Tangible Property

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Lessons Learned from the Robin Williams Litigation

Robin Williams died on August 11, 2014, and it did not take long for litigation to be filed over his estate, or more specifically, his living trust. Mr. Williams last rewrote his trust in January 2012, not long after marrying...more

A Saab Is Not A Tangible Object Either

We previously reported on a U.S. Supreme Court case which interpreted the evidence destruction provisions of Sarbanes-Oxley. A plurality of the Court held in Yates that destruction of fish was not destruction of a tangible...more

Tax: Tax Considerations for Technology Licenses

The parties to licenses of technology should consider tax issues with such licenses. The following is a summary of some of the tax implications that may arise with regard to technology licenses....more

New Tax Rules for Tangible Property

Progress always requires change, and progress in the way we tax tangible property is no exception. The tangible property rules have long been one of the murkier areas of the federal tax code. But new regulations — the last...more

Louisiana Supreme Court Upholds Bundling Portable Toilet Leases and Cleaning Services, but Not Sure About True Object of Resulting...

If you are ever waiting in line for portable toilet facilities at the St. Patty’s Day Parade and in need of something to think about, consider the property and service you are about to use: Is it the lease of tangible...more

Phase-Out of School District and Local Government Property Tax Replacement Payments Proposed

In February 2015, the Ohio General Assembly introduced House Bill 64 (“H.B. 64”), which is the biennial operating budget bill for the biennium beginning July 1, 2015. H.B. 64 contains language that would restart the...more

Supreme Court Limits Scope of SOX Anti-Shredding Provision

The US Supreme Court recently reversed the conviction of a commercial fisherman, John L. Yates, accused of violating 18 U.S.C. § 1519, also known as the anti-shredding provision of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX), holding that...more

U.S. Supreme Court Finds That SOX’s Anti-Shredding Provision Does Not Apply To Fish

When one thinks of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX)—a law created to restore trust in the financial markets following the collapse of Enron—red grouper is not usually the first thing that comes to mind. Nevertheless, the...more

SCOTUS Narrows SOX Obstruction Statute

In its recent ruling in Yates v. United States, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed a conviction under Sarbanes-Oxley’s “anti-shredding” statute, holding that it covers documents, records and only “tangible objects” similar to...more

Yates v. United States: Supreme Court Reins in Sarbanes-Oxley Act’s “Anti-Shredding” Provision

Action Item: The Supreme Court’s decision in Yates v. United States will significantly impact how in-house counsel, outside counsel, and compliance officers alike should advise their clients with respect to evidence...more

IRS Simplifies Accounting Method Changes Under “Repair Regs”

In new Rev. Proc. 2015-20, the IRS permits a “small business taxpayer” to use a simplified procedure to change its method of accounting under the final tangible property regulations for tax years beginning on or after January...more

Electricity Transmission and Distribution Equipment Ineligible for Georgia Sales Tax Manufacturing Exemption

The Georgia Tax Tribunal has held that an electric utility’s transmission and distribution equipment was not “necessary and integral to the manufacture of tangible personal property” and thus did not qualify for an exemption...more

Louisiana Court Holds Video-on-Demand and Pay-Per-View Are Not Tangible Personal Property

Today the Louisiana Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal held that a cable television provider’s video-on-demand (VOD) and pay-per-view (PPV) programming services are not tangible personal property and therefore not subject to sales...more

CalPERS’ Commitment to Infrastructure (Real Assets Annual Program Review, November 2014)

On November 17, 2014, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), the largest U.S. public pension fund with approximately $300 billion in assets, conducted its annual real assets program review. CalPERS’...more

Three Strikes…Tax on Cloud Computing Out in Michigan?

If the Department of Treasury (Treasury) was hoping that the Michigan courts would simply overlook the previous two cloud computing losses this year in Thomson Reuters and Auto-Owners, they appear to have been mistaken. Last...more

United States Property Investments under Section 956 of the Code

I. Background and Overall Scope of Section 956 - The overall purpose of section 956 is to tax investments made by CFCs in specified categories of “United States property” on a constructive dividend basis. The...more

Seeds Worth More than Gold

Plant Breeders are Learning the Value of Protecting Their Inventions - Agricultural espionage: it’s not exactly the stuff of John le Carré novels. But recently a Chinese woman was charged in a plot to steal U.S. corn...more

What Every Business Owner Needs to Know About Implementing the New Tangible Property Regulations

Over the last several years, the IRS has published a series of regulations and rulings that dramatically change how taxpayers must account for the costs of acquiring, repairing, improving and even disposing of tangible...more

PilieroMazza Legal Advisor - Fourth Quarter

In this issue: - Court of Federal Claims Invalidates Key Component of the SBA’s Nonmanufacturer Rule - At the Crossroads of M&A and Government Contracts – The Novation Process - What Every Business Owner...more

What’s in a Like?

In the pre-Facebook era, the word “like” was primarily a verb (and an interjection sprinkled throughout valley girls’ conversations). Although you could have likes and dislikes in the sense of preferences, you could not give...more

Two Basics: Don’t Accept Candy From Strangers and Avoid Falling Into the “Document Dump[s]”

A recent order issued by M.J. Paul Grewal in Venture Corp. Ltd., et al. v. Barrett, No. 5:13-cv-03384, 2014 WL 5305575 (N.D. Cal. October 16, 2014) provides a useful reminder for all litigators: “Rule 34 (Producing Documents,...more

California Seeks to Clarify Standards of Review for Hotel Property Tax Assessment Appeals

Hotels are one of the most misunderstood properties when valued by local assessors for property tax purposes. A hotel’s enterprise activity is comprised of tangible property, in the form of real estate and personal property,...more

To Catch an E-Thief — Under Federal Property Law

As businesses move away from paper documents, courts are poised to broaden ‘conversion’ definition. The fundamental shift for busi­nesses in the past 15 years from paper documents to computer data has forced the courts...more

Complying With The Tangible Property Regulations – Procedural Guidance Provides Favorable Rules That Require Immediate...

Late last year, the IRS and Treasury Department released final and proposed regulations that affect the tax treatment of costs associated with plants, buildings, equipment, and machinery. These rules affect the costs...more

Planning for the Distribution of Tangible Personal Property: An Ounce of Planning Is Worth a Pound of Family Harmony

One of the most overlooked elements of an estate plan is the planning for the distribution of a person’s tangible personal property. This property, which many people commonly referred to as “belongings,” encompasses jewelry,...more

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