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Byrnes & Bloink’s TaxFacts Intelligence (September 21, 2020)

Posted by William Byrnes on September 21, 2020


Texas A&M University School of Law’s online wealth and international tax risk management graduate curricula for industry professionals has attracted over 160 enrollment this fall semester. Apply now for courses that begin January 11 spring semester. See the international tax course list by > weekly topic here. <

Texas A&M, annual budget of $6.3 billion (FY2020), is the largest U.S. public university, one of only 60 accredited U.S. universities of the American Association of Universities (R1: Doctoral Universities – Highest Research Activity) and one of only 17 U.S. universities that hold the triple U.S. federal grant of Land, Sea, and Space!

 

Prof. William H. Byrnes
        Robert Bloink, J.D., LL.M.

The big news this week: One complication to the FFCRA and FMLA leave changes introduced by the CARES Act is the issue of W-2 reporting. While it’s not front-and-center in everyone’s mind right now, reporting season will come around again before you know it and the IRS has new guidance about how those types of leave should appear on an employee’s W-2. We also see updates on the Section 199A deduction for REIT shareholders and Premium Tax Credit-Related Inflation Adjustments for 2021.

IRS Provides Guidance on W-2 Reporting of FFCRA Paid Sick Leave and Expanded FMLA Leave

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires smaller employers (under 500 employees) to provide paid sick leave and expanded FMLA leave for COVID-19-related reasons. IRS guidance requires W-2 reporting of those payments that provides important clarity for self-employed taxpayers. Self-employed taxpayers can claim a tax credit for FFCRA sick leave amounts. If they receive any FFCRA pay as an employee, they must reduce their credit amount by the amount paid by the employee. Because of this, employers are required to separately state the paid leave portion of employee compensation on their Form W-2, in Box 14. The employer can also report the FFCRA pay on a separate statement included with the employee’s W-2 for 2020. If the W-2 is provided electronically, the separate statement must be provided in the same manner and at the same time. For more information, visit Tax Facts Online. Read More

IRS Final Rules Confirm: RIC Shareholders Receiving REIT Dividends Qualify for 199A Deduction

The IRS released final rules that allow dividends that a RIC shareholder receives from a REIT to qualify for the Section 199A deduction. These REIT dividends qualify for conduit treatment–so they are treated as though the shareholder received them directly. On the other hand, the treatment of qualified PTP income remains uncertain. The law itself states that directly received PTP income is eligible for the 20% deduction, but the IRS has not permitted similar conduit treatment for PTP income. This uncertainty could encourage more investors to invest directly in the PTP. For more information on the treatment of REIT dividends and PTP income in calculating the Section 199A deduction, visit Tax Facts Online. Read More

IRS Releases Premium Tax Credit-Related Inflation Adjustments for 2021

The IRS has released the Affordable Care Act (ACA) premium tax credit-related inflation-adjusted numbers for use in 2021. In 2021, the percentage used to determine whether an individual is eligible for employer-sponsored health insurance that is affordable is 9.83 percent (up from 9.78 percent in 2020). This means that if the individual is required to contribute more than 9.83 percent of his or her household income toward health insurance in 2021, he or she may be eligible for premium tax credit assistance. For more information on determining when health coverage is deemed affordable for ACA purposes, visit Tax Facts Online. Read More

 

Byrnes & Bloink’s Tax Facts Offers a Complete Web, App-Based, and Print Experience

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  • weekly transcribed debate discussion for client soft-skill discussion
  • among other weekly client advisory critical updates

Questions? Contact customer service: TaxFactsHelp@alm.com800-543-0874

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Byrnes & Bloink’s TaxFacts Intelligence (September 17, 2020)

Posted by William Byrnes on September 17, 2020


Texas A&M University School of Law’s online wealth management, international tax risk management, and general risk management graduate curricula for industry professionals has attracted over 160 enrolled for fall semester. Apply now for courses that begin January 11. 

Texas A&M, annual budget of $6.3 billion (FY2020), is the largest U.S. public university, one of only 60 accredited U.S. universities of the American Association of Universities (R1: Doctoral Universities – Highest Research Activity) and one of only 17 U.S. universities that hold the triple U.S. federal grant of Land, Sea, and Space!

 

Prof. William H. Byrnes
        Robert Bloink, J.D., LL.M.

The big news this week: COVID hardship distributions for qualified plans was one of the headline features of the CARES Act, but Notice 2020-50 was recently released and deals with COVID distributions from nonqualified plans as well. Given the wide variety of nonqualified plans this could present some significant planning opportunities. We also see updates on excess parachute payments and proposed regs that would allow HRAs to reimburse expenses for concierge care, which is an increasingly popular option for many individuals and families..

IRS Guidance Sheds Light on Nonqualified Plan Election Rules

IRS Notice 2020-50 provided substantial guidance on the treatment of coronavirus-related distributions for both qualified and nonqualified plan purposes. With respect to Section 409A and nonqualified plans, the IRS confirmed that such a distribution would be treated as a hardship distribution. This allows nonqualified deferred compensation plans to amend their terms to allow either (1) automatic suspension of the individual’s deferral elections throughout 2020 or (2) the right for qualified individuals to elect to suspend their deferral elections during 2020. For more information on hardship and nonqualified deferred compensation plans, visit Tax Facts Online. Read More

Proposed IRS Regs Clarify Definition of “Excess Parachute Payment” for Tax-Exempt Tax Rules

Tax-exempt entities are subject to a 21 percent tax on excess compensation and excess parachute payments under the 2017 tax reform legislation. The IRS has proposed regulations clarifying that certain payments are exempt from the definition. However, amounts paid by the organization itself, a predecessor or related organization may also be included in the calculation. For more information on the new rules, visit Tax Facts Online. Read More

IRS Proposed Regs Allow HRA Reimbursement for Concierge Care

The IRS proposed regulations on direct primary care arrangements impact the medical expense deduction, availability of HRA reimbursements and eligibility for HSA participation. Under the regulations, a direct primary care arrangement could be used for medical care or medical insurance and could also be reimbursed from an HRA. However, individuals covered by these arrangements would lose eligibility to contribute to an HSA under most circumstances. For more information on the types of expenses that HRAs can cover, visit Tax Facts Online. Read More

Byrnes & Bloink’s Tax Facts Offers a Complete Web, App-Based, and Print Experience

Reducing complicated tax questions to understandable answers that can be immediately put into real-life practice, Tax Facts works when and where you need it….on your desktop, at home on your laptop, and on the go through your tablet or smartphone.

  • all Tax Facts books
  • Tax Facts Intelligence weekly newsletters
  • weekly strategy articles for client advisory
  • weekly transcribed debate discussion for client soft-skill discussion
  • among other weekly client advisory critical updates

Questions? Contact customer service: TaxFactsHelp@alm.com800-543-0874

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Leaked OECD Pillar 1 and 2 Blueprints for download

Posted by William Byrnes on September 4, 2020


OECD Leaked Pillar 1 Blue Print (pp 227)

OECD Pillar 2 Leaked Blue Print (pp 257)

This note contains a draft report on the Blueprint of the Pillar One solution expected to be delivered in October. It is distributed to the delegates of the Inclusive Framework for comments. Delegates are invited to coordinate with their teams (delegates in the TFDE and relevant working parties) to provide one consolidated set of comments per jurisdiction.

In response to repeated requests for simplifications from Inclusive Framework members, a number of simplification features were developed and discussed at the last Steering Group meeting in July and subsequently presented to the working parties. These features, which have been included in this Blueprint, have implications across different building blocks (e.g. revenue thresholds,  segmentation and profit allocation).

The draft Blueprint reflects consensus views that emerged from this work as much as possible, but recognises that certain issues, both technical and political, are still pending. There are some elements (e.g. quanta and profitability thresholds) where Inclusive Framework members will make a final decision only as part of an overall political agreement. Chapter 1 contains the executive summary of the Blueprint, and the subsequent chapters describe in more detail each building block (chapters 2 to 10). In addition, a process map illustrating how the new taxing right (Amount A) will apply in practice is provided in Annex A.

 

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  1. International Tax courses are limited to 15 students.  Many have 9 – 12 for maximum interaction with the professors and each other in real-time Zoom discussion.  No one is ‘left out’. Everyone has a substantial weekly learning experience.
  2. Courses meet twice weekly on Zoom for 90 minutes (or more) to discuss the case study and the weekly issues, and then students in teams (generally of three) roll play the case study representing a stakeholder interest assigned by the professor/s in the second meeting, ending with a recap discussion of the case study. See an example case study moot on YouTube 
  3. Courses include original authored reading and study materials, original case studies, links to the robust tax library for current articles, analytical materials, and technology/data providers.
  4. Courses include weekly instructor video-lectures and/or audio podcasts.
  5. Degree options for all tax professionals — lawyers (Master of Laws, LL.M.) and accountants, economists, financial professionals (Master of Jurisprudence, M.Jur.)
  6. The founder Professor William Byrnes is the pioneer of Online Learning for Legal Education, having initiated the original version of this program in 1994 (see his LinkedIn Group of 27,000+ member network of former students, book subscribers, webinar attendees, and career contacts).
  7. The founder Professor William Byrnes is a leading international tax author with 10 annual treatises published by Lexis and Wolters Kluwer, and three Tax Facts titles by National Underwriter.
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  9. 160+ current graduate enrollment for risk management, tax-risk management, and wealth management program.
  10. All students have access to Lexis, Westlaw, Bloomberg Law, Cheetah (formerly Kluwer-CCH), IBFD, Tax Analysts, S&P, BvD-Moodys, Thomson, OECD Library, and hundreds of other information resource providers (check out our university virtual libraries here and here)

Texas A&M, annual budget of $6.3 billion (FY2020), is the largest U.S. public university, one of only 60 accredited U.S. universities of the American Association of Universities (R1: Doctoral Universities – Highest Research Activity) and one of only 17 U.S. universities that hold the triple U.S. federal grant of Land, Sea, and Space!

FALL 2020 Semester (starts Aug 24 and ends Nov 30) 

International Tax & Tax Treaties I: Residency Dr. Bruno Da Silva (Loyens & Loeff), and William Byrnes (TAMU) 3 credits (meet Monday and Friday at 8am Central Daylight Dallas time zone)

    • Week 1 Aug 23 Domestic Tax Rights; Double Taxation; Tax Treaty Allocation Of Tax Rights
    • Week 2 Aug 30 Types Of Taxes; Tax Treaty Interpretation
    • Week 3: Sept 6 Tax Jurisdiction Over Persons, Tax Treaty Interpretation
    • Week 4: Sept 13 Tax Jurisdiction of Corporations; Tax Treaty Interpretation & Application
    • Week 5: Sept 20 Tax Jurisdiction of Entities
    • Week 6: Sept 27 U.S. Tax Reform / Pillar II
    • Week 7 capstone of tax data analytics and technology

International Tax Risk Management & Domestic Systems (Inbound) (meet Tuesdays and Sunday at 8am Central Daylight Dallas time zone)

    • Week 1 Aug 23 national tax systems in general and inbound diagnostic Dr. Susana Bokobo, former global tax policy director Repsol
    • Week 2 Aug 30 Manuel Tron Mexico as an inbound diagnostic case study (President Emeritus, International Fiscal Association)
    • Week 3 Sept 6 Elis Prendergast (KPMG)
    • Week 4 Sept 13 Carson Le (KPMG)
    • Week 5 Sept 20 Dr. Maji Rhee (Waseda) Japan/Korea as inbound case studies
    • Week 6 Sept 27 Domestic Compliance Risk Matrix Hafiz Choudhury
    • Week 7 capstone of tax data analytics and technology for inbound domestic tax risk management

International Tax & Tax Treaties II: Source Dr. Bruno Da Silva (Loyens & Loeff), and William Byrnes (TAMU) 3 credits (meet Monday and Friday at 8am Central Daylight Dallas time zone)

    • Week 1 Oct 11 Tax of Business Income (PE, Nexus)
    • Week 2 Oct 18 Tax of Investment Income
    • Week 3: Oct 25 Taxation of Services and Employment Income (including DST)
    • Week 4: Nov 1 Double Taxation and Tax Credits
    • Week 5: Nov 8 Tax Accounting
    • Week 6: Nov 15 Introduction to Management of Tax and Data
    • Week 7 capstone of tax data analytics and technology

International Tax Risk Management II (Data, Analytics & Technology) 3 credits (meet Wednesday and Sunday at 8am Central Daylight Dallas time zone)

    • Week 1 Oct 11 Manufacturing I Dr. Niraja Srinivasan Pillar 1 (Dell Global Tax)
    • Week 2 Oct 18 Manufacturing II (DEMPE & Supply Chain) Niraja Srinivasan
    • Week 3 Oct 25 Manufacturing III (Customs) Niraja Srinivasan
    • Week 4 Nov 1 Tax of Patents / Technology, Dr. Brigitte Muehlmann (Daylight time ends, Wednesday and Sunday at 8am Central Standard Dallas time zone)
    • Week 5 Nov 8 Tax Risk & Tax Technology, Dr. Brigitte Muehlmann
    • Week 6 Nov 15 Tax Risk & Tax Technology, Dr. Brigitte Muehlmann
    • Week 7 capstone of tax data analytics and technology for global tax risk management

additional spring and summer courses include: 

Transfer Pricing Risk Management: Tangibles, Methods, Economics, and Data           Transfer Pricing Risk Management: Intangibles and Services

E.U. Tax Risk Management                                                                                                 U.S. Tax Risk Management

FATCA, CRS, and AEoI (Law, Data, Systems)                                                                    International Tax Risk Management I (Data, Analytics & Technology)   

VAT                                                                                                                                      Customs

 

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