Tax Liability

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Do You Know About the 4 Scenarios in the IRS Collection Process?

The IRS collection process begins when IRS does not receive full and timely payments from a taxpayer after it issues a collection notice. Based on the information in the taxpayer’s 1040 tax return, if the taxpayer does not...more

Changes to tax treatment of termination payments

The UK Government has announced changes to the tax treatment of termination payments following the conclusion of its recent consultation. Draft legislation has now been published which will come into force in April 2018....more

Pennsylvania Tax Developments - A Reed Smith Quarterly Update

Is Pennsylvania bringing back its tax on “computer-related services”? Pennsylvania’s new “Netflix” tax (enacted as part of Act 84 of 2016) covers more than just digital downloads and streaming services. Effective August 1,...more

Keeping Your Team Motivated: A Profits Interest as an Equity-Based Incentive

Say you own one-half of an LLC that is taxed as a partnership. You and your partner invested the initial capital that was necessary to get the business up and running, and you both built the business with the help of a few...more

New Rules on Section 83(b) Elections

Prior to a recent change, in order for a Section 83(b) election to be effective, the taxpayer had to: - File the Section 83(b) election within 30 days of the receipt of restricted property (typically, restricted stock)...more

Executrix Held Liable Under Federal Claims Statute For Actions Taken Prior to Appointment as Executrix

A decedent died while owing over $340,000 in unpaid federal income tax liabilities. His estate was insolvent. The assets of his estate consisted almost entirely of a 100% interest in one corporation and 50% of another...more

Pennsylvania Tax Amnesty Enacted

A new Pennsylvania tax amnesty program is coming. It was enacted as part of the state’s 2016–2017 budget process. Taxpayers with unfiled state tax returns or returns that need to be amended will be able to pay the tax and...more

IRS Wins Debt vs. Equity Case

A frequent area of dispute between taxpayers and the IRS is whether an indebtedness obligation should be treated as debt, or an equity investment, for income tax purposes. Taxpayers often seek debt treatment to obtain...more

DC Circuit Ruling Threatens to Topple FERC Tax Allowance Policy

Court rules that FERC policy permitting a tax allowance for pass-through entities may unjustifiably permit “double-recovery” of tax expense. On July 1, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued...more

Changes to Accounting Rules Alter Approach to Share-Based Withholding

Earlier this year the Financial Accounting Standards Board released Accounting Standards Update No. 2016-09 (the “ASU”) to improve the accounting treatment of certain stock-based compensation payments. Among other updates,...more

Anatomy of a Busted Tax Rescue Transaction

For many years, there were companies out there that marketed a service to tax professionals to help their corporate clients with large tax liabilities. I remember receiving solicitations to think of them if I came across...more

Withholding Agents–Obligation to Withhold On Payments to Foreign Persons When Source of Payment Uncertain

In recent guidance to auditors, the IRS discusses what happens when a payor withholding agent pays items to a foreign payee when the withholding agent is uncertain whether the payment is U.S. source....more

IRS Tax Liens and Discretionary Trust Interests - Part 2

In April, I wrote how a U.S. District Court held that a beneficiary’s discretionary interest could be liened by the IRS for tax liabilities of the beneficiary. The interest was “halfway” between a purely discretionary...more

Taxing LLC Options (It’s Complicated)

Options, warrants, convertible equity and convertible debt are all familiar tools of corporate finance. Taxing LLC Options covers the federal income taxation of non-compensatory options (NCOs) issued by partnerships and LLCs...more

New York State Denies Taxpayer's Insurance (Deduction) Claim - Tax Update Volume 2016, Issue 1

Captive insurance arrangements, in New York and in certain other states, are often dependent on the federal treatment of the relationship as insurance for federal income tax purposes. A recent New York state...more

Partnership Contributions that Trigger Gain? The IRS Says 'Yes' - Tax Update Volume 2016, Issue 1

The new regulations will have a direct impact on the formation of partnerships in the international context. For most of the past decade, contributions to partnerships (including LLCs taxed as partnerships) have been...more

What Happens to Jointly Owned Property When One of the Owners Owes the IRS

Leonard and Joyce owned 50% of a commercial property. Their son, Derek, owned the other 50%. The IRS liened the property due to amounts owed by Leonard and Joyce to the IRS for unpaid taxes. The IRS sought to foreclose its...more

Make Sure the Corporation is in Good Standing Before Filing a Tax Court Petition

Many states will involuntarily or administratively dissolve a corporation for not paying or filing annual reports, fees, or tax returns. The ability of a dissolved corporation to engage in activities after dissolution depends...more

How to Lessen the Tax Bite When Selling a Business

When a business is sold, both the buyer and the seller endeavor to walk away with as much cash on hand as possible. The seller hopes to reap the rewards of years of hard work; the buyer hopes to secure enough cash to...more

Nassau County's New "Disputed Assessment Fund" is Likely to Raise Tax Rates

Commercial property owners in Nassau County take note: tax rates for your properties are likely to increase. For years, when property owners successfully challenged their real property assessments in Nassau County, the...more

Affordable Care Act: Understanding Employer Notices From the Marketplaces

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) established Health Insurance Marketplaces (also called Exchanges) where individuals can shop and enroll in health coverage. Individuals who meet certain criteria are eligible for premium...more

Partnerships Must Respond to New Audit Rules

The recently-enacted Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 includes a far-reaching overhaul of the rules applicable to IRS partnership audits and tax adjustments. This will be significant for partnerships and limited liability...more

A&B Healthcare Week in Review

I. REGULATIONS, NOTICES, & GUIDANCE - On April 15, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a proposed rule entitled, “Applications for Approval and Combinations of Active Ingredients Under Consideration for...more

Vermont Proposes Colorado-style Use Tax Reporting Law

As we discussed in February, the Tenth Circuit upheld the constitutionality of Colorado’s use tax notification law with its decision in Direct Marketing Association v. Brohl (DMA II). In his concurrence to the decision, Judge...more

Tax Liability for Net, Net Gifts

In Steinberg v. Commissioner, 145 T.C. No. 7 (September 16, 2015), an 89 year old donor made a $109 million taxable gift to her four daughters. The gift was made after the donor and the daughters entered into a gifting...more

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