Federal

  • February 21, 2024

    Irish Pub Chain's Ex-CFO Gets 1.5 Years For $1M Tax Fraud

    The former chief financial officer of a pub chain with more than a dozen Irish-themed restaurants was sentenced to one and a half years in prison Wednesday by an Ohio federal court for his role in a bookkeeping scheme that defrauded eight states of $1 million in sales taxes.

  • February 21, 2024

    Biogas Investment Tax Credit Still Needs Tweaks, IRS Told

    While the IRS clarified that the clean energy investment tax credit would cover eligible upgrading equipment integral to biogas properties, the industry could get a boost if final rules allow separate ownership of the equipment, stakeholders told the agency Wednesday.

  • February 21, 2024

    Tax Court Affirms IRS' Nix Of $20.7M Charitable Deduction

    The U.S. Tax Court affirmed on Wednesday an Internal Revenue Service decision disallowing a $20.67 million charitable contribution deduction claimed by a Georgia partnership because it failed to provide a qualified appraisal of the donated property.

  • February 21, 2024

    IRS Can Assess Tax On 20-Year-Old Income, Tax Court Says

    Taxes may still be assessed on a Missouri couple who failed to report more than $1.5 million in income from 1999 to 2004, the U.S. Tax Court ruled Wednesday.

  • February 21, 2024

    Wyden Plans Clampdown On Private Placement Life Insurance

    Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden plans a legislative push to thwart abuse of private placement life insurance, according to a report he released Wednesday that called the arrangements a tax shelter worth at least $40 billion that benefits a small group of very wealthy people.

  • February 21, 2024

    IRS Interest Rates Will Stay Same In 2nd Quarter

    The Internal Revenue Service's interest rates for underpayments and overpayments will not change for the second quarter of 2024, the agency said Wednesday.

  • February 21, 2024

    Hunter Biden Wants Tax Case Nixed For Trump Interference

    Hunter Biden asked a California federal court to drop a set of criminal tax charges against him, saying that former President Donald Trump is improperly driving the prosecution and that politicians are "openly interfering" with the case.

  • February 21, 2024

    Sheppard Mullin Adds Ex-Foley Hoag White Collar Partner

    Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP announced it has hired a former partner from Foley Hoag LLP who focuses his practice on white collar matters to join the firm's Washington, D.C., office.

  • February 21, 2024

    IRS Seeks Comment On Taxable Substances List Additions

    The Internal Revenue Service asked for feedback Wednesday on the potential addition of two substances to the Internal Revenue Code's list of taxable substances.

  • February 20, 2024

    Media Broker Gets 15 Months For Hiding $19.5M From IRS

    A media broker was sentenced to 15 months in prison Tuesday after admitting she concealed $19.5 million in income from the Internal Revenue Service.

  • February 20, 2024

    Ex-BigLaw Atty Avoids Prison For Ch. 11 Lies

    A former BigLaw partner on Tuesday was spared any prison time for lying to a New York bankruptcy court in his 2022 personal Chapter 11 case, in an attempt to shield his assets from creditors.

  • February 20, 2024

    Philly Woman Asks Justices To Review City's Tax Credit Policy

    Philadelphia's refusal to credit a woman's Delaware state income taxes paid against her city wage tax liabilities unconstitutionally discriminates against interstate commerce, the woman argued Tuesday in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling in the city's favor.

  • February 20, 2024

    Son's $63M Tax Deal Puts Diamond King's Widow In The Clear

    The federal government agreed to stop pursuing the widow of a diamond mogul to recover millions in tax liabilities connected to her husband and his estate after their adult son agreed to pay $63 million, according to a New York federal court order Tuesday.

  • February 20, 2024

    Tax Court Rejects NY Couple's Expense Deductions

    A New York couple is not able to deduct an assortment of expenses after failing to substantiate them, the U.S. Tax Court ruled Tuesday.

  • February 20, 2024

    Tax Court Nixes NYC Site's Eligible-Basis Adjustments By IRS

    Tax-exempt bond issuance costs will not be excluded from a New York City building's eligible basis for the low-income housing credit, the U.S. Tax Court ruled Tuesday.

  • February 20, 2024

    Tax Court's Chief Judge Reelected To 2nd Term

    The U.S. Tax Court's chief judge was reelected to a second two-year term as the head of the court, the Tax Court announced.

  • February 20, 2024

    Third-Party Payers Liable For Employment Tax Shortcomings

    Certain third-party payers that improperly claim employment tax credits for a client are liable for any potential underpayments, the Internal Revenue Service said in a chief counsel memorandum.

  • February 20, 2024

    IRS Issues Fix For Tax Treatment Of Gas Upgrading Equipment

    The Internal Revenue Service issued a correction clarifying the tax treatment of certain gas upgrading equipment under proposed rules related to the energy credit.

  • February 20, 2024

    Weekly Internal Revenue Bulletin

    The Internal Revenue Service released its weekly bulletin, which featured a list of those having their 501(c)(3) status revoked.

  • February 16, 2024

    Ga. Man Hit With Charges Over Unemployment, Tax Fraud

    Georgia federal prosecutors unsealed an indictment on Thursday against an Atlanta man charged with using stolen personal information to secure tens of thousands of dollars in unemployment benefits and tax returns.

  • February 16, 2024

    Manufacturers Back 3M In 8th Circ. Transfer Pricing Case

    The National Association of Manufacturers joined the chorus of business groups supporting 3M, asking the Eighth Circuit to throw out transfer pricing regulations that allow the Internal Revenue Service to reallocate income to U.S. group members even when foreign laws prohibit outbound payments.

  • February 16, 2024

    Medtronic Urges 8th Circ. To Undo Transfer Pricing Ruling

    Medical device company Medtronic asked the Eighth Circuit on Friday to overturn a decision rejecting its pricing method for licensing intellectual property to its Puerto Rican affiliate, saying in the long-running case that Medtronic hadn't used the intercompany arrangement to underreport its income.

  • February 16, 2024

    Conspirators In $3M IRS Refund Check Theft Get Prison Terms

    Two men will serve lengthy prison terms for their role in conspiring to steal and cash a Houston couple's tax refund check worth nearly $3 million, according to sentencing orders filed in Texas federal court.

  • February 16, 2024

    Trump Owes $355M For Fraud That 'Shocks The Conscience'

    A New York state judge on Friday found Donald Trump, his adult sons, his companies and longtime executives liable for a decadelong valuation fraud conspiracy, ordering the defendants to disgorge $364 million in ill-gotten gains to the state, plus interest, with the former president on the hook for the lion's share.

  • February 16, 2024

    Taxation With Representation: Paul Weiss, Kirkland

    In this week's Taxation With Representation, Diamondback buys Endeavor, KKR & Co. acquires a stake in Cotiviti, and Gilead Sciences Inc. purchases CymaBay Therapeutics Inc.

Featured Stories

  • First Purely Tax Crypto Indictment Signals More On Tap

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    Federal prosecutors' first public indictment of an individual who underreported the capital gains from a nearly $4 million legal sale of bitcoin indicates that authorities have opened the floodgates for more criminal cases that deal purely with undisclosed gains on legitimate cryptocurrency transactions.

  • Lawmakers Brace For Lobbying Blitz On Expiring Tax Breaks

    Stephen K. Cooper

    Some lawmakers foresee an increase in lobbying activity this year as Congress considers renewing parts of the GOP's 2017 tax law that are approaching expiration, while efforts to address the influence of dark money in politics remain on hold.

  • Senate GOP Push For Tax Bill Changes Could Slow Progress

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    Senate Republicans' desire to add their own priorities to the tax bill recently passed by the House, along with a jam-packed Senate agenda, could delay the proposal in its journey to President Joe Biden's desk.

Expert Analysis

  • A Look Ahead For The Electric Vehicle Charging Industry

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    This will likely be an eventful year for the electric vehicle market as government efforts to accelerate their adoption inevitably clash with backlash from supporters of the petroleum industry, say Rue Phillips at SkillFusion and Enid Joffe at Green Paradigm Consulting.

  • A Post-Mortem Analysis Of Stroock's Demise

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    After the dissolution of 147-year-old firm Stroock late last year shook up the legal world, a post-mortem analysis of the data reveals a long list of warning signs preceding the firm’s collapse — and provides some insight into how other firms might avoid the same disastrous fate, says Craig Savitzky at Leopard Solutions.

  • SG's Office Is Case Study To Help Close Legal Gender Gap

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    As women continue to be underrepresented in the upper echelons of the legal profession, law firms could learn from the example set by the Office of the Solicitor General, where culture and workplace policies have helped foster greater gender equality, say attorneys at Ocean Tomo.

  • Planning A Defense As IRS Kicks Off Sports Losses Campaign

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    Sports team owners and partnerships face potential examination under the Internal Revenue Service’s recently announced sports industry losses campaign, and should be preparing to explain what drove their reported losses and assembling documentation to support their tax return positions and accounting methods, say Sheri Dillon and Jennifer Breen at Morgan Lewis.

  • What New Calif. Strike Force Means For White Collar Crimes

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    The recently announced Central District of California strike force targeting complex corporate and securities fraud — following the Northern District of California's model — combines experienced prosecutorial leadership and partnerships with federal agencies like the IRS and FBI, and could result in an uptick in the number of cases and speed of proceedings, say attorneys at MoFo.

  • Reimagining Law Firm Culture To Break The Cycle Of Burnout

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    While attorney burnout remains a perennial issue in the legal profession, shifting post-pandemic expectations mean that law firms must adapt their office cultures to retain talent, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

  • The Legal Industry Needs A Cybersecurity Paradigm Shift

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    As law firms face ever-increasing risks of cyberattacks and ransomware incidents, the legal industry must implement robust cybersecurity measures and privacy-centric practices to preserve attorney-client privilege, safeguard client trust and uphold the profession’s integrity, says Ryan Paterson at Unplugged.

  • As Promised, IRS Is Coming For Crypto Tax Evaders

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    The IRS is fulfilling its promise to crack down on those who have neglected to pay taxes on cryptocurrency earnings, as demonstrated by recently imposed prison sentences, enforcement initiatives and meetings with international counterparts — suggesting a few key takeaways for taxpayer compliance, say attorneys at BakerHostetler.

  • 5 Reasons Associates Shouldn't Take A Job Just For Money

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    As a number of BigLaw firms increase salary scales for early-career attorneys, law students and lateral associates considering new job offers should weigh several key factors that may matter more than financial compensation, say Albert Tawil at Lateral Hub and Ruvin Levavi at Power Forward.

  • The Pop Culture Docket: Judge Djerassi On Super Bowl 52

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    Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Ramy Djerassi discusses how Super Bowl 52, in which the Philadelphia Eagles prevailed over the New England Patriots, provides an apt metaphor for alternative dispute resolution processes in commercial business cases.

  • Parsing Treasury's Proposed Clean Hydrogen Tax Credit Rules

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    Regulations recently proposed by the IRS and the U.S. Department of the Treasury concerning two types of tax credits for clean hydrogen production facilities should resolve many of the most pressing questions around qualification for the credits — albeit in a relatively stringent manner, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • Employee Experience Strategy Can Boost Law Firm Success

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    Amid continuing business uncertainty, law firms should consider adopting a holistic employee experience strategy — prioritizing consistency, targeting signature moments and leveraging measurement tools — to maximize productivity and profitability, says Haley Revel at Calibrate Consulting.

  • 6 Practice Pointers For Pro Bono Immigration Practice

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    An attorney taking on their first pro bono immigration matter may find the law and procedures beguiling, but understanding key deadlines, the significance of individual immigration judges' rules and specialized aspects of the practice can help avoid common missteps, says Steven Malm at Haynes Boone.