Michael W. Evans

Michael W. Evans

K&L Gates LLP

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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

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

Trade Promotion Authority Legislation Could Have Significant Impact on U.S. Trade Agenda

On January 9, 2014, congressional leaders for the key committees responsible for trade legislation introduced a bill to renew expedited procedures for obtaining passage of trade agreement implementing legislation. The United...more

1/20/2014 - Asia EU Foreign Trade Regulations Global Economy International Trade Agreements Trade Agreements Trade Policy Trans-Pacific Partnership

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

EPA Proposes Strict Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards On New Electric Utilities

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) that would set carbon dioxide (CO2) emission limits for certain new fossil-fueled electric utility generating units...more

10/3/2013 - Carbon Emissions Clean Air Act Environmental Policies EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions

IRS Notice 2013-60 Clarifies Rules on Beginning of Construction

On September 20, 2013, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (“Treasury”) released Notice 2013-60, which clarifies in important ways the eligibility rules applicable to the investment tax credit (“ITC”) and production tax...more

9/25/2013 - American Taxpayer Relief Act Construction Contracts Investment Tax Credits IRS Production Tax Credit Tax Credits U.S. Treasury

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

President’s Climate Plan - Real policy change or another political dogfight in Washington

On June 25, President Obama announced an ambitious plan to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and address climate change making good on a promise he made six months ago in his State of the Union Address when he said: “If...more

6/27/2013 - Barack Obama Climate Change Coal Energy Efficiency Energy Policy EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Natural Gas Proposed Legislation Renewable Energy

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

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

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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