SEC and FINRA Issue Guidance on Broker Dealer Branch Inspections
Broker-Dealers who face inspections from regulators should take heed of recent guidance provided by the two principal securities regulatory agencies. The regulators are the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) and the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations. Their jointly issued “National Examination Risk Alert” offers guidance on policies and procedures that broker-dealers should consider for branch office inspection programs. To learn more, please click here to read the Alert published by the White Collar Defense & Investigations and Securities Litigation & Enforcement Client Service Groups on December 13, 2011.
State Taxation of Former Residents’ Retirement Income
Recently, the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance issued an Advisory Opinion regarding whether New York State may impose income tax on distributions from a nonqualified deferred compensation plan made to a former resident. The opinion, consistent with federal law, concluded that New York State may not impose tax on these retirement payments. To read more about the Advisory Opinion, please click here for the Alert published by the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Client Service Group on December 28, 2011.
Reminder Regarding Information Reporting For Corporate Actions That Affect Stock Basis
Issuers of securities who undertook an “organizational action” in 2011 that affected the basis of such securities are required to file an information return reporting such action. The Information Return for actions taken in 2011 was due to be filed January 17, 2012 for actions taken in 2011. For more information on timing of returns for actions in 2012 and subsequent years, please click here to read the Tax Advice and Controversy Client Service Group Bulletin published December 30, 2011.