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November 20, 2014
Tax Flash - IRS Issues Guidance on Economic Substance Doctrine
The IRS has recently issued Notice 2014-58, which provides additional guidance on certain aspects of the economic substance doctrine. A transaction has economic substance if the transaction changes (in a meaningful way) the taxpayer's economic position and the taxpayer also has a non-federal income tax business purpose for entering into the transaction.
October 29, 2014
Tax Flash - Additional Start-Up NY Tax Free Zones Announced in New York
As mentioned in our prior News & Events Alerts, during June 2013, Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a START-UP NY program which aims to foster entrepreneurialism and job creation through the introduction of tax-free zones throughout the state. These zones are created through partnerships with New York colleges and universities.
October 28, 2014
Tax Flash - Electronic Filing is Mandatory for New York State Withholding Tax Filings Due on or After April 30, 2015
New York State withholding tax returns (Form NYS-1- "Return of Tax Withheld" and NYS-45- "Quarterly Combined Withholding, Wage Reporting, and Unemployment Insurance Return") due on or after April 30, 2015 must be electronically filed and electronically paid using the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance website.
October 9, 2014
IRS Issues Safe Harbor Guidance for Allocating Rehabilitation Tax Credits to Investors
On December 30, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued guidance explaining the circumstances in which it will not challenge partnership allocations to its partners under IRC Section 47, The Rehabilitation Credit.
October 7, 2014
60 Day IRA Rollover Rules: Upcoming Changes in IRS Guidance, Effective January 1, 2015
A recent Tax Court decision (Bobrow V. Commissioner) held that the language of the Internal Revenue Code limits a taxpayer to one IRA rollover contribution per year, on an aggregate basis.
September 30, 2014
Tax Flash - New Jersey Announces Limited Opportunity To Clear Outstanding Tax Bills
The New Jersey Division of Taxation has announced a limited-time opportunity for individuals and businesses with unpaid tax liabilities to enter into closing agreements with the state and resolve these liabilities. The program covers all types of taxes from 2005 through 2013 and will end on November 17, 2014.
September 18, 2014
Self-Employment Tax - Limited Partners Beware!
The IRS released a Chief Counsel Memorandum on September 5, 2014 which provides guidance on the treatment of the exemption from self-employment tax for a limited partner’s share of profits.
September 4, 2014
Tax Flash - Massachusetts Enacts Limited Tax Amnesty Program
The Massachusetts Department of Revenue has granted a limited amnesty program for taxpayers with existing personal and/or business liabilities. Participation in this program for eligible taxpayers could result in significant savings of assessed penalties.
August 14, 2014
In Inversion Deals, U.K. is a Winner
One of the latest trends in the world of taxes is inversion. Tax inversion occurs when a company moves to a different country in order to avoid their home country’s high tax rate. Many companies are leaving the United States in search of better tax benefits and to avoid the U.S.’s corporate tax rate, which may currently peak at 39.1%.
August 11, 2014
Inherited IRA Strategies for Surviving Spouses
When a spouse inherits an IRA from their deceased husband or wife, there are several planning strategies that the surviving spouse can follow to suit specific needs. Spouses who are designated the sole beneficiary of the IRA have special options that are not permitted for other beneficiaries.
August 7, 2014
Did Your Partnership Technically Terminate for Tax Purposes? If So, What Are The Tax Consequences?
A technical termination of a partnership occurs when there is a sale or exchange of 50% or more of the total interest in the profits and capital of a partnership within a 12-month period.
July 28, 2014
IRS Issues Final Regulations on Ability to use Truncated Tax Identification Numbers
The IRS has recently issued final regulations that allow the use of truncated taxpayer identification numbers (TTINs) on payee statements and certain other documents.
July 17, 2014
Tax Flash - Connecticut Legislates Tax Changes for 2014
The State of Connecticut is facing some difficult economic times in the near future. The state maintains its budgets on a biennial basis and the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 were approved during 2013. Due to a reduction in the projected budgeted surplus, together with a projected deficit of approximately $2.8 billion for the 2016 and 2017 fiscal years, the Income Tax Rebate program proposed by the Governor was withdrawn from consideration.
July 14, 2014
How to Treat Same-Sex Spouse Health Premiums Erroneously Included in W-2 Income
The IRS has recently provided guidance on how an employee should treat amounts erroneously included in W-2 income for the premiums paid by the employer for a same-sex spouse's health insurance. The IRS advises the employee to request a corrected W-2 from the employer or, if unable to obtain a corrected W-2, to take specific steps to report the correct amount of taxable income.
July 7, 2014
Saving for Higher Education: Investing in Your Child's Future
Navigating the world of investments can be daunting to say the least, but when your child’s future is at stake, it can be downright unnerving. Saving money for college is one of the most important investments you will make in your lifetime.
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