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  • March 20, 2024

    IRS Withholding Docs On Partnership Audits, Baker Atty Says

    The Internal Revenue Service has not responded to a request for documents pertaining to the agency's scrutiny of large partnerships and should be forced to disclose them, an attorney with Baker McKenzie told a D.C. federal court.

  • March 20, 2024

    IRS Grants Income Exclusion To Those Fleeing 6 Countries

    Individuals who fled conditions in Ukraine, Belarus, Sudan, Haiti, Niger and Iraq after specific dates in 2023 can exclude foreign earned income, and can exclude or deduct housing costs, from gross income that year because of adverse conditions in the countries, the IRS said.

  • March 20, 2024

    Law360 Announces The Members Of Its 2024 Editorial Boards

    Law360 is pleased to announce the formation of its 2024 Editorial Advisory Boards.

  • March 20, 2024

    King & Spalding Adds Ex-PwC Tax Pro As Partner In NY

    An experienced tax attorney has joined King & Spalding LLP in New York after working at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP for six years.

  • March 19, 2024

    US Climate Law's Clean Energy Credit Requests Reach 45K

    About 500 entities have requested registration numbers for more than 45,500 projects that aim to use the Inflation Reduction Act's clean energy tax credits, the Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Department of the Treasury said Tuesday.

  • March 19, 2024

    ABA Tax Section Seeks Revised Donor-Advised Fund Rules

    The U.S. Treasury Department should revise excise tax rules for certain distributions from donor-advised funds in a manner that is consistent with regulations governing similar funds and that doesn't duplicate existing tax penalties, the American Bar Association Tax Section said.

  • March 19, 2024

    Staffing Co. Owner Gets 4 Years For Hiring Untaxed Labor

    The owner of a staffing company in Key West, Florida, that hired untaxed and unauthorized workers was sentenced by a Florida federal judge to four years in prison and ordered to pay $3.5 million in restitution to the U.S. government, according to court documents.

  • March 19, 2024

    GILTI Figures Into CFC Applicability Project, Official Says

    The U.S. global intangible low-taxed income system is factoring into continuing Internal Revenue Service work on whether a tax code provision limiting corporations from offsetting income with net operating or other tax losses after ownership changes applies to controlled foreign corporations, an agency official said Tuesday.

  • March 19, 2024

    Pension Plan Segment Rates Increase In March

    Segment rates for calculating pension plan funding rose in March, the Internal Revenue Service said Tuesday.

  • March 19, 2024

    Exxon Wants Closed Court In $1.8B Tax Trial

    Exxon Mobil plans to seek courtroom closures for parts of an upcoming trial in its $1.8 billion suit challenging denied tax deductions for payments it made to Qatar, telling a Texas federal court that certain testimony, if made public, would damage its relationship with the foreign partner.

  • March 18, 2024

    Ariz. Rebates Trigger Federal Tax, IRS Tells Court

    Arizona's one-time 2023 payments to taxpayers are subject to federal taxation because they do not qualify for exclusions for general welfare or disaster relief payments, the Internal Revenue Service told a federal court.

  • March 18, 2024

    Justices Won't Review Dead Film Exec's IRS Summons

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied a request from the daughter of a dead film executive to consider invalidating an IRS summons for her father's financial records, letting stand a Ninth Circuit decision that found the agency sought the records in good faith.

  • March 18, 2024

    Werfel Calls Online Biz Account Authentication A Challenge

    Establishing an effective user authentication method for companies using online business tax accounts is a challenge for the Internal Revenue Service and the agency wants suggestions on how to do it, commissioner Daniel Werfel said Monday.

  • March 18, 2024

    Treasury Mulling Whether To Keep Foreign Tax Credit Regime

    The U.S. Treasury Department is considering whether the best way to provide administrable foreign tax credit rules and address related policy concerns is to retain the framework from paused final regulations or develop a new one, a Treasury official said Monday.

  • March 18, 2024

    Tennis Job No Reason To Slice 'Varsity Blues' Term, Feds Say

    A tennis instructor job in New York is no reason to grant an early end to the home confinement portion of a sentence given to a former Georgetown University coach for his role in the "Varsity Blues" college admissions scandal, prosecutors told a Massachusetts federal judge Monday.

  • March 18, 2024

    Wyden, Whitehouse Scrutinize DOJ's Caterpillar Investigation

    Two top Democratic senators asked the U.S. Justice Department about its handling of a criminal inquiry into Caterpillar for potential financial crimes and corporate tax fraud after receiving evidence corroborating a report that former DOJ officials may have suppressed the investigation, according to a letter released Monday.

  • March 18, 2024

    Feds Want 12 Years For Ex-Broker In Fraud, Tax Case

    A former mortgage broker whose decadelong fraud scheme tricked more than a dozen people out of $8 million and caused more than $3 million in tax losses should spend 12 and a half years in prison, the government told a Rhode Island federal court.

  • March 18, 2024

    IRS Schedules Hearing On Hydrogen Production Taxes

    The Internal Revenue Service plans to hold a three-day public hearing this month on proposed rules affecting the tax treatment of the production of clean hydrogen, the agency announced Monday.

  • March 15, 2024

    Ohio Ambulance Co. Says HR Firm Botched Tax Returns

    An Ohio ambulance company accused its human resources management firm of failing to accurately prepare and submit amended tax returns that would have allowed the company to claim pandemic-era tax credits, according to a complaint filed in an Ohio federal court.

  • March 15, 2024

    Justices Told Estate Incorrectly Taxed On Insurance Payout

    The federal government's argument that the $3.5 million in life insurance proceeds a company used to redeem a deceased owner's shares increased both the company's value and its dead owner's estate tax liability ignores "economic reality," the estate told the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday.

  • March 15, 2024

    IRS Asked To Change Effective Date In Part-Time Worker Rule

    The effective date for proposed IRS rules on participation of long-term, part-time employees in retirement plans would violate administrative law if not changed in final regulations, an attorney speaking for a benefits organization told the agency and the U.S. Treasury Department at a hearing Friday.

  • March 15, 2024

    Applicable Federal Interest Rates To Rise In April

    Applicable federal rates for income tax purposes will rise in April, the Internal Revenue Service said Friday.

  • March 15, 2024

    The Tax Angle: House GOP Plots TCJA Renewal Strategy

    House Republicans left Washington this week for their annual two-day legislative issues conference, hoping to expand their control of the chamber in the upcoming November elections and planning their strategy for renewal of their historic 2017 tax overhaul law.

  • March 15, 2024

    Tax Foundation Says UN Should Avoid Duplicating Tax Efforts

    The United Nations should only create global tax rules in areas where it can effectively reduce uncertainty and should avoid duplicating negotiations underway elsewhere, the Tax Foundation said Friday in a response to the organization.

  • March 15, 2024

    Feds Want 6 Years For 'Poster Boy' Of Mass. Police Corruption

    Boston federal prosecutors have recommended nearly 6 years in prison for a former Massachusetts trooper who they say is the living embodiment of police misconduct in light of his trial convictions for stealing overtime pay, lying on his taxes and cheating to get student financial aid for his son.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Avoiding Negative Tax Consequences In Loan Modifications

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    Borrowers who may be caught in the dramatic uptick in nonperforming commercial real estate loans should consider strategies to avoid income and capital gains tax that may be triggered by loan modifications, says Aman Badyal at Glaser Weil.

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