Federal

  • July 12, 2024

    Former City Treasurer Gets 30 Months In $1M Embezzlement

    A former city treasurer in Alaska was sentenced to two and a half years in prison after having admitted to tax evasion and fraud in connection with a $1 million embezzlement scheme, according to Alaska federal court documents.

  • July 12, 2024

    7 Taxpayer Advocacy Panel Committees To Meet In August

    Seven of the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel's committees will hold public meetings in August focused on improving customer service at the Internal Revenue Service, the agency announced Friday.

  • July 12, 2024

    Weekly Internal Revenue Bulletin

    The Internal Revenue Service's weekly bulletin, issued Friday, included the reporting and recording obligations associated with the stock buyback excise tax.

  • July 11, 2024

    House GOP Urges USTR To Probe Canada Digital Services Tax

    The U.S. trade representative should immediately launch an investigation into Canada's recently enacted digital services tax and determine if trade actions are necessary to protect American interests, U.S. House Ways and Means Republicans said in a letter Thursday.

  • July 11, 2024

    Tax Court Denies Real Estate Loss Deduction To Builder

    The U.S. Tax Court said Thursday that it didn't believe a man who claimed to work an extra 48 hours a week beyond his regular full-time job to build a short-term rental property, denying him a $22,000 rental real estate loss deduction reserved for real estate professionals.

  • July 11, 2024

    ABA Attys Seek To Avoid Reporting Foreign Trust Loans

    The American Bar Association's tax, real estate and trust attorneys are seeking to prevent the U.S. Treasury Department from tightening reporting requirements for the exemption of loans from foreign trusts, which are often used by wealthy families and in succession planning, according to a consultation response.

  • July 11, 2024

    Railroad Benefits Are Taxable, Tax Court Says

    A retired railroad worker and his wife must include benefits from the Railroad Retirement Board in their taxable income, having failed to prove that the benefits are nontaxable due to their disabilities, the U.S. Tax Court ruled Thursday.

  • July 11, 2024

    Ex-Leaders Ask Biden For Int'l Coordination On Billionaire Tax

    President Joe Biden should get behind Brazil's proposal for the Group of 20 nations to coordinate a minimum tax on billionaires, nearly 20 former presidents and prime ministers from countries such as Canada, France and South Korea said in an open letter.

  • July 11, 2024

    IRS Proposes 'Basket Contracts' As Listed Transactions

    The Internal Revenue Service proposed rules Thursday that would flag so-called basket option contracts as potentially abusive listed transactions, imposing additional reporting requirements under the threat of penalty for individuals and businesses involved in such arrangements.

  • July 11, 2024

    Low-Speed EV Maker Sues Treasury Over Blocked Tax Credits

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury violated the Administrative Procedure Act when it passed final regulations excluding low-speed vehicles from qualifying for clean vehicle tax credits, a maker of low-speed electric cars told a D.C. federal court.

  • July 10, 2024

    Ex-VP Of Fla. Aerospace Co. Sentenced To Prison For Fraud

    The former vice president of a Miami-based aerospace company was sentenced to just over a year in federal prison after he pled guilty to fraud-related charges in connection to a scheme that involved embezzling millions of dollars and splitting the proceeds with a co-conspirator.

  • July 10, 2024

    Engineer Who Faced Export Charges Cops To Tax Counts

    A Chinese-born engineer has pled guilty to two counts of filing a false tax return related to allegations that he and his wife omitted gross income from their tax returns between 2015 and 2019, after Texas federal prosecutors initially charged the couple with export violations and fraud. 

  • July 10, 2024

    OECD Publishes Pillar 2 Technical Reporting Language Draft

    The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development published a draft of technical details required to digitally input and disseminate information required for Pillar Two global minimum tax returns Wednesday.

  • July 10, 2024

    Americans Overseas Ask for Clarity In Foreign Trust Regs

    An advocacy group representing U.S. citizens living abroad urged the U.S. Treasury Department to clarify proposed rules for reporting transactions with foreign trusts, contending that guidance should explain which common pension arrangements are exempt from disclosure obligations.  

  • July 10, 2024

    IRS Says Related Biz Arms Must Each Apply For Fuel Credit

    Two related business departments that are both clean fuel producers and that have their own employer identification numbers must each apply on their own for the clean fuel production credit, the Internal Revenue Service said in an FAQ released Wednesday.

  • July 10, 2024

    Chevron's End Won't Affect Cubs Sale Tax Suit, 7th Circ. Told

    An anti-abuse rule the IRS is using to push for taxes on gains from Tribune Media Co.'s sale of the Chicago Cubs is not threatened by the U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning the Chevron deference doctrine, an attorney for the IRS told the Seventh Circuit on Wednesday.

  • July 10, 2024

    IRS Issues Electricity Credit Reference Price For Wind

    The Internal Revenue Service released a 2024 reference price for determining the availability of the renewable electricity production credit for wind energy facilities in a notice issued Wednesday.

  • July 10, 2024

    House Dems Seek IRS Review Of Groups' Church Status

    A group of House Democratic lawmakers asked the Internal Revenue Service to review the tax exemptions of conservative advocacy groups that they contend have improperly received tax-exempt status as churches, according to a letter released Wednesday.

  • July 10, 2024

    5th Circ. Told 'Pay To Litigate' Rule Doesn't Bar Refund Suit

    A couple arguing the IRS failed to apply their tax overpayments to deficiencies claimed by the agency asked the Fifth Circuit to reverse a lower court's dismissal of their suit on the grounds that they hadn't paid their bill, saying the decision effectively asks them to pay twice.

  • July 09, 2024

    IRS Funding At Stake In 2025 Tax Cut Negotiations

    Lawmakers are girding for battle over the soon-to-expire individual tax cuts in the 2017 tax law, and IRS funding will be central to the debate at a time when the agency may be in need of additional resources due to changes in law.

  • July 09, 2024

    House Panel OKs Tax Breaks For More Education Expenses

    The House Ways and Means Committee sent several education-related tax bills to the full House of Representatives on Tuesday, including legislation that would make additional elementary and secondary school expenses eligible for tax-advantaged education savings accounts.

  • July 09, 2024

    Dems Request Special Counsel To Probe Justice Thomas Gifts

    Two Democratic senators have asked U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland to appoint a special counsel to investigate whether U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' failure to disclose various gifts received during his tenure on the high court amounts to chargeable ethics violations or tax crimes.

  • July 09, 2024

    IRS Errors Foul $51M Levy, Calif. Man's Estate Tells Tax Court

    The Internal Revenue Service made a slew of errors in determining a California man's estate faces a $46.2 million estate tax deficiency and a $4.6 million penalty, the estate's executor told the U.S. Tax Court.

  • July 09, 2024

    Veriwave Telco Faces FCC Action Over 'Tax Relief' Robocalls

    The Federal Communications Commission is moving to block robocalls about purported "tax relief" programs from a Delaware-based telecommunications company, announcing in an order Monday that Veriwave Telco had another 14 days to demonstrate compliance with the agency's rules or risk having downstream providers cut its traffic.

  • July 09, 2024

    Senate Tax Panel To Consider 3 Tax Court Nominees

    The Senate Finance Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing Wednesday to consider three U.S. Tax Court judge nominees, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., the panel's chairman, said in a statement Tuesday.

Featured Stories

  • 3 Defenses The IRS Can Fall Back On After Chevron's Demise

    Kat Lucero

    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to eliminate federal agencies' ability to rely on the 40-year-old Chevron doctrine to defend their interpretations of ambiguous laws will likely trigger more litigation against the IRS. But that doesn't mean the agency is completely defenseless against such suits. Here, Law360 explores three defense options for the IRS following Chevron's demise.

  • IRS Funding At Stake In 2025 Tax Cut Negotiations

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    Lawmakers are girding for battle over the soon-to-expire individual tax cuts in the 2017 tax law, and IRS funding will be central to the debate at a time when the agency may be in need of additional resources due to changes in law.

  • Continued Worker Credit Freeze Could Push Cos. To Court

    David van den Berg

    More employers tired of waiting for the Internal Revenue Service to process their employee retention credit refund claims could decide to go to court to force the government to review their submissions following the IRS announcing that a moratorium on processing new claims would remain in place.

Expert Analysis

  • States Should Loosen Law Firm Ownership Restrictions

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    Despite growing buzz, normalized nonlawyer ownership of law firms is a distant prospect, so the legal community should focus first on liberalizing state restrictions on attorney and firm purchases of practices, which would bolster succession planning and improve access to justice, says Michael Di Gennaro at The Law Practice Exchange.

  • After Chevron: Uniform Tax Law Interpretation Not Guaranteed

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    The loss of Chevron deference will significantly alter the relationship between the IRS, courts and Congress when it comes to tax law, potentially precipitating more transparent rulemaking, but also provoking greater uncertainty due to variability in judicial interpretation, say Michelle Levin and Carneil Wilson at Dentons.

  • Texas Ethics Opinion Flags Hazards Of Unauthorized Practice

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    The Texas Professional Ethics Committee's recently issued proposed opinion finding that in-house counsel providing legal services to the company's clients constitutes the unauthorized practice of law is a valuable clarification given that a UPL violation — a misdemeanor in most states — carries high stakes, say Hilary Gerzhoy and Julienne Pasichow at HWG.

  • How High Court Approached Time Limit On Reg Challenges

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Corner Post v. Federal Reserve Board effectively gives new entities their own personal statute of limitations to challenge rules and regulations, and Justice Brett Kavanaugh's concurrence may portend the court's view that those entities do not need to be directly regulated, say attorneys at Snell & Wilmer.

  • How To Clean Up Your Generative AI-Produced Legal Drafts

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    As law firms increasingly rely on generative artificial intelligence tools to produce legal text, attorneys should be on guard for the overuse of cohesive devices in initial drafts, and consider a few editing pointers to clean up AI’s repetitive and choppy outputs, says Ivy Grey at WordRake.

  • A Tale Of 2 Trump Cases: The Rule Of Law Is A Live Issue

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    The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision this week in Trump v. U.S., holding that former President Donald Trump has broad immunity from prosecution, undercuts the rule of law, while the former president’s New York hush money conviction vindicates it in eight key ways, says David Postel at Henein Hutchison.

  • Industry Self-Regulation Will Shine Post-Chevron

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's Loper decision will shape the contours of industry self-regulation in the years to come, providing opportunities for this often-misunderstood practice, says Eric Reicin at BBB National Programs.

  • 3 Ways Agencies Will Keep Making Law After Chevron

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    The U.S. Supreme Court clearly thinks it has done something big in overturning the Chevron precedent that had given deference to agencies' statutory interpretations, but regulated parties have to consider how agencies retain significant power to shape the law and its meaning, say attorneys at K&L Gates.

  • Atty Well-Being Efforts Ignore Root Causes Of The Problem

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    The legal industry is engaged in a critical conversation about lawyers' mental health, but current attorney well-being programs primarily focus on helping lawyers cope with the stress of excessive workloads, instead of examining whether this work culture is even fundamentally compatible with lawyer well-being, says Jonathan Baum at Avenir Guild.

  • Tracking Implementation Of IRA Programs As Election Nears

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    As the Biden administration races to cement key regulations implementing the Inflation Reduction Act, a number of the law's programs and incentives are at risk of delay or repeal if Republicans retake control of Congress, the White House or both — so stakeholders should closely watch ongoing IRA implementation and guidance, say attorneys at Squire Patton.

  • Unpacking The Circuit Split Over A Federal Atty Fee Rule

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    Federal circuit courts that have addressed Rule 41(d) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure are split as to whether attorney fees are included as part of the costs of a previously dismissed action, so practitioners aiming to recover or avoid fees should tailor arguments to the appropriate court, says Joseph Myles and Lionel Lavenue at Finnegan.

  • Takeaways From Justices' Redemption Insurance Decision

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    The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Connelly v. U.S. examines how to determine the fair market value of shares in a closely held company for estate tax purposes, and clarifies how life insurance held by the company to enable redemption of a decedent’s shares affects that calculation, says Evelyn Haralampu at Burns & Levinson.

  • 6 Tips For Maximizing After-Tax Returns In Private M&A Deals

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    With potential tax legislation likely to spur a surge in private business sales, sellers can make the most of after-tax proceeds with strategies that include price allocation and qualified investment options, say Isaac Grossman and Daniel Studin at Morrison Cohen.