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Session 1: Recent Developments in Federal Income Taxation - Review significant court decisions, rulings, and statutory and regulatory developments of the past year.
Session 2: Texas State and Local Tax: New Developments - Learn about important new developments in the Texas franchise tax and sales tax laws that affect your tax compliance and tax planning practices. Examine recent court cases and policies affecting the franchise tax COGS calculation, as well as the South Dakota v. Wayfair decision and how it affects businesses that sell across state lines. more »
Session 1: Perspective on the Tax Legislative Process - Get a behind the scenes look at the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, focusing on how specific provisions were enacted and the intent behind the provisions.
Session 2: Rock, Paper, Scissors? Choice of Entity After Tax Reform - The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 changed the tax treatment of business entities, including a reduction in the corporate rate and a new deduction for partners, and brought new considerations into play when choosing the form of doing business for your clients. Hear about the factors that may influence your selection now, when and why pass-through entities may still be the right choice, and how and when multi-entity structures may be useful.
Session 3: Structuring Business Transactions After the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act - Examine the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on mergers and acquisitions, including the effect of new tax rates, expanded bonus depreciation, and new limitations on interest deductions.
Session 4: International Changes - The international tax arena was significantly changed in 2017 with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, including an expansion of its reach into purely domestic transactions. Listen to a discussion about these changes, and identify the key issues they raise for practitioners. more »
"Tangential relationships" for which an estate and trust attorney may have to develop a plan often include committed couples and new spouses of the same gender. But property issues or claims may arise out of tangential relationships as diverse as children born as the result of nontraditional reproductive technology to employer-employee matters. Explore how to negate some relationships, establish others, and provide for those that exist in law or in fact. more »
Explore the latest developments and current status of the new partnership audit rules, as well as tips, traps and trends in drafting partnership and LLC agreement provisions addressing these rules, and learn how to successfully navigate issues in drafting such provisions, including how to determine who the client is and how to address potential conflicts of interest among partners. more »
“Tax Reform” has arrived, and the importance of the management and creation of tax basis – and the opportunities surrounding it – have never been greater. Examine the innovative tax basis management techniques that strip, shift, create, concentrate, and maximize basis where it can be of most benefit to taxpayers, including: (1) upstream planning and powers of appointment to create basis; (2) maximizing and multiplying the “step-up” in basis; (3) the upside of leverage; (4) partnership planning to move basis to where you want it; (5) novel uses of grantor trusts and disregarded entities in basis management; (6) how to “base-up” foreign assets for U.S. taxpayers; and (7) planning that benefits charity while capturing new basis for the family. more »
Session 1: Recent Developments Affecting Estate Planning - Hear Professor Johanson's popular and always-informative review of the latest cases, regulations, rulings and other "hot" estate planning topics!
Session 2: Estate Planning Workshop - Address practical concerns commonly faced by practitioners in the estate planning area, including hot-button issues stemming from recent cases, rulings, and regulations (final and proposed). Gain insight on current "hot" estate planning techniques. more »
Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, along with Initial Coin Offerings and tokens has continued to grow after becoming the focus of many last year. Review a basic explanation of blockchain and what a cryptocurrency is, and get an overview of federal income tax guidance and important tax questions that remain. more »
Exemptions, rates, and brackets may rise and fall, and estate planners’ focus may shift from transfer taxes to income taxes and back. But no matter how laws change, certain tools that should be in every estate planner’s toolbox. Learn techniques that every estate planner needs to understand, including a discussion on when and how to use them, what to watch out for, and how to explain then in a way your clients will understand. more »
Explore the effects of the sharing economy on the traditional employment model as companies use technology to connect providers and end-users in novel ways and individual providers increasingly view themselves as entrepreneurs with their own business aspirations. Specific topics include the scope of the limitations of the employee/contractor classification system, the use of arbitration agreements as a response to judicial second-guessing, the scope of an employee’s fiduciary duty, the ownership of employee inventions, and some of the potential consequences associated with replacing the traditional employment model with individually-defined, market-driven, peer-to-peer business relationships. more »
Cut through the byzantine complexity of Section 199A to understand the Section’s benefits and who gets it, and explore the guardrails that limit the category of owners and the types of income that qualify for the benefit and what we know regarding Treasury guidance. more »
The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is incentivizing a new pattern of investment that will likely have profound implications for companies, particularly with respect to M&A. In plain English that deal lawyers will appreciate, gain practical tips on structuring and negotiating the deal to maximize (or not get blind-sided by) the changing landscape brought on by Tax Reform. more »
Texas tax assessments can financially destroy viable businesses. Therefore, skillful representation is crucial to minimizing the impact of an audit assessment. Join Danielle Ahlrich, JD, to learn strategies for successfully representing clients facing Texas tax audits. First, the pre-audit phase is addressed, including key reconciliations the auditor will perform. Second, techniques to apply during the audit itself are covered, including tips about how to manage the on-site visit and communicate with auditors. Third, listen to a discussion about an analytical framework for analyzing the various forums in which a Texas taxpayer may challenge an adverse assessment, including the advantages and disadvantages of each. more »
Learn how the Texas sales and use tax rules apply to all aspects of residential and commercial construction work, including new construction and remodeling. Understand what’s taxable and how contract pricing dictates when and from whom the tax is due, and hear audit strategies and forum choices for challenging audit assessments. more »
Session 1: Avoiding Potential Discipline Situations - Examine the application of Circular 230 and various state ethics rules to common situations encountered by tax professionals in planning, audits and compliance. In connection with each situation, hear ways practitioners can avoid or remedy problems that may arise so that practitioners can stay out of disciplinary trouble.
Session 2: Protecting, Overcoming and Distinguishing the Work Product Privilege in Texas - Examine the work product privilege under state and federal law, including differences in application and important considerations for practitioners when working with experts, consultants and other third parties. more »
Session 1: Case Law Update - Learn what Texas courts have said during the past year about important issues (fiduciary duties, piercing the entity veil, and more) in the LLC and partnership context.
Session 2: Federal Tax Update - Review rate considerations when considering entity selection, bonus depreciation considerations in planning acquisitions, new limitation on business losses, and other changes to the federal income tax law to consider when forming and structuring transactions under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.
Session 3: Secretary of State Update - Get a practical overview of the new entity name standard, hear filing tips, and learn about other administrative issues from the Office of the Secretary of State. more »