Category Archives: Tax

Subscribe to Tax RSS Feed

Limited-Time Tax Amnesty for Marketplace Sellers

The Multistate Tax Commission (“MTC”) has implemented a limited-time voluntary disclosure initiative for online marketplace sellers (the “VDI”). The VDI creates an opportunity in many states to have a retailer’s historic liability for sales and use taxes and income taxes waived, including penalties and interest, in exchange for registration and compliance going forward.… Continue Reading

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

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 … Continue Reading

IRS Announces Inflation-Adjusted Amounts for 2016

The IRS recently announced the inflation-adjusted items for 2016, including gift, estate, and generation-skipping transfer tax amounts. The following adjustments should be considered in your estate and gift planning: The gift tax annual exclusion for 2016 remains $14,000 (and is increased to $148,000 for gifts to a non-U.S. citizen spouse).  Married couples who elect gift … Continue Reading

The European Commission’s New Pandora’s Box – Reopening Final Tax Rulings as a Form of “State Aid”

In Short The European Commission (Commission) has adopted a decision on 21 October 2015 on the tax rulings – also referred to as “comfort letters” – granted by Luxembourg to Fiat Finance and Trade (FFT) and by The Netherlands to Starbucks. Rejecting the decisions of domestic authorities in Luxembourg and The Netherlands, the Commission concluded … Continue Reading

Is Your Out-of-State LLC “Doing Business” in California?

Individuals and entities, including those from outside California, who invest in or do business through an out-of-state limited liability company (“LLC”) may be surprised to find out that they have filing obligations and tax liabilities in California as a result of California’s far-reaching rules and interpretations related to when an LLC is treated as “doing … Continue Reading

California Tax Relief for Sellers of Qualified Small Business Stock

On Friday October 3, 2013, Governor Brown signed into law AB 1412, which provides full relief for individuals affected by the decision in Cutler v. Franchise Tax Board, where the California Court of Appeal held that the California tax incentives relating to the sale of qualified small business stock discriminated against interstate commerce and were therefore … Continue Reading

Final Section 336(e) Regulations Allow Step-Up in Asset Tax Basis in Certain Stock Acquisitions

By Matthew Richardson and Paul Metzger Final regulations were issued last month under IRC Section 336(e). These regulations present beneficial planning opportunities in certain circumstances. For qualifying transactions occurring on or after May 15, 2013, Section 336(e) allows certain taxpayers to elect to treat the sale, exchange or distribution of corporate stock as an asset … Continue Reading

California State Senate Passes Measure Providing Partial Relief From Cutler Decision (re: QSBS)

By Matthew Richardson  The California State Senate yesterday approved a measure providing relief (albeit only partial relief) to those taxpayers facing retroactive tax assessments by reason of the Cutler decision. In Cutler v. Franchise Tax Board the California Court of Appeal held that the California tax incentives relating to the sale of qualified small business … Continue Reading

Deadline for Filing FICA Tax Refunds is April 15

As previously reported (click here), the payment of certain severance benefits may be exempt from FICA taxes. Under the Sixth Circuit’s decision in Quality Stores (click here), severance pay made in connection with an involuntary separation from employment due to a reduction in force, plant shutdown or similar condition (“supplemental unemployment compensation benefits”) are not … Continue Reading

File for FICA Tax Refunds Before April 15

As previously reported (click here), the payment of certain severance benefits may be exempt from FICA taxes. Under the Sixth Circuit’s decision in Quality Stores (click here), severance pay made in connection with an involuntary separation from employment due to a reduction in force, plant shutdown or similar condition (“supplemental unemployment compensation benefits”) are not … Continue Reading

Recent tax law changes of 2013

On January 2, 2013, President Obama signed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 into law. Summarized below are highlights of those and other changes to Federal tax laws affecting income, payroll, gift and estate, and generation-skipping transfer taxes beginning in 2013.… Continue Reading

What Employers Need to Know About Healthcare Reform for 2013

As the end of 2012 approaches, we consider what a notable year it has been for the future of healthcare reform, starting with the United States Supreme Court’s decision to uphold key provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”), and culminating with the November elections. Since PPACA’s enactment in 2010, employers have … Continue Reading

FTB issues Notice to Retroactively Deny “Qualified Small Business Stock” Tax Benefits. Amended Returns Should be Filed.

By Matthew Richardson A California appellate court recently held as unconstitutional the California statutes extending the benefits of selling “qualified small business stock” (QSBS) to California taxpayers. In Cutler v. Franchise Tax Board (2012) 208 Cal. App. 4th 1247, the court held that the QSBS exclusion and deferral statutes – California Rev. & Tx. Cd. … Continue Reading

IRS Issues Proposed Regulations To Make International Grant-Making By Private Foundations Easier

On September 24, 2012, the IRS issued Proposed Regulations §§ 53.4942(a)-3 and 53.4945-5 in order to reduce barriers to international grant-making made by private foundations. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton announced the guidance during an address at the Clinton Global Initiative. In particular, the new guidance modernizes the process of evaluating whether a foreign non-governmental … Continue Reading

Further Relief on Section 6045B Reporting

As previously reported in the January 9th blog article, today is the last day to file Form 8937 to report 2011 corporate actions that affect stock basis, as required under Internal Revenue Code section 6045B. Because the actual IRS Form 8937 was only very recently released, and because a number of questions about the form … Continue Reading

Update on New Reporting Rules for Stock Splits, Recapitalizations, Mergers and Acquisitions

As previously reported in the March 15 blog article, Section 6045B of the Internal Revenue Code imposes new reporting requirements on issuers of "specified securities" engaging in organizational actions after December 31, 2010 that affect the tax basis of their specified securities. Generally, a "specified security" includes shares of stock and interests treated as stock … Continue Reading

IRS Launches Voluntary Worker Reclassification Program

On September 21, 2011, the IRS announced (in Announcement 2011-64) a new program that will allow employers to resolve their worker classification problems at a relatively low cost. This new Voluntary Classification Settlement Program (VCSP) is available to businesses that erroneously treat their workers or a class or group of workers as nonemployees or independent … Continue Reading

New IRS Reporting Rules for Stock Splits, Mergers and Acquisitions

Update: The IRS recently came out with a Notice (Notice 2011-18) stating that, for transactions occurring in 2011, penalties will not be imposed against issuers for missing the deadline to file a return or post the tax return on the issuer’s primary public Web site (which generally was required 45 days after the transaction), provided that the return … Continue Reading
LexBlog