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The Womble Carlyle Economic Development Digest - March 2014

Womble Carlyle’s Economic Development Digest aggregates news, opportunities and legislation impacting business in the United States. ...more

Agribusiness Alert: The Year in Review: 3 Growing Legal Developments in Agricultural Finance

This Ag Alert identifies three growing legal developments in agricultural finance that emerged in 2013 and what to expect and be aware of in 2014....more

GST: Changes For Going Concern And Farm Land Sales

GST: GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES "REVERSE CHARGE" RULES FOR THE SALE OF BUSINESSES AND FARM LAND - The GST Act presently provides an exemption for the sale of a "going concern" or for the sale of "farm land". Where the...more

McAfee & Taft AgLINC - Fall 2013: Syndication: A viable option for ownership of breeding stock

The syndication of stallions rose in popularity several years ago as a result of available tax benefits and the practical benefit of common ownership of a valuable animal used for breeding. While most of the tax benefits from...more

Urban Renewal Once Again on Legislative Agenda

While January 8, 2014, the date on which the General Assembly convenes, is still several months away, legislators are already working on the bills they plan to introduce in this legislative session. As has been the case...more

Housing Market Largely Escapes Damage From Government Shutdown, For Now

The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight on September 30th as the Congress failed to pass a bill to continue funding the government. The repercussions are many, including preventing 800,000 Americans from...more

Special Legislative Session on the Horizon

Minnesota’s Governor Mark Dayton (DFL) has proposed a fall Special Session, suggesting September 9, 2013 as the date. The Governor initially wanted to deal only with disaster relief. However, House Speaker Paul Thissen...more

Peotone Airport Legislation Contains Significant Changes To Property Tax Code

When Governor Quinn signed P.A. 98-109 into law, media reports focused on the legislation pushing forward a Peotone airport, but the 371 pages of legislation also contain a number of other changes. ...more

Seeing the Forest through the Trees -- A New Method for Structuring Investment by Foreign Investors in U.S. Timber and...

Overview - Large institutional investors including pension plans and endowments and foundations have made significant investments in timberland over the last forty years. These same investors have also made significant...more

Growing Michigan - Second Quarter 2013

In This Issue: - Monsanto Wins Supreme Court Patent Case Concerning Roundup Ready Soy Beans - Farm Bill Moves Forward But Remains in Doubt - Bridge to Prosperity: New Bridge Between U.S. and Canada Approved -...more

Health Tax Hammers Small Business

A prominent member of the agriculture community wants to see part of the so-called Obamacare health care reform package thrown out, saying it will cause undue hardship on small business owners, notably farmers....more

Minnesota Gift and Estate Tax Law Changes

On May 23, 2013, Governor Dayton signed the Omnibus Tax Bill (“Tax Bill”) into law. The Tax Bill made significant changes to the Minnesota estate and gift tax laws. The following is a brief summary of a few of the most...more

Infrastructure Alert - May 21, 2013

On May 17, President Obama issued a presidential memorandum to aid in streamline permitting processes for infrastructure projects. The memorandum creates a steering committee whose goal is to cut project completion times in...more

Capital Thinking Update - April 15, 2013

In This Issue: - General Legislative - Agriculture & Food - Budget, Appropriations and Sequestration - Cybersecurity - Defense - Education - Energy - Environment - Financial Services -...more

In Time of Austerity, President’s 2014 Budget Prioritizes Clean Energy Funding

After two months of delay, the Obama Administration released its proposed 2014 budget on April 10. The 244-page document outlines the President’s spending priorities for the coming fiscal year. The proposal calls for $1...more

Capital Thinking Update - February 25, 2013

In This Issue: - General Legislative - Sequestration - Agriculture & Food - Budget and Appropriations - Cybersecurity - Education - Energy - Financial Services - Health Care -...more

1% Assessment on Lumber Products

Starting January 1, 2013, lumber and engineered wood products purchased for use in California are subject to a 1% assessment based on the sales price....more

The Fiscal Cliff Deal’s Impact on Clean Energy - Contains key tax provisions for renewable energy but funding for USDA energy...

Capping weeks of intense negotiations between the Obama Administration and Congressional leaders to avert the fiscal cliff, the House of Representatives late on the night of Jan. 1 passed HR 8, the American Taxpayer Relief...more

Capital Thinking Update - December 24, 2012

General Legislative - At the conclusion of legislative business last week, Members were advised that the House will return for legislative business “after the Christmas holiday when needed.” The Senate will...more

Ag Groups Urge Action On Estate Taxes

More than 30 agriculture groups recently sent a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate urging them to provide farmers and ranchers with permanent relief from the estate tax....more

Capital Thinking Update - December 3, 2012

General Legislative - On Monday, December 3, the House will meet at noon for morning hour and at 2:00 for legislative business. No votes are expected in the House. Legislation under consideration will include H.R. 5817...more

What the Lame Duck Will Look Like if Democrats Retain the White House

If President Obama is reelected, expect Democrats to argue that they have a mandate to extend certain of the tax breaks for those making under $250,000 while letting the tax cuts expire for those on the upper income end. In...more

New Taxes on Farmland Sales for 2013

If there is a chance that you may want to sell your farm, then you should think hard about getting it done before the end of 2012. There is a load of new taxes on capital gains and unearned income coming into effect on Jan....more

New law gives Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax exemptions for family farms

A recent law enacted by the Pennsylvania Legislature will enable farmers to pass their family farms to future generations without having to pay Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax. With proper estate and tax planning, this law will...more

This Week in Washington - July 13, 2012

In This Issue: - DOMESTIC POLICY MATTERS - Budget/Sequestration. On Tuesday, Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Jeffrey Zients agreed to testify before the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) on...more

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