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New News on IRS Form 1098-T Penalty Relief for Colleges and Universities

Background. Each year, on an IRS Form 1098-T, colleges, universities, vocational schools and other postsecondary educational institutions must report to the IRS and each student the amount of tuition and related expenses...more

Urgent: Address Your Tax Issues or Risk Losing Your Passport!

American passport holders now have another reason to get their tax affairs in order. New IRS Code § 7345 was added with the passing of the "FAST Act" or Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act. A goliath of a law, the new...more

Trial Court’s Grant of Summary Judgment On Ground Not Asserted By Moving Party Upheld

In Marlton Recovery Partners, LLC v. County of Los Angeles, et al. (filed 11/20/15), the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, affirmed summary judgment in favor of the defendants County of Los Angeles, the...more

Year-End Employment Tax Alert– Withholding FICA Taxes on Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation Benefits

Under a special timing rule contained in the federal tax regulations, benefits earned under a non-qualified deferred compensation plan are generally subject to Social Security and Medicare employment taxes (FICA taxes) as of...more

Did You Know…The IRS Concludes That a “Penalty” Is a “Penalty” (Except When It Isn’t)

If you have ever paid a current or ex-employee in a settlement or after a trial or arbitration (and what employer has not?), then you know the importance of properly characterizing the payment for tax purposes. For example,...more

City of Chicago Debt Relief Program – A Tax Amnesty Opportunity

Chicago’s Department of Finance currently is offering an amnesty program called the Debt Relief Program (Program). The Program gives individuals and businesses the opportunity to resolve outstanding debt and avoid certain...more

State Voluntary Disclosure Programs: An Overview

What is Voluntary Disclosure? Most state departments of revenue allow certain categories of noncompliant taxpayers to come forward voluntarily and pay taxes accrued during a limited lookback period. Taxpayers accepted...more

New Hampshire Lowers Tax Rates, Creates Amnesty and Voluntary Disclosure Programs

After lengthy negotiations between legislators and Governor Maggie Hassan, New Hampshire enacted significant tax changes, including a cut to business tax rates, an increase in the research and development tax credit, and the...more

Substantial Compliance Doctrine Will Not Override Return Signing Requirement

In a recent Tax Court case, a joint return was timely filed by a husband and wife. However, the return was filed without the wife signing the return. The IRS rejected the initially filed return and imposed late filing...more

California Updates Conformity to Internal Revenue Code, Provides Large Corporate Understatement Penalty Relief

Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 154 on September 30, 2015, updating California’s general conformity to the Internal Revenue Code and providing three new exceptions to the imposition of the Large Corporate...more

Tax Alert: Relief for Federal Disaster Areas in South Carolina - State Department of Revenue and Internal Revenue Service Issue...

On October 7, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued SC-2015-71 to grant relief to taxpayers located in federal disaster areas of South Carolina....more

California Enacts Federal Conformity Bill

The governor of California has signed AB 154, which selectively conforms the California Revenue and Taxation Code to specified provisions of the Internal Revenue Code enacted as of January 1, 2015. This is a significant...more

Pass-Through Business Tax Alert

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue has announced that it will soon begin identifying pass-through business entities that have under-reported income, failed to file PA-20S/PA-65 Information Returns, and failed to maintain...more

Private Foundations: A Brief Overview of Rules and Practical Steps for Grant-Making

Private Foundation Rules to Remember - Private foundations must follow a variety of rules to avoid the imposition of potentially onerous penalty taxes on the foundation and its related parties...more

Good News (x2) from the IRS for Colleges and Universities!

Colleges and universities get additional penalty relief regarding Forms 1098-T (Student Tuition Statement). Background. Each year, on an IRS Form 1098-T, colleges, universities, vocational schools and other...more

Post-DMA, Federal Court of Appeals Broadly Interprets Jurisdictional Limitations of Anti-Injunction Act

Earlier this month, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit held in Florida Bankers Ass’n v. U.S. Dep’t of the Treasury, No. 14-5036 (D.C. Cir. Aug. 14, 2015) that the Anti-Injunction Act (AIA, codified at 26...more

Obtaining Relief from Penalties Related to IRS Form 1098-T Filing Deficiencies

It has been reported that many colleges and universities have received IRS Notices assessing significant penalties for failing to provide accurate or complete information on IRS Forms 1098-T. Going forward, colleges and...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

Important Tax Provisions Contained in Acts Extending Highway Trust Fund and Trade Preferences

On July 31, 2015, President Obama signed P.L. 114-41, the Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015 (“Highway Act”), into law. Although the Highway Act is primarily for the purpose of...more

The Affordable Care Act’s Reporting Requirements for Carriers and Employers (Part 4 of 24): Highlights from the Draft 2015...

The IRS recently issued draft 2015 Instructions for Forms 1094-C and 1095-C (“2015 Instructions”). These are the forms that employers with 50 or more full-time employees (including full-time equivalent employees) in the...more

The Affordable Care Act’s Reporting Requirements for Carriers and Employers: The Basics (Part 3 of 24)

Alden Bianchi, Chair of Mintz Levin’s Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Practice, will provide a weekly installment on the complex reporting obligations outlined by the Affordable Care Act for health insurance...more

ACA Reporting Update: New Forms, Higher Penalties & Other Guidance

With the impending deadline early next year, most applicable large employers are (or should be) in the process of gearing up for what is perhaps the biggest Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) compliance challenge this year — the...more

Lawsuit by U.S. Presidential Candidate Challenges the Constitutionality of FATCA

Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., along with six current and former U.S. citizens living abroad, filed a lawsuit, July 14, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio challenging the constitutionality of the Foreign...more

Affordable Care Act Reporting Penalties Significantly Increased

On June 29, 2015, President Barack Obama signed the Trade Preferences Extension Act (the Act) into law. In addition to containing several revenue offsets, the Act significantly increased penalties for incorrect information...more

Employment Law - July 2015 #2

DOL Proposes Major Overhaul of Overtime Rules: Why it matters - Expanding the scope of employees eligible for overtime, the Department of Labor (DOL) released its long-awaited new rules revising the white collar...more

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