Federal

  • May 13, 2024

    Corp. Transparency Act An Overbroad Dragnet, 11th Circ. Told

    Congress exceeded its authority in passing the Corporate Transparency Act, which prompted the U.S. Treasury Department to solicit personal information for law enforcement purposes from those that registered and owned state-registered entities, a small-business group told the Eleventh Circuit on Monday.

  • May 13, 2024

    US Tells DC Circ. Ayahuasca Church's Settlement Inapt

    Federal regulators are telling the D.C. Circuit to ignore a recent settlement that will allow a Phoenix-based church to continue using ayahuasca in its ceremonies, saying it has nothing to do with the Iowa-based ayahuasca church challenging the IRS's refusal to give it tax-exempt status.

  • May 13, 2024

    House GOP Bills Target Foreign Funding To Tax-Exempt Orgs

    The House Ways and Means Committee will vote Wednesday on a package of bills that would increase scrutiny of foreign donations to tax-exempt organizations, including legislation that would require those organizations to publicly report the donations, the Joint Committee on Taxation announced Monday.

  • May 13, 2024

    Biz Coalition Pushes Senate To Renew R&D Tax Break

    The U.S. Senate should act quickly to renew a provision allowing research and development expenses to be immediately deductible, a coalition of businesses told the chamber's leaders in a letter Monday.

  • May 13, 2024

    2nd Circ. Won't Revive UBS Suit Over Disclosed Account Info

    The Second Circuit declined Monday to revive a couple's suit accusing UBS of fraudulently flagging an account to the Internal Revenue Service, finding that any alleged harm resulting from an audit would have been caused by the agency itself.

  • May 13, 2024

    Tax Court Denies Calif. Women Innocent Spouse Relief

    A California woman will not receive innocent spouse relief from a tax liability stemming from a joint return filed with her estranged husband, the U.S. Tax Court ruled Monday, saying any reasonable person would have questioned the return's accuracy.

  • May 13, 2024

    Texas Farming Couple Owe $1.9M, Tax Court Says

    An oral surgeon and his wife who raised large deer and bass for hunting and ecotourism in Texas are on the hook for nearly $1.9 million in taxes, as a U.S. Tax Court decision issued Monday found that they weren't entitled to farming deductions.

  • May 13, 2024

    Energy Credit Program For Low-Income Areas To Open May 28

    Applications for a clean-energy investment program that provides bonus tax credits for projects in low-income communities will open May 28, the Internal Revenue Service said Monday.

  • May 13, 2024

    Tax Lien Association Hires Industry Pro As GC

    The National Tax Lien Association has found its new general counsel in an experienced attorney less than four months after the death of its longtime top attorney.

  • May 13, 2024

    Houston Truck Co. Doesn't Owe $2M Excise Tax, 5th Circ. Told

    A Houston truck company that sells tires made by a Chinese manufacturer doesn't owe $2 million in import taxes because it's not legally the tire importer, the company told the Fifth Circuit in asking it to affirm a ruling that could split circuits.

  • May 13, 2024

    Semisubmersible Co. CEO Convicted Of Fraud, Fleeing Law

    The CEO of a semisubmersible manufacturer has been convicted by a Hawaii federal jury of financial fraud, witness tampering and attempting to escape law enforcement in one of his company's ocean vessels.

  • May 11, 2024

    Gov't Urges 8th Circ. To Uphold 3M's $24M Pricing Adjustment

    The U.S. government asked the Eighth Circuit to uphold a U.S. Tax Court decision allowing the IRS to allocate nearly $24 million from 3M's Brazilian affiliate, arguing the company's appeal involves misplaced reliance on a U.S. Supreme Court decision.

  • May 10, 2024

    4th Circ. Judge Suspects 'Abuse' In Land Donor Tax Case

    The Fourth Circuit appeared poised Friday to rule that a couple owes taxes and penalties after claiming an inflated $5.1 million valuation on donated land for deductions, with one judge positing he believed the couple had engaged in "abuse" of a conservation donation.

  • May 10, 2024

    Texas Couple Must Sell $2.3M In Assets To Satisfy Tax Claim

    A disbarred accountant and his wife must sell $2.27 million worth of their assets to satisfy her unpaid federal tax liabilities, a Texas federal judge ruled, handing an early win to the government.

  • May 10, 2024

    Biden To Seek Tax Hikes On Wealthy In 2025, Adviser Says

    One of President Joe Biden's key tax policy goals if he's still in office during negotiations over expiring Tax Cuts and Jobs Act provisions in 2025 is to increase revenue overall by raising taxes on corporations and wealthy taxpayers, National Economic Council Director Lael Brainard said Friday.

  • May 10, 2024

    DC Tax Atty Can't Use Ch. 7 To Ditch Depo In $19M Theft Suit

    A corporate D.C. tax attorney accused of bilking a former client out of $19 million via a captive insurance scam will be deposed, despite a stay in the Maryland federal case against him and his firm after both filed for bankruptcy.

  • May 10, 2024

    SEC Targets Fatburger's Parent Co. In $27M Loan Scheme

    The restaurant company that owns Fatburger and Fazoli's made illegal loans to its director and former chief executive, who spent $27 million in company money on himself while skirting taxes and leaving the company struggling, the Securities and Exchange Commission told a California federal court Friday. 

  • May 10, 2024

    Use Of AI For Tax Comment Letters Poses Ethical Quandaries

    While artificial intelligence can streamline the process of conducting a comprehensive review of complex, IRS-proposed federal tax regulations, tax attorneys must be aware of professional and ethical considerations when using it to help draft comment letters to submit to the agency.

  • May 10, 2024

    IRS Schedules 7 Taxpayer Advisory Panel Meetings For June

    The Internal Revenue Service announced Friday the schedule for seven Taxpayer Advocacy Panel committee meetings in June.

  • May 10, 2024

    Weekly Internal Revenue Bulletin

    The Internal Revenue Service issued its weekly bulletin, which included proposed regulations regarding the application of the stock repurchase excise tax.

  • May 09, 2024

    'Lobster Broker' Biz Owner Liable For Dividends Deficiency

    A Florida man who owned 50% of the stock of a "lobster broker business" is on the hook for a federal income tax deficiency related to nearly $193,000 in dividends from the business, the U.S. Tax Court said Thursday, but the man isn't liable for an accuracy-related penalty.

  • May 09, 2024

    Biz Owner Admits Hiding $3.4M In Income To Dodge Taxes

    A San Francisco Bay Area man has pled guilty to tax evasion in California federal court, admitting he dodged some of the income tax he owed over a four-year period by concealing more than $3.4 million he earned from his businesses.

  • May 09, 2024

    IRS Lien Against Woman Properly Sustained, Tax Court Says

    The U.S. Tax Court found Thursday that an Internal Revenue Service agent didn't abuse her discretion when sustaining a federal lien against a Texas anesthesiologist who repeatedly failed to address issues flagged by the agent.

  • May 09, 2024

    House Bill Would Increase Penalties For Tax Info Disclosure

    House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith introduced legislation co-sponsored by all the panel's Republican members to boost penalties for unauthorized releases of taxpayer data, according to a statement Thursday.

  • May 09, 2024

    IRS Details Process For Suspending Tax Pro File Numbers

    The IRS described a process Thursday for suspending authorization file numbers assigned to tax professionals pending further review because of possible identity theft or other fraud and said in a statement that the risks potentially compromised numbers pose for tax pros and taxpayers are a growing concern.

Expert Analysis

  • Benefits And Beyond: Fixing Employee Contribution Failures

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    Employers must address employee contribution failures promptly in order to avoid losing significant tax benefits of 401(k) or 403(b) plans, but the exact correction procedures vary depending on whether contributions were less than or greater than intended, say attorneys at Seyfarth Shaw.

  • Now Is The Time For State And Local Sales Tax Simplification

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    In the five years since the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, state and local governments increasingly rely on sales tax, but simple changes are needed to make compliance more manageable for taxpayers, wherever located, without unduly burdening interstate commerce, says Charles Maniace at Sovos.

  • Recent Bills Show Congress' Growing Maturity On Cannabis

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    Though two recently introduced cannabis reform bills, the Prepare Act and the Small Business Tax Equity Act, are unlikely to pass in this Congress, they demonstrate a new level of focus and sophistication on the part of lawmakers as it relates to cannabis at the federal level, says Irina Dashevsky at Greenspoon Marder.

  • What To Make Of IRS' New Advance Pricing Guidance

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    Recent guidance on the IRS' goals for its advance pricing agreement system provides helpful insight into review and decision-making procedures for advance pricing agreement requests, but it also raises questions about the IRS' objectives, say Richard Slowinski and Stefanie Kavanagh at Alston & Bird.

  • Compliance Obligations Still Murky For Superfund Excise Tax

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    Comments on the IRS' reinstatement of the Superfund chemicals excise tax show that, given taxpayers' lack of institutional knowledge and the government's previous failure to finalize clarifying guidance, further regulatory action is needed to help taxpayers understand their obligations, say Nicole Elliott and Mary Kate Nicholson at Holland & Knight.

  • The Reciprocal Tax Bill Is A Warning Shot At Pillar 2

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    A bill recently introduced in the House of Representatives to reciprocally tax countries deemed to have imposed discriminatory taxes on U.S. citizens and businesses takes aim at countries implementing the global minimum tax treaty known as Pillar Two, with which the U.S. has not complied, says Alan Cole at the Tax Foundation.

  • 3 Developments That May Usher In A Nuclear Energy Revival

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    A recent advancement in nuclear energy technology, targeted provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act and a new G7 agreement on nuclear fuel supply chains may give nuclear power a seat at the table as a viable, zero-carbon energy source, say attorneys at Vinson & Elkins.

  • What Tax-Exempt Orgs. Need From Energy Credit Guidance

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    Guidance clarifying the Inflation Reduction Act’s credit regime, expected from the U.S. Department of the Treasury this summer, should help tax-exempt organizations determine the benefits of clean energy projects and integrate alternative energy investments into their activities, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • Unconventional Profits Interest Structures Find New Support

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    A recent U.S. Tax Court ruling should provide comfort that less-than-plain-vanilla profits interest structures, created to achieve complicated economic arrangements, can succeed in generating more optimal tax outcomes, provided the terms are properly drafted, says Daren Shaver at Hanson Bridgett.

  • Roadblocks For Cannabis Employers Setting Up 401(k) Plans

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    Though the Internal Revenue Code and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act generally allow cannabis businesses to establish 401(k) plans for their employees, companies must still pick their way through uncertainties around tax deductions and recruiting reliable vendors, say attorneys at Shipman & Goodwin.

  • How Foreign Info Return Penalty Case May Benefit Taxpayers

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    The U.S. Tax Court's recent decision that the Internal Revenue Service cannot penalize taxpayers for failing to file foreign corporation information returns may give similarly situated taxpayers an opportunity to also avoid penalties, provided they protect their rights before the decision is overturned or mooted by legislation, say attorneys at Arnold & Porter.

  • What's Unique — And What's Not — In Trump Protective Order

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    A Manhattan judge's recent protective order limiting former President Donald Trump's access to evidence included restrictions uniquely tailored to the defendant, which should remind defense attorneys that it's always a good idea to fight these seemingly standard orders, says Julia Jayne at Jayne Law.

  • The Nuts And Bolts Of IRS Domestic Content Tax Credit

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    Recent IRS guidance provides specifics on how renewable energy projects can qualify for bonus tax credits by meeting U.S. domestic content rules, but also creates a qualification framework that will be complicated for project developers to navigate, say Scott Cockerham and Wolfram Pohl at Orrick.

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