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UPDATE: President Trump Signs “Johnson Amendment” Executive Order Limiting Treasury’s Actions Against Religious Organizations...

On May 4, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order that directs the executive branch to limit its enforcement of the “Johnson Amendment.” As previously reported, the Johnson Amendment prohibits organizations that are...more

Tackling Tax Reform – Part II: The Legislative Process

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

On April 11, 2017, we discussed what constitutes Tax Reform. In this blog post, we will explore the process by which Tax Reform will likely be created. After reading this post, if it seems to you that the legislative process...more

NC Legislative Update - March 2017 #5

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

This week - Another seemingly deliberate week at the legislature picked up the pace very quickly Wednesday afternoon, with rumors of a deal to repeal House Bill 2, North Carolina’s controversial “bathroom bill”. On...more

SB1: California Transportation Funding the Talk of the Capitol This Week

by Nossaman LLP on

Most Californians agree that our State’s transportation system is in dire need of additional funding for additional improvements and repair. The problem has always been where to secure the necessary funding. In short, it has...more

NC Legislative Update - March 2017 #4

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

This Week - The week began Monday evening with Gov. Cooper’s (D) State of the State address to a joint session of the North Carolina General Assembly. In his address Cooper outlined his goals for the direction in which...more

Update: Upheaval in the German Restructuring Market: Need-to-Know Facts, Alternative Tools and New Draft Law

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

To date, a debt waiver has been frequently used as a tool to successfully restructure German-based companies in financial difficulties. A decision of the German Federal Fiscal Court (Bundesfinanzhof) published on...more

Is It the End of the Johnson Amendment as We Know It?

While speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast on February 2, 2017, President Trump reaffirmed his commitment to repeal the law that restricts organizations that are tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue...more

Just When We Thought Measure 97 Was Dead—It May Be Back!

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

As I reported previously, Oregon Measure 97 was overwhelmingly defeated by voters in the state’s general election this past November. It certainly appeared that the voters spoke loudly and clearly on November 8, 2016, when...more

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker May Propose Unconstitutional Sales Tax Collection Responsibility on Remote Sellers

BOSTON – January 27, 2017. In an attempt to balance his $40.5 billion budget, Governor Charlie Baker may propose that remote sellers be required to collect Massachusetts sales taxes on sales of tangible personal property made...more

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law: September 15, 2016

by Sands Anderson PC on

The Virginia Supreme Court issued two opinions in September affecting local government law. Its work resulted in opinions addressing legislative privilege from document requests, and applying a local government tax exemption...more

Jefferson County Sales Tax Ruling Appealed, Constitutional Amendment on November Ballot

A decision affecting Jefferson County’s one-cent sales tax increase to pay for a bond refinancing has been appealed to the Alabama Supreme Court, but the ramifications of the circuit court ruling have proved to be much...more

Solar Industry Update:  What’s on the Back of My Ballot? What Amendment 4 Is All About

If you vote by mail, then you’ve likely already received your August 30 primary ballot with a proposed amendment to the Florida constitution on the back. It is Amendment 4, and it is the only amendment on the primary ballot....more

New important laws and proposed amendments to the Constitution of Azerbaijan

by Dentons on

The Azerbaijani Parliament has recently adopted several new important laws and proposed amendments to the Constitution of Azerbaijan. Below we summarize the Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan “On Antidumping and Countervailing...more

Breaking News: Physical Presence Requirement Bill Introduced in Congress

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On July 14, 2016, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) introduced the No Regulation Without Representation Act of 2016 (H.R. 5893) in the US House of Representatives (House). The bill would codify the physical presence...more

NC Legislative Update - June 2016 #3

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

This Week - Both chambers accelerated pace in an eventful week as several Committees met more than once throughout the week with some even meeting after the day’s floor session. Senior House Appropriations Chairman Rep....more

NC Legislative Update - June 2016 #2

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

This Week - The North Carolina political community was saddened to learn Wednesday, that former Rep. Ruth Samuelson (R-Mecklenburg), who chose not to seek reelection in 2014, has been diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian...more

First of Two Constitutional Conventions on Millionaire Surtax Was a Doozy

by PretiFlaherty on

It was one of the more fascinating events to occur at the State House in a long time, this joint session on Wednesday afternoon, May 18, of the House of Representatives and Senate, or constitutional convention as it’s called...more

U.S. States Expand Efforts to Collect Taxes from Out-of-State Businesses

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

Twenty-four years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court announced in Quill v. North Dakota, 504 U.S. 298 (1992), that in order for a U.S. state to require an out-of-state business to collect and remit sales and use taxes on its sales...more

Georgia Weekly Legislative Update - March 2016 #2

by Dentons on

In a surprise vote last week, the Georgia legislature rushed through the approval of a contentious religious liberty proposal intended to grant safe legal harbor to opponents of marriage equality....more

Congressional Hearing Examines Free Speech and Tax Constraints on Campus Political Activity

by WilmerHale on

Campuses across the country are wrestling with how free speech, tolerance, diversity and politics mix in a higher education environment. Recently, the Oversight Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee examined the...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 Delays Passage of a Tax Conformity Bill - The Appropriations Committee worked on...more

2016 Washington Preview

by Baker Donelson on

Having completed the first session of the 114th Congress, many in Washington are quickly turning toward the 2016 elections. In the coming year, the headlines will undoubtedly be dominated by electioneering but, after a...more

NC Legislative Update for August 2015 #2

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

This Week - On Wednesday, lawmakers passed Senate bill 560, the second Continuing Resolution (CR) of the session which will keep State government functioning until August 31st. The legislature has yet to agree on the...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. A Unanimous Decision - A sequence of events led to the creation of 65 controversial vetoes...more

Proposition 218 Guide for Special Districts

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

In this Guide: - Taxes (Article XIII C) - Assessments, Fees and Charges (Article XIII D) - Assessments (Article XIII D, Sections 4 And 5) - Property-Related Fees and Charges (Article XIII D,...more

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