Federal

  • February 15, 2024

    Ga. Jury Convicts PPP Fraudsters In $11M Case

    A Georgia federal jury found a man and woman guilty on Thursday of involvement in a sprawling Paycheck Protection Program loan fraud scheme that defrauded the government of more than $11 million.

  • February 15, 2024

    CPAs Call For Limiting Currency Recomputation Rules

    The IRS should exclude smaller taxpayers from requirements in proposed regulations for companies to recompute foreign currency gains or losses and income or losses into their parent entities' currencies annually, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants said in a letter.

  • February 15, 2024

    Applicable Federal Interest Rates To Rise In March

    Applicable federal rates for income tax purposes will rise in March, the Internal Revenue Service said Thursday.

  • February 15, 2024

    Pension Plan Segment Rates Increase In February

    Segment rates for calculating pension plan funding rose in February, the Internal Revenue Service said Thursday.

  • February 15, 2024

    Feds Say Tax Prepper Filed Over $1M In False 2020 Returns

    The U.S. Department of Justice's Tax Division took an Ohio tax preparer and his two businesses to federal court alleging he has employed "at least four definable schemes to generate or inflate his customers' refunds" and cost the government $1 million in revenue for the 2020 tax year alone.

  • February 15, 2024

    IRS Improving Security For Info Technology, TIGTA Says

    The Internal Revenue Service is making ample progress remedying security concerns in information technology program areas, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration said in a report published Thursday.

  • February 14, 2024

    FinCEN Head Vows No 'Gotcha' Enforcement Of New Rules

    The director of the U.S. Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network said during a Wednesday congressional hearing that the agency is not pursuing "gotcha" enforcement when it comes to companies complying with new rules for reporting their beneficial ownership information.

  • February 14, 2024

    First Purely Tax Crypto Indictment Signals More On Tap

    Federal prosecutors' first public indictment of an individual who underreported the capital gains from a nearly $4 million legal sale of bitcoin indicates that authorities have opened the floodgates for more criminal cases that deal purely with undisclosed gains on legitimate cryptocurrency transactions.

  • February 14, 2024

    Gov't Atty Says IRS Has Authority For Failure-To-File Penalty

    Internal Revenue Code Section 6021(a) gives the IRS broad authority to assess penalties for failing to file a form mandated by Section 6038(b) on which a company reports its foreign corporations, even though that authority isn't spelled out, a government attorney told the D.C. Circuit on Wednesday.

  • February 14, 2024

    House Declines To Further Consider SALT Cap Relief Bill

    House Democrats and Republicans voted Wednesday against further consideration of a proposal to raise the cap on state and local tax deductions for 2023 for married couples with adjusted gross incomes below $500,000, marking the end of the road for the bill.

  • February 14, 2024

    Tax Court Denies Tipster After Taxpayers Admit Delinquency

    The Internal Revenue Service was right to deny a tipster a whistleblower award for reporting delinquent taxpayers because the taxpayers turned themselves in before the agency could follow up on the tip, the U.S. Tax Court ruled Wednesday.

  • February 14, 2024

    Man 'Knew The Shit Was Wrong,' Jury Told As Fraud Trial Ends

    Federal prosecutors hoping to score convictions in a vast pandemic loan fraud operation told jurors on Wednesday that not only had an Atlanta man on trial worked with the scheme's ringleader to file loan applications with forged tax records, but admitted to the FBI that he "knew the shit was wrong" all along.

  • February 14, 2024

    Unpaid Benefits Still Count As Gross Income, Tax Court Rules

    A New York couple must add almost $12,000 to their gross income after having failed to properly account for offsetting Social Security benefits that were not disbursed, the U.S. Tax Court ruled Wednesday.

  • February 14, 2024

    IRS Schedules 2-Day Hearing On Energy Credit Regs

    The Internal Revenue Service will hold a two-day public hearing on proposed energy credit regulations next week, the agency announced Wednesday.

  • February 14, 2024

    Jury Wipes Away Texaco Heiress' $21M FBAR Penalties

    A Florida federal jury found Wednesday that the U.S. government hadn't proved a Texaco heiress willfully failed to report foreign bank account information on time, eliminating the almost $21 million in penalties assessed against her estate, according to a court filing.

  • February 14, 2024

    Tech Group Backs 3M In 8th Circ. Transfer Pricing Appeal

    A tax group representing multinational tech companies urged the Eighth Circuit to overturn a U.S. Tax Court ruling that found 3M Co. owed taxes stemming from an additional $23 million in income reallocated from its Brazilian affiliate, saying the decision wrongly upheld transfer pricing regulations that were improperly enacted.

  • February 14, 2024

    IRS Cost Estimate Process Need Revision, GAO Says

    The Internal Revenue Service could better manage costs by improving its cost estimation process, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a report published Wednesday.

  • February 14, 2024

    IRS Fixes Equation Error In Taxable Substances List

    The Internal Revenue Service issued a correction notice Wednesday to amend an equation featured within a list of taxable substances under the superfund chemical substance tax.

  • February 13, 2024

    'She Didn't Ask, And I Didn't Tell,' Ex Says Of Fraud Scheme

    Both federal prosecutors and defense counsel for a Georgia woman accused of using her small business to hide hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegally obtained pandemic loans agreed Tuesday that her ex-husband was not just a philanderer, but a fraudster to boot.

  • February 13, 2024

    US Asks Court To OK $1.4B Tax Claim Against SVB

    A D.C. federal court should step in and approve a $1.4 billion IRS tax claim against the shuttered Silicon Valley Bank, the U.S. government said Tuesday, saying the court has the authority to circumvent a rejection by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., the bank's receiver.

  • February 13, 2024

    Think Tank Says US Should Undermine OECD Global Tax Deal

    The U.S. should try to undermine the OECD's global tax deal by pursuing reforms to corporate tax policy that would maximize the country's attractiveness to international investors and by cutting funding to the organization, the libertarian Cato Institute said Tuesday.

  • February 13, 2024

    Group Wants Long Phase-In Of Rules On Currency Gain, Loss

    The Internal Revenue Service should gradually phase in proposed regulations that would let taxpayers recognize foreign currency gains or losses from a business on an annual basis, the National Foreign Trade Council told the agency.

  • February 13, 2024

    Settlements In Patent Fight Are Income, Tax Court Rules

    Settlement payments to a patent licensing entity after it sued 11 companies for patent infringement should be reported to the Internal Revenue Service as gross income, the U.S. Tax Court ruled Tuesday, upholding a $13 million tax deficiency against the company.

  • February 13, 2024

    Lawmakers Brace For Lobbying Blitz On Expiring Tax Breaks

    Some lawmakers foresee an increase in lobbying activity this year as Congress considers renewing parts of the GOP's 2017 tax law that are approaching expiration, while efforts to address the influence of dark money in politics remain on hold.

  • February 13, 2024

    Senate Bill Would Require SSNs For EITC, Child Tax Credit

    A bill introduced in the U.S. Senate would require claimants to have valid Social Security numbers to be eligible for the earned income tax credit and the child tax credit.

Expert Analysis

  • Law Firm Strategies For Successfully Navigating 2024 Trends

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    Though law firms face the dual challenge of external and internal pressures as they enter 2024, firms willing to pivot will be able to stand out by adapting to stakeholder needs and reimagining their infrastructure, says Shireen Hilal at Maior Consultants.

  • Attorneys' Busiest Times Can Be Business Opportunities

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    Attorneys who resolve to grow their revenue and client base in 2024 should be careful not to abandon their goals when they get too busy with client work, because these periods of zero bandwidth can actually be a catalyst for future growth, says Amy Drysdale at Alchemy Consulting.

  • How Attorneys Can Be More Efficient This Holiday Season

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    Attorneys should consider a few key tips to speed up their work during the holidays so they can join the festivities — from streamlining the document review process to creating similar folder structures, says Bennett Rawicki at Hilgers Graben.

  • Giving The Gov't Drug Patent March-In Authority Is Bad Policy

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    The Biden administration's recent proposal to allow government seizure of certain taxpayer-funded drug patents is a terrible idea that would negate the benefits of government-funded research, to the detriment of patients and the wider economy, says Wayne Winegarden at Pacific Research Institute.

  • How Clients May Use AI To Monitor Attorneys

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    Artificial intelligence tools will increasingly enable clients to monitor and evaluate their counsel’s activities, so attorneys must clearly define the terms of engagement and likewise take advantage of the efficiencies offered by AI, says Ronald Levine at Herrick Feinstein.

  • The Pop Culture Docket: Judge D'Emic On Moby Grape

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    The 1968 Moby Grape song "Murder in My Heart for the Judge" tells the tale of a fictional defendant treated with scorn by the judge, illustrating how much the legal system has evolved in the past 50 years, largely due to problem-solving courts and the principles of procedural justice, says Kings County Supreme Court Administrative Judge Matthew D'Emic.

  • How 'As Such' Changes LPs' Self-Employment Tax Exposure

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    In light of the U.S. Tax Court’s recent Soroban Capital Partners decision hinging on "as such" to define the statutory limited partners exemption, state law limited partnerships should consider partners' roles and responsibilities before determining whether they are obligated to pay self-employment income tax, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • Breaking Down High Court's New Code Of Conduct

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    The U.S. Supreme Court recently adopted its first-ever code of conduct, and counsel will need to work closely with clients in navigating its provisions, from gift-giving to recusal bids, say Phillip Gordon and Mateo Forero at Holtzman Vogel.

  • IRA Monetization Energizes Clean Power Tax Credit Market

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    Recent large sales of clean energy production tax credits reflect an environment in which the Inflation Reduction Act's provisions for monetizing such credits via direct transfer — bypassing slow, costly tax equity transactions — offer opportunities for both developers and investors, says Andrew Eastman at Husch Blackwell.

  • Legal Profession Gender Parity Requires Equal Parental Leave

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    To truly foster equity in the legal profession and to promote attorney retention, workplaces need to better support all parents, regardless of gender — starting by offering equal and robust parental leave to both birthing and non-birthing parents, says Ali Spindler at Irwin Fritchie.

  • Unpacking Long-Awaited Clean Energy Tax Credit Guidance

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    Recently proposed Internal Revenue Service regulations provide welcome confirmatory guidance on the application of investment tax credits as reworked by 2022's Inflation Reduction Act, prevailing wage and apprenticeship rules that are largely consistent with market expectations, and broader eligibility criteria that should please the wind power industry in particular, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • Understanding Discovery Obligations In Era Of Generative AI

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    Attorneys and businesses must adapt to the unique discovery challenges presented by generative artificial intelligence, such as chatbot content and prompts, while upholding the principles of fairness, transparency and compliance with legal obligations in federal civil litigation, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

  • An Informed Guide To Mastering Retirement Plan Forfeitures

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    When considering how to allocate departing retirement plan participants’ forfeitures, sponsors should consider recently filed lawsuits that allege Employee Retirement Income Security Act violations for using such funds to offset employer contributions, as well as proposed IRS guidance concerning how and when they must be used, says Eric Gregory at Dickinson Wright.

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