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Maine Tax Alert: Legislature Moves To Slash Pine Tree Zone Benefits And R&D Super Credit

The Supplemental Budget just released by the Legislature (LD 1843), if passed as written, may hurt Pine Tree Zone Business as well as businesses that engage in a substantial amount of research and development in Maine....more

LBTT: A new Scottish property transactions tax

SDLT is to be replaced in Scotland by a new tax known as the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax ("LBTT"). LBTT is being introduced under the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (Scotland) Act 2013, and will come into effect on...more

The Stimulus Shall Continue: IRS Gives OK to Current Refundings of Recovery Zone Facility Bonds

The Internal Revenue Service has announced in Notice 2014-9 that current refunding issues of Recovery Zone Facility Bonds qualify as tax-exempt provided that the current refunding issue meets certain requirements. Generally,...more

Passing the Buck: The Impact of Maryland's New Stormwater Fees on Commercial Leases

During its 2012 legislative session, the Maryland General Assembly passed HB 987, a bill which required that the ten separate EPA-licensed storm sewer system (“MS4”) jurisdictions in Maryland (Baltimore City and nine...more

Overview of Amendments to the Tax Code of the Russian Federation, and Federal Laws “On the Customs Tariff” and “On the Continental...

On September 30, 2013 President Putin signed new Federal Law No. 268-FZ (Amending Law) introducing amendments into Parts I and II of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation, as well as the Law of the Russian Federation “On the...more

Underwater Mortgages: Can Eminent Domain Bail Them Out?

This article examines the constitutionality and possible implications of the plan being considered in several parts of the country to use the power of eminent domain to seize "underwater mortgages". The plan has been...more

Major New Jersey Economic Incentive Legislation Advances

Legislation that will significantly expand economic development incentive programs will soon become law. The legislation merges five existing economic development incentive programs into two economic development incentive...more

Business Privilege Tax, Interest and Penalties Sustained

A panel of the Commonwealth Court sustained a decision that upheld the assessment of a township’s business privilege tax, interest and penalties. Whitehall Township Treasurer v. Allentown Power Center, L.P., No. 248 C.D. 2012...more

Gaming Legal News - August 27, 2013 • Volume 6, Number 18

In This Issue: - “RESERVATION SHOPPING” CIRCA 2013: The term “reservation shopping” has been coined by various anticasino groups, some local governments, and even some gaming tribes to disparage efforts of...more

California Quarterly Update -- A Reed Smith Quarterly Update (2nd Quarter 2013)

Welcome to the first edition of a series of quarterly updates from Reed Smith on California state tax developments. Every quarter, we will bring you legal updates and provide some insight on what taxpayers are facing in...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 4, Issue 7 -- July 2013

In This Issue: - New York’s Highest Court Holds Retroactive Changes to Empire Zones Tax Credit Program Unconstitutional - Tribunal Upholds Applicability of Sales Tax to Environmental Testing and Monitoring...more

Not So EZ Anymore? The Tenuous State of California’s Enterprise Zone Credit

California's Enterprise Zone Act was promulgated "to stimulate business and industrial growth in the depressed areas of the state by relaxing regulatory controls that impede private investment" and to create a "strong,...more

Daishowa-Marubeni: A Tree Fell In The Forest And The SCC Caught It!

In Daishowa-Marubeni International Ltd. v. The Queen, 2013 SCC 29, Justice Rothstein marries tax philosophy and tax practice by asking and answering the question: If a tree falls in the forest and you are not around to...more

Reed Smith Marcellus Shale Tax Update - Recycle, Reuse, Reduce Your Tax Burdens

Pennsylvania’s broad mining exemption from sales and use tax also includes an exemption for pollution-control devices that is less well known than the general exemption for mining equipment. The pollution-control exemption...more

U.S. Treasury Awards $3.5 Billion in New Markets Tax Credit Allocations

On April 24, 2013, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (the CDFI Fund) announced the community development entities (CDEs) selected to receive the $3.5 billion in New...more

Treasury Department Announces $3.5 Billion in New Markets Tax Credit Allocation Awards

Eighty-five community development entities (CDEs) have been selected to receive $3.5 billion in New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) allocation authority in the 2012 round of the NMTC Program. The announcement of the latest round of...more

Paper Carryout Bag Charge Is Not A Tax

Taxpayers and a manufacturer of plastic bags challenged a county ordinance that prohibits retail stores from providing customers with plastic carryout bags and requires the stores to charge their customers ten cents for each...more

Appellate Notes: Recent Decisions of the Connecticut Supreme and Appellate Courts - January 2013

In This Issue: -AC31211 - Aguinaldo v. Warner -AC33771 - Thompson Gardens West Condominium Assn., Inc. v. Masto -AC33850 - Unifund CCR Partners v. Schaeppi -AC33400 - Samnard Associates, LLC...more

The Fiscal Cliff for Condominium Developers

Heard enough about the fiscal cliff? Condominium developers should take into consideration the potential liability for assessments on developer owned condominium units when structuring condominium regimes to avoid their own...more

The Dos and Don’ts of a Foreign Trade Zone

Originally published in Law 360 on August 24, 2012. Imagine a corporation in the business of building and leasing warehouses to manufacturers, in particular, manufacturers that import raw materials to be manufactured...more

Understanding the “Dos and Don’ts” of a Foreign Trade Zone

Imagine a corporation in the business of building and leasing warehouses to manufacturers, in particular, manufacturers that import raw materials to be manufactured here in Arizona. The hypothetical corporation owns a large...more

Enterprise Zone Credit: Does Your Company Qualify? By David C. Morganelli, Esq. and Ryan W. Sawyer, Esq.

In 1982, Rhode Island enacted legislation to incentivize certain businesses to create new jobs and grow the Ocean State economy. The “Distressed Areas Economic Revitalization Act” was originally passed to target “areas in...more

New Maine Tax Legislation for 2012

This year’s short legislative session produced significant new tax laws dealing with all of Maine’s major taxes, as well as increased legislative oversight of Maine Revenue and dynamic fiscal analysis. Below is a brief...more

From Williamson Act Contracts to Solar Use Easements: New Law Offers Incentives to Meet California's Renewable Energy Goals

In April 2011, Governor Brown signed a bill requiring one-third of California's energy to be produced from renewable sources by December 31, 2020. This energy mandate has created a land rush, and developers and utilities are...more

Florida Destination Casino Gambling Bill Released

The highly anticipated Florida "destination casino" bill has been released. HB 487 "Gaming" by Rep. Erik Fresen (R-Miami) would authorize three (3) large "destination resorts" in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties that would...more

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