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Estate Planning Still Critical in Uncertain Times

by Bowditch & Dewey on

The “plan” unveiled by the Trump administration in late April to repeal the federal estate tax was a broadly vague outline of tax reform goals. The proposed changes did not mention the federal gift tax or generation skipping...more

Senate Republicans Release Bill to "Repeal and Replace" the Affordable Care Act

by Littler on

On June 22, 2017, Senate Republicans released a draft of their legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). After the House narrowly passed its version of ACA overhaul legislation, the American Health...more

Senate Healthcare Bill Released for Public Review

Just over four weeks after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its score of the American Healthcare Act (AHCA), the bill passed by a narrow margin in the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate released ‘The...more

News from Second & State

Weekly Wrap - Today marks just one week until the June 30 budget deadline. Seven days. A mere 168 hours to finish hashing out an over $30 billion state spending plan to carry us through the next fiscal year. While we still...more

Maine to Require Collection of Sales and Use Tax from Remote Sellers

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

The state of Maine has waded into uncharted territory with the passage of a law that requires out-of-state sellers to collect Maine sales and use tax on their sales into Maine even if they do not have a physical presence in...more

Minnesota Legislative Update: From the Capitol to the Courtroom

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Following the adjournment of the 2017 regular session and a short special session, the Legislature passed and presented to Governor Dayton a comprehensive and balanced budget for fiscal years 2018 and 2019, including nine...more

The Scambler Case: Tax Law in Plain English?

A recent decision of the Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery Chamber) (UT) in Scambler and another v HMRC [2017] UKUT 1 (TCC) considers the question of when it is appropriate to look back to earlier versions of tax legislation...more

Tax Provisions in the 2017 Budget Bill

by Smith Anderson on

The General Assembly released today the Proposed Conference Committee Substitute (the “Conference Bill”) for Senate Bill 257, the state budget bill. The Conference Bill is expected to be approved by the General Assembly later...more

The Taxpayer Transparency and Fairness Act of 2017 – A Little Bill May Soon Make Big Changes

by Allen Matkins on

The talk of California tax practitioners over the last week has been all about the legislature’s passage of AB 102. This may be surprising to those who read the bill when it was introduced on January 10 of this year, for the...more

Will It Soon Be Game over for Tax-Exempt Financing of Professional Sports Stadiums?

Public financing, including tax-exempt bond financing, of facilities used by professional sport teams has long been a controversial topic, with advocates and opponents disagreeing over whether the public benefits sufficiently...more

IRS Reissues Proposed Regulations for Centralized Partnership Audit Regime

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The new rules represent a complete overhaul of partnership audit, assessment, and collection procedures. Taxpayers should review and potentially amend partnership agreements before the new rules are scheduled to take effect...more

Trump Tax Proposal Could Create Compensation-Related Opportunities

The Trump administration’s proposed overhaul of the federal income tax system includes a reduction of the maximum federal corporate income tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent. If enacted, the proposal — a one-page outline...more

Tax Reform Delayed Until Later This Summer

by Baker Donelson on

Tax reform, perennially among the GOP's top priorities, has taken a back seat to other, more pressing priorities since an initial burst of interest caused by the Trump Administration's release of a one-page outline in April....more

Alabama Tax Legislative Summary: 2017 Regular Session -- Some Unofficial Predictions For Upcoming Session(s)

The Alabama Legislature adjourned late Friday, May 19, with several tax bills crossing the finish line during the final week (and many on the last day). Both the Education Trust Fund and General Fund budgets were passed by...more

Despite Clash Over Tax Cuts, Governor Dayton Signs Bill Enacting Important Income Tax Changes for Minnesota Residents and...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On May 30, 2017, Governor Dayton signed into law Minnesota’s omnibus tax bill (HF 1), which contains significant income tax changes of interest to both residents and nonresidents of Minnesota. Initially, Governor Dayton...more

California Legislature Passes Bill That Creates Two New Tax Agencies and Reduces the Board of Equalization’s Powers

Major changes to California’s tax policies got a step closer after the California Legislature passed Assembly Bill 102, the Taxpayer Transparency and Fairness Act of 2017 (Act) on June 15, 2017, as part of the state budget....more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 13

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Internal House GOP Budget Feud Threatens Agenda: House GOP efforts to write a fiscal 2018 budget are deadlocked amid Republican infighting, a divide that threatens to undermine President Donald Trump’s agenda by stalling tax...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

Proposed Bill Seeks to Transform International Tax Evasion into Money Laundering

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Part II of the Analysis of the Combatting Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing, and Counterfeiting Act of 2017 As we recently blogged, Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Diane Feinstein (D-California) introduced on May 25,...more

Health Care Reform Weekly Roundup – Issue 4

After a brief recess, Congress is back in session and health care reform negotiations continue. Below is a summary of a few, relatively minor, developments that took place during recess and the week of June 5th....more

New Nevada Law Recognizes Enforceability of Blockchain Transactions; Blocks Local Government Regulation and Taxation

Senate Bill 398, unanimously passed by the Nevada legislature and signed into law by the Governor on June 5th, represents the most far-reaching state legislation to date concerning the use of blockchain technology. Blockchain...more

Tax Reform and the Potential Impact on Tax-Exempt Organizations

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Both the Trump Administration and key leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate are continuing their focus on tax reform. Although details are being withheld until the Republican leadership in the House,...more

Senators Propose the Combatting Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing, and Counterfeiting Act

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Diane Feinstein (D-California) introduced on May 25, 2017 a bill, S. 1241, entitled the “Combatting Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing, and Counterfeiting Act of 2017.” Although it is...more

FY2018 Massachusetts Budget Update: Final Senate Budget

On May 25, 2017, the Massachusetts Senate unanimously approved a $40.84 billion FY2018 budget by a 38-0 roll call vote. Over three days of debate, Senators considered 1,031 amendments to the budget proposed by the Ways and...more

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