Federal

  • June 03, 2024

    Danish Tax Agency Says $2.1B Tax Fraud Suits Not Filed Late

    Denmark's tax administrator urged a New York federal court to reject bids to toss its suits against U.S. pension plans and individuals it accuses of participating in a $2.1 billion fraud scheme, saying the suits were not filed too late.

  • June 03, 2024

    Treasury Aims To Salvage Corp. Transparency Act At 11th Circ.

    The Corporate Transparency Act is a valid exercise of congressional authority to curb money laundering under the commerce clause and the necessary and proper clause in the Constitution, the U.S. Treasury Department told the Eleventh Circuit on Monday in a bid to restore the law's reporting requirements.

  • June 03, 2024

    Suzanne Somers' Estate Owes $2.7M, Tax Court Says

    Television producer Alan Hamel and the estate of his wife, actor Suzanne Somers, owe nearly $2.7 million in taxes and penalties going back to 1996 related to losses in a partnership, the U.S. Tax Court ruled Monday.

  • June 03, 2024

    IRS Correctly Denied Man Collection Alternative, Court Says

    The Internal Revenue Service did not abuse its discretion when rejecting a Florida man's collection alternative request, the U.S. Tax Court said Monday.

  • June 03, 2024

    Couple Can't Justify $3.7M Loss Deduction, Tax Court Says

    A New York couple failed to adequately prove that they should have been able to claim $3.7 million in net operating losses on their personal income taxes that were generated by settlement payments made by a company they owned, the U.S. Tax Court said Monday.

  • June 03, 2024

    Tax Convictions Withstand Poor Counsel Claim, 4th Circ. Says

    A North Carolina man's claim of ineffective counsel is not sufficient reason to vacate his convictions for filing false tax returns and obstructing an official proceeding in a case involving $2.1 million in unreported income sent from Bermuda entities, the Fourth Circuit ruled.

  • June 03, 2024

    Google Must Face Online Tax Filer's Privacy Suit

    An Illinois woman who prepared her taxes online through H&R Block and then sued Google, claiming the search engine's tracking tool effectively eavesdropped on her confidential tax information, can move forward with her proposed class action, a California federal judge ruled Monday.

  • June 03, 2024

    Texas Oil Co. Says IRS Hasn't Paid $36M Promised Refund

    The Internal Revenue Service has promised to pay a Texas oil company more than $36 million in tax refunds and credits for the 2009 tax year but has failed to do so, the company told a federal court.

  • June 03, 2024

    Vanguard Investors Want Class Cert. In Tax Liability Fight

    Investors accusing Vanguard and its top brass of violating its fiduciary duties by triggering a sell-off of assets in target retirement funds in an attempt to lower fees, leaving smaller investors with massive tax bills, asked a Pennsylvania federal court to certify them as a class.

  • June 03, 2024

    Taxes Take Center Stage In Pot Industry Amid Fed. Policy Shift

    The federal government's move to loosen restrictions on cannabis is expected to trigger a wave of mergers and acquisitions structured as asset deals in the industry, especially among struggling retail operations willing to restructure in order to raise profits and lower their tax liabilities.

  • June 03, 2024

    Weekly Internal Revenue Bulletin

    The Internal Revenue Service issued its weekly bulletin, which included an updated list of procedures for taxpayer-initiated requests for changes in methods of accounting.

  • June 01, 2024

    Blockbuster Summer: 10 Big Issues Justices Still Must Decide

    As the calendar flips over to June, the U.S. Supreme Court still has heaps of cases to decide on issues ranging from trademark registration rules to judicial deference and presidential immunity. Here, Law360 looks at 10 of the most important topics the court has yet to decide.

  • May 31, 2024

    3M Tells 8th Circ. IRS Used Invalid Regs For $24M Allocation

    Multinational conglomerate 3M reiterated Friday its bid for the Eighth Circuit to reverse a U.S. Tax Court decision allowing the IRS to allocate nearly $24 million from the company's Brazilian affiliate, arguing the agency's adjustment relied on substantively invalid regulations.

  • May 31, 2024

    IRS Guidance Narrows Spinoffs Available For Preapproval

    Recent IRS guidance limiting the types of spinoff transactions that revenue officials will approve as tax-free ahead of time leaves practitioners and corporations to determine whether to pursue certain intercompany reorganizations without the agency's blessing.

  • May 31, 2024

    Ex-UBS Exec Owes $4.7M In FBAR Penalties, Court Told

    A former CEO of Swiss bank UBS' North American group faces a $4.7 million tax bill that the U.S. claims is due because he did not report his foreign bank accounts or assets, according to a suit filed in Connecticut federal court.

  • May 31, 2024

    IRS Can Seek Tax Beyond Bankruptcy Deal, 11th Circ. Affirms

    A deal between the IRS and an Alabama real estate developer to settle his tax debt for $2 million during Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings wasn't final, and the agency can demand additional taxes from him, the Eleventh Circuit affirmed Friday.

  • May 31, 2024

    US, Bulgaria Sign Country-By-Country Reporting Agreement

    The U.S. and Bulgaria signed an agreement Friday on the automatic exchange of country-by-country reports between the nations, Bulgaria's Ministry of Finance said.

  • May 31, 2024

    IRS Memo Backs Tax For Noninsurance Payments To Captives

    When the IRS determines that a company's payments to its foreign captive insurer were not for actual insurance, the agency can assert a 30% tax on the captive for the income it received under the arrangement, the IRS chief counsel's office said in a memo released Friday.

  • May 31, 2024

    Texan's Estate Owes $3.4M For Missed Tax Pays, Court Told

    A Texas man's estate owes over $3.4 million in unpaid taxes, interest and penalties because of missed payments stretching back over a decade, even after multiple extensions were granted to the two executors, the government told a federal district court.

  • May 31, 2024

    5 Tax Bills To Watch This Summer

    House and Senate lawmakers return to Washington, D.C., on Monday, where several tax-related bills await them in both chambers, including a stalled package that would restore business tax breaks and expand the child tax credit. Here, Law360 takes a look at five bills that could move through Congress this summer.

  • May 31, 2024

    Calif. Man Owes 6 Years Of FBAR Penalties, IRS Tells Court

    A Californian has failed to pay foreign bank account reporting penalties he was assessed that were tied to a business he owed in Mexico for six years, the Internal Revenue Service told a federal court.

  • May 31, 2024

    Fuel Producers Should Apply ASAP For Tax Credit, IRS Says

    Fuel producers hoping to start claiming the clean fuel production credit as soon as January should register with the Internal Revenue Service by July 15, the agency said Friday, warning that registration applications made after that date are less likely to go through in time.

  • May 31, 2024

    IRS Delays Deadlines For Mass. Taxpayers Hit By 2023 Storms

    Certain Massachusetts taxpayers impacted by severe storms and flooding that hit the state Sept. 11 now have until July 31 to file various individual and business tax returns and make payments, the Internal Revenue Service said Friday.

  • May 31, 2024

    Taxation With Representation: Cravath, Cleary, Fried Frank

    In this week's Taxation With Representation, T-Mobile buys United States Cellular Corp.'s wireless operations, Energy Transfer plans to buy WTG Midstream, ConocoPhillips acquires Marathon Oil, and Goldman Sachs Alternatives raises over $20 billion for its direct lending strategy.

  • May 30, 2024

    Chicago Kiosk Salesman Gets 1 Year For Filing False Returns

    An electronic-sweepstakes kiosk salesman from Chicago was sentenced to a year in prison for filing false tax returns that included more than $500,000 in inflated business expenses, according to Illinois federal court documents.

Expert Analysis

  • 7 Common Myths About Lateral Partner Moves

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    As lateral recruiting remains a key factor for law firm growth, partners considering a lateral move should be aware of a few commonly held myths — some of which contain a kernel of truth, and some of which are flat out wrong, says Dave Maurer at Major Lindsey.

  • Proposed Hydrogen Tax Credit Regs May Be Legally Flawed

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    While the recently proposed regulations for the new clean hydrogen production tax credit have been lauded by some in the environmental community, it is unclear whether they are sufficiently grounded in law, result from valid rulemaking processes, or accord with other administrative law principles, say Hunter Johnston and Steven Dixon at Steptoe.

  • Navigating ACA Reporting Nuances As Deadlines Loom

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    Stephanie Lowe at Liebert Cassidy walks employers through need-to-know elements of Affordable Care Act reporting, including two quickly approaching deadlines, the updated affordability threshold, strategies for choosing an affordability safe harbor, and common coding pitfalls.

  • 6 Pointers For Attys To Build Trust, Credibility On Social Media

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    In an era of information overload, attorneys can use social media strategically — from making infographics to leveraging targeted advertising — to cut through the noise and establish a reputation among current and potential clients, says Marly Broudie at SocialEyes Communications.

  • Why Biz Groups Disagree On Ending Chevron Deference

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    Two amicus briefs filed in advance of last month's U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments in Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo highlight contrasting views on whether the doctrine of Chevron deference promotes or undermines the stable regulatory environment that businesses require, say Wyatt Kendall and Sydney Brogden at Morris Manning.

  • US-Chile Tax Treaty May Encourage Cross-Border Investment

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    Provisions in the recently effective U.S.-Chile bilateral income tax treaty should encourage business between the two countries, as they reduce U.S. withholding tax on investment income for Chilean taxpayers, exempt certain U.S. taxpayers from Chilean capital gains tax, and clarify U.S. foreign tax credit rules, say attorneys at Kramer Levin.

  • A Look Ahead For The Electric Vehicle Charging Industry

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    This will likely be an eventful year for the electric vehicle market as government efforts to accelerate their adoption inevitably clash with backlash from supporters of the petroleum industry, say Rue Phillips at SkillFusion and Enid Joffe at Green Paradigm Consulting.

  • 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.

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