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President Trump Makes Key Treasury Nominations

President Trump made several nominations for key posts in the US Department of Treasury...more

New Regulations on Issue Price of Tax-Exempt Bonds

On December 9, 2016, the Department of the Treasury and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published final regulations on the definition of “issue price,” for purposes of the arbitrage rules that apply to tax-exempt bonds....more

From Obama to Trump – Sanctions Roundup

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of Treasury has issued several significant updates to various sanctions programs over the last several weeks. Beginning during President Barack Obama’s last...more

Public Finance Update – SLGS Window Closing

On March 8, 2017, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced the suspension of sales of United States Treasury Obligations – State and Local Government Series (i.e., SLGS), effective 12:00 noon Eastern Time, March 15,...more

2016 Foreign Bank Account Reports: New Filing Deadline

The U.S. government continues to pursue aggressively individuals and businesses for the failure to report foreign accounts and other non-U.S. assets. In particular, and with limited exceptions, all U.S. individuals and...more

Proposed Regulations Update Mortality Tables, Minimum Present Value Requirements for Defined Benefit Pension Plans

Near the end of 2016, the US Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service published two significant sets of proposed regulations on issues pertaining to defined benefit pension plans, including mortality table...more

Last Day of Remedial Amendment Period for 403(b) Plans is March 31, 2020

Eligible employers sponsoring Code Section 403(b) retirement plans have until March 31, 2020 to self-correct any defects as to the written form of those plans. In recently issued Revenue Procedure 2017-18, the IRS fixed March...more

Steven T. Mnuchin Sworn in as US Secretary of Treasury

Steven T. Mnuchin was sworn in to serve as the 77th Secretary of the US Treasury...more

TIC Form SHC Deadline Approaching to Report U.S. Ownership of Foreign Securities

The U.S. Department of the Treasury recently released a revised Form SHC (with corresponding instructions), which is part of the Treasury International Capital (TIC) data reporting system. Form SHC is the mandatory five-year...more

Form SHC Deadline Approaching for Investment Advisers and Other Reporters

Investment advisers should take note that they may be required to file Treasury International Capital Benchmark (TIC) Form SHC by Friday, March 3, 2017.1 The following summarizes the requirements of TIC Form SHC....more

Reporting of U.S. Ownership on TIC Form SHC Due by March

The U.S. Department of the Treasury (“Treasury”) is currently collecting data from U.S. institutions in connection with its mandatory five-year benchmark survey of the ownership of foreign securities by U.S. residents. For...more

House Republicans and Trump Administration File Joint Motion to Delay Suit Challenging Obamacare Subsidies

An interesting development transpired Tuesday, February 21, 2017 in a case pending in Federal District Court in the District of Columbia that challenges subsidy payments from the Federal Treasury to support Obamacare. The...more

OFAC Increases Civil Monetary Penalties

On February 10, 2017, the U.S. Treasury Department announced an increase in civil monetary penalties across a number of Treasury offices, including the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Understanding the potential...more

THE LATEST: National Security Reviews of Foreign Ownership May Broaden

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS, commonly pronounced “syphius”) reviews M&A transactions that may pose a risk to national security through foreign control of a US business. (See our recent...more

President Trump Signs Executive Order on Financial Regulatory Reform

President Trump signed an executive order setting forth “core principles” in the regulation of the US financial system and directing the Treasury Secretary to review and report back to the President within 120 days on the...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

A review of the Fed minutes released yesterday shows the willingness of some Fed Governors to start rate raising again sooner rather than later....more

The U.S.-EU Covered Agreement: Different Assessments By Different Audiences

On January 13, 2017, the week before the inauguration of President Trump, the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative announced that the negotiations between the full text of the agreement...more

Tax Guidance to Slow Under Trump. Even More Emphasis on Letter Rulings in Bond Transactions?

As the Trump administration attempts to substantially reduce the amount of federal regulations, both the Deputy Tax Legislative Counsel of the Treasury Department and an Associate Chief Counsel at the Internal Revenue Service...more

Kingpin Act Wielded Against Vice President of Venezuela

The Executive Vice President of Venezuela, Tareck Zaidan El Aissami Maddah (El Aissami), was designated on Monday by the U.S. Department of Treasury as a Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficker under the Foreign Narcotics...more

Trump’s call to ‘rationalize’ federal financial regulation could threaten U.S. dual banking system

As a prelude to “doing a big number on Dodd Frank,” President Trump issued an Executive Order February 3 designating “core principles” of financial regulation, which include a directive to “rationalize the Federal financial...more

Will President Trump's Regulation Cuts Reduce Ongoing Disclosure for Bond-Financed Projects?

President Donald Trump on Feb. 3, 2017, signed an executive order entitled "Core Principles for Regulating the United States Financial System," which directed the Treasury Secretary to consult with financial regulators,...more

Trump Administration Takes Moderate Steps Against Iran. What Comes Next?

On Friday, February 3, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced it was designating 25 entities and individuals as Specially Designated Nationals (SDNs) for their involvement in...more

Reporting by private funds on Treasury Form SHC

Every five years, the Department of the Treasury conducts a benchmark survey on the ownership of foreign securities by US residents. This data is collected on Form SHC and is next due on March 3, 2017, covering relevant...more

All Financial Regulation in the U.S. Now Subject to Review under February 3, 2017 Executive Order Issued by the President

Seyfarth Synopsis: Hours after the inauguration of President Trump, the White House issued a memorandum which imposed a 90-day delay on regulations which had not yet taken effect. As far as existing financial services law and...more

Do Tax Regs Have an Out From the New 2-1 Rule?

As I previously discussed (here), President Trump issued an Executive Order requiring government agencies to identify two regulations for repeal for every new regulation that they wish to issue. The initial reaction of this...more

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