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2017 Vermont Legislative Session | The Year in Review - DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team Final Analysis

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

A May 18th adjournment brought to a close the first half of the 74th biennial session of the Vermont General Assembly. Drama awaits as Gov. Phil Scott has threatened to veto H.518, the fiscal year 2018 budget, over an...more

Bill Banning Streaming Video Tax Rejected - Legislation that would prohibit California localities from imposing taxes on streaming...

On April 24, 2017, the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation (Committee) voted unanimously to postpone for at least one year a bill that would temporarily ban California localities from taxing streaming video services. ...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The new administration is working on a tax plan that would slash corporate tax rates to 15 percent and doing so with a hastiness that could jeopardize House Republicans’ ability to make the cuts permanent....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. Testimony on Tax Surcharge Bills - This week, the Legislature’s Taxation Committee heard...more

California Legislation Introduced to Ban Local Taxation of Streaming Video

On January 31, 2017, California Assembly Bill 252 was introduced by Assembly Member Sebastian Ridley-Thomas to prohibit California cities and counties from subjecting streaming video to tax. As we have previously...more

Post-Election Congress Returns for Lame Duck Session What to Expect? - Updated

by Mintz Levin - ML Strategies on

Last week, ML Strategies shared our thoughts on what to expect in the post-election lame duck Congress. The unknown factor at that point in time was who would be elected President on November 8th, which party would be in the...more

Law à la Mode: Brexit and the fashion industry; US Tariff Act; Hong Kong real estate; and more - Issue 21

by DLA Piper on

The Australian editorial team is delighted to bring you the 21st edition of Law à la Mode, the legal magazine produced by DLA Piper’s Fashion, Retail and Design Group for distribution to clients and contacts of the firm...more

Pennsylvania General Assembly Passes Revenue Package with Significant Digital Tax Expansion

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On July 13, 2016, a legislative conference committee was appointed to approve an already agreed-upon $1.3 billion revenue package, which was immediately approved by both the House (116-75) and Senate (28-22) and sent to...more

Big Leaguers: Daily Fantasy Sports Scores Major Legislative Victory in New York

by Reed Smith on

From the Stanley Cup to the NBA Championship, there were some major sports victories these last few weeks. Championship cities celebrated with fans flooding their streets for victory parades. But one sports victory—a win...more

New Limit & Requirement on 501(c)(4) "Social Welfare" Organizations

by Nossaman LLP on

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently released two position papers that affect new, and some existing, social welfare organizations described in section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code (Code). Last month the IRS...more

Cuba Today

by Cozen O'Connor on

One week ago, I visited Cuba with a delegation from the American Bar Association’s International Law Section. During our visit, we met with government officials, attorneys, law professors, foreign businessmen, journalists...more

114th Congress Review

With the 114th Congress now officially underway with the Republican Party in control of the House of Representatives and the Senate, ML Strategies will continue our tradition of offering an annual Legislative and Regulatory...more

Energy Tax Alert: Congress Extends Biofuel Incentives

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Congress this week passed the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014, which extends a number of expired or expiring tax provisions through the end of 2014. The President is expected to sign the Act soon. The Act extends a number...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends

by DLA Piper on

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. - Advocates of GMO labeling vow to continue fight even after electoral...more

The Lame Duck Has Arrived: What To Expect

by Mintz Levin - ML Strategies on

In the great tradition of American democracy dating back to the election of the First Congress in 1778, voters cast their ballots last week, giving the Republican Party control of the upcoming 114th Congress. In a...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends

by DLA Piper on

GMO labeling measure defeated in Colorado; results in Oregon too close to call. Colorado’s Proposition 105, which would have required manufacturers to place labels on food containing genetically modified ingredients, was...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends

by DLA Piper on

Bill aims to impose federal excise tax on sugary drinks. On July 29, Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) introduced a bill that would tax soda and other sugary drinks. The bill, which would levy an excise tax of one...more

U.S. House Passes Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act

On July 15, the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of H.R. 3086, the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (PITFA), by a voice vote. PITFA would permanently extend the moratorium on state and local taxation of Internet...more

Nancy Hamilton's Notes: 18½ Minutes vs. 2 Years: Then and Now

by Jackson Walker on

During the Watergate scandal of 1973 and 1974, which ultimately led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon, the Nixon White House tapes were the focal point of a media firestorm and the nation's rapt attention,...more

Minnesota Legislature Convenes

The Minnesota Legislature convened at noon on Tuesday, February 25. It hit the ground running with a minimum wage increase and tax cuts at the forefront. It has already passed a $20 million heating assistance bill. The House...more

2014 Washington Outlook

In this issue: - Overview - Tax Reform Outlook - Immigration Outlook - Health Care Outlook - Telecommunications Outlook - Energy Outlook - Financial Services Outlook -...more

In the tax reform crosshairs: the advertising deduction

by DLA Piper on

The tax deduction for advertising expenses has clearly become a target for Congressional tax reformers. Under current law, advertising costs are fully deductible as an ordinary business expense. Both the House and Senate Tax...more

The Wheeler Federal Communications Commission--What Can We expect? 2014 Outlook on Congress and the FCC (Presentation)

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

In This Presentation: FCC Issues - • When will we have a 5 person Commission? • Issues ..E Rate and help for broadband adoption ..Demise of Title II regulation and the rise of net...more

Under The Dome: Inside The Maine State House 4-26-13

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Major Tax Reform Proposal Starts to Take Shape - This week, the Maine media reported that Senator Woodbury is leading a bipartisan effort to draft a major tax reform proposal. This proposal will likely propose changes...more

Volunteer Web Designer’s Creation of Website for Political Committee Was Not a Reportable Contribution

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

In Sorock v. Illinois State Board of Elections, in a case of first impression, the Appellate Court held that a self-employed web designer’s creation of a website for a political committee supporting a tax rate increase for a...more

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