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IRS: Bad News for REIT Spin-off Conversions

In late September, the IRS sent up as large of a red flag as possible concerning Real Estate Investment Trust (“REIT”) spinoffs in IRS Notice 2015-59 and Rev. Proc. 2015-43. While these issuances did not change existing law,...more

A Quick Refresher on the Tax Consequences of Condemnation

Most of us are at least vaguely familiar with the tax on gains from the sale of property. Many of us know that when property is sold voluntarily and the funds re-invested, the gain may be deferred under Internal Revenue Code...more

IRS Announces Intent to Tax Transfers to Partnerships

On August 6, 2015, the IRS issued Notice 2015-54 (the "Notice"),[1] which states that the IRS and Treasury Department intend to issue regulations under section 721(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the "Code") to...more

IRS Reduces Cost to Fix Some Missed Deferral Errors

The Internal Revenue Service has issued new guidelines that should be advantageous for employers that sponsor 401(k) and 403(b) plans. The new rules reduce and, in some cases, completely eliminate the windfall in favor of...more

Wimpy’s Investment Strategy for Foreign Real Estate Investors - Real Estate Deferral Options for Foreign Investors beyond the 1031...

Overview - I did not grow up watching much TV, or at least TV programming in English, growing up in the Panama Canal Zone. The Military’s AFRTS did not come on the air each day until around 4;30 in the afternoon. In the...more

Thinking of Becoming an Expat? Watch Out for the Exit Tax

An increasing number of Americans are opting for an expatriate life. In fact, as MSN reports, more Americans than ever have renounced their U.S. citizenship in the first quarter of 2015. Moving abroad and getting a new...more

Proposed US Tax Legislation Aims to Curb Hedge Fund Reinsurance

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) has released legislation, the Offshore Reinsurance Tax Fairness Act (ORTFA), which aims to close what he perceives to be a loophole used to exploit an exception to the passive foreign investment...more

Paradise Found! - The Use of PPLI Planning in Income Realization Planning in the Sale of a Capital Asset

I was at the PPLI conference in Boston a week and a half ago. Usually it is the same group of people saying the same things. However, this year was a little different. I have lived through several cycles of evolution of the...more

Estate tax relief for family businesses

If a substantial portion of a person’s wealth is tied up in a family or closely held business, he or she may be concerned that the estate will lack sufficient liquid assets to pay estate taxes. If that’s the case, heirs may...more

Seniors Need to Use Care in Deferring Income Into 2016

Tax Planning 101 says to defer income into the next year if you can, since it is better to pay a tax later than sooner. You get to keep the money in your account and can earn interest (good luck with that with today’s...more

Estate Planning Pitfall: Watch out for IRA traps

An IRA can be a valuable estate planning tool, offering tax-deferred growth (tax-free in the case of a Roth IRA) and asset protection. But two recent developments create traps for the unwary: the “one-rollover-per-year” rule...more

IRS Chief Counsel Shrugs Off Taxpayer’s Section 956 Gambit

In a recently released Chief Counsel Advice Memorandum (the “Memorandum”), the IRS Office of Chief Counsel (International) addressed an interesting and somewhat creative internal financing structure deployed by a taxpayer...more

Salaried Members Legislation & Alternative Investment Fund Manager (AIFM) Deferral Mechanism

Draft Salaried Member Legislation - Following the publication of further guidance on February 21, 2014, Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) in the U.K. has today issued revised “salaried member” legislation in...more

Final Regulations Illustrate That Lock-Up Arrangements Do Not Prevent Current Taxation Under Section 83

A transfer restriction on its own is not sufficient to defer tax on a compensatory equity grant. This proposition is highlighted by final regulations issued by the IRS on Feb. 25th under Internal Revenue Code section 83. The...more

Proposed Treasury Regulations Could Significantly Impact Tax Deferral in Partnership Transactions

Late last month, the Treasury Department issued proposed regulations that address partnership liabilities (section 752) and disguised sales of property (Internal Revenue Code section 707). If enacted, the section 752...more

Q&A With Bilzin Sumberg's Jeffrey Rubinger

Jeffrey L. Rubinger is a partner in Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod's Miami office. He practices in the area of domestic and international taxation. Originally Published on Law360 - January 31, 2014. ...more

Final Regulations Issued For Transfers Of Built-In Loss Property

On August 30, 2013 the Treasury Department released final regulations regarding guidance on Section 362(e)(2), preventing the duplication of loss when property containing a net built-in loss is transferred to a corporation in...more

Be Careful With Self-Directed IRA Investment Selection

For many Americans, IRAs (individual retirement accounts) are popular and viable options for retirement savings. An IRA allows an individual to put away a certain amount of funds each year, without immediately being subject...more

Supreme Court Endorses Key Tax Principle: Tax Law Should Follow Private Law Agreements

The Supreme Court of Canada recently endorsed a fundamental principle in Canadian tax law – namely that absent sham or statutory recharacterization rules, “tax law applies to transactions governed by, and the nature and legal...more

SCC Confirms the Ability of Taxpayers to Seek Rectification to Remedy Errors that May Impact Tax Positions

Uninteded tax consequences of a contract can be avoided by rectification, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in Québec v Services Environnementaux AES inc., 2013 SCC 65 (AES). ...more

Insight on Estate Planning - Year End 2013: Can portability help preserve retirement benefits?

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA) made the estate tax exemption “portability” feature permanent. This allows a surviving spouse to take advantage of a deceased spouse’s unused federal gift and estate tax...more

Editorial: How US Cos. Can Reduce Latin American Tax Obligations

Many South Florida-based companies conduct business operations throughout Latin America. Typically, these operations are conducted through wholly-owned foreign subsidiaries. Originally Published in Law360 - October 29,...more

Late Payment Of Interest Voids Code §6166 Deferral Of Estate Tax Arrangement

Code §6166 can be a lifesaver for estates with large business assets. The provision will allow qualifying estates to defer payment of estate taxes on their business interests, and then pay off the tax liability over a 10 year...more

No Nukes! - Using Tax-Advantaged Investments to Enhance Investment Returns in Nuclear Decommissioning Trusts

A. Overview - This executive summary is intended to outline the use of private placement insurance contracts as a funding vehicle for nuclear decommissioning trusts (NDT). As of the end of 28 investor-owned and 28...more

New Accounting Rules for Gift Cards Redeemable by Unrelated Entities

IRS modifies rules allowing the deferral method of accounting for advance payments received for the sale of gift cards that are redeemable by an unrelated party. On July 24, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released an...more

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