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LB&I Expands New Approach with Second Release of Campaigns

On November 3, 2017, the Large Business & International Division (LB&I of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released a list of 11 new campaigns, adding to the 13 campaigns that it initially launched in January. Eversheds...more

Extending an Olive Branch: IRS Issues Ruling Providing Taxpayer Relief for Late Election of Rev. Proc. 2011-29 Safe Harbor

The Internal Revenue Service (Service) issued PLR 201739003 on September 29, 2017, in which it granted an extension to a taxpayer that failed to timely file for the safe-harbor election provided in Rev. Proc. 2011-29, 2011-1...more

Rethinking Regulations: Treasury Report Targets Regulations to Reduce Burden

On October 2, 2017, the Treasury Department (Treasury) released a report identifying certain significant regulations for full withdrawal, partial revocation or substantial revision and noting that over 200 additional...more

10/13/2017  /  Regulatory Agenda , U.S. Treasury

Big Six Releases Tax Framework: It’s Time to Get Dynamic

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady and Senate Finance...more

IRS Provides Safe Harbor for Inadvertent Normalization Violations

On September 7, 2017, the IRS issued Revenue Procedure 2017-47, which provides a safe harbor for regulated public utilities for inadvertent or unintentional uses of a practice or procedure that is inconsistent with the...more

Grecian Magnesite: Tax Court Finds Reliance on a US Tax Advisor Establishes Reasonable Cause

On July 13, 2017, the Tax Court, in Grecian Magnesite, Industrial & Shipping Co., SA v. Commissioner, 149 T.C. 3 (2017), rejected Internal Revenue Service (IRS) arguments that, in order to establish good faith reliance, the...more

Tax Court Rejects IRS’ Position in Rev. Rul. 91-32

Grecian Magnesite Mining, a Greek corporation (GMM), owned an interest in Premier Chemicals LLC, a Delaware limited liability company classified as a partnership for US income tax purposes (Premier). Premier conducted a trade...more

Getting Something for Nothing: IRS Withdraws Proposed “Net Value” Regulations

In June 2005, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a package of proposed regulations providing that certain corporate liquidations, formations and reorganizations would not qualify for nonrecognition treatment if the...more

Treasury Identifies Significant Regulations Subject to Modification or Repeal

On July 7, 2017, Treasury identified eight significant regulations, including regulations under sections 385 (treatment of certain debt as equity), 752 (partnership liabilities), 367 (outbound transfers of property) and 987...more

IRS Releases Updated Automatic Changes in Methods of Accounting List

On April 19, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Rev. Proc. 2017-30, 2017-17 I.R.B. 1, which provides an updated list of automatic changes in methods of accounting. As was the case with its predecessor, Rev....more

Think Twice: Costs Associated with Regulatory Approval for Corporate Transactions May Be Deductible

Although the cost of obtaining regulatory approval for a corporate transaction is identified as facilitative, a recent Chief Counsel Advice (CCA 2017-13-010, March 31, 2017) (the CCA) issued by the Internal Revenue Service...more

March Madness: New Private Letter Rulings Address Tax Accounting Issues

In the last few weeks, the Internal Revenue Service (the Service) issued several private letter rulings addressing a variety of tax accounting issues. From bonus depreciation elections to the correct unit of property for...more

Final Regulations Impose Reporting Obligations on Foreign-Owned Domestic Disregarded Entities 

Amid the Panama Papers leak and international concern that foreign persons were concealing assets through U.S. entities that are disregarded for U.S. federal income tax purposes, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the...more

Opting-In: Treasury Regulations Provide Rules for Electing into the New Partnership Audit Regime Early

As reported in a prior Sutherland Legal Alert, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (the 2015 Budget Act) makes significant changes to the procedural rules governing federal income tax audits and judicial proceedings that apply...more

Sweeping Changes Proposed to Tax Treatment of Related-Party Debt May Impact Private Funds

Recently proposed Treasury regulations under IRC § 385 (the Proposed Regulations) would potentially treat related-party debt, in whole or in part, as equity for U.S. tax purposes. The Proposed Regulations generally apply to...more

Simplified Partnership Audit Procedures Radically Alter the Federal Income Tax Treatment of Partnerships

On November 2, 2015, President Obama signed the Budget Act of 2015 (the “2015 Budget Act”), which makes significant amendments to the procedural rules governing federal income tax audits and judicial proceedings that apply to...more

11/6/2015  /  Audits , Income Taxes , Partnerships , TEFRA

Master Limited Partnerships: Proposed Tax Regulations Scale Back Activities Giving Rise to Qualifying Income

The Treasury Department (Treasury) and the Internal Revenue Service (Service) have issued proposed tax regulations (Proposed Regulations) that provide guidance on, and significantly scale back, the types of activities...more

Deadline Approaching for Submission of 2014 BEA Surveys of U.S. Direct Investment Abroad and Foreign Direct Investment in the U.S.

The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) of the U.S. Commerce Department is conducting its quinquennial (every five years) survey of investment in foreign entities. The BE-10 Benchmark Survey (BE-10 Survey) is the most...more

New Jersey Creates More Difficult Independent Contractor Test for State Wage Law Purposes

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of New Jersey articulated the test to be used in determining whether a worker is an independent contractor or employee for purposes of the state’s Wage Payment Law and Wage and Hour Law. Any...more

S.D.N.Y. Judge Permits Novel Theory And Allows SEC To Use Unpaid Taxes As Measure Of Disgorgement In Securities Fraud Case

In a case against Dallas billionaires Sam Wyly and the estate of his late brother, Charles, Judge Shira Scheindlin of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York agreed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange...more

What Financial Advisers and Accountants Should Know About Expanded IRS Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedures for U.S. Taxpayers...

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently announced “major changes” to its offshore compliance programs, including the Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedures (Streamlined Procedures), the delinquent international...more

Congress Scrutinizes Hedge Funds’ Use of Financial Derivatives

This week the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (Subcommittee), in conjunction with the Subcommittee’s hearing on July 22, 2014, released a report on...more

To the Direct Acquirer Belong the Tax Attributes: Proposed Regulations Modify the Definition of Acquiring Corporation for Purposes...

On May 7, Treasury and the IRS published proposed regulations addressing which corporation succeeds to the tax attributes of another corporation that transfers assets in an acquisitive asset reorganization described in IRC §§...more

Camp Goes All-In with Comprehensive Tax Plan: Highlights, Tax Reform Status and Impact on Taxpayers

On February 26, Representative Dave Camp (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, released his much-awaited comprehensive tax reform plan (the “Camp Proposal”). That proposal seeks to cut marginal tax rates...more

A New Way to Unwind (Leveraged Partnership Structures): Treasury and IRS Propose Draconian Changes to the Partnership Liability...

On January 29, Treasury and the IRS issued proposed regulations that would dramatically change the manner in which partnership liabilities are allocated among the partnership’s partners under IRC § 752 (the Proposed...more

2/5/2014  /  IRS , Partnerships , U.S. Treasury
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