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  • April 08, 2024

    Jackson Hewitt Preparers Want First OK On $10.8M Deal

    Former Jackson Hewitt Inc. workers have reached a $10.8 million settlement with their former employer over claims the company's franchisees entered into an anti-competitive no-poach agreement despite the provision being removed from the company's franchise agreements, according to a Friday motion.

  • April 08, 2024

    EU Expansion Question Shines Light On Tax Voting Procedure

    The question of whether the European Union should expand beyond its current 27 member countries is putting the spotlight on the bloc's voting practices, raising concerns that the current unanimity requirement for tax policy changes would become unmanageable with a larger group.

  • April 05, 2024

    Chrisley Must Pay $755K For Slandering Ga. Tax Worker

    Former reality star and convicted fraudster Michael "Todd" Chrisley must pay $755,000 in damages after a federal jury found this week that he slandered a Georgia Department of Revenue employee who played a bit role in his criminal investigation.

  • April 05, 2024

    Arizona Loses Bid To Bar Federal Tax On One-Time Rebates

    A federal court declined Friday to bar federal taxation of Arizona's one-time state tax rebates issued last year, rejecting the state's move for a preliminary injunction against the Internal Revenue Service.

  • April 05, 2024

    Homeowners' Energy Efficient Rebates Not Income, IRS Says

    The U.S. Department of Energy rebates awarded to taxpayers who bought an energy efficient home or retrofitted their current residence to reduce energy consumption won't need to be reported in the property owner's gross income, the IRS announced Friday.

  • April 05, 2024

    Green Energy Co. Duped Investors Out Of $40M, Suit Says

    A proposed class of investors has hit a purported Chicago green energy outfit and its executives with a federal suit claiming they used promises of extravagant returns to get the plaintiffs to invest but never created any energy or produced the returns they promised. 

  • April 05, 2024

    Judge Won't Recuse Herself From Doctor's NBA Fraud Trial

    A Manhattan federal judge has refused to step away from the case of a Seattle doctor accused of participating in a scheme to defraud the National Basketball Association's health plan, saying there was "no basis" for his bid to oust her after he took issue with the trial schedule and what he described as systemic barriers.

  • April 05, 2024

    IRS Spent $4.4B Of Climate Law's Funds, TIGTA Says

    Through 2023, the Internal Revenue Service spent $4.4 billion of the funds earmarked in the tax, climate and healthcare law, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration said in a report published Friday.

  • April 05, 2024

    Contrasts Emerge Between Taiwan Tax Bill, Regular Treaties

    A bill pending in the Senate would lay the groundwork for double-tax relief and other treaty-like arrangements with Taiwan, but the unique legislative process and relatively reduced content could cast uncertainty over the unofficial accord's ultimate fate.

  • April 05, 2024

    Weekly Internal Revenue Bulletin

    The Internal Revenue Service issued its weekly bulletin Friday, which included final regulations for the payment election under the energy credit established by the CHIPS Act of 2022.

  • April 05, 2024

    Taxation With Representation: Latham, Simpson Thacher

    In this week's Taxation with Representation, Endeavor and Nuvei each go private, SLB purchases ChampionX and Liberty Media Corp. buys Dorna Sports SL.

  • April 04, 2024

    Jury Clears Exec From Penalties In Captive Insurance Case

    An insurance executive and three of his companies won't face tax penalties for promoting an illegitimate insurance arrangement, a Florida federal jury ruled Thursday.

  • April 04, 2024

    Snell & Wilmer Adds Former McDermott Partner In Dallas

    A former McDermott Will & Emery partner and tax specialist has joined Snell & Wilmer's Dallas office to advise clients on cross-border transactions, particularly in Latin America and Mexico.

  • April 04, 2024

    NC Tax Fraud Trial Evidence Bids Get Lukewarm Reception

    A North Carolina federal judge on Thursday seemed reluctant to limit certain evidence against two attorneys and an insurance agent in their upcoming tax fraud trial, saying some of it seemed pertinent to the government's quest to prove intent but suspected other information might be construed by jurors as "petty."

  • April 04, 2024

    Companies In Limbo As IRS Mulls Waiver For 15% Book Tax

    Corporations preparing for their quarterly estimated taxes are uncertain about paying a 15% alternative minimum tax due on April 15, since the Internal Revenue Service granted waivers last year and has yet to release proposed regulations that officials have promised since October.

  • April 04, 2024

    IRS Penalties Proper In $11B Amgen Dispute, Tax Court Says

    The Internal Revenue Service properly authorized penalties included in a tax bill of nearly $11 billion that drugmaker Amgen is challenging, the U.S. Tax Court said Thursday.

  • April 04, 2024

    Attys Awarded $1.5M In Fees On Tax Disclosure Suit

    Attorneys who won a $4.5 million settlement for a class of investors claiming a Chinese startup misrepresented its tax liability will receive their requested $1.5 million in attorney fees, a New York federal judge ruled.

  • April 04, 2024

    IRS Pushes Back Deadlines For Some RI Taxpayers

    Taxpayers in three Rhode Island counties will have until July to file federal tax returns and make payments under an extension granted because of January storms and flooding, the Internal Revenue Service said Thursday.

  • April 04, 2024

    IRS Pushes Back Tax Deadlines After Maine Storms

    Certain Maine taxpayers will have additional time to file tax returns and make payments following storms and flooding in parts of the state, the Internal Revenue Service said Thursday.

  • April 04, 2024

    Ex-IRS Agent Caused $42.5M In Tax Loss As Preparer, US Says

    A tax preparer who once worked for the Internal Revenue Service should be permanently barred from preparing federal returns because he caused an estimated $42.5 million in tax losses by scheming to underestimate his clients' liabilities, the government told a Washington federal court.

  • April 04, 2024

    Beyoncé's $3M Tax Trial Postponed

    The trial scheduled for May in Beyoncé's challenge to a $3 million tax deficiency has been delayed, according to an order Thursday by the U.S. Tax Court.

  • April 04, 2024

    Project Owners Eager To Sell Energy Tax Credits, Report Says

    Project owners are pursuing new financing strategies that would support the early sale of their clean energy tax credits as more projects in their initial development stage this year seek to capitalize on the incentives as early as possible, a report released Thursday said.

  • April 03, 2024

    NJ Tax Preparer Accused Of $150M COVID Relief Fraud

    A New Jersey tax preparer has been indicted over what prosecutors are calling a yearslong scheme in which he filed more than 1,600 bogus tax forms seeking over $150 million in COVID-19-related employment tax credits for his clients and his own businesses that they weren't eligible for, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

  • April 03, 2024

    IRS Says $28M In Fines Against Microsemi Adhered To Rules

    The Internal Revenue Service is again pressing the U.S. Tax Court to rule that it followed supervisory approval requirements when it imposed nearly $28 million in penalties against semiconductor manufacturer Microsemi in a transfer pricing dispute.

  • April 03, 2024

    McDermott Adds Ex-Baker McKenzie Tax Pro In Chicago

    The former chair of Baker McKenzie's Chicago tax practice group has joined McDermott Will & Emery LLP and will work as a partner in the firm's Chicago office, McDermott said Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Lessons From Country Singer's Personal Service Saga

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    Recent reports that country singer Luke Combs won a judgment against a Florida woman who didn’t receive notice of the counterfeit suit against her should serve as a reminder for attorneys on best practices for effectuating service by electronic means, say attorneys at Jenner & Block.

  • 7 E-Discovery Predictions For 2024 And Beyond

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    The legal and technical issues of e-discovery now affect virtually every lawsuit, and in the year to come, practitioners can expect practices and policies to evolve in a number of ways, from the expanded use of relevancy redactions to mandated information security provisions in protective orders, say attorneys at Littler.

  • 5 Litigation Funding Trends To Note In 2024

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    Over the next year and beyond, litigation funding will continue to evolve in ways that affect attorneys and the larger litigation landscape, from the growth of a secondary market for funded claims, to rising interest rates restricting the availability of capital, says Jeffery Lula at GLS Capital.

  • Tech CEO Tax Ruling A Warning For Forward Contracts

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    In McKelvey v. Commissioner, the U.S. Tax Court decided that deceased Monster.com founder Andrew McKelvey terminated his underlying obligations when he extended variable prepaid forward contracts, demonstrating why startup founders, early employees and investors should think carefully before amending derivative agreements, say Daren Shaver and Trent Tanzi at Hanson Bridgett.

  • 4 Legal Ethics Considerations For The New Year

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    As attorneys and clients reset for a new year, now is a good time to take a step back and review some core ethical issues that attorneys should keep front of mind in 2024, including approaching generative artificial intelligence with caution and care, and avoiding pitfalls in outside counsel guidelines, say attorneys at HWG.

  • What The Law Firm Of The Future Will Look Like

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    As the legal landscape shifts, it’s become increasingly clear that the BigLaw business model must adapt in four key ways to remain viable, from fostering workplace flexibility to embracing technology, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

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