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  • May 31, 2024

    IRS Guidance Narrows Spinoffs Available For Preapproval

    Recent IRS guidance limiting the types of spinoff transactions that revenue officials will approve as tax-free ahead of time leaves practitioners and corporations to determine whether to pursue certain intercompany reorganizations without the agency's blessing.

  • May 31, 2024

    Ex-UBS Exec Owes $4.7M In FBAR Penalties, Court Told

    A former CEO of Swiss bank UBS' North American group faces a $4.7 million tax bill that the U.S. claims is due because he did not report his foreign bank accounts or assets, according to a suit filed in Connecticut federal court.

  • May 31, 2024

    IRS Can Seek Tax Beyond Bankruptcy Deal, 11th Circ. Affirms

    A deal between the IRS and an Alabama real estate developer to settle his tax debt for $2 million during Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings wasn't final, and the agency can demand additional taxes from him, the Eleventh Circuit affirmed Friday.

  • May 31, 2024

    US, Bulgaria Sign Country-By-Country Reporting Agreement

    The U.S. and Bulgaria signed an agreement Friday on the automatic exchange of country-by-country reports between the nations, Bulgaria's Ministry of Finance said.

  • May 31, 2024

    IRS Memo Backs Tax For Noninsurance Payments To Captives

    When the IRS determines that a company's payments to its foreign captive insurer were not for actual insurance, the agency can assert a 30% tax on the captive for the income it received under the arrangement, the IRS chief counsel's office said in a memo released Friday.

  • May 31, 2024

    Texan's Estate Owes $3.4M For Missed Tax Pays, Court Told

    A Texas man's estate owes over $3.4 million in unpaid taxes, interest and penalties because of missed payments stretching back over a decade, even after multiple extensions were granted to the two executors, the government told a federal district court.

  • May 31, 2024

    5 Tax Bills To Watch This Summer

    House and Senate lawmakers return to Washington, D.C., on Monday, where several tax-related bills await them in both chambers, including a stalled package that would restore business tax breaks and expand the child tax credit. Here, Law360 takes a look at five bills that could move through Congress this summer.

  • May 31, 2024

    Calif. Man Owes 6 Years Of FBAR Penalties, IRS Tells Court

    A Californian has failed to pay foreign bank account reporting penalties he was assessed that were tied to a business he owed in Mexico for six years, the Internal Revenue Service told a federal court.

  • May 31, 2024

    Fuel Producers Should Apply ASAP For Tax Credit, IRS Says

    Fuel producers hoping to start claiming the clean fuel production credit as soon as January should register with the Internal Revenue Service by July 15, the agency said Friday, warning that registration applications made after that date are less likely to go through in time.

  • May 31, 2024

    IRS Delays Deadlines For Mass. Taxpayers Hit By 2023 Storms

    Certain Massachusetts taxpayers impacted by severe storms and flooding that hit the state Sept. 11 now have until July 31 to file various individual and business tax returns and make payments, the Internal Revenue Service said Friday.

  • May 31, 2024

    Taxation With Representation: Cravath, Cleary, Fried Frank

    In this week's Taxation With Representation, T-Mobile buys United States Cellular Corp.'s wireless operations, Energy Transfer plans to buy WTG Midstream, ConocoPhillips acquires Marathon Oil, and Goldman Sachs Alternatives raises over $20 billion for its direct lending strategy.

  • May 30, 2024

    Chicago Kiosk Salesman Gets 1 Year For Filing False Returns

    An electronic-sweepstakes kiosk salesman from Chicago was sentenced to a year in prison for filing false tax returns that included more than $500,000 in inflated business expenses, according to Illinois federal court documents.

  • May 30, 2024

    IRS Adds 16 Tax Court Sessions To Calendar

    The Internal Revenue Service announced 16 U.S. Tax Court sessions in September and October and named calendar administrators for the sessions in a notice released Thursday.

  • May 30, 2024

    Tax Court Nixes $30M In Conservation Easement Deductions

    The U.S. Tax Court upheld on Thursday the IRS' rejection of more than $30 million in charitable contribution deductions for Alabama conservation easements for partnerships acting as test cases for a larger group that took $187 million in deductions.

  • May 30, 2024

    Tax Court Tosses Whistleblower Award Contest

    The U.S. Tax Court ruled Thursday that it cannot review a woman's roughly $1,700 whistleblower award from the Internal Revenue Service because it does not meet a threshold for mandatory awards.

  • May 30, 2024

    IRS Names New Chief Taxpayer Experience Officer

    The Internal Revenue Service has chosen an adviser in its Transformation and Strategy Office to serve as the agency's new chief taxpayer experience officer, according to a statement Thursday.

  • May 30, 2024

    Later Pillar 1 Due Date Set For June As Tax Talks Wrap Up

    Diplomats agreed this week to finalize a treaty for reallocating some of large companies' tax payments and setting standards to simplify some transfer pricing in lower-income countries by June 30 after having missed a March deadline, according to a statement published Thursday by the OECD.

  • May 30, 2024

    Ex-KPMG Manager Joins Davis+Gilbert As Tax Partner

    A former managing director at KPMG has joined New York law firm Davis+Gilbert LLP as a tax partner in its corporate and transactions practice, Davis+Gilbert announced.

  • May 30, 2024

    Black Business Owners Sue Over Impact Of Transparency Act

    The Corporate Transparency Act creates unique burdens on businesses owned by people of color, immigrants and other marginalized groups, the Black Economic Council of Massachusetts and several company owners said in the latest legal challenge to the anti-money laundering law.

  • May 30, 2024

    Russian Gas Ex-CFO Says $44M FBAR Penalty Is Excessive

    The former chief financial officer of a Russian gas company who was sentenced to seven years in prison for hiding money in Swiss banks told a Florida federal court that the $44 million in foreign account reporting penalties the government is seeking is illegally high.

  • May 30, 2024

    IRS To Make E-File Program Permanent, Plans Expansions

    The Internal Revenue Service will make permanent the free online tax filing system it launched as a limited pilot program this year and plans to expand its scope, Commissioner Daniel Werfel said Thursday.

  • May 29, 2024

    10th Circ. Tosses Insurance Co. Appeal In Tax Court Dispute

    The Tenth Circuit tossed an insurance company's challenge to a U.S. Tax Court ruling rejecting the company's effort to invalidate tax deficiency notices on Wednesday, saying it lacked authority to hear the case because the Tax Court's decision wasn't a final one that would end litigation.

  • May 29, 2024

    Miami Tax Preparers Should Be Barred For Fraud, DOJ Says

    Two Miami-based tax professionals and their businesses should be barred from preparing federal tax returns for others because they repeatedly claimed fraudulent credits without their customers' knowledge, the U.S. Department of Justice told a Florida federal court.

  • May 29, 2024

    Baker McKenzie Grows Tax Practice With Ex-KPMG Adviser

    Baker McKenzie announced the hiring of an experienced Chicago-based tax adviser as a principal who most recently spent sixteen and a half years at Big Four accounting firm KPMG.

  • May 29, 2024

    Presidential Candidate Convicted For $15.5M Tax Fraud

    A tax-preparation business owner and 2024 presidential candidate was convicted on 33 counts of tax fraud after being accused of inflating deductions in a scheme federal prosecutors said caused more than $15.5 million in tax losses, according to Texas federal court documents.

Expert Analysis

  • Tax Court Ruling Provides Helpful Profits Interest Guidance

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    A recent U.S. Tax Court decision holding that a partnership may exclude interests in a company that it indirectly received sheds light on related IRS guidance, including the proper valuation method for such interests, though the court's application of the method to the facts of this case appears flawed, say attorneys at Kramer Levin.

  • Mallory Ruling Doesn't Undermine NC Sales Tax Holding

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    Contrary to the conclusion reached in a recent Law360 guest article, the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent Mallory ruling shouldn't be read as implicitly repudiating the North Carolina Supreme Court’s sales tax ruling in Quad Graphics v. North Carolina Department of Revenue — the U.S. Supreme Court could have rejected Quad by directly overturning it, says Jonathan Entin at Case Western Reserve.

  • IRS Criminal Probe Spells Uncertainty For Malta Pension Plans

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    The IRS’ recent scrutiny of Malta pension plan arrangements — and its unusual issuance of criminal administrative summonses — confirms that it views many of these plans as illegal tax evasion schemes, and the road ahead will not be smooth and steady for anyone involved, say attorneys at Kostelanetz.

  • IRS Announcement Will Aid Cos. In Buyback Tax Planning

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    Recent IRS transitional guidance regarding current requirements for reporting and payment of the stock repurchase excise tax will help corporate taxpayers make decisions about records retention and establishing reserves for future tax payments, say Xenia Garofalo and Kyle Colonna at Eversheds Sutherland.

  • Mallory Opinion Implicitly Overturned NC Sales Tax Ruling

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    The U.S. Supreme Court recently declined to review Quad Graphics v. North Carolina Department of Revenue, but importantly kicked the legs from under Quad's outcome a week later, stating in its Mallory decision that the high court has the prerogative to overrule its own decisions, says Richard Pomp at the University of Connecticut.

  • How NIL Collectives Could Be Tax-Exempt After IRS Curveball

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    Since the Internal Revenue Service recently announced that numerous collectives creating paid name, image and likeness deals for collegiate student-athletes do not qualify for tax exemption, for-profit entities and alternative collective structures with incidental student-athlete benefits may be considered to fund NIL ventures, says David Kaufman at Thompson Coburn.

  • Is This Pastime A Side-Gig? Or Is It A Hobby?

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    The recent U.S. Tax Court decision in Sherman v. Commissioner offers important reminders for taxpayers about the documentation and business practices needed to successfully argue that expenses can be deducted as losses from nonhobby income, says Bryan Camp at Texas Tech.

  • Recent Provider Relief Fund Audits Are Just The Beginning

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    Though the Health Resources and Services Administration's initial audits of the Provider Relief Fund program appear to be limited in scope, fund recipients should prepare for additional oversight, scrutiny and disallowances as the HRSA ramps up its efforts, say Brian Lee and Christopher Frisina at Alston & Bird.

  • Flawed Analysis Supports Common Law Tax Deficiency Ruling

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    The Colorado federal district court’s recent decision in Liberty Global, holding that the U.S. Department of Justice may assert a common law tax claim without the notice of tax deficiency required by the Internal Revenue Code, relies on a contorted reading of the statute and irrelevant case law, say Loren Opper and Christie Galinski at Miller Canfield.

  • Review Of Repatriation Tax Sets Justices On Slippery Slope

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    The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision to review the constitutionality of the repatriation tax in Moore v. U.S. has implications for many tax rules involving unrealized amounts and could leave the court on the brink of invalidating large swaths of the Internal Revenue Code, say attorneys at Eversheds Sutherland.

  • IRS Guidance Powers Up Energy Tax Credit Transfers

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    Recent IRS guidance on the monetization of energy tax credits provides sufficient clarity for parties to start negotiating transfer agreements, but it is unclear when the registration process required for credits to change hands will be up and running, say attorneys at Shearman.

  • Using Agreements To Cover Gaps In Hydrogen Storage Regs

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    The Inflation Reduction Act's incentives for energy storage have spurred investment in hydrogen storage and production, but given the lack of comprehensive regulations surrounding the sector, developers should carefully craft project and financing agreements to mitigate uncertainties, say Omar Samji and Sarah George at Weil, and attorney Manushi Desai.

  • Secure 2.0 Takeaways From DOL's 2024 Budget Proposal

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    The U.S. Department of Labor’s fiscal year 2024 budget proposal provides insight into the most pressing Secure 2.0 implementation issues, including establishment of a search database for finding lost retirement savings and developing guidance on the execution of newly authorized emergency savings accounts, say attorneys at Maynard Nexsen.

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