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Don’t Put Away Those Party Supplies Just Yet: The New IRS Mileage Rates Are Here!

For the first time in human history, or at least a very long time, the mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes have declined....more

IRS Raises Safe Harbor Threshold and Simplifies Recordkeeping for Small Businesses to Deduct Certain Expenditures

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced on November 24, 2015 that it has raised the safe harbor threshold for small businesses to deduct certain capital expenditures from $500 to $2,500....more

IRS Releases Advice Addressing Section 162(m) and CFO Compensation of Smaller Reporting Companies

Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code (Code) limits, subject to certain exceptions, a public company’s federal income tax deduction for compensation paid to any “covered employee” to $1 million in any taxable year. A...more

The IRS’ Proposed Regulations to Provide a Substitute to the “Contemporaneous Written Acknowledgment” Requirement: A Data Security...

If you are a donor who makes a charitable gift of $250 or more, you need to obtain a “contemporaneous written acknowledgment” (CWA) letter from the recipient charitable organization to substantiate your donation and take the...more

IRS’s New, Optional Donor Form Causes Confusion

On September 16, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued proposed regulations to provide an alternative method for substantiating charitable contribution deductions. In connection with these regulations, the IRS will...more

Wealth Management Update - December 2015

December Interest Rates for GRATs, Sales to Defective Grantor Trusts, Intra-Family Loans and Split Interest Charitable Trusts - The December § 7520 rate for use with estate planning techniques such as CRTs, CLTs,...more

IRS Issues Favorable Rules for Retail and Restaurant Remodeling Costs - Retail Did You Know?

Dear Retail Clients and Friends, On November 19, the IRS released Revenue Procedure 2015-56, which provides a safe harbor method of accounting for costs incurred by retailers and restaurants in remodel and refresh...more

New Legislation Makes Sweeping Changes Impacting All Partnerships

All partnerships will be audited at the entity level unless they have 100 or fewer partners AND no partnerships as direct partners. The two-year budget plan passed by Congress on October 30, 2015, and expected to be...more

No Tax Deduction for Medical Marijuana Company

As more and more states are allowing for medical marijuana or other legal uses of marijuana, it is important to recognize that the federal government’s treatment of marijuana as a controlled substance can have more than...more

A Real Bummer for The Marijuana Industry

As a general rule, in accordance with IRC § 162(a), taxpayers are allowed to deduct, for federal income tax purposes, all of the ordinary and necessary expenses they paid or incurred during the taxable year in carrying on a...more

Worthless Debt Deduction – A Cautionary Tale

For partnership, individuals and other types of taxpayers that are not in the business of making loans, the main avenue for tax relief when a loan goes bad is Section 166 – the bad debt deduction. In order to claim this...more

IRS Issues Guidance on Bonus Depreciation

The IRS issued guidance on Tuesday dealing with first-year bonus depreciation. The Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 amended Section 168(k)(2) by extending the one year placed-in-service date for property that...more

Taxpayers Must Correctly Write-Off Balances for Partial Bad Debt Deduction

Code Section 166(a)(2) allows for a deduction for partially worthless debts for business debts. One of the requirements to be able to deduct is that the amount deducted “was charged off” on the books during the tax year....more

Tax Changes Included in the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015

The recently enacted Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 (the "Act") contains a number of tax provisions affecting businesses and individuals which have not been widely reported. The Act adds a requirement for claiming...more

"Treasury Releases Notice Addressing Transactions Involving Related-Party Partnerships"

On August 6, 2015, the Department of the Treasury issued Notice 2015-54 (the Notice) announcing its intent to issue new regulations addressing transactions involving partnerships formed by related parties. According to the...more

Tax and Estate Planning Newsletter - Summer 2015

Dear Clients and Colleagues: This summer’s weather is a mix of hot and cold temperatures, and the rain we need so desperately is coming now in sprinkles along with thunder and lightning. Along with changes in the...more

Tax Court: Stock based Compensation Costs Need not be Included in International Cost-Sharing Arrangements

The Stunning Altera Case - Employee stock options are an important part of compensation—both as income to the executives and as a deduction for the employer. But when stock options are used by multinational companies,...more

On-Line Fundraising, Some Tax Implications

Many have participated in, or know someone who has launched, a “Kickstarter” campaign or other online means of securing funds for a project. Others may have encountered a request for contributions to a “fund” for some tragic...more

FINRA Warns on Muni Shorts & Fails: Substitute Interest is Taxable

FINRA issued its late-July Regulatory Notice 15-27 warning brokerage firms that inadvertent short positions or fail-to-delivers in municipal securities trading can create situations where the member-firm pays a customer...more

Tax Proposals to Eliminate Interest Deductions Miss the Mark

The proposal to eliminate the interest deduction may have a material adverse impact on U.S. middle-market companies. In March, Republican presidential candidate Senator Marco Rubio, together with Senator Michael Lee,...more

Lessons Learned in Conservation Partnerships

The Internal Revenue Code has provided an incentive under Section 170(h) for charitable conservation gifts. Since at least 2002 there has been an interest in combining through partnership those land owners who may have little...more

IRS v. Medical Marijuana: IRS 1 Medical Marijuana 0

The Internal Revenue Code may be the single strongest enforcement weapon in the battle over legal sale and distribution of "medical marijuana". The Opinion of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Oliver...more

Stretched for Resources, the IRS Sets Its Sights on Small Captive Insurers

A "captive" insurance company is an insurer formed for the limited purpose of insuring the risks of its non-insurer owner or owners. A captive can be an effective risk-management tool, especially for costly or unconventional...more

IRS Informally Rules Disgorgement Payments Under FDA Consent Decree May Be Deductible

In Internal Revenue Service Field Attorney Advice released May 22, 2015 (FAA 20152103F), the IRS Office of Chief Counsel expressed its informal view that the evidence suggests that the amount the taxpayer paid the United...more

High Net Worth Family Tax Report, Vol. 10, No. 1

Recent Case Illustrates Importance of Keeping Legal Entities in Good Standing - A recent United States Tax Court case illustrates the importance of keeping legal entities in good standing. In Medical Weight Control...more

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