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Kristen E. Hazel has extensive experience representing clients in US and international aspects of federal tax matters, including international acquisitions and divestitures, international joint ventures, and capital plan design and implementation. Her work includes both inbound and outbound transactions. Kristen is the co-chair of the Firm's Captive Insurance Affinity Group. She regularly counsels clients with respect to the tax aspects of organizing, operating and defending captive insurance companies. Read Kristen Hazel's full bio.

Tax Reform: Insurance Provisions—Spotlight on Property & Casualty Insurers


By , , and on Dec 7, 2017
Posted In Tax Reform, Uncategorized

A number of provisions included in the Senate’s tax reform bill, H.R. 1 (the Senate Bill) would impact the insurance sector. Many of the provisions would affect only the life insurance industry. Others affect property & casualty (P&C) insurance companies. Still others affect both life and P&C insurance companies. Many of these proposals align with proposals...

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Read the October Issue of Focus on Tax Strategies & Developments


By , , , , , , , , , and on Nov 1, 2017
Posted In Court Procedure Matters, IRS Guidance, State Controversy, Tax Reform, Tax Refunds, Transfer Pricing Resource, Trial Courts, Uncategorized

The October 2017 issue of Focus on Tax Strategies & Developments has been published. This issue includes five articles that provide insight into US federal and international tax developments and trends across a range of industries, as well as strategies for navigating these complex issues. Republican Leaders Release Tax Reform Framework By David G. Noren Alexander Lee M&A Tax Aspects...

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Grecian Magnesite Mining v. Commissioner: Foreign Investor Not Subject to US Tax on Sale of Partnership Interest


By , and on Aug 16, 2017
Posted In Court Procedure Matters, IRS Audits, IRS Guidance, Tax Refunds, Trial Courts, Uncategorized

In a long-awaited decision, the US Tax Court recently held that gain realized by a foreign taxpayer on the sale of a partnership engaged in a US trade or business was a sale of a capital asset not subject to US tax, declining to follow Revenue Ruling 91-32. The government has yet to comment regarding...

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Ready or Not, Here They Come! The New Partnership Audit Rules


By , and on Dec 27, 2016
Posted In IRS Audits, IRS Guidance, Uncategorized

On November 2, 2015, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, (the Act), H.R. 1314, 114 Congress/Public Law No. 114-74, made significant changes to the rules governing US federal income tax audits of partnerships (New Audit Rules). The New Audit Rules are codified at Internal Revenue Code Sections 6221 through 6241. On August 4, 2016, the...

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IRS Identifies Certain 831(b) Captives As “Transactions Of Interest”


By and on Nov 11, 2016
Posted In IRS Guidance, Uncategorized

In Notice 2016-66, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) identified a particular § 831(b) “micro-captive” transaction as a “transaction of interest” for purposes of § 1.6011-4(b)(6) of the Regulations and §§ 6111 and 6112 of the Internal Revenue Code. The notice also alerts persons involved in such transactions to certain responsibilities and...

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The Interplay Between Tax Planning and IP Planning


By , and on Nov 4, 2016
Posted In IRS Appeals, IRS Audits, Uncategorized

On November 3, 2016, we presented at the Chicago Tax Club’s symposium regarding tax planning and intellectual property (IP) planning within a multinational corporation. The presentation covered various areas, including the importance of coordination between IP and tax groups when engaging in IP planning, the differences in the IP arena and the tax arena with respect...

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New Post-Validus Revenue Ruling Applies to Foreign Reinsurance Transactions


By and on Feb 24, 2016
Posted In Appellate Courts, IRS Guidance, Uncategorized

In mid-2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit affirmed (although on narrower grounds) the decision of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia in Validus Reinsurance, Ltd. v. United States.  In Validus, 786 F.3d 1039, the D.C. Circuit ruled that there was no statutory authority for...

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