Tag Archives: Taxes

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

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

Retailers Not Eligible for 100% Leasehold Improvement Write-Off Due to Legislative Glitch

The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act provided a 100% first year write-off for many types of capital expenditures. Congressional tax writers intended this benefit to be available for leasehold improvements, which would be a boon to retail and restaurant businesses and their landlords. Unfortunately, in the rush to get the tax bill pushed through, … Continue Reading

IRS Aims to Catch Up to Tech Advancements

Recently proposed IRS regulations would significantly affect tax on income from international cloud transactions and electronic transfers of digital content. Accordingly, CFOs should review the structure of agreements involving such transactions and transfers. Issued on Aug. 9, the proposed regulations represent an attempt by the IRS to catch up with technological advancements, two decades after … Continue Reading

In the Zone: GT Qualified Opportunity Zone News – July and August 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. President Trump’s Tweets Show Continued Strong Support … Continue Reading

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

29 GT New York Attorneys Listed in 2020 Edition of Best Lawyers in America, Including Barbara Kaplan as Lawyer of the Year

The New York office of global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP has 29 attorneys listed in the 2020 edition of Best Lawyers in America. Additionally, Tax Practice Co-Chair Barbara Kaplan was named “Lawyer of the Year” for Litigation and Controversy in Tax.  To read full press release, click here.… Continue Reading

Is the 2017 Tax Law the Reason Home Sales Are Not Booming?

Many blame rising home prices, construction and land costs, and a lack of inventory, but a large part of the reason for this disconnect between home sales and the economy may be due to changes in the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) that either reduced or eliminated the tax advantage of purchasing a … Continue Reading

2 Tax Updates from GT’s Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Newsletter – Spring/Summer 2019

IRS Warns Cryptocurrency Investors That They May Owe Tax Money The Internal Revenue Service announced on July 26 that it has begun sending letters to taxpayers with virtual currency (also known as cryptocurrency) transactions who potentially failed to report income on them and pay the resulting tax, and/or did not report their transactions properly. The … 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

In the Zone: GT Qualified Opportunity Zone News – June 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. AROUND D.C.: GT Client Kyle Walker (Principal, … 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

Highly Anticipated Qualified Opportunity Zone Proposed Treasury Regulations Released

On Wednesday, April 17, the United States Department of the Treasury released proposed regulations related to investment in Qualified Opportunity Zones and Qualified Opportunity Funds. The issuance of these highly anticipated regulations and related guidance will provide critical information to investors, Qualified Opportunity Funds, and project sponsors/operators involved in real estate, venture capital, operating business, … Continue Reading

In the Zone: GT Qualified Opportunity Zone News – March 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. Legislative Updates On Capitol Hill, Opportunity Zones … 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

Federal Individual Gift, Estate, and GST Exemptions Increase to $11.4 Million in 2019

IRS announces the 2019 inflation-adjusted figures for gift and estate tax exemption amounts. The federal gift, estate, and GST exemption amount ( the exemption amount) is the total amount that an individual may transfer during life, or at death, without incurring gift, estate, or generation-skipping transfer tax. The exemption amount is adjusted annually for inflation, … 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

IRS Issues Proposed Section 956 Regulations Relating to Foreign Subsidiary Guarantees and Stock Pledges

The Internal Revenue Service recently issued proposed regulations under Section 956 of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) that may allow foreign subsidiaries of U.S. multinational corporate borrowers to provide additional credit support to lenders without resulting in adverse U.S. federal income tax consequences. Although the proposed regulations may be relied upon by taxpayers for taxable … Continue Reading
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