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The Davis Brown Tax Law Blog provides clients with updates and analysis of tax law - including asset and stock purchase/sale transactions, public and private bond financing, tax credit financing and international tax law.



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The Costly Tax Consequences of ESOP Disqualification - August 1, 2017

Over the past several years, the IRS has renewed its focus on auditing Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs), in part because of allegedly abusive arrangements. Unfortunately, ESOPs organized in Iowa have been targeted particularly heavily. Read More »

 

ESOPs in Iowa Gone Wrong - July 25, 2017

The IRS is taking steps to identify abusive ESOPs. Look at your own ESOP structure with these warning signs in mind. Read More »

 

Digital Assets Bill Signed by Governor Branstad - May 12, 2017

Governor Branstad signed Senate File 333, the Iowa Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act, on April 20. Read More »

 

Protecting Employee Information From W-2 Phishing Scams - February 13, 2017

The IRS recently provided an update on a growing scam targeting employers. Read More »

 

Probate Inventory: A Public Listing of Assets - January 16, 2017

As administration of Prince's estate continues, we see more and more examples of how things could have been handled differently (and, in many ways, better) with a proper estate plan. Earlier this month, the estate filed an inventory listing the assets of the estate. What is an inventory, and why do people care? Read More »

 

Congress Offers Technical Corrections to Help Implement the New Partnership Audit Rules - December 29, 2016

Congress's Technical Corrections Act of 2016 was passed to address a number of concerns with the 2015 Bipartisan Budget Act relating to audits and administrative strain on partnerships. Read More »

 

Was Prince Married? How Does Marriage Affect an Estate? - December 1, 2016

Several months after his death, a woman came forward claiming she was married to Prince and that she was the sole heir of the estimated $300 million estate. She additionally claimed to have possession of a will signed by Prince. In this post, we'll examine what having a surviving spouse means for someone's estate. Read More »

 

Election Results: Tax Reform on the Horizon? - November 17, 2016

Last week's election results have raised a number of questions about tax reform or repeal and the impact of such legislation upon your estate plan. It's too early to tell how this will shake out. Nonetheless, below are the initial reactions of the members of the Davis Brown Tax and Estate department. Read More »

 

Military Disability Benefits May be Wrongfully Taxed by the IRS - November 11, 2016

Veterans who receive armed service disability benefits for combat-related injuries are able to exclude that income from their taxable income. However, due to some reporting confusion, some veterans may be wrongfully taxed by the IRS. Read More »

 

Tax Law Blog: Updates on the Estate of Prince - October 17, 2016

Since my last blog post, the district court judge has dismissed numerous claims of people alleging they are related (including one who claimed she was secretly married to Prince), and has ordered blood tests for the few remaining individuals. Read More »

 

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