In a recent Law360 article, Kat Gregor commented on the IRS’s final guidance on partnership audit rules. This new guidance finalizes a subset of the IRS rules implementing the audit regime passed in the 2015 Bipartisan Budget Act. A key aspect of the final rules is the definition of “partnership related items,” which looks to historic rules to define the scope of the new regime. While some may argue that the ambiguity of the TEFRA rules has crept into the new partnership audit regulations, Kat noted that “TEFRA had a ‘robust body of case law’ behind it that could help resolve future disputes around what a partnership- related item is.”

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During the January 2019 ABA Tax Section 2019 Midyear Tax Meeting, Kat Gregor, tax partner and co-founder of the tax controversy group, discussed the new EU mandatory disclosure rules (known as DAC6 related to aggressive tax positions) and the ethical obligations of U.S. attorneys to adhere to these rules. Kat noted that “the EU rules are, on the one hand, trying to be more precise as to what they’re interested in catching, rather than in the U.S., where they say any transaction over a certain dollar value has to get reported. But on the flip side, it’s going to be really difficult for people to make the judgment call on whether or not something falls in.”

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In this Ropes & Gray podcast, Isabelle Farrar, a senior associate in the tax controversy group is joined by Harvey Cotton, a principal in the tax and benefits group, and Elizabeth Smith, counsel in the tax controversy group, to discuss the December 2018 decision from the Northern District of Texas in Texas v. United States. This case deals with the constitutionality of the Individual Mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

In December 2018,  the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled that New York’s $600 million fee on the sale of opioids into the state unconstitutionally prohibits pharmaceutical companies from passing the cost onto consumers. Furthermore, the Court ruled that the Opioid Stewardship Act (OSA) violated U.S. Constitution’s dormant commerce clause and, therefore, was unconstitutional. The OSA would have forced manufacturers and distributors of opioid medications to pay pro rata shares of a $100 million annual penalty (using a volumetric calculation based on opioid strength, rather than price) while forbidding manufacturers and distributors from passing any portion of that annual cost to New York purchasers.

Please see this Law360 article to read more about the case.

In this Ropes & Gray podcast, Alec Oveis, an associate in the tax and benefits group is joined by Kat Gregor, a partner in the tax group and co-founder of the tax controversy group, and Andy Howard, a partner in the tax group, to discuss the investigations now underway in Europe involving so-called “cum-ex dividend trades.”

August 2018 brought two major developments in the Department of Treasury’s race to finalize its partnership audit reform regulations before partnerships begin in early 2019 filing tax returns for the first time under the new regime. First, on August 7, the Department of Treasury (“Treasury”) issued final regulations for partnership representatives. Second, on August 13, Treasury issued new proposed regulations implementing the centralized partnership audit regime, consolidating, amending, and releasing its prior regulations issued in 2017 and early 2018. Our prior coverage of these initial regulations can be found here and here. Both sets of regulations issued in August include certain substantive changes due to comments received by the IRS.

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In a recent International Financial Law Review article, tax partner Jim Brown provides insight on how the IRS has joined tax authorities from the UK, Canada, the Netherlands and Australia to create the Joint Chiefs of Global Tax Enforcement, a sign regulators are getting serious about cryptocurrency. Jim notes that there are questions on how non-U.S. investors will be taxed, and these investors “may require help in navigating [the rules].”

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In a recent Tax Notes article, the author addresses a recent IBA conference panel focused on OECD’s implementation of the base erosion and profit-shifting (BEPS) program. Kat Gregor, who was a speaker on this panel, provides commentary on BEPS’ penalty fallout. Kat provides insight on the positive and negative implications of the program and notes how practitioners should address their tax planning needs, both in the EU and the US.

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