Mary Burke Baker

Mary Burke Baker

K&L Gates LLP

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Congress Turns Tax World Upside Down with New Focus on Corporate Inversions

Interest in corporate inversions has revived on Capitol Hill. Recent publicity surrounding pending deals has triggered comments and legislative proposals from tax writers and other members and stirred up the debate about...more

6/24/2014 - Corporate Taxes Inversion Tax Reform

FATCA is Coming

At the end of May 2014, a bill was introduced to the Australian Federal Parliament to give effect to the United States' Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and the intergovernmental agreement which was executed by...more

6/24/2014 - Australia FATCA FATCA Timeline FFI Intergovernmental Agreements IRS

The First Dish is Served: Chairman Camp Unveils Comprehensive Tax Reform Discussion Draft

On February 26, 2014, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) unveiled his comprehensive tax reform proposal. Chairman Camp released his proposal in discussion draft form, and the bill was not officially...more

4/3/2014 - Business Taxes Corporate Counsel Corporate Taxes Tax Credits Tax Incentives Tax Reform

What’s on the Menu? How Will the Administration’s Smorgasbord of Tax Proposals Affect You?

Earlier this month, the Treasury Department released its “General Explanations of the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2015 Revenue Proposals,” commonly known as the “Green Book.” This alert describes what the Green Book is, the...more

3/28/2014 - Green Book Tax Reform

Will Wyden Recharge the Batteries on the Finance Committee’s Energy Tax Reform Proposal?

In late 2013, the Senate Finance Committee released a tax reform staff discussion draft on energy (the “energy draft”) as part of a series of tax reform proposals. According to Committee staff, the energy draft “proposes a...more

2/26/2014 - Energy Policy Energy Tax Incentives Tax Reform

2014: Turbulent Waters Ahead in Tax Policy

Although the prospect for comprehensive tax reform this year is dimming, debate on tax policy issues will continue to be prominent on Capitol Hill. Between election year dynamics, changes in committee leadership, the tax...more

2/18/2014 - Federal Budget IRS Legislative Agendas Max Baucus Tax Reform U.S. Treasury Ways and Means Committee

The Cloak of Invisibility for Foreign Accounts Is Rapidly Unraveling: IRS and Foreign Banks Are Clamping Down on U.S. Tax Evasion

A global push for enhanced financial transparency means that United States owners of foreign accounts and assets will not be able to remain invisible forever. New rules and enhanced enforcement of existing rules will soon...more

1/31/2014 - Banks Disclosure Requirements FATCA Foreign Banks IRS OVDP Tax Evasion

Senate Finance Committee Makes Waves with Pooled Approach to Cost Recovery

The Senate Finance Committee released a tax reform staff discussion draft on cost recovery and accounting as part of a series of tax reform proposals in late 2013. The Cost Recovery and Accounting (“CR&A”) proposal completely...more

1/30/2014 - Asset Valuations Corporate Taxes Depreciation Tax Deductions Tax Reform

Taxes and Politics Collide in New IRS Guidelines for 501(c)(4) Organizations: IRS Proposes to Restrict Political Activities of...

On November 29, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued proposed rules, “Guidance for Tax-Exempt Social Welfare Organizations on Candidate-Related Political Activities” (78 Fed. Reg. 71535-71542 (Nov. 29, 2013)),...more

12/11/2013 - 501(c)(4) Exempt Organizations IRS Non-Profits Political Campaigns Political Candidates Political Contributions

Paul & Patty’s Potluck: Budget Conference Could Have Big Implications for Tax Reform

After weeks of tense negotiations, Congress passed legislation on October 16, 2013 to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling. As part of the deal, congressional leaders agreed to establish a conference to...more

10/23/2013 - Federal Budget Legislative Agendas Tax Reform

Getting Ready for the Main Course: Senate Finance Committee Leaders Outline "Blank Slate" Approach to Tax Reform

The momentum toward comprehensive tax reform accelerated significantly on June 27th, 2013, when the bipartisan leaders of the Senate Finance Committee, Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-UT), sent...more

7/12/2013 - Income Taxes Proposed Legislation Tax Credits Tax Reform

The New World Wide Web: FATCA Inspires a Global Effort to Fight Tax Evasion

The rapid evolution of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (“FATCA”) from a U.S. driven effort to crack down on U.S. offshore tax evaders into an information reporting mechanism being considered for adoption throughout the...more

6/28/2013 - Due Diligence EU European Commission FATCA Intergovernmental Agreements OECD Offshore Funds Reporting Requirements Tax Evasion Withholding Requirements

Don't Wait To Weigh In On Tax Reform

Don’t wait to weigh in on tax reform. That’s the message coming from the tax writers on Capitol Hill. After the flurry of activity this year on comprehensive tax reform—including the House Ways and Means Committee’s...more

6/25/2013 - Proposed Legislation Tax Reform

Getting Over the Goal Line: Congress Shows Strong Support for Medical Device Tax Repeal, but Issues Remain

Introduction - The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) generates very few areas of agreement. However, in recent months, proposals to repeal one of the most visible and controversial provisions of the...more

6/3/2013 - Affordable Care Act Manufacturers Medical Device Tax Medical Devices

Is the Menu Now Set? Joint Committee on Taxation Releases Report on Ways and Means Working Group Process

On Monday, May 6, the Joint Committee on Taxation (“JCT”) published a report on the work of the 11 House Ways and Means Committee Working Groups on tax reform. This alert provides background on the report and possible next...more

5/8/2013 - Tax Reform

Treasury Releases “Green Book” of Obama Administration FY 2014 Tax Priorities

On April 10, the Treasury Department released its “General Explanations of the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2014 Revenue Proposals.” Known as the “Green Book,” the document provides an explanation of the Administration’s FY...more

4/18/2013 - American Taxpayer Relief Act Barack Obama Derivatives Domestic Manufacturing Deduction Employment Tax Estate Tax Fiscal Reports Infrastructure Retirement Tax Credits Tax Deductions Veterans

Instant Messaging: “Vote-A-Rama” Provides Rare Insight into Tax Reform

By a vote of 50-49, the Senate passed its FY14 budget resolution (S. Con. Res. 8) at 5:00 a.m. last Saturday – the first time the Senate has passed a budget resolution in four years. The budget resolution is significant in...more

3/29/2013 - Dynamic Scoring Estate Tax Federal Budget Marketplace Fairness Act Medical Device Tax Offshore Funds Proposed Amendments Tax Reform Vote-a-Rama

If You're Not At the Table, You're On the Menu: Ways and Means Working Groups Solicit Input on Tax Reform

Comprehensive tax reform is the top priority of the congressional tax-writing committees this year. In continuation of several years of work on this issue, the House Ways and Means Committee recently unveiled the next stage...more

3/8/2013 - Tax Reform Ways and Means Committee

Tax Reform – The Next Installment: Reforming the Taxation of Financial Instruments

After the fiscal cliff deal failed to include a framework for comprehensive tax reform, many in Washington predicted that the momentum for tax reform would wither away. Although Congress has many important issues on its...more

1/31/2013 - American Taxpayer Relief Act Bonds Derivatives Discussion Draft FIFO Financial Instruments Fiscal Cliff Harvesting Losses Hedge Funds Tax Reform Ways and Means Committee

Financial Transaction Tax: European Implementation and American Imitation?

Momentum is building to reform the U.S. tax system and address the nation’s fiscal challenges. However, options to raise revenue to reduce the deficit and offset a potential decrease in corporate and individual tax rates are...more

1/28/2013 - Financial Transaction Tax

FATCA Regulations Finally Arrive: A First Look

On January 17, 2013, the U.S. Treasury Department (“U.S. Treasury”) and the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) released long-awaited final regulations on the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (“FATCA”). The final regulations...more

1/23/2013 - FATCA FFI Foreign Banks Foreign Financial Accounts Intergovernmental Agreements IRS NFFE

Fiscal Cliff II: What’s Next For Tax Reform?

On January 1, 2013, the Senate and House of Representatives passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (“ATRA”), signed into law by President Obama on January 2. ATRA averts the “fiscal cliff” by making permanent the...more

1/9/2013 - Alternative Minimum Tax American Taxpayer Relief Act Capital Gains Dividends Farm Bill Fiscal Cliff Income Taxes Medicare Taxes Roth Conversions Sequestration Tax Credits Tax Rates

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