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  • June 07, 2024

    Trust Can Deduct Property Income As Gift, IRS Says

    A trust can deduct gross income set aside as a charitable contribution stemming from the distribution of real property from the corporation that is the trust's sole shareholder, the IRS said in a private letter ruling released Friday.

  • June 07, 2024

    IRS Delays Deadlines In W.Va., Ky. Counties Hit By Tornadoes

    Certain West Virginia and Kentucky taxpayers impacted by tornadoes and other major weather events that hit the area April 2 now have until Nov. 1 to file various individual and business tax returns and make payments, the Internal Revenue Service said Friday.

  • June 07, 2024

    No Loss On Terminated Rate Agreements, Chief Counsel Says

    A company that executed forward-rate agreements cannot claim a loss in connection with the termination of the agreements because its adjusted basis in the agreements was zero, according to a memo released Friday by the IRS Office of Chief Counsel.

  • June 07, 2024

    IRS Updates EV Battery Reporting Guide For Tax Credits

    The Internal Revenue Service provided updated guidance Friday for automakers planning to provide a report on meeting the battery sourcing requirements that can qualify their new electric vehicle models for the consumer tax credit of up to $7,500.

  • June 07, 2024

    6th Circ. Finds Ethical Lapses Justify Bar On Firm's Outreach

    The Sixth Circuit said Thursday a Michigan federal judge shouldn't have faulted a law firm for attacking a proposed tax foreclosure class-action settlement in solicitation letters, but nevertheless upheld the judge's order barring contact with certain class members because of the firm's actual ethical lapses.

  • June 07, 2024

    Subsidiary Won't Lose Status Before Dissolving, IRS Says

    A court-ordered liquidation of an insurance company won't cause it to lose its status as a corporation before it completes its final dissolution, the Internal Revenue Service said in a private letter ruling released Friday.

  • June 07, 2024

    Dentons Adds Pair Of Husch Blackwell Tax Attys

    Two South Carolina tax attorneys have joined Dentons' corporate, tax and private client practice as partners after moving from Husch Blackwell LLP, the firm announced on Thursday.

  • June 07, 2024

    IRS Scrutinizing Hospitals' Tax Exemptions, Official Says

    The Internal Revenue Service's Tax-Exempt & Government Entities Division has started auditing tax-exempt hospitals to ensure they're complying with exemption requirements, an agency official said Friday.

  • June 07, 2024

    Halliburton Wrongly Denied $11.3M Deduction, Court Told

    The Internal Revenue Service is arbitrarily and wrongfully refusing to refund Halliburton over $11.3 million in tax deductions taken for a payment to a foreign government to secure the safety of the company's employees, Halliburton told a federal court.

  • June 07, 2024

    Fed. Circ. Panel Doubts Bid To Nix Actavis' $12M Deduction

    A Federal Circuit panel seemed skeptical of the government's bid to overturn a decision allowing drugmaker Actavis to deduct $12 million it spent fending off lawsuits as it secured approval to sell generics, raising the question during oral arguments Friday whether the company was being uniquely targeted.

  • June 07, 2024

    Taxation With Representation: Vinson, Latham, Ropes & Gray

    In this Week's Taxation with Representation, Waste Management buys Stericycle, Becton Dickinson pays $4.2 billion for Edwards Lifesciences' critical care products unit, Aquiline Capital Partners raises over $3.4 billion in fund capital, and Bain Capital buys PowerSchool Holdings.

  • June 07, 2024

    IRS Lists Shuttered Coal Areas For Energy Bonus Credits

    The Internal Revenue Service on Friday issued updated lists of areas, including closed coal mines and factories, where developers can qualify for additional tax credits for building their clean energy projects.

  • June 07, 2024

    Weekly Internal Revenue Bulletin

    The Internal Revenue Service issued its weekly bulletin Friday, which included proposed foreign trust transaction reporting requirements.

  • June 06, 2024

    Medtronic Urges 8th Circ. To Back Its Transfer Pricing Method

    Medical device maker Medtronic reiterated Thursday its bid for the Eighth Circuit to revive its method for pricing intangible property that was licensed to a Puerto Rican affiliate, arguing the government's concessions show why the company's approach is more reliable.

  • June 06, 2024

    9th Circ. Denies Trust Refund Of Money Forfeited To IRS

    A trust lost its ownership claims to property when an Idaho federal court determined the property had been transferred to the trust fraudulently, the Ninth Circuit said Thursday, affirming a decision to deny a $225,000 tax refund.

  • June 06, 2024

    Estate Entitled To Deduct Payouts To Stepkids, 11th Circ. Told

    The U.S. Tax Court wrongly denied deductions to a former attorney's $81 million estate for million-dollar payouts it made to his stepchildren after they sued, the estate told the Eleventh Circuit, saying the payments satisfied legitimate claims against the estate and were therefore deductible.

  • June 06, 2024

    Tax Court Upholds Rejection Of Man's Biz Deductions

    A Floridian failed to adequately back up certain business loss deduction claims made on his tax return, the U.S. Tax Court said Thursday, backing the IRS' rejection of the claims and imposition of an accuracy-related penalty.

  • June 06, 2024

    'Brothel' Manager Violated Bail After $5.7M Sting, Feds Say

    A manager and bookkeeper facing federal charges connected to a COVID-19 grant and tax fraud scheme at a Connecticut strip club violated his bail conditions by showing up at the facility and "hanging out" with a potential witness, federal probation authorities have alleged.

  • June 06, 2024

    9th Circ. Won't Revive Org's Push To Restore Nonprofit Status

    The U.S. Tax Court's dismissal of an attempt to reinstate nonprofit status for a California organization that said its officers fell victim to a Ponzi scheme did not breach the group's constitutional rights, the Ninth Circuit said.

  • June 06, 2024

    Ex-IRS Worker Indicted In $2M Exxon Credit Theft Scheme

    A former Internal Revenue Service employee used his account management job at the agency to steal more than $2 million worth of tax credits from Exxon Mobil and pocket the money, according to a Utah federal grand jury indictment.

  • June 06, 2024

    Fox Rothschild Brings On Tax Pro From Atlanta Boutique

    Fox Rothschild LLP has added an attorney in Atlanta from tax law boutique Wiggam Law to strengthen the firm's taxation and wealth planning department.

  • June 06, 2024

    IRS Needs Strategy For 2.6M Tax Doc Backlog, TIGTA Says

    Not only does the Internal Revenue Service have a document backlog exceeding 2.6 million source documents that need to be associated with a specific form, but it also has been making significant mistakes in reporting closures, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration said in a report released Thursday.

  • June 06, 2024

    Justices Affirm Taxing Of Estate On Insurance Payout

    The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed on Thursday a decision denying a tax refund to the estate of an owner of a building materials company that used a payout from his $3.5 million life insurance policy to purchase his shares in the business.

  • June 05, 2024

    CohnReznick Scores Quick Exit In Tax Scheme Suit

    A New York federal judge agreed to toss a housing partnership's suit accusing accounting firm CohnReznick LLP of professional negligence and fraud, finding that the district court doesn't have jurisdiction over the dispute.

  • June 05, 2024

    IRS Must Better Log AI Use In Tax Gap Estimates, GAO Says

    The Internal Revenue Service needs to complete documentation on its use of artificial intelligence models as part of a plan to improve its tax gap estimates, the Government Accountability Office said Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Judicial Independence Is Imperative This Election Year

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    As the next election nears, the judges involved in the upcoming trials against former President Donald Trump increasingly face political pressures and threats of violence — revealing the urgent need to safeguard judicial independence and uphold the rule of law, says Benes Aldana at the National Judicial College.

  • Spartan Arbitration Tactics Against Well-Funded Opponents

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    Like the ancient Spartans who held off a numerically superior Persian army at the Battle of Thermopylae, trial attorneys and clients faced with arbitration against an opponent with a bigger war chest can take a strategic approach to create a pass to victory, say Kostas Katsiris and Benjamin Argyle at Venable.

  • What Recent Study Shows About AI's Promise For Legal Tasks

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    Amid both skepticism and excitement about the promise of generative artificial intelligence in legal contexts, the first randomized controlled trial studying its impact on basic lawyering tasks shows mixed but promising results, and underscores the need for attorneys to proactively engage with AI, says Daniel Schwarcz at University of Minnesota Law School.

  • How FinCEN Proposal Expands RE Transaction Obligations

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    Against a regulatory backdrop foreshadowing anti-money laundering efforts in the real estate sector, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network's proposed rule significantly expands reporting requirements for certain nonfinanced residential real estate transfers and necessitates careful review, say attorneys at Fried Frank.

  • What To Know About Employee Retention Credit Disclosures

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    Employers that filed potentially erroneous employee retention credit claims should take certain steps to determine whether the IRS’ voluntary disclosure program is a good fit and, if so, prepare a strong application before the window closes on March 22, say attorneys at Dentons.

  • Litigation Inspiration: A Source Of Untapped Fulfillment

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    As increasing numbers of attorneys struggle with stress and mental health issues, business litigators can find protection against burnout by remembering their important role in society — because fulfillment in one’s work isn’t just reserved for public interest lawyers, say Bennett Rawicki and Peter Bigelow at Hilgers Graben.

  • Unpacking FinCEN's Proposed Real Estate Transaction Rule

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    Phil Jelsma and Ulrick Matsunaga at Crosbie Gliner take a close look at the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network's recently proposed rulemaking — which mandates new disclosures for professionals involved in all-cash real estate deals — and discuss best next steps for the broad range of businesses that could be affected.

  • Think Like A Lawyer: Forget Everything You Know About IRAC

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    The mode of legal reasoning most students learn in law school, often called “Issue, Rule, Application, Conclusion,” or IRAC, erroneously frames analysis as a separate, discrete step, resulting in disorganized briefs and untold obfuscation — but the fix is pretty simple, says Luke Andrews at Poole Huffman.

  • The Corporate Transparency Act Isn't Dead Yet

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    After an Alabama federal court's ruling last week rendering the Corporate Transparency Act unconstitutional, changes to the law may ultimately be required, but ongoing compliance is still the best course of action for most, says George Singer at Holland & Hart.

  • How New EU Tax And Transfer Pricing Rules May Affect M&A

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    Companies involved in mergers and acquisitions may need to adjust fiscal due diligence procedures to ensure they consider potential far-reaching effects of newly implemented transfer pricing measures, such as newly implemented global minimum tax and European Union anti-tax avoidance directives and proposals, says Patrick Tijhuis at BDO.

  • Employers, Prep For Shorter Stock Awards Settlement Cycle

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    Companies that provide equity compensation in the form of publicly traded stock will soon have one less day to complete such transactions under U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Nasdaq rules — so employers should implement expedited equity compensation stock settlement and payroll tax deposit procedures now, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • Demystifying IRS' Claims Of $851B Return On Investment

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    The IRS' recently released analysis, estimating a $851 billion return on the government’s $80 billion investment in the agency, represents a huge increase over its 2022 estimate and that of the Congressional Budget Office and may be best viewed as a best-case scenario, says Joyce Beebe at the Baker Institute.

  • How Firms Can Ensure Associate Gender Parity Lasts

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    Among associates, women now outnumber men for the first time, but progress toward gender equality at the top of the legal profession remains glacially slow, and firms must implement time-tested solutions to ensure associates’ gender parity lasts throughout their careers, say Kelly Culhane and Nicole Joseph at Culhane Meadows.

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