Tax Refunds

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Have You Requested a Refund on Your Imports Under GSP?

Background - Effective July 29, 2015, through the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015, Congress extended the duty-free treatment under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) through December 31, 2017. The GSP...more

FinCEN Issues Geographic Targeting Order to Combat Stolen Identity Tax Refund Fraud in South Florida

On July 13, FinCEN issued a Geographic Targeting Order (GTO) requiring check cashers in two South Florida counties to strengthen identification requirements for customers cashing certain Federal tax refund checks. According...more

Pennsylvania Tax Developments - A Reed Smith Quarterly Update: July 2015

This is a brief update on recent Pennsylvania tax developments. Amended Return “Trap”—Court Holds That Amended Return Was Not a Petition for Refund; Possible Legislative Fix? - On June 9, the Commonwealth Court issued a...more

FinCEN Announces Another Geographic Targeting Order

South Florida check cashers will soon be required to obtain additional identifying information about customers cashing federal tax refund checks over $1,000. The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network issued another Geographic...more

Focus on Tax Controversy - Summer 2015

The French 3 Percent Distribution Tax: Claiming a Refund - Since December 2012, French companies have been liable for a 3 percent tax on distributions to their shareholders (3 Percent Tax), but practitioners have widely...more

Could Maryland v. Wynne Result in NY Refunds?

A new U.S. Supreme Court case, Maryland v. Wynne, will likely have a broad impact on various state taxation schemes, and it could create the potential for refunds for numerous taxpayers. Taxpayers who have paid tax to...more

Amended Report is Not a Refund Claim

The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania en banc unanimously held that an amended report filed by a taxpayer could not be considered a petition for a refund of CNI Tax. Quest Diagnostics Venture, LLC v. Commonwealth, No. 782...more

Amended Return May Not Serve as Timely Refund Claim

Filing an amended tax return does not negate the need to file a timely petition for refund with the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue’s Board of Appeals. In a case decided in June, Quest Diagnostics Venture, LLC v....more

24 Months Through the Crystal Ball: Emerging Trends in State and Local Taxation (Part II)

This is the second of two articles guiding taxpayers through the next 24 months of state taxation’s turbulent waters. In this article, we address three additional significant trends. Corporate Income Taxation: Heat and...more

Wholly foreign retrocession premiums not subject to US excise tax

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has affirmed a lower court’s grant of summary judgment in Validus Reinsurance, Ltd. v. United States, in favor of the taxpayer, though on narrower grounds than...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Validus Court of Appeals Decision - Wholly-Foreign Retrocessions Not Subject to Federal Excise Tax

On May 26, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld a District Court decision and ruled that the Internal Revenue Service could not impose excise tax on certain wholly-foreign retrocessions...more

Can the IRS Abate Interest and Penalties That Have Already Been Paid?

A taxpayer filed a late tax return, and paid with it interest and penalties based on the tax due. The taxpayer then filed a time-barred refund claim, providing that the tax amount due was overstated on the original return....more

Internal Revenue Service Announces Creation Of A Criminal Investigative Team To Focus On Cyber Tax Fraud

A May 5, 2015 report detailed that the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) has created a new cybercrime investigation team. Based in Washington, D.C., and made up of about a dozen specially-trained agents, the unit will focus...more

California Tax Developments - A Reed Smith Quarterly Update (1st Quarter 2015)

Regulatory Updates - GO-Biz Rolls Out First Awards of 2015 For fiscal year 2015, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (“GO-Biz”) is authorized to award $151.1 million in California Competes Tax...more

North Carolina Court Holds Statute Taxing Trust Income Unconstitutional Kimberly Rice Kaestner 1992 Family Trust v. North Carolina...

On April 23, 2015, Judge Gregory P. McGuire of the Business Court division of the Superior Court of Wake County, North Carolina, issued a decision in the matter of the Kimberly Rice Kaestner 1992 Family Trust v. North...more

CFPB and Navajo Nation Partner in UDAAP Action Against Companies Involved in Alleged Tax Refund Scheme

On April 14, the CFPB along with the Navajo Nation jointly announced an enforcement action against two companies and their respective owners (Defendants) for running an alleged tax-refund scheme, marking the CFPB’s “first...more

Potential refund of Swedish withholding tax: opportunity for US RICs

In 2012, the Swedish Administrative Court of Appeal concluded that Sweden’s withholding tax rules are not compatible with EC law when Swedish withholding tax is levied on dividend payments made to a Luxembourg SICAV fund. ...more

3 Ways to Use Your Tax Refund to Solve Your Debt Problem

It is the time of year when people are gearing up to get their taxes filed. Many will get a nice tax refund check and while what I am about to propose may be some of the least fun things you can do with a tax refund check,...more

Are you expecting a tax refund? It's that time again.

It's now March 1. Do you know what your tax refund is doing? Will the bankruptcy trustee take it? Read on...more

Family Tax Deductions and Credits: What Do You Qualify For?

Late last year, Congress approved nearly $11 billion to fund the Internal Revenue Service for fiscal year 2015 – the lowest allotted amount since 2008, according to CNN Money. As a result, the IRS announced delays in...more

Florida Ad Valorem Property Tax Refund Interest

The Florida Legislature, in its continuing attempt to level the property tax playing field, provided that interest be paid on taxes collected above the tax ultimately warranted by the property assessment. ...more

Department Of Revenue Barks Up The Wrong Tree (Again): Indiana Tax Court Allows Claim For Compensatory Damages To Proceed

In its final ruling of 2014, the Indiana Tax Court held that the Department of Revenue could not wrongly confiscate a taxpayer’s inventory, sell the inventory for pennies on the dollar, and avoid a refund by arguing the Court...more

Investment Advisers Craft Fee Rebate Programs

Recently-publicized fee rebate programs may signal a coming trend, as investment advisers seek to market strong cultures of client service and responsiveness. For example, in August, the Securities and Exchange...more

School Districts: New York State Amends Real Property Tax Law to Allow School Districts to "Charge Back" Tax Refunds to School...

On December 29, 2014, Governor Cuomo signed a law granting school districts the authority to "charge back" real property tax certiorari refunds to school district public libraries. Until now, school districts that levied real...more

Final Order in the Cook County Non-Titled Personal Property Use Tax Litigation Spells Out Standards for County To Process Claims...

On December 23, 2014, the Final Order was entered in Reed Smith LLP v. Zahra Ali, 2014 IL App (1st) 13246-U, Aug. 4, 2014. Having previously ruled that the county cannot assert the “voluntary payment” defense against any...more

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