Cash Deals Abound

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Cash is king in this year’s M&A deals. Our Federal Tax Group investigates the tax implications behind these all-cash deals and what dangers may lie ahead. Few stocks are held by taxable persons First-step mergers A tax reform revenue raiser that hasn’t raised revenue Read the full advisory here.  [...]Read more

Back to School: FBAR Penalties and a Lesson in Statutory Construction

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There is a disconnect between the statute and the regulation that impose penalties for violating FBAR filing requirements. Our International Tax Group covers the bases of the three court cases that have the IRS batting just 1 for 3. The 2004 statute can impose a penalty greater than $100,000 The regulation, which wasn’t updated, limits penalties to $100,000 Two courts favor the regulation; one the statute Read the full advisory here.   [...]Read more

Certain Banks Qualify for the 20% Pass-Through Deduction

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Our Federal Tax Group highlights Section 199A and the IRS’s new proposed regulations that allow pass-through businesses to deduct up to 20% of their qualified business income.

  • Certain banks qualify for the deduction
  • LLCs, partnerships, and S corporations can benefit
  • Only productive businesses can take advantage
  • Anti-abuse rules are built in

Read full advisory here.

‘Wayfair’: What Are the Practical Retroactivity Concerns?

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What is the practical risk that states attempt to apply Wayfair retroactively? And should taxpayers rush to limit exposure for historical periods by entering into voluntary disclosure agreements with states that might assess tax retroactively under Wayfair? In an article originally published in Bloomberg BNA’s Weekly State Tax Report, Zach Gladney and Charles Wakefield explain why applying Wayfair retroactively would be misguided and unsuccessful. To read the full article, click here. [...]Read more

Cryptocurrencies and Investment Funds – Tax Uncertainty Abounds

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The IRS has announced its intent to beef up enforcement efforts against tax noncompliance relating to transactions in cryptocurrencies. Despite this effort, various tax aspects of cryptocurrency transactions remain uncertain. Our International Tax and Blockchain & Distributed Ledger groups team up to explain how this uncertainty affects cryptocurrency funds. Cryptocurrencies are treated as property, not currency, for tax purposes (but the certainty largely ends there) Can cryptocurrencies and their derivatives qualify as commodities for tax purposes? Read the full advisory here. [...]Read more

Thanks for the Memories, Quill: The Supreme Court Adopts a New Nexus Standard for Use Tax Collection

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The U.S. Supreme Court’s Wayfair decision overturns decades-old precedent and fundamentally changes the use tax collection landscape while leaving a number of questions unanswered. Our State & Local Tax Group explains how this decision has huge implications for online retailers, states’ coffers, and consumers’ wallets. The physical-presence standard under Quill is no more What is the new standard? Retroactivity and a host of other unresolved issues Read the full advisory here. [...]Read more

Foreign Tax Credit Refund Claim Denied as Untimely

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Our International Tax Group discusses a recent case that offers a cautionary tale on statutory limitations periods and shows how even seemingly straightforward provisions are open to interpretation. 10 years vs. three years vs. two years? When is a refund “attributable to” foreign taxes? What does it mean to “pay” taxes? Read the full advisory here. [...]Read more