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Tax Reform: Finale or Intermission?

When President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”) on December 22, 2017, it wasn’t the grand finale of the tax reform process — it was merely the end of the first act. Already, Congress has begun considering...more

U.S. Tax Reform: A Golden Ticket for Partnerships and S Corporations?

On December 22, 2017, the president signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”). While the Act will impact many taxpayers, some of the more significant changes relate to how individuals and other non-corporate taxpayers are...more

Just-Passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Will Significantly Impact Higher Education

House and Senate Republicans passed a comprehensive tax reform bill on December 20, 2017 that makes sweeping changes throughout the Internal Revenue Code affecting many educational institutions, as well as most individuals...more

Senate’s Version of the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” Is Good News for Energy Renewables

On November 2, 2017, we alerted taxpayers that the House Ways and Means Committee had unveiled its much anticipated tax reform bill titled the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (the “House Plan”). The House Plan includes substantial...more

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Could have Far-reaching Effects on Higher Education

The House of Representatives and the Senate are on a fast track to pass sweeping tax reform legislation that would have widespread implications for colleges and universities, their employees, and their donors. As part...more

GOP’s “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” Trims Renewable Energy and Other Tax Credits

On November 2, 2017, the House Ways and Means Committee unveiled its much anticipated tax reform bill titled the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (the “House Plan”). The House Plan is a significant step by Republican lawmakers to...more

Initial Coin Offerings: Key Considerations You Absolutely, Positively Need to Know About Before Launching an ICO

Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) have rapidly emerged as the hottest trend in FinTech financing, albeit one that is not without controversy. Put simply, an ICO is a method of fundraising somewhat akin to an initial public...more

Tax-Free Cryptocurrency Transactions Could Come with Reporting Obligations

As cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum become more prevalent in investment circles and acceptable for commercial transactions, the United States Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) has said little other than to label...more

Department of the Treasury Issues another Invitation to Taxpayers to Comment on Department Regulations

On June 30, 2017, we alerted stakeholders to the request by the Department of the Treasury (the “Department”) for public comments to assist the Department in its broad review of Department guidance that should be modified,...more

Department of the Treasury Invites Taxpayers to Comment on Department Regulations to Reduce Compliance Burdens

On June 14, 2017, the Department of the Treasury (the “Department”) issued a request for public comments to identify Department guidance that should be modified, eliminated, or streamlined in order to reduce compliance...more

7/3/2017  /  FinCEN , IRS , OCC , Public Comment , U.S. Treasury

Prepared for the Border Adjustment Tax? A U.S. and Global Perspective

K&L Gates' Global Tax Group has been monitoring the potential impact of the Border Adjustment Tax (BAT) across a number of jurisdictions. In our 14 February 2017 update, we commented that issues regarding the legality of...more

Border Adjustment Tax

The House Republicans have proposed sweeping changes to the U.S. tax system, specifically that income from the export of goods, services and intangibles will not be subject to federal income tax, and that the cost of such...more

2/13/2017  /  Australia , Border Tax , Exports , Imports

The Trump Freeze Leaves New Proposed Regulations on Partnership Audit Rules out in the Cold

A White House freeze on recently issued regulations has left proposed regulations on the new Centralized Partnership Audit Regime out in the cold. On January 20, 2017, a memorandum from Assistant to the President and Chief...more

Waking Up from a Long Winter’s Nap … the Border Adjustment Tax is the Sleeper Issue in the House Republican Tax Reform Blueprint

Thanks to the Republican sweep of the White House and the Congress, all the talk in recent years about tax reform is on the verge of turning into action. What many dismissed as idle chatter before Election Day suddenly...more

Why You Should Care About the House Republican Tax Reform Blueprint

While you’re thinking about that beach getaway this summer, Chairman Brady’s staff on the Ways and Means Committee is beginning the work of vetting the House Republican Tax Reform Blueprint (the “Blueprint”) with stakeholders...more

New Temporary Regulations Deny Basis Increase in Partnership Interests in Lease Passthrough ITC Structures

On July 21, the U.S. Treasury Department (“Treasury”) released temporary and proposed regulations denying a basis increase to equity holders of lessee partnerships and S corporations to account for mandatory income inclusions...more

States Move Forward with Auto-IRA Programs: What’s Next for the Feds?

As the nation continues to struggle with the retirement preparedness gap, policymakers are exploring proposals to require employers that do not offer retirement plans to automatically enroll employees in Individual Retirement...more

7/25/2016  /  DOL , ERISA , HELP , IRA , Retirement Plan

Taking on the Retirement Gap: Bipartisan Interest Grows in Open MEPs

As the U.S. continues to grapple with the retirement preparedness gap, policymakers on both sides of the aisle are increasingly focused on facilitating access to retirement plans. In the last few years, policy proposals...more

IRS Sets Short Fuse for Comments, Guidance on New Partnership Audit Rules

As if it wasn’t going to be busy already, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) has set Tax Day, April 15, 2016, as the due date for comments on significant new partnership audit rules. This new law, which was enacted as part...more

President’s FY 2017 Budget Aims to Seal the Deal on Fiscal Legacy

On February 9, President Obama released the last budget request of his Administration. The FY 2017 budget incorporates many proposals from past years but also looks to cement the president’s legacy with a number of new fiscal...more

Winds of Change for Alternative Energy Tax Incentives in 2016

Congress has some unfinished business on alternative energy policy, which may provide unusual legislative opportunities in an election year. While tax credits for wind and solar power received long-term extensions in the...more

Tax Reform and the Timber Industry

This alert provides an overview of various timber tax issues in play as part of the tax reform debate. The alert is drawn from several sources, including former House Ways and Means Committee Chairman David Camp’s tax reform...more

The President’s Groundhog’s Day Budget Casts a Shadow on Some but Offers Sunshine for Others

On February 2nd, President Obama released his Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 budget request to Congress. Along with the budget, the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) released a volume called “General Explanations of the...more

Déjà Vu All Over Again? Tax Reform in the 114th Congress

As we begin a new year and a new Congress, key players from one end of Pennsylvania Avenue to the other are on board for tax reform. President Obama, Vice President Biden, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senate...more

OECD/G20 Base Erosion and Profit Shifting Project

On September 16, 2014, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (“OECD”) released seven reports addressing certain aspects of the base erosion and profit shifting (“BEPS”) project. The seven BEPS reports...more

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