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IRS Issues Guidance on Qualified Plan Amendments Regarding Same Sex Spouses

Employers have been considering the impact on benefit programs, including the qualified retirement plans, of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision recognizing the validity of same sex marriages. In September, 2013, the IRS issued...more

IRS Guidance On Same-Gender Marriage - What Actions Should Plan Sponsors Take Now

Following the Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor, the IRS announced in Revenue Ruling 2013-17 that lawfully married same-sex couples would be treated as married for all Internal Revenue Code purposes. On...more

Treasury Department Issues Guidance on Application of Same-Sex Marriage Ruling to Retirement Plans

On April 4, 2014, the Department of the Treasury issued its long-awaited supplemental guidance on when and how tax-qualified retirement plans (including 401(k) plans) must comply with Windsor v. United States, in which the...more

Senate Finance Committee Passes Bill to Extend Certain Lapsed Tax Breaks

The Senate Finance Committee passed the Expiring Provisions Improvement Reform and Efficiency Act (EXPIRE Act) on April 3, 2014. The legislation would renew through 2015 more than 50 tax incentives that either have lapsed or...more

IRS Announces Deadline to Amend Retirement Plans for Same-Sex Benefits

On April 4, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (the “Service”) published Notice 2014-19, in which it describes amendments required to be made to retirement plans qualified under Section 401(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of...more

The Honeymoon Is Over: IRS Says It Is Time to Amend Plans to Cover Same-Sex Spouses

On April 4, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Notice 2014-19, which provides a series of Q&As regarding the application of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor and the IRS’s prior...more

Tax Implications for Same-Sex Married Couples Residing in The Carolinas

As the April 15th filing deadline approaches, there are important changes to note. When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) on June 26, 2013, a number of important tax issues were raised...more

“New Jobs For New Jersey Act” Would Provide Tax Benefits To Smaller Private Employers Hiring Unemployed Workers

On January 6, 2014, the Senate introduced a bill (S153) that would provide incentives to small private sector employers that increase their workforce by hiring unemployed workers. Under the legislation, employers with 100 or...more

Domestic Anti-Treaty-Shopping Proposals and Further Consultation Announced in Canada's Federal Budget 2014

In the Canadian Federal Budget released on February 11, 2014, the Department of Finance signaled its intention to enact a domestic treaty-shopping rule, generally allowing the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to deny treaty...more

New Tax Benefits for Investment Projects in the Russian Far East

Companies that carry out qualifying investment projects in the Russian Far East enjoy tax benefits under a new Federal Law “On the Introduction of Amendments to Parts One and Two of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation...more

Pledge Of LLC Interest Enough For Avoiding Income On Indebtedness Discharge

Code §108(a)(1)(D) avoids debt discharge income to taxpayers (other than C corporations) when indebtedness is forgiven if it is qualified real property business indebtedness. This is generally indebtedness incurred in...more

An Overview of The Up-C Structure in Energy Deals

The UP-C structure — which offers tax benefits to pre-IPO investors and sponsors — likely will expand among energy companies. In 2013, several energy companies went public using a so-called UP-C structure. In using...more

New Guidance For Cafeteria Plans, FSAs and HSAs

In June 2013, the Supreme Court held unconstitutional a federal law requiring only opposite-sex marriages to be recognized for federal law purposes. The Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") issued initial guidance in September...more

Simplified IRS Relief for Same-Sex Couples and Others

On January 27, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service announced in Revenue Procedure 2014-18 a simplified procedure for certain estates to make a late portability election under section 2010(c)(5)(A) of the Internal Revenue Code....more

“Finding the sweet spot – Grow NJ and ERG Grant incentives are fundamentally about bringing investment and jobs to the right...

If you want to get the best value from the new Economic Opportunity Act of 2013, you will most likely be successful if your business objectives are aligned with the often location driven public purposes that the Legislature...more

START-UP NY: Creating Tax-Free Zones for High-Tech Startups in New York State

In an effort to attract startup companies and leverage the research capacity and workforces available in New York’s colleges and universities, New York State recently established tax-free zones for certain startup companies....more

Nondiscrimination Testing for Health and Welfare Plans

Some employee benefits enjoy a tax-favored status under the Tax Code, but such favorable tax treatment applies with respect to certain highly compensated individuals only if the plans satisfy applicable nondiscrimination...more

Revised Rev. Proc. 2014-12 Clarifies New Guidance on Rehabilitation Tax Credits

On January 9, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued a revised version of previously released Rev. Proc. 2014-12, providing a safe harbor for the allocation of IRC Sec. 47 rehabilitation tax credits in tax credit...more

Equal Tax Treatment for Same-Sex Couples in the Wake of Recent Supreme Court Ruling and IRS Guidance

Same-sex marriages now are being recognized under federal tax law for the first time. In June 2013, the Supreme Court released its decision in United States v. Windsor, 530 U.S. 12 (2013), declaring Section 3 of the federal...more

Brindisi Tax Academy -- 2013 Year-End Tax Update

I. A Look Back At 2013 Tax Matters, “Gangnam Style” - A. Some Random Observations. - 1. When we penned last year’s Update for you, dear reader, this fair country of ours stood six feet from the edge of the “...more

Living unmarried with a significant other? Listen up – New property tax exclusion!

If you live with a significant other and you aren’t married, or even if you live with a friend, sibling, or more distant relative, you may qualify for a new property tax reassessment exclusion that became effective on January...more

Temporary Tax Benefit Provisions That Have Now Expired

A number of provisions of the Code that favor taxpayers expired at the end of 2013. Historically, Congress usually gets around to reinstating such expired provisions, but in today’s partisan environment, nothing should be...more

IRS Answers Some Outstanding Questions For Same Sex Spouses

Since the Supreme Court's decision in United States v. Windsor holding the Defense of Marriage Act ("DOMA") to be unconstitutional, and the related guidance issued thereafter by the Internal Revenue Service certain questions...more

European Commission Investigates Exemption from Renewable Energy Surcharge for Energy-Intensive Companies in Germany

The European Commission today opened a State aid investigation into the German Renewable Energy Source Act (the EEG), claiming that the EEG may have given unlawful advantages to energy-intensive companies in Germany. These...more

New IRS Guidance on Same-Sex Spouses and Cafeteria Plans

Action by December 31st Required for Safe Harbor - Yesterday, the IRS issued specific guidance on how employers can address issues arising from the change in tax treatment for same-sex spouses under cafeteria plans. ...more

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