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Michael Fernhoff

Michael Fernhoff

Partner

Michael Fernhoff is a partner in the Tax Department. Mike has substantial experience in all aspects of federal, state and local income tax planning for complex corporate and real estate transactions, including:

  • mergers and acquisitions
  • partnerships, and joint ventures

  • reorganizations, recapitalizations and restructurings

  • capital markets offerings

  • financings

  • real estate

  • tax litigation

  • executive and deferred compensation

Mike has significant experience structuring and implementing international as well as domestic business transactions.

Mike has been recognized by both Chambers USA and Legal 500, who note his sophisticated transactional work, as well as comprehensive income tax planning from federal to local levels and his work on international structuring matters. Additionally, Mike was recognized by Best Lawyers as the 2012 Tax Lawyer of the Year in Los Angeles, an honor bestowed on only one tax lawyer a year.

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IRS answers some, but not all, questions in long-awaited cryptocurrency guidance

The first official guidance on the taxation of cryptocurrency transactions in more than five years has been issued. The guidance includes both a Revenue Ruling (Rev. Rul. 2019-24, 2019-44 I.R.B. 1) and answers to Frequently Asked Questions on Virtual Currency Transactions (the “FAQs,” together with Revenue Ruling 2019-24, the “Guidance”) was issued on October 9, … Continue Reading

Proposed FDII Regulations under Section 250

I.                   Introduction. On March 4, 2019, the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) and the Department of the Treasury (the “Treasury”) released proposed regulations (the “Proposed Regulations”) regarding the deduction for “foreign-derived intangible income” (“FDII”) under section 250 of the Internal Revenue Code.[1] Section 250 was enacted in 2017 as part of the tax reform act.[2] … Continue Reading

“Passthrough Deduction” Regulations Finalized

On January 18, 2019, the U.S. Department of Treasury (“Treasury”) and the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) released final regulations (the “Final Regulations”) regarding the “passthrough deduction” for qualified trade or business income under section 199A of the Internal Revenue Code.[1] The Final Regulations modify proposed regulations (the “Proposed Regulations”) that were released in August … Continue Reading

Extension of FBAR Filing Deadline for Certain Filers

On December 4, 2018, FinCEN issued Notice 2018-1, extending the filing deadline for the Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts, FinCEN Form 114 (FBAR), for certain individuals with signature or other authority over (but no financial interest in) employer-owned foreign financial accounts to April 15, 2020. FinCEN has provided similar extensions over the previous … Continue Reading

Proposed Rental Business Safe Harbor under Section 199A

On January 18, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued final regulations (the “Final Regulations”) on the “pass through” deduction under section 199A[1] of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”). Very generally, section 199A provides individuals with a deduction of up to 20% of income from a domestic “trade … Continue Reading

Proposed Anti-Hybrid Regulations under Sections 267A, 245A, and 1503(d)

On December 20, 2018, the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) and the Department of the Treasury (the “Treasury”) released proposed “anti-hybrid” regulations (the “Proposed Regulations”) under sections 267A, 245A(e), and 1503(d) of the Internal Revenue Code.[1] Sections 267A and 245A(e) were enacted in 2017 as part of the tax reform act.[2] Very generally, these sections … Continue Reading

The Proposed BEAT Regulations

On December 13, 2018, the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) and the Department of the Treasury (the “Treasury”) released proposed regulations (the “Proposed Regulations”) with respect to the “base erosion and anti-abuse tax” (the “BEAT”) under section 59A of the Internal Revenue Code.[1] The BEAT was enacted in 2017 as part of the tax reform … Continue Reading

Digital Economy: Supreme Court Overturns Physical Presence Requirement for State Sales Tax

In a landmark decision changing course on decades of precedent, the United States Supreme Court decided on June 21, 2018 South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., et al. Justice Kennedy, writing for the Court’s 5-4 majority, expressly overruled the physical presence rule established over fifty years ago in Bellas Hess[1] and affirmed over twenty-five years ago … Continue Reading

The Effects of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on Real Estate

On Friday December 22, 2017, President Trump signed into law H.R.1, commonly referred to as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). This is the most sweeping change to the U.S. federal income tax laws in over three decades, and it will have an effect on every U.S. taxpayer, including real estate investment trusts (REITs) … Continue Reading

IRS Proposed Regulations Under Section 305(c)

In April, the IRS issued proposed regulations interpreting deemed distributions under Section 305(c). Specifically, the proposed regulations would clarify the amount and timing of deemed distributions that result from an adjustment to the right to acquire stock. These regulations will generally apply to deemed distributions occurring after they are finalized, but may be relied upon … Continue Reading
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