Federal

  • March 26, 2024

    Meta Can't Escape Suit Over Collection Of Taxpayers' Data

    A California federal judge refused to release Meta from a consolidated class action accusing it of unlawfully collecting sensitive information from tax filing websites H&R Block, TaxAct and Tax Slayer, allowing state and federal wiretapping claims to move forward and permitting the plaintiffs to amend several deficient privacy allegations. 

  • March 26, 2024

    Adjusting To Amount B's Rules May Bring Growing Pains

    Countries designed a new tax framework known as Amount B to streamline the pricing of certain cross-border operations, but the criteria for determining whether transactions qualify for the regime, which negotiators recently made optional, may complicate the goal of simplicity.

  • March 26, 2024

    $4.5M Microcaptive Insurance Deduction Nixed By Tax Court

    An eye doctor can't deduct more than $4.5 million in insurance premiums that he paid to two microcaptive companies because the payments don't qualify as valid insurance purchases for federal income tax purposes, the U.S. Tax Court ruled Tuesday.

  • March 26, 2024

    $23M Easement Deduction Worth Only $480K, Tax Court Says

    The U.S. Tax Court significantly reduced the value of a $23 million deduction taken by the members of a Delaware partnership Tuesday, instead allowing them $480,000 for the charitable donation of an easement.

  • March 26, 2024

    NC Software Execs Ask To Raze Payroll Tax Fraud Conviction

    Two former software executives found guilty of failing to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in employment taxes have sought to wipe out their conviction based on what they allege was insufficient evidence presented by the government at trial.

  • March 26, 2024

    Producers Push IRS For Flexible Clean Hydrogen Credit Regs

    The IRS should adopt flexible metrics to measure greenhouse gas emissions in proposed rules for the clean hydrogen production tax credit to accommodate energy companies' transition toward cleaner production methods, stakeholders said during a hearing on the regulations Tuesday.

  • March 26, 2024

    9th Circ. Judges Skeptical Senior Care Facility Owes IRS $20M

    Ninth Circuit judges seemed skeptical of the Internal Revenue Service's efforts to force a California-based senior care facility to pay a $20 million tax bill, saying the facility's deferral of unamortized portions of resident fees didn't run afoul of generally accepted accounting methods.

  • March 26, 2024

    Nev. Foreclosed Property To Be Sold To Pay Co.'s Tax Debt

    A Nevada federal court approved the sale of a foreclosed Las Vegas property in the federal government's efforts to recoup nearly $943,000 in taxes owed by a security company.

  • March 26, 2024

    IRS Fixes Typo In Contribution Rules

    The Internal Revenue Service issued a correction notice Tuesday fixing a typographical error within regulations about contributions to certain organizations.

  • March 25, 2024

    Clean Hydrogen Tax Credit Regs' Pillars Too Strict, IRS Told

    The so-called three pillars in proposed clean hydrogen production tax credit rules used to determine the incentive's value would prevent the rapid scaling of a nascent sector that aims to produce zero-carbon emissions fuel, stakeholders told the Internal Revenue Service on Monday.

  • March 25, 2024

    Tax Groups Urge Justices To Review Philly Tax Credit System

    The U.S. Supreme Court should hear a woman's claims that Philadelphia unconstitutionally declined to credit her Delaware state income taxes paid against her city wage tax liabilities, a taxpayer advocacy organization and a group of tax lawyers told the justices Monday.

  • March 25, 2024

    Alaskans Hit By Storms Can Delay IRS Tax Filings, Payments

    Taxpayers in Alaska impacted by severe storms, landslides and mudslides that started Nov. 20 now have until July 15 to file various federal individual and business tax returns and make tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service said Monday.

  • March 25, 2024

    Tax Court Upholds Med Spa Owner's Fraud Penalties

    A registered nurse and her medical spa that offered botox and liposuction treatments in Kansas owe more than $700,000 in civil fraud penalties related to the nurse's conviction for tax evasion for misusing cash payments from clients, the U.S. Tax Court ruled Monday.

  • March 25, 2024

    Unpaid Taxes Fall On CEO's Shoulders, Tax Court Says

    The CEO of a company is responsible for settling any unpaid liabilities despite his hiring of an accountant who embezzled a portion of the company's employment taxes, the U.S. Tax Court ruled Monday.

  • March 25, 2024

    Student Loan Refinancing Doesn't Affect Borrower Eligibility

    Students as well as parents are considered eligible borrowers of a refinancing qualified student loan under a state supplemental loan program, regardless of who was the original borrower, the Internal Revenue Service said Monday.

  • March 25, 2024

    7th Circ. Affirms Co. Can't Get $3.5M Software Deduction

    A healthcare company that helps nursing homes buy equipment is not entitled to $3.5 million in tax deductions meant for domestic software production, the Seventh Circuit ruled, saying the company failed to meet the threshold for the break because it didn't actually provide software to customers.

  • March 22, 2024

    Up Next At High Court: Abortion, Jury Trials And Estate Tax

    The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments this week over the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's decision expanding access to popular abortion pill mifepristone as well as whether juries should determine a defendants' eligibility for repeat offender enhanced sentencing under the Armed Career Criminal Act and how long federal employees have to appeal adverse employment decisions.

  • March 22, 2024

    Ill. Atty Tampered With Witness In Own Fraud Case, Feds Say

    A Chicago-area lawyer facing criminal tax fraud charges has been slapped with a superseding indictment accusing him of witness tampering by trying to script a bookkeeper's testimony, according to an announcement made Friday.

  • March 22, 2024

    IRS Proposes Annuity Trusts As Listed Transactions

    The Internal Revenue Service unveiled proposed rules Friday that would list certain charitable remainder annuity trusts as transactions that can potentially be abusive tax shelters, requiring additional disclosures under the threat of penalty for participants involved in such arrangements. 

  • March 22, 2024

    Businessman Indicted Over Hiding Of $20M In Swiss Accounts

    A Brazilian-American businessman accused by the government in a criminal complaint of hiding $20 million from the Internal Revenue Service over 35 years by using Swiss bank accounts was indicted by a federal grand jury in Miami and charged with tax evasion, according to a Florida federal court.

  • March 22, 2024

    Stock Buyback Tax Regs Imminent, Treasury Official Says

    Proposed regulations on the federal stock buyback tax will be released imminently and will address feedback on a rule designed to prevent foreign companies from avoiding the tax using U.S. affiliates, a Treasury official said Friday.

  • March 22, 2024

    IRS Opens Bonus Energy Credits To More Offshore Wind Sites

    The Internal Revenue Service unveiled guidance Friday that would allow more parts of offshore wind facilities to qualify for the bonus production and investment tax credits that provide incentives for clean energy projects being built in so-called energy communities.

  • March 22, 2024

    LA Atty Who Repped Rodney King Charged With Tax Evasion

    A Los Angeles attorney who represented Rodney King in a civil case against the city of Los Angeles after King was severely beaten by police has been hit with federal tax evasion charges.

  • March 22, 2024

    3rd Circ. Says Tax Court Has Power To Tackle Debt Offset Case

    A woman whose tax refunds were withheld by the Internal Revenue Service for five years to satisfy what the agency said was her underlying tax liability will get another chance to convince the U.S. Tax Court that the government was wrong, the Third Circuit ruled Friday.

  • March 22, 2024

    IRS Pauses Worker Retention Credit Disclosure Program

    The Internal Revenue Service is suspending its voluntary disclosure program for improperly claimed employee retention credits, the agency announced Friday.

Expert Analysis

  • Attorneys, Law Schools Must Adapt To New Era Of Evidence

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    Technological advancements mean more direct evidence is being created than ever before, and attorneys as well as law schools must modify their methods to account for new challenges in how this evidence is collected and used to try cases, says Reuben Guttman at Guttman Buschner.

  • 1st Tax Easement Convictions Will Likely Embolden DOJ, IRS

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    After recent convictions in the first criminal tax fraud trial over allegedly abusive syndicated conservation easements, the IRS and U.S. Department of Justice will likely pursue other promoters for similar alleged conspiracies — though one acquittal may help attorneys better evaluate their clients' exposure, say Bill Curtis and Lauren DeSantis-Then at Polsinelli.

  • Tips For Litigating Against Pro Se Parties In Complex Disputes

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    Litigating against self-represented parties in complex cases can pose unique challenges for attorneys, but for the most part, it requires the same skills that are useful in other cases — from documenting everything to understanding one’s ethical duties, says Bryan Ketroser at Alto Litigation.

  • Anticipating Intensified Partnership Enforcement From IRS

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    The Internal Revenue Service's decadeslong difficulties with partnership audits led to the recent announcement of a clear, well-funded, focused initiative, and businesses operating in the partnership form will feel the impact, with definite changes ahead, says Sharon Katz-Pearlman at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Pro Bono Work Is Powerful Self-Help For Attorneys

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    Oct. 22-28 is Pro Bono Week, serving as a useful reminder that offering free legal help to the public can help attorneys expand their legal toolbox, forge community relationships and create human connections, despite the challenges of this kind of work, says Orlando Lopez at Culhane Meadows.

  • The Pop Culture Docket: Judge Espinosa On 'Lincoln Lawyer'

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    The murder trials in Netflix’s “The Lincoln Lawyer” illustrate the stark contrast between the ethical high ground that fosters and maintains the criminal justice system's integrity, and the ethical abyss that can undermine it, with an important reminder for all legal practitioners, say Judge Adam Espinosa and Andrew Howard at the Colorado 2nd Judicial District Court.

  • Newman Suspension Shows Need For Judicial Reform

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    The recent suspension of U.S. Circuit Judge Pauline Newman following her alleged refusal to participate in a disability inquiry reveals the need for judicial misconduct reforms to ensure that judges step down when they can no longer serve effectively, says Aliza Shatzman at The Legal Accountability Project.

  • How And Why Your Firm Should Implement Fixed-Fee Billing

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    Amid rising burnout in the legal industry and client efforts to curtail spending, pivoting to a fixed-fee billing model may improve client-attorney relationships and offer lawyers financial, logistical and stress relief — while still maintaining profit margins, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

  • How Law Firms Can Use Account-Based Marketing Strategies

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    Amid several evolving legal industry trends, account-based marketing can help law firms uncover additional revenue-generating opportunities with existing clients, with key considerations ranging from data analytics to relationship building, say Jennifer Ramsey at stage LLC and consultant Gina Sponzilli.

  • While Risks Exist, AI Could Transform IRS Enforcement

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    The Internal Revenue Service's recently announced use of artificial intelligence could revolutionize the agency's enforcement efforts, and transparency about its use and a forum for challenging AI findings could help mitigate fears that the technology will increase bias, say attorneys at Lewis Brisbois.

  • Strategic Succession Planning At Law Firms Is Crucial

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    Senior partners' reluctance to retire, the rise of the nonequity partner tier and generational differences in expectations are all contributing to an increasing number of departures from BigLaw, making it imperative for firms to encourage retirement among senior ranks and provide clearer leadership pathways to junior attorneys, says Laura Leopard at Leopard Solutions.

  • Maximizing Law Firm Profitability In Uncertain Times

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    As threats of an economic downturn loom, firms can boost profits by embracing the power of bottom-line management and creating an ecosystem where strategic financial oversight and robust timekeeping practices meet evolved client relations, says Shireen Hilal at Maior Strategic Consulting.

  • Enforcement Of International Tax Reporting Is Heating Up

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    Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s February decision in Bittner v. U.S. changed how penalties for failure to report offshore accounts are calculated, recent developments suggest the government is preparing to step up enforcement and vigorously pursue the collection of resulting penalties, say Daniel Silva and Agustin Ceballos at Buchalter.

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