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Impact of Tax Reform on Public Company Executive Compensation

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As you probably know, both the House and Senate have passed tax reform bills. Whether the two bills will be able to be harmonized and passed into law remains to be seen. Both bills include changes that will have a significant...more

Plans should get rid of those forfeitures

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Forfeitures that occur when people terminate service from retirement plans is usually a problem when the plan sponsor and their providers forget about them. Whether forfeitures are used to pay expenses, reduce employer...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 80, The Last Jedi Edition

by Thomas Fox on

Jay and I return for a wide-ranging discussion on some of the top compliance- and ethics-related stories of the week, including: 1. There are several FCPA 40th anniversary pieces going up these days. The FCPA Blog is looking...more

Congressional Republicans Reach a Deal on Tax Bill

As an update to our previous blog post entitled, Senate Stays Up Late to Approve Tax Bill, dated December 5, 2017, the Senate and the House appear to have come to an agreement on the final version of the tax bill that will be...more

Franchise Tax Board Penalties: Accuracy-Related Penalties, Part III: Substantial Misstatements

by Moskowitz LLP on

We continue our discussion of Franchise Tax Board (FTB) accuracy-related penalties with penalties relating to substantial understatements or misstatements of income and asset values....more

Franchise Tax Board Penalties: Accuracy-Related Penalties, Part II: Negligence

by Moskowitz LLP on

The penalties for negligent errors on your tax return can be high, but they pale in comparison to those imposed if the government (federal and/or state) concludes that your mistakes were intentional. In this post, we are...more

Franchise Tax Board Penalties: Accuracy-Related Penalties, Part I: The Basics

by Moskowitz LLP on

It’s not enough to just file your tax returns and pay some amount to the government – the penalties for incorrect returns can be as significant as those for late filing and payment. There are quite a few accuracy-related...more

Luxembourg - Main New Tax Measures 2018 At A Glance

by Hogan Lovells on

On 14 December 2017, the Luxembourg Parliament (Chambre des Députés) approved the draft law (n° 7200) on the 2018 budget including certain tax measures (the "Law"). ...more

Proposed Tax Regulations Address International Aspects of the New Partnership Audit Regime

by Alston & Bird on

We are about to witness an almost unprecedented centralized partnership audit regime that takes full effect for taxable years starting on or after January 1, 2018, as adopted in late 2015 by Section 1101 of the Bipartisan...more

New Revenue Recognition Standard-Part V, What does it all mean?

by Thomas Fox on

In May 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606) for public business entities, certain not-for-profit entities, and...more

Senate Passes Tax Reform Bill

On November 16, the House of Representatives passed an amended version of H.R. 1, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” by a vote of 227-205 (the “House Bill”). On November 20, 2017, the Senate Finance Committee released the Senate’s...more

The Year of Bitcoin: Gains Subject to Tax by the IRS

by Bowditch & Dewey on

The year 2017 could be described as the year of the Bitcoin and other “virtual currencies,” with Bitcoin having appreciated 1800% since the beginning of the year and Ethereum, at one point, having appreciated 8,000% since the...more

Debtor’s Subchapter S Status Isn’t Property of the Estate

This post examines an interesting intersection between bankruptcy and tax laws: if a corporation terminates its Subchapter S status pre-bankruptcy, can a bankruptcy trustee bring fraudulent transfer claims against the...more

Connecticut Department of Revenue Services Issues Additional Guidance on the New Mandatory Income Tax Withholding Requirements for...

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

On December 7, 2017, the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services (DRS) issued additional guidance regarding the new statutory withholding requirements for certain payors of pension and annuity payments set to take effect...more

Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies Take Note: Significant Changes in IRS Audit Procedures Take Effect January 1, 2018

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Under pre- 2018 rules, when a partnership (which for this Client Alert will include a limited liability company which is taxed as a partnership) was audited by the IRS, one of the partners acted as the “Tax Matters Partner”...more

The Impact of Pending Tax Reform on Executive Compensation: The Need for Deductive Reasoning

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Proposed US tax reform may impact the deductibility of executive compensation programs and companies should evaluate any potential tax planning opportunities in 2017 and the impact of the proposed changes going...more

2017 Charitable Gifts

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

If the pending tax bills are reconciled by Congress and enacted into law, there is likely to be a substantial reduction in the number of individuals that will itemize their deductions. For many taxpayers, this may mean they...more

New Revenue Recognition Standard-Part IV, Auditors Need to Be Aware

by Thomas Fox on

Matt Kelly and I have put together a five-part podcast series where we explore implications of this new revenue recognition standard. In this episode IV, we consider auditors and the new revenue recognition standard,...more

'Tis the Season: W-2 Phishing Scams Likely to Resurface After the New Year

by Murtha Cullina on

W-2 phishing season is just a few weeks away. For the past several tax seasons, cyber criminals have duped hundreds of payroll departments into providing W-2 information on their employees, which results in the filing of...more

Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2018

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY - 1. Cybersecurity threats. Cybersecurity preparedness is essential in 2018 as the risk of, and associated adverse impact of, breaches continue to rise. The past year redefined the upward bounds of the...more

West Virginia, Tightening the Belt, and Growth - Financing Public Improvements in Lean Budget Times

Since 2008, many state and local governments around the country have faced budget challenges. As lawmakers struggle to produce balanced budgets in the face of declining revenues, investment in public improvements, such as...more

State Aid in Disguise?—EC Investigates UK Tax Regime

by Jones Day on

The Background: The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation into a specific provision of the UK-controlled foreign company rules. The Issue: The Commission will investigate whether the UK's so-called Group...more

To Accelerate or Not? Potential Tax Planning in Light of Proposed Reforms to Code Section 162(m)

by Proskauer - Tax Talks on

Under both the House and Senate versions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Internal Revenue Code Section 162(m) would be modified to expand the scope of companies and executive officers subject to the limitation on deductibility...more

Health Alert (Australia) 11 December 2017

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: 1 December 2017 - Laerdal Medical Pty Ltd and Comptroller-General of Customs AATA 2427 - CUSTOMS – whether subject goods accessory –...more

EU Blacklisting of Tax Havens

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

After months of screening global tax policies by the European Council’s Code of Conduct Group, the EU has finalised its tax-haven blacklist – a list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes, which currently comprises...more

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