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  • May 24, 2024

    No Loss For Parent Cos. For Spinoff Stock, IRS Says

    A publicly traded parent corporation planning to expand business partly through the separation of two companies will not recognize a gain or loss when it receives the controlled stock of an internal spinoff, the Internal Revenue Service said in a private letter ruling released Friday.

  • May 23, 2024

    Qualified Biz Income Deductions To Total $222B, JCT Says

    About 24 million taxpayers are projected to claim the deduction for qualified business income for a total of an estimated $222 billion in deductions, the Joint Committee on Taxation said in a report released Thursday outlining the effects of various tax measures this year.

  • May 23, 2024

    Church Donor Claimed Excessive Deduction, Tax Court Says

    A woman who claimed a tax deduction for nearly $37,000 in charitable donations to her church actually donated less than $20,000 and owes taxes on the difference, the Tax Court ruled in an opinion released Thursday.

  • May 23, 2024

    Senate Chairs Seek Info On Trump Meeting With Oil Cos.

    The chairs of the Senate's tax and budget committees said Thursday that they were investigating a meeting with former President Donald Trump, oil and energy companies, a trade association where Trump reportedly sought $1 billion in exchange for policy favors.

  • May 23, 2024

    Corp. Tax Rate Should Hold, GOP Former Panel Chair Says

    Lawmakers should preserve the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act's nonexpiring provisions, specifically the 21% corporate tax rate, when debating the extension of the law's expiring provisions in 2025, former House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady said Thursday.

  • May 23, 2024

    US Drops Appeal Of Citigroup's $183M Tax Award At Fed. Circ.

    The federal government agreed to stop fighting a ruling that awarded Citigroup $183 million in tax deductions for liabilities belonging to a failing bank it had acquired during the 1980s savings and loan crisis, according to an order Thursday by the Federal Circuit dismissing the appeal.

  • May 23, 2024

    Ambulance Co. Owner Accused Of $1M Pandemic Loan Fraud

    The owner of a California ambulance company who was charged last year with tax evasion and filing false returns has been further accused of fraudulently securing $1 million from federal pandemic relief loan programs, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • May 23, 2024

    Yellen Opposes Global Redistribution Of Billionaires' Wealth

    U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen repeated Thursday that she opposes a global minimum tax on billionaires and added that she does not support basing a redistribution of the revenue from such a tax on damage from climate change and related financing needs.

  • May 23, 2024

    G7 Should Agree On Frozen Russian Assets, Yellen Says

    U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said Thursday that the Group of Seven countries should agree now on a concept of how the capital of frozen and immobilized Russian state assets should be used to support Ukraine's war against Russia.

  • May 23, 2024

    Akerman Brings On Kilpatrick Tax Ace In LA

    Akerman LLP is boosting its tax team, bringing in a Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP corporate tax and energy tax credit expert as a partner in its Los Angeles office.

  • May 22, 2024

    Justices' CFPB Alliance May Save SEC Courts, Not Chevron

    A four-justice concurrence to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision upholding the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's unique funding scheme last week carries implications for other cases pending before the court that challenge the so-called administrative state, or the permanent cadre of regulatory agencies and career government enforcers who hold sway over vast swaths of American economic life.

  • May 22, 2024

    Hunter Biden's Calif. Tax Trial Pushed From June To Sept.

    A California federal judge on Wednesday moved Hunter Biden's criminal tax trial from June 20 to September over objections from the government and after Biden's attorney said the upcoming date is too close to his client's June 3 gun trial in Delaware, although the judge said no more extensions will be given.

  • May 22, 2024

    Disposal Co. Manager Owes Tax With Ex, Tax Court Says

    A disposal company manager who accused his ex-wife of committing fraud in preparing their tax return owes his share of taxes with her for a disallowed deduction they took for a vehicle his employers provided for his job, the U.S. Tax Court said.

  • May 22, 2024

    Taxpayers Received $90M In Refunds In Direct Filing Pilot

    Taxpayers who used the IRS' Direct File pilot program this year took an average of 20 minutes to file a return and received more than $90 million in refunds, but no decision has been reached on whether to expand the free program or make it permanent, the agency said Wednesday.

  • May 22, 2024

    IRS To Extend Free File Program For 5 Years

    The Internal Revenue Service has agreed to a five-year extension of the Free File program, in which tax software businesses offer their return preparation and filing products free to the lowest 70% of taxpayers by adjusted gross income, the agency announced Wednesday.

  • May 22, 2024

    IRS Didn't Honor Partnership's Audit Election, Tax Court Says

    The U.S. Tax Court invalidated a tax liability determination by the IRS for an Ohio partnership for 2016, saying in a ruling Wednesday that the partnership had made a valid election to undergo a special audit process and the agency had failed to honor it.

  • May 22, 2024

    Bipartisan Bill Would Make US Presidents' Tax Returns Public

    Presidents and vice presidents would be required to disclose their tax returns for the two years preceding their time in office under legislation introduced Wednesday by House Oversight and Accountability Committee Chairman James Comer.

  • May 22, 2024

    Judge Not Entitled To Deduct Expenses, Tax Court Says

    A part-time administrative law judge for the state of California can't deduct $25,000 in unreimbursed employee business expenses because his wages are not considered the sort of fees that would allow it, the U.S. Tax Court ruled Wednesday.

  • May 22, 2024

    IRS Opens $6B Advanced Energy Tax Credit Allocation Portal

    The application portal is open through June 21 for manufacturers seeking a share of a second-round $6 billion tax-credit allocation for their development projects that support the clean energy industry, the Internal Revenue Service announced Wednesday.

  • May 22, 2024

    IRS Again Delays Reporting Rules for Certain BEAT Payments

    The Internal Revenue Service is deferring until 2027 the applicability date of requirements for reporting certain intercompany payments that are exempt from the base erosion and anti-abuse tax, the agency announced Wednesday.

  • May 22, 2024

    IRS Misses 10% Improper Payment Goal Again, TIGTA Says

    The Internal Revenue Service again failed to reduce the rate at which it makes incorrect payments to 10% in 2023, a goal set by 2019 legislation, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration said Wednesday.

  • May 22, 2024

    'Ghost' Prepper, Feds Agree To Shut Down Tax Businesses

    A Connecticut businessman accused by the federal government of "ghost preparing" his customers' taxes and inflating their refunds by putting false information on their IRS paperwork has agreed to shut down his businesses in a cashless settlement.

  • May 22, 2024

    BofA Deserves Tax Refunds On Merger Interest, 4th Circ. Told

    The IRS should not have been allowed to keep the interest paid on 23 years' worth of tax underpayments by seven companies that merged into Bank of America, the company told the Fourth Circuit, arguing that the underpayments should be offset by overpayments under merger law.

  • May 22, 2024

    IRS Again Delaying Dividend Anti-Abuse Regs

    The Internal Revenue Service is again extending the transition period for rules that govern certain financial transactions that could avoid withholding on dividend payments to foreign taxpayers, it announced Wednesday.

  • May 21, 2024

    FTC Noncompete Ban Raises Stakes For Nonprofit Hospitals

    The Federal Trade Commission seems eager to apply its employee noncompete ban to healthcare, with a key target in mind: nonprofit healthcare providers that, in the agency's view, act more like for-profit businesses.

Expert Analysis

  • A Post-Mortem Analysis Of Stroock's Demise

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    After the dissolution of 147-year-old firm Stroock late last year shook up the legal world, a post-mortem analysis of the data reveals a long list of warning signs preceding the firm’s collapse — and provides some insight into how other firms might avoid the same disastrous fate, says Craig Savitzky at Leopard Solutions.

  • SG's Office Is Case Study To Help Close Legal Gender Gap

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    As women continue to be underrepresented in the upper echelons of the legal profession, law firms could learn from the example set by the Office of the Solicitor General, where culture and workplace policies have helped foster greater gender equality, say attorneys at Ocean Tomo.

  • Planning A Defense As IRS Kicks Off Sports Losses Campaign

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    Sports team owners and partnerships face potential examination under the Internal Revenue Service’s recently announced sports industry losses campaign, and should be preparing to explain what drove their reported losses and assembling documentation to support their tax return positions and accounting methods, say Sheri Dillon and Jennifer Breen at Morgan Lewis.

  • What New Calif. Strike Force Means For White Collar Crimes

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    The recently announced Central District of California strike force targeting complex corporate and securities fraud — following the Northern District of California's model — combines experienced prosecutorial leadership and partnerships with federal agencies like the IRS and FBI, and could result in an uptick in the number of cases and speed of proceedings, say attorneys at MoFo.

  • Reimagining Law Firm Culture To Break The Cycle Of Burnout

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    While attorney burnout remains a perennial issue in the legal profession, shifting post-pandemic expectations mean that law firms must adapt their office cultures to retain talent, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

  • The Legal Industry Needs A Cybersecurity Paradigm Shift

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    As law firms face ever-increasing risks of cyberattacks and ransomware incidents, the legal industry must implement robust cybersecurity measures and privacy-centric practices to preserve attorney-client privilege, safeguard client trust and uphold the profession’s integrity, says Ryan Paterson at Unplugged.

  • As Promised, IRS Is Coming For Crypto Tax Evaders

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    The IRS is fulfilling its promise to crack down on those who have neglected to pay taxes on cryptocurrency earnings, as demonstrated by recently imposed prison sentences, enforcement initiatives and meetings with international counterparts — suggesting a few key takeaways for taxpayer compliance, say attorneys at BakerHostetler.

  • 5 Reasons Associates Shouldn't Take A Job Just For Money

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    As a number of BigLaw firms increase salary scales for early-career attorneys, law students and lateral associates considering new job offers should weigh several key factors that may matter more than financial compensation, say Albert Tawil at Lateral Hub and Ruvin Levavi at Power Forward.

  • The Pop Culture Docket: Judge Djerassi On Super Bowl 52

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    Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Ramy Djerassi discusses how Super Bowl 52, in which the Philadelphia Eagles prevailed over the New England Patriots, provides an apt metaphor for alternative dispute resolution processes in commercial business cases.

  • Parsing Treasury's Proposed Clean Hydrogen Tax Credit Rules

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    Regulations recently proposed by the IRS and the U.S. Department of the Treasury concerning two types of tax credits for clean hydrogen production facilities should resolve many of the most pressing questions around qualification for the credits — albeit in a relatively stringent manner, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • Employee Experience Strategy Can Boost Law Firm Success

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    Amid continuing business uncertainty, law firms should consider adopting a holistic employee experience strategy — prioritizing consistency, targeting signature moments and leveraging measurement tools — to maximize productivity and profitability, says Haley Revel at Calibrate Consulting.

  • 6 Practice Pointers For Pro Bono Immigration Practice

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    An attorney taking on their first pro bono immigration matter may find the law and procedures beguiling, but understanding key deadlines, the significance of individual immigration judges' rules and specialized aspects of the practice can help avoid common missteps, says Steven Malm at Haynes Boone.

  • Lessons From Country Singer's Personal Service Saga

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    Recent reports that country singer Luke Combs won a judgment against a Florida woman who didn’t receive notice of the counterfeit suit against her should serve as a reminder for attorneys on best practices for effectuating service by electronic means, say attorneys at Jenner & Block.

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