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You’ve Been Served: Defending Against a State Tax Class Action
Are you prepared for this rising threat to your business?

An email comes from the general counsel: your company has been sued by a customer who alleges that the company systematically overcharges sales tax.1 The complaint—the legal document that starts the lawsuit—contains multiple counts for various violations of state statutes and common law doctrines and demands damages, attorney’s fees, and… Read more »

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Obtaining IRS Refunds: Procedures and Strategies
It’s rarely as simple as you think

Uncertainty in tax law is reaching unprecedented levels. In the past four years, taxpayers have managed dramatic tax reform, pandemic-fueled emergency tax legislation, rafts of new Treasury Regulations (and accompanying challenges to some regulations), and increased aggressiveness by certain tax authorities. Tax departments now must be nimbler than ever as… Read more »

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TEI Roundtable No. 37: Lessons Learned From TCJA Implementation
What are the implications for Biden’s proposals? 

This roundtable was conducted on October 27 as the closing plenary session of TEI’s 76th Annual Conference in Florida. The session, Lessons Learned From TCJA Implementation and Implications for Biden’s Proposals, featured four distinguished panelists who shared their perspectives on the practical implementation and administration of business tax reform legislation:… Read more »

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The Changing Landscape of Indirect Tax
Guidance on emerging challenges in state and local indirect tax in the wake of COVID-19

The indirect tax landscape has changed rapidly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. If the Supreme Court’s decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair in 2018 created a new playing field, complete with new marketplace facilitator guidance, the global pandemic has moved the goalposts. In this demanding environment, what is the… Read more »

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ESG Tax Transparency
You might want to check out BRT’s statement signed by 181 CEOs

In years gone by, business looked primarily to increasing shareholder returns, paying less attention to how their business practices affected the environment and society. For many, the primary concern in supply chain design was cost, with little inquiry into how supply chain partners conducted business. But more and more, such… Read more »

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Who Is Interested in My Request for Interest?
Procedural missteps can risk taxpayers’ pursuit of overpayment interest from the IRS

The law is clear: “If a taxpayer overpays its taxes, the IRS owes the taxpayer interest on that amount.”1 This obligation certainly characterized the Internal Revenue Service’s 2020 fiscal year, in which the IRS paid more than $3 billion of overpayment interest to taxpayers.2 This figure is just the latest… Read more »

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Tax Rate Modeling in the New World of US International Tax
Foreign branch versus CFC and the GILTI high-tax exclusion are two essential modeling imperatives

The world is getting smaller and more complex. National economies are more integrated globally, but national deficits and the need for tax revenues are driving unilateral measures. The original objective of the base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) project has been described as ensuring that profits are taxed where economic… Read more »

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The Pandemic’s Effect on Sales Tax Post-Wayfair
Expect even more uncertainty going forward

The COVID-19 pandemic has wrought disruption and change in practically every area in which we operate, and its effects on the sales tax environment are no different. What is particularly interesting about the operation of the sales tax is that states and businesses are still grappling with the groundbreaking developments… Read more »

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Understanding the Built-in Gain and Loss Rules of Section 382—and Possible Significant Changes on the Horizon
Unprecedented NOLs have accompanied unprecedented times

As we all welcome the new year, companies look forward to the future and hope to leave 2020 to the history books. Because of the lingering economic effects of COVID-19 and the expansion by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) of the application of the Section 168(k) first-year bonus… Read more »

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More Transparency in the EU: Questions & Answers on DAC 6
Are you up to date on cross-border arrangements?

The European Union (EU) passed a sixth version of its Directive on Administrative Cooperation in the Field of Taxation, known as DAC 6 (EU Council Directive 2018/822), on May 25, 2018. DAC 6 introduces reporting requirements for professional intermediaries (and, under certain circumstances, taxpayers) relating to their involvement in a… Read more »

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