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"IRS and Treasury Issue Final Debt/Equity Regulations"

On October 13, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Treasury Department (Treasury) issued temporary and final Treasury regulations under Section 385 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the Final...more

Federal Tax Guidance Regarding RICs’ Investments in Commodities, Certain PFICs, and “Securities”

The Treasury Department (Treasury) and the Internal Revenue Service (Service) recently issued proposed regulations that, if finalized as proposed, could have a significantly adverse effect on the ability of a regulated...more

IRS Addresses RIC Qualification Matters Related to Derivatives and Use of Blocker Corporations

On Wednesday, September 28, the IRS and Treasury Department proposed regulations under Section 851 of the Code that, if finalized, could prospectively invalidate dozens of private letter rulings treating subpart F and passive...more

IRS and Treasury Issue Guidance Regarding CFC and PFIC Investments by RICs

The recently proposed regulations, if finalized, would govern the treatment of RICs’ income inclusions in respect of CFCs and PFICs for purposes of the income test applicable to RICs; in related guidance, the IRS also...more

"IRS Expands REIT Spin-Off Restrictions, Extends REIT Built-in Gains Period to 10 Years"

On June 7, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Treasury Department issued new temporary regulations that have dramatic implications for all merger-and-acquisition activity by C corporations and real estate investment...more

IRS Offers Tax Guidance Relating to Money Market Fund Rules

The IRS recently provided relief from the RIC distribution requirement for money market funds that receive contributions in connection with the transition to a floating NAV, enabling RICs to top up their NAVs without having...more


Congress enacted the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA) in 1980 to impose U.S. income tax on certain foreign persons that invest in United States real property interests (USRPI). The FIRPTA tax is collected...more

PATH Act Brings FIRPTA Changes

The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the “PATH Act”), signed December 18, 2015, introduces significant changes to the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA), particularly concerning REITs. ...more

MoFo Tax Talk - Volume 8, No. 4

IRS PROVIDES RICS ALTERNATIVES TO ACCOUNT FOR FOREIGN TAX REFUNDS - Generally, when a U.S. taxpayer pays foreign tax, the U.S. taxpayer is entitled to take a credit (a “Foreign Tax Credit”) against the taxpayer’s U.S....more

IRS Publishes Guidance for RICs that Receive Foreign Tax Credit Refunds

IRS announces the issuance of new regulations that will provide relief for certain regulated investment companies that receive foreign tax refunds by either netting the refund against foreign taxes paid in the year of the...more

International Tax Advisory: New Law Brings Some Welcome FIRPTA Changes

On December 18, President Obama signed the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the “PATH Act”). Despite the new law’s name, a number of its provisions affect foreign investors. The PATH Act introduces several...more

Omnibus Bill Includes Significant Changes to Tax Law Regarding FIRPTA, REITs, and RICs

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the “Act”). The Act includes significant changes to tax laws relevant to private equity, real estate and mutual fund...more

Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 Approved by Congress and Signed by the President

President Obama signed the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the “Act”) into law on December 18, 2015. The Act extends retroactively certain provisions of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”) that had expired...more

IRS Addresses RIC Asset Diversification Requirements

On September 14, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued final regulations under Internal Revenue Code Section 851 clarifying that control groups under the regulated investment company (RIC) rules may consist of two...more

IRS Adds Certain Spin Transactions to the “No Rule” List

Treasury and IRS announce that certain “cash rich” and REIT/RIC conversion spin-offs are under study and are added to the “no rule” list. On September 14, 2015, the United States Treasury Department (the Treasury) and...more

IRS Suspends Private Rulings on Many REIT Spin Off Conversions

The flurry of Opco-Propco REIT conversions has hit a stumbling block this week when the IRS issued a Revenue Procedure announcing a “no rule” policy for a key corporate tax issue for many REIT spin offs. Basically to do a...more

New IRS Guidance Limits Tax-Free Spin-Off Rulings – Implications for REIT Spin-Offs

On September 14, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued Notice 2015-59 (the “Notice”) and Revenue Procedure 2015-43 (the “Rev Proc”; together with the Notice, the “Spin-Off Guidance”). Under the Spin-Off Guidance,...more

Volcker Rule: Federal Agencies Issue New Guidance Regarding the Seeding Period Treatment for Registered Investment Companies...

Under guidance issued on July 16, 2015 by the federal agencies responsible for implementing the Volcker Rule (the “Agencies”) RICs and FPFs need not be treated as banking entities during a seeding period of up to three...more

Agencies Provide Guidance On Seeding Period for Volcker Rule

The staffs of the agencies responsible for administering the Volcker Rule have again updated the Volcker Rule FAQs. A new FAQ notes that the rule implementing the Volcker Rule and the accompanying preamble make clear that a...more

SEC Updates Guidance on Cybersecurity

Emphasizing the critical importance of cybersecurity to registered investment companies (RICs), including insurance separate accounts and business development companies, and to investment advisers, the SEC’s Division of...more

"FIRPTA Reform Opens Door to Increased Foreign Investment in US Real Estate"

This afternoon, Reps. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) re-introduced in the House of Representatives a bill to significantly reform the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA). Introduced as H.R....more

Global Tax News - March 2015

Australia's Investment Management Regime reforms 30 MAR 2015 - Australia’s Investment Management Regime (IMR) reforms, initially proposed by the Australian Financial Centre Forum in the Johnson Report in 2009 and the...more

Potential refund of Swedish withholding tax: opportunity for US RICs

In 2012, the Swedish Administrative Court of Appeal concluded that Sweden’s withholding tax rules are not compatible with EC law when Swedish withholding tax is levied on dividend payments made to a Luxembourg SICAV fund. ...more

CFPB settles with military base retailer for alleged fee scam; Senators seek CFPB investigation of retailer’s debt collection...

The CFPB has announced a settlement with USA Discounters, a retailer that operates a chain of stores near military bases and offers financing for purchases through retail installment sales contracts (RICs), to resolve charges...more

U.S. House Votes to Reauthorize the CFTC and Exclude Most RICs from CPO and CTA Requirements

The U.S. House of Representatives on June 24, 2014, passed a version of the CFTC reauthorization bill, H.R. 4413, that would exclude investment advisers to registered investment companies (RICs) from the definitions of...more

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