Federal

  • June 24, 2024

    Julie Chrisley To Be Resentenced, But Convictions Stand

    The Eleventh Circuit on Friday upheld the tax evasion and fraud convictions of former reality TV stars Todd and Julie Chrisley, but ordered a Georgia federal judge to resentence Julie Chrisley after finding that the judge failed to fully explore her discrete role in the $36 million scheme.

  • June 24, 2024

    Supreme Court Won't Review Tax Challenge Deadline

    The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to review a Third Circuit finding that the U.S. Tax Court's 90-day deadline for filing challenges to tax bills isn't hard and fast.

  • June 24, 2024

    4th Circ. Affirms Nix Of $1.2M R&D Credit For Biotech Co.

    A biotechnology company that claimed tax credits for increasing its scientific research was correctly denied about $1.2 million of its request, the Fourth Circuit ruled Monday in upholding a U.S. Tax Court decision that found the company was wrongly counting research expenses twice.

  • June 24, 2024

    IRS Assessment Of $10M Earner Audits Faulty, TIGTA Says

    The Internal Revenue Service says it is rolling back its audits of returns claiming at least $10 million in income because it found them unproductive, but the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration said Monday that that is not true in every case.

  • June 24, 2024

    OECD Tax Plan Issues Still Being Hashed Out, US Official Says

    Both the global minimum corporate tax and taxing rights overhaul plans designed by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development have outstanding issues that stakeholders are attempting to resolve, a U.S. Treasury Department official said at a conference Monday.

  • June 24, 2024

    Justices To Review If Ch. 7 Trustee Can Recover Tax Payments

    The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it would review a Tenth Circuit decision that found that the Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee of a defunct Utah company could recover $145,000 in tax payments from the IRS.

  • June 21, 2024

    Supreme Court Leaves Lifeline For Billionaire Income Tax

    The U.S. Supreme Court narrowed but did not entirely block the path to billionaire income tax legislation when the majority's opinion declined to weigh constitutional questions about taxing unrealized gains in its decision to uphold a mandatory repatriation levy.

  • June 21, 2024

    Fed. Circ. Backs Subsidy Duties For Canadian Wind Towers

    A Canadian wind tower manufacturer can't get a break on countervailing duties despite being upfront about errors in its sales data, with the Federal Circuit ruling Friday that the errors raise the possibility of additional mistakes.

  • June 21, 2024

    IRS Urges 6th Circ. To Back Gold Broker's $3M Tax Bill

    The Sixth Circuit should uphold about $3 million in tax liabilities against a self-employed gold and silver broker who failed to file returns for a decade, the IRS argued Friday, calling "frivolous" the man's argument that he isn't subject to federal income taxes.

  • June 21, 2024

    Couple Can't Hide Behind Preparer's Errors, Tax Court Says

    A Georgia couple failed to show the U.S. Tax Court that their faulty filing was the result of trusting a competent tax adviser, leading the court to rule Friday that they were correctly assessed an accuracy-related penalty by the Internal Revenue Service.

  • June 21, 2024

    US Formally Suspends Part Of Tax Treaty With Russia

    The U.S. government has provided formal notice to Russia suspending, via mutual agreement, parts of the countries' double-taxation treaty.

  • June 21, 2024

    Ayahuasca Church Is Not Tax-Exempt, DC Circ. Affirms

    An Iowa church that used a psychedelic drug in its rites was correctly denied tax-exempt status, the D.C. Circuit affirmed Friday, saying the church's main purpose is using a federally illegal drug for which it lacked approval for religious use.

  • June 21, 2024

    Ex-Chicago Alderman Burke Can't Delay Sentencing

    Former Chicago Alderman Ed Burke can't postpone his Monday sentencing on charges of racketeering, extortion and bribery to await a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the scope of federal bribery law, an Illinois federal judge ruled Friday, saying that decision will have "little or no impact" on Burke's fate.

  • June 21, 2024

    Ex-Mass. Pol Hit With New Charges In COVID Fraud Case

    A former Massachusetts state senator already accused of pandemic-related fraud has been charged alongside his sister with attempting to cover up a scheme to make him eligible for unemployment benefits, the U.S. attorney's office announced Friday.

  • June 21, 2024

    IRS Has Spent $5.7B Of 2022 Funding Boost, TIGTA Finds

    The Internal Revenue Service has spent $5.7 billion of the funding boost it received under the 2022 climate law as of March 31, including $2 billion to supplement its annual funding, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration reported Friday.

  • June 21, 2024

    11th Circ. Says Couple Can't Renew Fight Over S Corp. Income

    A couple owe about $355,000 in back taxes after failing to prove that the U.S. Tax Court adopted an erroneous calculation by the IRS following a trial in which the couple were found liable for unreported income from their S corporation, the Eleventh Circuit ruled.

  • June 21, 2024

    Weekly Internal Revenue Bulletin

    The Internal Revenue Service's weekly bulletin, issued Friday, included updated lists of areas, including closed coal mines and factories, where developers can qualify for additional tax credits for building their clean energy projects.

  • June 21, 2024

    IRS Issues Draft Of Revised Research Credit Form

    The Internal Revenue Service released a revised draft of the form used for claiming the research credit Friday, saying the changes would reduce taxpayers' burden.

  • June 21, 2024

    Taxation With Representation: Travers Smith, Potamitis Vekris

    In this week's Taxation With Representation, RSK Group Ltd. gets a £500 million ($632 million) investment, Boston Scientific Corp. acquires Silk Road Medical Inc., Masdar takes a part of Terna Energy SA, and Tate & Lyle PLC buys CP Kelco from JM Huber Corp.

  • June 20, 2024

    Worker Retention Credit Freeze To Continue, IRS Chief Says

    The Internal Revenue Service will keep in place its moratorium on processing new employee retention credit claims because of rampant fraud, the agency's commissioner told reporters Thursday, and will seek help from lawmakers before deciding on the program's future.

  • June 20, 2024

    IRS Issues Guidance For Early Withdrawal Penalty Exceptions

    The Internal Revenue Service published guidance Thursday on exceptions to the 10% additional tax for those making permissible early retirement account withdrawals for emergency personal expenses and for victims of domestic abuse.

  • June 20, 2024

    Tax Court Says Man Can't Avoid Early Withdrawal Penalty

    The Internal Revenue Service correctly determined that a Delaware man's early withdrawal of $137,000 from his retirement accounts in order to buy his brother's share of their dead mother's property did not qualify for the first-time homebuyer's exemption, the U.S. Tax Court said Thursday.

  • June 20, 2024

    Tomato Cos. Can't Take Immediate Deductions, 9th Circ. Told

    Two companies that supply 40% of the U.S.' tomato paste and diced tomatoes should not be allowed to deduct costs of restoring their production facilities before the actual restoration occurs, the IRS told the Ninth Circuit on Thursday in urging it to uphold a U.S. Tax Court ruling.

  • June 20, 2024

    Casinos Must Fight Hotel Tax In State Court, 5th Circ. Says

    Owners of two Louisiana casinos with attached hotels must challenge Baton Rouge in state court, rather than federal court, over taxes the city says they owe on free hotel stays they gave patrons, the Fifth Circuit ruled, saying the state is entitled to deference.

  • June 20, 2024

    Housing, Child Care Top Dem. Senators' 2025 Tax Deal Goals

    Senate Democrats plan to prioritize tax policies that will make child care and housing more affordable in the midst of the debate over the extension of the 2017 tax law's expiring provisions in 2025, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden told reporters Thursday.

Expert Analysis

  • How Firms Can Ensure Associate Gender Parity Lasts

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    Among associates, women now outnumber men for the first time, but progress toward gender equality at the top of the legal profession remains glacially slow, and firms must implement time-tested solutions to ensure associates’ gender parity lasts throughout their careers, say Kelly Culhane and Nicole Joseph at Culhane Meadows.

  • A Proposal For Fairer, More Efficient Innocent Spouse Relief

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    Adding a simple election to the current regulatory framework for innocent spouse claims would benefit both taxpayers and the Internal Revenue Service by alleviating the undue burdens placed on those the program was intended to help and improving agency collections in such cases, says Laurie Kazenoff at Kazenoff Tax.

  • 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.

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