Private Letter Rulings

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The IRS Tosses Plan Sponsors a Curveball: New Guidance Throws Out One Method of Pension Plan De-Risking

In recent guidance, the IRS surprised plan sponsors with its plan to prevent them from using one means of “de-risking” their defined benefit pension plans to reduce their pension plan liabilities. In Notice 2015-49, the IRS...more

New IRS Guidance on Lump-Sum Windows

The IRS has changed its position on lump-sum windows for retirees in pay status. On July 9, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2015-49, which prohibits sponsors of qualified defined benefit plans from...more

It's Curtains for Some Lump-Sum Window Programs

On July 9, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Notice 2015-49 to announce it intends to prohibit retirees who are receiving annuity payments from a defined benefit pension plan from electing a lump sum in lieu of the...more

Another REIT Ruling by the IRS – This Time, Billboards

The IRS has released yet another private letter ruling (Letter 201522002) in the REIT area. This time, the IRS addressed the REIT treatment of income from the rental of outdoor advertising space (i.e., billboards). At issue...more

Ski Lift Towers Held to Be Good REIT Asset

In order to qualify for the tax advantages available for real estate investment trusts (“REITs”), the majority of a REIT’s assets must qualify as “real property”. As the areas that REITs are investing in continue to grow, we...more

IRS Presses Pause on Issuing Rulings

The IRS announced earlier this week that it may temporarily stop reviewing private letter ruling requests on the issue of whether a spin-off qualifies as tax-free under Section 355. More specifically, the IRS may hit pause on...more

New MLP Rules Provide Bright Lines and New Challenges

On May 5, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) released proposed regulations that, if finalized, would provide guidance on qualifying income from minerals and natural resources activities for master limited partnerships...more

IRS Releases Proposed New Rules for MLP Qualifying Income

Today, the IRS released anxiously awaited proposed regulations defining qualifying income for publicly traded partnerships, usually referred to as “master limited partnerships” (MLPs). ...more

IRS Comes Out With Proposed Regulations Clarifying the Scope of Assets and Activities That Qualify for MLP Treatment

On May 5, 2015, the IRS issued proposed regulations that provide guidance on whether income from activities with respect to minerals or natural resources is qualifying income for publicly traded partnerships (MLPs). The...more

IRS Releases Favorable Private Letter Ruling on “Taxable Annuity.”

On April 10, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released PLR 201515001 (Oct. 10, 2014), favorably addressing a “taxable annuity”—essentially, a deferred annuity contract supported, in part, by subaccounts, each of which...more

FCC Enforcement Bureau Stays Pole Attachment Complaint Proceeding Pending Completion of Arbitration

In a March 16, 2015 Letter Ruling, the Market Disputes Resolution Division of the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau granted a request by Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC (“Duke”) for a stay in a pole attachment complaint proceeding brought...more

Recent U.S. Tax Developments Affecting Publicly Traded Partnerships

Partnerships targeted to widespread investors are a popular investment vehicle and a significant source of funding for oil and gas projects. However, their use is affected by the publicly traded partnership (“PTP”) tax rules....more

IRS Resumes Publicly Traded Partnership PLRs – New Formal Guidance Expected

The IRS announced that it has made significant progress on its  publicly traded partnership (“PTP”) guidance and is lifting its moratorium on private letter rulings that started in 2014. ...more

Year Long Pause Lifted on MLP Qualifying Income Private Letter Rulings – Proposed Regulations to be Issued

Following a year long pause, the IRS announced Friday that it has resumed its review of pending private letter ruling (PLR) requests and is accepting new PLR requests concerning MLP qualifying income under Section...more

IRS Presses Play on MLP Private Letter Rulings

IRS announces end of moratorium on MLP letter ruling requests. The IRS has resumed the ruling process for private letter ruling (PLR) requests regarding qualifying income issues for MLPs under section 7704. An official...more

IRS Releases First Private Letter Ruling on Small Redemption Limitation

On October 21, 2013, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Final Treasury Regulations to provide relief under Section 382 for small redemptions. These regulations provide taxpayer...more

IRS Issues Private Letter Ruling on Treatment of Managed Professional Corporations

The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) recently published a private letter ruling (“PLR”) that permits a practice management corporation to include two managed professional corporations as members of the management...more

IRS Private Letter Ruling Provides Tax Planning Opportunities for Healthcare Companies

The IRS recently issued PLR 201451009, providing that a management services company and two professional corporations (PCs) were members of the same affiliated group under Section 1504(a) of the Internal Revenue Code...more

FDIC Issues Private Letter to Elaborate on Brokered Deposit FAQ

On February 4, representatives of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) sent a letter to David Hanrahan, the president and CEO of Capital Bank of New Jersey, in which they elaborated on a particular question and...more

IRS Ruling Permits Inclusion of “Friendly PCs” in Consolidated Federal Income Tax Returns

On December 19, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued a private letter ruling (the “Ruling”) allowing corporations that manage physician practices through a so-called “friendly physician” arrangement to treat the...more

IRS Rules on Domesticated Organization and Tax-Exempt Status

Late last year, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued a letter ruling, PLR 201446025, providing that, in certain instances, a nonprofit corporation exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as...more

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

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