Author Archives: Alston & Bird Tax Team

Our 80-plus tax attorneys comprise one of the largest law-firm-based tax practices in the country. Our tax clients include both long-standing firm clients and clients who choose Alston & Bird solely to do their tax work.  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

Tax Reform 2018 – Weekly Client Update from Alston & Bird

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While tax reform worked its way into law, our subject-matter experts took a deeper dive into areas that are critical to our clients businesses. The 16-part teleseminar series covered: Updates from the Hill with Earl Pomeroy, Carolyn Smith, and Scott Harty Year-end filing deadlines with Scott Harty International Tax: Section 965 with Jack Cummings and Scott Harty International Tax (other than Section 965) with Heather Ripley and Scott Harty Executive Compensation  with Carolyn Smith and Mike Stevens Employee Benefits and Health & Welfare with Carolyn Smith and John Hickman [...]Read more

Tax Reform: Invitation to the Weekly Client Update from Alston & Bird

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With tax reform officially upon us, our subject matter experts will take a deeper dive into areas that are critical to your business, such as corporate taxes, international issues, executive compensation and employee benefits, and partnerships.   The 2018 call-in series will kick off on Tuesday, January 9. All seminars will start at 11am ET and last approximately 30 minutes. Click here to RSVP and receive the dial-in information.   [...]Read more

SEC Staff Provides Guidance on the Tax Accounting Implications of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

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Our Securities Group analyzes the Securities and Exchange Commission’s new staff guidance on the accounting impacts U.S. tax reform will have on publicly traded companies and their financial statement disclosures. Staff Accounting Bulletin (SAB) No. 118 SEC Staff Compliance and Disclosure Interpretation (C&DI) 110.02 SEC Consultation Guidance Click here to read the full advisory. [...]Read more

Plains All American Case Dismissed – Federal Court Determines Holder Must Develop Factual Record Before Challenging Kelmar Unclaimed Property Audit

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On August 16, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware granted Kelmar’s and Delaware’s motions to dismiss in Plains All American Pipeline, L.P., v. Cook, et al.[1]  The court determined that the Plaintiff (1) lacked standing to sue Kelmar, (2) had not demonstrated ripeness of declaratory relief against Delaware for any of its claims, except equal protection, and (3) failed to state a cause of action regarding its equal protection claim. Background In 2014, Delaware, through its third-party auditor, Kelmar, initiated an unclaimed property audit of Plains All American [...]Read more

The Treasury Department and the IRS Surprise Taxpayers with Proposed § 385 Debt-Equity Regulations

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For decades, the determination of whether debt issued between related parties should properly be characterized as equity has provided grounds for frequent disputes between taxpayers and the Treasury Department and the IRS (together, “the government”). Congress attempted to address this issue through the enactment of IRC § 385(a) (as part of the Tax Reform Act of 1969), which authorizes the Treasury Department to prescribe regulations as necessary or appropriate to determine whether an interest in a corporation should be treated as debt or equity. However, the government had not done so – [...]Read more

Sprint Communications Inc. Asks the U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Bundling Issue

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On February 18, 2016, Sprint Communications Inc. filed a petition for a writ of certiorari asking the United States Supreme Court to review the New York Court of Appeals’ denial of Sprint’s attempt to dismiss the approximately $400 million sales tax case brought against it under New York’s False Claims Act (“FCA”). In its October 20, 2015, denial, the Court of Appeals held that: (1) the attorney general’s complaint sufficiently pleaded a cause of action under the state FCA that Sprint knowingly filed false tax records with the state, (2) New York tax law unambiguously imposes sales [...]Read more

The Panama Papers: Taking a New Look at an Old Problem

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On April 3, 2016, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (“ICIJ”) published more than 11.5 million documents connected to Mossack Fonseca, a Panama law firm that helped establish offshore financial operations for some of the world’s wealthiest power players. The implicated offshore operations allegedly failed to adhere to transparency and beneficial ownership reporting requirements thereby permitting some corporations to operate behind a veil of secrecy and avoid taxing authorities around the world. The release of the Panama Papers has prompted a new firestorm of international [...]Read more

Federal Tax ADVISORY: Two Supreme Court Tax Decisions

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During the current term, the Supreme Court of the United States decided very few taxes cases. Two of those—United States v. Clarke and Ford Motor Co. v. United States—seem quite limited in scope, until you delve under the surface.ine

This advisory is provided on the Alston & Bird website: www.alston.com/advisories/Fed-Tax-august-2014/

 

State & Local Tax ADVISORY: Alston & Bird SALT Team Secures a Proportional Exemption for an Atlanta Charity

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In an important decision with the potential to have long-lasting effects on Georgia property tax law, the Alston & Bird State & Local Tax (SALT) Team recently secured summary judgment for the Piedmont Park Conservancy (“the Conservancy”) in Fulton County Superior Court on the Conservancy’s claim that its charitable property is entitled to a “proportional” exemption from ad valorem tax. This advisory is provided on the Alston & Bird website: www.alston.com/advisories/SALT-piedmont-park-conservancy/ [...]Read more