more

Tennessee SaaS Ruling Highlights Telecommunications Concerns for SaaS Providers

The Tennessee Department of Revenue recently released Letter Ruling No. 14-05, in which it considered whether certain cloud collaboration services are subject to the state’s sales tax. At a high level, the provider’s...more

Four Trends in Master Limited Partnership M&A in 2014

MLP merger and acquisition activity can take a number of different forms to unlock value for sponsors and unitholders. Background - In the first half of 2014, master limited partnership (MLP) mergers and...more

IRS Affirms Treatment of Short Sales for UBTI Purposes

Since there are many hedge funds that utilize short selling as part of their investment strategy, it is important for hedge fund investors, including tax exempt organizations, to understand the U.S. tax treatment of these...more

Are REITs a Viable Strategy for Communications Companies?

Windstream Holdings, Inc. recently announced plans to spin off its copper, fiber and other fixed real estate assets into an independent publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT). Windstream received a private letter...more

Five New IRS Private Letter Rulings Confirm IRS’s Position Allowing Retiree Cashouts

We reported in 2012 on two private letter rulings (“PLRs”) issued by the IRS (PLR 201228045 and PLR 201228051) blessing certain retiree cashout programs. A retiree cashout program is a de-risking strategy used by defined...more

Control Is Everything

In Private Letter Ruling 201423043, (“PLRs” only apply to the taxpayer involved but are often used as “guidance”, and not “precedent”, by taxpayers and the IRS.) the IRS ruled that a surviving spouse could roll over her...more

IRS Issues Favorable Private Letter Ruling to Data Center REIT

On June 6, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Private Letter Ruling 201423011 (the PLR), confirming that income from certain data center services can constitute “rents from real property” for purposes of the...more

IRS Releases Additional Rulings on Lump-Sum Windows

The practice of offering lump-sum distributions has become increasingly popular among defined benefit plan sponsors looking to decrease volatility or other defined benefit plan risks. In some situations, plan sponsors offer...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

The Oklahoma MLP Quarterly - 1Q 2014

The Oklahoma MLP Quarterly highlights changes in taxation, law and capital markets that affect master limited partnerships who have headquarters located in, or significant contacts with, Oklahoma. The publication is...more

Proposed Regulations Clarify Definition of “Real Property” for Real Estate Investment Trusts

On May 9, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Department of the Treasury issued proposed regulations (the Proposed Regulations) under Section 856 of the Internal Revenue Code (the Code) to clarify the definition of...more

IRS Ruling Addresses Application of Medical Device Excise Tax in Contract Manufacturing Arrangement

In Private Letter Ruling 201420004 (released May 16, 2014), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has ruled on the question of which party in a contract manufacturing arrangement is the "manufacturer" for purposes of the medical...more

Proposed Regulations Clarify the Definition of “Real Property” Under the REIT Rules

On May 14, 2014, the Treasury Department published proposed regulations (the “Proposed Regulations”) clarifying the definition of “real property” under the real estate investment trust (“REIT”) rules. The issuance of the...more

Court of Appeals Rules that CF-29 Notices of Action Cannot Overrule Customs Letter Rulings Without Following Notice and Comment...

Importer Saves Millions of Clams in White Sauce Appeal - On April 14, 2014 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) handed down an opinion, International Customs Products, Inc. v. United States, Ct. No....more

IRS Hits the “Pause” Button on PTP Rulings

Recently it has become standard operating procedure for the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) to declare moratoriums on the issuance of private letter rulings (“PLR”) in certain areas. These temporary (or, in certain cases,...more

New IRS Guidance Offers Insight Regarding Covered Transactions Under the Transaction Cost Regulations

When the IRS released the transaction cost regulations of Treas. Reg. 1.263(a)-5, a new term was created: “covered transaction.” Unlike the treatment of a covered transaction in a tax shelter context, which is generally...more

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