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  • Removing Unsightly Tax Credit Buildup

    The tax extenders bill in Congress will enable companies to use accumulated minimum tax credits. June 3, 2010

  • Why Semantics Matter in Noncompete Pacts

    The amortization schedule of a noncompete agreement is settled when a tax court dives deep into a rule definition. June 1, 2010

  • A Costly Look at How Sausage Is Made

    C&F Packing won its trade-secret case against Pizza Hut last year, but found out the hard way that settlements related to trade-secret misappropriation are taxed as ordinary income. May 24, 2010

  • The Upside to a Downstairs Merger

    Can Retail Ventures Inc., the parent of shoe retailer DSW, be eliminated in a tax-efficient way? May 17, 2010

  • An Arm's Length IPO

    Through a series of carefully planned steps, a parent is able to distance itself from a related-party transaction and structure an initial public offering that takes advantage of key tax benefits. May 3, 2010

  • Double Trouble? Maybe Not

    Companies that face simultaneous audits find that it pays to be diplomatic. May 1, 2010

  • The IRS Picks On the Little Guy

    Tax audits of big companies have declined as the Internal Revenue Service shifts its attention to smaller businesses. April 28, 2010

  • Are Surplus Notes Disguised Equity?

    If surplus notes look like debt, and act like debt, it's reasonable to assume the courts will treat them like debt for tax purposes. April 26, 2010

  • Forming a Joint Venture Is Not a Sale

    The structure of the NBC Universal deal between GE and Comcast probably was influenced by a 1978 court decision. April 12, 2010

  • Past Layoffs Could Provide Tax Refund

    A recent court ruling suggests that companies may be able to recover FICA taxes linked to severance pay. But to take full advantage of the first refund year, they'll have to file before April 15. April 9, 2010

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