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September 2014 Archives

Houston Tax Court to weigh in on estate valuation issues

In an expected weeklong trial, the family of Carl Pohlad, a billionaire real estate developer and owner of the Minnesota Twins, will argue that the Internal Revenue Service estate tax calculations overstate Pohlad’s remaining interest in the baseball team at his death. The IRS argues the estate owes approximately $255 million in estate taxes.

Belize firms accused of offshore tax evasion scheme

In a crackdown on offshore accounts, the Internal Revenue Service has placed more focus on the disclosure of foreign accounts. In addition, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act went into effect in July and requires foreign financial institutions provide the agency information on U.S. taxpayer clients.

Treasury Officials Arm Themselves for Inversion Battle

Treasury Department officials are preparing an arsenal of administrative weapons for Secretary Jacob Lew to use in the government's battle to prevent U.S. companies from reincorporating overseas in an effort to avoid paying federal taxes, otherwise known as tax inversion.

Expert Argues In Favor of U.S. Corporate Tax

While the U.S. maintains the highest corporate tax rate at 35 percent, a paper published earlier this month by University of Southern California law professor Edward Kleinbard, suggests many companies use a system of elaborate tax loopholes to avoid paying anywhere near that amount.

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