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IRS Publishes Final Regulations for Equivalency Determinations

Take note of these practical concerns for private foundations making grants to foreign organizations. On September 25, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published final regulations for private foundations making good...more

“Unclean Hands” Prevent UBS and Birkenfeld from Recovering Damages from Olenicoff for Malicious Prosecution

On July 23, 2015, the Superior Court in Orange County, California, dismissed a lawsuit brought by UBS and joined by whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld against former UBS customer Igor Olenicoff. The suit alleged malicious...more

Appeal Court Confirms Tax Advisors Do Not Owe Common Law Duty to Indemnify

In Addison & Leyen Ltd v Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP, 2014 ABCA 230, the Alberta Court of Appeal confirmed that tax advisors do not owe a common law duty of contribution and indemnity to recipients of their tax advice when...more

Tax Talk -- Volume 7, No. 2 -- July 2014

In This Issue: - As FATCA Begins, IRS Rolls out Withholding Forms, Increases IGA Count - IRS Issues Final Circular 230 Rules Simplifying Written Tax Advice Requirements - Mortgage CCA Raises More...more

IRS Amends Regulations for Written Tax Advice: Say Goodbye to the Circular 230 Disclaimer at the End of Emails

Effective June 12, 2014, the IRS has announced revisions to Circular 230: Regulations Governing Practice Before the Internal Revenue Service that are designed, in part, to provide a more flexible standard for all written tax...more

"Extensive Wait Times" Ahead with the IRS

Yesterday the IRS released a YouTube video from John Koskinen, the new commissioner, assuring taxpayers the IRS is dedicated to assisting taxpayers this filing season, and advising taxpayers the best methods to seek tax...more

Supreme Court confirms that legal advice privilege does not apply to communications with non-lawyers

The Supreme Court this week handed down judgment in the case of R (on the application of Prudential plc and another) v Special Commissioner of Income Tax and another, confirming that legal advice privilege does not extend to...more

Tax Advice Given by Accountants Not Protected by Privilege

Legal advice privilege applies only to lawyers and does not extend to tax advice provided by accountants, the United Kingdom Supreme Court (formerly the House of Lords) confirmed in its first judgment of 2013: R (on the...more

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