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Amazon.com Wins $1.5 Billion Tax Dispute Over IRS

Amazon.com Wins $1.5 Billion Tax Dispute Over IRS

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The IRS contended that the e-commerce giant had inappropriately brought down its U.S. tax bill by grossly undervaluing the assets it transferred to its Luxembourg subsidiary, which the company created more than a decade ago, reports The Seattle Times.

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The U.S. Tax Reform and the Energy Sector

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Reforms in the U.S. tax code proposed being considered in Congress could have significant implications for the energy industry in the U.S., and worldwide, according to an article published on the website of Hogan Lovells.

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How a Tax Code Overhaul May Affect You

How a Tax Code Overhaul May Affect You

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Despite what President Trump promised about simplifying the tax code when he was on the campaign trail, tax simplification isn’t a simple task, writes Charles Delafuente of The New York Times.

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A Tax Overhaul Would Be Great in Theory, But Hard in Practice

A Tax Overhaul Would Be Great in Theory, But Hard in Practice

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Decisions that lawmakers made decades or even a century ago have essentially locked us into ways of doing things, as the cost of changing looms more heavily than the potential benefits of trying something different, writes Neil Irwin for The New York Times.

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IRS Rolls Out New Compliance Campaigns for Large Businesses

IRS Rolls Out New Compliance Campaigns for Large Businesses

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The Internal Revenue Service’s Large Business and International division is taking a new approach to tax compliance, with a series of 13 campaigns aimed at cracking down on tax evasion, reports Accounting Today.

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Stradley Ronon Lands Patent Attorney from Pepper Hamilton

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Stradley Ronon announces thatpatent attorney Paul K. Legaard, Ph.D., has joined the firm as a partner in its Malvern, Pennsylvania, office. He was most recently a partner at Pepper Hamilton.

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Former CBS General Tax Counsel Alvan L. Bobrow Joins Akerman in New York

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Former CBS Inc. vice president and general tax counsel Alvan L. Bobrow has joined Akerman LLP in the firm’s Tax Practice Group with. He joins Akerman’s New York office as a partner from Mayer Brown LLP, where he served as the leader of the national state and local tax group.

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Tillerson’s $180M Exxon Exit Plan Has $72M Tax Advantage

Tillerson’s $180M Exxon Exit Plan Has $72M Tax Advantage

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Rex Tillerson exit plan from Exxon Mobil Corp. might let him avoid an immediate federal income tax bill of as much as $72 million, reports Bloomberg.

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The Major Potential Impact of a Corporate Tax Overhaul

The Major Potential Impact of a Corporate Tax Overhaul

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With the U.S. House, Senate and presidency all soon to be in Republican hands and with all agreeing that a major tax bill is a top priority, some kind of change to the American taxation system appears likely to happen, according to The New York Times.

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Tax Implications for Investors in the Era of Price Fluctuations

Tax Implications for Investors in the Era of Price Fluctuations

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Michael A. Silva and Vince Slusher write that investors who own shares in companies and partnerships that are suffering from the hard times in the oil patch will face an ever-bigger headache thanks to the tax consequences of the price drop.

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If Republicans Repeal Health Law, Paying For A Replacement Could Be Tough

If Republicans Repeal Health Law, Paying For A Replacement Could Be Tough

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Leading Republicans in Congress have vowed that even if they repeal most of the Affordable Care Act early in 2017, a replacement won’t hurt those now receiving benefits, reports NPR.

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For Trump Tax Cuts, Pay Legal and Other Bills In 2016

For Trump Tax Cuts, Pay Legal and Other Bills In 2016

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Trump’s plans make paying expenses in 2016 especially attractive if you can deduct them. The deductions may be worth a lot less in 2017, writes Robert W. Wood for Forbes

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Startup Company Carve-Out Plans: Mechanics, Tax Obstacles, and Optimization

Event, Nov. 2, 1 p.m. EDT
Startups love using equity to incentivize executives and employees. But when a company’s equity isn’t worth what it used to be–and particularly when stakeholders no longer expect there to be significant upside–companies need to find new ways to incentivize management to achieve desired outcomes.

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Obama Takes Aim at U.S. Corporations Shifting Profit Overseas

Obama Takes Aim at U.S. Corporations Shifting Profit Overseas

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Reuters is reporting that U.S. regulations, proposed by the Treasury to crack down on companies that try to reduce taxes by rebasing abroad, have begun a White House review and could be finalized shortly.

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Beware of the Tax Traps of Employer-Owned Life Insurance Contracts

Beware of the Tax Traps of Employer-Owned Life Insurance Contracts

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In closely held businesses, it is common practice to provide for the succession of the business upon the death of an owner, writes Mitchell Goldberg of Berger & Singerman.

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Treasury Strikes Back: Proposed Regulations Target Valuation Discounts for Family Businesses

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The Treasury Department has released proposed regulations that seek to eliminate valuation discounts for interests in family-controlled entities, according to an Arnold & Porter article.

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Why Apple’s $14.5 Billion Tax Fine Is Worse for Shareholders Than it Looks

Why Apple’s $14.5 Billion Tax Fine Is Worse for Shareholders Than it Looks

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A European tax commission said Apple more than $14.5 billion in back taxes and interest that it had avoided paying European governments for years because of a sweetheart deal with Ireland, reports Fortune.

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Webinar: Navigating New Proposed IRS Regulations

Webinar: Navigating New Proposed IRS Regulations

Event, August 9, 2 p.m. EDT
Practical Law will present a complimentary webinar on 409A and 457 regulations proposed by the Internal Revenue Service.

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Trends in New Business Entities: 30 Years of Data

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Limited Liability Companies, or LLCs, are now the most popular legal entity for organizing businesses in the United States, according to a new report issued by Berkman Solutions.

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U.S. Tax Agency Investigates Facebook’s Ireland Asset Transfer

U.S. Tax Agency Investigates Facebook’s Ireland Asset Transfer

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The tax authority is examining whether Facebook understated its U.S. income by selling rights to an Irish subsidiary too cheaply, reports Reuters.

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