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California Documentary Transfer Tax Litigation Update

California’s Documentary Transfer Tax Act (Rev. & Tax. Code §§ 11901, et seq.) is based upon the former federal Documentary Stamp Tax Act first enacted by Congress to raise revenues for the Spanish-American War.  The federal law was repealed, effective Jan. 1, 1968, and simultaneously California, like many other states, picked up the tax with … Continue Reading

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Disallows Deductions for Many Payments Due to Violation of Civil and Criminal Law

A provision in the new tax law greatly expands the scope of the disallowance of deductions for fines and penalties paid to government agencies. The new law disallows a tax deduction for any payment made to a government entity where the payment was made in relation to a violation of law or the investigation of … Continue Reading

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) Changes to Tax-Advantaged Bonds

The president signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the 2017 Tax Legislation) into law on Dec. 22, 2017.  The 2017 Tax Legislation made direct changes to the tax rules for tax-advantaged bonds, including eliminating advance refunding bonds and tax-credit bonds, and made other changes that will indirectly effect tax-advantage bonds, including reducing corporate tax … Continue Reading

IRS Announces February 2018 Applicable Federal Rates and 7520 Rates

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) publishes a monthly update to the applicable federal rates (AFRs) and 7520 rates. Planning professionals and their clients should take note of fluctuations in these rates and be mindful of planning opportunities that come with rate changes. The AFR is calculated by the IRS under Section 1274(d) of the Internal … Continue Reading

Maryland Reduces Evidentiary Requirements to Exempt Primary Residence of Domestic Partners from Inheritance Tax

On May 4, 2017, Maryland’s Governor signed into law H.B. No. 1104, effective July 1, 2017, reducing the evidentiary documentation required from domestic partners to evidence the qualification of their joint primary residence for the Maryland inheritance tax exemption. Maryland law provides that, in a domestic partnership, the inheritance tax will not apply to the … Continue Reading

IRS Temporarily Halts PLRs on Certain GST Tax Issues

On March 3, 2017, Melissa C. Liquerman, a branch chief for the IRS Office of Chief Counsel, announced at the Federal Bar Association Tax Law Conference that, due to “budget cuts and prolonged strain on agency resources,” the IRS is temporarily suspending the issuance of private letter rulings (PLRs) relating to certain generation-skipping transfer (GST) … Continue Reading

California Court of Appeal Holds Passive LLC Interest Does Not Create Nexus

A non-California corporation’s only connection with California was its passive minority interest in a limited liability company (LLC) that was doing business in California. The California Court of Appeal held that this limited connection was not sufficient to subject the out of state corporation to California’s Corporation Franchise Tax. All taxpayers that have filed and … Continue Reading

The Unwanted IRS Time Machine – Is Your Gift Tax Return Actually Done?

Taxpayers may assume that once a gift tax return is filed, they can sit back and avoid worrying about the IRS making adjustments once the general three-year statute of limitations has passed. But the IRS has a powerful “rewind-the-clock” tool that taxpayers may inadvertently trigger if they aren’t careful when preparing any filed gift tax … Continue Reading

2017 Federal Tax Inflation Adjustments

Each year, the IRS makes inflation adjustments to numerous thresholds, exemptions, exclusions, and other amounts that affect various tax calculations under the Internal Revenue Code. For example, annual inflation adjustments apply to the standard deductions available to taxpayers for income tax purposes, the filing thresholds for each income tax bracket, the amount available for annual … Continue Reading

IRS Defines ‘Spouse,’ ‘Husband,’ ‘Wife,’ and ‘Marriage’ for Tax Purposes

The IRS recently issued final regulations, effective as of Sept. 2, 2016, providing gender-neutral definitions of “spouse,” “husband,” and “wife,” and clarifying the definition of “marriage” for federal income, transfer, and employment tax purposes. Under the new final regulation section 301.7701-18(c), a marriage (same-sex or opposite-sex) will be recognized for federal tax purposes if it is … Continue Reading

Jon Forster and Scott Meza Participated in the GT co-hosted Presentation ‘Preparing For An Exit: What CEOs and CFOs Need to Know (and Do)’

Northern Virginia Greenberg Traurig Shareholders, Jon Forster and Scott Meza, participated as panelists in the program titled, “Preparing For An Exit: What CEOs and CFOs Need to Know (and Do)” on Nov. 2, 2016, in McLean, VA. Greenberg Traurig was a co-sponsor of this program. The program focused on specific elements of a successful M&A … Continue Reading
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