Federal

  • February 28, 2024

    Embattled Philly Loan Biz Principals Hit With RICO Charges

    Legal troubles for the principals of Philadelphia's Par Funding cash advance company are mounting as federal prosecutors hit them with a new indictment adding Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organization Act allegations on top of existing charges that the principals bilked investors out of hundreds of millions of dollars and threatened violence against borrowers.

  • February 28, 2024

    COVID Fraud Jury Can't Hear Of Gov't's Loan Error, Feds Say

    A jury shouldn't be shown evidence of the U.S. government's error in approving a Michigan business owner's application for a Paycheck Protection Program loan while he was under indictment, federal prosecutors have argued.

  • February 28, 2024

    Timeline Rule For Assessing Tax Not Retroactive, Court Says

    A former corporate executive who received a $26 million buyout and then rolled the proceeds over to a retirement account incorrectly claimed that an amended statute of limitations exempted him from paying a penalty, the U.S. Tax Court ruled Wednesday.

  • February 28, 2024

    GOP Reps. Press IRS On Backdating Forms In Easement Case

    Two House Republican tax writers pressed the Internal Revenue Service for details on how it would prevent agency employees from inappropriately backdating official tax documents after the agency admitted last year to doing so in a high-profiled suit involving conservation easement penalty forms.

  • February 28, 2024

    Divorced Woman Can Get Spousal Relief, Tax Court Says

    A divorced woman has satisfied the requirements for innocent spousal relief despite an attempt by her ex-husband to refute her claim, the U.S. Tax Court ruled Wednesday.

  • February 28, 2024

    IRS Delays Tax Deadlines After Wash. Wildfires

    Certain taxpayers in Washington state will have extra time to file tax returns and make payments following wildfires last year, the Internal Revenue Service said Wednesday.

  • February 28, 2024

    Court Should Block IRS 'Fishing Expedition,' Company Says

    A company that claims it has been the victim of an IRS "fishing expedition" after being hit with a raft of document requests urged a Georgia federal judge Tuesday to keep alive its bid to quash the summonses, telling the court the government overstepped its bounds in seeking "a wide variety of duplicative, irrelevant, and unrelated information."

  • February 28, 2024

    IRS To Hold Hearing On Donor-Advised Fund Excise Tax Regs

    The Internal Revenue Service will hold a public hearing in May on proposed regulations regarding excise taxes on certain taxable distributions made from donor-advised funds, the agency announced Wednesday.

  • February 28, 2024

    IRS Adds 36 Tax Court Sessions To Calendar

    The Internal Revenue Service named calendar administrators for 36 U.S. Tax Court sessions in March, April and May on Wednesday, bringing the total number of upcoming sessions to 72.

  • February 27, 2024

    US Biz Group Urges Treasury Against Basis Denial Rule

    The U.S. Treasury Department should rethink its proposed upcoming rule that would deny the basis that U.S. companies have in particular foreign affiliates involved in certain inbound transactions, the National Foreign Trade Council said in a letter made public Tuesday.

  • February 27, 2024

    IRS Opens Free E-File Pilot To More New Users

    The Internal Revenue Service temporarily reopened its free electronic filing pilot program to more new users Tuesday in the 12 states where taxpayers can participate, an agency official said in a statement.

  • February 27, 2024

    IRS Hires 2 To Lead Digital Asset Efforts

    The Internal Revenue Service hired two staffers to assist with forming the agency's approach to cryptocurrency and other digital assets, the agency announced Tuesday.

  • February 27, 2024

    IRS Delays Deadlines For San Diego Storm Victims

    Certain deadlines for San Diego-area taxpayers have been postponed following severe storms and flooding in the area, the Internal Revenue Service announced Tuesday.

  • February 27, 2024

    Tax Court Couldn't Rule On Whistleblower Claims, Circ. Told

    The U.S. Tax Court lacked authority to rule on two of a tipster's three claims that the IRS should have given him a whistleblower award, the government told the D.C. Circuit, urging it to vacate a decision even though it upheld the agency's denial of the payout requests.

  • February 27, 2024

    DOL Finalizing ERISA Voluntary Correction Program Changes

    A top official with the U.S. Department of Labor's employee benefits arm said Tuesday that the agency expects to soon finalize changes to a program allowing retirement plan managers to voluntarily self-correct when they fail to forward employee contributions on time or make other transaction errors.

  • February 27, 2024

    IRS Nixes Digital Filing Of Form For Foreigners For 2 Years

    Certain withholding agents will not be required to electronically file a form relating to U.S.-based income of foreigners in 2024 and 2025, the Internal Revenue Service announced Tuesday.

  • February 26, 2024

    Ex-Bank CFO Cops To $700K Theft And Life Insurance Scam

    An ex-Eastern International Bank chief financial officer has pled guilty to defrauding the bank out of more than $700,000 to pay his personal expenses, and he admitted to opening life insurance policies in the names of bank employees to benefit his wife, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • February 26, 2024

    US Can Bring Quick Appeal In Donor Reporting Rule Fight

    The federal government can immediately appeal a ruling that would require it to prove a strong governmental interest in forcing nonprofits to report their major donors, an Ohio federal court decided Monday, saying there's significant room for a difference of opinion on the matter.

  • February 26, 2024

    Wealth Taxes Bring In Small Part Of G20 Revenue, Oxfam Says

    Roughly 8% of tax revenue collected by Group of 20 countries is raised from wealth taxes on average, compared with over 32% from taxes on goods and services, anti-poverty group Oxfam said Monday ahead of a G20 meeting in Brazil.

  • February 26, 2024

    Inmate, 8 Others Charged In Trafficking, Tax Fraud Schemes

    A California prison inmate has been charged along with eight other individuals with operating two separate illegal schemes: one to distribute methamphetamine and another to fraudulently claim over $550 million in COVID-19-based tax credits.

  • February 26, 2024

    More Analysis Needed In Lithium Pricing Guide, Groups Say

    Functional analysis of multinational corporate groups should be included in a list of factors that could highly influence market prices within a transfer pricing framework for lithium, industry groups and accountants told the OECD in letters published Monday.

  • February 23, 2024

    FTC Rips H&R Block's 'Deceptive' Marketing, 'Coercive' Ploys

    The Federal Trade Commission filed an administrative complaint against H&R Block claiming the tax preparation company deceptively marketed some products as "free" and "coerced" people to pay for pricier products, the government agency announced Friday.

  • February 23, 2024

    'Empire' Star Owes Income Tax After Threatening DOJ Atty

    "Empire" actor Terrence Howard owes more than $900,000 in federal income taxes under a default judgment by a Pennsylvania federal judge that follows a monthslong search by the government to notify the actor of the suit, during which he threatened a government attorney.

  • February 23, 2024

    UN Tax Pact May Need OECD Nations' Support, Diplomats Say

    The United Nations' global tax convention will likely require adoption by many advanced economies to address corporate tax abuse effectively, diplomats said, after countries resolved to pursue consensus over the long term but retain majority rule while drafting its terms of reference.

  • February 23, 2024

    Lead Pipe Replacement Not Taxable, IRS Says

    The government-triggered replacement of lead service lines on residential property is not considered taxable income, the Internal Revenue Service said Friday.

Featured Stories

  • Stalled Pillar 1 Raises Specter Of EU Digital Tax

    Todd Buell

    The stalling at the international level of a redistribution of taxing rights known as Pillar One is raising questions about whether the European Union would revive a digital tax, which it had put aside hoping Pillar One would succeed.

  • Pot Rescheduling Could Spur Inventory Accounting Change

    David van den Berg

    If cannabis is reclassified to a lower tier under the Controlled Substances Act, it would unlock significant tax benefits for cannabis companies, such as allowing them to take standard business deductions, but they may need to account for their inventories differently to take full advantage.

  • Pillar 2 Could Clash With US Double-Dipping Loss Rules

    Natalie Olivo

    The Pillar Two international minimum tax agreement involves calculations that could trigger long-standing U.S. rules that are designed to prevent companies from what is known as double-dipping the same economic loss, raising questions about how upcoming regulations will navigate these two systems.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 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.