Wrapping Up September – and Looking Forward to October

Top September Posts You Might Have Missed

IRS Proposes to Withdraw Debt-Equity Documentation Regulations

LB&I Announces Five New Campaigns

A Lot Is Going on at the Tax Court

Upcoming Tax Controversy Activities in October

Our lawyers will present on key tax topics during the month of October. We hope to see you.

October 29-30, 2018: Thomas Jones and Kristen Hazel will be presenting on various captive insurance tax topics at the Captive Insurance Tax Forum taking place in McDermott’s office in Chicago, IL.

October 31, 2018: Todd Welty and Lowell Yoder will be presenting on Administrative Guidance, Ethical Hazards and Tax Return Positions at the TEI Annual Conference in San Diego, CA.

Wrapping Up July – and Looking Forward to August

Top July Posts You Might Have Missed

IRS Releases Practice Unit on Examining Transaction Costs

Recent Developments in US Federal Income Tax Litigation

LB&I Announces Six New Campaigns

Upcoming Tax Controversy Activities in August

Our lawyers will present on key tax topics during the month of August. We hope to see you.

August 7, 2018: Thomas Jones is presenting on Captive Insurance Tax Issues at the Vermont Captive Insurance Association’s annual conference in South Burlington, Vermont.

August 23, 2018: Laura Gavioli is presenting “Recent IRS OVDP Developments: How Will It Impact the 2018 Landscape” for a Knowledge Group webcast.

Wrapping Up May – and Looking Forward to June

Top May Posts You Might Have Missed

LB&I Announces Six New Campaigns

SOL and the 1603 Cash Grant – File Now or Forever Hold Your Peace

IRS Implementation of Tax Reform Continues to Move Forward

Upcoming Tax Controversy Activities in June

Our lawyers will present on key tax topics during the month of June. We hope to see you.

June 21, 2018: Britt Haxton, Kristen Hazel, Enrica Ma, Jane May, Sandra McGill, Alysse McLoughlin, Maureen O’Brien and Diann Smith are presenting at Tax in the City® New York about the various impacts of tax reform on state and local taxes, on digital commerce, on cross-border transactions, and on compensation structures and fringe benefits, along with a CLE/CPE session on the ethical considerations around tax reform. Email Maria Dubinets at mdubinets@mwe.com to register.

June 21, 2018: Todd Welty is presenting a tax court update as part of the “Tax Compliance and Enforcement Update Part I” panel at the New York University Tax Controversy Forum in New York, NY.

As the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) has rolled out at the federal level, its impacts have been felt widely in the field of state and local taxation. McDermott’s Inside Salt blog has published a series of posts over the last few months addressing the different effects of the TCJA at the state level throughout the country, which can be found here. This week, Inside Salt addresses TCJA’s effects in New York, Idaho, Iowa and Minnesota.

For McDermott’s comprehensive insights into federal tax reform, please visit our federal tax reform website.

Wrapping Up February – and Looking Forward to March

Top February Tax Controversy 360 Blog Posts

Types of Tax Court Opinions and Their Precedential Effect

The Slow Death of the Section 385 Regulations

Court Rules That a Family Office Is a Business!

 Upcoming Tax Controversy Activities in March

Our lawyers appear are making the following Tax Controversy speeches in March:

March 7, 2018: Andrew Roberson will be presenting “Nuts & Bolts Collections Workshop: A Guide to Assisting Pro Bono Clients with Collection Matters” at the ABA Section of Taxation Webinar.

March 9, 2018: Jay Singer will be presenting “Section 355 Developments” at the at the Federal Bar Association’s 2018 Tax Law Conference in Washington DC.

March 15, 2018: Mary Kay Martire will be speaking at Tax in the City® in McDermott’s Chicago office about the upcoming oral argument before the US Supreme Court in the case challenging the Quill physical presence requirement for sales tax nexus.

March 27, 2018: Andrew Roberson will be presenting “Discovery & Stipulations Process” at the US Tax Court Judicial Conference at the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law in Chicago, IL.

As details of tax reform take shape, our team continues to evaluate proposed legislation and to provide critical, real-time guidance on the likely impacts to our clients.

McDermott has always partnered with our clients to design strategies that are both creative and sound—to effectively plan for long-term business success. Access our new Tax Reform Resource Center for strategies and tools that will continue to help you lead your organization through the opportunities and risks brought about by proposed tax reform. You can also subscribe to stay on top of McDermott’s latest take on tax.

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Female tax professionals gathered in McDermott Will & Emery’s New York office for an annual New York rendition of Tax in the City®: A Women’s Tax Roundtable on Thursday, September 14. Featuring a CLE/CPE presentation about Privilege and the Ethics of Social Media by Kristen Hazel and Robin Greenhouse, an update on tax reform by Sandra McGill and an overview of recent state and local tax news by Alysse McLoughlin, the event culminated in a networking reception over cocktails.

Topics covered at the event included:

  • Best practices for preserving attorney-client privilege and work product protection; strategies to prevent an inadvertent waiver.
  • Ethics of social media (think before you post).
  • Tax reform:
    • Where are we now (framework to be issued week of September 25 and legislation sometime in October, possibly after budget).
    • What could tax reform look like (e.g., reduced tax rate, one-time tax on unrepatriated foreign earnings, move to territorial tax with DRD and corresponding changes to foreign tax credit system, changes to IRS Subpart F, elimination of certain deductions and/or adjustments to the taxation of carried interests).
    • What should taxpayers be thinking about (e.g., taking steps to best position your organization to proactively react to tax reform both now and when the reform measures become effective).
  • Status of certain tax regulations identified in Notice 2017-38 per mandate of EO 13789: Treasury provided recommendations to President Trump on September 18, 2017, and its report should be published sometime this month. We discussed possible change/revocation/deferred effective dates for regulations under Sections 367, 385 and 987 and steps taxpayers are taking today to address these regulations.
  • Partnership Update:
    • New TEFRA rules are effective January 1, 2018: TEFRA partnership agreements should be reviewed; assess whether the agreement should be amended (or other agreements implemented) to address these new rules.
    • Grecian Magnesite Mining: Tax Court held that gain derived by foreign person from disposition of its interest in a partnership engaged in US trade or business was treated as the disposition of a capital asset not as the disposition of the partner’s share of the underlying partnership assets and was not subject to US federal income tax as effectively connected income. It is unclear whether this case will be appealed.
  • State tax apportionment issues: We discussed the difficulty in establishing the proper level of reserves due to both the uncertainty in applying the statutory sourcing methods and the state taxing authorities’ ability to use their discretionary authority to revise the statutory sourcing methods.

We invite all tax professionals who identify as female to join Tax in the City®’s official LinkedIn group to continue the conversation and share tax developments in between events and meetings! Click here to join.

Established in 2014 by McDermott Will & Emery LLP, Tax in the City® is a discussion and networking group for women in tax that fosters collaboration and mentorship and facilitates in-person connections and roundtable events around the country. This New York edition of Tax in the City® was the third event this year, and there are two more events in the works—an inaugural Seattle event on October 12, and then an end-of-year event in our Chicago office on December 14.

 

Wrapping up July—and Looking Forward to August

Tax Controversy Activities in August:

August 7, 2017: Elizabeth Erickson and Kristen Hazel will be representing McDermott Will & Emery at the 2017 US Captive Awards in Burlington, Vermont. McDermott has been shortlisted in the Law Firm category.

August 8, 2017: Tom Jones is presenting an update on Captive Insurance Tax in Burlington, Vermont, at the Vermont Captive Insurance Association Annual Conference “Mission: Possible”— the largest captive insurance conference in the US by number of paid attendees.

August 18, 2017: Todd Welty is speaking at the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants Advanced Estate Planning Conference about:

  • Current developments in federal transfer taxes
  • Current state of federal tax reform
  • Proposed changes to state death tax laws and the impact of those changes on estate
  • Gift and trust planning
  • Consistent basis regulations
  • The state of valuation discounts
  • Recent rulings on defined value clauses and charitable gifts

August 23, 2017: Tom Jones is presenting an update on Annual Federal & State Tax at the North Carolina Captive Insurance Association Annual Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Wrapping up July:

Our July 2017 blog posts are available on taxcontroversy360.com, or read each article by clicking on the titles below. To receive the latest on state and local tax news and commentary directly in your inbox as they are posted, click here to subscribe to our email list.

July 14, 2017: Tracking Tax Guidance and Court Cases

July 17, 2017: New IRS CbC Resource

July 18, 2017: Courts Rejects Challenge to OVDP Transition Rules

July 19, 2017: Tax Court Rejects IRS Reliance on “Cursory” Analysis in Revenue Ruling

July 21, 2017: John Doe Intervenes in Virtual Currency Summons Enforcement Case

July 24, 2017: BEWARE: Whistleblowers Can “Out” You to the IRS!

July 26, 2017: Virtual IRS Appeals – A New Frontier?

July 27, 2017: IRS Rules (Again) That Taxpayers Are Not Entitled to Claimed Refined Coal Credits

July 28, 2017: Tax Court Hands Eaton a Complete Victory on the Cancellation of its Advance Pricing Agreements

July 31, 2017: Senate Attempts to Repeal Chevron Deference