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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

Novel IRS Guidance on HRAs, VEBAs and Domestic Partner Benefits

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently provided guidance on several issues never before addressed. The guidance came in the form of a Private Letter Ruling (PLR), to be released later this year to the public under the...more

"Recent Developments in Tax Law: Impact on Corporate Tax Strategies in 2014"

Recent changes in IRS private letter ruling policy likely will result in greater taxpayer reliance on tax opinions, which may impact certain corporate strategies in the coming year. Tax-Free Spin-Offs - During...more

Think you know your PFIC status? Think again: application of the look-through rules

The IRS has released Private Letter Ruling 201322009, which responds to a request for clarification on the proper application of certain “look-through” rules for purposes of determining whether a foreign corporation is a...more

Focus on Tax Controversy & Litigation - July 2013

In this issue: - District Court Protects Opinion Work Product Contained in Tax Accrual Workpapers in Wells Fargo - IRS Restricts Private Letter Rulings for Spin-Offs and Other Corporate Nonrecognition...more

"With Iron Mountain Ruling, IRS Continues Consistent Approach to Defining REIT ‘Real Estate’"

A significant amount of press attention has been given to an unusual press release filed with the SEC yesterday by Iron Mountain regarding its planned conversion to a real estate investment trust (REIT). Iron Mountain said...more

Inside M&A - Spring 2013

Top Five Traps for the Unwary in Spin-Offs - A wave of corporate breakups has swept through the United States over the last few years as investors have taken notice of the fact that smaller companies focused on a...more

"New Section 355 No-Rule Policies"

On January 2, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (the Service) released Rev. Proc. 2013-3, its annual list of areas in which it no longer will issue private letter rulings or determination letters (the 2013 No-Rule List). Of...more

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