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

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Earlier this week, our State & Local Tax Team examined the New York Appellate Division’s rejection of the state’s attempt to retroactively unwind already-claimed taxed credits after a New York court invalidates the state’s retroactive application of tax legislation as violating the Due Process Clause. Applying New York’s three-factor standard to determine whether a retroactive tax law is constitutional Comparing a taxpayer-friendly outcome to a taxpayer defeat It all comes down to how and why Read the full advisory here. [...]Read more

Federal Tax Update to IRAs Will (Further) Impact State Escheat Requirements

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Last week, our Unclaimed Property Group examined the recently enacted SECURE Act and the significant changes the new law makes to the treatment of IRAs for state escheatment purposes. Lengthens required minimum distribution age from 70.5 to 72 Repeals maximum age for traditional IRA contributions Latest federal tax development to impact the unclaimed property treatment of IRAs Read the full advisory here. [...]Read more

Do You Need to Send an Annual Notice to Plan Participants?

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Check out our review of the multiple year-end notices that defined contribution plans must issue to participants.

  • 2020 retirement plan limits
  • Notice content and deadlines
  • Practice pointers

Read the full advisory here.

Qualified Retirement Plan Considerations and 2019 Year-End Action Items

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Our Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Group reminds plan sponsors to get ready for 2019 IRS year-end amendments and offers year-end action items. Discretionary amendments Changes to hardship withdrawals Adjustment to the determination letter program Read the full advisory here. [...]Read more

A Qui Tam Win for Holders, New Federal Common-Law Ruling, JPMorgan Appeals, and a Possible California Amnesty Program

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Our Unclaimed Property Team highlights several recent rulings – both federal and state from across the country – and a new California law that could have broad implications for holders. Qui tam rulings in Delaware and New York A fight for removal from state to federal court A possible California amnesty program Read the full advisory here. [...]Read more

Univar, Chapter Two: Only a Pair of Constitutional Claims Survive Dismissal (For Now)

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Our Unclaimed Property Team breaks down the many individual issues at stake in the continuing epic of Univar’s struggle against Delaware and its use of a third-party auditor, and how the courts are deciding in light of earlier Third Circuit rulings. The procedural due process and equal protection claims survive The other claims were dismissed, but could be revived later The next chapter will be set (again) in chancery court Read the full advisory here. [...]Read more

False Claims Act Is Again in Focus, This Time in New York

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Last week, our Unclaimed Property Team uncovered the broader implications of a New York court’s False Claims Act ruling that could create a new risk for holders that report past-due property. Overview of the action brought by the relator The court’s decision Implications for holders Read the full advisory here. [...]Read more

Weekly Client Update Continues on New TCJA Proposed Regulations

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Stay engaged with the aftereffects of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and the new IRS regulations. Our weekly client update continues with four scheduled sessions. Sign up here. March 19 - Global Intangible Low-Taxed Income (GILTI) March 26 - Notice 2019-1: Previously Taxed Earnings and Profits (PTEP) April 2 - Foreign Tax Credits April 9 - Section 864(c)(8) – Effectively Connected Income and Sales of Partnership Interests In case you missed them, here are links to revisit our previous sessions: State & Local Tax Opportunity Zones Anti-Hybrid Rules Outbound Case [...]Read more