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IRS and Treasury Issue Proposed Regulations Easing Some of the Burden of the Fractions Rule

Executive Summary On November 22, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) and Treasury Department issued proposed regulations (REG-136978-12, the “Proposed Regulations”) under the “fractions rule” of Section 514(c)(9)(E) of the...more

Regulators Implement Enhanced Oversight and Propose Transparency for the Treasury Market

On October 24, 2016, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (FRBNY) held a conference on “The Evolving Structure of the US Treasury Market” (Conference). The Conference was a sequel to the first annual such event where...more

CDFI Fund Announces $7 Billion Allocation of New Markets Tax Credits

In Depth - On November 17, 2016, the US Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) announced the largest single round award of New Market Tax Credit (NMTC) allocations...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: November 2016 #3

Owners, Developers Face Challenges Converting Parking to E-Commerce Delivery Space - Because millennials make up an increasing number of urban residents, owners and developers of apartment and condominium buildings are...more

U.S. Treasury’s Benchmark TIC SHC Survey and Implications for Investment Managers

TIC SHC is a mandatory benchmark study commissioned by the Treasury and administered by the FRBNY every five years.3 The survey reviews holdings of foreign portfolio securities – including short- and long-term securities and...more

US Federal Reserve Board Announces Plans to Collect Data from Banks on Secondary Market Transactions in US Treasury Securities

The US Federal Reserve Board announced that it plans to begin collecting data on Treasury security secondary market transactions from banks. The Federal Reserve Board intends to negotiate with the Financial Industry...more

Digital Currency Exchange Customers Targeted in IRS Information-Gathering Sweep

Coinbase, one of the largest digital currency exchange companies in the world, will likely be asked to provide the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) with transactional data and other information on all U.S. customers who used...more

Banks Should Prepare for Increased Collaboration between IT, Legal and BSA/AML Compliance Departments under New FinCEN Guidance

Last month, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued an Advisory which provided substantial guidance to financial institutions regarding the scope of information that must be...more

New Related-Party Debt Rules Target Earnings Stripping

On October 13, 2016, the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service released Final and Temporary regulations under section 385 (the “Regulations”) that broadly impact the tax treatment of certain related-party debt...more

Act Now To Preserve Your Section 1603 Grant

In Depth - We recently reported that on October 31, 2016, the US Court of Federal Claims issued its opinion in Alta Wind I Owner v. United States, in which the court determined that the value of the property eligible for...more

Treasury Issues Final Regulations Under Section 956

On November 3, 2016, the Treasury issued final regulations (T.D. 9792) that set forth guidance on when a controlled foreign corporation (CFC) has a deemed repatriation under Section 956 in ...more

Sanctions Update: Burma, Cuba, and Iran

Over the past month, substantial changes were made to several sanctions programs affecting Burma, Cuba, and Iran by President Obama and the Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)....more

Court Awards $206 Million to Alta Wind Projects in Section 1603 Grant Litigation; Smaller Award to Biomass Facility

The US Court of Federal Claims awarded damages of more than $206 million to Plaintiffs/applicants in a case with respect to the cash grant under Section 1603 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law...more

Proposed Treasury Regulations on Valuation Discounts for Family-Controlled Entities

IRS Proposals Threaten Valuation Discounts for Family-Controlled Entities - The Treasury Department recently published new proposed regulations ("2704(b) regulations") which, if adopted in their current form, would...more

IRS and Treasury Issue Final Regulations Under §385 Classifying Interests in a Corporation

On October 13, 2016, the IRS and Treasury Department issued much anticipated regulations (the “Final” or “Temporary” Regulations) under Internal Revenue Code section 385. These regulations, which consist of both temporary...more

One Step Back, One Step Forward: New Debt-Equity Regulations Narrow Their Focus on Earnings Stripping

Seyfarth Synopsis: On October 13, 2016 the IRS and Treasury Department published over 500 pages of final and temporary regulations under Code Section 385 (the “Final Regulations”). Drafted to curtail tax benefits accrued by...more

Court Awards $206 Million to Alta Wind Projects in Section 1603 Grant Litigation

The US Court of Federal Claims awarded damages of more than $206 million to the Plaintiffs in a case with respect to the cash grant program under Section 1603 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the Section...more

Private Ruling Exempts Property Management Services from Self-Dealing

A new private ruling may be of great interest to clients with substantial real estate interests who wish to contribute one or more properties to a family foundation. The ruling suggests that payment by the foundation to a...more

1603 Cash Grant Applications Underpaid

On October 31, 2016, the Federal Court of Claims ruled that the U.S. Department of the Treasury underpaid 1603 cash grant applications made in respect of the Alta Wind Energy Center by approximately $206 million. The...more

Urgent Captive Insurance Alert: IRS Lists 831(b) Micro-Captives as “Transaction of Interest”

On November 1, 2016, via Notice 2016-66 (2017-47 IRB) (link to notice), the Treasury Department and IRS declared certain captive insurance transactions under Code section 831(b) as “transactions of interest.” Commonly...more

Stock Acquisitions Checklist

On October 22, 2016, the Treasury finalized the debt/equity regulations under Section 385 it had proposed in April. The 517-page package can daunt even the most motivated readers. “Expanded groups” (EG) that know they will be...more

FIO Annual Report On The Insurance Industry

In September, the Federal Insurance Office (“FIO”) issued its Annual Report on the Insurance Industry for 2015, including its “outlook” for 2016 based upon results reported through June 30, 2016....more

IRS Issues Final and Temporary Debt-Equity Regulations Under Section 385

On October 13, 2016, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service issued final and temporary regulations under section 385. The final and temporary regulations recharacterize certain debt instruments as equity for...more

US lifts remaining sanctions on Burma

On October 7, 2016, the US Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced the termination of all remaining financial and trade sanctions against Burma (aka Myanmar). The removal of sanctions followed...more

New Treasury Regulations Curtail Planning Opportunities for Partnership Structures

The U.S. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service issued final and temporary regulations (the “2016 Regulations”) on October 5, 2016 addressing the partnership disguised sale and debt allocation rules. The 2016...more

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