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Family Business Interests, Charitable Remainder Trusts and Life Insurance: Q & A with Capital Strategies Group

Bradley’s Family Owned Business team asked our friends at Capital Strategies Group, Inc. to share a case illustrating how high-net-worth families involved in family businesses are using life insurance in creative ways that go...more

Can Foreign Partners Now Exit Partnerships Tax Free?

by Bracewell LLP on

In Grecian Magnesite Mining v. Commissioner (“Grecian Magnesite”) the Tax Court held that a non-U.S. partner's gain from the redemption of its partnership interest was neither U.S. source income nor income effectively...more

“Drop Shipment” Sales Tax Rule Is Held Constitutional

In D & H Distributors, Inc. v. Commissioner of Revenue (July 31, 2017), the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) upheld the imposition of sales tax against a wholesaler that delivered goods directly to consumers in...more

The Emergence of Third Party Preferred Equity as a Financing Device

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Increasingly, buyout sponsors are turning to third party preferred equity as a financing tool for their transactions. Structured to be treated as equity for debt rating agencies, bank regulatory regimes and in-place debt...more

ALJ Forces Combination of Hedge Fund Group in New York City - Tax Update Volume 2017, Issue 4

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On April 27, the New York City Tax Appeals Tribunal issued a decision requiring the related members of a hedge fund group to file a combined return for New York City tax purposes. However, the administrative law judge (ALJ)...more

U.S Tax Court Bounces Rev. Rul. 91-32: Sales of Partnership Interests by Foreign Partners May Not be Subject to U.S. Tax

by Dickinson Wright on

The practice of tax law is an exercise of statutory interpretation. A recent opinion of the U.S. Tax Court, Grecian Magnesite Mining, Indust. & Ship. Co. v. C.I.R., 149 T.C. No. 3 (July 13, 2017), is illustrative. Grecian...more

U.S. Tax Court Bounces Rev. Rul. 91-32: Sales of Partnership Interests by Foreign Partners May Not be Subject to U.S. Tax

by Dickinson Wright on

The practice of tax law is an exercise of statutory interpretation. A recent opinion of the U.S. Tax Court, Grecian Magnesite Mining, Indust. & Ship. Co. v. C.I.R., 149 T.C. No. 3 (July 13, 2017), is illustrative. Grecian...more

Holding the Bag: Update Your Operating Agreement or Face the Tax Consequences

by Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP on

New Law – Direct Assessment of LLC Tax Liability - The Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act (“TEFRA”) has governed the procedures for auditing partnerships since 1982. Under TEFRA, if the IRS audited an LLC taxed as a...more

Five Questions for Investors in Insurtech

Decisions you make when founding and/or investing in an insurtech venture can dictate your regulatory obligations, tax liability, operational structure and, ultimately, profitability. Here are five seemingly simple...more

California Supreme Court Confirms: Pony Up the Documentary Transfer Tax

by Nossaman LLP on

The California Supreme Court just dealt a blow to taxpayers who transfer interests in real estate-owning LLCs and other entities. In 926 North Ardmore Avenue, LLC v. County of Los Angeles (Cal. S. Ct. No. S222329, June 29,...more

IRS is Looking more like a “Self-Serve” Financial Provider while still Targeting Collections

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

Since 2011, IRS has undergone $900 million in budget cuts and has reduced its number of auditors by approximately 25%. Nonetheless, IRS has its eye on the “collections” ball. The Agency has recently benefited from...more

IRS Schools Taxpayers On Duty Of Consistency

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

Shirley died in October 1997. The estate filed an estate tax return and paid the tax indicated. The IRS subsequently audited Shirley’s estate and issued a notice of deficiency. After Tax Court proceedings, the court issued a...more

IRS Can Pursue “Responsible Persons” for Unpaid Trust Fund Taxes and Automatic Stay Cannot Be Used to Enjoin Collection Against...

The Puerto Rico Bankruptcy Court followed the Third Circuit in holding that the Anti-Injunction Act, which prohibits suits to restrain the assessment or collection of any tax, is not superseded by section 105(a) of the...more

Self-Employment Tax, LLCs, & The “Limited Partner” Exclusion

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

In general, self-employed individuals are subject to employment taxes on their net earnings. The wages paid to individuals who are non-owner-employees of a business are also subject to employment taxes, regardless of how...more

US: Amazon wins tax dispute over cross-border IP transfer, but favorable tax treatment may no longer be available

by Hogan Lovells on

Earlier this year in Amazon v. Commissioner, 148 T.C. No. 8 (March 23, 2017), the U.S. Tax Court issued a 207-page decision largely upholding Amazon’s tax treatment of an intellectual property transfer in 2005 and 2006 from...more

Buying a company in business rescue that has assessed tax losses

by Hogan Lovells on

Companies in business rescue often have built-up assessed losses for tax purposes. Competitors wishing to take over the business of the company in business rescue would often view such assessed loss as a valuable asset, in...more

What Do You Do If You Receive A Notice From The IRS That Your Tax Return Is Under Audit?

by Dickinson Wright on

Depending on the amount that may be at issue, call a tax lawyer immediately. A tax lawyer that has handled audits before is able to provide important strategy and structure to the audit that will present your case in the...more

Tax court finds self-employment tax for active LLC member

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Self-employment (SE) tax is one of the driving forces when a tax advisor recommends what type of entity to use for one’s business. My previous post, “Tax court finds no self-employment tax for passive LLC member,” described...more

California FTB Provides Guidance on Certain Section 382 Calculations - Tax Update Volume 2017, Issue 3

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

California requires taxpayers that have income within and outside the state to "apportion" their overall income between the two categories based upon certain factors and rules for determining their California tax liability....more

German tax treatment of royalties regarding software license and database licenses – Draft guidance of German Federal Ministry of...

by Hogan Lovells on

Yesterday the German Federal Ministry of Finance (Bundesfinanzministerium) released a draft circular on the German tax treatment of royalties paid for software and database licenses granted by non-resident licensors....more

Taxpayer Tips: Best Practices for U. S. Tax Court

Taxpayers contesting IRS assessments of additional taxes, penalties and interest have a number of different options to contest and appeal those assessments. One of those options includes bringing a case to the United States...more

Energy Transfer, Williams, and the Circular Ownership of Stock

It is unheard of for a deal to die at the closing table because lawyers cannot deliver a required opinion regarding a transaction that they structured and negotiated. Yet, this is exactly what happened last year when two...more

Taking stock

by Hogan Lovells on

In a recently published judgment handed down by the Supreme Court of Appeal, the court had to consider the interplay between the accrual of income and the ability to claim a deduction in circumstances where trading stock was...more

La definizione agevolata delle controversie tributarie

L'articolo 11 del d.l. n. 50 del 24 aprile 2017, pubblicato in GU 24 aprile 2017, introduce e disciplina la c.d. "Definizione agevolata delle controversie tributarie". Please see full Publication below for more...more

Pennsylvania Tax Amnesty Begins April 21, 2017

by Saul Ewing LLP on

The Pennsylvania Tax Amnesty Program begins on April 21, 2017, and continues through June 19, 2017. The amnesty period is open for 60 days. During the amnesty period, any taxpayer with existing tax liabilities owing to...more

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