Category Archives: Tax

In Wake of Panama Papers Scandal Obama Calls for Stricter Bank Regulations, Tax Rules

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In a news conference today President Obama addressed rules and proposed regulations announced Thursday intended to help the U.S. fight tax evasion and other crimes connected to anonymous offshore companies and accounts.  The announcements come after a month of intense review by the administration following the first release of the so-called Panama Papers, millions of …

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Senate Takes on Business Tax Reform; Treasury to Have “Intense Comment Period” for Inversion Regulations

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Legislative Activity Senate to Consider Business Tax Reform Proposals Following multiple hearings on tax reform thus far this year in the House Ways and Means Committee, this week the Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing on business tax reform. During the hearing, the difference between Republican and Democrat approaches to taxing corporate income, including …

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Six Biofuel Trade Associations Write Congress To Extend Advanced Biofuel Tax Credits

On April 5, 2016, the biofuel trade associations Advanced Biofuels Business Council, Algae Biomass Organization, Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), Growth Energy, National Biodiesel Board, and Renewable Fuels Association sent a letter to House and Senate Leaders asking for a multiyear extension of advanced biofuel tax credits. The six organizations are specifically asking that the Second …

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The Proposed Political Subdivision Regulations: A Puzzling Reference Impacts Legal Framework of Official Legal Signals

Treasury recently issued proposed regulations that tell us whether an entity is a “political subdivision” that can issue tax-exempt bonds on its own behalf. One requirement is that an entity must serve a “governmental purpose” to be a political subdivision. The proposed regulations say that an entity is only organized for a governmental purpose if the …

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IRS Expands Ability of Safe Harbor Plan Sponsors to Make Mid-Year Changes

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued Notice 2016-16, which provides safe harbor 401(k) plan sponsors with increased flexibility to make mid-year plan changes.  Notice 2016-16 sets forth new rules for when and how safe harbor plan sponsors may amend their plans to make mid-year changes, a process which traditionally has been subject to significant …

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January 2016 Tax Credits & Incentives Update

HMB Tip of the Month:  As provided in two of the cases highlighted in this monthly update, a taxpayer that meets all of the criteria of a statutory tax credit (in which funding is available) may be successful in court when it faces a challenge to its eligibility to the credit from the jurisdiction that …

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January 2016 Tax Credits & Incentives Update

HMB Tip of the Month:  As provided in two of the cases highlighted in this monthly update, a taxpayer that meets all of the criteria of a statutory tax credit (in which funding is available) may be successful in court when it faces a challenge to its eligibility to the credit from the jurisdiction that …

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Tax Talk: When Reporting Gifts at Discounted Values, a Qualified Appraisal is Crucial

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A common method for transferring wealth from one generation to the next involves contributing assets to a partnership or limited liability company, then transferring minority interests in the partnership or LLC to descendants or other family members.  Done correctly, the technique allows donors to reduce their taxable estates by making gifts at reduced values, because …

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Extension of 2015 Affordable Care Act Reporting Deadlines

On December 28, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service issued Notice 2016-4 extending the deadline for information reporting requirements under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “ACA”). The reporting requirements are intended to assist the IRS in application of ACA penalties and were two-fold: an initial disclosure to the employee and a final report to …

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In three weeks! Attend the 3rd Annual Bank & Capital Markets Tax Institute West – December 3-4 in San Diego

When: December 3-4, 2015 Where: The Westin San Diego, San Diego, California Register today! We are proud to announce that BTI West will be coming back for a third year! For 49 years the annual BTI East in Orlando has provided bank and tax professionals from financial institutions and accounting firms in-depth analysis and practical …

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