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An Update on the Status of U.S. Tax Reform

The United States Congress has returned to Washington D.C. from the Thanksgiving holiday, and with their return, attention will return to U.S. tax reform legislation. It remains the publicly-stated goal of the Republican...more

Tax Reform: Focus on the Sports Industry

Over the last several days, there have been significant developments relating to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the pending tax reform legislation in Congress. On Thursday, a detailed summary of the Senate Finance Committee’s...more

IRS Eliminates Signatures on Section 754 Elections, Offering Tax Regulatory Reform Preview (and its Complexity?)

In a notice of proposed rulemaking issued on October 11, 2017 (the “NPRM”), the U.S. Department of the Treasury (“Treasury”) and the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) proposed an amendment to existing regulations (the...more

Tax Planning is Crucial to Achieve Potential Spin-Off Benefits

Today, the Wall Street Journal considers again, on its front page above the fold, the potential benefits of corporate spin-off transactions. The Journal article notes that the S&P Spin-Off Index has outperformed the S&P 500...more

IRS Resumes Issuing Transactional Spin-Off Rulings

On September 21, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) issued Revenue Procedure 2017-52 (the “Rev. Proc.”), introducing an 18-month “pilot program” in respect of corporate “spin-off,” “split-up” and “split-off”...more

BEPS Update: OECD Multilateral Instrument Signed

On June 7, 2017, ministers and high-level officials of 68 jurisdictions convened to formally sign the Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS),...more

Tax Court Rules that Extensions of Variable Prepaid Forward Contracts Do Not Result in Taxable Exchanges

Last week, in McKelvey v. Commissioner¸ the U.S. Tax Court held that the extension of a typical variable prepaid forward contract (“VPFC”) did not give rise to a taxable exchange to the obligor because a VPFC is solely an...more

Trump Administration Announces Outline of Its Tax Proposal

Yesterday the Trump Administration announced the outline of its tax reform proposal. The proposal combines elements of President Trump’s original tax reform proposal announced during the campaign and of the House Republicans’...more

IRS Updates FATCA FAQs, Addresses January Temporary Regulations

On April 6, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (the IRS) added three new frequently asked questions to its Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (“FATCA”) compliance page, which is available only online. These additional FAQs...more

IRS Issues Final Regulations on REIT and RIC Conversion Transactions

The U.S. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service published on January 18, 2017 final regulations (the “Final Regulations”) reducing from ten years to five years the recognition period for the corporate-level tax...more

Final Regulations Released Regarding PFIC Ownership Determination and Annual Reporting Requirements

On December 27, 2016, the Treasury Department (Treasury) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released final regulations regarding the determination of ownership of a passive foreign investment company ("PFIC") and regarding...more

BEPS: OECD Releases Multilateral Tax Treaty Convention

The Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (the “Convention”) was released by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (“OECD”) on...more

Potential for Tax Reform in 2017: Insight from Proposals of the President-Elect and Congressional Republicans

In the U.S. general election held on November 8, 2016, Donald J. Trump was elected to become the 45th President of the United States. Republicans also retained their majorities in both the U.S. House of Representatives and...more

IRS Updates Ruling Policy on Corporate Business Purpose and Device Requirements under Section 355

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) released Revenue Procedure 2016-45 (the “Revenue Procedure”) on August 26, 2016, permitting taxpayers once again to seek private letter rulings on issues of “corporate business...more

Proposed Regulations under Section 355 Clarify Device and Active Trade or Business Requirements for Tax-Free Spin-offs

On July 15, 2016, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) published proposed regulations that would modify the device and active trade or business requirements for tax-free...more

IRS Proposes Country-by-Country Reporting Regulations

On December 21st, 2015 the IRS proposed Country-by-Country (“CbC”) reporting rules requiring certain U.S. multinational companies to provide extensive information about business operations (including their revenue, number of...more

Real Estate Investments by Qualified Foreign Pension Funds After the PATH Act

The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (“PATH Act”) included a number of significant changes to the U.S. federal income tax rules related to real estate investment trusts (“REITs”) and investments by non-U.S....more

Federal Appellate Court Rules that Certain Foreign Currency Options Are Subject to the Section 1256 Mark-to-Market Regime

Recently, in Wright v. Commissioner, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has reopened the question of the application of Section 1256 to foreign currency options (and also, possibly, to foreign currency...more

Significant Changes to U.S. Taxation of REITs and Investments by Non-U.S. Investors in Real Property under the PATH Act

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law an omnibus appropriations bill which included the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the "Act"). In addition to extending or making permanent a number of...more

IRS and Treasury Issue More Guidance on “Inversion” Transactions

The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service have issued additional guidance about so-called “inversion” transactions. Generally, an inversion transaction results where a U.S. corporation (“U.S. Target”) is...more

Proposed Treasury Regulations Aim to Curb Elective Treatment of M&A Transaction Costs

Some taxpayers have taken the position that an acquiring corporation and a target corporation, when the target corporation is joining the acquiring corporation's consolidated corporate group, can choose between taking certain...more

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