Category Archives: Federal Tax Advisory

Selling Contracts

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If you think about it, franchises aren’t just fast food restaurants and auto parts stores within a specified area. Our Federal Tax Group reveals how nearly any contract to buy or sell goods or services can lead to favorable capital-gains treatment. Defining “franchise” under Section 1253 Examples of franchise contracts How limiting is the “specified area” requirement? Read the full advisory here. [...]Read more

NOL Regulations Proposed

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Our Federal Tax Group covers the potential changes to recognizing built-in income in reaction to Treasury proposing new Section 382 regulations with a built-in feature that many will think is a bug. Using the Section 382 deduction limitation Using Section 338 for built-in gains Using the 1374 method for built-in losses Read the full advisory here. [...]Read more

Treasury’s Section 482 Regulation Losses

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Do what Treasury said, not what it says it meant. Earlier this month, our Federal Tax Group explains why the circuit court affirmed one Tax Court decision and reversed another in the name of consistency – and why it means regulation preambles are more important than ever. Affirming in Amazon, reversing in Altera Holding the IRS to literal terms of the regulation Similarity to the Supreme Court ruling on the census citizenship question Read the full advisory here. [...]Read more

Questioning Old Regulations

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In response to the Third Circuit's SIH Partners v. Commissioner ruling, our Federal Tax Group reflects on the decision and suggests taking a second look at old Treasury regulations that might not survive judicial scrutiny. The court worked hard to save Section 956 How much deference will a court give Treasury? For example: Section 951 Read the full advisory here. [...]Read more

Indian Tribe Taxes in the States

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In response to a Supreme Court decision on state taxation of an Indian tribe, our Federal Tax Group parses the meaning of what is actually being taxed and the broader implications for taxpayers. The Treaty of 1855 Two points of broader significance Identifying the right arguments Click here to read the full advisory. [...]Read more

A New Theory of Code Definitions

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“Manifestly incompatible?” A new IRS Chief Counsel Advice features a disturbing interpretation of Section 7701’s definitions. Our Federal Tax Group parses out what taxpayers should beware of—or what could possibly be used to their benefit. Applying the abuse of entity regulation Discriminating against taxpayers singled out Statutory construction that doesn’t otherwise provide Read the full advisory here. [...]Read more

International Tax Regulations: The Road Ahead – Key Practitioner Concerns and Government Responses

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Our International Tax Group reflects on a few concerns that have cropped up in the wake of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and deciphers the government’s responses. Foreign-derived intangible income (FDII) Global intangible low-taxed income (GILTI) Base erosion and anti-abuse tax (BEAT) Read the full advisory here. [...]Read more

The Treasury’s New Guidance Policy

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What guidance has the “force and effect of law”? Our Federal Tax Group dives into an appeal of a court case involving Notice 2016-66, the Anti-Injunction Act, and a new Treasury policy statement that could upset the department’s applecart. A new transaction of interest: micro-captive transactions Policy Statement on the Tax Regulatory Process Eviscerating the premise of an argument Read the full advisory here. [...]Read more