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The Tax Consequences of John Oliver’s $15 Million Medical Debt Forgiveness

It was widely reported that on the June 5 episode of the HBO program, Last Week Tonight, John Oliver forgave nearly $15 million of medical debt. That’s not quite right. This blog explains what really happened and why the forgiveness did not cause the debtors to recognize “cancellation of debt income” (“COD”) for federal income … Continue Reading

New IRS Regulations Subject Certain Partners to Self-Employment Taxes

On May 3, 2016, the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued new temporary and proposed regulations (Temp. Treas. Reg § 301.7701-2T) addressing the tax treatment of partners of a partnership that is the sole owner of an entity that is not a corporation (a “disregarded entity”) that employs the partners.  The regulations provide that for … 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

California “Waiting Time Penalties” Are Not Wages For Federal Income Tax Purposes

Our colleagues over at Proskauer’s ERISA Practice Center Blog have noted that a recent IRS information letter confirms that “waiting time penalties” paid under California law are not wages for federal income tax withholding purposes. Please click here for the full post and please see Chief Counsel Advice Memorandum 201522004 and IRS Information Letter 2016-0026 … Continue Reading

IRS Proposes Country-by-Country Reporting Regulations

On December 21st, 2015 the IRS proposed Country-by-Country (“CbC”) reporting rules requiring certain U.S. multinational companies to provide extensive information about business operations (including their revenue, number of employees, taxes paid or withheld, etc.) that may be shared with other taxing authorities under Information Exchange Agreements. The exchange of information is reciprocal; the IRS will … Continue Reading

IRS Provides Some Relief after Data Hacks

Citing scary facts like the 16.6 million victims of identity theft in 2012 and the recent customer data security breaches at major U.S. companies, the IRS recently announced special tax relief for identity protection services provided to individuals affected by a security breach. Often, if a company has experienced a data security breach, it will … Continue Reading
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