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2016 Updated Rates, Exemptions, and Other Amounts

The IRS has released updated rates, exemptions, and other adjusted figures for the 2016 tax year. I keep summaries of these up-to-date on our firm’s website, and the site has now been updated for 2016. The updates include new...more

2015 Year-End Estate Planning Advisory

In 2015, we continued to experience a period of relative stability in our federal transfer tax system and have been able to plan without expecting imminent significant changes to the system. Under the American Taxpayer Relief...more

IRS Issues More Anti-Inversion Rules

Following on its prior Notice 2014-52 anti-inversion guidance, the IRS has issued new Notice 2015-79 to further limit (i) inversion transactions that are contrary to the purposes of the Section 7874 anti-inversion rules and...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 11.20.15

The US Treasury Department and IRS are joining forces to address corporate tax inversions with the introduction of new measures aimed at “curtailing companies’ ability to avoid United States tax rates if they move to...more

Be Cautious of Late In the Year Mutual Fund Purchases

This is the time of year to be cautious about buying a mutual fund. Many funds pay dividends near the end of the calendar year in December. If you buy one now, and it pays a dividend, you will be paying taxes for 2015 on the...more

Commonwealth Court Approves PA PUC’s Implementation of Distribution System Improvement Charge

The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania issued a decision on November 3, 2015, available here, that has significant implications for public utilities in Pennsylvania seeking to recover costs associated with distribution system...more

OECD/G20 Base Erosion and Profit Shifting Project — Final Reports Released

On October 5, 2015, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (“OECD”) published final reports outlining the “actions” to be undertaken by OECD members as part of the base erosion and profit shifting (“BEPS”)...more

Latest Cook County Data Shows Stabilizing Assessed Values and Uneven Recovery in New Property Values

With property tax levy season in full swing, assessed values and new property values are of major importance to board members and finance officials. For the seventh year we have obtained and analyzed Cook County assessment...more

Before Selecting Business Form, What Is Important To Consider? P.2

In our last post, we began discussing the importance of careful planning when selecting the legal form one’s business will take. As we noted, this decision can impact a number of aspects of the business and its owners. The...more

Congress Tinkers with Family Partnership Rules

The recently enacted Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 moves around the family partnership rules so as to clarify their application. THE OLD RULE Section 704(e)(1) provided that a person is recognized as a partner of a...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

Chicago Mayor’s Tax-Heavy Budget Passes: Lease and Amusement Tax Implications

Last week the Chicago City Council approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2016 revenue ordinance as part of his tax-laden budget proposal. The revenue ordinance included noteworthy changes to the personal property lease transaction...more

Sweeping Change to Partnership Tax Audit Procedures

A major change to partnership audits was signed into place by President Barack Obama on November 2nd following the passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 by Congress on October 30th. Previously, partnerships with more...more

Vesting 101 – Whaddya Mean I Don’t Own My Stock?

Vesting is an extremely important concept that arises (or should) among the founders when a company is formed, when equity incentives are granted and when outside investors invest. Although some founders view vesting as yet...more

Congress Passes Partnership Audit Reform – Obama Expected to Sign

Last week the Senate passed H.R. 1314 (The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015), which will completely change the way partnerships (and LLCs taxed as partnerships) are audited.  The House passed the legislation on Wednesday and it...more

Changing income tax rates in Alberta: What you need to know

Both the provincial government and the incoming federal government have raised, or have pledged to raise, income tax rates for high income earning individuals. Both have also pledged to make certain changes to corporate tax...more

New Partnership Audit Rules Heading Our Way?

The budget bill introduced yesterday includes a proposal to revamp/streamline how partnerships are audited. Specifically, it would repeal the much maligned TEFRA (1982 Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act) rules....more

Appellate Court Overturns School District’s Attempt to Vacate Ill-Advised Tax Rate Objection Settlement Reached by State’s...

Last week, an Illinois Appellate Court denied several school districts’ attempt to vacate a settlement agreement between the taxpayers’ attorney and the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office in a tax rate objection case. The...more

Partnership Audit Reform Marches Forward

As part of the current Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, sweeping changes to the partnership audit rules could be imminent. The new rules would greatly simplify the IRS procedures for auditing partnerships and likely increase...more

Tax Planning for Chinese Investment in U.S. Real Estate

According to recent estimates, Chinese investors represented the largest group of foreign investors in U.S. real estate in the second quarter of 2015 with $1.9 billion in acquisitions. In the last 12 months, Chinese investors...more

Applicable Federal Rates – November 2015

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Wrapping Paper Series Updates

2015 - The Price of Customer Loyalty: Rewards Programs and Sales and Use Tax Issues - 09.21.2015 - Retailers and other businesses use loyalty and rewards programs to draw in customers throughout the year. However,...more

Loan Transaction Costs IRA its Bankruptcy Exemption

A recent case illustrates a common problem with IRAs when their participants declare bankruptcy. Generally, IRAs are exempt assets in bankruptcy proceedings, and are thus beyond the reach of the bankrupt individual’s...more

Mainbrace: October 2015, No. 4

As with the world economy, the shipping markets are currently experiencing a major bout of volatility. The wide range of matters we are handling in our maritime law practice certainly reflects the current swings the shipping...more

Spotlight on Tennessee: Department of Revenue Proposes Tax Regulations

The Tennessee Department of Revenue (the Department) is in the process of proposing a wide range of regulations addressing current state tax laws. The purpose of this project is to promulgate new regulations to clarify and...more

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