Tax Law

752 ABA Journal articles on Tax Law.

New tax law affects alimony, could spur divorce surge
Some experts are predicting a surge in divorces this year as spouses paying alimony seek to take advantage of the deduction before it is eliminated.
Tax issues reportedly slow merger talks between Bryan Cave and UK law firm

Tax issues have reportedly held up merger talks between Bryan Cave and U.K. law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner.

The firms are discussing full financial integration rather than a merger using…

Supreme Court accepts cases on appointment of SEC judges, retailer sales taxes, redistricting

The U.S. Supreme Court granted review in 12 cases Friday, including a challenge to the appointment process for administrative law judges at the Securities and Exchange Commission.

At issue in…

Does tax bill violate the Constitution by treating residents of high-tax states differently?
Some governors of high-tax states are considering a constitutional challenge to the $10,000 cap on state and local deductions for income and property taxes in the tax bill passed by Congress last month.
Tax bill aims to reduce confidential sex harassment settlements

A provision in the consensus tax bill seeks to reduce the use of confidential sex harassment settlements.

The provision bars a business expense deduction for any settlement, payout or attorney…

Consensus tax bill includes law firms in pass-through tax relief, with limits
Law firms and other professional service entities won’t be entirely excluded from tax relief for pass-through entities in the final version of the tax bill that is awaiting passage.
ABA asks Congress to include law firms in pass-through tax relief
ABA President Hilarie Bass has written a letter to House and Senate leaders working on the consensus tax bill asking them to include law firms and other professional service businesses in tax relief for pass-through entities.
Court narrows order requiring Coinbase to give user data to the IRS

A federal judge has ordered cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase to hand over user data to the Internal Revenue Service.

Twelve months into this court battle, Coinbase and the IRS have been…

ABA voices opposition to elimination of school loan interest deduction in Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

In response to a tax bill proposal to eliminate student loan interest deductions, the American Bar Association has asked that they be kept in place.

“Of particular interest to the…

Trump Jr. asked for documents showing illegal proceeds went to Clinton campaign, Russian lawyer says

Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya describes her June 2016 meeting with Donald Trump Jr. as a failure, she says in an interview with Bloomberg News.

Veselnitskaya says Trump Jr. indicated that…

Sessions blasts judges issuing nationwide injunctions, calls them ‘super-legislators’
Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday criticized judges who have issued nationwide injunctions that blocked Trump administration policies, calling the judges “super-legislators for the entire United States.”
Will law firms benefit from Trump tax plan? Details are sketchy

Some law firms might benefit if President Donald Trump’s plan to limit the maximum tax rate of pass-through entities wins approval.

But large law firms may not qualify, the

Correspondence shows attorney preferred that Trump not certify financial disclosure as true

A lawyer representing President Donald Trump initially resisted having him certify his 2016 personal financial disclosure as true, The Associated Press reported Friday.

The AP reported on correspondence between…

Marketing experts: Morgan Lewis won’t be hurt by SNL’s treatment of its Trump tax letter

A letter written by Morgan Lewis & Bockius to President Donald Trump was the source of jokes on “Saturday Night Live” last weekend.

Marketing experts tell the Legal Intelligencer

Trump signs executive order relaxing IRS ban on political activity by tax-exempt churches
Updated: President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday that directs the Internal Revenue Service to exercise restraint when enforcing restrictions on political activity by tax-exempt churches and charities.

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