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  • April 03, 2024

    Fed. Circ. Backs Firing IRS Agent Who Golfed On Agency Time

    A former senior appraiser for the Internal Revenue Service was appropriately fired for golfing on company time, a federal appeals court affirmed Wednesday.

  • April 02, 2024

    Hunter Biden Can't Toss 'Vindictive' Criminal Tax Charges

    Hunter Biden lost his bid to end his criminal tax case over claims his prosecution is vindictive and politically motivated, among other arguments, after a California federal judge ruled Monday that Biden "filed his motion without any evidence" and merely "cites portions of various internet news sources, social media posts and legal blogs."

  • April 02, 2024

    Ex-Fuddruckers Franchisee Can't Use NOLs, 11th Circ. Affirms

    The U.S. Tax Court correctly ruled that the former owner of failing Fuddruckers franchises cannot deduct $1.8 million in carryover net operating losses because she did not show enough evidence she was entitled to the deductions, the Eleventh Circuit affirmed Tuesday.

  • April 02, 2024

    Challenges To IRS' Regs On SALT Cap Workarounds Tossed

    The Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Treasury Department won't face challenges from three states and a village in New York to final regulations barring workarounds to the cap on state and local tax deductions due to a New York federal judge's decision.

  • April 02, 2024

    Feds Seek Use Of 'Intertwined' Evidence In NC Tax Fraud Trial

    Federal prosecutors have asked a North Carolina district court to permit tangential evidence in a tax fraud trial, saying that the evidence is "inextricably intertwined with the charged conduct" of two St. Louis attorneys and a North Carolina insurance agent.

  • April 02, 2024

    NJ Business Owner Charged With Tax Evasion, Failure To File

    A New Jersey fireproofing and painting business owner has been charged with 12 counts of failure to file tax returns and six counts of tax evasion, New Jersey federal prosecutors said.

  • April 02, 2024

    COVID Delay Makes Ohio Pair's Filing Timely, Tax Court Says

    The petition of an Ohio couple was timely filed because they were entitled to a 60-day postponement during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Tax Court ruled Tuesday.

  • April 02, 2024

    Estate Owes $38K Tax Deficiency, 9th Circ. Affirms

    The estate of a woman whose trust transferred $1.06 million to her son before she died owes $38,000 in federal estate taxes because some transfers were loans to prop up his architecture practice, the Ninth Circuit affirmed.

  • April 01, 2024

    US Support For Pillar 1 Still In Question After House Inquiry

    U.S. lawmakers signaled that they think technical and other issues remain in the OECD's Pillar One taxing rights overhaul during a recent House subcommittee meeting, casting further doubt on the plan's implementation as the timeline to finalize it has slipped.

  • April 01, 2024

    Adviser Gets 4 Years For Fraud, Filing False Tax Returns

    An Indiana investment adviser was sentenced to four years in prison and ordered to pay $6.4 million in restitution for stealing $4.7 million from a client and filing false returns, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.

  • April 01, 2024

    Justices Won't Review Mortgage Vehicles' Tax Break

    The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to take up a case from a group of whistleblowers who pressed for an Internal Revenue Service review of tax-exempt status for real estate mortgage investment conduits.

  • April 01, 2024

    Feds Back Guilty Verdict After Software Execs' Tax Fraud Trial

    Federal prosecutors on Monday defended a jury verdict finding two former software executives in North Carolina guilty of failing to pay employment taxes, saying sufficient evidence supported their convictions.

  • April 01, 2024

    BakerHostetler Adds Partner To Tax Practice Group

    BakerHostetler's Washington office has added a partner from Morris Manning and Martin LLP to join its tax practice group, Baker said in a statement Monday.

  • April 01, 2024

    Baker Donelson Adds EY Tax Pro To Houston Office

    A former EY senior manager has joined Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC's tax group in Houston as counsel, the firm announced.

  • April 01, 2024

    Jailed Atty Pleads Not Guilty To Witness Tampering In Tax Case

    A Chicago-area lawyer facing more than a dozen criminal tax fraud charges pled not guilty Monday to superseding charges that he tried scripting a bookkeeper's anticipated testimony, but he'll have to wait to learn whether he'll remain jailed until his upcoming retrial.

  • April 01, 2024

    ​​​​​​​Texas Tax Man Gets 3 Years, Must Pay $6.7M For Fake Filings

    A Texas man who pled guilty to assisting with the preparation of false tax returns will serve three years in prison and pay restitution of $6.7 million, a Texas federal court ruled.

  • April 01, 2024

    Wis. Couple Must Pay $1.5M In Back Taxes, US Tells Court

    A Wisconsin federal court should force a couple who owe more than $1.5 million in back taxes to pay up, the U.S. government said.

  • March 29, 2024

    Petition Watch: Off-Label Ads, Retiree Discrimination & PPE

    A Utah attorney has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to determine whether allegedly retaliatory IRS summonses can be quashed, and two former pharmaceutical executives are challenging the constitutionality of their convictions for marketing the off-label use of a drug. Here, Law360 looks at recently filed petitions that you might've missed.

  • March 29, 2024

    100 Projects Get Share Of $4B In Advanced Energy Tax Credits

    More than 100 projects across 35 states received a share of the $4 billion in tax credit funding that incentivizes investment in new or refurbished facilities that manufacture critical products and materials that support the clean energy supply chain, the U.S. government announced Friday.

  • March 29, 2024

    APA Work Doubled In 2023, IRS Report Says

    The Internal Revenue Service finalized more than twice as many advance pricing agreements for U.S. multinational corporations in 2023 as in the previous year, according to an agency report released Friday.

  • March 29, 2024

    IRS Clarifies Low-Income Bonus Energy Credit Applications

    The Internal Revenue Service released guidance Friday on requirements and other application information for solar and wind project owners that want to apply for this year's bonus tax credit program for building their facilities in low-income communities.

  • March 29, 2024

    Senate Bill Seeks Credit For No-Emission Electric Lawn Tools

    A bill introduced Friday in the Senate would provide small businesses with a tax credit on the purchase of zero-emission electric landscaping equipment.

  • March 29, 2024

    Green Energy Credit Sales Spur Surge In Tax Insurance

    A new way for project owners to monetize clean energy tax credits by selling them for cash has turbocharged demand for insurance policies to cover various risks tied to the transactions, which can often be worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

  • March 29, 2024

    Tax Preparer Gets 30 Months For $780K COVID Aid Scheme

    A North Carolina tax preparer who fraudulently obtained $780,000 in pandemic relief loans and laundered money was sentenced in federal court to 30 months in prison and three years of supervised release, prosecutors announced.

  • March 29, 2024

    Atty Called A Flight Risk In $1.3 Billion Tax Fraud Case

    An attorney serving a 23-year prison sentence for tax fraud in a $1.3 billion conservation easement scheme is a flight risk and should remain in federal custody while he waits for his appeal, the government told a Georgia federal court Friday.

Expert Analysis

  • Unlocking Value In Carve-Out M&A Transactions

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    Some of the largest mergers and acquisitions in 2023 were carve-out transactions, and despite their unique intricacies and challenges, these transactions offer both buyers and sellers the opportunity to generate outsized returns in an otherwise vigorously competitive landscape, when carefully planned and diligently executed, say Kevin Crews and Rami Totari at Kirkland.

  • Attorneys, Law Schools Must Adapt To New Era Of Evidence

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    Technological advancements mean more direct evidence is being created than ever before, and attorneys as well as law schools must modify their methods to account for new challenges in how this evidence is collected and used to try cases, says Reuben Guttman at Guttman Buschner.

  • 1st Tax Easement Convictions Will Likely Embolden DOJ, IRS

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    After recent convictions in the first criminal tax fraud trial over allegedly abusive syndicated conservation easements, the IRS and U.S. Department of Justice will likely pursue other promoters for similar alleged conspiracies — though one acquittal may help attorneys better evaluate their clients' exposure, say Bill Curtis and Lauren DeSantis-Then at Polsinelli.

  • Tips For Litigating Against Pro Se Parties In Complex Disputes

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    Litigating against self-represented parties in complex cases can pose unique challenges for attorneys, but for the most part, it requires the same skills that are useful in other cases — from documenting everything to understanding one’s ethical duties, says Bryan Ketroser at Alto Litigation.

  • Anticipating Intensified Partnership Enforcement From IRS

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    The Internal Revenue Service's decadeslong difficulties with partnership audits led to the recent announcement of a clear, well-funded, focused initiative, and businesses operating in the partnership form will feel the impact, with definite changes ahead, says Sharon Katz-Pearlman at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Pro Bono Work Is Powerful Self-Help For Attorneys

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    Oct. 22-28 is Pro Bono Week, serving as a useful reminder that offering free legal help to the public can help attorneys expand their legal toolbox, forge community relationships and create human connections, despite the challenges of this kind of work, says Orlando Lopez at Culhane Meadows.

  • The Pop Culture Docket: Judge Espinosa On 'Lincoln Lawyer'

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    The murder trials in Netflix’s “The Lincoln Lawyer” illustrate the stark contrast between the ethical high ground that fosters and maintains the criminal justice system's integrity, and the ethical abyss that can undermine it, with an important reminder for all legal practitioners, say Judge Adam Espinosa and Andrew Howard at the Colorado 2nd Judicial District Court.

  • Newman Suspension Shows Need For Judicial Reform

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    The recent suspension of U.S. Circuit Judge Pauline Newman following her alleged refusal to participate in a disability inquiry reveals the need for judicial misconduct reforms to ensure that judges step down when they can no longer serve effectively, says Aliza Shatzman at The Legal Accountability Project.

  • How And Why Your Firm Should Implement Fixed-Fee Billing

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    Amid rising burnout in the legal industry and client efforts to curtail spending, pivoting to a fixed-fee billing model may improve client-attorney relationships and offer lawyers financial, logistical and stress relief — while still maintaining profit margins, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

  • How Law Firms Can Use Account-Based Marketing Strategies

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    Amid several evolving legal industry trends, account-based marketing can help law firms uncover additional revenue-generating opportunities with existing clients, with key considerations ranging from data analytics to relationship building, say Jennifer Ramsey at stage LLC and consultant Gina Sponzilli.

  • While Risks Exist, AI Could Transform IRS Enforcement

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    The Internal Revenue Service's recently announced use of artificial intelligence could revolutionize the agency's enforcement efforts, and transparency about its use and a forum for challenging AI findings could help mitigate fears that the technology will increase bias, say attorneys at Lewis Brisbois.

  • Strategic Succession Planning At Law Firms Is Crucial

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    Senior partners' reluctance to retire, the rise of the nonequity partner tier and generational differences in expectations are all contributing to an increasing number of departures from BigLaw, making it imperative for firms to encourage retirement among senior ranks and provide clearer leadership pathways to junior attorneys, says Laura Leopard at Leopard Solutions.

  • Maximizing Law Firm Profitability In Uncertain Times

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    As threats of an economic downturn loom, firms can boost profits by embracing the power of bottom-line management and creating an ecosystem where strategic financial oversight and robust timekeeping practices meet evolved client relations, says Shireen Hilal at Maior Strategic Consulting.

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