Federal

  • June 12, 2024

    Treasury Issued Over $1B In Clean Vehicle Tax Credits

    The clean vehicle tax credit of up to $7,500 has saved buyers more than $1 billion in total upfront costs since January, the U.S. Treasury Department announced Wednesday, saying the figures represent a major milestone in lowering transportation costs since the incentive was updated in 2022.

  • June 12, 2024

    First 'Survivor' Winner Wants $3M Tax Case Tossed

    The winner of the first season of the TV series "Survivor" asked a Rhode Island federal court to toss the government's case against him seeking nearly $3.3 million in unpaid taxes, saying the liabilities stem from his flawed criminal conviction for tax evasion nearly 20 years ago.

  • June 12, 2024

    4 Taxpayer Advocacy Panel Committees To Meet In July

    Four Taxpayer Advocacy Panel committees will hold public meetings in July focused on improving customer service at the Internal Revenue Service, the agency announced Wednesday.

  • June 11, 2024

    SVB Wants A Trial Over Its $605M Tax Bill From IRS

    The parent company of failed Silicon Valley Bank has told a New York bankruptcy judge it wants him to decide if it owes the Internal Revenue Service more than $605 million in taxes.

  • June 11, 2024

    US Issues Sanctions For $50M Guyana Gold Tax Evasion

    Two Guyanese businessmen and a Guyanese official were sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department on Tuesday after a probe into a corruption scheme that helped the businessmen evade $50 million in gold export taxes that should have been paid to Guyana's government, Treasury said.

  • June 11, 2024

    Aflac Matriarch's Estate Says IRS Missing Info In $11.7M Fight

    The Internal Revenue Service's push to recover $11.7 million in deficiencies and penalties from the estate of the matriarch of the family that founded Aflac is predicated on a "mistaken understanding" regarding a trust, the estate told the U.S. Tax Court.

  • June 11, 2024

    Compliance Costs Outweigh Min. Tax Gains, Biz Reps Say

    Multinational businesses are concerned that the burden of complying with the 15% global minimum tax outweighs any potential revenue gains associated with the burgeoning system, tax attorneys and a trade association representative said during a panel Tuesday.

  • June 11, 2024

    House Panel Chair Seeks To End Media Org's Tax Exemption

    The House's top tax writer wants the Internal Revenue Service to revoke the tax-exempt status of a nonprofit Mideast-focused news outlet, telling Commissioner Daniel Werfel that the organization is aiding Hamas.

  • June 11, 2024

    Lawmakers Urge Biden To Back Brazil's Int'l Wealth Tax Plan

    Sen. Bernie Sanders and Democratic lawmakers asked the Biden administration Tuesday to support the global minimum tax on billionaires being proposed by Brazil, which is encouraging the Group of 20 nations to endorse the initiative at its meetings next month.

  • June 11, 2024

    Kostelanetz Partners Talk Benefits Of Atlanta Tax Firm Tie-Up

    Kostelanetz LLP partners Bryan Skarlatos and Todd Welty discuss the firm’s recent combination with Atlanta boutique Welty PC.

  • June 11, 2024

    Charity Founder Charged With Embezzling $2.5M, Evading Tax

    The founder of a New York City charity embezzled $2.5 million in donations meant for low-income families and then failed to report the earnings to the Internal Revenue Service or pay tax on them, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Tuesday in New York federal court.

  • June 11, 2024

    IRS Schedules 3 Taxpayer Advocacy Panel Meetings For July

    Three Taxpayer Advocacy Panel committees will hold public meetings in July focused on improving customer service at the Internal Revenue Service, the agency announced Tuesday.

  • June 10, 2024

    Ex-LA Chinatown Bank CFO Gets 3 Years For Embezzlement

    The former chief financial officer of a bank based in Los Angeles' Chinatown has been sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to bank fraud for embezzling more than $700,000 from his employer.

  • June 10, 2024

    Exec Wants IRS To Destroy Or Yield Docs In Summons Fight

    The IRS should be forced to destroy or return bank records it obtained from a cryptocurrency executive charged in a 2020 bitcoin fraud investigation because the agency failed to notify him and his company of the summonses for the records, they told a Texas federal court Monday.

  • June 10, 2024

    Tax Court Rejects 'Shoebox' Method To Support Biz Expenses

    The U.S. Tax Court rejected Monday the tax deductions that three California residents had claimed on their businesses' returns, saying their "shoebox" method of bundling receipts as evidence failed to substantiate their business expenses.

  • June 10, 2024

    Big Tech Urges US Reprisal Over Canada's Impending DST

    The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative should open formal dispute proceedings with the Canadian government in response to a 3% digital services tax that is expected to soon pass in the Canadian Senate, business groups with members in the U.S. tech industry said Monday.

  • June 10, 2024

    IRS Needs Plan To Reduce Office Space, TIGTA Says

    While the Internal Revenue Service has successfully decreased its unneeded office space by 8% since 2018, it needs a long-term space reduction plan with annual targets to efficiently continue to reduce its footprint, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration said in a report released Monday.

  • June 10, 2024

    Judge Unseals Some Testimony Of Trump Tax Info Leaker

    A federal magistrate judge on Monday ordered the unsealing of some testimony from a former IRS contractor about how he illegally gained access to former President Donald Trump's tax returns in a billionaire's case suing the agency over the breach.

  • June 10, 2024

    10th Circ. Affirms Couple Can't Ax $833K Income Tax Payment

    A couple's wide-ranging arguments that the Internal Revenue Service should not have been allowed to assess that they owe over $833,000 in unpaid income taxes and penalties failed to sway the Tenth Circuit on Monday, as the court affirmed a ruling against them.

  • June 10, 2024

    Treasury Dept. Beats IRS Agent's Religious Bias Suit

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury defeated an Internal Revenue Service agent's suit claiming he was disciplined for a three-day celebration of Easter mandated by his Christian faith, with a Florida federal judge finding the reprimand was based on performance rather than religion.

  • June 07, 2024

    LIHTC Developer Asks 11th Circ. To Undo Investor Takeover

    A developer told the Eleventh Circuit on Friday it is a victim of a scheme by investors using a lower court ruling to complete a takeover of two Tampa, Florida, senior housing complexes developed with federal low-income housing tax credits.

  • June 07, 2024

    Trust Can Deduct Property Income As Gift, IRS Says

    A trust can deduct gross income set aside as a charitable contribution stemming from the distribution of real property from the corporation that is the trust's sole shareholder, the IRS said in a private letter ruling released Friday.

  • June 07, 2024

    IRS Delays Deadlines In W.Va., Ky. Counties Hit By Tornadoes

    Certain West Virginia and Kentucky taxpayers impacted by tornadoes and other major weather events that hit the area April 2 now have until Nov. 1 to file various individual and business tax returns and make payments, the Internal Revenue Service said Friday.

  • June 07, 2024

    No Loss On Terminated Rate Agreements, Chief Counsel Says

    A company that executed forward-rate agreements cannot claim a loss in connection with the termination of the agreements because its adjusted basis in the agreements was zero, according to a memo released Friday by the IRS Office of Chief Counsel.

  • June 07, 2024

    IRS Updates EV Battery Reporting Guide For Tax Credits

    The Internal Revenue Service provided updated guidance Friday for automakers planning to provide a report on meeting the battery sourcing requirements that can qualify their new electric vehicle models for the consumer tax credit of up to $7,500.

Featured Stories

  • Win May Embolden IRS Use Of Economic Substance Doctrine

    Kat Lucero

    The IRS' successful wielding of the economic substance doctrine to characterize multinational telecommunications corporation Liberty Global's sophisticated set of intercompany deals as an abusive tax shelter could encourage the agency to apply similar analysis to even the most basic tax transactions.

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

    Stephen K. Cooper

    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.

  • IRS Guidance Narrows Spinoffs Available For Preapproval

    Natalie Olivo

    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.

Expert Analysis

  • Litigation Inspiration: Attys Can Be Heroic Like Olympians

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    Although litigation won’t earn anyone an Olympic medal in Paris this summer, it can be worthy of the same lasting honor if attorneys exercise focused restraint — seeking both their clients’ interests and those of the court — instead of merely pursuing every advantage short of sanctionable conduct, says Bennett Rawicki at Hilgers Graben.

  • Lean Into The 'Great Restoration' To Retain Legal Talent

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    As the “great resignation,” in which employees voluntarily left their jobs in droves, has largely dissipated, legal employers should now work toward the idea of a “great restoration,” adopting strategies to effectively hire, onboard and retain top legal talent, says Molly McGrath at Hiring & Empowering Solutions.

  • How Cannabis Rescheduling May Alter Paraphernalia Imports

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    The Biden administration's recent proposal to loosen federal restrictions on marijuana use raises questions about how U.S. Customs and Border Protection enforcement policies may shift when it comes to enforcing a separate federal ban on marijuana accessory imports, says R. Kevin Williams at Clark Hill.

  • NCAA Settlement May End The NIL Model As We Know It

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    The recent House v. NCAA settlement in California federal court, in which the NCAA agreed to allow schools to directly pay March Madness television revenue to their athletes, may send outside name, image and likeness collectives in-house, says Mike Ingersoll at Womble Bond.

  • Fishing Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Atop the list of ways fishing makes me a better lawyer is the relief it offers from the chronic stress of a demanding caseload, but it has also improved my listening skills and patience, and has served as an exceptional setting for building earnest relationships, says Steven DeGeorge​​​​​​​ at Robinson Bradshaw.

  • A Healthier Legal Industry Starts With Emotional Intelligence

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    The legal profession has long been plagued by high rates of mental health issues, in part due to attorneys’ early training and broader societal stereotypes — but developing one’s emotional intelligence is one way to foster positive change, collectively and individually, says attorney Esperanza Franco.

  • To Make Your Legal Writing Clear, Emulate A Master Chef

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    To deliver clear and effective written advocacy, lawyers should follow the model of a fine dining chef — seasoning a foundation of pure facts with punchy descriptors, spicing it up with analogies, refining the recipe and trimming the fat — thus catering to a sophisticated audience of decision-makers, says Reuben Guttman at Guttman Buschner.

  • Circuit Judge Writes An Opinion, AI Helps: What Now?

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    Last week's Eleventh Circuit opinion in Snell v. United Specialty Insurance, notable for a concurrence outlining the use of artificial intelligence to evaluate a term's common meaning, is hopefully the first step toward developing a coherent basis for the judiciary's generative AI use, says David Zaslowsky at Baker McKenzie.

  • BF Borgers Clients Should Review Compliance, Liability

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    After the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's recently announced enforcement proceedings against audit firm BF Borgers for fabricating audit documentation for hundreds of public companies, those companies will need to follow special procedures for disclosure and reporting — and may need to prepare for litigation from the plaintiffs bar, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • Trauma-Informed Legal Approaches For Pro Bono Attorneys

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    As National Trauma Awareness Month ends, pro bono attorneys should nevertheless continue to acknowledge the mental and physical effects of trauma, allowing them to better represent clients, and protect themselves from compassion fatigue and burnout, say Katherine Cronin at Stinson and Katharine Manning at Blackbird.

  • What Updated PLR Procedure May Mean For Stock Spin-Offs

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    A recently published Internal Revenue Service revenue procedure departs from commonly understood interpretations of the spinoff rules by imposing more stringent standards on companies seeking private letter rulings regarding tax-free stock spinoff and split-off transactions, and may presage regulatory changes that would have the force of law, say attorneys at Skadden.

  • Proposed Cannabis Reschedule Sidesteps State Law Effects

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    The U.S. Department of Justice's recent proposal to move cannabis to Schedule III of the Controlled Substances Act provides certain benefits, but its failure to address how the rescheduling would interact with existing state cannabis laws disappointed industry participants hoping for clarity on this crucial question, says Ian Stewart at Wilson Elser.

  • How Attys Can Avoid Pitfalls When Withdrawing From A Case

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    The Trump campaign's recent scuffle over its bid to replace its counsel in a pregnancy retaliation suit offers a chance to remind attorneys that many troubles inherent in withdrawing from a case can be mitigated or entirely avoided by communicating with clients openly and frequently, says Christopher Konneker at Orsinger Nelson.