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IRS Clarifies U.S. Tax Treatment of Cross-Border Cloud and Other Online Transactions in Proposed Regulations

On Aug. 9, 2019, the IRS issued proposed regulations (Proposed Regulations) addressing the U.S. federal income tax treatment of cross-border cloud transactions. The Proposed Regulations will not become effective until final rules are adopted. By way of background, the last time the IRS meaningfully addressed the taxation of cross-border digital content transfers was in October … Continue Reading

Effect of Kaestner on Non-California Trusts With California Beneficiaries

On June 21, 2019, in a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court held as unconstitutional a North Carolina statute that had been interpreted by North Carolina to mean that a trust owed income tax to North Carolina whenever a beneficiary of the trust lived in the state, even if, in the relevant year, the beneficiary … Continue Reading

Airport Concessionaire’s Exclusive Operating Right is Tax-Exempt Intangible Asset, and Assessor Had Burden of Removing Value of Asset in Making Property Tax Assessment

This GT Alert addresses the recent Court of Appeal decision in DFS Group LP v. County of San Mateo (Calif. Ct. App., 1st Dist., January 31, 2019, 31 Cal.App.5th 1059; Petition for Review denied by Calif. Supreme Ct., April 24, 2019), which held that local assessors and assessment appeals boards must address intangible assets in their assessment of property for … Continue Reading

Now Is the Time to Consider Voluntary Disclosure: Advancement of the IRS Campaign on Withholding Tax Noncompliance for Forms 1042, 1042-S

Campaign for Compliance Last year the IRS announced a new campaign to target “Withholding and International Individual Compliance” regarding Forms 1042 and 1042-S. Those who make payments of certain U.S.-source income to foreign persons must comply with withholding, deposit, and reporting requirements. The IRS campaign promised to address “withholding agents who make such payments but … Continue Reading

Proposed Regulations for Qualified Foreign Pension Funds that are Exempt from U.S. Tax on Disposition of U.S. Real Property Interests

The Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act of 1980, as amended (FIRPTA), imposes tax on gain realized on disposition by nonresident alien individuals or foreign corporations (non-U.S. persons) of a U.S. real property interests (USRPI) by treating such gain as effectively connected with the conduct of a U.S. trade or business by such non-U.S. … Continue Reading

IRS Says Special Program Bonds Including Tribal Development Bonds May Be Current Refunded

While the advance refunding of tax-advantaged bonds remains a thing of the past, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued guidance on May 22, Notice 2019-39, expanding the realm of current refundings to permit the current refunding of all existing and future tax-exempt bond programs that impose bond volume cap, issuance time deadlines, or both, for … Continue Reading

IRS and Treasury Issue Final IRC Section 956 Regulations that Reduce Deemed Income Inclusion for Certain Corporate U.S. Shareholders

On May 23, 2019, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Treasury Department issued final regulations (the Final Section 956 Regulations) intended to mitigate the impact of Section 956 of the Internal Revenue Code (the Code) for certain domestic corporations. Consistent with the proposed regulations issued in November 2018 (see previous GT Alert here), the Final … Continue Reading

Refundable State Tax Credits: Maybe Don’t Take the Money and Run

On April 25, 2019, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit decided that refundable state tax brownfield credits are taxable income for federal purposes. The court held in Ginsburg v. United States, “The excess amount of the brownfield redevelopment tax credit received by the Ginsburgs in 2013 is taxable gross income because it … Continue Reading

GT Executive Summary & Detailed Analysis: IRS Issues Second Installment of Qualified Opportunity Zone Fund (QOF) Proposed Regulations

Greenberg Traurig is pleased to provide our guidance on the Second Installment of Qualified Opportunity Zone Fund (QOF) Proposed Regulations issued by the U.S. Treasury on April 17, 2019.     Here are the links to our two-part guidance: Part  I –  Executive Summary: IRS Issues Second Installment of Qualified Opportunity Zone Fund (QOF) Proposed Regulations … Continue Reading

IRS Expands Retirement Plan Self-Correction Program

Our January 2019 GT Benefits and Compensation Alert addressed the unprecedented level of potential liability for compliance failures in 401(k) and other retirement plans and the importance of performing a plan compliance review and correcting plan document or operational failures before an IRS auditor knocks on the door. Doing nothing and playing the audit lottery … Continue Reading

Veterans Housing Preference Permitted Under IRC Section 42 Now Permitted Under 142

On April 3, 2019, the IRS released Revenue Procedure 2019-17, providing that the general public use requirement of section 142(d) of the Internal Revenue Code (relating to residential rental projects) permits the use of housing preferences and occupancy restrictions consistent with the provisions of the low-income housing tax credit requirements under section 42(g)(9) of the … Continue Reading

Part 2: In the Midst of a Federal Government Shutdown, Tax-Exempt Bond Community Receives Long-Awaited Proposed Reissuance Regulations

The Department of the Treasury and IRS provided two New Year’s Eve presents to the tax-exempt bond community. One was the finalization of the public notice regulations, and the second was the issuance of the proposed reissuance regulations, both of which have been long promised, and both of which were published in the Federal Register … Continue Reading

In the Midst of a Federal Government Shutdown, Tax-Exempt Bond Community Receives Long-Awaited Final Public Notice and Approval Regulations

The Department of the Treasury and IRS provided two New Year’s Eve presents to the tax-exempt bond community. The first is the finalization of the public notice and approval regulations, commonly referred to as the TEFRA Regulations (the Final Regulations), and the second is the issuance of the proposed reissuance regulations. Both developments have been … Continue Reading

Florida Sales Tax on Commercial Real Property Leases Reduced Beginning January 2019

As commercial real property owners in Florida are likely aware, the Sunshine State imposes its sales tax on rental payments for the lease of real property. The general 6 percent state-level tax was reduced to 5.8 percent for 2018. The legislature passed a law to further reduce the state-level rate to 5.7 percent for occupancy … Continue Reading

Proposed Regulations on the Interest Deduction Limitation Under Section 163(j) of the Internal Revenue Code

On Nov. 26, 2018, the IRS issued proposed regulations under the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) § 163(j) enacted by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the Proposed Regulations). Generally, IRC § 163(j) limits certain taxpayers’ business interest expense deduction to the sum of (i) the taxpayer’s current year business interest income, (ii) 30 … Continue Reading

IRS Releases New Voluntary Disclosure Procedures for Post 9-28-2018 Offshore and Domestic Disclosures

On Nov. 29, 2018, the IRS released a memorandum with new procedures for all voluntary disclosures following the end of the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP) on Sept. 28, 2018. The new voluntary disclosure procedures apply to both domestic and offshore voluntary disclosures. What’s Changed? Background OVDP was initiated in 2009 and designed to bring taxpayers with … Continue Reading
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