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from milan to mumbai

from milan to mumbai

Post and riposte from a resolutely cranky but creative law professor, emphasizing international and comparative tax law... by Michael Livingston

http://mikelivingston.blogspot.com/
  • Nov 8

    welcome back and thoughts on the election

    welcome back and thoughts on the election
    I’m reviving my blog to make a couple of comments about the election and because I’ll be traveling again soon, always a good time for posting.   Some of these are comments I’ve already posted on Facebook et al.   Here we…
  • Dec 29

    The Travails of the "Ultra-Orthodox"

    The Travails of the "Ultra-Orthodox"
    Stories have been floating around the international media about various outrages attributed to Haredim or "ultra-orthodox" Jews in Jerusalem and other cities.   These include forced segregation of men and women on buses, efforts to keep…
  • Nov 28

    Israel: my last few day

    Israel: my last few day
    My class is over and I'm using the last three days to see parts of Israel that I might otherwise miss.   Last night I headed to Jerusalem for a workshop at the Van Leer Institute on Arab and Jewish demography, not normally one of my core…
Rank this Week: 1759

Tax Information for People with…

Tax Information for People with Disabilities by Paul Nidich, J.D., LL.M.

Covers tax matters affecting people with disabilities. By Paul Nidich.

http://paulnidich.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 1763

New York Trusts & Estates Law…

New York Trusts & Estates Law Blog

Covers New York wills, trusts, estates, and elder law. By Saul Elnadav.

http://trustsestateslaw.com
Rank this Week: 1828

ISU CALT Articles

ISU CALT Articles

Covers key issues in agricultural law and taxation, including federal and state legal opinions and critical legislative developments. From Iowa State University's Center for Agricultural Law & Taxation.

http://www.calt.iastate.edu/article
  • Aug 27

    Prior Converted Cropland: a 2015 Review

    Prior Converted Cropland: a 2015 Review
    Overview There has been a lot of discussion lately about clean water. Barring a last-hour injunction, the new Clean Water Rule promulgated by the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will go into effect Friday, August 28.[i] As…
  • Aug 27

    FAA Streamlines Exemption Process for UAV

    FAA Streamlines Exemption Process for UAV
    Overview Six months ago we explained the new rules the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had just proposed for integrating small commercial unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or “drones” into U.S. airspace. These rules, if…
  • Aug 13

    Iowa Court Says Landlord Failed to Prove Oral Crop Share Agreement

    Iowa Court Says Landlord Failed to Prove Oral Crop Share Agreement
    “My handshake is my word” is an admirable philosophy. We should all hope to deal with people true to their word. Even when uttered with the greatest sincerity, however, “my handshake is my word” is not an admirable…
Rank this Week: 3127

Florida Tax Lawyer Blog

Florida Tax Lawyer Blog

Covers tax law. By Gerald Donnini.

http://www.floridataxlawyer-blog.com/
  • Aug 26

    Colorado - Blunt Wraps are Not Tobacco Product

    Colorado - Blunt Wraps are Not Tobacco Product
    In December 2006, the Colorado Department of Revenue ("DOR"), on its own volition, unilaterally decided to increase their revenue stream by taxing more tobacco products. Taxpayers were given an FYI Notice stating that all products containing…
  • Aug 6

    Holiday in August! - FL DOR Sales Tax Holiday Has Arrived!

    Holiday in August! - FL DOR Sales Tax Holiday Has Arrived!
    With the every-so-exciting Florida Sales Tax Holiday ("Holiday") running August 7th through August 16th, all Floridians must become knowledgeable so that we can maximize our savings as buyers. The Holiday does not solely apply to Parents and…
  • Jul 29

    E-Cigs: How Should They Be Taxed?

    E-Cigs: How Should They Be Taxed?
    As an avid sports fan and season ticket holder, I have now become more accustomed to seeing fellow fans smoking vapor products--a battery powered pen-like device that heats liquid nicotine into vapor-in the stadium seats. While some may…
Rank this Week: 2982

IRS Report Card

IRS Report Card

Comments of a 30-Year Former IRS Insider. By Mopsick Tax Law, LLP.

http://mopsicktaxlaw.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 26

    THE FREE LUNCH EMPLOYEE BENEFIT DEBATE: CHANGES AHEAD AT THE GOOGLEPLEX?

    THE FREE LUNCH EMPLOYEE BENEFIT DEBATE: CHANGES AHEAD AT THE GOOGLEPLEX?
    By Steven J. Mopsick and Allison Ornelaz*A hot topic buzzing around Silicon Valley’s tech companies lately is the uncertainty over whether the IRS will tighten the rules regarding free meals some hi-tech companies offer their employees…
  • Aug 20

    IRS Tries to Simplify Filing Date

    IRS Tries to Simplify Filing Date
    By Allison Ornelaz, Assistant to Steven Mopsick The CPA and tax community are celebrating the recent passing of H.R. 3236, the Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015, because it has changed the due…
  • Aug 14

    Steven Mopsick and Ryan Carrere Recognized in Northern California Magazine

    Steven Mopsick and Ryan Carrere Recognized in Northern California Magazine
    Mopsick Tax Law, LLP is pleased to announce the recognition of Steve Mopsick and Ryan Carrere in local magazines.  Steven Mopsick was named as one of the top tax attorneys in Sacramento Magazine’s Top Lawyers List 2015. A number…
Rank this Week: 3528

Law Blog Switzerland

Law Blog Switzerland

Swiss blawg covering a broad range of Swiss and international laws.

http://www.lawblogswitzerland.ch
  • Aug 26

    Teilrevision Radio- und Fernsehverordnung (RTVV): BAKOM eröffnet öffentliche Anhörung

    Teilrevision Radio- und Fernsehverordnung (RTVV): BAKOM eröffnet öffentliche Anhörung
    Am 25. August 2015 eröffnete das BAKOM die öffentliche Anhörung zu den Ausführungsbestimmungen in der Radio- und Fernsehverordnung (vgl. Entwurf RTVV-Revision). Die RTVV sieht u.a. folgende Neuerungen vor: Modalitäten…
  • Aug 22

    Neuerungen für Immobilienmakler geplant

    Neuerungen für Immobilienmakler geplant
    Am 12. August 2015 hat der Bundesrat die Vernehmlassung zur Umsetzung der Motion Pelli (13.3728) eröffnet. Die Vorlage sieht vor, dass Maklerprovisionen aus der Grundstückvermittlungen zukünftig am Wohnsitz bzw. Sitz der…
  • Aug 7

    Doppelbesteuerungsabkommen mit Liechtenstein unterzeichnet

    Doppelbesteuerungsabkommen mit Liechtenstein unterzeichnet
    Bei ihrem letzten Arbeitsbesuch in Liechtenstein hat Bundesrätin Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf zusammen mit dem Regierungschef des Fürstentums, Adrian Hasler, u.a. ein umfassendes Doppelbesteuerungsabkommen (DBA) zwischen der Schweiz und…
Rank this Week: 3162

PVW Tax & Business Law Blog

PVW Tax & Business Law Blog

Covers issues that concern business entities, taxation, and employment law. By Parsonage Vandenack Williams LLC.

http://www.pvwtaxandbusinesslaw.wordpress.com/
  • Aug 26

    2015 Changes to Nebraska Sales and Use Tax

    2015 Changes to Nebraska Sales and Use Tax
    The Nebraska Legislature has made several changes to the sales and use tax. Starting in 2016, zoo admissions and memberships will be exempt from sales tax. The Nebraska Legislature enacted LB 419, a sales and use tax exemption…
  • Aug 18

    IRS Prepares Forms and Instructions for Employer Mandate Reporting under Obamacare

    IRS Prepares Forms and Instructions for Employer Mandate Reporting under Obamacare
    Starting in 2016, all “Applicable Large Employers”–meaning those with 50 or more employees—will need to file reports with the IRS regarding whether minimum essential healthcare coverage has been made available to…
  • Aug 14

    IRS Warns of Tax Scam

    IRS Warns of Tax Scam
    On August 7, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued a warning to all taxpayers about recent tax scams. There are reports of nearly 4,000 victims and over $20 million in financial losses caused by the scams. Most of the…
Rank this Week: 2951

Accel Tax Blog

Accel Tax Blog

Covers tax law news and tax planning for individuals and businesses.

http://www.acceltaxandbusiness.com/blog.php
Rank this Week: 3280

A Taxing Blog

A Taxing Blog

By Professor Victor Fleischer.

http://victorfleischer.com
Rank this Week: 4712

Tax, Trust and Estate News

Tax, Trust and Estate News

Covers federal and state income taxes, and business taxes. By Scarinci Hollenbeck.

http://taxtrustestatenews.com/
  • Aug 25

    New Treasury Regulations May Limit Transfer Tax Saving

    New Treasury Regulations May Limit Transfer Tax Saving
    The Treasury Department proposed new regulations that may impose limitations on transfer tax savings for corporate, partnership and limited liability company agreement provisions between family members. Proposed provisions for the transfer…
  • Aug 22

    Congress Increases Tax Return Penalties for Inaccurate Information

    Congress Increases Tax Return Penalties for Inaccurate Information
    Last week, the IRS passed stiffer penalties for inaccurate information on tax returns to be filed after Dec. 31, 2015. In the new legislation, penalties have more than doubled for failure to file accurate information on returns or payee…
  • Aug 20

    No Business Deductions for Legal Medical Marijuana Dispensary

    No Business Deductions for Legal Medical Marijuana Dispensary
    Last week, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that medical marijuana dispensaries cannot claim business expenses to the IRS as other commercial enterprises. According to Forbes, the decision is considered a financial setback for…
Rank this Week: 3565

Barbeau, Evans & Goldstein Law…

Barbeau, Evans & Goldstein Law Blog

Covers business law, tax, and international law.

http://beg-law.com/lawblog/
  • Aug 24

    Isn’t Uber Green Enough?

    Isn’t Uber Green Enough?
    This article examines the legal issues of car share service Uber, in Vancouver. The post Isn’t Uber Green Enough? appeared first on Barbeau, Evans & Goldstein - Law Blog.
  • Aug 24

    Stricter Enforcement Regime Planned for Non-­Resident Buyers of Australian Homes – A Precursor to What Might Happen in Canada

    Stricter Enforcement Regime Planned for Non-­Resident Buyers of Australian Homes – A Precursor to What Might Happen in Canada
    The Australian government is to introduce stricter enforcement of the rules controlling non-­residents' purchases of residential property. Is this a precursor of what might happen in Canada. The post Stricter Enforcement Regime Planned…
  • Aug 24

    US Limited Liability Limited Partnerships (“LLLPs”)

    US Limited Liability Limited Partnerships (“LLLPs”)
    This article addresses the question of characterization of US LLLP, by setting out the principles that it would rely on, to make that characterization. The post US Limited Liability Limited Partnerships (“LLLPs”) appeared first…
Rank this Week: 2614

The Ag Docket

The Ag Docket

Offers a perspective on current agricultural law issues. By the Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation at Iowa State University.

http://www.calt.iastate.edu/blogpost
  • Aug 21

    With Warranties and the Discovery Rule, Details Matter

    With Warranties and the Discovery Rule, Details Matter
    It’s a rather small detail, but those small details often make all the difference when it comes to litigation. And that’s what happened in a recent case from the Iowa Court of Appeals. The court explained that the limitations…
  • Aug 20

    That Liability Policy May Not Cover What You Think It Doe

    That Liability Policy May Not Cover What You Think It Doe
    The Iowa Court of Appeals recently issued an opinion demonstrating a sometimes misunderstood feature of an occurrence-based liability policy: Insurance coverage ends when the policy lapses. In other words, if a business owner is covered by a…
  • Aug 12

    Remember the September 1 Lease Termination Notice Deadline

    Remember the September 1 Lease Termination Notice Deadline
    Perhaps the most misunderstood portion of Iowa farm lease law is that governing the proper termination of a lease. Iowa law is unique in that under Iowa Code §562.6, a farm lease renews automatically—under the same terms and…
Rank this Week: 2965

MW Attorneys Blog

MW Attorneys Blog

Covers tax news and tips. By Montgomery & Wetenkamp.

http://www.mwattorneys.com/blog/
  • Aug 20

    Initial Estimates from May Data Breach were Low

    Initial Estimates from May Data Breach were Low
    It seems there was good reason for downplaying May’s security breach in the IRS “Get Transcript” application.  It really was quite a bit worse than they had described it back in May.  The breach was first described…
  • Aug 10

    IRS Impersonators Have New Trick

    IRS Impersonators Have New Trick
    Scam artists, posing as IRS agents, who contact innocent taxpayers out of the blue and demand payment on tax bills that don’t exist are getting more crafty and casting a bigger net these days. For at least the past few … Continue…
  • Jul 29

    Commissioner Koskinen Asked to Resign

    Commissioner Koskinen Asked to Resign
    IRS Commissioner, John Koskinen, has been on the job for only a couple years, but he was brought in at a very difficult time for the agency. He was appointed by Pres. Obama and given the task of cleaning things … Continue reading…
Rank this Week: 3721

Palo Alto Estate Planning Blog

Palo Alto Estate Planning Blog

Covers tax planning, estate planning, trusts, wills and charitable giving. By Finch Montgomery Wright LLP.

http://www.paloaltoestateplanninglawyerblog.com/
Rank this Week: 3986

Wagenmaker and Oberly - Nonprofit…

Wagenmaker and Oberly - Nonprofit Update

Covers compliance issues, tax exemption, real estate, intellectual property and charitable fundraising issues affecting nonprofits.

http://wagenmakerlaw.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 19

    Politics Run Amok? Issue Advocacy and Democracy, Wisconsin Style

    Politics Run Amok? Issue Advocacy and Democracy, Wisconsin Style
    Politics Run Amok?  Issue Advocacy and Democracy, Wisconsin Style  A long-standing criminal prosecution of “John Doe” targets finally ended with a massive court decision that harshly criticized both the blatant…
  • Aug 11

    Congress Approves Form 990 6-Month Auto-Extension

    Congress Approves Form 990 6-Month Auto-Extension
    Nonprofits: mark your calendars for 2016 – well, actually soon thereafter.  Starting with tax years that begin after December 31, 2015, IRS Form 990 filings will be eligible for a longer automatic extension of the submission…
  • Aug 7

    New Rules for “Exempt” Employee

    New Rules for “Exempt” Employee
    More employees may soon qualify for overtime. In newly proposed rules under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Obama Administration aims to substantially increase the minimum salary requirements for qualification as an…
Rank this Week: 3305

Moses & Moses Law Blog

Moses & Moses Law Blog

A corporate, family and tax law blog. By Moses & Moses, P.C.

http://www.mosespc.com/blog/
  • Aug 19

    New Act Changes Corporate Filing Deadlines and Extension Deadlines for Return

    New Act Changes Corporate Filing Deadlines and Extension Deadlines for Return
    On July 31, 2015, President Obama signed into law P.L. 114-41, the “Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015.” Although this new law was primarily designed as a 3-month stopgap extension of…
  • Jul 31

    Baby Boomers in a Good Place

    Baby Boomers in a Good Place
    A recent article in The New York Times talked about how many Americans 65 years of age and older are managing just fine in this economy. They are doing better than seniors in prior generations. These are mostly middle class seniors who are…
  • Jun 22

    The Magic of a Revocable Living Trust

    The Magic of a Revocable Living Trust
    The Magic of a Revocable Living Trust By: Anne R. Moses Do you want to leave a very special gift for your family when you pass? This is a gift that they will bless you for. I am talking about the Revocable Living Trust (Trust) that, if drawn…
Rank this Week: 2590

Taxing Tech

Taxing Tech

Covers state taxation of emerging technologies. By Reed Smith LLP.

http://www.taxingtech.com/
  • Aug 19

    Los Angeles Settles Disputed Phone Tax for $92.5M

    Los Angeles Settles Disputed Phone Tax for $92.5M
    Recently, a class of plaintiffs settled with City of Los Angeles over its alleged unlawful collection of telephone utility user tax (UUT). The class alleged that the Los Angeles Municipal Code exempted from UUT all amounts not subject to…
  • Aug 16

    Montana: OTCs Subject to Retroactive Sales Tax Assessment

    Montana: OTCs Subject to Retroactive Sales Tax Assessment
    Recently, the Montana Supreme Court ruled 5-to-2 that online travel companies (OTCs) were subject to sales tax under the existing sales tax statute. Furthermore, their liability is retroactive to November of 2010. However, the OTCs were not…
  • Jul 10

    Alabama Remains Sweet Home for Streaming Content

    Alabama Remains Sweet Home for Streaming Content
    Recently, a coalition of legislators and advocacy groups prevented the Alabama Department Revenue from imposing sales tax on streaming content.  The Department proposed to amend Administrative Code Rule 810-6-5-.09 to include…
Rank this Week: 4061

Nonprofit and Exempt Organization…

Nonprofit and Exempt Organization Blog

Focused on nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations, with an emphasis on federal tax and Minnesota nonprofit legal issues. By Robertson Law Office.

http://www.robertsonlawofficellc.com/Blog/
  • Aug 18

    The National Taxpayer Advocate Continues to Criticize the 1023-EZ

    The National Taxpayer Advocate Continues to Criticize the 1023-EZ
    In mid-July, the National Taxpayer Advocate’s office released the Fiscal Year 2016 Objectives Report to Congress, in which the National Taxpayer Advocate, Nina Olson, continued to criticize the use of the Form 1023-EZ to obtain…
  • Apr 14

    Cautionary Tale - Liability for Breach of Fiduciary Dutie

    Cautionary Tale - Liability for Breach of Fiduciary Dutie
    A recent decision by the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals is raising some eyebrows and hopefully causing some directors and officers of nonprofit corporations to think twice before taking a casual approach to their duties.  The Court in In…
  • Mar 2

    Federal Tax Exemption and Sports Organization

    Federal Tax Exemption and Sports Organization
    Almost everyone intersects at some point in their life with a nonprofit organization that provides access to opportunities for children or adults to learn and play sports.  As many folks may be aware due to recent media coverage, even…
Rank this Week: 4011

Maryland Business Litigation…

Maryland Business Litigation Lawyer Blog

Covers taxes and business law. By Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin and White.

http://www.marylandbusinesslitigationlawyerblog.com/
  • Aug 17

    COSA Finds No Error in Negligence Jury Instruction

    COSA Finds No Error in Negligence Jury Instruction
    Governments and businesses know – or at least they should – that there’s a difference between being vicariously liable and being directly negligent. Jurors may not, however, so how carefully should the distinction be…
  • May 30

    Won't Get Fooled Again: Changes to Appellate Font and Spacing Rule

    Won't Get Fooled Again: Changes to Appellate Font and Spacing Rule
    We all know the little tricks to stuffing the most content into the allotted number of pages of your appellate brief (currently 50 for the Court of Appeals and 35 for the Court of Special Appeals) – decreasing the line spacing,…
  • Apr 22

    Time Is On (Your) Side: A Proposed Change to Maryland Appellate Rule 8-412(c)

    Time Is On (Your) Side: A Proposed Change to Maryland Appellate Rule 8-412(c)
    As the appellant in the Maryland appellate courts, when should you file your brief? Currently, it’s within 40 days after the clerk notifies you that the court has filed the record. Sounds easy enough, except the current Maryland Rules…
Rank this Week: 4022

Tax Trials

Tax Trials

Covers decisions and developments in federal and state taxation. By Asbury Law Firm.

http://taxtrials.com/
  • Aug 17

    Marijuana Dispensary’s Deductions go Up in Smoke

    Marijuana Dispensary’s Deductions go Up in Smoke
    In an opinion that would make Willie Nelson shake his head, the Tax Court held that a taxpayer was not entitled to deduct business expenses related to his “Health Care” business (read: medical marijuana dispensary).  The…
  • Jul 30

    Georgia DOR Releases Guidance for Same-Sex Couples Filing in Georgia

    Georgia DOR Releases Guidance for Same-Sex Couples Filing in Georgia
    On July 14, 2015, the Georgia Department of Revenue (“DOR”) released tax return filing guidance guidance for same-sex couples in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U.S. ___ (2015)…
  • Jul 27

    Avengers Assemble: Tax Court Takes on Marvel’s Tax Attribute

    Avengers Assemble: Tax Court Takes on Marvel’s Tax Attribute
    It’s really hard to not take the opportunity to blog about the world’s greatest superhero franchise. Despite the tag line, this case might be better described as Avengers Disassemble, because that’s what Marvel wanted to do…
Rank this Week: 3862

Canadian Tax Litigation

Canadian Tax Litigation

Covers Canadian tax litigation developments. By FMC Law.

http://www.canadiantaxlitigation.com/
  • Aug 14

    Beware of Telephone Tax Scam

    Beware of Telephone Tax Scam
    Several clients have contacted me in recent weeks after receiving telephone calls from individuals who claim to be from the Canada Revenue Agency. Typically, the caller will provide his name, an employee ID, a CRA office address and telephone…
  • Aug 4

    FCA Dismisses Appeal of Revocation of Charity Statu

    FCA Dismisses Appeal of Revocation of Charity Statu
    In Public Television Association of Quebec v. M.N.R. (2015 FCA 170), the Federal Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal by the Public Television Association of Quebec (“PTAQ”) of the CRA’s decision to revoke PTAQ’s…
  • Jul 31

    SCC Dismisses Appeal in Tax Advisor Penalty Case

    SCC Dismisses Appeal in Tax Advisor Penalty Case
    The Supreme Court of Canada has dismissed the appeal of the taxpayer and determined that the tax advisor penalty in section 163.2 of the Income Tax Act is administrative in nature. The Court’s 4-3 decision in Guindon v. The Queen…
Rank this Week: 3865

Kentucky Estate, Probate and Tax…

Kentucky Estate, Probate and Tax Law Blog

Covers estate planning and tax law. By English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley LLP.

http://www.mykentuckyestateattorney.com/
  • Aug 14

    Moving South doesn’t mean you outrun high estate taxe

    Moving South doesn’t mean you outrun high estate taxe
    By Nathan Vinson, Attorney English, Lucas, Priest and Owsley Ah, Florida. It calls to retirees like the mythical siren calls to sailors. Warm weather, year-round golf, palm trees on every corner, not a flake of snow and the promise of lower…
  • Aug 4

    A couple’s marital status determines who gets the estate

    A couple’s marital status determines who gets the estate
    By Nathan Vinson, Attorney English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley, LLP Facebook has a neat little box that you can check to indicate your relationship status. There are some options that are clear cut – or at least seem to be: married,…
  • Jul 21

    Same Sex Marriage and Tax Law

    Same Sex Marriage and Tax Law
    By Nathan Vinson, Attorney  English, Lucas, Priest and Owsley, LLP As early as 2000, states began grappling with the issue of same sex marriage. Some states allowed unions. Some allowed marriage. Some didn’t allow either. Now, with…
Rank this Week: 2919

Tax Equity Telegraph

Tax Equity Telegraph

Addresses the intersection of tax policy and energy policy in the United States. By Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

http://www.akingump.com/en/experience/practices/global-project-finance/tax-equity-telegraph/index.html
  • Aug 10

    Colorado Makes Tax Credits Refundable for Certain Renewable Energy Project

    Colorado Makes Tax Credits Refundable for Certain Renewable Energy Project
    Here is a link to a North American Windpower article that David Burton and Richard Page published that discusses rules enacted in Colorado to provide for an election for tax credits for renewable energy projects in “enterprise…
  • Jul 30

    Iowa Modifies its Renewable Energy Tax Credit Regime

    Iowa Modifies its Renewable Energy Tax Credit Regime
    The governor of Iowa has signed into law House File 645 (the “Act”) modifying statutory provisions related to Iowa’s renewable energy tax credits, effective June 26, 2015.1 There are four primary changes, three of which are…
  • Jul 20

    Small Wind Industry Given Grace Period for Compliance with IRS Engineering Standard

    Small Wind Industry Given Grace Period for Compliance with IRS Engineering Standard
    On July 14, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published Notice 2015-51, which postpones the effective date of safety and performance standards mandated by Notice 2015-4. The standards in Notice 2015-4 originally applied to small…
Rank this Week: 3310

Kevin A. Pollock BLAWG

Kevin A. Pollock BLAWG

Covers wills, trusts & estates, guardianships, tax and asset protection planning.

http://willstrustsestates.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 10

    New York Reserves Right to Subject Real Estate Owned By Single Member LLC to Estate Tax

    New York Reserves Right to Subject Real Estate Owned By Single Member LLC to Estate Tax
    In a recent New York tax advisory opinion, TSB-A-15(1)M, the Commissioner of Tax and Finance stated that if a single member LLC owns an interest in New York real property, that property can be subject to the New York estate tax upon the death…
  • Aug 9

    Moving Office Location and Adding Franklyn Z. Aronson as Of Counsel

    Moving Office Location and Adding Franklyn Z. Aronson as Of Counsel
    We are pleased to announce that Franklyn Z. Aronson, Esq. has joined our firm as Of Counsel.  Mr. Aronson's practices in the area of Wills, Trusts and Estates and Small Business Law.Additionally, we have moved our New Jersey offices from…
  • May 26

    Japan Institutes Exit Tax

    Japan Institutes Exit Tax
    Effective July 1, 2015, Japan will institute an "Exit Tax" on Japanese residents.  If a Japanese resident has lived in Japan for 5 of the last 10 years and then moves to another country (or gives up residence), the Exit Tax will create a…
Rank this Week: 3288

Philadelphia Estate and Tax…

Philadelphia Estate and Tax Attorney Blog

Focuses on income, estate and gift tax matters, estate planning and probate administration. By Steven J. Fromm.

http://frommtaxes.wordpress.com/
Rank this Week: 3867

Oregon Debt Relief Weblawg

Oregon Debt Relief Weblawg

Covers bankruptcy and federal and state tax matters. By Kent Anderson.

http://www.eugenebankruptcylawyer.com/blog
  • Aug 4

    Food Trucks in a Denver Park

    Food Trucks in a Denver Park
    While in Denver to attend the IRS Nationwide Tax Forum, I went out for lunch. The hotel concierge told me of an event held in a local park with 30 different food trucks. This fit my interest in the unique and unusual. The trucks at the…
  • Jul 31

    Employer Alert: Take Care To Avoid ACA Pitfall

    Employer Alert: Take Care To Avoid ACA Pitfall
    If you are an employer, you’re aware of the confusion surrounding the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). While many of the ACA’s provisions apply only to large employers (those with 50 or more full-time…
  • Jul 14

    Ninth Circuit Denies Deductions For Marijuana Businesse

    Ninth Circuit Denies Deductions For Marijuana Businesse
    Oregon has joined the growing list of states that have legalized the sale of marijuana, but that doesn’t mean pot dealers can light up and relax. Marijuana sales may be legal in the state, but it is firmly established that Internal…
Rank this Week: 4930

Global Tax Enforcement

Global Tax Enforcement

Presents commentary on tax enforcement, news and developments. By Baker Hostetler.

http://www.globaltaxenforcement.com/
  • Jul 30

    “Unclean Hands” Prevent UBS and Birkenfeld from Recovering Damages from Olenicoff for Malicious Prosecution

    “Unclean Hands” Prevent UBS and Birkenfeld from Recovering Damages from Olenicoff for Malicious Prosecution
    On July 23, 2015, the Superior Court in Orange County, California, dismissed a lawsuit brought by UBS and joined by whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld against former UBS customer Igor Olenicoff. The suit alleged malicious prosecution arising…
  • Jun 1

    Global Tax Enforcement in 2015: What You Need to Know

    Global Tax Enforcement in 2015: What You Need to Know
    Tax fraud occurs on a considerable scale that can exceed law enforcement’s ability to detect and punish the conduct. This is true at both the federal and state levels. As of 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) and the…
  • Apr 29

    IRS Publishes Proposed Regulations for Hedge Fund Reinsurance Arrangement

    IRS Publishes Proposed Regulations for Hedge Fund Reinsurance Arrangement
    In April 24’s Federal Register, the IRS released proposed regulations (REG-108214-15) to restrict when a foreign insurance company’s income can be excluded as passive income by giving a more strict definition for the “active…
Rank this Week: 3449

Seay Law Firm Blog

Seay Law Firm Blog

Covers Texas tax law.

http://www.seaytaxlaw.com/blog/
  • Jul 29

    Court of Appeals Rules No Three-Factor Apportionment, Texas Franchise Tax Is Not an Income Tax

    Court of Appeals Rules No Three-Factor Apportionment, Texas Franchise Tax Is Not an Income Tax
    The Texas Third Court of Appeals issued its opinion yesterday in Graphic Packaging Corp. v. Hegar, No. 03-14-00197-CV.   It ruled that taxpayers may not choose to use the Multistate Tax Compact’s three-factor apportionment…
  • Jun 30

    Texas Legislative Recap for State and Local Taxes 2015

    Texas Legislative Recap for State and Local Taxes 2015
    While the 2015 Texas Legislature gave taxpayers a significant franchise tax (margin tax) rate cut and repealed some smaller taxes (some of which had not been collected in years), it otherwise left much of the Texas tax code otherwise…
  • Mar 5

    Supreme Court rules in state tax case

    Supreme Court rules in state tax case
    The United States Supreme Court recently decided Direct Marketing Association v. Brohl, a state tax case. In it, the Supreme Court ruled that a challenge in federal court to Colorado’s so-called “Amazon law” could go…
Rank this Week: 3939

Tax Crisis Institute

Tax Crisis Institute

This blog is all about tax troubles with the IRS and how to avoid them.

http://www.taxcrisisinstitute.com/blog/
  • Jul 17

    The Administrative Summon

    The Administrative Summon
    A person represented by counsel may be required to attend an interview if summoned to do so. An Administrative Summons is issued under authority of IRC section 7602. Thus, even...
  • Jul 15

    The IRS and Your Right to Representation

    The IRS and Your Right to Representation
    The Internal Revenue Code makes it clear that any time you are dealing with the IRS, you have the right to representation in connection with contact with any employee or...
  • Jul 6

    IRAs and Tax Debt

    IRAs and Tax Debt
    Lately, the IRS has shown an increased willingness to seize IRAs and retirement accounts to pay delinquent tax debts. These deplorable levies are genuinely frightening to a retiree who cannot...
Rank this Week: 2734

Bankruptcy Law Blog

Bankruptcy Law Blog

Covers bankruptcy law, debt counseling, tax resolution, and IRS audit help. By John D. Faucher.

http://johndfaucher.com/blog/
  • Jul 17

    The IRS *Never* Phones You As Its First Contact

    The IRS *Never* Phones You As Its First Contact
    My client has several years of unfiled tax returns. Like many people with several years of unfiled tax returns, he’s been putting off working with me. So I hadn’t heard from him for about six months when he called me in a panic.…
  • Jul 14

    Wells Fargo: Worst Bank Ever? Part IV…

    Wells Fargo: Worst Bank Ever? Part IV…
    I’m cheered to see that others out there share my opinion of Wells Fargo Bank. For my prior screeds against this bank, see here, here, and here.  My rants against Wells Fargo may soon have as many volumes as the Harry Potter books.…
  • Jul 6

    US Tax Treatment of Foreign Bank Account

    US Tax Treatment of Foreign Bank Account
    The United States has an unusual tax regime: it taxes its citizens and residents on their worldwide income, not just on what is earned in the United States. The only other country that does this is Eritrea. Can you even find Eritrea on a map?…
Rank this Week: 2445

EstateAware

EstateAware

Covers personal legal and financial planning. By Griffin Bridgers.

http://www.estateaware.com
  • Jul 16

    How Do I Build an Estate?

    How Do I Build an Estate?
    There are painful truths that many people, and professionals, sometimes have to face before becoming successful. First, before proceeding any further in this post, I must give credit to Ramit Sethi.  If you are not familiar with…
  • Apr 15

    Exciting Announcements from EstateAware.com!

    Exciting Announcements from EstateAware.com!
    Up until now, EstateAware.com has been little more than a blog dedicated to estate and finance professionals.  However, today, I am excited to announce the expansion of the site to serve both consumers and professionals. 1.) ONLINE…
  • Apr 13

    Estate Planning Objectives: Who versus How?

    Estate Planning Objectives: Who versus How?
    If you were to ask the average consumer what estate planning entails, chances are their answer would contain some variant of determining “who” gets your stuff when you die. The problem with this assumption is that it completely…
Rank this Week: 2592

Tax Assessment & Condemnation…

Tax Assessment & Condemnation Report

Covers tax assessments, eminent domain, school districts and valuation. By Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC.

http://www.taxassessmentcondemnation.com/
  • Jul 10

    Court of Appeals Decides “Greater Jamaica” RPTL 420-a Case

    Court of Appeals Decides “Greater Jamaica” RPTL 420-a Case
    Rebecca M. Speno We reported in February on an Appellate Division, Second Department case that held that public parking garages can qualify as tax exempt under Real Property Tax Law § 420-a. On July 1, the Court of Appeals overturned…
  • Apr 14

    Part 2: …But In the Fourth Department, Repeat Filings Are Not Required?

    Part 2: …But In the Fourth Department, Repeat Filings Are Not Required?
    Rebecca M. Speno In Part 1 of this discussion, we highlighted the Appellate Division, Third Department’s holdings on RPTL’s “freeze” provision in the Highbridge Broadway, LLC v City of…
  • Apr 7

    Part 1: In the Third Department, Annual Filings Are Required

    Part 1: In the Third Department, Annual Filings Are Required
    Kevin MacLeod As we dig out from under an unusually cold and snowy winter, we can’t help but ponder the efficacy of our statutory freeze provision, especially in light of two 2015 Appellate Division cases that seem…
Rank this Week: 3903

The Estate Planning and Wealth…

The Estate Planning and Wealth Preservation Blog for Trusted Advisors

Covers asset protection, estate and gift tax, and wills and trusts. By Fox Rothschild LLP.

http://estateplanning.foxrothschild.com/
  • Jul 1

    New IRS Procedure for Estate Tax Closing Letter

    New IRS Procedure for Estate Tax Closing Letter
    The IRS has established a new procedure for issuing estate tax closing letters.  For all federal estate tax returns filed on or after June 1, 2015, estate tax closing letters will be issued only upon request by the taxpayer.  They…
  • Jun 30

    Israel Tax Authority Extends Deadline for Registration of U.S. Trusts with Israeli Beneficiarie

    Israel Tax Authority Extends Deadline for Registration of U.S. Trusts with Israeli Beneficiarie
    The Israel Tax Authority announced yesterday that the deadline for registration of Family Trusts (sometimes referred to as Relatives Trusts), which are trusts created by a living U.S. grantor for the benefit of at least one Israeli resident…
  • May 6

    Mikel: The Tax Court’s Latest Word on Crummey Power

    Mikel: The Tax Court’s Latest Word on Crummey Power
    The Tax Court recently issued a memorandum decision in the case of Israel and Erna Mikel providing guidance on the efficacy of Crummey withdrawal rights in a unique fact pattern. In 2007, Israel and Erna Mikel each made gifts valued at…
Rank this Week: 2706

Bellevue Tax Lawyer Blog

Bellevue Tax Lawyer Blog

Covers tax law. By the Law Office of Aaron P. Richter.

http://www.richtertaxblog.com/
  • Jun 29

    FBAR is Due June 30th

    FBAR is Due June 30th
    This post is a friendly reminder that your 2014 FBARs (FinCEN Form 114) is due June 30th.  If you are a US resident for tax purposes and you have foreign assets, there is a good chance you need to file this form.The FBAR is now filed…
  • Aug 29

    U.S. Treasury and IRS will recognize same sex marriages | Bellevue Tax Lawyer

    U.S. Treasury and IRS will recognize same sex marriages | Bellevue Tax Lawyer
    The IRS and the U.S. Department of Treasury announced today that they will recognize same-sex marriage for federal tax purposes.  The announcement states that they will recognize the marriage, as long as the couple is married in a state…
  • Aug 24

    Switzerland will soon release bank information to the US | Bellevue Tax Lawyer

    Switzerland will soon release bank information to the US | Bellevue Tax Lawyer
    Two of the larger Swiss banks have agreed to release bank information to U.S. authorities.  The information consists of leaver data from two of the larger Swiss banks.  Leaver data is the data about people that switched banks or…
Rank this Week: 4031

New Jersey CPA Tax Lawyer Blog

New Jersey CPA Tax Lawyer Blog

Comments on New York and New Jersey tax law. By Samuel C Berger P.C.

http://www.newjerseycpataxlawyerblog.com/
  • Jun 26

    Reclassification Rule Makes S Corporation’s Income Not Passive, Despite Taxpayers’ Lack of Participation

    Reclassification Rule Makes S Corporation’s Income Not Passive, Despite Taxpayers’ Lack of Participation
    Passive activity rules can allow a taxpayer to reduce his or her tax obligation if the activity qualifies. Sometimes, though, even when a taxpayer meets the standards for not materially participating in a business, the law allows the Internal…
  • May 22

    Making Sure You Meet the Deadline for Filing Your Amended Federal Income Tax Return

    Making Sure You Meet the Deadline for Filing Your Amended Federal Income Tax Return
    Recently, U.S. taxpayers witnessed the passing of another “Tax Day.” While almost everyone knows that April 15 is the deadline for filing your previous year’s federal individual income tax return, some taxpayers may…
  • Apr 24

    Making the Switch from an S Corporation to an LLC

    Making the Switch from an S Corporation to an LLC
    Operating your business as a limited liability company may provide you with many advantages. If you currently have your business structured as an S corporation and are considering converting to an LLC to take advantage of the benefits that…
Rank this Week: 2983

EU & Italian International Tax…

EU & Italian International Tax Law Blog

Provides updates on EU and Italian international tax matters. By Marco Rossi.

http://www.euitalianinternationaltax.com/
  • Jun 20

    Italy's Tax Residency for Foreign Investor

    Italy's Tax Residency for Foreign Investor
    Italy's tax residency for foreign taxpayers buying Italian real estate, and spending significant time in Italy for pleasure or business continues being a very critical and challenging issue. Italy assigns tax residency of individuals based on…
  • May 6

    Italy's Supreme Court Holding That Economic Interests Prevail Over Personal Ties In Determining Italian Tax Residency

    Italy's Supreme Court Holding That Economic Interests Prevail Over Personal Ties In Determining Italian Tax Residency
    Italy’s Supreme Court’s decision n. 6501 of March 31, 2015, dealing with the case of an Italian citizen  who had most of his personal and family connections in Italy but moved to work in another country (Switzerland), where…
  • May 6

    Overview of Italy's Tax Reporting Rule

    Overview of Italy's Tax Reporting Rule
    Italian resident taxpayers are required to report all of their assets held outside of Italy,  on form RW of their Italian income tax returns (which include various sections and can be considered the equivalent of the FBAR and other…
Rank this Week: 4263

Your Texas Estate Plan

Your Texas Estate Plan

Covers tax and estate planning. By Jacob Pelley.

http://www.yourtexasestateplan.com/
  • Jun 11

    Caselaw Updates: Tortious Interference with Inheritance Right

    Caselaw Updates: Tortious Interference with Inheritance Right
    I don't love continuing legal education classes.  Here's why:1. I don't like many things that are mandatory, and they are.2. I'm surrounded by lawyers.3. They are expensive.4. They are usually in an overly cold/hot room and sometimes via…
  • Apr 9

    Life Insurance: Change your Beneficiary Designations..or else

    Life Insurance: Change your Beneficiary Designations..or else
    I have written about life insurance before.  In general, I'm not crazy about it, but for some folks it makes sense. I go to a lot of lunches and seminars were different products are presented, and while some are only good for…
  • Mar 20

    Efiling: Tips, Tricks, and Conspiracy, and a primer on creating (free-ish) Text-Searchable PDFS

    Efiling: Tips, Tricks, and Conspiracy, and a primer on creating (free-ish) Text-Searchable PDFS
    I really don't like efiling.  I do not think I am alone. I laud the clerks and technicians who have spend countless hours getting trained, working out the bugs, and helping me when my document was not "text searchable" or "submitted…
Rank this Week: 3577

Tax Machine Blog

Tax Machine Blog

Discusses tax topics. By Thomas S. Groth.

http://taxmachine.us
  • Jun 1

    I’m Cool with Caitlyn Jenner Being Who she is. So is the IRS.

    I’m Cool with Caitlyn Jenner Being Who she is. So is the IRS.
    A Pretty hot topic right now on the internet is “Bruce” Jenner’s transition to Caitlyn Jenner. Caitlyn has taken steps to change her outward appearance in the past to match the person she has always been on the inside,…
  • Feb 27

    IRS Playing Dirty to Get Result

    IRS Playing Dirty to Get Result
    It wasn’t long ago that Tax professionals in various blogs and internet communities (as well as, presumably in the “real world”) started warning others that the IRS was skipping preliminary notices of deficiency and going…
  • Feb 4

    What if taxing wealth was constitutional? Would it be OK to do it?

    What if taxing wealth was constitutional? Would it be OK to do it?
    It’s common phrase that we hear pundits throw around a lot – “Redistribution of wealth.” The phrase has common appeal too, for obvious reasons. For most people, taking something that “belongs” to one person…
Rank this Week: 3246

California Litigation Attorney…

California Litigation Attorney Blog

Covers legal news. By Reid & Hellyer.

http://www.rhlaw.com/blog/
  • May 18

    Partition Attorney’s Fees Against an Uncooperative Co-Tenant

    Partition Attorney’s Fees Against an Uncooperative Co-Tenant
    Co-ownership of real estate in California can be expensive when one co-owner, known in the law as a co-tenant, does not cooperate in the sale of the property. This often occurs when the uncooperative co-tenant is…
  • Mar 27

    Non-Dischargeability of Intentional Fraudulent Transfer

    Non-Dischargeability of Intentional Fraudulent Transfer
    When an fraudulent transfer occurs before a debtor files for protection under the United States Bankruptcy Code, creditors must promptly protect their rights to ensure that the bankruptcy does not discharge the debtor's liability for their…
  • Feb 25

    PROCEED CAREFULLY WITH MALICIOUS PROSECUTION ACTIONS ARISING OUT OF FAMILY LAW COURT MATTERS

    PROCEED CAREFULLY WITH MALICIOUS PROSECUTION ACTIONS ARISING OUT OF FAMILY LAW COURT MATTERS
    As a general rule, California malicious prosecution actions are dicey propositions insofar as they always subject the plaintiff to a potential Anti-SLAPP motion from the defendant pursuant to California Code of Civil Procedure section…
Rank this Week: 4241

Alaska Law Blawg

Alaska Law Blawg

Covers Alaska business law, litigation and recent decisions. By Clayton Walker.

http://aloinc.com/alaska-law-blawg/
  • Apr 23

    Resolving Cross Motions for Summary Judgment

    Resolving Cross Motions for Summary Judgment
    By: Clayton Walker The Alaska Supreme Court overruled a Superior Court’s resolution of Cross Motions for Summary Judgment.  Stavenjord v. Schmidt.  The case started back in 2001.  The matter had been fully briefed by…
  • Apr 16

    1099-C Tax on Debt Forgivene

    1099-C Tax on Debt Forgivene
    By: Clayton Walker The federal tax code taxes debt forgiveness.  The tax code also requires those forgiving debts to file information returns to the IRS, using form 1099-C. So, you lose your house in a foreclosure sale and the bank…
  • Mar 18

    Alaska Overtime — Professional Employee Exemption Doesn’t Cover Pilot

    Alaska Overtime — Professional Employee Exemption Doesn’t Cover Pilot
    By: Clayton Walker Alaska Overtime law requires covered employers to pay overtime to covered employees.  One exemption to the overtime law is the Professional Employee Exemption.  The old Alaska exemption was not the same as the…
Rank this Week: 3170

Texas Tax Talk

Texas Tax Talk

By Gray Reed & McGraw, P.C.

http://www.texastaxtalk.com/
  • Apr 16

    Tax Cheats Can Go Wild In Dallas Texa

    Tax Cheats Can Go Wild In Dallas Texa
    The Washington Post published an article on April 8, 2015 titled “In Dallas, the IRS says it can’t chase tax cheats who owe less than $1 million.”  Here is a section of the article (emphasis added): If these taxpayers…
  • Apr 14

    The IRS Suck

    The IRS Suck
    Bloomberg BusinessWeek authors Devin Leonard and Richard Rubin published a great article this month about the current dysfunction at the IRS caused by underfunding and IRS scandal. The IRS is not at the top of anyone’s…
  • Mar 4

    Could a Cadillac Health Plan Put the Brakes on Obamacare?

    Could a Cadillac Health Plan Put the Brakes on Obamacare?
    The Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments Wednesday, March 4 on certain aspects of the Affordable Care Act.  This has the potential to unravel President Barack Obama’s beloved health care plan. Another aspect of Obamacare that…
Rank this Week: 2785

Tom Tax Lawyer Blog

Tom Tax Lawyer Blog

By the Law Office of Thomas S. Groth.

http://tomtaxlawyer.com/blog/
  • Apr 14

    Connecticut Tax Relief

    Connecticut Tax Relief
    Why can’t I find information for income tax relief in Connecticut on the Internet? If you are looking for some Connecticut Tax Relief  then you are in the right place. However, perhaps you are having trouble finding help with the…
  • Apr 2

    My First Criminal Tax Case

    My First Criminal Tax Case
    (This post is a an edited version of my LinkedIn post here. Thank you, Cory Schug, for helping with the edits.) Instead, the DRS did what any “reasonable” state taxing authority would do, the DRS charged Ted with 10 counts of a…
  • Mar 29

    “What reasons can I use to request a CDP hearing?”

    “What reasons can I use to request a CDP hearing?”
    When filing for a CDP hearing, it is important to make sure that you request the hearing in a way that ensures the IRS does not dismiss your Form 12153 (or a request in similar form) outright as frivolous before you have a chance to be heard.…
Rank this Week: 2606

Tax Plus Blog

Tax Plus Blog

Covers UK tax issues. By Mercer & Hole.

http://www.mercerhole.co.uk/blog/tax-plus/
  • Mar 19

    Moving on to digital tax account

    Moving on to digital tax account
    A radical step in the modernisation of the UK tax system is the announcement that digital tax accounts will be introduced with the intention that these will displace tax return filing obligations.  HMRC plan to make the new digitalised…
  • Mar 19

    Annuity unlocking

    Annuity unlocking
    There will be changes to annuities with a view to equalising the position with regards to the pension freedoms already made to income drawdown arrangements. From April 2016, individuals who have already purchased an annuity will be permitted…
  • Mar 19

    Where there’s a Will – there’s a way to change it

    Where there’s a Will – there’s a way to change it
    The use of a deed of variation (sometimes called a deed of family arrangement) is a long established practice which enables the terms of a Will to be altered by the beneficiaries after the death of the testator. If the appropriate election is…
Rank this Week: 4522

Tax Blog

Tax Blog

By the Law Offices of Sanford I. Millar.

http://www.taxattorneycalifornia.net/tax-blog/
  • Mar 8

    DOJ WarnsAgainst Wrongful Use of Streamline Procedure

    DOJ WarnsAgainst Wrongful Use of Streamline Procedure
    The U.S. Department of Justice is considering actions against taxpayers who wrongfully used the Streamlined Procedures to assert non-willful conduct. As quoted in Tax Notes Today: “Speaking at the Federal Bar Association Section on…
  • Feb 22

    How Not to Use Bitcoin

    How Not to Use Bitcoin
    The use of Bitcoin has both legal and potentially illegal applications. Bitcoin is just a contemporary version of the Informal Value Transfer System, (“IVTS”) which in some countries is known as the Hawala. The IVTS has been used…
  • Feb 7

    Cash Based Business? Have Good Books and Record

    Cash Based Business? Have Good Books and Record
    What happens when a taxpayer operates a cash based business and lacks adequate books and records according to the IRS? The IRS can use any reasonable method to reconstruct the taxpayers income and expenses. (See, Estate of Rodrigo F. Fenta,…
Rank this Week: 3651