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Welcome to TaxBlawg, a resource from Chamberlain Hrdlicka for news and analysis of current legal issues facing tax practitioners. Although blawg.com identifies nearly 1,400 active “blawgs,” including 20+ blawgs related to taxation and estate planning, the needs of tax professionals have received surprisingly little attention.

The Wall Street Journal's Tax Blog gives “tips and advice for filers,” and Paul Caron’s legendary TaxProf Blog is an excellent clearinghouse for academic and policy-oriented news. Yet, tax practitioners still lack a dedicated resource to call their own. For those intrepid souls, we offer TaxBlawg, a forum of tax talk for tax pros.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has raised several interesting issues for employers and employees under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This client alert will address the challenges employers are facing due to the pandemic and their effect on ACA compliance, as well as potential exposure to employer mandate penalties.

General overview of the ACA rules and ESRPs

The ACA added Section 4980H to the Internal Revenue Code (IRC), which applies to applicable large employers (ALEs). An employer is an ALE for a calendar year if, on average, it employed at least 50 full-time employees during the previous ...

Categories: COVID-19

As the legal and tax landscape continue to be shaped by COVID-19, the Chamberlain Tax Planning & Business Transactions Team is diligently reviewing and analyzing the newest legislation and guidance. We have prepared the below summary of certain FAQs recently issued by the IRS regarding the tax credits available under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act ("FFCRA") and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the "CARES Act"). Given the expedited nature in which this new legislation was passed, new guidance may continue to be issued in the future, which may ...

Categories: COVID-19, Tax Relief

COVID-19 is a public health crisis that has already had a profound impact on the U.S. economy. Businesses and individuals are struggling to adapt to restrictions imposed by federal, state and local governments in an attempt to "flatten the curve" and limit the consequences on public health. Several major laws were recently enacted to help partially offset the economic effects of this crisis and hopefully put businesses and the economy in a position to hit-the-ground running once this time has passed.

The Chamberlain Tax Planning & Business Transactions Team has prepared this ...

Houston Marriott Westchase, 2900 Briarpark Dr., Houston, Texas 77042

Chamberlain's West Houston Tax Forum at Marriott Westchase from 7:15-9:00 a.m. will take place on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.

Speakers: Nima Farzaneh

Topic: 2019 Tax Return Preparation Issues:

This presentation concerns how changes to the tax law, cases and rulings may affect tax returns for 2019.

The Houstonian - 111 North Post Oak Lane

Chamberlain Hrdlicka's West Loop (Galleria) Tax Forum at the Houstonian from 7:15-9:00 a.m. will take place on Thursday, February 27, 2020.

Speakers: Nima Farzaneh

Topic: 2019 Tax Return Preparation Issues: This presentation concerns how changes to the tax law, cases and rulings may affect tax returns for 2019.

Speakers: Sebastien Chain, James McNeel, Justice David M. Medina (Texas Supreme Court, Retired), Leo Unzeitig, Jaime Vasquez, Juan F. Vasquez, Jr.

Where: Laredo Country Club, 1415 Country Club Drive, Laredo, Texas 78045

When: Thursday, February 13, 2020
Registration: 8:30 to 9:00 a.m.
Seminar: 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Lunch is included)


9:00 to 9:50 a.m. - Trust, Estate & Guardianship Litigation 2020 Update; presented by James McNeel
Summary: A survey of recent cases and issues currently being litigated to be considered in advising clients on how to ...

Chamberlain Hrdlicka's 2nd Annual San Antonio Tax and Business Planning Seminar will take place on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at the Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Afterward, you are invited to join us for a Happy Hour at our office starting at 5:00 p.m. at the Weston Centre, 112 East Pecan Street, Suite 1450 (across from the Wyndham).

Texas CPAs: 8.0 CPE credit hours
Texas Attorneys: 6.75 CLE credit hours approved
Enrolled Agents: 6.0 CE credit hours approved
No prerequisites for this tax seminar.


Seminar - Wyndham San ...

Chamberlain Hrdlicka's 42nd Annual Houston Tax and Business Planning Seminar will take place on Tuesday, October 30, 2019 at the Norris Conference Center at City Centre, 816 Town and Country Blvd., Suite 210.

Current Schedule

11:00 a.m. - On-Site Registration begins

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Luncheon Presentation

1:05 - 5:30 p.m. - Workshops

5:30 - 6:30 p.m. - Reception

For more information, see https://www.chamberlainlaw.com/news-events-chamberlain_hrdlicka_houston_tax_and_business_planning_seminar-2019.html

Chamberlain Hrdlicka's 34th Annual Atlanta Tax and Business Planning Seminar will take place on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia at Atlanta Perimeter.


11:00 am - On-Site Registration Begins
11:30 am–12:30 pm - Complimentary Lunch & Presentation
12:45–1:45 pm - Workshop Group I
1:50–2:50 pm - Workshop Group II
2:50–3:15 pm - Break
3:20–4:20 pm - Workshop Group I
4:25–5:25 pm - Workshop Group II
5:30–6:30 pm - Reception

Location - Crowne Plaza Ravinia at Atlanta Perimeter at 4355 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, Georgia ...

Houston Marriott Westchase, 2900 Briarpark Dr., Houston, Texas 77042

This is a "Save The Date" for the Wednesday, September 25, 2019 Chamberlain Hrdlicka West Houston Tax Forum at the Marriott Westchase from 7:00-9:00 a.m.

Speakers: Sebastien Chain and Larry Sherlock

Topic: New IRS Voluntary Disclosure Practice:  Domestic Criminal Violations, Foreign Accounts and Cryptocurrency

Late in 2018, the IRS ended its Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program for willful violations of foreign bank account reporting, but leaving in place its existing practices for reporting ...