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July 29, 2015 - 11:27 AM EDT
The Republicans Might Be Right About Koskinen
by Jeremy Scott
On July 27, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chair Jason Chaffetz said President Obama should remove IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, and he made it clear that if the president doesn't act, Congress could consider contempt charges and even impeachment.
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July 29, 2015 - 6:41 AM EDT
Michigan's Wrongheaded Approach to Tax Policy
by David Brunori
Over the past few years, I’ve offered advice to both liberal and conservative politicians on tax policy. One of my pearls of wisdom is that both the left and the right should at least try to adhere to the concepts of sound tax policy. Both parties ignore and violate the principles of good tax policy every day. Liberals in Michigan offer the latest example.
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July 28, 2015 - 12:14 PM EDT
Would Private Debt Collectors Do a Better Job Than the IRS? Not Likely
by Joseph J. Thorndike
If you’re a lawmaker who wants to punish the IRS and you’re tired of simply starving it of funding, what’s next? How about dismantling one of the agency’s core functions and outsourcing it to the private sector?
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July 27, 2015 - 12:13 PM EDT
Donald Trump vs. Tax Reform
by Martin A. Sullivan
For commercial real estate the tax benefit provided by like-kind exchanges is "like an IRA account on baseball steroids."
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July 24, 2015 - 10:12 AM EDT
Donald Trump Is Contagious!
by Christopher Bergin
I’ve predicted that it will take two years to start a serious discussion of reforming the tax laws and the agency that administers them. After watching Rand Paul’s latest video, I’ve pushed that back a decade.
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July 8, 2015 - 12:19 PM EDT
Should Tax Officials Speak at Closed Events?
by Cara Griffith
State government officials could learn a little something from the IRS: When speaking to practitioners and their clients, don’t exclude the media.
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June 5, 2015 - 8:36 AM EDT
Global Tax Harmonization and Other Impossible Things
by Robert Goulder
A group called ICRICT (the Independent Commission for the Reform of International Corporate Taxation) has released a declaration on how to transform the corporate tax from a permissive regime that facilitates double-nontaxation into a durable revenue tool for governments to advance social welfare on a global basis. As you might guess, ICRICT faces a few practical obstacles standing between it and fiscal nirvana.
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September 19, 2014 - 10:07 AM EDT
Renouncing the Dogma of Surrey’s Infallibility
by Ajay Gupta
Treasury’s export of Stanley Surrey’s arm’s-length standard was perhaps the most successful case of ideological conversion in the arena of international tax policy. Even as the United States inches away from that construct, the OECD clings to it with a zeal befitting a convert. Treasury may very well have to renounce the dogma of Surrey’s infallibility before true reform in the global transfer pricing regime can take place.
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July 11, 2014 - 9:39 AM EDT
International Tax Trending
by Mindy Herzfeld
This week’s international tax highlights include Jean-Claude Juncker’s agenda for EU tax policy, changes in the IRS’ international administration, and continued assertiveness by the U.S. and other governments in pursuing tax evasion while BEPS goes into sleep mode.
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Congress to Blame for Tax-Driven Offshoring Pressures, PSI Says

Senate Sends Obama 3-Month Highway Bill, Passes Multiyear Bill

Treasury Official Explains Genesis of Proposed PTP Regs

Latest Guidance on 'Cadillac' Tax Appears Employer-Friendly

Guidance Affirms Availability of Exceptions for Ratable Payments

IRS Transfer Pricing Director Disappointed With Altera Decision

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Wisconsin DOR Goes on Hiring Spree to Increase Audits and Collections

MTC to Hold Hearing on Draft Sales Tax Nexus Model Statute

Audit: Portland Arts Tax Faces Low Compliance, Legal Challenges

Member States Approve Demesia Padilla as New MTC Chair

Alabama Governor Releases Special Session Bills to Fix Budget Deficit

Minnesota Considers Special Session to Bail Out Resorts Over Walleye Shortage

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U.K. Public Accounts Committee Opens Inquiries Into Tax Authority

Greek Shipping Industry Keeps Special Tax Privileges -- For Now

India Examining New Committee Report on Minimum Alternate Tax

Estonian Budget to Get Big Boost From Bank Group's Dividend Payout

Former Fiat Australia Head Alleges Improper Transfer Pricing

Moldova Clarifies Eligibility for Greek Tax Treaty Benefits

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July 29, 2015
House Oversight Committee Seeking to Remove IRS Commissioner
by Kat Lucero and Fred Stokeld
Republican members of a House committee investigating the IRS's mishandling of exemption applications called on President Obama July 27 to fire IRS Commissioner John Koskinen for misleading Congress about the missing e-mails of former IRS official Lois Lerner.

July 29, 2015
Senate Appropriators Adopt $10.48 Billion IRS Funding Bill
by Kat Lucero
The Senate Appropriations Committee on July 23 approved legislation that would continue the ongoing budget cuts at the IRS and yet would seek to improve taxpayer services.

July 29, 2015
Michigan Group Pushes Proposal to Pay for Roads With Corporate Tax Increase
by Maria Koklanaris
Following a proposal by Michigan House Democrats to increase the corporate income tax rate by 3 percentage points to pay for transportation improvements, a coalition of union groups went a step further by announcing a petition to push the tax even higher.

July 21, 2015
IRS Hints That ATB Rulings for Some REIT Spinoffs May Be at Risk
by Amy S. Elliott
A real estate investment trust spinoff with a leaseback may be unable to get a letter ruling on some significant issues raised by the spinoff if there are extensive continuing arrangements between OpCo and PropCo, and the significant issue ruling policy is trending toward a narrower wording of rulings, IRS officials indicated July 11.

July 21, 2015
Yahoo May Waive Receipt of Favorable Ruling Spinoff Condition
by Amy S. Elliott
After the markets closed July 17, Yahoo Inc. announced that it still plans to complete the spinoff of its holdings in Alibaba Group in the fourth quarter of 2015, asserting it also has the right to waive a condition that it receive a favorable private letter ruling from the IRS before

July 14, 2015
California Audits of Like-Kind Exchanges Focus of Precedential BOE Opinion
by Amy Hamilton
In the first precedential guidance published by the California Board of Equalization in five years, the board has unanimously overruled the Franchise Tax Board's disallowance of a group of investors' IRC section 1031 like-kind exchange; practitioners hope the ruling will bring the state in line with IRS positions.

July 8, 2015
5 States Yet to Recognize Same-Sex Marriages for Tax Purposes
by Brian Bardwell
Nearly two weeks after same-sex couples won the right to marry nationwide, Kansas and a handful of other states have yet to acknowledge those unions as legitimate for tax purposes.

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