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State and Local Tax Briefing: 2020 California State-Assessed Property Tax Assessment Appeals

The California State Board of Equalization (BOE) is responsible for assessing property tax on certain public utilities and other specified companies, including telephone companies and companies selling or transmitting gas or electricity, enabling counties to use those assessed values to collect local property taxes. These companies are commonly referred to as “state assessees” and their … Continue Reading

Section 501(c)(3) Organization Prohibited Political Activities

Political activities of charities and other types of exempt organizations frequently rise in prominence in presidential election years.  Not only is the IRS sensitive to political activities in a presidential election year, private organizations frequently monitor election activities of charities and may report to the IRS violations of the political activity prohibition.  Consequently, it is … Continue Reading

Uncertainty, COVID-19, and Estate Planning: A Unique Opportunity to Plan

The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has created personal uncertainty for many due to living in quarantine and apart from extended family members, and financial stress due to market volatility and the unclear future for some businesses. Yet, it may be a sensible time to engage in estate planning, not only because the pandemic has … Continue Reading

Now That I Have My Paycheck Protection Program Money, What Can I Do with It?

Q. Assuming I properly received PPP funds, what can I spend it on?  A. The allowable uses of PPP loan funds are as follows: 75% of the PPP loan funds must be used for payroll costs for U.S. resident employees (salaries are capped at $100,000 per employee), The remaining 25% may be spent on: Costs … Continue Reading

IRS Provides Procedural Relief to Real Estate Businesses with Respect to Their Interest Deduction Limitation

Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, the new Section 163(j) generally limits a taxpayer’s deduction of any business interest expense to 30% of the taxpayer’s adjusted taxable income (ATI) plus the taxpayer’s business interest income. However, certain real estate and farming businesses are permitted to make an irrevocable election to avoid the … Continue Reading

U.S. Federal Tax Changes in Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019

As part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) that was passed on March 27, 2020, important tax-related provisions were enacted into law relating to individuals, corporations, businesses, retirement plans, and nonprofits. In addition, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued relief measures regarding filing tax returns, payment of federal taxes, … Continue Reading

GT ALERT – States Revise 2019 Tax Filing Deadlines

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has extended the filing date for 2019 tax returns from April 15 to July 15.  Several states also have extended filing deadlines and payment due dates for 2019 tax returns because of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. To read the full alert, click here.… Continue Reading

GT ALERT – COVID-19’s Impact on California Property Tax Deadlines and Planning Considerations

The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis has raised questions and concerns about upcoming property tax payment and reporting deadlines in California and whether taxpayers may be entitled to any relief due to a decline in property values. The discussion below addresses these issues. April 10 Property Tax Payment Deadline California state legislators, the state controller, … Continue Reading

IRS Extends Income Tax Filing Deadline to July 15, 2020, and Removes Cap on Tax Payments Deferred to July 15, 2020

On March 20, 2020, the IRS issued Notice 2020-18, extending the April 15, 2020, due date for filing federal income tax returns and making federal income tax payments to July 15, 2020, for all affected taxpayers. IRS Notice 2020-18 supersedes IRS Notice 2020-17, which was issued two days earlier, on March 18, 2020, and provided for a … Continue Reading

Summary of Guidance on Section 45Q Carbon Tax Credits Under 2020 Notice and Revenue Procedure

On Feb. 19, 2020, the IRS released Notice 2020-12 and Revenue Procedure 2020-12 (together, the “Carbon Guidance”) which provide highly anticipated clarity on the Internal Revenue Code Section 45Q credit for carbon oxide sequestration. The Carbon Guidance provides details on determining when construction has begun on an eligible project, and valid partnership allocations (including a permissible partnership flip structure), … Continue Reading

IRS Takes First Steps to Implement Carbon Capture Tax Credit

On Feb. 19, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service released partial guidance on the implementation of section 45Q tax credits related to the capture and sequestration of carbon dioxide. The section 45Q tax credit was updated on Feb. 9, 2018, as part of the Bipartisan Budget Act (Pub. L. 115-123) to increase the amount of the … Continue Reading

IRS to Increase Enforcement Against Abusive Micro-Captive Insurance Transactions

Emboldened by significant victories in three Tax Court cases involving micro-captive insurance companies, on Jan. 31, 2020, the IRS announced that it is establishing 12 new examination teams to assist in the audits of abusive micro-captive insurance transactions. The IRS expects the audit teams to immediately begin new examinations that will impact several thousand taxpayers involved in … Continue Reading

2019 Tax Act Effects on Tax-Exempt Organizations; Required Section 501(c)(4) Notices

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act included a provision increasing taxes on tax-exempt organizations. New Internal Revenue Code Section 512(a)(7) required that tax-exempt organizations include in computing unrelated business taxable income any amount incurred by the tax-exempt organization (i) for any qualified transportation fringe benefit for an employee (generally, costs of mass transit passes and … Continue Reading

AB 5, California’s Gig-Work Law, Could Mean Inconsistent Federal and State Tax Treatment for Workers

On Sept. 18, 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill No. 5 (AB 5) into law in California. The landmark legislation, which came into effect Jan. 1, 2020, promises to significantly expand the number of workers treated as employees for state tax and labor purposes. Although the legislation was aimed at participants in the “gig … Continue Reading

Qualified Opportunity Zones – Final Treasury Regulations Released

On Dec. 19, the United States Department of the Treasury released final regulations related to investment in Qualified Opportunity Zones and Qualified Opportunity Funds (544 pages). These highly anticipated regulations and related guidance provide critical information to investors, Qualified Opportunity Funds (QOFs), and project sponsors/operators involved in real estate, venture capital, operating businesses, and project finance in Qualified Opportunity … Continue Reading

In the Zone: GT Qualified Opportunity Zone News – December 2019

Welcome to In the Zone: GT Qualified Opportunity Zone News. Our monthly digest of the latest federal and state developments in Qualified Opportunity Zones and Qualified Opportunity Funds and related Greenberg Traurig news and events will keep stakeholders apprised of the most pressing issues in this burgeoning space.… Continue Reading

Final IRS Guidance for Rental Deduction Still Leaves Triple Net Leases Out in the Cold

Many real estate investors hoping for clarity on whether they will be eligible for the tax break for pass-through entities under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) will be disappointed that guidance from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will not help much for projects leased on a triple-net basis. Read Marvin A. Kirsner’s article … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig’s Barbara Kaplan, Michelle Ferreira, and Jennifer Vincent Featured in Law360

Law360 recently published an article by Greenberg Traurig’s Barbara T. Kaplan, Michelle Ferreira, and Jennifer Vincent, titled “Prepare For Greater IRS Scrutiny On Conservation Easements.” While the Internal Revenue Service has been focused on syndicated conservation easements for over 10 years, earlier this year IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig announced several campaign issues on which the … Continue Reading

IRS Issues New Cryptocurrency Guidance

On Oct. 9, 2019, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released revenue ruling (Rev. Rul. 2019-24) and a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document, which provide additional guidance on the tax treatment and reporting obligations for transactions involving virtual currency (also known as cryptocurrency). This guidance supplements the original guidance that was issued in 2014 in the … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig Sponsors 2019 Samsung Gives Charity Gala

Greenberg Traurig recently sponsored the 2019 Samsung Gives Charity Gala in New York City. With hundreds of guests in attendance, including musicians, athletes, and celebrities, this program is dedicated to celebrating worthy causes, furthering community impact, and honoring organizations and the people who work so hard every single day to make the world a better place. … Continue Reading

IRS Offers Settlements to Some Micro-Captive Insurance Taxpayers

On Sept. 16, 2019, the IRS announced it is offering settlements to certain taxpayers with open audits of micro-captive insurance transactions. The IRS has targeted these micro-captive insurance transactions since 2014, and they were designated as transactions of interest in 2016.1 Although micro-captive insurance transactions have gained popularity among closely held entities, the IRS has challenged such … Continue Reading
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