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
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).
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
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced the tax year 2014 cost-of-living adjustments affecting dollar limitations on benefits and contributions under qualified retirement plans and other inflation-adjusted amounts....more
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
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
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
Earlier today the OECD provided its Action Plan on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting to the G20, which contains 15 specific recommendations for international tax reform. The OECD expects the Action Plan to be largely completed...more
On January 8, 2013, we published a newsletter (a copy of which can be found here) detailing the Franchise Tax Board's ("FTB") questionable legal and policy decision to begin collecting on a retroactive basis approximately...more
A closer look at federal constitutional case law would seem to indicate that the State of California may not find it so easy to seek refunds plus interest after all....more
In Cutler v. Franchise Tax Board, a case litigated by Reed Smith, a California Court of Appeal held that the California property and payroll requirements of California’s Qualified Small Business Stock provisions were invalid....more
The California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) recently issued FTB Notice 2012-03, stating that the FTB will disallow the exclusion or deferral of gain under California's qualified small business stock (QSBS) statute for all tax...more
On December 21, 2012, the Franchise Tax Board ("FTB") released Notice 2012-03 (the "FTB Notice"), which notice outlines the procedures the FTB will apply in response to the Court of Appeal's recent decision in Cutler v....more
A court of appeal recently found unconstitutional a Revenue and Taxation Code provision that allows a taxpayer to defer capital gains when he or she sells stock in a qualified small business if the taxpayer uses the gain to...more
Article presents a brief overview of the Small Business Jobs Act signed into law by the President on September 27, 2010....more