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The New Section 199A 20% “Profit Deduction” for Pass-Through Businesses: The Undecided Issue of Owner Compensation

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Congress is now offering a new 20% deduction for “pass-through” businesses – i.e. businesses that are not corporations. With the corporate tax rate being reduced under the new law to a flat...more

Income, from Whatever Exchange, Mine, or Fork Derived: The Basics of U.S. Cryptocurrency Taxation

In this first of (we hope) many posts on the interesting and myriad tax issues arising in the world of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, we focus on the very basic U.S. federal income tax consequences of...more

Champing At The Bit: Can You Pay Your Workers In Bitcoin?

by Fisher Phillips on

For the first time, a large, publicly traded company—Japanese web-business GMO Internet—has announced that it will soon offer its employees the chance to receive their pay in the world’s most popular cryptocurrency: bitcoin....more

Decoding the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – Part IV: The IRC § 199A Deduction for Qualified Business Income—the Devil Is in the Details...

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

BACKGROUND - The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”) adopted a new 20% deduction for non-corporate taxpayers. It only applies to “qualified business income.” The deduction, sometimes called the “pass-through deduction,” is...more

In Principle: 10 Things Authorised Firms Need to Know for 2018 – The World of Financial Regulation as the UK Prepares to Exit the...

There is much for authorised firms to consider in the year ahead. Firms have been through the intensive period of the enactment of the second Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II), but must now step up their...more

OIG Reaffirms Permissibility of Certain Gainsharing Arrangements

The Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has issued an Advisory Opinion (Opinion) in connection with a hospital’s gainsharing arrangement (Arrangement) with a designated group of...more

President Trump Signs Tax Reform Bill into Law

On December 15, 2017, the House and Senate conference committee agreed on the terms of the final tax reform bill, previously referred to as the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (the “Act”), which was subsequently approved by both...more

Second Department Affirms Commercial Division Decisions Leaving Withdrawing LLC Members Without Compensation for Their Membership...

In Matter of Jacobs v. Cartalemi, No. 2016-05041, 2017 BL 435890 (2d Dep’t Dec. 6, 2017) (“Jacobs I”), a unanimous Appellate Division, Second Department panel affirmed an order by Westchester County Commercial Division...more

California Commissioned Salespersons May Be Entitled to Separate Compensation for Wide Range of Activities in Addition to Rest...

Commissioned salespersons are employed in a variety of industries. While “outside salespeople” are generally exempt from minimum wage and meal and rest break requirements, so-called “inside” salespeople working at a retail...more

Predictive Scheduling Laws: Guide To Avoid Becoming A Cotton-Headed Ninnymuggins

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Since the days of Buddy the Elf’s short stint as a retail employee, New York City and many other municipalities have adopted predictive scheduling laws. Though California does not yet have a such a law, San...more

Lessons You Can Learn From the Chadbourne Litigation and Ensuing Discovery Disputes

by Fisher Phillips on

When you combine an increased social awareness of pay disparity issues with an influx of new pay equity legislation at the state and local level, it’s no surprise that lawsuits involving large and high-profile employers are...more

Salary-Threshold Autopilot Still Possible

by Fisher Phillips on

A BloombergBNA report suggests that the U.S. Department of Labor is seriously considering retaining the Obama Administration's procedure (or something like it) for automatic "updates" to the compensation thresholds specified...more

The Waiting Is the Hardest Part: Fifth Circuit Rules on Compensability of Pre-Shift Wait Time

While the Portal-to-Portal Act sounds more like a science fiction movie than a wage statute, it comes into play every day for hourly employees. Enacted in 1947 in response to litigation following the relatively new (at the...more

USDOL Appeals Ruling Against Its "Overtime Rule" (Updated 10/31/17)

by Fisher Phillips on

The U.S. Department of Labor, on October 30th has filed a notice that it is appealing September's summary-judgment ruling against the compensation-related changes the agency sought to make in regulations defining the federal...more

Life Sciences Quarterly: A View From Washington: What to Expect From the SEC

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

What should we expect from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission regarding the status of new and existing initiatives by Congress and SEC policy, and how will it affect disclosure, governance and capital formation? In...more

Developments in FICA and self-employment tax affect partners and S corporations

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

I was recently honored to serve as a guest columnist in the June 2017 “Shop Talk” column in WG&L’s Journal of Taxation. The article, “Developments in FICA and Self-Employment Tax Affect Partners and S Corporations,” tied...more

Employment News - July 2017 #2

by Hogan Lovells on

Uplifting – injury to feelings compensation must be increased by 10% - After a number of conflicting decisions in the EAT, the Court of Appeal has confirmed that injury to feelings discrimination compensation awarded in...more

IRS gets upper hand in S corporation compensation audits

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Any compensation the owner receives is subject to FICA tax, which imposes an equivalent burden. And the IRS frequently attacks owners who receive cash distributions from an S corporation, arguing that the distributions were...more

IRS Issues Warning on Tax Treatment of Wellness Program Rewards

by Carlton Fields on

Employers offering wellness program rewards should be aware that some medical insurance salespeople are recommending arrangements that fail to comply with applicable law....more

Unfair and Unbalanced-Episode 18

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, Roy Snell and myself discuss how incentives are integral to the compensation plans of a wide range of workers. Many experts point to their value in rewarding behavior that is in the interest of the...more

Day 17 of One Month to Better Compliance Through HR-Using HR to Create an Ethical Culture

by Thomas Fox on

The Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs document makes clear that operationalization of compliance into an organization should be done at multiple levels in a company. Creating an ethical culture is an important step...more

Episode 12: Forensic Analyses in Valuation – Interview with Jaime d’Almeida of Duff & Phelps

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Forensics means different things to different people in different contexts. But what does it mean in the context of valuing equity interests in closely held business entities? You’ll learn the answer – and a lot more – in...more

Equity Grants to Directors Subject to Business Judgment Review as a Result of Specific Plan Limits

The Delaware Court of Chancery examined equity grants to directors in In Re Investors Bancorp, Inc. Stockholder Litigation. The equity incentive plan, or EIP, at issue included the following limitations on grants...more

Compensation in Question? Remember that Guidelines are Tools not Rules

by Bennett Jones LLP on

As anyone working in the estate area knows, the task of the personal representative is often onerous. But how much is it worth? The Court discussed how to set compensation for personal representatives in Berry (Re), 2017 ABQB...more

March Inevitableness? Considering the Legal Consequences of Pay to Student-Athletes

As of this writing, it has been over 850 days since the UConn women’s basketball team has lost a game. When the Huskies last tasted defeat (in an overtime thriller to Stanford on November 17, 2014), football players at...more

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