Private Letter Rulings

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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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