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In our first two newsletters, we offered thoughts and predictions on the Trump Legislative Agenda. Here are a few updates...more

Should REITs Worry About Section 1031 Repeal?

by King & Spalding on

One of the headline proposals contained in the Republican Party’s “Better Way” blueprint for tax reform was immediate expensing of business investments. Although the Blueprint does not directly address like-kind exchanges,...more

Land Owners Could Be Paying Proposed Severance Tax

by Barley Snyder on

Whether or not the latest natural gas severance tax proposal gets passed into law in Pennsylvania, House Bill 542 contains some interesting language land owners who have signed lease agreements with energy companies need to...more

Captive Insurance Update | Issue No. 1 | 2017 - A summary of state and federal developments in the captive insurance industry

Changes at the Top - Republican Phil Scott was elected Governor of Vermont in November 2016, having previously served as Lieutenant Governor for six years. Governor Scott has re-appointed Michael Pieciak to serve as the...more

Forging ahead: US M&A H1 2017: Forging ahead: H1 in review

by White & Case LLP on

Expectations of another bumper year for US M&A failed to materialize in the first half of 2017, as total deal volume fell below 2016 levels. In the first six months of 2017, there were 2,413 deals, an 8 percent drop from...more

Details of Tax Reform Proposal Slowly Come into Focus

by Baker Donelson on

While tax reform watchers wait for the White House's September tax reform proposal, the House Ways and Means Committee is moving forward. On July 13 and 19, the Committee held hearings examining the potential impact of tax...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Legislature Met on July 20 to Consider Bond Bills, Items from Special Appropriations Table - After...more

Prediction Markets' Forecast on Tax Changes

by Slim Ventures LLC on

Prediction markets accuracy rates average 74%[1], and are more often more accurate than expert or public opinion surveys. With that in mind, we thought we would give you the prediction markets’ take on the likelihood of...more

insights Newsletter - Summer 2017

Shumaker is pleased to present the Summer 2017 issue of insights. In it we discuss: - Proposition 65 Amendments Require Re-evaluation of Products and Warnings - Privacy Compliance Driven by the European...more

UK: The Biggest Shake Up of Employment Law in a Generation?

by Littler on

On July 11, 2017, the UK government published the Review of Modern Working Practices. The report was issued by Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the Royal Society of Arts and a former policy chief to Tony Blair. Current...more

Good News for Taxpayers: IRS Targets for Reform Burdensome Regulations on Partnerships, Corporations, REITs, Estates, and More

Earlier this year, President Trump issued Executive Order 13789, which ordered the Treasury Department to review all significant tax regulations issued after December 31, 2015 and identify regulations that impose an undue...more

Q&A with Sheppard F. Miers: Federal tax reform could affect state tax determinations

by GableGotwals on

Q: Would tax reform at the federal level affect the taxes we pay at the state level? A: Oklahoma state income tax generally conforms to the federal income tax imposed under the Internal Revenue Code. In general, income and...more

IRS Regulations on the Chopping Block

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

Tax practitioners have complained for years about the ever-expanding scope and complexity of both the Internal Revenue Code and Treasury Regulations. A possible shrinkage in the Treasury Regulations may soon occur....more

Missouri Changes Law on Sales and Use Tax on Delivery Charges

by Stinson Leonard Street on

On July 5, 2017, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens signed into law an amendment to the sales and use tax law that removes usual and customary delivery charges that are separately stated from the amounts subject to Missouri sales...more

IRS Identifies 8 Burdensome Regulations for Reform

Responding to a Trump Executive Order, the Treasury Department has reviewed all significant tax regulations issued after December 31, 2015 and identified eight regulations to be reformed to mitigate the burden that the...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - July 2017

by King & Spalding on

Ambassador Lighthizer Visits Congress To Discuss The President’s Trade Policy Agenda - In June, the Senate Finance Committee and Ways and Means Committee of the House of Representatives held hearings on the new...more

Massachusetts House and Senate Tackle Marijuana Policy

On June 21st, 2017, after considering 118 amendments, the House passed sweeping legislation (H.3768) by a vote of 126 to 28 refining the laws governing the legalization of adult-use cannabis....more

Tobacco companies sue state for cigarette fee

by GableGotwals on

The tobacco fee’s critics warned that the state might get sued because of the measure, and they were right. Tobacco companies filed a lawsuit Wednesday to argue the measure is unconstitutional. Tobacco giant Phillip Morris...more

What the New Kansas Income Tax Bill Will Mean for Individuals and Businesses

by Stinson Leonard Street on

The saga of Kansas income tax law changes concluded earlier this week when Kansas lawmakers overrode Gov. Sam Brownback's veto of a bill that dismantled the governor's signature tax cuts. With the state facing an estimated...more

Tax Reform 2017 - Will it Ever Come?

by Dickinson Wright on

For tax attorneys, tax reform is always a hot topic. President Trump was elected with GOP majorities in both chambers of Congress, which would normally make the forecast for tax reform actually being enacted favorable. ...more

Bennett Jones Spring 2017 Economic Outlook

by Bennett Jones LLP on

In our Fall 2016 Economic Outlook, we set out at some length our analysis of the main factors which have contributed to the low “new normal” growth rates the world has experienced since 2011. We argued that trend annual...more

The Dream of a Gross Receipts Tax Is Alive in Oregon

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

After Oregon Measure 97’s drubbing at the polls in November 2016, for many, it suggested the quashing of any notion of a gross receipts tax in the state. For Oregon Senator Mark Hass (D) and Representative Mark Johnson (R),...more

Italy passes new rules for carried interest

by Hogan Lovells on

The Italian Government has at last put an end to the controversy around the characterisation of 'carried interest' for tax treatment purposes. By Law Decree no. 50 of 24 April 2017, which is to be brought into law by 23 June...more

Tax Round Up - May 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Budget and Finance Bill - General Election – Finance Bill (No.2) 2017 Curtailed - The Finance (No.2) Bill received Royal Assent on 27 April 2017, becoming the Finance Act 2017. However, as a result of Theresa May...more

Federal Tax Reform Legislation in 2017: Comments by Attorney Morris N. Robinson

Attorney Morris N. Robinson, the Managing Director of M. Robinson Tax Law in Boston, recently published an op-ed titled: Viewpoint: A 15 percent tax rate on business would maximize economic growth....more

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