Author Archives: Jasper L. (Jack) Cummings, Jr.

Jasper L. (Jack) Cummings, Jr.
Jack Cummings is counsel in the Federal Tax Group of Alston & Bird in Raleigh and Washington, D.C. He served as IRS associate chief counsel (corporate) and chair of the Corporate Tax Committee of the ABA Section of Taxation.  Read More

Regulation Confusion

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The Office of Management and Budget may throw a wrench into how IRS and Treasury regulations are treated. Our Federal Tax Group outlines why slowing down the regulation process may be the least of taxpayers’ worries. Will the OMB discard traditional distinctions? Legislative vs. interpretive regulations What does it mean for tax reform? Read the full advisory here. [...]Read more

Foreign-Derived Intangible Income

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It’s probably the next-best part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act for multinationals. Our Federal Tax Group investigates the foreign-derived intangible income regime and how you can use it. What is an export? Getting the CFC involved Selling a service Read the full advisory here. [...]Read more

Inexplicably, Section 956 Survives Tax Reform Intact

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How did a section of the Internal Revenue Code destined for repeal by both the House and Senate versions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act survive the final Act? Our International Tax Group examines the future application of Section 956 in the wake of the new tax regime. Section 956’s 50-plus-year history The House and Senate versions Scope of application Read the full advisory here. [...]Read more

Tax Act: Vote and Value

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Our Federal Tax Group explains the nuances tax reform brings to the definition of a U.S. shareholder, including a surprise for controlled foreign corporations.

  • U.S. shareholders
  • The vote or value definition
  • Controlled foreign corporations

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Tax Change Planning

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With tax cuts likely coming, it might make sense to consider establishing a C corporation for some new businesses. Our Federal Tax Group offers tax planners several different ways of thinking. Tax Reform Act of 1986 Payment of dividends and stock buybacks Less advantageous structures Read the full advisory here. [...]Read more

Federal Tax ADVISORY: Dual-Class Stock Blessing for Spin

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A new Letter Ruling from the IRS brings concerns for corporations looking at a spinoff. Our Federal Tax Group breaks down the guidelines and what they mean.

  • Dual-class structure
  • Debt
  • Delayed transfers

Read the full advisory here.

Federal Tax ADVISORY: Partial Worthlessness

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Don’t overlook claiming a deduction for partial worthlessness. Our Federal Tax Group provides a refresher on this useful tool.

  • Cross-border or brother-sister debt
  • A hard pill to swallow
  • Ordinary loss

Read the full advisory here.