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  • June 26, 2024

    Man Denied Tax Breaks For Kids Who Didn't Live With Him

    A Minnesotan does not qualify for tax exemptions or credits related to his three children because they did not live with him for at least half of the relevant tax year, the U.S. Tax Court said in an opinion released Wednesday.

  • June 26, 2024

    Device Maker To Fork Over $3.5M In Tax Dodge Suit

    A man who manufactured a purported health device will pay the IRS nearly $3.5 million under an agreement endorsed by a Florida federal court after the agency claimed he hadn't filed a tax return since 1999.

  • June 26, 2024

    IRS Whistleblower Info Uncovered $338M In 2023, Report Says

    The IRS more than doubled the amount of whistleblower awards it paid out in fiscal year 2023 compared with the prior year, distributing $88.8 million in awards attributable to information that led to the collection of $338 million, the agency said in a report.

  • June 26, 2024

    Fed. Circ. Denies Contractor's $37M Tax Reimbursement Bid

    A U.S. State Department armed security contractor is not entitled to $37 million in reimbursement tied to tax payments to the Afghan government because the contractor's parent company, not the company itself, incurred the costs associated with the payments, the Federal Circuit said Wednesday.

  • June 26, 2024

    Medical Device Co. To Pay $935K Atty Fees In Tax Fraud Suit

    A medical equipment company's leaders will pay $935,000 in attorney fees to investors' counsel after mediating a settlement in a proposed class action alleging the company breached fiduciary duty in failing to disclose its former CEO's involvement in a tax fraud dispute with Denmark.

  • June 26, 2024

    IRS Watchdog Urges Fix For ID Theft Victim Case Delays

    Delays in resolving identity theft cases by an IRS victim assistance unit are getting worse and the agency must quickly fix the problem, National Taxpayer Advocate Erin Collins said in a report issued Wednesday.

  • June 25, 2024

    US Needs To Broaden Tax Base, Increase Rates, OECD Says

    The United States' debt-to-gross-domestic-product ratio is the highest it's been since World War II, necessitating a wide range of tax changes to both expand the tax base and increase rates to alleviate fiscal pressures, the OECD said Tuesday.

  • June 25, 2024

    Tax Court Says Missed Deadline Doesn't Sink Its Jurisdiction

    A jewelry company's one-day-late filing of a petition for reconsideration of an employment tax determination does not deprive the U.S. Tax Court of jurisdiction in the case, the court said Tuesday, denying the IRS' attempt to get the case tossed.

  • June 25, 2024

    Pension Plans Can't Escape $2B Danish Tax Fraud Dispute

    Two U.S. pension plans made an "extremely strained" contention that Denmark's tax administrator waited too long to accuse them of participating in a $2.1 billion fraud scheme, a New York federal judge said in declining to toss the case.

  • June 25, 2024

    Ex-DOJ Atty Among New Trio At Chamberlain Hrdlicka

    Chamberlain Hrdlicka White Williams & Aughtry has strengthened its tax controversy and litigation practice with the addition of three attorneys in Atlanta, including a former senior trial attorney in the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice for more than three decades.

  • June 25, 2024

    IRS Apologizes To Hedge Fund Founder Over Leaked Tax Data

    The IRS issued an extraordinary public apology Tuesday to hedge fund founder and billionaire Ken Griffin for the leak of his and others' tax information to the media by a former contractor who admitted to stealing the returns of thousands of wealthy individuals, including former President Donald Trump.

  • June 25, 2024

    House Bill Seeks 95% Windfall Tax On Excessive Profits

    Large corporations would face a 95% windfall tax on excessive profits under legislation reintroduced in the House.

  • June 25, 2024

    Tax Pros Worry Credit Sales Could Raise Substance Issues

    Tax professionals are concerned that deals involving a new way to sell clean energy tax credits for cash could face IRS scrutiny after the agency scored a high-profile win over a telecommunications company by deploying an aggressive interpretation of what's known as the economic substance doctrine.

  • June 25, 2024

    J&J Counsel Urges OECD To Ease Burdens Of Global Min. Tax

    Counsel for Johnson & Johnson on Tuesday urged the OECD and government officials working on the Pillar Two global minimum corporate tax to consider more permanent safe harbor provisions to reduce the compliance burdens associated with the levy.

  • June 25, 2024

    Global Tax Overhaul Won't Squash Competition, US Rep. Says

    The global tax overhaul designed by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development won't eliminate countries competing for companies' investments, a U.S. House lawmaker said Tuesday.

  • June 25, 2024

    Fla. Construction Co. Says It's Owed $4M In Worker Credits

    A road construction company in Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceedings asked a Florida federal court to force the IRS to give it nearly $4 million in tax refunds for pandemic-era employee retention credits that its bankruptcy trustee determined it was eligible to receive.

  • June 24, 2024

    Billionaire Drops Case Against IRS Over Tax Info Leak

    Billionaire hedge fund founder Ken Griffin dropped his case Monday seeking to hold the IRS accountable for the leak of his tax return information in a data breach that affected thousands of wealthy and powerful taxpayers, including former President Donald Trump.

  • June 24, 2024

    Tax Court Rejects Collection Appeal Over Amended Return

    An IRS agent did not abuse his discretion when he didn't consider a supposed amended tax return that a Rhode Island woman said would lower her tax liability and therefore a proposed installment agreement amount, the U.S. Tax Court said Monday.

  • June 24, 2024

    Illinois, Other States Back FTC Bid To Affirm Intuit Ad Ruling

    Illinois, along with 20 other states and the District of Columbia, defended the Federal Trade Commission in tax software giant Intuit's Fifth Circuit constitutional challenge to the agency's findings that the company engaged in deceptive advertising, saying in an amicus brief that the FTC's conclusion was correct.

  • June 24, 2024

    Ex-Chicago Alderman Gets Two Years For Boosting Law Firm

    An Illinois federal judge on Monday sentenced former Chicago Alderman Ed Burke to two years in prison and fined him $2 million for using his official position to steer tax business to his personal law firm, closing what prosecutors called "another sordid chapter" in the city's history of public corruption.

  • June 24, 2024

    Better Digital Tax Ban In Pillar 1 Treaty, Treasury Official Says

    The final text of a multilateral convention to implement the OECD-designed taxing rights overhaul will include improved language to eliminate existing digital services tax and prohibit prospective ones, a U.S. Treasury Department official said Monday.

  • June 24, 2024

    Tax Preparers Win Recommendation For Class Cert. In OT Suit

    A group of tax preparers have met the requirements to form a class in a suit accusing their former employer of failing to pay overtime, a New York federal magistrate judge said, rejecting the employer's argument that their request for class status came too late.

  • June 24, 2024

    IRS Finalizes Limits To Partnership Conservation Easements

    The Internal Revenue Service finalized rules Monday that curb the conservation easement tax deduction claimed by certain partnerships, with some changes to last year's proposed version, such as limiting the opportunity for entities to adjust their tax returns to avoid the new restrictions.

  • June 24, 2024

    Loss Guidance Will Cover Pillar 2, IRS Official Says

    Forthcoming guidance to address U.S. tax issues with dual consolidated losses will also include language advising taxpayers how to account for those losses under the Pillar Two global minimum tax, the IRS' top international tax counsel said Monday.

  • June 24, 2024

    NJ Tax Evader's Wife Owes IRS, Too, Tax Court Rules

    A New Jersey woman owes more than $125,000 in taxes jointly with her husband, the U.S. Tax Court ruled Monday, saying she should have questioned the returns her husband prepared for her signature after he pled guilty to tax evasion and bribery.

Expert Analysis

  • Stay Interviews Are Key To Retaining Legal Talent

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    Even as the economy shifts and layoffs continue, law firms still want to retain their top attorneys, and so-called stay interviews — informal conversations with employees to identify potential issues before they lead to turnover — can be a crucial tool for improving retention and morale, say Tina Cohen Nicol and Kate Reder Sheikh at Major Lindsey.

  • Judicial Independence Is Imperative This Election Year

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    As the next election nears, the judges involved in the upcoming trials against former President Donald Trump increasingly face political pressures and threats of violence — revealing the urgent need to safeguard judicial independence and uphold the rule of law, says Benes Aldana at the National Judicial College.

  • Spartan Arbitration Tactics Against Well-Funded Opponents

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    Like the ancient Spartans who held off a numerically superior Persian army at the Battle of Thermopylae, trial attorneys and clients faced with arbitration against an opponent with a bigger war chest can take a strategic approach to create a pass to victory, say Kostas Katsiris and Benjamin Argyle at Venable.

  • What Recent Study Shows About AI's Promise For Legal Tasks

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    Amid both skepticism and excitement about the promise of generative artificial intelligence in legal contexts, the first randomized controlled trial studying its impact on basic lawyering tasks shows mixed but promising results, and underscores the need for attorneys to proactively engage with AI, says Daniel Schwarcz at University of Minnesota Law School.

  • How FinCEN Proposal Expands RE Transaction Obligations

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    Against a regulatory backdrop foreshadowing anti-money laundering efforts in the real estate sector, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network's proposed rule significantly expands reporting requirements for certain nonfinanced residential real estate transfers and necessitates careful review, say attorneys at Fried Frank.

  • What To Know About Employee Retention Credit Disclosures

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    Employers that filed potentially erroneous employee retention credit claims should take certain steps to determine whether the IRS’ voluntary disclosure program is a good fit and, if so, prepare a strong application before the window closes on March 22, say attorneys at Dentons.

  • Litigation Inspiration: A Source Of Untapped Fulfillment

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    As increasing numbers of attorneys struggle with stress and mental health issues, business litigators can find protection against burnout by remembering their important role in society — because fulfillment in one’s work isn’t just reserved for public interest lawyers, say Bennett Rawicki and Peter Bigelow at Hilgers Graben.

  • Unpacking FinCEN's Proposed Real Estate Transaction Rule

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    Phil Jelsma and Ulrick Matsunaga at Crosbie Gliner take a close look at the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network's recently proposed rulemaking — which mandates new disclosures for professionals involved in all-cash real estate deals — and discuss best next steps for the broad range of businesses that could be affected.

  • Think Like A Lawyer: Forget Everything You Know About IRAC

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    The mode of legal reasoning most students learn in law school, often called “Issue, Rule, Application, Conclusion,” or IRAC, erroneously frames analysis as a separate, discrete step, resulting in disorganized briefs and untold obfuscation — but the fix is pretty simple, says Luke Andrews at Poole Huffman.

  • The Corporate Transparency Act Isn't Dead Yet

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    After an Alabama federal court's ruling last week rendering the Corporate Transparency Act unconstitutional, changes to the law may ultimately be required, but ongoing compliance is still the best course of action for most, says George Singer at Holland & Hart.

  • How New EU Tax And Transfer Pricing Rules May Affect M&A

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    Companies involved in mergers and acquisitions may need to adjust fiscal due diligence procedures to ensure they consider potential far-reaching effects of newly implemented transfer pricing measures, such as newly implemented global minimum tax and European Union anti-tax avoidance directives and proposals, says Patrick Tijhuis at BDO.

  • Employers, Prep For Shorter Stock Awards Settlement Cycle

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    Companies that provide equity compensation in the form of publicly traded stock will soon have one less day to complete such transactions under U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Nasdaq rules — so employers should implement expedited equity compensation stock settlement and payroll tax deposit procedures now, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • Demystifying IRS' Claims Of $851B Return On Investment

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    The IRS' recently released analysis, estimating a $851 billion return on the government’s $80 billion investment in the agency, represents a huge increase over its 2022 estimate and that of the Congressional Budget Office and may be best viewed as a best-case scenario, says Joyce Beebe at the Baker Institute.

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